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Friday, October 22, 2010

Beach Babies & Gremlins

The Beach Babies are done! This is one of those paintings that I could sit and tweak until the cows came home but I think it's time to stop. I don't want it to begin looking overworked, overwrought, over-thought, etc. I hope it shows up correctly on screen. I'm still fooling around with my new monitor, trying to calibrate the colors, contrast, etc. Umm...looks like the colors of the water & sand are off on my screen but the babies look pretty accurate. I just wish I could know what my visitors are seeing.

Note: I swear...I have a gremlin visiting. I have had more things go wrong in the last few weeks, all mechanical in nature. The most recent 'happenings'...my computer mouse died. No big deal, right? Then the new one malfunctioned a day after I bought it and also had to be replaced. Two days later my computer monitor gave up the ghost. Fortunately my oldest son came to my rescue and found a great deal on a 19" flat screen to take the place of my poor little 15". All this made me nervous enough to call a local plumbing & heating contractor to come inspect my furnace as it's getting old and with winter coming that's one thing I can not live without. He'll be here next week and hopefully the news won't be too bad. Last night I took the time to sketch what I imagine my gremlin looks like. Nothing terribly threatening, just up to no good, throwing his wrench into things.

8 comments:

Julie Broom said...

Beautiful job of the beach babies - so soft and fresh, looks fab on my screen. Love your gremlin sketch too but hope he doesn't stay around too long >:-(

Billie Crain said...

Awww...thanks so much, Julie.:) I lost my lovely turquoise and teal colors in the water but that may be because of the lighting I shot the photo in. Thanks for letting me know the image looks good on your screen.

This darn gremlin just won't leave but the news isn't all bad. I have a better computer mouse and much better monitor now because of it. LOL

Jeanette said...

Sweet piece Billie. Very soft and has that look of childhood to it.

Photographing is never a precise science and so hard to get just the right colours isn't it?

I hope the gremlin moves on soon, but the upgrade to mouse and screen are bonuses.

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jeanette.:) This didn't turn out to be as difficult as I thought it would. I did worry about the skin tones but they weren't that hard to achieve. Sadly my water and the sand didn't translate well to the screen but suffice it to say, it looks pretty darn good IRL.

Robin Neudorfer said...

It turned out lovely Billie. Such a sweet image. I am sure the owner will be extremely pleased.

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Robin.:)

Diana said...

Turned out lovely, Billie. I'm sure the family will love it.

Billie Crain said...

I hope so, Diana. I painted this as a commission for someone who will be presenting it as a gift to her boss. Talk about pressure.