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K Taylor-Green
10-23-2006, 11:16 AM
Morning to all! Welcome to this week's Scumble, our weekly chat thread.

The sun is finally trying to peek through. Yesterday it was cold, breezy, and gloomy. Yuck! Typical late October I suppose, but I don't have to like it!
It's been awfully wet for the farmers, though. Crops are still in the fields that are usually in the bins by now.

I am going to try to get my Christmas paintings started soon. I need to do a piece for my step-daughter of her three kids. I'm thinking of doing it in graphite. I haven't done one in a long time, and I used to love it. The one below was done three years ago for my daughter, Micki, when her daughter was born. I called it,
Welcoming Anna.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2006/41107-Grandkids.jpg
I used several photographs to get this.
Do a lot of you give paintings for Christmas or birthdays?

Pat Isaac
10-23-2006, 04:42 PM
I'm with you on the weather, Kate. Rainy and damp here.
What a charming portrait and I think graphite is easier to deal with than paint, not that any portrait is easy. I don't tend to give paintings for Christmas as it takes me awhile to do one so I'd never get many done. I have given my children portraits of their children for their birthdays and I have given them giclees of one of my pieces that they all wanted. It was a nice way to settle it as I had said I need to sell that before I die or there will be a war :lol: and I did sell it, and now they all have a giclee of it.
I have to deal with Open Studios before I think much about Christmas.


10-23-2006, 08:54 PM
Well, I don't want to jinx it but we are having incredible fall weather so far. It is supposed to start raining tonight but right now we have a great sunset to look forward to. I have been busy putting the garden to bed so exhausted from that and don't feel I can paint-not that my mind agrees! We drove up to Canada last weekend in the Rv and the colors were breathtaking! And my camera did not do it justice at all but here is one. I have a table full of beautiful gourds to paint too and will get to them soon before they must be eaten. Enjoying everyone's fall paintings so much!


Pat Isaac
10-24-2006, 08:24 AM
Beautiful picture Molly and look at those reflections. We put our garden to bed last week and I still ache. The colors around here aren't nearly as brilliant as usual, not sure why, but nice to look at anyway.


10-25-2006, 02:54 AM
Well, I had quite the scare this past weekend, with a trip to the emergency room and a nearly 4-day hospital stay for tests. They diagnosed a PFO, which stands for patent foramen ovale (this is a hole in the heart - everyone starts life with this hole, as it's a way for the fetus to circulate the mother's blood, but it seals up for most people in the first few months of life), and a probable TIA (transitory ischemic attack, a mini-stroke). I think I'm still in denial, although I sure am spending a lot of time trying to research it online.

The problem is that I'm not supposed to do much lifting or anything that will cause much strain on my heart, and that sure is not easy, especially since I decided quite some time ago that I would use public transportation, so I have to walk up quite a steep hill to get to the bus. I'm really pretty young for these sorts of problems, at least I see it that way. Interestingly, it probably does explain my lack of energy, and other things I've noticed about myself physically and it's also related to migraine with aura, which I've had problems with. PFO isn't caused by anything I've done, btw. I think I'm probably lucky to have discovered what's been wrong, and I'm hoping that there will be something reasonable to do about it; I'll know more when I see the specialists.

Tomorrow, I may try to do some painting, as that doesn't involve lifting anything, right? :) (My apologies for going on about health issues here, but this does have me a little preoccupied right now! :eek:)

10-25-2006, 02:59 AM
Annie, take care! Painting is good for your heart!

10-25-2006, 03:57 AM
Molly, thanks...I think you're really right in that. :) Painting should cheer me up, and allow me to continue in my state of denial. :lol:

Here's the rest of my post, which got cut from what I wrote earlier for some odd reason (probably the "reason" is that I goofed! :lol:):

Kate: The drawing will make a great present, I think. But I'm surprised you'd choose graphite over pastel (although your graphite work is good - and "Welcoming Anna" is very cute)! Good luck with the Open Studios, Pat, and your giclee print gifts sound like the perfect diplomatic solution. :) Molly, it sounds like you've got plenty to paint with those photos - the one you've shown is quite beautiful.

