Creamsicle – 17×16 Acrylic & Oil on Black/Chalkboard painted wood board
A dear friend of mine is about to welcome home her new daughter. She has put together a lovely room with and Asian theme in soft pinks, bold pinks, green and white that is just precious. After mentioning she’d like to hang a few decorative lanterns, i found some online with a cherry blossom motif. Unfortunately, the color scheme was all wrong. Long story short; my friend directed me to the lanterns she loved at Land of Nod. i ordered them right away, and we made a plan for me to paint them with a cherry blossom design in the correct color scheme. i gave them to her at her baby shower yesterday. You can see above how they came out. Sweet, right?
Note: i was concerned the paint might weaken the delicate paper and cause it to tear, so i practiced on an old paper lantern i had in my basement from my wedding almost 8 years ago! The bottom line is…use straight paint and a non-waterlogged brush. i dried mine thoroughly after rinsing between colors. Also, use a light touch, and don’t go over the spot too much rubbing on the paper. i had no problems at all using a light hand : )
As browse through my “vault” of images to post this “looking back” entry, i am realizing i really wrote and story-boarded quite a few children’s tales when i was a new mom. That doesn’t seem weird to me. That’s where my head was after all. But i just don’t remember doing it! HA! Not remembering stuff is, strangely, the thing i remember best from those sleep-deprived days.
Anyway, upon seeing this artwork, i do instantly remember the premise of the story. It was based on my son, who was a gold-medal drooler back then…. (Seriously, he drooled more than 10 babies and i kept him in rotating bibs constantly!) and his favorite blue monkey toy who, sadly, caught the lions share of said drool and who had a little rattle thingy in his belly that sounded like a hiccup. i came up with a story about how Dr Drool was a superhero and Hiccup was his trusty sidekick. They saved the world by slaying bad guys with SWACKS on the hiney with soaking wet drool bibs. Yowch! Totally believable. i also had an angle where the bad guys would always scare Hiccup’s hiccups away at the end of the mission… but they’d always come back. You know how it is. They always do.
If you think this story is silly, you’re probably right. But if you try thinking about it at 3am while in your 4th month of round-the-clock feedings and very little sleep…..trust me – IT IS HI-LAR-IOUS!