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About 4 months ago, I was thrilled to find out I had won a gift certificate to Photofiddle.com. I won it just by commenting on one of Dawn's blogs here. See? Sometimes wasting time commenting on blogs is profitable.
What is Photofiddle you ask? It is a fun site where you can upload any photograph and choose a style of painting and they will turn your photo into a painting. There are several styles to choose from and options for photo collages too. There is everything from oil painting to cross stitch and everything in between like fantasy and sponge painting, impasto or even light bright. Check it out, it is really fun! Any how, I thought it would be fun to get a painting made for my husband to take to his office. (Because at home, it wouldn't last long.) I like to paint, but I would never get around to making a painting for a gift, so this was a quickie way to get it done, right? One would assume.
First, however, you need a great photo. Turns out, I didn't really have one. I mean, if I used a photo of just one of the kids, it would upset the others who weren't in the picture. I could do me, but I am extremely un-photogenic, so any good picture of me, if I could find one, it would be so old, probably I would no longer be recognizable. So I decided to take a picture of all the kids together.
Trying to get everyone together at once and have everyone actually wearing clothes or clothes without holes and stains was not an easy feat. Once I managed to do that, I had issues with getting everyone to get together and get something looking decent. We tried inside:
Cut the faces, and lose the football!Great! There's still a hole in a knee and some goofy smiles and an unhappy diva.Still can't settle down and keep our hands to ourselves. There are several more pictures like this or worse. So we went outside. It was FREEZING. We got shots like this:Someone's upside down, someone's hiding behind his hood. Best we can do, but those are pretty cheesy frozen grins and the background is just more cluttered than I'd like. I decided I would need to get them all dressed in something like school clothes and take them right after school when it was warmer to somewhere really scenic and get some shots of them in a more natural setting. Plus, then maybe the coats could hide stains. So, we got some good shots. From behind. The front facing ones were more like this:Laser head. Need I say more?Maybe their faces are just naturally goofy? From behind, I had several great choices. So I deliberated and narrowed it down to about 8. then I fiddled. I fiddled, and I fiddled, and i fiddled. I tried different styles, different cropping, I tried photoshopping different saturations, etc to see how it affected coloring. I asked questions, asked for tweaking, and in general, drove the photofiddle people crazy. I had gotten them to fix the shading and detail on one painting, but since I had done some photoshopping messing with the same pose, I found it impossible for us to get the original without the mess in the background so it would all look the way I want. So, I tried a similar pose. Then I couldn't get anyone who spoke English or Artist to understand the one simple little thing I needed adjusted on it. So, I decided on another pose that didn't need any help. I tested it in different frames and in a room with different colored walls, etc. I chose it in oil painting, but frankly, it looks like watercolor to me. However, it looks really great. If you are not an artist, you will love this site. If you are, you may save everyone a lot of trouble and just paint it yourself, or just don't be as picky as me. Honestly, it took me as long to fiddle in the end as it would to paint. It still seemed lazier doing it on the computer. And in the end, it turned out great and Papi LOVED it. So do I. It totally captures our kids, right down to the untied shoelaces and unfailing hats and hoods. Here it is. If you click on it, you can see it up close and in detail. And that's all she wrote for now.