Congrats to both you, Molly, and Pat, for your success in finishing your garden tasks. My basil still hasn't been harvested, but I moved the container next to my large sliding glass door, and so far, the temperature is apparently warm enough in the new spot for the plants to continue to survive and thrive! Amazing, really, as it's been pretty cold here (low 40s at night, and basil is supposed to give up at 50).

This evening I heard a funny but now somewhat familiar noise out on my balcony, and opened the blinds to find a family of 5 or 6 racoons finishing off the meal I had left for the feral cat. I was surprised that they didn't run away, but stared back at me with as much curiosity about me as I probably was exhibiting about them. This photo isn't so hot (it was shot thru the glass), but you can see how cute they are and how curious:

I may try to get a better pic to post for people in the RIL.

Pat Isaac
10-25-2006, 07:49 AM
Don't worry about laboring over health issues, as taking about them is helpful and you sure had a scare. I can see why you are preoccupied.
What cute racoons....as long as they are outside. We used to have them come right into our garbage cans, take the covers off and all. We moved the cans to inside the garage after a few episodes of that.

Yes, get on with the painting...

thoughts are with you.


10-25-2006, 11:15 AM
Pat: thanks for the kind words. I don't think even now it's totally sunk in yet and I'm just staying home and trying to relax. The racoons are really cute, but I don't think I want to feed them regularly, and they wreak havoc on the deck, knocking things over, etc. They really are pretty cheeky, aren't they. :lol: So I'll probably start bringing the cat's food dish in at night...

10-25-2006, 11:58 AM
Annie, I just love the Raccoons, they look so cute but I believe they can be a nuisance if encouraged?

Sorry to hear about your health scare, the specialist will be able to shed some more light on to for you. In the meantime make the most of some relaxing painting time.

Molly those Fall colours are so beautiful. Unfortunately here in Western Australia we get very few deciduous trees unless people plant them as features in their gardens so we don't see these beautful colours except for on Calenders of other places.

While you guys are now into fall, we are into spring and I believe what is going to be a long dry summer. We have had an extremely dry winter here too. In fact Australia has been officially been declared in it's worst drought now since recording began which is well over a hundred years. So while you guys will be reaching to put on your woollies and your heaters we will be stripping off and putting on our airconditioners.

Kate, I really love your Graphite picture, I really envy those of you who can draw so beautifully.

Take Care CJ

10-25-2006, 03:53 PM
CJ: Yeah, I enjoyed looking at the racoons, but don't want to encourage them to look for dinner on my deck! :lol: And thanks for the encouraging words. I haven't painted yet today, but may do so a bit later.

Although you don't have the deciduous trees that we do, I've always thought of the countryside of Austrailia as wonderfully colorful - maybe it's partly the beautiful Art Spectrum colors (and creative names for them) that give me that idea. But I'm very sorry about the drought there in Australia. I know it's been quite a problem recently and I hope it's not global warming that's creating it. :( Best wishes for the hot months at any rate; I hope your AC is a good one!

Pat Isaac
10-25-2006, 04:17 PM
Sorry about the drought, CJ. It really does stress the vegetation as well as the humans..:lol: Stay cool and we'll try to stay warm.

You are absolutely right about the coons raising havoc. The few we had until we got rid of the garbage cans tore the whole patio apart and then there was the corn that I grew. Needless to say our garden has not seen corn for a long while. They knew exactly when it was ripe and came in and stripped it..:mad:

Relax and paint, Annie.


10-26-2006, 12:05 AM
I'm sorry I'm not reading everyone's posts and catching up. It's late and I must get to bed soon since I have to be at the hospital tomorrow morning by 6 a.m. I will be having my back operated on. It's a less-invasive surgery than they could have done, but the way my neurosurgeon sees it, why not try the lesser-invasive surgery first, in case it works. I'm close to being on my back for 1 1/2 yrs. now and I am so ready for this.

I'm thinking of all of you and pray all is well with each and every one of you.
your infrequent friend,

10-26-2006, 01:25 AM
Good luck Grasshopper! A friend recently had the less invasive surgery and it worked like a charm! Here's hoping for great results!

K Taylor-Green
10-26-2006, 01:52 AM
Faith, that is wonderful news!! I hope so much that it goes well for you.

