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Pat Isaac
07-02-2007, 08:07 AM
Good morning everyone,

It was a great weekend to get lots of gardening done, mostly weeding...We are now picking snap peas and they have just about gone by now. We gave a bunch away and are now enjoying the rest ourselves.
The studio saga still goes on, but is on hold for awhile till the owner of one of the buildings comes back from vacation. Next week.
So come in and share your joys, concerns...or just the day to day routine and lets get aquainted.

Have a great day:) :) :)


07-02-2007, 08:55 AM
I got some really good advise from folks on this forum and I ordered the 225 piece set of Holbein OPs. Jerry's Artarama has them on sale and is featuring a coupon for 20% of all purchases through July 4th. When ordering use coupon number J427D to get the discount.
I did my first OP painting with just one tool - a vinyl retractable eraser. Yesterday, I got some Colour Shapers and what a difference. My next painting will be much easier.
Thanks for you advice.

Pat Isaac
07-02-2007, 09:03 AM
Sammy, so glad you were able to get all those great OPs and tools. Great sale! You are going to be so hooked on OPs and those color shapers are the best. Looking forward to your paintings.


07-02-2007, 10:11 AM
Hi, all. This is Canada Day weekend here and the sun is shining. I'm off to work in the garden and sit in the sun. So far, we've had radishes and lettuce from the garden. The crows ate our strawberries, despite the use of computer discs on strings that are supposed to frighten them away! Glad to hear your garden is producing well, Pat.

What a range of colours you'll have with your new Holbein set, Sammy. Glad you like the colour shapers; they're my favourite tool. Show us your new paintings! Jane

07-02-2007, 10:42 AM
Well my week didn't start out so good, but ended really well. My grandmother went into the hospital with congestive heart failure; she's doing much better and hopefully will be able to go home tomorrow. My weekend was slow; doing mostly house-work and cleaning, in between going and coming from the hospital. However this weekend is when my family goes to the big fireworks and picnic shin-dig, which will be so much fun. Hope to get some of my tiger in OP finished through the week, and maybe start on another OP piece, and work on a dozen other pieces of artwork.

I hope everyone has a good fun-filled 4th and make sure you play it safe with those fire-works.

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07-02-2007, 02:15 PM
Hi everyone! :wave:

Pat: I hope the building works out next week and that you're able to get your studio settled down again. As usual I'm slow off the mark getting things planted - haven't even gotten anything in yet, so I was really surprised to hear you're already harvesting. It's been mostly so gray and cool here that there just hasn't been much gardening motivation. I just do mostly lettuce and herbs though, so they can really be planted anytime. I can't believe that we're almost to the 4th of July.

Sammy: I bet you'll love those Holbeins! I checked out that sale and it looks like there's one on until August 20, although I don't know if it's the 20% sale you took advantage of. I hope to see some of the work you do with those new OPs. Enjoy!

While browsing around on the Jerry's site, I found they're offering a new oil pastel, that's supposedly of artist quality: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply-stores/online/6494 They're manufactured in China (the company's been making them for four years, and also offers student and children's OPs). They're sold out at Jerry's but I wondered if anybody has tried them...I notice Daler Rowney is making OPs now too.

And just FYI, in my browsing I also discovered that the old Guitar brand of OPs really are still being manufactured, although they may be only available in Europe. Someone posted a thread a while ago who was using an old set.

Jerry's is also offering a closeout sale on some Senn OPs, including some giant ones: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-supply-stores/online/6327

Jane: The crows here steal the food I put out for the feral cat. Also competing for the food are racoons. One showed up last night. He skittered away when I opened the door to take the dish in, but then he came back and turned over a planter on the deck looking for more food! (Or maybe he was just getting even for my taking his dinner away. :lol:) Enjoy the nice weather!

Wildart: Sorry to hear about your grandmother, but I'm glad she's going to be ok. Have fun at the fireworks celebration! I'm still looking forward to the finish on your tiger piece.

lacey sprocket
07-02-2007, 03:35 PM
hello everyone! This week I'm working on getting stuff together to enter 2 juried shows by the end of next week. I've gone through artweek and picked out all the shows I can try for, and I'm goin for it! I'm going to wear my pirate costume in the 4th of july parade in half moon bay- I'll be riding in a chinese junk (boat) pulled by the folks at the longbranch saloon, who I do a lot of painting for (signs, etc). Today I'm working for a production company making 60s themed decor for a party they're doing soon. That should be fun! I'm working on a piece that is driving me crazy, I posted it as a wip. I'm seriously thinking of starting over with a different composition.

Nice to hear about everyone's gardens! It's slow going in the land of window gardening here.
Sammy, let me know what you think of the holbeins. I've never seen them around here before, but I hear a lot about them. Gosh, that's a lot of colors! Makes my mouth water...

AnnieA, thanks for the links! I actually get the sennie jumbo sticks for about $7 each at university art, but it's good to know about those closeout prices, maybe I'll get some holbeins someday!

