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06-26-2006, 10:28 AM
Morning!! Wow, another month almost gone. Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share our lives and get to know each other.
This weekend was our annual Art Guild show. This was the 49th year of this club's existance and most of the original members have passed away. There is loads of talent in this group of about 60 members. We are divided up into professionals and nonprofessionals and judged accordingly. Our judges come from different art schools and galleries in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.
All the mediums are covered and subject matter is very diverse.
This is the first year since I have been a member that I didn't win Best in Division for pastels. There are always a nice number of pastel pieces in the show, but I am the only pastellest. It always made me feel that I was competing against myself. But since I gave that workshop back in April, interest has grown tremendously, more people are interested in producing more pastel paintings instead of pastel drawings. I got second place this year, and I can honestly say that I earned it!
This watercolor of a farrier was done by Doris Randolph, our president. The farrier is her son, many years ago. He is a lawyer, now!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2006/41107-Best_in_show2.jpg
Reserve Best in Show is a colored pencil piece of a daliha. I am unsure of the demensions, but this thing is huge! It was painted by Debbie Hook, a dear friend as well as fellow guild member.
I wanted to take more photos to give you all an idea of the artistic scope of this group, but forgot my camera on Sunday!
I am very proud of all the hard work that went into this show, and proud to be part of this group.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2006/41107-Reserve.jpg
06-26-2006, 10:37 AM
Hard to believe you didn't win but still a knock-out effort on your part. :clap: :clap: :clap: Billf
06-26-2006, 11:24 AM
Group health insurance turned down wife's surgery, it's excluded specifically. Medicare will pay but surgeon wants $1,000 and our personal guarantee for balance if Medicare does not pay- $30,000 including work-ups, counselling, and follow-ups, etc. Lots of details left out of this but it's a mess. The denial angered and upset wife. She really thought she had found a way out of the vicious cycle she's now in. People at my office knew we were talking about this for two years. They knew it was excluded but no one said a word. Let us get our hopes up. It took her two years to think this over. Now wife says no to the surgery altogether. Frustrating and an emotional roller-coaster for both of us.
Wife is on steroids for her RA, has fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease with painful osteo arth in the spine in addition to the induced nerve pain and numbness in leg. At age 53, she's 4' 9" down from 5' when we married. For those who know her BMI is 54. She has high BP even on meds. High cholesterol even on meds. She can't get excercise except for water therapy. The RA and fibro steal one's energy. She takes 12 other meds including hydrocodone for pain.
The surgery was the latest and relatively safe lap-band procedure to reduce the amount of food that can be processed. It is arthroscopic. It is reversible. Wife has steadily gained weight over the years as each disease has reduced her ability to be active.
Way too much info? Sorry.
At this point I'm waiting for wife's emotions to run their course so that we can discuss this rationally. She says she'll now do this by diet. Well, after 20 yrs of doing it by diet she's worse off than ever. She'll realize that the reason she made choice for surgery remains. Patience.
06-26-2006, 12:13 PM
Bill, I am so sorry about the insurance situation and will pray for your wife's relief from pain.
Kate, I am sorry you did not win, but you seem happy to be part of a very talented bunch! Thoses photos are wonderful and thank you for sharing them!
I started a thread with a few pics from the workshop I attended last Saturday so as not to fill up the Scumble.
On the homefront it was a busy weekend with a friend visiting from Colorado, and graduation party on Sunday. Unfortunately, the happy events were contrasted with phone calls about my FIL who had been picked up by the police after 11 pm Friday night leaving the nursing home where MIL is. He was driving irradically (sp?) and his registration and insurance had expired (AGAIN). We don't think DH will be able to get him reinstated this time and we are concerned not only about him, but also the safety of others. Very hard on DH - an only child and his Dad has been beligerant with him and with the nursing home staff. I have encouraged my husband to take this first step in getting his father into assisted living. This will be a tough week as we live an hour away from him and now his car is impounded and oh, he also lost his bank debit card so he has no money and no access to it.
06-26-2006, 12:13 PM
Oh Bill! How very frustrating! I feel for you and your wife. My sister has a liver disease, and osteoporosis, and is an invalid confined to a wheelchair. Her husband helps with her care on a daily basis, as well as going to a full time job and taking care of the house, meals, laundry.....all the things at home. He has nursing care for her, but still, the man is under sooo much stress, as you must be in the situation you are in. Health care of a loved one is probably one of the most stressful and painful situations a person can live through.
I have tremendous admiration for anyone who does this. You and your wife will be in my thoughts.
