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04-30-2014, 09:11 PM

Welcome the the Goal Post. Goal setting is a very good tool to help people get organized. If you write or post your thoughts, you are more committed and have a better chance of reaching those goals.

Your goals can be short term or long term. They can be daily, weekly, monthly or annual goals. Goals are personal, so everybody's goals will be different. They are your goals, so you can do what ever you want.

Come join the regular gang and get encouragement to help you reach your goals. We have a very friendly group and we are always looking for new people to join us.


04-30-2014, 09:44 PM
Hi Gang

I have been busy with watercolors for the first four months of 2014 and even packed up my pastels and put them in storage. Watercolor is the medium of choice right now and I will keep at it now that the courses are over. I even put a plein air set together today. Hopefully I will be able to find some places to park and paint from the comfort of my vehicle.

This past week has been taken up with yard work and setting up the patio. A little each day is all I can do, but it must be done. With the yard work and our daughter's graduation at the end of May on Vancouver Island, plus a visit to the in-laws thrown in for good measure, I don't think it would be wise to make any art related goals.

I was wondering if anyone would like to volunteer to take over hosting the Goal Post? I have been doing it for five years now and I think it might be time for a change. It isn't difficult. You just have to copy and paste the intro and start the new thread every month and check in here once every couple of days. I get so wrapped up reading all the watercolor info that I don't come over here for days at a time. If you want to do the hosting you can pm me or you can let me know here in the thread.

Happy painting,


05-01-2014, 04:00 PM
Aw, it's sad to think of anyone else doing the Goal Posts...But then again, I know maybe having lessons from a different set of eyes and fingers will be beneficial as well.

My goals for the month of May include:
-Try to stick to smaller paintings for this month, (:-D Maybe I burnt myself out with that last one!)
-Experiment with paintings using a broad range of perspective.
-Work on perspective, period! :-D
-Try to do at least one animal painting.
-If any art is sold, purchase samples of different pastels and pastel pencils.
-Begin to build up a reference library for water/waves, animals, and
-Choose a fruit or vegetable to do a study of.

-Find a safe and secure way to bring my pastels and stuff around on the go! We may be moving in the next month or two, and the place we'll be staying is TINY!!! I need to be able to easily store and take out my pastels and easel. Any suggestions!? :-D Oh, I can't wait until I get an art studio!!! :-P

05-02-2014, 07:09 AM
Hi Doug, yes you have been doing the Goalpost for some time. All of the time I have been here I think. So thank you very much for that. I am sorry that you feel unable to continue but then watercolours are very absorbing. In-so-much that you have no stated goals this month.

Hello Rebecca, you do have some absorbing goals there this month on top of moving in the near future? Yes it is nice to have a 'studio' even if it doubles as another room (our's is our dining room when family visits) at busy times.

My goals are similar to last month's but I do have a couple of inclusions in the non art side.

Goals for May 2014

Art Goals
Prepare 15 graphite drawings for painting for the ATC project.
More work on the other side of the pastel box (carried over from last 2 months)
Do a pastel painting.
Attend a watercolour w/shop on the 17th of this month with Joe Dowden
Non Art Goals
Try to rebuild/diagnose the other computer (carried over from last month)
Attend an archery coaching session this Sunday
Attend four archery practice sessions
Take Son and Grand Sons metal detecting on Seaford Beachjim :crossfingers:

05-02-2014, 01:50 PM
Doug, thank you so much for hosting for five years! That totally rocks. I love the Goal Post and find it helps so much.

So much so that I will commit to do it if you don't get another volunteer who's more reliable with this caveat. I can and will put the start post in and put that on an appointment on my phone, the way I do medical appointments. It'll go up on time unless my Internet goes out. However, I would feel a lot happier about it if I also have a co-host or alternate even if you'd rather have me, because even when I'm heavily involved I sometimes get sick or distracted or both and can be gone for a long time.

I'd like to get more into my pastels again and more active here, so your request comes at a good time. Can I split the job with someone? Or of course you could just take them since everyone but me is more reliable due to the usual medical thing, but on the up side, I'm always home and still live online so I'm always there.

Anyway, that's my art goals for this month.

