View Full Version : Weekly Scumble 5th - 11th July

07-06-2004, 05:25 AM
Didnt seem to be a new scumble for the week...... so I started a new one..... and yessssss Im back :evil: :D ...... all safe n sound an raring to go ha ha
...... had a lovely holiday ..... journey was long, 12 hours more or less solid driving around about 800 miles from one end of France to the other ....... well hubbie drove, I was look out :D ...... one of the scariest moments was coming across their public toilets designated on their motorways in the picnic areas :eek: ...... all looked lovely on first sighting.... set amongst pine trees, little concrete benches and tables... play area for children ..... brick building ..... raised roof with a gap of a 12" to let the wind blow throw lol .... one side for men, the other side for women...... little individual cubicles ..... all very nice until you open the doors! ...... NO Toilets!!! :confused: well lol, non that I recognised or would use ha ha ha ..... premoulded into the floor ..... foot placement moulds and a hole in the ground!!! :eek: :eek: :eek: - No thank you
Euro 2004 (football (not to be confused with soccer) BIG Sporting Event throughout Europe was ON) we went into the camp bar one night when someone like Croatia were playing Italy, and the people (mixed nationalities..... French, Dutch, Polish, Germans .... were all politely clapping for any good move for either teams :confused: .... shall we just say that the English there educated them on how to cheer on your home team, so when England played against Portugal ha ha ha, we nearly caused a RIOT!!! - it was Hilarious!!! the Bar was packed out, atmosphere terrific! Lots of cheering, singing, clapping....... not forgetting nailbiting.... England scored a goal, and my eldest son jumped up all 6'2" of him, at the same time a teeny little man jumped up and slung he's legs around he's waist and the were dancing.... so funny to see ....... laughed so much, and ended up with sore throats from shouting so much ..... hee heee
We decided to take a train ride to Monaco/Monte Carlo..... which unfortunately took two hours!!! as we got on a all stations train :p ..... totally confusing and bewildering on how to buy a ticket and no one else seemed to know either lol ...... muddled through in the end ...... the journey was lovely as the train rain along the coast, and got to see all the little coves, yachts, boats, mountains.... towns ..... hubbie had to of course buy a Grand Prix T-shirt and hat
I still wasnt impressed with St. Tropez, though we did manage to have a wonderful dinner there
St. Aygulf was a little bay, had lovely clear water rock pools, could see crabs and small fishes..... had a great time scrambling over the rocks and finding caves..... had a great market too, fresh spices and herbs all layed out and displayed, very cheap too, bought some Saffran (Saffron is expensive here) .... Frejus boasts a Roman Amptitheatre, which we couldnt enter as they appear to be restoring it :confused:
Nice wasnt so, ha ha ..... has a very long promenade, lots of roller bladers, joggers, cyclists and moped riders have their own track along side - had to pick our eldest son up from the airport there which is right on the sea shore.... ha!, he wasnt too impressed with getting so close to the sea to land
Visited lots of other little places..... but still my all time favourite is Cannes..... love that place, the little old cobbled back streets full of shops..... the quay, with all its small boats, sailing ships and expensive yachts... white canopied market, selling all sorts, of course the artists selling their wares.... to the people playing pertanque/boulles - we used an underground car park and came up right next to the Cannes Film Festival Building.... of course had to take pics of us on the Red Carpeted Stairs :)
.... of course bought some more unusal shoes :D 648.90FFR sounds wonderfully extravagant hee hee .... but didnt pay that
..... well wont bore you with more...... good to be back....... missed this place..... going to find out what you have all been up to, and what Ive been missing ....... cant wait to get some dirt under my finger nails..... thats if I can remember how to paint..... seems for too long

07-06-2004, 08:04 AM
Oh come on, Dawn ... you could at least tell us what you've been up to :p :D

07-06-2004, 08:25 AM
ha ha ha EJ..... I was beginning to think I had my own forum too :D lol .... its been a couple of weeks since Ive been able to have a good ol natter... and in English too :) ....... well seeing as you asked :eek: ;) .... Ive been washing for 3 solid days :p :crying: and trying to get climatised to our weather again :( ...... its soooooooo blinking cold!!!
.... annnnnd...... back to work tomorrow :mad:

07-06-2004, 08:54 AM
Dawn - sounds like you had a wonderful time! Can't wait to see all the exotic paintings you'll be posting! ;)
Yep...sounds like an English summer too ... blinkin' cold ... :evil: :D

Thought I'd share some snaps I took yesterday morning as the sun came up. It's been very foggy the last few mornings - just beautiful. Though they say we're in for frost tonight so I'd say no fog tomorrow.
Our yard looks like Christmas in the mornings - every tree is just draped in dazzling jewelled cobwebs. I make a mental note on these days of where the webs are coz on clear mornings we'll walk out to the bus and plough through dozens, they are usually totally invisible.


Kathryn Wilson
07-06-2004, 09:18 AM
Hey Dawn - welcome back! Thanks for the travelogue - sounds like you had great fun. Glad to see you started up the Scumble - I'd forgotten it was Monday (it was a holiday here), so was thinking it was Sunday.

CJ - those cobwebs are spectacular. We get lots of spider webs here in the fall - I hate walking into them. shiverrrrr

We spent one of our days this weekend in the Blue Ridge mountains - wanted to get a change of scenery. In the Piedmont area of North Carolina where we live, the environment is mostly uninspiring - it's not flat, not hilly - more rolling hills. We have to search to find a vista of any kind - so the mountains were calling. Took some great snaps and it was nicely cool and breezy. We are entering our most sweltering weather - hot (95), humid (100%) and no breeze.

Carly's got a new OP event up and running - you softies come visit tomorrow when all the entries have been posted.

Have a good week everybody!

07-06-2004, 09:55 AM
Those photos are wonderful CJ .... the jewelled web spectacular! .... are you going to paint them?
Im still washing :p (and keep popping back in and out - trying to catch up on all) ..... takes all the fun out of holidays and brings you back to reality alllll too quickly ..... think they should invent disposable holiday wear :)....... would be so much easier lol ...... yonks ago they did have disposable paper knickers :D ..... didnt really take off so to speak ha ha ha
Waiting for son to come back with holiday pics ..... bought 3 of the disposable type cameras this year, rather than limit myself to the digi ... hope they come out ok...... quite excited ha .....
Ohh of course it was the 4th July ..... happy holiday..... belated

07-06-2004, 10:00 AM
Your trip sounds wonderful, Dawn...except for the twoilettes! Not my thing either! :D
Your weekend sounds good, too, Kat! Lovely scenery!

I am pooped but had a good and busy weekend. We had friends for a little cookout on the 4th and then had to getup bright and early for the second outdoor show...the first of the ones I do with the local art group, across from the famous ice cream parlor with the red banner! It was cloudy when we set up but not too bad but by the end of the day I said the only thing we didn't get was snow!!! Sheesh! Rain, wind, then a little sun and warmth, then the wind would start up again and the rain would blow into the tent...everyone was moving their paintings and stands with their prints and stuff. At least we all could have a sense of humor and the way it was set up you could see other people and laugh and joke about it. Last weekend the way it was set up, when you had to sit inside (which was most of the day) you felt like you were in a cave.
Anyhow, there were lots of people out and I sold a bunch of prints and cards. No original art, but this holiday weekend is notorious for browsing without their wallets. I actually had a couple of people ask me to hold prints for them while they went back to their vacation home to get their money! I figured that was a major compliment! So all in all I was not at all displeased. I did make a little money and had fun. And I sold out all the ocean park ice cream parlor cards and stuff I brought..both versions....the original and the one with the bikes. A couple of people took my business card and said they will get in touch and maybe order some. SO next time I will bring more and am going to try to do a third one in the series. Boy, they like their local stuff!
So...I think I rambled as much as Dawn! :D
GOing to go with a friend to see some HOmer WInslow woodcuts at a little local museum today. Should be fun!
YOu all have a good week!