Pat Isaac
10-26-2006, 08:17 AM
Good luck, Grasshopper and my thoughts will be with you.


10-26-2006, 12:10 PM
Good Luck Grasshopper, hope all goes well for you and that you are soon up and about again.

Our AC is a really good refidgerative one so it works extremely well and we have a below ground pool out the back too.

Annie, Art Spectrum have named some of their colours along with the colours of nature which is great, as they produce colours you wouldn't get with another brand as the colours are unique to Australia. The colours of both the bush and coastal regions are unique and do have their own colour changes throughout the year but not necessarily to coincide with the traditional seasons.

Well I finally finished sewing all my colourful scrub tops for work and have put my sewing machine away for awhile. I am working an afternoon shift tomorrow then I am going 2 hours North of Perth to a girlfriends farm to spend the weekend and to work at the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show. Each year for the past 10 years now I have been a Show Steward. It is a great weeek end, I will take my pastels with me but that does not necessarily mean they will get used though.

Last weekend I only had one shift as I went to a Wedding on the Sunday.
I had about 100 hours owing to me not to mention I have my second lot of Long Service which I will take next June, that will be 13 weeks and that will be to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Including all that I still have another 15 weeks Annual Leave up my sleeve which will accumulate alll the more next year and my Hours owing will start to reacumulate as well. This last couple of weeks you wouldn't know I generally work 5 to 6 days per fortnight.

Pat, I have tried to grow corn on several occasions, I get good plants but tend only to get a few kernals on the actual corn :confused: :confused: . At the moment the vegetable garden is full of sweet peas and a few lovely cherry tomataoes and a few broad beans. Once they are all finished I am going to flood it completely with Marigolds, before growing any more vegetables.

Well for me here it is 2300 and very much time I thought about going to bed, as in the morning I have to pack everything I need for the weekend as I will have to leave at 0530 on the Saturday morning and I will be working tomorrow 1300 until 2200. I also want to wash both the dogs in the morning, the puppy being her first ever bath so that should be interesting :rolleyes: .

Take Care everyone and have a great weekend, tell you all about it when I get back early next week, probably Monday.:thumbsup: :wave:


10-26-2006, 12:27 PM
My thoughts are with you grasshopper. You will come through great!!! I had two of the arthroscopic back surgeries and I am so grateful!!! I got up and walked out of the recovery room each time and got on my treadmill the very next day!!! It gave me my life back so I understand what you mean. What a blessing modern medicine is!!!

CM Neidhofer
10-26-2006, 12:47 PM
Best wishes, grasshopper.

Well, it's snowing here again in Colorado.:p Started sometime after midnight and still coming down. Blizzard conditions in some areas. :eek: We have about 4" at the moment and it's not going to stop for at least another two hours, maybe longer. Lots of schools and roads closed today. It's a good stay-in day, so I guess I'll get some painting done.


10-26-2006, 01:14 PM
Best wishes, Grasshopper. It's probably smart to have the less-invasive surgery. Having just come out of the hospital myself, I have to say how impressed I am with what appear to be giant increases in knowledge and technology that are occuring in the medical field right now, so it's likely that they will be able to do what they need to do for you with a less-invasive method.

CJ: yeah, some of those AS colors really do seem unique, and very beautiful as well. It sounds like you are so busy, CJ! How do you ever find time to paint and to post here?

Pat Isaac
10-26-2006, 03:53 PM
CJ, don't know what the problem was with the corn, but we just got too tired of racing the animals for the ears. They were good, the few that we had.
Sounds like you have a busy weekend coming up, have a great time.

:eek: More snow!! You can keep it, not ready yet.....Hope you got some painting done Christine.


10-26-2006, 06:12 PM
Annie, I am sorry to hear of your health problems. Take care of yourself and do what they tell you!

grasshopper, good luck with your back surgery.

Great picture, Kate. And wonderful photos of the fall, Pat!

We are having nice fall weather here too but it is getting colder and damper. We are heading up to Maine for the weekend where I expect it to be even colder and damper. Oh well...tomorrow is supposed to be nice.

I hope you are all doing some good painting and enjoying the fall.


