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02-29-2016, 11:13 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.

Feel free to share links or images of goals achieved or in progress, those are always fun and people like cheering them on.

03-01-2016, 05:44 AM
Robert you are on the ball this month, good on you, long may it continue. I suppose your first goal will be along the line of recovering from pneumonia. You have my symphonies :), good luck.

I thought I was organized but the 29th Feb. came and went (even though it had an extra day being a leap year) whilst I was metaphorically asleep. Dang, it just passed me by.
My goals for this month must be to :-
Finish the pastel box, I keep on saying that but I have to put it at the top of the list hoping it will get more attention. Besides, it is warming up outside, well maybe before the month is out (perhaps I should change that to 'possibly' before the month is out ).
I will Crack my Unison pastels in two and arrange them in the box in value order, listing the colours/labels in a sketch-book kept for that purpose. I will leave the other half in their sales box with the label.
I wll Colour in the cat (from MDN's book) for the miniature forum in acrylics, I did the drawings in my sketchbook last month.
I will finish off some more paintings in the pile that need it.
Attend JFD's watercolour w/shop 19th March.
I will do a GC pastel after his DVD that I got last month.

03-01-2016, 10:54 AM
I kinda slept through most of February, so I'm ready to "spring" into march!
Gardening high on my mind right now, though too early to start yet....
Sooo...for March I will
1. Do a Spotlight
2. Be more conscientious about sketching
3. Continue watching videos
4. Paint at least one from my photos

I think that should do it for the month...

03-01-2016, 11:45 AM
My goals for February fell short but I have a handy excuse. I was having my bathroom remodeled... right next to where I do my painting so it was difficult to even get into the room while the tearing out, building up, electrical work, plumbing and tile work were be being done. They should finish tomorrow so I will have easier access. I did several spotlight challenges. During March my goal is to do a minimum of one painting per week, optimally two and work on exercises from a color course that I have downloaded.

03-01-2016, 02:35 PM
My goal for March is to have fun with my new liquid watercolour (inks) from Colorex (company name: pebeo, a french companay) and Ecoline (company is located in the Netherlands.)
I'll try to upload some of them to the watermedia forum and provide a link here.

03-01-2016, 02:38 PM
Great goals, all of you!

I think I've got to keep mine real simple.

March Watermedia Challenge, posted, now watch and comment to end of month whether I do a challenge painting or not. Signed up to host it ages ago.

Try to do some art during March.

That's about it. I'm still sick, coming back from pneumonia has left me with all the body energy of a 2 day old kitten and I'm still getting some shakes in my hands from side effects of one of the breath treatments. Ugh. I didn't know that would happen but by the time I quit using that one it got so bad that if you didn't know what was causing it you'd think I had seizures.

That was one of the scariest things about it.

03-01-2016, 05:30 PM
Sorry to hear things are healing so slowly for you, Rob....hope this month brings total healing for you....slow and easy is the way to go....
Norma, Ulla, and Jim....good luck to you all with your goals!

03-02-2016, 03:44 PM
Doug....Haven't seen you on Facebook lately....Is everything ok?

03-02-2016, 05:41 PM
Ulla, please post about those Pebeo inks. I've been fascinated with some of that company's products and would like to know if they're good.

Judibelle, thanks! Purring at you.

Norma, that's awesome! Must be great to have the renovation done.

Feeling better today. Still shaky and losing balance from the drips, but breathing better. It'll take a while, I just don't know how long. At least doing a bit better every day.

03-03-2016, 10:10 PM
Still nothing today but starting to feel better. Slept a lot.

03-04-2016, 03:35 AM
Robert, glad to hear that you are feeling better!
Here's the link to my post on watermedia: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20758600&postcount=1

03-04-2016, 05:38 AM
Sleep is good Robert, I hear that is when we repair ourselves. I am glad to hear progress is being made.

Ulla I followed your link as well. They are very colourful markers. It is a pity they are not more lightfast but as you explain you can use the scans/photos to reproduce cards etc.

03-04-2016, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the link! Beautiful colors and your brushwork is gorgeous, very evocative little piece. Looks like a great illustration medium.

Still recuperating.

