Kid Portraits

One thing I learned in making these portraits: I am better at drawing than I am at painting. The skin tone was excruciating to achieve, and I had the unnerving feeling that I was applying makeup to dead people. That difficulty of creating a natural skin tone on something the exact opposite of “life-like.”  Very. Hard.

I would love to take a painting class sometime when I have time.

This is how they turned out. I still think they’re cute, despite their flaws, and maybe because of them.

(with this first one I forgot to take a picture of the drawing)

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One more thing about drawing my own kids: each drawing took a couple hours, and I would just sit and listen to music while staring at photos of each kid. It turned out to be a kind of meditation as I focused on the curved lines, the slight tilt of the eyes, the subtle differences in the shape of each face, and every little detail. Drawing each child helped me see them with fresh eyes and gave me new appreciation for each one.

I enjoyed this project so much, I have plans to redraw each one with charcoals and a painted background.


Homemade Dog Shampoo?

I haven’t posted anything for a long time. My 2014 idea to post something to this blog every week has not turned out as planned, although I must say I’m not surprised. Even though I have already forgotten most of my goals for the new year, I am still working on a couple of them (more on that in a later post).

A failed creative attempt:

DIY dog shampoo. I tried a recipe on-line, because I wanted to wash our dog without having to go to the store to buy special dog shampoo. It turned out smelly, didn’t lather (I know a lot of homemade soaps don’t lather, but it was hard to wash the dog because I couldn’t spread the shampoo around), and I ended up just buying some after this failed enterprise.

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There’s the gross dog shampoo. And there is the dog (I had fun playing with the image in photoshop).

Has anyone ever made their own shampoo or pet shampoo? Do you have a favorite recipe?

BTW, this recipe used castille soap, vinegar, baking soda, and water.