View Full Version : The Goal Post - August 2017

08-01-2017, 04:45 PM
Whether you're facing the dog days heat of summer up in the Northern Hemisphere or the bitter winds of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, August is here with its extremes and its drama. Whether you like braving the weather to paint outdoors or you prefer curling up inside to paint plein window or with a photo, have fun!

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08-01-2017, 04:48 PM
Well, last month was pretty much a wash.

This month my goal is to finish and turn in the scroll in progress that still needs two or three more cats sketched on it in gray ink, which now has to be the same thinned black ink and dip pen since I did one of them already.

And to get in some art. I don't know if I can try for daily art again but I'll sure have a go at weekly Art or Artish.

Last, would like to play with my new QoR Watercolors and actually review them along with the teeny tiny watercolor palette I used to hold them. This kit is now ready to use, just add water brush, pen and paper. It's just the right size to use with ATCs actually, since I could rubber band a stack of them to it. So that's kind of a neat thing.

Extra extra points if I pastel anything! I miss pastels but it's been too hot to move throughout July.

08-02-2017, 06:32 PM
My first goal post - hoping this will actually help me keep some goals!

I've been MIA (missing in action) due to an accident and bringing in a feral cat. Oh boy, it's been fun! (not!!!!). I've had my feral now 5 months - her name is lulu - she is totally feral and I've been working with her trying to socialize her. She's about 14 months now, and still skittish as all heck! I can finally pet her using 2 hands, she comes about 90% of the time when I call her, but I can't pick her up, put her on my lap, brush her, clip her nails... the list goes on and on. But she's really sweet, she just needs lots and lots of patience. When she wants me to pet her, she plops down in front of me exposing her belly (one day I'm gonna smoosh that belly!) making air biscuits, then rolls onto her front, sticking her butt in the air. She LOVES when I scratch her back side, she purrs up a storm! With every step forward I make with her, there's lots of steps backwards too. The oddest things frighten her - I can walk by her without her running away (she used to take off like a bat out of hell at first when I'd walk by), but when I bend down to pet her, she runs away ... sigh. The tv terrifies her, I think she thinks that whatever's on the TV is going to come right out and after her. I'm probably the first human who's ever touched her. I've got to bring her into the vet again, as there's something wrong with her mouth that I want to get checked out, not urgent yet, but it does need looking at. I don't want to have to trap her again and lose whatever trust I've gained, so I've been working with her trying to get her into her carrier by putting treats inside, pulling string through it, tossing her ball inside. She gets about half way in, then out she goes!

My accident was actually a fall - I fell down 2 steps. You'd wonder how bad could that be? Well, I cracked 2 ribs, put my back out, and twisted my ankle. 10 days later, I dropped a cutting board (of all things) on my twisted ankle and ended up with 2 broken toes. So I had been walking around like Frankenstein and of course, this scared the beejeezus out of lulu - setting us back yet again!

Painting. I need and want to start painting again, as the above has kept me really busy and away from art.

So my goals for this month:

1. Get lulu into crate and bring her to vet
2. Paint, paint, paint! Will try 1 or 2 challenges this month
3. Don't fall down any more stairs
4. Don't drop anything on foot!

As this is only the 2nd, hopefully I can accomplish what I set out to do. :)

08-09-2017, 09:06 PM
Oww that can be rough! It's not how far you fall, it's how you land. Ouch.

Lulu sounds like a shy but rewarding sweetie. You've made great progress with her so far if she's letting you rub her tummy! The carrier's possibly going to be a sore spot forever, some cats never really adjust to it and have to get apologized to after the vet visit. But if she needs it, she needs it!

Awesome goals. Good luck to you with Lulu! Hope you paint her, that'd be wonderful. I'd love to see her!

So far I've done... a little bit of coloring with my QoR paints but not finished the tiny 3 x 5" page that I had drawn up. Though I did finally finish inking it to get to the point of painting. Still exploring how these watercolors handle. Like how they look in person, they may not look that different in a photo but there is a certain intensity in person especially on some colors. Pretty subtle but it's there.

08-13-2017, 10:53 PM
Did it! Finished the scroll for the event this weekend, turned it in. Got good photos. That last little bit was hard to get done, just took forever to get the energy to do those little cat sketches. Posting it down in my Art Journals thread for 2017 sketches.

Also did use the QoR watercolors on a page in my 3 x 5" Moleskine journal but haven't finished the page yet.

So things are looking up!

08-14-2017, 01:45 PM
Show off! :)

Good for you Robert. As for me, haven't accomplished anything yet. Still working with socializing lulu, it's gonna take a loooong time :)

Gee - it's so quiet in here, I can almost hear an echo .........

08-16-2017, 01:17 PM
Yes, tooooooo quiet by half. Where has everyone gone?
Sorry to hear of your troubles Cali and trying to domesticate a ferrel cat, best of luck with the latter. There is nothing but pain killers on offer for broken ribs here. And they are very much so. I know because my wife tried piroetting late one night and cracked one on the arm of a settee.