07-06-2004, 10:43 AM
So...I think I rambled as much as Dawn! :D


I heard that!! lol ....... sounds great Sandy.... congrats on all your Sales! ...... money is money, wherest it comes from.... and Sales are Sales... all sounds sucessful and promising..... and you never know what may come out it all

K Taylor-Green
07-06-2004, 12:49 PM
Welcome back, Dawn. What a wonderful time you had!! I would love to see Europe, but there are also some wonderful places in the good old US of A that I haven't seen either, so guess I'll have to save your neck of the woods for another lifetime!! :D

CJ, Do I want to know how big the spider was that made that web? Incredably beautiful, by the way.

Sandy, Way to go!! :clap: Very well deserved.

Kat, Know what you mean. I always seem to lose a day on holliday weekends.

We spent the holliday weekend running here, there, and everywhere, like chickens with their heads cut off, to attend all the gatherings of friends and family. Then, last night, we had our own bash. We have friends visiting from Costa Rica, and didn't get to bed until 4:00 AM ! :eek:
Now, I need to rest up from my holliday!!
Happy week, all

Kathryn Wilson
07-06-2004, 01:03 PM
Way to go Sandy! Exposure to your work is the most important right now - and you've got a good handle on what people are wanting to buy.

Whatca gonna do for the 3rd in the series? Good theme for summer time paintings - :clap:

Deborah Secor
07-06-2004, 01:10 PM
Welcome back, Dawn! Sounds like quite a trip for you... thanks for the travelogue. Now show us the pix when you get them! We want to see you on those red carpeted stairs! "A star, she is."

CJ I love that photo of the fog! Such beautiful abstraction there. I was just looking at the Plein Air magazine and saw an add for a gallery with some semi-abstracted landscapes, so when I saw this photo all I could think of was what a neat painting it would make! The ad says, "...exploring the intersection of realism and abstraction", which for once is more than mere talk. It's actually an idea I want to explore more, but I need to make a definite distinction from the realism I've been doing. I was actually toying with using another medium. (Don't yell--maybe just OPs. Maybe acrylic. Maybe pencil. Maybe not at all. Maybe only stylistically different. I obviously don't know!!!)

I peeked at Carly's event (TOPPS) over in OPS and it looks great. Her photos are so neat.

Sandy, sounds like you had a good day at the show. :cool: I've found these little one-day events can really add up over time! I like them better in some ways than doing the big six-day long events where you have sooooo much invested and you get sooooooooooo worn out. (Can you tell I did street shows and festivals for 20 years? Some days I miss it a bit. It did get me to frame a whole body of work and show it, and that usually refreshed my galleries. I need to be that organized now--and I'm not. :o )

Today I plan to do some writing, some painting (illustrations for the article, mostly) and start to spruce up my studio for the students who are coming over for a class Thursday on how to shoot digital photos of their paintings and make them into slides. I only have three coming but I still have to clean! I suspect we'll spend some time visiting here at WC, too, so be sure to dust and vacuum. :D


07-06-2004, 02:03 PM
Hope you all enjoyed your independence day without too much of a hangover... either way I prescribe a Starbucks Hazelnut Latte with 2 extra shots...

Man, I need a holiday!!! - better go and ask my boss for some time off :)

Dawn, glad you enjoyed your holiday.

Sandy, hope you get time to chill out.

Kate, 3 years of holiday would not be enought to see all attractions in USA, may have to come back over at some pint myself...

07-06-2004, 08:35 PM
I was just looking at the Plein Air magazine and saw an add for a gallery with some semi-abstracted landscapes, so when I saw this photo all I could think of was what a neat painting it would make! The ad says, "...exploring the intersection of realism and abstraction", which for once is more than mere talk.

Deborah: does this gallery have a web-site? I'd be interested to see the landscapes as well.....


Deborah Secor
07-06-2004, 08:51 PM
Henry Villierme is the artist I was enthralled with... Here's his page. Villierme at Reynolds Gallery (http://www.thomasreynolds.com/hv_p1.html) Very interesting oils and I think it would translate beautifully to pastels. I love his palette and sense of the lay of the land, distilling everything.

