Melinama does Illustration Friday: "My Paradise"
So Bob and I did the wedding for the nervous bride yesterday. She lucked out with the weather: it started raining exactly when everybody was being called in for dinner (and 24 hours later it's only just now stopped). A delicious dinner it was, and because of (or in spite of) her calling the caterers 37 times to make sure it was going to be available, the wild salmon was very tasty.
Friday I went to her place to coach her son, who was singing "The Wedding Song" and "Give Yourself to Love" during the service. He has a wonderful voice and plays the piano very well too, but since he was just as tense and nervous as his mom, his voice was a bit labored and stentorian.
So I gave him the big "relax" talking-to and yesterday at the service he was wonderful - relaxed, friendly, natural... Afterwards he told me my repeated assurance "It's All Good" had suddenly become his mantra and his mom agreed she was going to take it on, too.
So I decided to paint it for her and this is the prelimary study, inspired by early American crewel embroidery.
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