Better But Weak

Better But Weak

I’m better but weak. By that I mean I’m over the flu, but I am so weak.  This virus really ravished my body.

We went to church today and made it through the entire 3 hour block.  I’m exhausted from it, but feel good that we went to church.

We’re also feeding the sister missionaries tonight, however, it’s all crock pot stuff with a few simple additions.

Current Projects

Now that I’m feeling better, it is time to work on my current projects.  This winter I will prepare my print competition paintings.  I’ve started working on a few.

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Based on the song by the police.  It is a scene of a school teacher being pressed against the wall by a student.  On the chalk board is written, “Reading Assignment – Nabokov, Lolita.
  • The Farmer’s Daughter – an old farm couple on the porch with their young daughter talking to a young man standing on the front lawn.
  • I Shoot RAW – a parody on the old question, do you shoot RAW or JPEG?
  • She Does Her Best Work After 5pm – an office scene with a guy being seduced by his secretary.
  • Are You Coming to Bed? – A young husband wrapped up in a video game while his wife stands in the doorway.
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Don’t Stand So Close To Me

There are some others, but I need to create at least 4 for this year.  Anything beyond 4 will be saved for next year’s IPC.

Digital Painting

More and more I’m enjoying digital painting as much, or perhaps more, than photography.  It seems everyone thinks if they own a digital camera they can be a professional photographer.  However, painting is something most people won’t take the time to learn and develop the talent.

Doll Dress

Doll Dress

I sold the studio mannequin and used the money to get a very detailed 1:6 scale doll.  Barbie is also 1:6 scale and consequently I figured I could use a doll dress that fits Barbie.  Boy, was I wrong.

Barbie’s proportions are not realistic at all.   Most Barbies (and they are not all the same), have oversized busts and heads, while the rest of their body, limbs included, are overly long.

This doll has  realistic proportions.  However, there are only two choices – medium or large bust.  The medium bust doll was $40 more and the face wasn’t as pretty.

The doll arrived the other day while I was in that class.  Today Elizabethe got one of her Barbie dresses and I attempted to dress the doll with it.  The arms are too thick, the hips too wide and the chest too big.

Dress Modifications

Elizabethe using her sewing skills modified the dress and it fit the non-Barbie 1:6 doll.

Now you are asking… what are my plans with a tiny doll?

My plan is to use them to paint romance novel style paintings.  Yes, I want to paint pictures for romance novels.  I’ve never read a romance novel, and  never will, but I like the Victorian style paintings most covers feature.

After she modified the gown I grabbed one of the Ken Dolls from her collection and snapped a couple of pictures to see if my idea is going to work.

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Dolls Posed in Romance Novel Style Pose

Other Discoveries

Other discoveries include…

  • Sticky skin that attracts very spec of dust.
  • The head and neck articulate well.
  • The body feels very fragile and when posing it, you feel like you might break it.
  • The hands come off, but again, you feel like it is about to break.
  • Ken is a lousy model

Future Paintings

Until I find a suitable “male” model, I’ll photograph the female doll with various victorian outfits.  It will be a good reference model for doing paintings.  It beats those wood dolls they sell in the art stores.

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Art Doll

First Day Shopping

Today was the first day for grocery shopping.  It feels good to eat fresh foods again.

I also took Elizabethe to dinner at her favorite – Longhorn Steakhouse – for her birthday.

MAG Visit

MAG Visit

I took Elizabethe for a MAG visit today.  She has never been to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, and while it isn’t her thing, she appeased me by going.

The current guest display is of Escher’s work.  I learned much of his work are woodcuts.  All this time I thought they were pen and ink.  It is impressive to see his work.

My favorite painter is William-Adolph Bouguereau.  They have two of his paintings.  Of the two, this is my favorite:

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William Bouguereau Painting

Elizabethe was so impressed with the detail she asked me to get a picture of the toes.  For a 19th Century artist, his detail is impressive.  They didn’t have cameras back then, so this young lady had to pose for a LONG time.  This was painted just a few years before he died.

While we were out and about we had lunch at Aja Noodle at 12 Corners for the first and last time.  The place was cold, unattractive, over priced and the service wasn’t very good.  (The waitress was a little curt.)  The flavor of the food was so-so.

You know, for $35 for two people for LUNCH, you’d expect to have a GREAT meal, not a so-so meal.  For $7-8 at Happiness Garden I can get noodles or rice and be quite pleased with the taste.

IPC Ready

IPC Ready

I’m IPC ready.  I submitted my 8 images (4 photographs, 4 paintings) to ICP today.

I found myself asking, “Why am I doing this?”

Is it for the honor of men?
Will it help bring in more clients?
Is it worth it at all?

To let a panel of people decide whether or not your image deserves a merit is, when you think of it, kind of strange.  One of the best photos I have ever shot did not receive a merit at IPC.  In fact, it upset other Master Photographers more than it did me.  After all, they already had the credentials, and then to have spurred me on all year proclaiming mine was not only a merit print, but should be added to the Loan Collection only discounted their opinions too.

At this point, it would be silly to drop out.  I’m 3 merits away from being a Master Photographer, and 7 from being a Master Artist.  That would be like attempting to swim across the English Channel, getting almost there, and then swimming back because it is too far.

