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It sounds worse than it is


At last, I got my caput mortuum! I didn’t order it specifically, it was part of a package of pigments. Cheapest way I could get my hands on a sample of all the colors I wanted.

But I have found it! The holy grail! The pigment that best matches color of a chicken’s comb with the sun shining through it! It is cadmium vermilion and I am inexpressibly chuffed.

It looks brighter when you mix it up.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and may all your chickens have bright and shiny combs.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 10, 2018, 2:07 am

Oh good. Now you can paint lots of pretty chickens.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 10, 2018, 12:46 pm

Um, it’s brown?? Rust. Actual rust? Interesting name, I’ll grant you. Sounds like it should be made from grave dirt or something.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 10, 2018, 1:56 pm


Just “Heh.”

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: February 10, 2018, 9:54 pm

Ms. Weasel, I admire your exuberance over a sample of red paint. Color is very important, and very tricky at times.

I, myself, am struggling to create a ‘passport photo’ that meets government specifications.

It would be much simpler to go to the place that does passport photos and let them do it. But I am a semi-skilled amateur photography and I have all the equipment, and I have the time to waste. It is a learning experience, and all the things I learn will be forgotten in a matter of weeks.

But it is a bright sunny day, and the natural lighting streaming into my south facing studio should not be wasted. We get so few sunny days.

I think I have one (out of fifty)that meets government specifications. I don’t have it sized and printed yet, however.

Time for pizza.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: February 11, 2018, 5:09 pm

Useful things: https://colossalshop.com/products/paint-water-mugs

Anonymous – lol that was a real cock-up in Dewsbury

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 12, 2018, 1:59 am

Man, somebody better hit the moisturizer — STAT!

Comment from Monty James
Time: February 12, 2018, 5:46 pm

I just know you’re going to have an opinion about this:

Here are Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits

I think it’s hilarious. The crowd reportedly gasped when Michelle Obama’s official portrait was revealed. You can find better work on the side of a community center.

Comment from MikeW
Time: February 12, 2018, 7:35 pm

Swease! You have an assignment!

Didj’a see the new official portraits off the Obamas! OMG doesn’t begin to cover it.


If you can do an animated GIF of BO side by side with Homer Simpson disappearing into the hedge, it would be *gold*. Gold, I tell ya!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 12, 2018, 8:10 pm

Wow wow wow, again, can I say wow again?

She looks like she’s wearing Jackie Kennedy’s crazy quilt tea cozy.
Even Felonia Von Pantsuit’s portrait looked better.

And Barry?
Like his agenda, lost in the weeds

Well deserved really.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 13, 2018, 12:26 am

And the WORST thing about the Mad Cow’s portrait is that they clearly have significantly shrunk her butt to get it on the canvas…

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