For my last – yes, last! – spread in my altered book, I had to pick my national monster. It had to be Nessie. I am asked surprisingly often, when people hear my Scottish accent, whether I believe in the Loch Ness Monster. What I believe is that Loch Ness is in a striking landscape in a stunning part of Scotland and that people should definitely visit there so if a mythical beastie is the lure to get tourists there then so be it. My Nessie has emerged from the dark depths of the loch in order to bid farewell to this project, waving a saltire and a thistle just to make the painting even more Scottish.
So, folks, that is it for this project. I did not manage to cram in a nice round 100 paintings into the recipe book but 82 is pretty good going – especially since I removed every tenth page. I thoroughly enjoyed this project and was enthused by it from beginning to end. I definitely gain a lot from working in a series and having a theme to help focus my mind. I already snapped up a second copy of the exact same vintage recipe book for a hypothetical future project and that meant I could compare them side by side. I love how chunky with creativity the finished book is.
I am going to have a break from challenges for a wee while as I have other demands on my art time. Some of those will be shared here and, of course, I will keep sharing my art learning over on my personal blog. Thank you for following this project as it developed, for all the likes, comments, feedback, and support. I appreciate it.