Once upon a time a friend of mine got married.
Now I don’t know much about weddings, but I’m told presents are as important as presence, and sometimes more so. I think it has something to do with mitigating curses, but maybe I made that up.
There are so many options when it comes to wedding presents. I’ve learned from movies that toasters are always a good one. You can never have too many toasters. Or, you know, a towel or kitchen knife.
Useful. Decorative. But when it comes right down to it, boring. I decided to investigate further, and I’m glad I did because it turned up an unexpected fact. Turns out paintings are valid and even respectable wedding gifts.
I know! Imagine my surprise.
For various reasons (which I’d elaborate on if this post didn’t seem too wordy as is), a painting fit perfectly and moreover is what I decided to present.
Sadly, I’ve never been much of a painter – but not for lack of trying. (I’d done maybe one before and it hadn’t turned out well, though it was very much to spec.)
Luckily, I decided to count that as five separate paintings and like to think I improved with each one.
Using a background I’d already made, just for something other than white, I got to work on the midground. Luckily for you, I didn’t save a lot of the intermediate pictures.
And that was pretty much it! I had it printed (18×24, poster size), framed, and wrapped it. And I think we can all admit it’s the greatest
wedding gift ever given.
Oh, and in case we’ve never met, that’s me in there. Pressing my hand against the glass. Trying to get out.
Eventually I will.
Yup, wearing an ascot.