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Chevy Becomes Buick

Chevy Becomes Buick

I’m working on this photo restoration.  There’s two cars.  One looks like a Chevy to me — early 1950s.  The other… hard to tell.  This is how the Chevy becomes a Buick.

I pull up a picture of 1954 Chevys and I realize, the bumper and grill aren’t right.  Scratching my head, I’m telling myself, it looks like a GM product.  So, I tried Pontiac, but I knew the grill wasn’t right… I was just grasping at straws.

Then, I found it!  A Buick Futurama 88!!!  Yup.  In fact, a 1959.

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Chevy Becomes Buick

Working on It

I spent a good portion of time working on it.  This will be a good before after comparison when I’m done.  The car in the background looks like an early 50s/late 40s Chevrolet Deluxe with a split window.

While it is nearly impossible to find pictures of those two cars angled at the exact angle, I managed to find a pair that are close.  As a result, the cars will look the same… but at a different angle.

The most difficult part are going to be the faces.  The rest of the stuff, you know what it looks like, or should look like.  The heavy damage in the center of the woman’s face will be the toughest.



Thinking President Nelson was joking, someone didn’t take the home teaching announcement seriously.  The dialog went something like this…

Person A:  Isn’t it great that they are implementing a new program to replace home teaching and visiting teaching?
Person B:  Ha ha ha.  Yeah, like they are doing away with home teaching and visiting teaching.
Person A:  Didn’t you watch General Conference?
Doubter B:  Yes, and don’t you know today is April Fool’s Day?
Person A:  Do you seriously think it is a joke?
Doubter B:  Uh, yeah.  It is April Fool’s Day

First, I don’t think the prophet of the Lord plays April Fool’s jokes.  Second, I don’t think we would have two speakers following the announcement to describe the details.

Of course, if you’re in any doubt, take time and pray about it.


I became deeply engrossed in creating paintings today.  There is so much I want to paint, and so little time.

Here is one of my recent paintings…

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No Title Yet

I thought about doing some funny things… like putting a cell phone in his left hand.  Or, putting a dead body behind the gate with a gun on the ground and calling it, “Stranger than Pulp Fiction.”  Or, “You’re sleeping on the stone bench tonight.”  (This represents about 10 hours of work.)

Wegman’s Break

I took a break to get groceries at Wegman’s.  After that, I was too pooped to paint.  However, a little while after resting, I began playing with an idea involving a horse and a woman with very long hair.



There’s a realization that the flu did more to me than I initially thought.  3 weeks in bed, followed by weakness, and then the bacterial infection in my leg.  The doctor prescribed antibiotics and guess what… other ailments are clearing up too.

The realization is this… it is a good thing I saw the doctor when I did because now I realize might might have been on the verge of going septic.  I won’t go through all the symptoms that have disappeared after a week of being on the antibiotics, but it’s proof to me that had I not seen the doctor about my leg, things may have got worse.

3D Stuff

I dove head first in to this 3D stuff.  I’ve not invested about six weeks and probably close to $1,000 in digital assets.  The work is fun, but it is also frustrating since the software has some bugs.

I think I’ve got most of the issues ironed out, and now I’m itching to create stuff.  Last night I was thinking I of paintings I want to do.  While I know in my mind what I want, this software will help me visualize it so I can paint it.  (I’m lousy at painting from memory.  Some people can… I have a hard time doing it.)

Adult Session

Adult Session

Tonight’s adult session of Stake Conference was very nice.  They started with a few speakers, and then called some people to come bare testimony.  One of them had that happen to her a year ago.  I especially enjoyed Sister Evan’s talk.

Winter Concentration

Winter is almost here, and it is time to figure out my winter concentration area.  I think I will concentrate on sketching and painting again.  Last year I had a goal which went by the wayside when the weather got warmer.  I’m okay with that.

Next year, I will break things in to winter/indoors and summer/outdoors.  My winger concentration will be stuff I can do sitting in my studio, while summer will involve getting out and walking around.

I have enough reference fodder to take me through the winter.  Plus, I have ideas to carry me through.  Themes for my winter creations will be fantasy, steampunk, and artistic portraits.

I’ve built quite an arsenal of paintbrushes for Corel Painter.  Half of them I’ve created, the other half I’ve purchased.  Between the two I hope to find my favorites and master using them.

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One of My 2017 Paintings

I need to work more on composing for excitement.  Take the above image.  She’s looking out the window in a seemingly empty castle.  It doesn’t tell much of a story, and isn’t very exciting.  In this case, I’m not sure what I could do.  Maybe paint an older lady (her mom), of to the right looking like she’s concerned about her daughter?  It needs something.

En Plein Air

En Plein Air

En plein air means to paint outdoors.  I’ve been planning on doing this, but on my tablet, ever since I bought a tablet for this purpose.  Today was perfect for it.  It wasn’t too hot, too cold, or raining.

At least, I thought it wasn’t going to rain.

I worked on my painting until it started to sprinkle.  Not wanting to get caught a 1/4 mile away from my car I packed up and headed back to the car and drove home.  Shortly after arriving at home, it started to pour.

Good decision!