03-04-2016, 09:38 PM
Rob: I'm sorry to hear your comeback is moving at a snail's pace. :( You'll get there. You have a lot of us cheering you on. I've been working on some oil paintings so haven't been "here" in a while. And the never-ending renovation continues. :lol: Wish we had the $$$ to hire someone, but we go slow and we'll get there. Eventually:lol:

I'll post a link to my next oil later on.

03-06-2016, 05:40 PM
Barbara, yay!

Today I finally did it, painted a couple of watercolor studies on a 3 x 5" journal page. Not much but it's something! Jonquils blooming everywhere were inspirational and I finally felt up to it after nearly a month. The last art I did and dated was on February 8th so that came as a shock.

03-06-2016, 05:45 PM
It is good to read you Robert. I am glad that you are getting back to some art. You must be feeling a bit better,

03-06-2016, 10:03 PM
Lots better. Today was what I was waiting for, it feels like forever. An entire month without art was extremely frustrating.

03-07-2016, 02:39 AM
Hello Rb et al;
Geez, I had to set the view @300% to see this.
I just dropped by on "Wet Canvas" because I need some inspiration, motivation and yes on a selfish note, encouragement. You see, In November I noticed I was having some difficulty focusing. My vision was starting to become more and more blurry to the point I could not function at work. I was afraid to drive whether daytime or night driving. It became extremely difficult. I went to the eye clinic where it was determined I had suffered a ruptured blood vessel to the optic nerve in my left eye. A similar issue occurred 15 years ago in my right eye but not near as this. Vision acuity dropped from 20/30 to 20/80. I made the decision to retire December 8th and can no longer drive so I am homebound and have also lost my independence. Not only was this a shock to my freedom but a radical change in my functionality. I am learning to cope with this burden. There's nothing anyone can do to resolve my vision problem and I have accepted that. I thought if I could look at some artwork of others my goal would be that I would get that stuff back again.
Steven :cool:

03-07-2016, 03:07 AM
Hello Steven, I am sorry to meet you under such circumstances. It must be awful to have that happen whilst in the work situation. SWMBO was getting windy about her ability to see things peoperly but it was fast growing cateracts which are more easily dealt with. Yours is something else. does it go away at all? Get any better? I cannot imagine what it must feel like.

03-07-2016, 09:46 PM
Steven, I feel for you. That's so rough, especially loss of independence.

Turning to pastels may help, it's easy to get bold with pastels and work large. You don't need to noodle over minute details to get a good painting. My own vision has declined over the past few years and I noticed that I began loosening up and painting more concisely. The only possible up side is that it may encourage conciseness and more poetic painting.

I hope that helps. Please do stick around even if you have to magnify that much in order to read - it helps a lot to be able to magnify!

Did even better today, two small life painting pages and I went out for a medical appointment - jumping through hoops for pain meds, but still managed some painting. I think I'm back on top of it. Pretty soon I'll be pasteling again!

03-07-2016, 11:42 PM
Better late than never!:wave: I have been busy painting and drawing and packing every day and haven't been going online very much. I kept on saying I would post my goals in the evening, but I just didn't get around to it until tonight. So here goes!

My goals for March are:

1) Paint with watercolours every day. This can be colour swatches to full paintings. I just added some new colours to my palette and I want to learn what it can do so I don't have to think about it while painting.

2) Set up my new Schmincke metal palette when it arrives. This is an empty palette that I will be setting up with the same M Graham, Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton colours that are in my studio palette.

3) Set up a plein air kit. This is the year that I am actually going to get out and paint outside. You don't need a heck of a lot of supplies with watercolours, so I should be able to pack light. This is what the new metal palette is for.

4) 20 minute daily sketching from life. I can do this while having my mid morning tea. It really shouldn't be that difficult.

5) Get my studio ready to paint. Yes, I know I won't be able to do any art while painting the studio, but it needs doing because it is just too dark in here. My family will be helping out and are just waiting for me to say when. Hopefully it will get done the weekend of the 19th. We will see. I don't have to pack everything away, because we can move things to one side and paint the other and when we are finished with those walls we move the stuff to the other side. I had to pack away my pastels and the art books are boxed up and there are more things that need doing before we can get going.