The only goals I have at the moment is to insulate my garage for a model railway and to read up on past wet canvas posts.
Hi there to Robert and thanks for all your efforts in trying to get me back in with the old name and password. It did not work hence today's last ditch stand.
Nice goal achieved there and I'll be busy reading.......
Jim (used to be mijj)

water girl
08-19-2017, 03:23 PM
Cali! It sounds like you need bumpers! What a time you've had. Stay upright, please, and take care of kitty.

08-22-2017, 11:09 AM
Jim, welcome back! PURR!!! Missed you! Sounds cool your doing the model railway. I always liked those, but didn't have a place for one since I moved too often so never bought one. Always liked the idea of doing the backdrop paintings on one, big panoramic landscapes.

Cali, good luck with lulu! She'll sweeten with time. Even feral cats are bribable, slowly and patiently. I've been wooing my Sissy ever since I got her, and she's finally starting to get the idea that she's my cat. She's started coming up at night to lay on my chest and knead and purr and get an hour of petting and snuggles before I'm allowed to sleep. Her thing is if she wants pets, you don't get to stop till she's done or she mews piteously.

I finished the page I started with QoR and used Daniel Smith titanium white to detail it, comparing that to white gouache. I like having a white DS watercolor stick, it's convenient, but not as intense as white gouache. Unfortunately the tube gouache crumbles in any kind of palette, unlike the watercolors. Not sure what to do about that.

Heat wave came back, though I had a period of somewhat cooler weather and serious rain. Yesterday and today were sweat baths, nothing accomplished. But I still feel good for the month since I got the scroll done.

08-22-2017, 12:36 PM
Coo, I've been out again. This time Yorky came to the rescue with an email and he merged my old reg. details with my new one somehow. Any way I am not going to play with it at all as I am getting in and out.:thumbsup: Thanks Yorky!:)

Glad all the goals are coming to fruition one way or another.
Cali how's the ferral cat fairing? Did you get her into the basket? No photo's of Lulu? How are the ribs repairing? Painful even to clear your throar as I recall. As Karen said, you need bumpers.

You have taken some photo's of the scrolls Robert? Are you not showing them to us then?

No goals to speak of Karen, perhaps later.

I have been very busy here. We have had wife's daughter and husband staying whilst their place is being refurbished. I did get a rest from all the chores because he is so super active and they emptied the garage into an old shed and a new shed (which was errected before their arrival) whilst I built a baseboard for a model railway. I miss him now they've gone, the grass needs cutting as well.:cat:

My wife has ordered the insulated roller garage door and when that is fitted we'll get on with the floor and roof insulation. My son (the tall one) has insulated the garage for me helped (or hindered) by me. He said last week that I taught him all I knew.....then I forgot it :lol:. Wait till he gets to 75 yo :). I admit the memory is not firing on all cylinders these days like it used to :angel:.
I have built the three base boards and will bolt them together when the floor is done.
I have built/bought some models to find out which will survive in an insulated, but not attached, garage (it is not on the central heating system). Some are card some plastic some wood and some resin. The latter are complete and need no glueing :).
Goals here make themselves....I can take photo's if they interest anyone but don't want to be a bore.

water girl
08-24-2017, 11:31 AM
Goals? Yes, my husband retired Friday and I've been taking care of Medicare, retirement, etc. A lot happens when your spouse retires.
1) My first goal is to find time to finish the painting of a camel for a wildlife show.
2) I need to find a mother of the groom dress in the next 3 weeks.

09-02-2017, 10:57 AM
OMG JIM You're really back!..Missed you terribly. But I have to admit I have not been active in the last few months. Just can't seem to get back in the groove again. But will keep trying. maybe in Sept......

09-02-2017, 04:50 PM
That's the Judi we know! Up and attam thas' wot :lol::lol::lol:.
Lovely to see you again, it's awfully quiet in here with us lot isn't it.
So you have had no motivation, no goals to speak of. I hope you can find something for September. It's only 3 months then to Christmas. And I swear dustbin day comes quicker every week!
I have done plenty, so much so I can't remember it all. Just to re-iterate that we are getting there with the complete insulation of the garage ready for a model railway. I was just getting into miniatures when I fell foul of wetcanvas' password and user name notification system. It's broke and there is no way to communicate with them.....no one answers emails except Yorky and I didn't know his.
Anyway Robert passed my info to Yorky he got my old reg. and password merged and here I am, back at last.

09-03-2017, 05:12 PM
I am just so happy to see you back, Jim. i spend most of my time on Facebook now...as does Doug. I keep forgetting to check in here....but I will more often, I hope.
Water Girl....Congrats to your husband on his retirement....Yes, a lot does happen. But it will even itself out soon...

Cali,...OMG...I feel your pain! Do hope you heal well....(I've had several falls and I know how long it can take to recover!) I wish you well with your new kitty- project. My Mom took a feral kitten who never did become socialized...
This cat was a terror all its life. Hope you do better with yours!