06-26-2006, 12:17 PM
Barbara, we crossed! Thanks so much for the encouraging words, but yes, I am happy. My goal is to build the pastel division of our group to rival the watercolors! I have shown them that pastels are so much more than a drawing tool and interest is high. So many of my workshop students added at least one pastel to their entrys this year, and seeing some of them place made me very proud, especially the ones in the non professional group. I won either way!
06-26-2006, 02:24 PM
Thanks Kate, yes it's one of life's little challenges...lol. I belong to a support group and one of our sayings is: "When one is sick, two need help" Agentle remind that it's ok to seek out help and not try to go it alone. BillF
06-26-2006, 02:29 PM
Good Day Everyone
I don't think I'll have any complaints today despite my own physical "failings" at the moment. Bill I feel greatly your wife's dispair. Although I'm in no where near as difficult a situation (I have "only" degenerative joint and disk disease in my lower spine, and also struggle with trying to maintain a weight loss). Barbara, I understand you situation too through family involvement. Kate is right, "Health care of a loved one is probably one of the most stressful and painful situations a person can live through.", and I too greatly admire anyone who must daily contend with this situation.
Kate - indeed how proud you must feel to have your students compete and do well. Congratulations to you on all fronts.
I spent yesterday reorganizing my Roz Box of pastels in preparation of going down to Oregon next month to paint on the ocean with friends in the Pastel society of Oregon. I've let all of the pastels get into great disarray - not putting anything away properly for some time now. I now have four trays more or less organized into values and in the hues I usually work with plein air. However, I have so many more to do "something" with that I think I'll order another full 4 tray Roz Box as I'm sure I can fill it. After that I'm considering taking all left over stickes and pieces of pastel, dividing them into color groups, and then crushing them into fine powder. Then I'll reform the powder into new colors of large sticks that I'll use for underpainting. Of course this process will be done when I have "free time" - lol
06-26-2006, 10:01 PM
So sorry to hear your problems with insurance Bill, geesh, don't get me started!! I hope you work out everything..
I did start a thread of my trip, but since this is more family stuff.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2006/76189-today2149.jpg I wanted to share a pic of my neice at her wedding I attended and my Grace, who was the flower girl.
Here is the view from the chapel she got married in.
06-27-2006, 02:06 AM
Congratulations all around Tres. Your niece looks lovely, and your granddaughter absolutely adorable. The chapel scene is pretty incredible too.
06-27-2006, 10:46 PM
We are enjoying unseasonably beautiful weather here in the northwest and I have been working way too much on tough gardening projects. My yard is beautiful, my arthritis in my thumbs is painful.
Bill, I have fibromyalgia also but have been able to continue to function relatively well-I feel for you and your wife. My husband has assumed a lot of the cooking and housekeeping here because I do become fatigued so easily. I really struggle to find energy for the painting and other life things. Oh, how I wish I had back my energy I had in my 20's and 30's and the wisdom I have now-I could accomplish so much.
I am looking into submitting some of my work to some local shows here. Have not accomplished much in the last 6 months but I'm working on it.
Peggy, I want to go to Oregon-when is it? I spent Sunday organizing my pastels by value and then hue-what an eye opener! I might have an easier time of it now!
Kate, you are still first place in your students eyes and it is great to encourage the pastelists in your area.
Barbara, sorry to hear of issues with FIL. My husband's sis is taking care of his 90 year old mother and we know the problems. Tressa, great pics of the wedding-happy times!
Have a great week everyone!
06-28-2006, 01:15 AM
I think that you'll be amazed with this detail.
One of our coleagues(Denis44) that works with airbrush does this kind of work :
Bill, I hope that the situation may soon be overcome.
As time passes, healthcare tends to be something only achievable for those with money (at least with quality).
There's a group here that holds the biggest share of the private healthcare.
The health insurances are, of course, outrageously full of «exceptions».
They only lack saying that if the toilet is not white, one cannot be assisted.
Congratulations to your niece, Tressa.
06-28-2006, 12:35 PM
Jose, So true about health care, it is scary isn't it?
06-28-2006, 02:36 PM
Molly, I sent you email regarding the paint out in Oregon. Love to have you along as the Oregon society members are very welcoming and a lot of fun to paint with.
José, I'm going to remember your description of health exceptions, "They only lack saying that if the toilet is not white, one cannot be assisted." Love it, and it is about that bad here too at times. It all seems so unfair. I know many doctors, and they are not the ones getting rich (well if you don't include specialists and surgeons that is).
Now, I'm going to go paint for awhile and then head off to Curves. Darn the exercise for taking me from the easel, but praise it too. It is the only thing that keeps my back and hip from being truely painful!
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