A week or two ago, Jaye Wells (yes, the recent Thinking Blogger Award winner) wrote a post asking about what skill we wished we had. I answered painting.
Then, I remembered that once in my life, I painted something I thought was pretty good. Kind of my big moment, I guess. After that, I was all painted out.
So, Jaye promptly challenged me to post a picture of this (in)famous work of art. Since I never shrink from a challenge, here we go!
One Easter, my wife and I got the bright idea to paint Easter eggs with real pictures. We pulled out a couple of artsy magazines for ideas, then blew out a few eggshells for our canvas. Hours later, a few of them turned out nice, a few not so nice, but one really came together. I did one side and my wife did the other.
This is my side. A nice spring forest over a slow stream. I kept my fingers in the picture for scale.
This is my wife's side. Butterflies visiting the Delphinium.
We used acrylic paint, then coated the whole thing with clear polyurethane. As you can see by the date here, the colors have held up well for 14 years! It's pretty tough too because of the polyurethane. I wouldn't want to wing it against concrete, but it might survive a little drop.
Our masterpiece resides at my in-laws' house. Today, at Easter dinner, it was my big chance to get pictures.
Also an FYI:
If you're interested, I've added a permanent picture of me and a few words under the "Finding Your Way in the Night" link on the sidebar.