He's at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco. We may have to talk Barb into going to see if these are as good/better/worse in person...


07-07-2004, 07:12 AM
Thanks for sharing that with us.. Interesting work.

It reminds me a bit of some of Simon Bull's early stuff before he emigrated to the US.. BullArt Museum (http://www.bullart.com/museum/) .. although Simon uses much bolder colours, and quite often paints very "loosely"

07-07-2004, 02:12 PM
Deborah - I walked by the Thomas Reynolds not too long ago and quickly looked in. Unfortunately lighting wasn't good enough to see what they had and they weren't open. I'll go check it out and give you some feedback.

Deborah Secor
07-07-2004, 04:16 PM
Great, Barb...I want brochure or some photos of his work, so if you go in try to get some for me! I looked him up and find he's one of those 'why didn't you know him?' types from California. I've always admired Diebenkorn--they're contemporaries. I remember going to galleries in LA back in the 70s to look at Diebenkorn's stuff, as gallery directors trailed us at a dstance. (We were art students and must've looked the part--we figured they wanted to make sure we didn't deface the 'real' art! LOL Either that or they couldn't tell the difference between students and slumming stars who could afford the art... :rolleyes: )


07-08-2004, 12:30 AM
Dawn...I would need a long rest after a vacation as you have described.....glad you had lots of safe fun.

Sandy...you go with your selling. That's the sort of successful stories we need to hear. Congrats

CJ..the morning pics are cool. Gustave Corbet said that 8 am was the perfect time for him to paint....unfortunately, that's when I do my best sleeping..lol

Dee...write pretty now...you know I read your articles first!

dominic..and anyone else I've missed......good to hear from ya'll

Hard to believe its already Wed. I had a house guest for a week...we spent most of the time reflecting on our younger days when we ran the streets of Atlanta as single folks......now we can hardly muster the energy to ride to the corner store to buy food!!

Kat...I identify with your experience with the heat...The single window unit in my studio isn't keeping my studio cool enough to work in, hence, my study is my temporary studio.

I mentioned last week that I was having my bedroom painted with a WC member's pic as the inspiration,,,here it is! (thanks Julie) The curtains will be made of a light tan cordoroy,,,,the color of the highlighted chairs. The painter will be here in the morning.

Kathryn Wilson
07-08-2004, 12:35 AM
Kat...I identify with your experience with the heat...The single window unit in my studio isn't keeping my studio cool enough to work in, hence, my study is my temporary studio.

Preston, I just about have my seasonal routine going - OP's in the house in the summer, soft pastels during the rest of the year in the studio. It's way too hot in my studio to paint - and I don't have the room for soft pastels in the house.

Dang, darn, and dagnabit - I missed another auction on an Oil Pastel book I've been looking for - Kenneth Leslie's "Oil Pastel" out of print, 1990. I hate when I do that - this is the second one I missed out on. :mad:

07-08-2004, 02:04 AM
Hi all. It sounds like holidays were fun for everyone. Cannes sounds really nice. Its hard to imagine what it is like outside of the US. We did our 4th at Ocean Shores in Washington. A great time was had by everyone. The kids had many options of fun to explore. We stayed a a casino resort so a few adult fun moments came around too. :) A few months back I had written about getting some illness from my bird. It is now confirmed. Glad the respiratory is from the bird and not the pastels. So our bird friend moved in with a cousin and we are pulling up carpets soon. I am being careful around the pastel dust. Glad to hear from you all. --vanityfaire

07-08-2004, 06:54 AM
Missed another auction on an Oil Pastel book I've been looking for - Kenneth Leslie's "Oil Pastel" out of print, 1990

Dont know if its the same one but theres a few by him second hand on amazon.com

Kathryn Wilson
07-08-2004, 08:40 AM
Dont know if its the same one but theres a few by him second hand on amazon.com

Yes, I always check Amazon - but look at those prices!!! Thanks for checking it out - it does look like an interesting book and this is only the second "all oil pastel" book I've ever seen.