Pat Isaac
07-02-2007, 05:10 PM
Lots of people stopping by today.
Wildart, sorry about your grandma, worrysome, but glad to hear that she is going to be fine. Happy 4th.
Thanks for the links, Annie. Interesting about the new OPs. Maybe everyone is realizing that they are up and coming....
Good luck, Lacey with the shows...and you are right to just go for it...:p Intersting about the pirates costume. Some of my sister's kids who still live on Martha's Vineyard participate in the 4th parade. This year my nephew has built a replica of the ship on the Pirates of the Carribean and it will be in the parade with pirates aboard. It is a masterpiece.
I had a strange day. Went to my studio and was met by the former owner, now manager, who asked if I would ike to tour the building that the present owner was looking into for us to move to ( a former jursing home), I said sure. Well, it is a nursing home and has that feel, the first room I entered had the price on the door......$697 per month....:eek: I looked at everything and thought that this person has no idea about atrtists. Not for me. We'll be looking at the building s we have seen around. None of us is a millionaire. It was interesting, but he has only put a deposit on the building and is awaiting our comments. A general tour will be available to any one interested this week. I had hoped to get lots of work done today, but to no avail. Definitely tomorrow.
Jane, I grew strawberries one year and they were a feast for the chipmunks....no more.....sigh....


07-02-2007, 09:16 PM
Pat: Let's hope the new OP brand is a sign of things to come. :) I happened to run across a blurb about a new arts community center in my area. It's in what was an old church. Maybe that would be a thought for your group...

Pat Isaac
07-03-2007, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the suggestion Annie. We did look into some old school buildings, but they weren't big nehough to house all of us. All of us have different needs for studio space, so the old factory buildings seem to work. Not many of them left around either. Let's hope what we have found can be made to work.
I really want to finish work in my studio today with no interruptions.....


Pat Isaac
07-04-2007, 08:43 AM


07-04-2007, 11:02 AM
Happy Fourth to you too, Pat, and all the OP Forum denizens! (Great graphic!)

07-05-2007, 08:15 AM
Hi Everyone.

Welcome Sammy -- great way to start out! I am looking forward to seeing some of your work.

I have not used the color shapers, sent for some from Dakota Pastels a while back, but they were for soft pastels -- haven't gotten around to sending them back, so have been denying myself buying the ones I need. I will be interested to know how you use them.

I went to mom's Sunday to take her to a cardiologist's appointment on Monday. I ended up staying until Tuesday and I ended up taking her to a hospital to address the emotional problems she is having. It is a new hospital specializing in geriatric psychiatry, only about thirty miles from where she lives. I was wiped out yesterday. Thank god, She seems to being doing well with it -- she may not be there long, but I hope I get to meet with the doctor and I pray this is the first step in her getting back to a rewarding life. Leaving her there was/is grueling.

Sorry about your grandmother, Wildart, I hope she does well.

Wow, Lacey, great activities! Good luck with your exhibit entering, let us know more about them.

I really enjoyed painting the dog I have been working on Saturday some -- still not done -- trying to get back in a groove, have lost a week in everything, it seems.

Just slept most of yesterday when not doing chores.

Thanks for all the information on Jerry's, Annie.


Pat Isaac
07-05-2007, 08:53 AM
So sorry to hear that your mother is still having health issues, Angela. Let's hope that this is the turning point for her. ((((hug)))) Glad you were able to get some painting done. I just started using color shapers and I love them. I never had the right ones either and couldn't understand how people used them.
Another building tour today and another one on Monday. I'll be glad when we can finally pin this studio move down. I'm sure it will take most of the summer, but we really want to move as a group.
Rain today and we need it.

Take care, everyone.


07-05-2007, 10:16 AM
Angela, sorry to hear about your mother's ongoing problems. I hope this new hospital will help to get her enjoyment of life back. It's been a difficult time for you - I'm glad to hear you are finding some time for art.

Pat, I'm sure it will be a relief when you get the studio situation sorted out. We're getting some rain too and it will apparently continue for a few days.

I was surprised to receive my order from Blicks yesterday - very fast work considering it was across the border. My initial impressions are that the Neopastels and CrayPas Specialist aren't as hard as I was afraid they might be. Jane

Pat Isaac
07-05-2007, 04:25 PM
I, also, was surprised with the Neopastels and Specialists not being as hard as I thought. The Specialists are much more waxy though.
Another whole day spent dealing with studio. There was a tour of the nursing home building that the new owner might purchase for us. Not that it couldn't be a great place for artists, but the rents were prohibitive. Not sure if anyone from our building will go there and then he will use it for something else. We have a big meeting and tour with another building nearby and it all hangs on what kind of deal the owner will give us. I figure we'll have some solutions by Monday. In the meantime between interruptions today, I started cleaning out stuff from my studio and bringing paintings home. I have 10 years of stuff there....:eek: Throw out time.


