L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nurse G has a birthday

It was G's birthday yesterday.  Her birthday is one of several days in the year that brings about frenzied Photoshopping.  We both indulge in this activity.  (As I've often shared here.)  The yearly events thus honored are her birthday, my birthday, our anniversary, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.  We both have such fun trying to impress the other with our quite fantastic cleverness.  And, frankly, it's a lot easier and a lot less stressful than trying to come up with the perfect present or presents for each other.  (That's really hard; I don't know how people do that successfully.)  Need I add that it's also quite economical?

Because of G's great good care of me during the last month and a half of my recovery from my fall, it seemed only logical that this year's card should have a nursing theme.  This one is pretty simple, really.  I just Photoshopped G's face onto an old picture postcard of a WWII era Red Cross nurse.  The text was based on the sort of things you'd find on many postcards of that time, celebrating famous figures and/or exemplary wartime service.  I thought that since she needed a decoration, I'd use the Order of St. Nicholas, a fictitious award - named after our dear little dog, Nicholas - whose medal I designed for a recent painting.  (Because, in the painting, the medal and its ribbon are partly obscured, I needed to switch out the ribbon and Photoshop in the rest of the medal.)

Le Monocle - acrylic on panel - 16x12 - 2012

The "Order of St. Nicholas", inscribed with the faux Latin "Nicola Canis", is on the far right.

Oh, how G earned this medal!


  1. You've outdone yourself again. Whew - it's so satisfying to be married to a creative genius.

    1. Sweet. It's "so satisfying" that we BOTH can have so much fun doing this kind of silly stuff. : )