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CM Neidhofer
04-01-2018, 01:25 AM
Welcome to Spring and a new Scumble! Although we're supposed to get snow tomorrow, on Easter. Uggghhh......:( Anyway, join in while we discuss our every day lives, new art work, or maybe you're trying a new medium and just want to "throw it out there" for us to see.

Here's a link to last month's Scumble: www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1443699

water girl
04-01-2018, 02:07 PM
Hello, Christine. Where has the time gone? April came a bit too quick. I have a show coming up Wednesday. It's my 9th or 10th annual show with a wonderful and talented group of artist. Fortunately it's overcast today, so I'm going to get to work now.

robertsloan2
04-03-2018, 10:20 PM
Yay for your show, and for painting!

It was overcast for me today but not as cold as yesterday. Yesterday I ordered my granddaughter's birthday present - her very first set of real Copic markers, 12 color Sketch Markers (chisel and brush tip rather than the original chisel and bullet, the brush tip is more versatile) and a colorless blender. Blick is so fast here, that she's getting the package tomorrow.

Her birth was an April Fools joke. She was scheduled to show up on April Fools but procrastinated long enough to arrive on the 2nd. So that was her first ever prank. She still has a goofy sense of humor, good comedy timing and a really big silly streak combined with great talent and fondness for the macabre. She likes spiders, snakes, dragons, skulls, creepy things, aliens and does horror comics. Also lots of anime. Her style is nothing like mine but I get a big kick out of teaching her anyway.

She can do beautiful realism, she's just taken to markers and digital more than anything else - and she's herself, her own wild weird wonderful fourteen year old self. I can't believe it. The little 3 year old that sat on my lap watching Walking with Monsters and roaring "The Arachnids are Back" at the sight of the giant spider is now a lanky long haired horse wrangling farm girl who carries 80lb feed sacks with pride, draws "object head" cartoon characters with an anime style, colors them digitally or with markers and paints her face with various monster makeups more often than pretty girl stuff. She is breathtakingly beautiful but impossible to draw.

I never know what she's going to do next, but it's wonderful.

oh yeah, I'm not just a teeny bit biased here, naww... but I so seriously lucked with this one, as much as with her mom.

water girl
04-03-2018, 11:09 PM
Robert, you are blessed to have a granddaughter. A talented one to boot. Genes may be in play, or your teaching her.

CM Neidhofer
04-03-2018, 11:28 PM
Robert, my seven year old granddaughter runs right along those same lines! She loves horror movies, is never afraid of them, and laughs at them! She takes after her mother in that respect. This gramma can't handle scary movies. Soon as the music starts, I'm peeking through my fingers! lol A while back I posted the painting she did for me for Christmas. She does a lot of painting with acrylics, as does her Mom. And, of course, I have to take some credit for those genes. Although my son was quite artistic when he was young. So she has a lot of "art" genes. She loves dinosaurs, fish and just about any other creature out there. Rides on Daddy's motorcycle are a special treat. She has her helmet and body armor to go along with it. She swims like a fish and last word was she wants to be a mermaid! lol I can't wait to watch her grow more and see where her interests take her. It's exciting!

CM Neidhofer
04-05-2018, 01:56 AM
I am off to Denver in a couple of hours for a four day weekend. Hopping Amtrak and out of here! Have a great weekend everybody! :wave:

water girl
04-06-2018, 12:16 PM
Enjoy!

robertsloan2
04-06-2018, 06:28 PM
Yay Christine! Have fun and write all about it when you come back!

Your granddaughter sounds like so much fun! Sascha was when she was little, now she's 14 and just as much fun and just as much energy! She got her Copics a couple of days ago and merrily painted some "object head" original characters with them. She puts a blotter page behind the one she's working on so they don't soak through to the next page and doesn't care about backs of pages. She's already better with them than I ever was with any kind of markers except maybe Pitt pen tiny brush tips.