1) Participate more, especially on Pastels Forums
2) Do at least one pastel this month. Pan Pastels count! So do pastel pencils of course, but also my sticks.

I had to move around my art supplies yesterday because of home care and building maintenance so wound up handling my Unisons and drooling at the beauty of all their colors through the transparent lid. That aluminum case on them was so worth it because keeping them visible and dust-covered at the same time makes me want to use them!

Third goal, work on the Big Portrait too. Either a next stage or finish the painting, but this is likely to be a good month for weather!

Non-art goal, work on editing Chazho which I'd already gotten to Chapter 15 on out of 44 chapters.

Rebecca, both Jerry's Artarama and Dick Blick online are very good at sending samples of artist grade pastels and pastel pencils. Email them on the "contact" feature on the website and just ask for samples of the brands you want to try. The Sennelier sample is awesome, three primary color sticks in a little box. I can't remember if they're slightly undersized or normal full sticks but they were beautiful hues of intense red, yellow and rich deep ultramarine blue.

This policy was totally cost effective when it came to me because I wound up buying not just one but several sets after getting the samples. I think they know that. Random choice of colors but no two samples were the same color. Their textures vary so much that it is really important to find the brands that fit your hand and you like the feel.

Your art goals are inspiring! There are lots of good tutorials on perspective including some here on WetCanvas up in Drawing & Sketching, where there's a complete course in drawing. Having a ruler handy and a protractor helps a lot. So does sketching lightly before ink or pastel or anything, light enough to erase. Last tip on it: the horizon line in the painting is actually arbitrary, it is Your Eye Level seeing the scene. It moves around by whether you sit or stand or whatever, which means that you can decide where it fits on the page and crop the scene around it to suit. Because it's called the horizon line whether visible or not (it can be blocked by trees and buildings and still be implied by the height of people, trees and buildings in the scene and the angles of the roofs and bases), this was the part of perspective that confused me for decades even after I learned to do it mechanically. I didn't understand how you could decide where to put it till someone said it was actually Eye Level. Of the artist first and then of the viewer.

Hope that helps. LOL I'm going into my long posts again!

Jim, great goals! You're making steady progress. This totally rocks. I will build up again as you are inspiring!

Purring at everyone, definitely hoping for other volunteers either cohost or host and I'll just be a pinch hitter if you're out sick or whatnot. I need this thread, it's helped me in every way for years to reach my goals.

05-02-2014, 03:58 PM
Great goals Jim! I hope you can get them all done! I admit, I'm a little jealous of the archery bit. I may never be able to do that again. But hey! At least I can still do pastels! :-D

I admit, my goals may be a little deep, but I've discovered that if I make it a point to make every second of my day worth more than a dollar, I get SO much more done! You should try it sometime! :-D I'm not really expecting to get EVERYTHING done, but dream big right? Lord willing, I'll get at least two-thirds done!

You've got some great goals too, Robert! I admit, your fascination with Pan Pastels are starting to rub off. Now I'm going to have to get some to try! :-D

Thank you for your suggestions too. You've no idea how helpful that was. And I've never thought of contacting Blik's or Jerry's for samples. Great idea!

And a question to whoever. Someone (a sibling, not saying who) accidentally knocked over my box of Senneliers off my desk and onto the floor. With such soft pastels, you can only imagine what happened! I couldn't even help clean it up! (Another sister helped me with that!) Now I have quarter-sticks or smaller pieces. I'm going to try to use what I can, but is there an easier way to handle the small pieces?

Not sure if anyone can help me with that. But here's hoping! :-D

05-02-2014, 07:14 PM
Doug...So grateful to you for the years you have hosted this thread. It is one of the few I really relate to and look forward to. Robert, that's a wonderful offer, to host -or share hosting.. to continue the Goal Post.

I'm sure someone will step up to help you out as well...unfortunately, I am not in a position to at this time, as I am so sporadically involved in posting as it is...
But Doug, you certainly do deserve a break! and do hope you keep us posted on your watercolor endeavors...

As has sort of been my pattern, I'm off to a good start (working on a Spotlight already)...But how long it will last is another story...
Sooo my goal is to do 2 Spotlights, and one more from another photo. That's it.

