Sunday, January 21, 2018

NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month

So February kicks off NaMoPaiMo, or National Model Horse Painting Month, for model horse customizers. I paid my $2 entry fee, and started prepping my victim - traditional size Breyer Othello. I realize I should have signed up a Stablemate size, something small and manageable, but now I am officially committed. This is a giant of a horse.

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Intended color:
Buttermilk Buckskin

Othello/ Wintersong - Identify Your Breyer

I planned on airbrushing him with my brand new Christmas present, but I realize airbrushing isn't user friendly inside a house. I don't have another area to use, especially in winter in Indiana. Plus, I've never used an airbrush before. So I chickened out.

I am going to do pastels - which I've never done before, so this will still be a new experience for me. I also have been reading that finishing touches can be done with pencils and hand painted acrylics.

I will keep everyone posted in February on the various stages. At this point, I'm expecting it to take around twenty layers of different colors.

Paddington 2 - perfect in my mind!

I took my 6-year old to see Paddington 2 for the second time, and it was just as wonderful the second time around. It was such a great, fantastical movie where kindness is the overlaying emotion. Just as Paddington's Aunt Lucy says, "Be kind and polite and the world will be right."

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Bear in Trouble (Bing images)
The world of Paddington and his family seems so familiar, but so far away. Almost everyone eventually sees the good in Paddington, except one small minded fellow (who happened to play a Doctor in another show). It is a well-rounded story, including a villain. It isn't over the top silly, and it has just enough heart, avoiding the too sappy element. Paddington's expressions are a treat and all the supporting actors do a wonderful job.

I particularly enjoyed Joanna Lumley's (Patsy from Ab Fab) role and her "hot buns" comment. Classic! The lush scenery transports viewers to another world in which a bear that walks and talks isn't too extraordinary. Humor abounds within the film, making it thoroughly enjoyable.

I liked it so much I would definitely see Paddington 2 a third time if given the chance!