Perry the Nail Polish-apus

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and finally managed to pull it off… just in time for the birthday of the woman who gave me the idea! I was also inspired by this image on Spektor’s Nails, which was sent to me by another friend.

I present to you, Perry the Nail Polish-apus. I painted them myself, using L’Oreal’s “not a cloud in sight” for the background color. For the thumb nail, I did the ever iconic Perry face you’ve seen everywhere.

For the middle fingers, I did Perry as he appears when he’s a regular ol’ house pet.

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And, since everyone asked to see my right hand… you should know that I didn’t even attempt to do this while painting with my left. (Well, after the test run where I determined it wasn’t going to be a good idea.)

Below are the pix of the test run, done with my dominant hand.

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Lessons learned:

  1. Even teeny, tiny paintbrushes sometimes leave thicker lines than anticipated.
  2. It seems a lot easier to paint a simple design than it is, because you cant quite detach your hand from your wrist to put it at the angle you’d like.
  3. When you take close up pictures of your hands, everyone will see your cuticles.
  4. It’s really hard to take close up pictures of your own hand.

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So, I’ve been painting…

I’ve been painting a lot lately, but it’s left me with little time to talk about the painting I’m doing. I’ve done some more Phineas and Ferb characters, and even a few commissioned pieces. (Thanks to those of you who saw my autographed paintings and inquired about getting one of your own. It was quite touching, and humbling!)

Below are my latest pieces. I know I promised crafting diversity on this blog, and more of it will come, but when I’m in a phase, there’s no telling how long it’ll last. Don’t even get me started on all the Pinterest projects I’ve logged away and have been waiting to make. Acrylics are just ruling these days!

Below is “Something that doesn’t exist” and Bobblehead Perry from Phineas and Ferb. They’re both 8×10″ canvases.

I have been taking more progress pictures though. You can see how many tries it takes for me to settle on a shade of green for Swampy 😉 Me, a perfectionist? Nonsense.

Swampy, if you don’t recognize him, is the star of the highly addictive game “Where’s My Water?” Don’t say I didn’t warn you. He was commissioned by someone who saw my other paintings and wanted one of his own. I was thrilled to make it! (He, too, is on an 8×10″ canvas.)

I’ll post some more later on!

Painting Update

So I’ve done some new paintings recently of Phineas and Ferb characters, but haven’t posted any of them… Yesterday, however, I had the thrill of a lifetime.

Backstory (which is appropriate if you’ve ever seen the show):

The two most recent paintings I did were of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz wearing Steak Specs, and Peter the Panda rocking out to some PFT. Both are done with Acrylic on 8×10″ canvas. For some reason, I can’t find a picture of Doof. (I’ll work on it, and post it later.)

I went to Starbucks with a coworker for an afternoon pick-me-up, as per usual, and when I got back to my desk, two of my paintings were gone. I was a bit freaked out, as paintings don’t sprout legs when they feel like running off, and no one had left a note saying they were taking them. No one had seen anything, of course, so I sort of felt like a crazy person.

A bit later, I was heading back to my cubicle from my boss’ office, and there they were, miraculously replaced on their appropriate pegs. Only, there was something different…

My coworkers heard me exclaim something along the lines of, “NO WAY! HOLY CRAP!” and came running to see what was going on, with big smiles on their faces. Apparently everyone was in on it, this elaborate ruse.

A coworker in another department, who had often stopped by to see if I’d updated my painting collection, had taken them with him to a meeting with Dan and Swampy – the creators of Phineas and Ferb. Not only that, but he told me that were “blown away” by my paintings. He had asked them to sign these, and said they were hesitant because they didn’t want to ruin my artwork, or to have people think someone else painted them. (Which I understand.)

I couldn’t get over it. He and my boss asked me, afterwards, if I was happy with the surprise. AB-SO-LUTE-LY! I think it’s awesome to have someone, whose work you idolize, comment that your work is Dooftastic. And I thought it was pretty funny that it was on my artwork. If they weren’t one of a kind before…

Let’s just hope these don’t up and run away!

Perry and Meap

I’ve actually done a bit of painting lately, and it seems I found my newest inspiration in the Disney Channel show Phineas & Ferb. It’s a great cartoon, if you’re into wacky adventures, awesome musical numbers, and humor that’s silly for kids but with enough layers for an adult to enjoy as well. I am, on all counts.

Recently, I made these paintings for my cubicle. The first is of Perry, the boys’ pet platypus, after he’s been dressed up by the boys (Phineas and Ferb) to be in their Cirque (circus) act. Perry is also leading a double life as a secret agent, and the boys don’t know about it. He’s been painted in acrylic on an 8×10″ canvas.

The second photo is of the boys’ alien friend Meap. Meap is an intergalactic security agent, and his mustache is actually a translator to help him speak different languages. Without it, he merely says, “meap.” He is precious, barfs rainbows of death, and is also painted with acrylics on an 8×10″ canvas.

And here are the two paintings together, as they hang in my cubicle.

If you aren’t familiar with this show, you should definitely check it out. It’s one of the most popular children’s shows on Disney Channel, if not across networks. It’s not so juvenile that adults can’t enjoy it and, quite frankly, grown-ups will laugh just as hard at the incorporated references and throwbacks between episodes. A friend turned me onto it, and I’ve become somewhat of a fanatic in the past couple of months. I anticipate many more paintings of these fun characters. (At the moment, they’ve even replaced Stitch as my muse… Never thought I’d see the day!)

What characters do you find inspiring?