05-03-2014, 03:13 AM
is there an easier way to handle the small pieces?:-D
Hi Rebecca, you have to break them to use them..:eek:.... so they tell me :confused: :lol:

I have heard of peeps grinding the bits to dust then adding some distilled water and rolling them into sticks again before putting them on a window sill to dry. I am catching and saving the dust from pastel paintings in a glass jar. It is a lovely shade of grey.....I intend making a new stick out of that using the above method.

05-03-2014, 08:06 AM
Hmmm, that may be something to try. There are a few that broke up so much, they have pieces too small to use.

05-03-2014, 07:02 PM
There are a few that broke up so much, they have pieces too small to use.

You need to keep the colours separate or you will end up with a mid grey very suitable for a back ground colour :angel:.

05-03-2014, 08:09 PM
Thanks! :-D

05-07-2014, 10:49 AM
Doug, thank you for hosting this thread and I'm glad to see that Robert has stepped up. I hope you will still post even though you've gone over to "the dark side". (Guess because it's watercolors it would be the light, transparent side)
Jim, good luck with the archery and the pastels box. Love hearing about your progress.
Rebecca, Judi, Robert and Jim, great goals.
Now that spring has finally arrived, a lot of my time is taken up by working in my yard and gardens. I've enlarged a small perennial bed (4x4 to 12x18) and have been busy with that. And then there are all the other beds that demand attention and mowing and getting the pool clean for the summer. (Wondering if it will ever be hot enough to go in) So, for my art related goals, I will regularly attend both pastel and watercolor class (that gives me 6 hours/week) and continue to get my work "out there". Just dropped off a painting at another local association for a juried show. Will know by tonight if it was accepted or if I need to bring it home tomorrow.....the more likely scenario.

05-07-2014, 11:21 AM
Oh, well we'll hope not, Peg! I'm sure you worked hard on the painting, and it would be great if it was accepted! Please let us know what happens!

I just gave a Master Gardener class yesterday on Veggie Gardening - It's not THAT hard! Gardening is a fun hobby, and if ever I get my art studio, I want it smack dab in the middle of a beautiful cottage garden (designed by me, of course!) :-D

05-07-2014, 04:15 PM
Thanks Robert!!! I contacted many different places, and I'm getting free samples from all over! Sometimes I had to contact the company directly, but I am getting about eight different samples from dickblick. Yay!

I got my Schincke samples in today!

Of course, I had to doodle a bit to see how I liked them! :-D

I LOVED them!!! They kind of remind me of my Senneliers as far as softness goes (they may be a tad more firm), but the quality of the actual stick is SO much better. They go on paper smooth as butter, but you have to be careful not to press too hard, or a little may crumble off. If you use the correct technique, you don't have a problem!

05-09-2014, 01:55 PM
Rebecca, how wonderful to receive presents (samples) in the mail. Although I love the softness of Schminckes, they just seem to crumble way to much for me. Just had a master gardener meeting yesterday. Lots of projects going on and they all need workers. Along with my own stuff, it's pretty overwhelming.

Just wanted to let you all know that my pastel was accepted into the show. I am so excited (and surprised).

05-10-2014, 12:04 PM
Thank you Peg, what lovely news that your painting was accepted . Wish you was a neighbour with your gardening skills. The closest that I have got to the garden was metal detecting when the grandsons came last week. I let SWMBO deal with the gardener :thumbsup:.

Hi there Rebecca, and you a gardener as well! Ok you can live the other side :lol:. I hope you get that studio in the middle of a neat cottage garden. I like your doodle to try out the sticks.

I did attend the archery coaching last Sunday but they have gone over to the paperwork I thought I'd left in 1996. Goals, objectives and SWOT analyses etc. YUK! I only want a bit of fun! This page is goal enough for me :angel:.


05-10-2014, 07:23 PM
Rebecca, that's so awesome. I like your doodle. I tend to do that too with samples, do monochrome or bichrome or whatever it is sketching to see how they handle on different papers. Schminke ones are good, but you're right about them handling a little differently. I've noticed tha every brand does and after a while my hands just learn to recognize what I'm holding so I can mix brands in the same painting as long as they're the same general category. They each have a slightly different effect too.