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Smith Farm

Subway at Walmart

I suggested we grab a sandwich at Subway.  Elizabethe wanted to go to the one at Walmart because they have Slurpees.  We get there, and the machine is down.  (I knew we shouldn’t have gone to Walmart.  That said, it was my first time in a Walmart in about… what… 4 or 5 years?)

I later went to Breen’s to get some ice cream.  They are selling Blue Bunny.  It’s very good ice cream!

Why in the world are they not selling 2 quart containers?  Blue Bunny isn’t even 1.5 quarts.

What’s up with that ice cream companies?

Give us back our 1/2 gallon containers!!!



Restoring History

Restoring History

Because of my painting skills, I have got quite good at restoring damaged photographs.   My business offers the service.  I can take a damaged photograph and produce a new restored copy.

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Before and After

The above picture was broken in half.  It had other damage throughout the image.   It is only one example.  I’ve dealt with damage ranging from chunks missing to extremely faded photographs.

Batch of Work

A client dropped off a batch of work this morning.  20 photographs ranging from excellent condition to extremely faded.  Fortunately they aren’t in a big rush.

It is nice seeing people interested in preserving family history.  I take pride in  providing this service.  I keep my costs simple – $1/minute + expenses.  My estimates are on the high end.  For example, I estimated a project to be $120, and it came to be $80.  A client who is happy with $120 will be happy with an $80 invoice.  As a result, I get quite a bit of repeat business from photo restoration clients.

It is important to note that I do not physically restore the damaged photograph.  Photographs are not paintings on canvas where physical restoration makes sense.  My work involves creating a copy and making that copy look better than the damaged original.  I give my client’s a new photograph that looks as good, if not better, than the original did when it was new.

Better Chair

Better Chair

I took Elizabethe to get a better chair for her desk.  She’s been complaining of lower back aches and we think it might be her office chair. We found one at Staples.

We ate at the food court at the mall.  She likes the bacon fries the sandwich shop sells, and the Bacon King from Burger King paired well.  It was too much food, but it was sure good.

Wegman’s Next Stop

At Wegman’s I picked up cheese and fruit for a between session lunch tomorrow.  I found a new cheese.  It looks like a cantaloup, but taste somewhat like cheddar.  It goes so well with grapes.

Tomorrow is General Conference, and consequently there is little time for meal preparation.  Because of that, cheese, crackers and fruit are great.


The rest of the day I retouched head shots.  The more I do, the faster I get.  The faster I get, the better my profit margin.

I also started a new painting.  I call it Pele the Volcano Goddess.  I’m far from done.  Elizabethe helped me realize I need more in the background on the left.

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Pele the Volcano Goddess

Pele is the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess.  I know, I’ve painted her caucasian, but it didn’t start with this theme.  Her dress and scarf were burgundy and I was trying to figure out what I’d paint in the background.  (Yeah, a little backwards not knowing where you’re heading when you start.)   I had her on a mountain top with blue sky and clouds.

It was then I had the idea that it was too cliche.  I started playing around making the scarf look like flames, and before I knew it, she was on the rocks above the ocean with hot lava all around.

Who knows, I may paint her hair black.  Not sure at this point.

Heidi’s Services

Heidi’s Services

Heidi’s services were this morning.  The turnout was great and I saw old friends.  Elder Clay from the Seventy was there, as well as many of Matt’s C.E.S. colleagues.

Cold and Rainy

It’s cold and rainy today.  After the services we chose to go home because I didn’t bring a coat.  As a result, we skipped the grave site dedication.

We came home, changed and went to Wegman’s to shop.  Elizabethe wanted to eat a Wendy’s so we had lunch there.

Saturday at Wegman’s is a zoo.  Note to self:  Avoid shopping on Saturdays or late Fridays or the night before a holiday.

There is still snow on the ground.  These cold rains (mid 30’s outside) don’t cause a lot of snow melt.  My guess is the snow will be gone sometime next week.


One of my paintings received comments that the face of the subject was too shadowed.  After studying the light I changed the angle of the head.  I studied it carefully and thought the lighting is all wrong.  So, I just flipped the head 180 degrees.

I’m not ready to show this painting yet.

I’ve been thinking about what I should paint next.  It’s a tough decision.

Studio Door

Studio Door

The studio door is in bad shape, and I have a 10% off coupon for Lowe’s.  I took the coupon and bought a new pre-hung door, and an electronic lock set.  It will be nice to have that door so that it doesn’t lock every time I shut it.

The price wasn’t bad.  $259 for a fiberglass door with a stained glass window at the top.  The next model down was only $40 less and it had no window.  But, with the 10% off, this came out to around the price of the cheaper door without the discount.

Schumann Construction is going to pick up the door for me.  That is nice.  There’s no way I can fit it in my car.

Painting Progress

I’m making painting progress.  I painted a faeries in the woods painting today.  Nah, I’m not going to show it in my blog.  It’s not my best work; it’s not my worst either.

When I finished it, I started on a watercolor.  It’s time I learn how to paint with watercolors in Corel Painter 2017.  It is different.  You can blend oil or acrylics.  You cannot blend watercolors.  As you overlay more paint, it gets darker in value.   You can lay oil on as thick as you want and the value remains the same.  That is not the case with watercolors.