07-08-2004, 09:42 AM
Kyle, That did seem a bit expensive for me too, even with the good to $ rate at the minute, i guess 30-40$ would be a better more realistic price.

Preston I was reading the thread from 2 weeks ago before you went off to say goodbye, and I sounded like a heartless git, please accept my apology for any offence caused.

07-08-2004, 10:49 AM
Kat..I looked your book up in Amazon, and $60 for a used art book is a bit out of my range also. It's not too early to start hinting to Santa...lol

Domi....obviously your weren't the "git" you think yourself to be...Not only did I not take any offense, but now I'm going to have to look back and see what you said. The fact that you offered apologies tells me you are a person of great integrity whose friendship is very valuable... :)

07-08-2004, 11:20 AM
Kat, I'd like to see that book too...too rich for my blood....but do you know your local library is hooked into all libraries in the country, including University libraries??? They can find the book, and borrow it for you and let you know when it comes. I'm going to do that come winter....then too you'd know if it's worth the price.

07-08-2004, 01:15 PM
I mentioned last week that I was having my bedroom painted with a WC member's pic as the inspiration,,,here it is! (thanks Julie) The curtains will be made of a light tan cordoroy,,,,the color of the highlighted chairs. The painter will be here in the morning.

Ohhhh lucky you Preston, no wonder SBJ was reluctant to show a pic of it framed :) ..... doesnt it look wonderful ..... you will have to show us pics of the room when all redecorated, sounds gorgeous

Thanks all for the welcome back...... ha!, will scan a pic of me on the carpet as per norm lolol at the weekend
I would love to see the sights in the USA, but I dont like flying :crying: .... so until they build a tunnel to there, will just have to console myself with the views that you guys show me within your paintings :) ...... not sure Id have the nerve to travel the length of that one..... 30 mins in the Channel one is quite long enough

Got the insurance people coming Friday afternoon to access all the damage and everything that got destroyed in the fire :p
Am hoping I will be all straight again with holiday stuff by the weekend so I can start some paintings :) ....... need a holiday to get over a holiday lol

07-08-2004, 01:56 PM
ummm- that's the small one, Dawn, from the WDE. The big one sits awaiting the long cold rainy winter months, I s'pose. when working in an unheated shop holds so much appeal... :rolleyes:

I like the colour choices, though, Preston- hope it all comes together nicely. I wanna see a pic of that over-sized doorknob you found, too.

Funny about ambient temperatures: In winter, when I look and this house is 68 degrees, I'm shivering and looking for something in fur while cranking the heat up. In summer, I come out to every door and window wide open, and check and it's 63 degrees in here, and I'm thinking "Hey- did good cooling it down today- it's nice in here!" That just seems weird to me.

Off to go grocery shopping- my big excitement today. It's that or make excuses for not cleaning- again- since I've not got a piece going right now. S'pose I could remedy that, though....

Dawn? I see no paintings, yet. I know you took pics. tap-tap-tap- you gotta share things. Oh- and how's the whole fire disaster thing looking now that you're back? Bet there's a lot of clean up to do- my condolences.

07-09-2004, 10:53 AM
Just poking my head in to say "Hi" to all - nutz around here. Waiting for a friend - I'm working on decorating our bedroom - never been done in 19 years of marriage, (know how it is? Last room in the house, the dumping ground for everything!) We're going SHOPPING! Retail therapy is a good thing!

Oldest child argued vehemently with me about something a few days ago - I wouldn't budge on the point (she's 15) - she threatened suicide "to get even with me" - said child has earned herself a trip to the therapist's office, even though she retracted her statement within an hour and was quite remorseful. She's already on meds for depression and I'm taking this VERY seriously. So, with other minor dramas occurring simultaneously, I've had no time to paint, or even read this entire thread!

OY! and summer is supposed to be relaxing! Just wanted to say I'm alive and I'll probably get more painting done when school starts again! :rolleyes:

Happy Friday! Kristen

07-09-2004, 11:07 AM
Kristen....I just had a week long visit with my oldest bestest friend, and I am in the process of re-doing my bedroom too. I don't have kids so that's one thing we don't have in common....but I was age 15 many years ago ....I remember it being a trying time for all concerned. Parenting is a challenge I doubt I would be up to.