Rob...glad to hear you are still working....and producing! I miss seeing your posts on Facebook.. will try to get back into W/C and do a Spotlight this month.

water girl
09-03-2017, 06:50 PM
Welcome back, Jim! I'm sorry to hear you had difficulty getting back to us.

09-04-2017, 03:19 AM
Robert, you know we are all image junkies so we need to see the scrolls :angel: and I was under the impression that the states had had a cold season. Has it been really hot then?

Hiya Karen, and yes it's congrats to husby on getting to retirement - and get some of that dosh that the retirement fund has been hoarding for you :).
One needs something to do that isn't too physical :) but keeps you active IYSWIM (if you see what I mean).

Good to see you post again Judi. Face ache? That is where they have all gone is it? Where ever I go I see an invite to face ache or twitter. I did not like the conditions one signs up to and also was warned by other oldies who like to talk to their grand children that the youngsters talk such dribble :eek:. I do believe that SWMBO ventured a toe in the water but quickly realised it wasn't for her :lol: in fact it is so not her :lol:. Never mind, no harm done, but I'll stick to here for now.

I have no art goals ATM (at the moment) but will get back to it gently gently, as in catchee monkey :lol:. I will have to complete the garage insulation and then get the art gear (the messy side at least) into there and only then will I be ready with some goals. We go on holls at the end of the month, big sis (elder sister by 18 months) will travel 300 odd miles by train to join us. I hope to get plenty of photo's as art inspiration.

Doug. Where are you?

09-08-2017, 07:56 PM
Hoping you get your garage insulation done, Jim....Where are you going for your holiday? August was my 'month off', but it rained a lot. And now the hurricanes have begun. Oh well....gotta go with the flow...

I'm in touch with Doug on Facebook....I will let him know you are back at W/C.
I really do want to get painting again....but it just hasn't happened yet...

Don't know where Rob is....he didn't post the Sept. GoalPost....hope he's ok.

09-09-2017, 01:12 PM
Hiya Judi and Karen. Yes Robert seems to be otherwise engaged. Doug knows where abouts we are but perhaps he'll be looking for a September Goalpost, that's assuming he comes looking. He may get more critiques on FB. A progressive artist may prefer that environment.

I do not remember where we left off with the insulation. One of my sons has been mainly doing it for me (helped/hindered by me). We got the end of the garage done, he did all the measuring around the small door and window and it was spot on. Since then I have managed the first panel on the floor. 25mm hardwood ply, and then got the heavy bench back in its corner. I also took the legs off the model railway base board that I made as it will give the roller door fitters more room to manoeuvre on Thursday afternoon.
Then it'll be time to get the rest of the floor done and the ceiling. Phew what a mammoth task it has been!
Oh there was a couple of other things I had to fit in. An ear inspection, syringe and yet to come an adjustment of my hearing aids.
Oh not to forget the pharmaceutcal needs of SWMBO, usual that is.
Then get the easels up and start sketching/painting.
Since most of us love images I have taken a few of our work so far - even though the garage is full of stuff. I have taken one of each side of the old door to remind me of what it was like.

09-09-2017, 04:01 PM
Hi Judi, just skipped over the post again and realised you asked about holidays. I hope you are no where near the hurricane route - devastating to say the least.
We are off to stay at Medley Court at Hever Castle for a week. Helen's brother and his wife and my next older sister is joining us. We are pushing the boat out a bit as it's our 25th wedding annivesary and my 75th birthday celebrations. Well it was a few months ago but the kiddies were on holls then and we avoid that if possible.

I pray that there is not too much devastation with the hurricanes over there :crossfingers:.

09-09-2017, 06:11 PM
Love your pictures, Jim! Lookin' Goood!
Doug recently finished doing-over his 'studio'....so he has been occupied there...

I am in New England, but my son has property near Tampa, so we are all on edge waiting to see what happens with the hurricane.

Needless to say...no art work done yet.....maybe tomorrow...?

09-11-2017, 03:20 AM
my son has property near Tampa, so we are all on edge waiting to see what happens with the hurricane.
Let us hope and pray that the hurricane loses its strength when it hits landfall for everyone's sake :crossfingers:.

09-14-2017, 11:50 AM
Hi everyone (echo (hi everyone ) echo dies away).

Yes Judi, I saw that the hurricane petered down to a storm as it reached inland.

The insulated roller garage door was fitted this afternoon and it does a fine job. I have attached a photo so that you can see the difference.

We have one of my sons visiting with his family next weekend on a Sunday then the following Tuesday week (the 26th) we go on holls.

09-16-2017, 06:45 PM
Wow, big difference, Jim! Love what you've done with the garage. That's been a labor of love. So glad you're getting set up to paint in it!

09-17-2017, 03:27 AM
Thanks Robert. Almost there. I have done the first floor panel and got the batoning down for the second panel in between showers yesterday. My tall lad comes down next Sunday to help with the floor/ceiling before he goes to Turkey for 7 weeks and I go to holls for a week. I laid it all on the grass to envisage the space it takes. I have got two DCC freight sets to start off with. They each come with two loco's, a steamer and a diesel shunter and enough track for two ovals.