My first composition for the new year is a gift for my grandmother for her birthday. My intention was to actually get it to her in time for her birthday, but as it turned out the composition that I had initially thought I would depict required about a week to evolve into what it needed to be. I burned through a good amount of eraser to accommodate the myriad adjustments (I love my Kokuyo campus 2B eraser!) but finally managed to get the painting started, so this will be more of a few-days-past-birthday-surprise. I never was a fan of gifting on the scheduled gifting days anyway..