Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gulp!

So, my "eureka" moment of a week or so ago was followed by a flurry of non-stop picture-making. I tend to get a little obsessed when I'm on a roll, and neglect other obligations (cleaning, proper nutrition...notice the Red Vines at the top of the picture). Here's a picture of my "think tank", aka "nest of mess & disorder":


I do all of my painting at my nice drawing board, but I like to be comfy when I'm working the ol' gray cells. So, I've gotten the dummy to a point where I am pretty happy with it. Now I just have to... show it to other people!! Gulp.

Luckily, I have a project to keep me from thinking too much about how other people will see it... for now. My husband's birthday is on Friday, and for 4 YEARS, he has wanted only one thing for his present... Get ready for it... A painting of himself as Napoleon, with a rearing horse in the background. Yes, I thought he was joking, too. But then he kept talking about it for 4 YEARS. And not just during birthday season, either. So now that we're legally bound, I figured it was finally time to give him what he wants:


If anything can take my mind off of the critiques to come, I think Napoleon's "mom trousers" should do it.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, he already has ideas for the next decade of birthdays- including, but not limited to: Tarzan holding hands with a monkey, St. George slaying the dragon, and one that he just calls "Outer Space". Yes, he's a weirdo, but that's why I love him.

5 comments:

CocoaStomp said...

Love the hint of Red Vines in the corner!
Wow, that Napoleonesque portrait is genius. I want one now, too.

Vicki said...

Mmm, I got a little obsessed with Red Vines ever since I moved to the West Coast! They're like my new Nutella. And I'm glad you like the Napoleon painting! I resisted for many long years, but now I'm starting to like it! Maybe I'll open an Etsy shop- have yourself painted as an historical figure.

CocoaStomp said...

Whoa, are Red Vines not on the East Coast?

You should TOTALLY open an etsy shop for you-as-historical-figures prints. I think the rest of your husband's portrait requests sound awesome, too. I am surprised Washington Crossing the Delaware and The Last Supper aren't on the docket, though...

Nina Crittenden said...

What a lovely gift! I laughed at loud at Napoleon's mom pants!

Vicki said...

The East Coast is Twizzlers territory! You could find Red Vines if you knew where to look, but certainly not in every corner store.

I hope Herm doesn't read that bit about the Last Supper- that's 12 more people I'd have to paint! And thanks, Nina- it WAS a big hit, actually- I'm going to post the final painting now...