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K Taylor-Green
10-02-2006, 10:35 AM
Morning all! Welcome to this week's Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the happenings of our daily lives.

Still looking around at carpet and paint stores. Yesterday we went to a carpet outlet over by Ceasars Creek Lake. There is a HUGE flea market there and Jess talked me into stopping "for a bit".:rolleyes: Two hours later we finally made it into the carpet store. Course there was also the tack store by the interstate exit.
Next time, I'm leaving him at home!!

10-02-2006, 03:29 PM
What? you didn't find great color samples at the flea market? Yes leave him home, show him your cherry picked samples so you are guaranteed of getting your choice. It will be worth it all once it's completed you know.
I'm busy this week preparing for our annual Art In The Park. We have 222 vendors this year. I'm in the Member's booth since I didn't want to spend the bucks for my own tent yet. 2Members share a 10x10 spot with a corner that gives 9' of peg board and the rest is open. I want to put up metal display grids to gain additional space. I'm frantically matting, labeling, bagging and tagging 159 prints(40+images) and reframing a few pieces. I'll have some pastels but mostly scratch art which are small. I'm simultaneously getting ready for our November judged show which this year will be held in the mall as well as pulling things together for a Christmas show of small paintings at the gallery that represents me. Somewhere in all this I've got to mow some acreage at three properties I have for investments. Our Summer rains were fantastic this year, the 3rd or 5th wettest summer since the 40's or earlier. The rains went a long way to helping mitigate our drought and everything is green and tall.
back to matting and bagging.

10-02-2006, 10:11 PM

I just found this site with lots of photos from my country.
The first batch is from the city where I live (Lisboa/Lisbon).
This way you may know a bit more about how my country looks like.


Kindest regards,


10-02-2006, 10:57 PM
Jose, what a lovely country you live in---beautiful cities with interesting architecture and sculptures, yet what appears to be a lot of open land in the country. I love all the terraced vinyards. I didn't know Portugal grew so many grapes---for wine I imagine.
Thank you for sharing this site.

10-02-2006, 11:36 PM
HI Guys,

Haven't written anything in a week or so, unfortunately I got the flu which ended up in pneumonia, I visited you all everyday but just didn't feel much like joining in.

I got some gardening done on Friday which was the first day that I had started to feel human again.

On Saturday, just after lunch I went off to do some shopping, the first shopping mall was to go and get some doggie treats for Trixie and to have a general look around and then go off and do my groceries. The shops were soooo empty as it was the Australian Football Grandfinals and Western Australia won :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Anyway, I popped my head into a pet shop and saw the cutest little pup very similar looking to the one I was telling you all we missed out on a few weeks ago. Any way before going back to the car I went in and asked a few questions. Just as I was getting into my car my husband happened to ring so I told him about her and he said just get her if you think she is the right one for us. I suggested we go back later together but he thought we may mis out again, so I didn't need much more prompting. Here are a couple of pics of her for you. She is 7 weeks old and is a Kelpie cross Border Collie and we have called her Tanzie.:heart:

Trixie didn't quite know what to make of her at first and is still a bit unsure of her but will play with her out in the back garden and they seem to have a ball together. Being from two working dog breeds she should be very intelligent and good to train so here begins months of hard work. Mind you she only winged a couple of times the first night and I think that had more to do with Trixie not letting her in the kennel at first but I think she must have given up just to shut her up and get some sleep. We haven't heard a peek from her since at night, and when we get up in the morning they are both asleep together in the kennel.


M Douglas
10-03-2006, 01:30 AM
Jose thanks for the link, your country is beautiful. I am hoping to go there early 2007. If all goes well

CJ Sorry to hear you were ill. Tanzie is adorable.


10-03-2006, 06:26 AM

Your pics bring back so many memories. In 1981 I travelled around Portugal, including the Algarve and Lisbon. Loved the picture of the meat market, would love to be able to get a little suckling pig like the ones in the picture to put on our spit. Here you would have to order them specially from specialist butchers.


10-03-2006, 07:56 AM
Cj, what a cutie!! How adorable!!
Kate, I love flea markets, and junk shops, and antique shops etc...
Here is some french pottery I picked up at a consignment shop not too long ago. Signed and handpainted and colors are perfect in my house:D

Sunday, my front garden was loaded with butterflies, and I ran to get my camera. I tried to get a photo of a bunch of them, but I had it on the wrong setting, and it came out blurry:( , but I did manage to get a few singles. They were so pretty, flitting around.
Yesterday was dh's b-day, so I made his favorite dinner, steak, baked potato, and salad, and he wanted an old fashioned cake, called "hot milk cake". I am not much of a baker, and had never made it before, so I was not very optomistic:rolleyes: . I found a recipe on the computer, and got al lthe stuff out, and started. I was pleasantly suprised, and very pleased with myself;it came out perfect, and he loved it!!:smug: Whew!!