Result, a good collection and I pull various small limited palettes out of what I have without hesitation.

Congratulations on your pastel being accepted in the show! Also on the gardening class. I can appreciate why you'd want your studio in the middle of a garden. I would too if I could keep up on the gardening, but disabilities prohibit it.

Regarding Pan Pastels, either the 10 or 20 color Painters Sets are the most economical starters. Ten Painters colors is a complete palette in itself perfect for plein air, and fits in a small tray that goes in a backpack. The trays are extremely handy and worth the money. 20 Painters is all the pigments in one set, so you have every color possibility but will be doing a lot of mixing. Tints, Shades and Deep Dark Shades are convenience colors and very useful. My plein air kit is two 10 color trays: 10 Painters and the other tray has 5 Tints set and 5 Deep Dark Shades set colors, all pulled from my full range set. But I could get by with just one tray and sometimes do depending on space.

Great goal, Judi!

I did my Spotlight and posted it, I think I already posted it since I did it back on the 5th. The robin came out great. I've got it up on my wall now and might go back for another since it's still early this month. Or do one from one of the garden photos I got last Wednesday.

05-14-2014, 04:12 PM
Almost half-way through the month, and I have achieved my goals!
However, have not been able to post.
I had to get a new printer/scanner, as well as a new desktop computer. The programs are different from what I was used to, and I haven't quite figured out how to 'edit' my photos the way I did. Or what program to send them too.

Will keep experimenting, and hopefully will be able to post before too long...
Meanwhile, nice to see what everyone else is doing...

05-16-2014, 01:21 PM
Yay, congratulations on your goals! I have some new rose photos that I looked through and will be working on mine.

Have still been goofing off but sketching a little more often. Doing better this month overall.

05-27-2014, 08:48 PM
Hi Gang!

Sorry about not being around. I haven't been able to paint because of the more intense back and leg pain. I just found out I now have arthritis in my back, which explains the back pain and the sciatica is just caused from the nerve damage. My doctor is sending me to a pain specialist to see if there is anything he can do to relieve some of the pain. Even if he can tell me things I can do (or not do) to help out it will be worth it. It is so frustrating not being able to paint. I just can't be creative if the pain is too intense and if I take too many meds, I am in a fog and can't paint. I keep telling myself that thing could be worse. It reminds me of a joke about minor surgery: the only minor surgery is surgery someone else is having. :lol:

Now we are off to Vancouver Island for our youngest daughter's graduation. I can't believe the four years are up. I am really looking forward to watching her receive her BA, but my back isn't looking forward to it. Oh well, I wouldn't miss is for anything. We are very proud of her.

Thanks for taking over the thread, Robert! I greatly appreciate it. If for some reason you can't start the thread at the beginning of the month, I am sure someone else will do it. All I was doing was coping and pasting the old thread intro into the new thread.

Thanks for all the kind words everybody. It means a lot to me. I hope to be back painting more regularly next month and join the group again. Fingers crossed.


05-27-2014, 09:50 PM
I'll just set a reminder on my phone to do it, starting at the top of the month isn't a problem. I need to form the habit is all. Once it's habit it'll be easy. I love this thread and am grateful you kept it going so long.

I'm a little more confident about it now too with most of a month to get used to the idea. I've been painting more, the weather's good and I've been working out how to make it work. Thank you for doing this for so long. I'm happy to take up the baton and putting in my reminder today!

Edit: set a monthly reminder to Start the Thread early in the morning (since Kitten keeps waking me up early in the morning lately) and then check it daily at noon. So I can keep up with this now and make it a habit!

Purr and thank you again for all you've done for so many years! Good luck on your pain management, I hope you'll be painting again soon and look forward to seeing your posts. Enjoy the graduation too!

05-27-2014, 11:13 PM
That's great, Robert! I am leaving the Goal Post in very capable hands.:thumbsup: I will make sure I don't make a stranger of myself and pop in from time to time. I have enjoyed hosting this thread and meeting the people from around the world who have participated over the years.

If anyone knows about pain management, it is you. I know you understand what I am going through right now. Hopefully I will be back painting and setting goals soon.

Thanks again!