I took a look at your website...is the painting on your landing page one you started on a WDE????..It looks familiar. (very nice site, btw )

07-09-2004, 12:27 PM
((Kristen)) I'm sorry you are having to deal with this but it does sound like you are doing the right thing.
Enjoy your bedroom redo at least...go SHOPPING!!!!


Mary Robinson
07-09-2004, 01:14 PM
Hi Kristin *big hug*,

You are doing the right thing, my youngest was on zoloft and hospitalized once for a suicide watch, so I empathize with what you are going through.

Nice colors prestonsega.

I've been painting, baby giraffes and baby zebras in watercolors and pastel pencils. And I found the cutest puppies under a tree in my yard this morning (sorry, didn't take pics), I fed them and gave them water, rubbed their itty bitty heads then took them back home, they belong to one of the neighbors. And I'm still dealing with the in-laws who decided they were going to stay til the 15th.

Dawn, I remember those rest stops in France :D , and their coffee, which was horrible, however the pastries more than made up for the coffee.

Kat, try www.albris.com for out of print books at fairly reasonable prices. I managed to get a nice one for $$'s under what amazon was asking for it.

Back to the relatives.....are we there yet? are we there yet? Today is the 15th right? :evil:


07-09-2004, 01:52 PM
I think a trip to Port Townsend may be necessary, Mary, to assuage any feelings of in-law-cide.

Six days and a wake-up....

07-09-2004, 03:38 PM
Mary, my sympathies! You'll survive this, tho, and think how wonderful solitude will be on the 16TH!

Kristen, 15 year olds can be a royal pain, but they DO undergo a metamorphosis wherein they usually become real human beings by the time they get to 16 or so. Hang in there. And you're right to take statements such as that very seriously. If nothing else, the child will know you WERE listening!

PS....I took zoloft for a short time years ago (until they finally figured out my depression was externally caused and meds were not the issue) and I can empathize with thoughts of suicide in relation to that stuff! While I was on it, I felt in a perpetual state of morning sickness, ready to retch any minute... That in itself was depressing!

07-09-2004, 04:39 PM

Thinking of you at this time, dont know where you stand on faith matters but will be praying for you and your family at this time.

07-10-2004, 01:04 AM

Thinking of you at this time, dont know where you stand on faith matters but will be praying for you and your family at this time.

Oh, I'm a BIG believer - some days I joke about my calloused knees from praying so much! :D But more prayers are always welcome! Both of my girls are so special, so gifted......its painful to even go there and play out what she said. Thanks for all of the encouragement and kind words. I remember being pretty much the same way, though much more of a royal pain, to my parents. (What goes around comes around??!!) giggle....

Hey Preston - I'm busted! Yes, that's a WDE that is on my landing page. Thanks for taking a peek. The art is better than the website - but I'll get it figured out. Lately, my best stuff is coming from WDE's! I guess its the intense focus that helps. The two turkeys, I mean friends, that claimed they wanted it have both retracted their statements. Their loss. How's your bedroom going?

My bedroom looks FABULOUS! Power shopping and power painting! Holy cow, I'm exhausted! The room feels so nice, so peaceful now......fresh, free of clutter, clean - just what the doctor ordered!

I'm off to bed!

Promise to get back at it soon! Kristen

07-10-2004, 07:53 AM
Well here we are pictured on the Red Carpet of the Cannes Film Festival Building ........ the two furthest young men are my sons, the other is a friend of one of my sons, whom we brought with us


Mikki Petersen
07-10-2004, 03:10 PM
Hey Dawn! Look at you, you vamp! What a great vacation you've described. Can't even imagine going to all those glamorous places. I don't like flying either and I get seasick so crusing is out. I'll send you America pix and you can send me Europe pix and we'll pretend.

CJ, those photos are breathtaking. I especially like the spiderweb!