Hope all of you are having a good week,
ps, Jose, gonna go check out you link in a few, love looking at pics of different places, and the last one you posted was beautiful!!

K Taylor-Green
10-03-2006, 11:22 AM
What a gorgeous puppy!!! CJ, glad you are feeling better. I have had that and know that is is no fun!

Wow, Tress! What a find!

Jose', thanks for the lovely site. You live in such beauty.

10-03-2006, 12:27 PM
CJ, pneumonia? :eek: You poor thing! What a darling little puppy though. Hope you can take it easy and snuggle with her. She reminds me so much of my dog Maggie as a pup. Of course Maggie is hardly a pup now as she will be 15 this month! But here is a picture of her at age 14 so you can see if you think there is any comparison. ;-)


Portugal looks lovely too. I never made it to Portugal. The closest I got was western Spain, fairly close to the Portuguese border back when I was a teenager and studying at the University of Salamanca. I loved Spain, and I'm sure I would love Portugal too.

Well, tomorrow is when I find out if my painting makes the "cut" for the first juried show of the PSNJ. I don't have high hopes - but I know the venue for the show will hold 40-60 paintings (depending on size) and they didn't even get that many entries. So unless the paintings are totally dreadful perhaps they have a shot. Well, I'll let you know tomorrow or Thursday. :D

10-03-2006, 04:11 PM

One day I also hope to visit the USA.
Usually when one thinks about USA, one thinks N.Y. with skyscrapers and so on. But I do know that you have wonderfull parks with awsome flora and fauna (sp?).

Kind regards,


10-03-2006, 04:22 PM
i've been lurking lately too, kinda busy. i went on a paint out last weekend, in lead, s.d. wow, amazing area. almost in wyo. stayed in a hostel, first time for that, and it was great. got to know 2 other women, and we hit if off pretty well. (one is even a wc'er!) went to a bar to see a band playing, again, amazing. on sunday there was a wet paint show and i sold one piece, and the other one the next day! (i did a couple others, but none that will see the light of day again!) so the whole weekend was super! tons of fun, and i learned bunches.

my filly is coming along well, is realizing that we have no intentions to eat her! she is halter broke fairly well now, and can do/handle many other small things. i even got my first direct nicker the other day!!

my girls are sad, their guinea pig passed away. they were upset, my husband is thrilled. (he never liked that pig!) they were trying to figure out why she died--but kept forgetting she was 7 years old! antique for a pig!

and my own dog is near death i am afraid. he keeps throwing up, not eating, and when he does try, just makes a mess of it. poor fella. he's almost 17.
seeing that pup makes me wonder if i'll find another?! that is one cute pup, and with that breeding, you won't get time to sit! i'd love to have one of those myself.

we had a scorching summer, and seem to have gone straight into a cool fall. got in some plein air, and am slightly frustrated that my efforts don't come out as i want them too! so i've been doing some studying, books and here.
wishing everyone a good week, no sickness, and some fun!

10-03-2006, 04:22 PM
What beautiful photos, Jose! Yes, it looks like a wonderful place to live!

I'm sorry about the pneumoina, CJ. I've been there and done that and will try not to do it again. But...you got a nice reward! Tanzie is precious!

Great finds, Tressa! Gives you some good stuff to paint!

You've been so busy, TJ. Good luck with the art show. It sounds like fun...but it is so much work getting ready!

Today is my big 6-0 birthday! yowzer! I just came back from having lunch with 2 women I grew up with...we are all turning 60 this year and decided to meet and celebrate. Tonight I am going out with family for dinner. It is sort of a joint celebration as hubby turned 60 over the summer and we were in Maine.

Not much happening artwise...much as i love having our Maine house, going back and forth at this time of year makes things very hectic. Plus with the shower I am doing for my future DIL in a couple of weeks, I feel as if my head is spinning. At least I can get an art fix poking my head in here and seeing what you all are up to.


10-03-2006, 04:45 PM
One day I also hope to visit the USA.

Well if you ever come to Newark, New Jersey, Josť, I'll take you out to one of our fine local Portuguese restaurants. ;) Portuguese restaurants are what Newark is probably most famous for! In fact, I used to work over in that part of town. It was funny to walk around on my lunch hour and see as many or more signs in Portuguese than I would in English. "What country am I in now?" I would think to myself, :lol:.

M Douglas
10-03-2006, 06:53 PM

Best wishes

10-03-2006, 07:28 PM
Hi Debbie,

I guess it's in Newark where the biggest portuguese community lives.
There are also many in Boston and I guess, New Bedford.
If I'm not mistaken it's either the Mayor of Newark or the chief of police that is portuguese. But I'm not sure.