That should keep me busy.:rolleyes:


03-08-2016, 12:03 AM
Robert- Great to see you back doing your art! A month is a very long time to be away from something you love doing. I hope your recovery moves along quickly and you are back to your normal before long.

Jim- Finishing the pastel box and filling it with Unisons sounds like a great spring time goal! Along with all your other goals, this should keep you busy in March.

Judi- Yes I am alive and well. :) I haven't been posting on FB because I haven't been doing full paintings. Hopefully I will do something soon. I hope you have a busy art filled March. Daily sketching is a great way of getting into the mood to create. Watching art videos also helps. Good luck with your goals and everything else in life.:thumbsup:

Ulla- Keep having fun experimenting! I have enjoyed your FB postings. You show a great imagination and willingness to try things out.

Steven- Sorry to hear about your situation. It sucks when our lives are drastically changed and we have to do things totally differently, or not at all. Hang in there.


03-08-2016, 07:06 PM
Thanks everyone with the kind responses.
It's not that I need to do something else to get me going and learn something new (i.e. Pastels), since I am already a pastelist. Perhaps you recall some works that I have previously posted. But what I am regaining is a newer outlook on what I can already do. Painting bolder, brighter and larger may be the key. I have several paintings on display at one of the local galleries. I have just today begun looking into possibly opening a gallery. I am considering placing an ad in the paper for possible artist partners interested in doing the same. Maybe a "co-op" gallery. It may be worth a try. My wife suggested I try acrylic abstracts. It could work, never really thought much about other media except pastels.
Just a piece to refresh memories.

03-08-2016, 09:37 PM
I love that painting, so evocative! Full of adventure. I feel as if I could wander around in it and all the interior spaces of the wreck are filled with imagination. Hope you find the right partners for your co-op venture, it sounds great! Those can work out really well.

03-09-2016, 11:18 PM
Nothing yesterday, but today I painted one of the chickens from life. The little easy watercolor pocket set is a big help.

03-10-2016, 08:42 AM
I saw it on another thread. It looked good. I did want to try a chicken once, it was on an art break and outdoors. The thing just jerked everywhere and wouldn't stay still five seconds. I do not have the ability to hold a that vision of the chicken whilst I get it onto the paper :rolleyes::lol:.
You seemed to have that ability it looks 'good enough to eat' :lol:, but don't tell it I said so :lol:.
I am glad you are getting better gradually.

03-10-2016, 09:36 AM
Thank you! Oh, they don't. I watch it for repeated poses and then kind of memorize the shape and get it down, check back for things like markings or the comb details or foot color. I learned this on cats, who don't even hold still while sleeping. It's tricky sketching a moving target.

03-10-2016, 12:02 PM
Wonderful painting, Steven. The co-op sounds like a great idea and your wife might be onto something. Sometimes changing mediums can get the creative juices flowing and make things exciting.

Robert, I have this picture in my head of you chasing chickens around, sketchbook in hand. :wink2: I guess it is great practice for doing quick sketches. Good to see you back drawing and painting.

I spent a couple of days doing triad color wheels on 4 x 6 inch watercolor paper to help me get to know my watercolor palette better. I also did a wet in wet swatch down the side of the cards to see how the three colors mingled together. I am now playing with the triads in small pear paintings. So far I have painted every day.

Yesterday I only painted for an hour, because I had to drive our youngest daughter to a town down the highway for a job interview at a sign shop. She would have to move to the town, but we would still be close enough if she needed us. Fingers crossed.:crossfingers:

I even got the daily sketching done yesterday. I am drawing things from life, but I don't have the challenges that Robert has, because my subjects stay still. Apples and coffee mugs don't have legs. :lol:


03-10-2016, 06:35 PM
Doug, tat sounds so awesome. LOL yeah, apples and mugs are such good models! I still watch the goats too, still working on goat proportions. I spend a lot of time just watching before drawing too, that helps. Drawing them in my mind. Visualizing them as a drawing.

03-11-2016, 01:34 AM
I have never tried posting from my iphone before, but I thought I would give it a go. Here are the triads I did. It was actually a fun exercise. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2016/102199-image.jpeg


03-11-2016, 10:35 PM
These are great! Thanks for posting them. Interesting triads, it's fun seeing how they mix and mingle. The loose patches of color at the top really help give a sense of what the pigments are doing.