Kristen...sigh...I'm sorry you have a 15 year old...but she will become a thinking individual in the not to distant future....maybe ten years? My younger daughter was hugely problematic at 15, 16, 17, 18, etc...but at 34, she is one of my favorite people. I do think you've done the right thing to act on her threat...counselling will help with anger management if nothing else.

Preston, I love the colors you are selecting for your bedroom and SBJ's painting was a terrific choice for an inspiration.

Sandy, sounds llike Maine is a good place to do art shows. Good going girl!

I love the painting style of the two artists mentioned above. I've done a couple of attempts at something on that order, but I'm not imaginative enough to pull it off. There was an artist whose work hung all around the Kaiser Medical Center in Sacramento many years ago that used a similar style to paint the rolling foothills of the Central Valley. Those paintings always fascinated me because he was able to reduce the hills to mounds of velvet so sumptious you wanted to touch them. To this day, as I drive down I-5, I see those foothills as mounds of velvet because of those paintings.

I have had 5 grandsons with me since the 4th so my studio has been remade into a lego building center, playdo creation station and crayola drawing area. I'm staying out of there until they leave next Tuesday...it's a scary place right now!

News Flash! I was the first person to purchase Larry Seiler's new CD book, "Landscape Painting: The Art of Seeing and Doing". I received it yesterday and read through the first five chapters, just eating up the information. The book is on Adobe Acrobat format and reads like a conversation. I finally understand some of the concepts people keep suggesting to me here. He pulls the info together very well with excellent examples. For anyone interested in landscapes, this is the book to get ($25.00 plus $3.00 shipping). The electronic book format is great because I can print out a specific example to take to my easel instead of trying to prop up some cumbersome book.

Okay...off to see what everyone has been painting...

Mary Robinson
07-11-2004, 08:01 AM
Ahhh, SBJ, I was a bad, bad, bad, bad, bad girl.....I couldn't wait so I ordered my stuff online. I just couldn't stand those freakishly weird brushes any more.

I'll have to check out the cd Mikki sounds nice. And don't worry about that strange lump in your bushes, that's just me hiding from SBJ :D


07-11-2004, 02:25 PM
Dawn.... which one is you????? :confused: :D i have saved the pic to blow upand see what you really look like,,,,dang I wish we had a green smiley icon for envy

Mikki Petersen
07-11-2004, 04:50 PM
Oh my...I'm beginning to feel like a wanna be artist! Between vacation and the grandsons, I haven't painted in weeks except for those horrible plein aires (picture Julie's puking icon here). I am feeling better though. All the 'itises seem to have resolved and, geesh, am I getting my exercise trying to keep up with these guys! Hubby and I are really looking forward to some quiet time after next Tuesday...then I will begin missing them again...never satisfied!

We have been going to our local lake/swimming hole every afternoon and I have been doing some sketching trying to incorporate and own Larry's methods of seeing and composing landscapes. Novice that I am, I still see everything, everything as important in any given scene...maybe I should turn to abstract painting?

Mary, good that you told me...I noticed that lump in one of my brand new brushes and might have drowned you! I'll send in some refreshments.

07-12-2004, 03:38 AM
I have had 5 grandsons with me since the 4th so my studio has been remade into a lego building center, playdo creation station and crayola drawing area. I'm staying out of there until they leave next Tuesday...it's a scary place right now!

And you are still SANE????? You get the Granny of the Year Award for fortitude and bravery in 2004!

The electronic book sounds great, too! Will have to try that soon, myself!

07-12-2004, 03:43 AM
Well here we are pictured on the Red Carpet of the Cannes Film Festival Building ........ the two furthest young men are my sons, the other is a friend of one of my sons, whom we brought with us

Oh, la de DAH! She goes about with a retinue of hunky young blokes, no less! It IS gratifying, tho, to see Brits being tourists for a change instead of BEING a tourist in Britain....they always say they can spot me as a tourist from a block away...probably from my mouth hanging open, goggling at everything with delight! I WAS mistaken once for a Scottish person due to my leftover Texas accent...never DID figure that one out!