Pat Isaac
10-26-2006, 06:19 PM
Yes, colder and damper, Sandy. We will be going up in a few weeks to help a friend of ours close up their place. Always cool this time of year. At least they have a wood stove and a monitor.
Stay warm.


10-26-2006, 06:27 PM
WE have heat and a nice fireplace. We use our fireplace up there much more than the one down here. We'll keep cosy...once we warm the place!


10-26-2006, 09:48 PM
Christy, I am so jealous, I just love the snow and the cold weather, that is what I like about going over to my girlfriends over in NSW in The Snowy Mountain Region, Monty usually takes me up the mountain for a day of toboganning. Don't know if we will be too early up there next year but at least it will be cooler. I don't think they had very good snow this year I think they had rely on the snowmakers this year. My brother spent 6 months in Colarado on a course with the Royal Australian Navy a few years ago and loved it. He is 10 years younger than me and is a Comander in the Australian Navy, he has done very well for someone so young.

I had better go and get breakfast and get these dogs washed before I have to get organised for my two days away then go off to work for this afternoons shift.

See you all after the weekend.


Pat Isaac
10-27-2006, 08:28 AM
How are you doing out there in Colorado with the snow. I heard there were blizzard conditions and 2 feet of snow!!!


Bill Foehringer
10-27-2006, 10:33 AM
Hi all! Speakin' for myself- ain't the Fall great! I've been enjoying the weather and the colors a great deal this year. Each year as the colors turn warm and the air turns crisp I realize that I only have so many left, maybe less than I think. So I soak up the fall as much as I can.
For me the fall also begins the most festive time of the year, although I enjoy being outdoors year-round. Can't wait to see the snow on the evergreens. Nah, I'm not too crazy! Am I?

CM Neidhofer
10-27-2006, 12:34 PM
How are you doing out there in Colorado with the snow. I heard there were blizzard conditions and 2 feet of snow!!!


Hi Pat....we're fine where we live. Only about 4" here. But yeah, some areas got 2 feet, more or less. Colorado Springs and areas south got hit pretty hard, as well as higher elevations. Highways and schools were closed yesterday until later in the afternoon. It's heading back into the high 50's and low 60's today and for the next few days, so we're melting away already. Even the weather forecasters say it here...don't like the weather?.....wait five minutes!!! :lol:


Pat Isaac
10-27-2006, 04:39 PM
Glad to hear that, Christy. I always thought that was our slogan here in New England, at least our weather people always say it...:lol:


10-27-2006, 08:16 PM
I know that some of you were aware of the fact I've been lying on my back for over a year, and that I had ruptured discs. I'm home from the hospital; got back later this afternoon, the day after my surgery. It turns out that my disc that was supposedly causing all the pain was just your average ruptured disc, and the cause of all the pain was SCAR TISSUE, and loads of it either wrapped around the nerves and the nerve root or the other way around - I'm foggy on the details. My neurosurgeon said it took literally a few mins to take c/o the disc and 1 1/2 hrs. to clear the scar tissue. He said the disc was rubbing against the nerves and formed it's own scar tissue over so many years. He can't guarantee the success, especially since my nerves could still tell my brain that I am in pain, due to the long duration of this injury but, this is a very hopeful thing.

When my husband got home from the hospital he had about 15 phone calls to return to let friends know how I was. That's really something.

Sorry I haven't paid attention to anyone else but me but I've got healing to do and I cannot wait for the day I'm back in my studio. I can't wait until I'm paying more attention here (too much attention)...
Thanks for the support; it means more than I can say.
Your friend,

Kathryn Wilson
10-27-2006, 08:31 PM
Faith, I have my fingers crossed for you - it sounds like you came out of the surgery okay and with a good recovery in store for you!

10-27-2006, 08:33 PM
Good to see you made it back home okay, Grasshopper. Take it easy and take the time you need to recover properly...I hope it all turns out well and you are painfree soon.