Today I did two small watermedia pieces, one from a photo in my Watermedia Challenge and the other from my photo of the hyacinth once it bloomed that I later added to the challenge. They came out well. The second one happened because I finally found some watercolor pencils, very frustrating when I know I have several sets but don't have them easily accessible.

03-12-2016, 11:45 AM
Doug....I'm impressed with your triads! Makes me want to do that with the pastels....may be my next 'project'.
Rob...Good to see you up and at it again!
I'm just home from a hospital stay myself...had some heart irregularities which led to the discovery of other irregularities. So lots of appts. coming up in the next couple of weeks....But otherwise feeling much better!

03-13-2016, 03:31 PM
Purr thanks, Judi! I'm finally back to daily art, may even go beyond that as the weather gets better. It's beautiful today and the sun's up. I did a pen-watercolor of my granddaughter's lamb Capricorn already and then some quick pencil studies of him that I might ink.

03-13-2016, 10:13 PM
So you Robert and Judi both out of the hospital and hopefully making good progress. That's your goals reached already I should think. I see you did manage some sketching Robert of your livestock :wave:. Well done.

Doug the colour wheels/swatches must be good practice. I did try them at one time with pastels I think, but I don't think mine worked, looking back on them. Yours look fine and you can see the differences between them.

I have yet again spent an inordinate amount of time today on this computer. Mainly trying to get rid of those pesky adverts that plague it. These days it is the means of communication here, oh not to forget spending/buying for the addiction :angel::lol:. It is all werky werky now so I hope to trundle on tomorrow.......

03-15-2016, 12:18 AM
Ouch, Judi! That bites, that's so horrible. Glad you got out and sorry to hear you've got all those appointments. Got mine tomorrow with the pain clinic and paralyzed with anxiety because of the PTSD - just too many times jumping through hoops and dealing with doctors, which this is, it's a redundant specialist appointment to confirm the same medication I've taken all along and I'm angry about that but have to rein that in and deal with it, when I'd rather not even SEE another doctor for at least a year.

I hate having to depend on them.

But today was good for art, blew out some tension in drawing my cat Kyra twice and inking a page of lamb studies. Three pages in the little journal is good. I might even fill it up. Bringing it with tomorrow to stay sane.

03-16-2016, 10:36 PM
It must be the time of the year. I went to the surgery today. Nothing too serious - blood test that is all.
I was prepping for Saturday's workshop with JFD and had to remove the last one from the board in order to stretch a sheet of watercolour paper. I am most displeased with it, I did a better one some four or five years ago. This one will reside in the cupboard with all the other rubbish I do :lol::lol::angel:.


03-18-2016, 09:54 AM
Aaaaaghh, my time table has been usurped, disrupted etc. etc.
All of SWMBO's family are dropping in on us (possibly a surprise birthday bash in lieu of her day which is a week or two later). I am on house tidy-up duty and do those odd jobs that hang around waiting for a round tuit to come along.
I do have a workshop with JFD tomorrow (hooray- a get out of jail free card :lol:).

03-18-2016, 03:01 PM
Hi, Jim...I rather like your watercolor....the bridge is wonderful, as is the water and banks of snow.
Sorry you had to go to the surgery....and that your day is being disrupted by company....hopefully you'll find some time for yourself!

I finished the 2-day stress test yesterday...taking it very easy today. Studying menus for a more healthy diet. Not back to any art yet, though...

Rob, glad to see you have picked back up....

03-18-2016, 03:19 PM
Thank you JudiB. I've not heard of a stress test before so wonder what that is about? Also it lasts a couple of days?
Mine was minor, it is just a cholesterol test after having lost three stone over the past year. It is usually the clotted cream that lets me down as the Drs think :angel::lol: ( I'll return to the clotted cream after the cholesterol check :lol:).

I hope you are all fairing well. It is still nippy outdoors and we need the heating on indoors .

03-18-2016, 05:43 PM
Jim, your "rubbish" is lovely, it's got a lot of character! So much about it to love. You could solve it with a crop, trim the bottom a bit. Don't bin it. Save it to redo it and as a comparison for later, because that bridge really is spectacular and I like the snow and distant trees.

