I decided to do a manicure to correspond with animal energy that has been present in my life this past spring into summer. My friend David and I have been noticing snakes during our walks through gardens and preserves. A garter snake swam across a tiny stream and spiraled up a branch and allowed herself to be pet. I had the chance several months ago to hold a python around my neck as it was preparing to shed. It's eyes were covered in a sheer blue film and it was very still and calm. Her owner commented repeatedly on how much her snake liked me. Good to know! I have kinship with animals in general, both domestic and feral. It's reassuring to me to find rapport with another member of the species. What better way to celebrate animal communication than with Konad stamping! I used the cobra image from plate M28 with Konad special polish in green. The lovely brown shimmer is OPI Charmed by a Snake from the India Collection.
Today at the store, a wood carver came in and dropped off consignment pieces. He creates snake wands. This is the first time he has ever offered these. I really want my own. My nails were ready! I brought a wooden snake out to the canal and commenced with my typical Thursday professionalism. All of these pictures can be enlarged. Click as you please!
Charmed by a Snake was very typical of OPI application. It took three thin coats for perfect opacity. I'm really enamored with the shimmer, a myriad of amber particles. I can't imagine a skin tone this wouldn't flatter. It's an earthy medium toned brown that appears neutral against my skin. It doesn't pull out specific cool or warm undertones. This polish has been among my untrieds for many months. I consider it the type of color that can get neglected in a collection containing so many standouts. It's a beautiful neutral shade that can offer versatility in style. Charmed by a Snake would also work well with a gold glitter topcoat.
A pleasant reminder: The contest to win NYC Molten Metal ends August 16. The giveaway is open to followers and e-mail subscribers. I'm thinking about doing a little something special once I have 50 followers. I have a few ideas in progress. It's not far away either with 44 followers at the moment I am typing! I really do appreciate each person who visits, looks at pictures and reads through my meanderings. The comments have been so inspiring and joyful to read.
Thanks ladies. Happy painting!