And the crazy thing is they were only a dollar more than the house brand markers, so really, she does deserve the best!

CM Neidhofer
04-09-2018, 01:52 PM
Nice visit with friends and family in Colorado. Nightmare trip home! lol

Stayed with my best friend. We went "up the hill," as they say, to the casinos. Altitude there had me sucking wind just a little! Pretty much broke even after spending all day there. I think I was out a total of seven dollars.

My younger son came up to visit Sunday morning and I took everybody out for lunch.

We headed back to Denver for my train about 3:30 p.m. because there was a Rockies baseball home game and we didn't know if we'd get stuck in all that horrendous traffic, so we left enough time. Turns out the game was over, we missed the traffic and I was at the train station by 4:30, waiting for a train to arrive at 7:10! Or so I thought.

There was a rock slide in Glenwood Canyon on the western slope in Colorado. Had the train blocked and it couldn't move until they got a crew out there to blast/removed rock. So the train finally arrived at 11 p.m. Boarded, started to pull out and stopped again. We sat there for over another hour. Apparently when this happens it messes up the freight train schedules and I guess we had to sit and wait for clearance to go.

I finally got in my door right at six this morning. I'm a tired puppy, but all in all I had fun!

*Deirdre*
04-21-2018, 07:43 AM
I'm very sad as my big sister, Suzanne, passed away in her sleep on Fri 13th....but she sent us some sunshine...it's been a shock on both counts.
Suzanne was too shy to post her pastels on here, but she loved art and spent every weekend encouraging her 3 young grandchildren to paint and draw...so we may yet see her legacy. :)

CM Neidhofer
04-21-2018, 08:33 AM
I'm very sad as my big sister, Suzanne, passed away in her sleep on Fri 13th....but she sent us some sunshine...it's been a shock on both counts.
Suzanne was too shy to post her pastels on here, but she loved art and spent every weekend encouraging her 3 young grandchildren to paint and draw...so we may yet see her legacy. :)

So sorry to hear. You're in my thoughts and prayers. :heart:

*Deirdre*
04-21-2018, 06:03 PM
Thanks Chris, 2 close deaths in 9 months is two too many! I wanted to get to the stage where I can paint again...maybe it will still happen...has anyone seen my mojo? please return it poste haste! :heart:

water girl
04-21-2018, 08:00 PM
Dee, I'm so sorry. This is all too much. How about we return your mojo a bit later. Please take care.

*Deirdre*
04-21-2018, 09:56 PM
Dee, I'm so sorry. This is all too much. How about we return your mojo a bit later. Please take care.
Thank you Karen....I will.:heart:

PeggyB
04-26-2018, 01:52 AM
Dee I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you can take awhile to process all that has happened, and as Karen suggested paintings can come later.

PeggyB
04-26-2018, 02:23 AM
What a month April has been - well actually it all started a 10 days before April. My sixth grade granddaughter fell at school and hit her temple on the corner of her notebook when it dropped. Long story short she has a long term concussion that has prevented her from attending class for over a month! Since she and her parents live with us, and they both work full time, I've had primary care of her most days. She's been really good, but wants to go to school! Bright lights and loud noises bring on awful headaches and sometime nausea. She has an MRI this week of her head so hopefully we will know more when next she sees the neurologist.
In the meantime, my studio time has been spent on going through my many many boxes of pastels and reorganizing them. The sticks are now all nice and clean, and arranged in clean boxes. I wonder how long they will stay that way. 😱

water girl
04-26-2018, 02:07 PM
Peggy, fingers crossed that all will improve for your granddaughter. One of our sons has had a few concussions, I've had one. It took a while to get over it. Please let us know she'll be okay.

Richard Barrere
04-27-2018, 02:00 PM
Hi Peggy, please let us know how your granddaughter progresses. You are in our thoughts.