Yay thanks for reminding me of tomorrow's class. I'll try to be awake and function. I want to be.

Purr thanks, Judi.

Spoke too soon. Had problems after Tuesday's disastrous appointment due to not getting my medication, am so angry about that I'm spitting nails. Now have to back up and try alternatives from over the counter and attempt to function without since things went crazy - got a total disaster of a match with a doctor, who walked off without treating me, basically quit, left me with no meds (and was going to give me the wrong meds anyway, about to prescribe something I react really bad to so yeah it would have been worse if he hadn't walked off!). Life just got strange and ugly. Still trying to get that situation unsnarled. My daughter's back from her trip so she's working on it, that may help but I may also wind up using herbal remedies for a while.

03-18-2016, 07:33 PM
WoW Rob...That's AWful! Sure hope you can get your meds straightened out! AND a better doctor!

Jim...There are 2 parts to the stress test...that's why the 2 days. I came home in between, but they were both long days. It is to determine how much stress is on the heart. got the call today that it was fine. Good news.

03-18-2016, 08:09 PM
Hi all...I'm not a regular, so to speak, but I've been around for a while. I haven't actually ever stopped in here to say hey, but in light of my newfound desire to actually produce artwork that I'm proud of, I'm going to start with the goal setting!

I just joined my local pastel society and enjoyed the first meeting (just everyone bringing their favorite book that inspires them the most, has great reference material for learning, etc). I have a list of stuff to start already!

I am bouncing around trying to spend not more than about 200.00 on a good well rounded set of pastels. I bought up someones extras off of here and fell in love, but definitely looking to get my hands on some more. I just ordered my first Heilman Double and easel, and will be doing my first ever plein air on Apr 2. I hope to have nailed down a set of pastels to stock!

I actually ordered the Landscape set of 50 Giraults, then got notified they went on backorder until April 1st. Too close to cut it. I canceled, and am again trying got figure out what I like. I have only been able to acquire some open stock locally of Unison and Richesons, which I love, and got a set of eBay Rembrandts which I hate. I heard Giraults are down the middle in texture but still lay down color smoothly without filling as much tooth as the softies?

My GOAL: Actually produce a piece to enter in my first ever attempt at a member's juried show. I took this gorgeous tree picture at a local nature walk and have been attempting to use it as a reference. I am worried my style is pushing colors too much, but we shall see. I hope I get accepted in, at least, that would be a start. I just need to work on exposure.

Sorry to be so long winded... I'm on zero sleep in two days (and I don't mean tossing and turning.... I mean eyes wide open, up all night, work all day loopiness!) and I'm just running on adrenaline right now... Shoulder and neck are messed up so I'm trying to wind down here on a heating pad for the time being.

Thanks all for letting me share!

03-19-2016, 06:03 PM
I produced another with JFD's tuition at his w'shop in Findon today. It is in one of his books but I am unsure which one. It is watercolour except the designers white gouache of two seagulls I used to try covering up a dark splash in the sky. I hate that happening.
It is 11" X 14" Arches, W&N and some SAA paints


03-20-2016, 09:31 PM
Hello Lucy and yes missing sleep will mess up the daily what ever.
I just cut and run last night after a w/shop so no time to answer then. I've been doing chores most of the day as we have a house full this coming weekend.
I hope you make your ambitions with the Juried show. It sounds as if you may be ok with and understand the art show system.

Thank you Judi for enlightening me Re-stress test. It is good that they found your heart to be fine. The problem must be else where then, did they not say?

Sorry to hear about your meds. and Dr. Robert. Like Judi let's hope you find something that you will be comfortable with.
Thank you for the comment on the watercolour, as I say it is a good day out and I get a day away from the eating regime. It is a baked potato salad but it is cups of tea/coffee in between with choccy biccies, yum yum! And a watercolour completed and added to the completed goals, YAY! Wins all around!

03-23-2016, 11:14 PM
I can hope they'll sort it out, I've got a half dose till the appointment which leaves me about half functioning, and a new appointment on Monday. Arkansas did this state level crack down on pain medication in 2014. I have no idea what'll happen next.