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Title: Lips – a Loan Collection Image

Emotionally Vested

An artist is emotionally vested in his/her work.  That makes it difficult to see little things the judges might catch.  You miss these little things because the image provokes an emotional response when you look at it.  They have no prejudicial emotion and so they see things you don’t.  I get that, and that is what makes choose the images so hard.

Sorting Magazines

Every once in a while I have to go through and sort magazines.  I think I spent about 2 hours doing that today.  The library is in for a big donation of recent magazines.  (I keep getting free subscriptions.  While some of them are free, many of them I have to write and tell them to stop sending them because their content is stupid, evil, or both.)

Either way, I’m ending this day being IPC Ready.

Heavy Rains

Heavy Rains

We woke this morning to heavy rains.  It was one of those rains where the rain gutters over filled, spilled over and filled the window wells and leaked in to the basement.  I hate when that happens.

Rain gutter cleaning is a huge deal out here.  When you get as much rain as we do, you have to make sure the gutters are clean and drainage away from the house is unobstructed.  Otherwise, you can end up with a flooded basement.

I spent a good portion of the day preparing images for a potential client to view.  In spite of having a lightening fast computer, I still yearn for more speed.  Computers can never be fast enough.

While part way in to this project, a lady called requesting some more images, so I then had her request to handle too.  By the time I got done it was after 10pm.  Yawn.  It made for a very long day.

But, in the mean time, I found this cool painting.  I had forgot that I ever did this.

This got me thinking about setting aside days to go through old images looking for forgotten gems.

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Forgotten Painting

I wish I had room to print and display my work.  Better yet, buy my work, display it, and just send me a picture taken with your phone so I can see how it looks on your wall.

Here’s how it looks matted and framed.  (My suggested matting and framing… you can choose whatever you want on my web site.)

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Now, wouldn’t that look cool in your family room or garage?

Old Muscles

Old Muscles

You’ve probably heard it said, “Growing old sucks.”  That isn’t entirely true, but old muscles are a pain… in the literal sense.  They seem to lose their elasticity as they get older.  Hence, parts of the body sag or the tighten up so much, it hurts.

For our date today, I took Elizabethe to get a therapeutic massage.  (By the way, if you’re interested, for the rest of this month my massage therapist is offering people I refer 50% off their 1st visit!!!)  My back and neck were so tense the therapist asked, “Have you been doing your stretches with the big elastic strip?”

“No”, I said sheepishly, “I have it, but I haven’t been using it.”

She commented that her being able to tell that from my condition was proof to her I had not been using it.  I guess it is like visiting the dentist.  You can’t lie about flossing.  They can tell if you floss or not.  Likewise, your massage therapist can tell if you have been doing the exercises prescribed to help your condition.

I really felt pulverized after the visit.  I felt relaxed while on the table, even though some of the muscles were tight and sore, but after the massage, those same tight muscles felt like they had met their match… and lost.

The lady I see for massage is also a studio client.  She showed me how her portrait I painted looked framed.  The last time I saw the painting is when I met with her and the framer.  Now, I get to see it all framed.

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Mary Ann and Her Portrait

It really turned out great.  The frame, as with any work of art, can really add to the impact, and they did a great job framing this.  (You can see more of my work at http://www.dbwalton.com and http://www.FineArtbyDB.com )

We had to rush home because we had house guests for the night.  We got home and got them settled.  They are a senior missionary couple from Fallon, Nevada, here to spend the night and celebrate their anniversary.  We had a nice visit with them

By the time we went to bed, my body was sore.  I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better in the morning, but these old muscles need some rest.

Feels Like Saturday

Have you ever had one of those days when it felt like a different day of the week?

Today was one of those days.  I had to keep reminding myself, “It isn’t Saturday… tomorrow is.”

Crazy.  I’m not sure why, it just feels like a Saturday today, which is funny because I’m self-employed and I normally work Saturdays anyway.

I haven’t been wandering around with my camera because I’ve been letting my back heal.  I think I’ve been doing it more damage by pushing myself as soon as it starts to feel better, then I end up paying the price that night.  So, I’ve had to force myself to work for a short period, lay down and rest, and then repeat the cycle.  It’s been working.  I just hope I don’t do something stupid in the next few days that pulls on that muscle.

I’m concentrating on what to paint in the next year.  My plan is to paint for myself, and if someone wants to buy it, great.  If not, I’ve got a great painting for my home.  Oh, and Helen Yancy taught me how to track my time spent on a painting.  That way, when someone exclaims, “You want HOW MUCH for that painting!!?” I can come back and explain how many hours it took to create it.

People are funny…. They love great art, and many of them have no problem stealing it.  Yes, stealing it.  I’ve had one of my stolen.  I didn’t say anything about it as I’m sure they didn’t know they stole it.  In this case, they right-clicked on the image on the Internet and used it in a flyer without my permission.  Yes, that’s theft.  That’s why I’m trying to be more vigilant in watermarking stuff I place on the Internet.  Although I don’t consider as good as Greg Olsen, I’ve seen a lot of his work stolen too.  (No, it is not okay to print a picture from the Internet and use it in an art project in a church class.  It’s not even okay to do that and use it as a visual aid in a class, unless it is clearly stated that such use is okay.)

Oh, I digress…

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is, respect the artist and the time they invest.

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I subbed for a friend at the temple tonight.  It was enjoyable.  You always feel like you are surrounded by friends when in the temple.