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May 13, 2012
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Just in under the wire, I got it done this weekend!  My personal pledge for this week: More balance.  More me time.  Which means, more manicures.  Last week took all the gas out of me and that’s just no way to function.  And I can’t take care of other people if I don’t take care of myself, you know?

So!  For posterity, I snapped a pic of the polish before I went and doodled all over it (or cleaned up my hands) — this one is OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, and I dig it.  And I don’t generally get into the more muted/nude tones (I’m a color girl!), but this one… it’s lovely, and perfect in two coats.  Keep on keepin’ on, OPI.

OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh

Then last night after the memorial celebration for Dr. Klimitas at Belladoggie I sat at home and painted in some of the wild things, having really been touched by the passing of Maurice Sendak this last week, and receiving multiple requests for it (everybody, stop. dying. please.)  I wasn’t a super fan of the movie, but I absolutely adore the book and story.  So I put (from pinky to index) Aaron, Moishe, Max and Tzippy, who was a little more purply than I intended, but once it got started I couldn’t stop, and I’m never mad at purple anyway.

The illustrations were a little tricky though, at least at this scale; the detail of his illustrations for this book very are minute, with dots and fine lines every which way to create shading and depth.  Since that didn’t quite float on a nail (I can’t get hundreds of dots into a square millimeter, I’m just not that good… yet.), I tried to use color shading to give it the same effect, instead of going to my safe place and doing it all cartoon-y style.  I like it.  And maybe just because I enjoy the original so much, but it was fun flashing these around all day.

So thank you Mr. Sendak…and thank you Dr. Klimitas.  Your works both touched me, and I hope can inspire me to be a better person in my own life.

Moishe Where the Wild Things Are

Aaron Where the Wild Things Are

Max Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak nail art

Where the Wild Things Are Nails

10 Responses

  1. Chandra says:

    Those look so good! Awesome job, reminds me of childhood!

  2. Enjeliqua says:

    Wow!! These turned out soooo awesome!! great job!! xo E

  3. Oh woow, you did SO well, again, thanks for sharing :)

  4. These look amazing, you did wonderful one them!! I love love love how they turned out!! ^.^

  5. nail crazy says:

    you’re unbelievable!!!
    this is awesome *.*

  6. mousiemomma says:

    wow! just…wow! (in a good way lol)

  7. the nerd says:

    Thank you ladies! I hated having to wait so long to do them, but was really enjoying them as I did — I swear this stuff deserves most of the credit for keeping me sane. Ish.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    These incredible nails were well worth the wait to see–I can’t say I’m surprised, but you did such an amazing job with them! You can totally see the care and affection that went into painting these. :)

  9. the nerd says:

    Thanks Elizabeth — I really did love ‘em. It warms my little heart to know y’all appreciate them too!

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