I drew yesterday and posted in my art journals thread, a small botanical page. Nothing today. No idea how the next few days will go and pretty nervous about Monday.

03-27-2016, 10:45 AM
Hi everybody and Happy Easter to you all! I hope that your Monday this week hasn't gone too bad, Robert! I like your two watercolour pieces, Jim!
I could not resist and bought four tiny bottles of acrylic ink (Lukas Illu-Color) last week. I was too afraid to do something with them - until today when I decided I might as well open them and have a go. Here it is:
I've got four bottles - lemon yellow, cyan, black and magenta. Here I used one drop of cyan and a tiny drop of lemon yellow. The cyan is very powerful. Depending on the amount of water added you can get beautiful shades of blue. Acrylic inks are richly pigmented, lightfast and dry very quick. You can paint over them without changing the previous layer.

03-27-2016, 08:29 PM
Thanks Ulla for the comment on my watercolours. They are not easy for me to do in a class as I would take much longer( and do a better job) at home.

I like your inks, they are very vivid and I do like the high chrome of inks. I also like highly contrasting colours so it all suits nicely.

03-29-2016, 10:50 PM
I have run out of month........ again. Tomorrow is already spoken for as we have a decorator in to paint our kitchen and utility room. The weekend just passed we had SWMBO's family around as it's a significant birthday for her this week. We are also trying to find a car which will take a power chair and hoist in the back. What with the weekly chores there is little time to paint/draw.

03-30-2016, 09:19 AM
Hi Jim....Like you, I have 'run out of month'! Did absolutely nothing art-y.
Health, among other things, just took up too much time...
I really do like the watercolors you did...good job.

Ulla, love the acrylic ink drawing.
Rob...been following your 'daily artwork' on Facebook...Hope your health has improved.

Looking forward to April...

03-30-2016, 06:19 PM
Thanks Judi for comment about my watercolours. I hope your health is improving, we need to be fine to enjoy the summer in the offing. Are you OK?...SWMBO is fine now the cataracts are done but is less willing to drive herself than before. I find I am doing more and more chauffeuring these days- not that it matters at all.
PS Edited to add 31st of the month is next- what will April bring?

03-31-2016, 06:22 PM
Well I am sure glad this month is coming to an end. It has been hectic around here, but things should get back to normal now that we have our youngest daughter settled into her new home in a town 45 minutes down the highway. Shopping for inexpensive furniture, pot and pans and everything else one needs when starting out and finding an apartment to rent on short notice was a priority, so I didn't get any art done these past two weeks. She is working as a designer at a sign shop. I think I may have a source for plastic painting boards.:)

Jim- You shouldn't be so hard on yourself. You did a great job on both your paintings. I am trying to enjoy the process and not worry about the outcome. Might be easier said than done. Good luck with car hunting. It can't be an easy task.

Judi- Glad to hear the stress test turned out okay. I hope you find a healthy diet that is also a tasty diet. I am on Weight Watcher Online and find it helps me chose healthier foods. It is tough to do, but worth it. I want to be around for a long time and know it all starts with what you put into your mouth. I allow myself a couple glasses of wine on weekends. It's my treat for being a good boy all week long. :angel: Anyway, good luck with your health and I hope you start painting soon.

Robert- Wow! Why do some doctors think they can screw around with patient's meds? It has been working for you, so why change it???? Sorry. I get wound up when I hear things like this. One of the most stressful things about moving for a person who requires pain medication is finding a new doctor who will continue with the same medication. Some of them must think we are all junkies and just want all the drugs we can get. I am lucky to have a great doctor who carried on with the meds I was on before we moved here. He was a little leery at the beginning, but after a few visits he knew I wasn't abusing the drugs. I just needed them to get through he day.

I hope you get this situation solved soon, Robert. There is just no reason to put you though more stress that causes more problems for you. I am sending positive thoughts your way. Good luck!

Ulla- I love how you experiment! Those acrylic inks look like fun! I imagine you will be using them with some of your other mediums. Keep at it!

Jess- Welcome to the world of pastels! Have fun buying all you pastels! You will find out your favorite brands by trying as many as you can. I think I have over ten brands in my collection. Have fun and get dusty!