Kind regards,


K Taylor-Green
10-03-2006, 07:58 PM
Awww, Chris! That first nicker, it just gets you doesn't it? There is just something special about bonding with a foal or a new yearling!
My half Arab colt was a year old in June. Up until we weaned him, he was stand offish. Sometimes you could pet him and mess with him, sometimes he just didn't want to be bothered. Not very social at all. When we weaned him, we brought him up to a smaller pasture close to the house. Best thing we ever did. Now, you can't get away from him! Always welcoming, likes being messed with, and so far has been easy to teach.
We are thinking of keeping him a stud, and that will be a whole nother set of lessons and a bit of attitude adjustment. But those welcoming whinneys still get to me.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SANDY!!! I would never have taken you for 60! Have fun, tonight.

I would love to visit Portugal or Spain, or Italy. They are all such beautiful places, but I still have a lot of the good ole USA to see, and will probably never make it across the ocean.

10-03-2006, 09:35 PM
WE have some terrific Portuguese restaurants in Cambridge. I know there is a good size Portuguese population around there but even more in New Bedford, I think.

I wouldn't have taken me for 60 either, Kate! :D


Kathryn Wilson
10-03-2006, 10:46 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDY!! Looks like I am still the old lady of the group - :) older'n you!

Our antique show went extremely well, but I am exhausted! 3 days later and I am still wiped out. We were hoping to go camping in our new camper this weekend, but the weather looks terrible. Next weekend I go to Bob Rohm's workshop for a week - that is getting exciting!

10-04-2006, 12:55 AM
Happy Birthday Sandy, Have A Great Evening.


10-04-2006, 03:00 AM
Happy Birthday Sandy!
Hey That's one cute pup. bonding with any critter is special, canine or equine. My Foxy dog has taken to laying her head in my lap to be loved up. If I flag in the petting she brings her front half into my lap and lays her head on my chest where I can't possibly ignore her, all the time with big loving eyes gazing at me.
Yes, Sandy getting ready for any art show is a lot of work. Each show sort of reminds me of putting together a wedding, much ado for a short time on stage. For me right now it is a matter of PR exposure and making show costs and some toward supplies. I've got most of my prints bagged, now have to decide which originals, make tags, see if I have time to print out greeting cards. They sell so well that I think I have to make the effort.

10-04-2006, 07:41 AM
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

10-04-2006, 10:39 AM
Oh yes Sandy. I'm sure ALL of us :grouphug: wish you a :music:HAPPY BIRTHDAY :music:

Deborah Secor
10-04-2006, 02:01 PM
Hey Sandy--I'm a day late but the wishes are the same! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm maxed out this week. See, it's a week 'off' from writing, but we're trying to get all the household detritus to the flea market this Saturday. Man--I wanta know where all this junk came from!??! Anyway, I'm only teaching one class and won't have my PJ 100 winners list before Friday, so I'm supposedly at leisure, of a sort. Well, I did clean the downstairs on Monday, but only because I was supposed to do a private critique for a student, but he didn't come after all. So, all that cleaning time could have been spent at my easel!

Oh--the Anderson swivel easel is on its way to me! Can't wait. I have a plein air class on the 12th, so I'm hoping that will be its inaugural.

Aw--that pup is adrable, CJ, and your older dog is sweet looking, Debbie! My neighbor's 14 year old dog passed this week, which is always hard. She was a great dog, one I enjoyed painting. I guess my box of doggie cookies will have to go to Hank, the one remaining neighbor dog now--though he weighs a ton, so I try not to indulge him often. :rolleyes:


10-04-2006, 05:35 PM
My latest update - I'M IN! I'm in the juried show of the Pastel Society of New Jersey that is! Woo hoo! Anyone in the NJ area? The opening reception is the Saturday at the Morris County Public Library, 2:30-4:30, with prizes being awarded at 3:30. I'll sure be there. Can't wait to see the other entries.

A very lovely woman named Nancy was the one who offered to take my painting to the judging for me today, along with her own and a couple other friends. She called just a half hour ago to tell me I was in! She was in too, and her friends' paintings were also in.

She said they had lined up against a wall all the paintings that didn't make it into the show. She looked them over and said that, rather naturally I suppose, there were indeed paintings that deserved to be cut. But she said that mong those cut were several that she thought were absolutely lovely pastel paintings and she could not understand why they were not accepted! It does make you wonder what the judge was looking at though.

The picture I submitted was this one: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2006/62165-the-gold-room-11x14.jpg though actually I made a few more modifications to it after taking the photo - mainly around the lampshade so that the left side of it didn't line up so perfectly with the drape.

M Douglas
10-04-2006, 06:21 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Congrats Debbie i'm so happy for you.:D Its a beautiful painting and well deserving to get in.

Good luck!

Deborah Secor
10-04-2006, 06:40 PM
Good job, Debbie. :)

Hey--does anyone know where a friend of mine who has moved to New Hampshire could best get Wallis paper? I think he'd be happy to order it from a catalog, but frankly I don't buy from them, so any advice? Is Cheap Joe's good? Thanks for any help...