10-27-2006, 11:00 PM
So much has been going on here lately. I haven't been around a whole lot lately. I was diagnosed with some bad arthritis in my extreme lower back (was worried it was kidneys, so was almost relieved to find out it was arthritis). Doc said she had no idea why some people get it so young, but I have it. My Dad has had arthritis in his knees and ankles for as long as I can remember, so it could be hereditary. Been making sure I do a lot of moving and lifting. Oddly enough, lifting boxes and heavy objects makes it feel better.

I've spent the last 2 months setting up what I thought was a large freshwater aquarium. I originally went into the store thinking that I would get goldfish bowl. Then, in talking to the guy, that turned into a 10gallon freshwater, which I'd had before. Then, in talking more, it turned into 30 gallons. He said, "You can get the 10 gallons, but everyone always come back in 2 months to get a bigger one." Two months, on-the-nose, I want a bigger tank still. There's a 65 gallon one that I'm going to get later this year that is designed for my stand. Right now I have 12 fish and 2 snails, but I'm worried about the catfish, he's REALLY bloated today. He's the only one of his kind in the tank, and I've had him for a few weeks. I got a good picture of him 2 days ago, so I know for sure that he wasn't like that before.

Had my first car trouble with my Kia Rio, it's nearly 5 years old. So, I figured for the car being as cheap as it was brand-new, that I had a great run with it. The dealership was covering all repairs, but it took me five 90-minute round-trip drives, to get them to actually fix the car. But, I only owed $18 for a new air filter, so I guess I can't complain too much. Though, I'm not going back to that particular dealership again. It wasn't the one where I bought my car, because I'd moved away from that one. And, in the middle of all this, I was going to go back, but they'd sold their franchise 2 days before I called them!

I went to a lot of car shows over the summer, got lots more reference photos to work from all winter. I stayed away from the museums, because I can go there in the winter when I'm desparate for more refernece photos. I talked to a lot of fascinating car owners. Though, no one has taken me up on the "I'll do a pastel painting of your car for you, if you just let me have the car." :D

I'm currently in 3 galleries in 2 different states right now. The more recent one said that they do a big holiday art show, and they'd love to have my cars in that one. She said, "I'm surprised that you aren't in more galleries." Which was so sweet. All of these galleries have just been completely wonderful to me. Two years ago, I had a gallery take 10 pieces of my work, then wouldn't let me get them back, wouldn't answer my calls, and when I caught one at an art show, she said, "You can't just show up. . . We don't answer messages, we just delete them all." Then, I just showed up, to find it closed, and lots of artist work broken and shattered all over the place. The owner was recently at a show where I was set up earlier in the fall, and I was about ready to confront her, but there was no way I was going to get anything back. I'm pretty sure that something must have sold, and they didn't want to pay me. So, I'm glad that I have galleries that are so nice and legitimate!

I saw 2 people got into the Pastel 100, congratulations!!! It sounds like more got in, but I can't see any other threads about it.


Pat Isaac
10-28-2006, 07:53 AM
Sounds like you made out quite well with the surgery, hoping the recuperation goes well and you'll be in the studiio soon.

10-28-2006, 09:48 AM
What's the Pastel 100? (I'm so out of touch lately.)

Thank you for the support, everyone. I need it; it's been a long road...

10-28-2006, 10:30 AM
I couldn't resist posting this here. I hope no one is offended...I thought hubby would have a heart attack when he saw this! :D
They had a pumpkin carving contest at my daughter's work. It's a large company that is always doing crazy fun things with the employees. Anyhow, she is 7 months pregnant and since it was supposed to be a group project, one of her co-workers came up with this idea. Apparently all the company execs came to judge...I can only imagine how they displayed this! In any case they won first place!



K Taylor-Green
10-28-2006, 12:50 PM
Sandy, how hilarious! She looks like she is going to pop!

Maureen, I wish you the best of luck. Your work is wonderful.

Faith, I am so HAPPY for you!! This sounds like a strong step forward. And the Pastel 100 is a yearly pastel composition sponsored by the Pastel Journal. It is a HUGE event.

We spent last evening at my mother-in-law's for supper. She had lots of pictures and stories of the 10 days she spent in Ukrain on a mission trip.
Some of the buildings are breathtakingly beautiful! She met a lot of friendly and warm people......and managed to trip and fall and break her wrist in the process. *Sigh* Only my mom-in-law!