I got calls for two parties for today, but they were able to work around each other so I could paint at both! I love it when that happens.
The first was a baptism luncheon in Wayne, NJ, with some really terrific kids. The first one I painted was this beautiful girl who let me match her butterfly to her top, but my favorite thing about this photo is the face of the girl waiting behind her. The whole thing is just too funny!
That comical girl, with a favorite color of blue and a flowered blue and yellow dress, chose flowers.
This one very specifically wanted a rose.
And of course, there were a couple more butterflies.
This next young lady was the surprise of the day. Upon sitting across from me, she immediately pointed to my range of pink face paints and said she wanted sparkles. No problem. So I asked her what she wanted to be painted as, expecting flowers, princess, or a butterfly. What I got, though, was, "MONSTER!" Well, OK, then. One sparkly pink monster comin' up!
Of course, there had to be a couple tigers. My purple tiger's mom was surprised at her choice, but loved it.
After seeing the tigers, this gentleman chose a lion. A very serious lion. I think the tie makes it even better.
And to finish the "Oh My Trilogy," as one dad put it, a couple bears were in the mix... lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!
The girl loved her fish, but at two, my boy bear was a little too squirmy for the detail. Another squirmy customer was this young Spiderman, also two, who had never been painted before. He was decisive about his choice, though, and though it's not the best Spidey I've ever painted, his reaction is totally worth it. As soon as I showed him the mirror, he started laughing in delight and just didn't stop.
Then I was off to my second party, a first birthday in West Milford, NJ.
This was a somewhat older crowd, but the girl who wanted to be first just couldn't pinpoint what she wanted to be. I went through a list of animals, flowers, and other subjects, but when I got to "eye mask," she lit up and told me her favorite color was blue. That made me happy, since it's mine too!
I think it went great with her awesome red hair. An onlooker liked it so much, she wanted the same thing, but her favorite color was red.
I only had one cat today, so I had to make it as sparkly as possible. Obviously.
After the party's requisite butterfly (what's a face painting party without butterflies?) ...
... I had two less typical requests. First, a turtle, who after I painted her walked around exclaiming, "I'm adorable!" She was, too.
And second, my first ever attempt at a phoenix. I see room for improvement, but it wasn't bad for the first time. I'll work on it.