10-04-2006, 07:37 PM
Dee, I usually order from Dicks;they most often have the best price.

10-04-2006, 07:49 PM

Glad everything went fine, Debbie.

Kind regards,


10-04-2006, 08:05 PM
yeah dee, go blicks'. if you'd look back, there's been lots of discussion over the catalogs. some of the others have great prices--til you go to pay shipping, ouch! big time rip off there! blicks also has the best service, imho. if the order has a problem, blicks will have it fixed asap. others, not so good, and only after many nagging phone calls, which i personally don't have time or energy for! go blicks!

10-07-2006, 05:54 PM

Hope you folks to be having a fine weekend.
Today I've decided to try a watercolour.
Here's the link:


Kind regards,


10-07-2006, 06:41 PM
Happy Birthday (belated), Sandy! :wave: Glad to hear you are feeling better and your new pup is really a cutie. :)

Ola Jose! Portugal is someplace I've always wanted to see. I love the sound of the Portuguese language, and the country is beautiful.

A big congrats, Sandy! I remember that painting from your earlier thread - I really liked it and I'm glad the judges did too. :) I'll be looking forward to hearing how the exhibit went.

I've just spent a week with no internet (I survived! :p ), as my computer went down about a week ago :eek: and I only got it going again this morning. It's way past time for a new computer for me, but I just keep fixing this one, it seems.

I have a book out of the library, entitled How to See Color and Paint It, by Arthur Stern. It's really for oil painters, but a few years ago I did several exercises from it (using both soft and oil pastel) and really learned a lot, so I'll probably be working on some more of the exercises in the next couple of weeks. Has anyone else heard of this book? It's from the mid-80s and no longer in print, but really a great book for learning to see the color in reflections and shadows.

10-07-2006, 11:28 PM
Hi Everyone,
Today I attended a reception for the newly formed Appalachian Pastel Society. They had their 1st organizational meeting last month and the show started today! There were about 30 entries, all very high quality. Anyone is welcome to join, and we are currently meeting near Asheville, NC. Our next meeting is this coming Saturday. PM me if you'd like moe information.

Kathryn Wilson
10-07-2006, 11:48 PM
Hi Mary! I think I am actually going to be at that meeting as a guest of Nancy Clausen. She and I are going to attend Bob Rohm's workshop that week and I am staying with her - she invited me to attend the meeting, so I may be meeting you too!

10-07-2006, 11:58 PM
Hi Kyle,
How neat! I'm going to that workshop, too, and Nancy told me she was bringing a friend. I look forward to meeting you!

Kathryn Wilson
10-08-2006, 12:12 AM
See you there! Should be lots of fun.

10-08-2006, 10:06 AM
Hi friends, just checking in. I used to come in here quiet frequently. I had to close down my art studio when I had an injury to my leg. I have a hint I want to start back up. I haven't told Hubby yet. But I think I am supposed to get back to the easel soon.
Hearts jo

K Taylor-Green
10-08-2006, 09:48 PM
Hey Jo! Good to see you!

I haven't heard a thing about the forming of a pastel society in Ohio. There was talk back in August at a pastel show I was in. Drat, I was hoping SOMETHING would be in the works by now!
I also never hear about any good pastel workshops in the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati areas. Either would be convenient to me.

CM Neidhofer
10-08-2006, 10:45 PM
Kate, you could join the Great Lakes Pastel Society.



K Taylor-Green
10-09-2006, 09:41 AM
Something to think about, Christy. But it would be fun to attend meetings and just get into the excitement of getting something like that off the ground floor.
Thanks for the link!

Dot Hoffman
10-09-2006, 10:28 AM
Hi, haven't been around lately between traveling and configuring new computers. Finally, that job is done. I found out, after the fact of course, that if you buy a computer from Dell and buy it from their business sales rather than their home sales, you don't get all the junk and trial programs pre-loaded. Buying from the home sales division, you have no choice, they load it up and it took us well over a week to get rid of all the stuff that slows the computer down. Buying from the business division, you get only what you ask for, nothing more. Lesson learned.

While traveling in MN and WI we visited the Leigh Hawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau WI. They had a show "Birds in Art 2006" - fantastic. One particular pastel by artist Cindy House was of particular interest to us and to everybody else around. Lots of comments of "how did she do that?" It was titled "Snipe in Springtime". After we got back home, I looked her up on the web and sent an email, because her work was so special, especially the trees and grasses. She wrote back and said that she struggled with the trees, and makes the very fine strokes by breaking her pastels and using the edges (not news to a lot of you, I know :) ) and sometimes pencils for the birds. Exquisite work!!!

The leaves in WI were awesome! Unfortunately most of my photos did not turn out. Is it the camera? or is it me?