PeggyB
04-27-2018, 08:49 PM
Peggy, fingers crossed that all will improve for your granddaughter. One of our sons has had a few concussions, I've had one. It took a while to get over it. Please let us know she'll be okay.

Thank you Karen and Richard. I will most certainly keep everyone informed. She tried going to classes this afternoon, and made it through math and most of language arts before asking her teacher if she could go to the nurse's station. The teacher asked her why! As though all of her teachers haven't been throughly informed of the protocol to be followed - in Writing, twice! Once from her peditrician and another from her neurologist. When she told her because she had a headache the response was well I guess you won't be back for sixth period, and oh by the way you should know that you can't pass sixth grade unless you complete a specific paper for this class.. then she gave Amelia the paperwork to take home! Raising her blood pressure over stress is part of what seems to bring on the headaches so that surely wasn't called for.

water girl
04-28-2018, 12:25 AM
Sorry, Peg. Unless they've experienced a concussion, I guess they don't understand. They need to give her time.
When our son was 16, he broke his back diving off a roof into a neighbor's pool. I know, only in Southern California. :lol: He was in a back brace for 9 months. The school insisted he take PE or not pass onto the next grade. :rolleyes:

PeggyB
04-28-2018, 03:48 AM
Sorry, Peg. Unless they've experienced a concussion, I guess they don't understand. They need to give her time.
When our son was 16, he broke his back diving off a roof into a neighbor's pool. I know, only in Southern California. :lol: He was in a back brace for 9 months. The school insisted he take PE or not pass onto the next grade. :rolleyes:

All I can say Karen is - wow!😱 it never ceases to amaze me how unfeeling and ridged schools can be. Itís as though they know more than the medical community. At least Ameliaís PE teacher is willing to allow her to write reports and present power points on PE related activities. It probably doesnít hurt that she also is participating in that research program at UW that is trying to learn if specific exercises speed up the brainís recovery.

*Deirdre*
04-28-2018, 06:02 AM
Bright lights and loud noises bring on awful headaches and sometime nausea. that sounds like Migraine to me! How awful to get that on top of what she's been going through...the school ought to take any illness into consideration, and allow for it when it comes to exams...not threaten the poor child. Suggest you get a note from the neurologist to school explaining this.
Hope she doesn't continue with them...I've had migraine all my life...well- since I was 15...and it can be very disabling...so I fully understand.:grouphug:

PeggyB
04-28-2018, 03:02 PM
that sounds like Migraine to me! How awful to get that on top of what she's been going through...the school ought to take any illness into consideration, and allow for it when it comes to exams...not threaten the poor child. Suggest you get a note from the neurologist to school explaining this.
Hope she doesn't continue with them...I've had migraine all my life...well- since I was 15...and it can be very disabling...so I fully understand.:grouphug:

It does sound like migraine, but the location is directly where she was hit on her temple so no, not migraine. Fortunately, the bright lights and noise issues are subsiding, and now we are guessing the headaches are more a matter of a raise in blood pressure brought on by stress or anxiety, but that's just a guess at this point.

The school, and everyone of her teachers have received written instructions from both her peditrician AND neurologist explaining her situation, and exactly what she can and can not do. Any kind of test IS on both letters of instruction. Her counselor is on board, but some of the teachers aren't. One has an attitude of "I've had many students with a concussion, and none of them lasted this long so what's up with you". Unfortunately, that's the one with whom she has TWO classes! :(

Richard Barrere
04-30-2018, 01:25 PM
Ugh, sounds like a rough time for her. If there might be a way to reduce her stress somehow, maybe suggest doing more things she likes to do in her spare time? Giving her brain that much needed stress relief might be helpful. I know with me in school (and outside school) was art, doing drawing and painting always helped me, but I know it isn't for everyone. Does she have any hobbies or anything she really enjoys doing? More of that might help. Just a thought.

CM Neidhofer
04-30-2018, 11:49 PM
Monthly Scumble May 2018: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21354695#post21354695