07-05-2007, 08:44 PM
Pat and Angela: I really like my one color shaper. It's a white one though, which is softer. I know you, Pat, have said that you don't like the soft ones, but I find it works pretty well. It's the smallest size chisel, so maybe that has something to do with it. I can use it much like a paintbrush, to smooth out small areas and blend them. How does everyone else use the harder ones? (Maybe this is a thread topic.)

Angela: I sure hope your mother is doing better soon. Such a worry. Since the hospital where she is is geriatric, they'll have special skills to be able to help her, so that's good. Hang in there - you must be exhausted. I hope things will get back to normal for you soon, Angela.

Jane : Nice to have those new pastels.:) Did you get the full sets of the Specialists and Caran d'Aches, Jane? I hope you'll let us know how they seem when you've gotten a little more opportunity to work with them.

I've been wondering about the relative hardness of the brands lately too. Yesterday I found an old Cray-Pas Expressionist (not Specialist) in my box of blues, and was really surprised that it felt not that hard and was really fairly creamy. It wasn't that waxy either. I also bought a new Sennelier Blue #6 recently, and was very surprised at how different the handling qualities seemed compared to my old one, which was difficult to work with - sort of waxy, I guess. It just never seemed to go on smoothly, especially if I tried to layer it over something else. I wonder if some of what we're thinking are the basic qualities of the different brands may have to do with the samples we happen to try out. Maybe my original Blue #6 had been sitting on the shelf for a while. Then there's also the weather...I am really noticing a difference in my OPs now that things have warmed up a bit here. (OK, yet another thread topic. :p)

Pat: 10 years of stuff! :eek: I don't envy you the need to sort through all of that. Maybe the folks in your building should have an "Artist's Moving Sale" rather than throwing stuff out.

Wildart: How's your grandmother and how was the Fourth of July celebration?

I'm very lucky when it come to the 4th, as the city has a huge fireworks display and they shoot them off from a boat in the lake. I only have to walk out my door to see them. Please indulge me; here are some photos I took of the display last night.




The fireworks seem more beautiful every year! :)

07-05-2007, 10:04 PM
Annie, what beautiful photos - they'd make great abstract paintings. I bought a half-set of the Neopastels, plus a few extra of their darks, and a set of 25 Specialists. I think you may be right about individual pastels - some Holbeins are definitely harder than others and a few of my Senneliers are harder than I would expect. When people say the Senns are too soft I always think of Bordeaux, which is so soft that the tiniest bit goes a long way.

Pat, good luck with the clean out. Hope the studio search goes well. Jane

Pat Isaac
07-06-2007, 06:58 AM
I have also found that to be true of my Senns and Holbeins. I use my color shapers to clean up edges and to blend, sometimes using them like a paintbrush. They are called firm, but are very flexible.
What great fireworks, Annie and how nice that they are so close. You wouldn't get me into Boston on the 4th for anything. I watched them on TV this year as we didn't go to our friend's lake house this 4th.
Funny you should mention an art sale, as some of the artists are thinking of organizing a "yard sale". Not sure what I would put in it at this point.


07-06-2007, 07:41 AM
Tnanks for your thoughts, Pat, Jane and Annie. My mom seems to be doing fairly well (sigh of relief), they are starting to adjust her heart medications -- and this makes me very nervous, though. They wanted me to bring some more clothes today, but she asked me to wait. I need to make some calls this morning to know what I am doing.

I worked on the dog painting late yesterday. If I don't go anywhere, maybe I can finish it today and post it.

The decorating got on hold -- I need to get on the horn and find out what happend to the handyman. Was resolved to pack up alot of stuff in the great room this week(like you, Pat) so I could move stuff around and get to the walls, but maybe I can start over next week.

The painting has been great therapy for me. Never got to July pastel strokes, though would have liked to.

I love those photos, Annie, when I saw them, I also thought they would be good motivators for some abstracts. Now that really would be loosening, up, huh, Annie? Think you might give them a try, maybe for the 100 sketches, Annie?

Good luck, Pat, I will be anxious to hear about your other prospects for buildings. P.S. that was a great 4th of July graphic.


Pat Isaac
07-06-2007, 08:08 AM
Good to hear that your mother is doing better, Angela. You can still do the July strokes if you want as it it in the pastel library.
Happy painting.


07-06-2007, 10:44 AM
Just poking my head in to say hi. Some really great fire works pix here!

Craig and I are working on our wills this week. UGH.Not the most entertaining of things to do on a summer day but after his mother died, we thought it would be good to do this. Kind of parenting from the grave....makes things soooo much easier on the survivors.

I'm really enjoying my neo pastels. I buy a few new ones every visit to Blicks as they have open stock. I find they blend well with other brands.

Also,I've been using H2O oil (the kind you use with water soluble oils) to move my pastels around. Works very well.

Pat Isaac
07-06-2007, 11:37 AM
Wills are a good thing making it easier for the survivors. We did that also after my MIL died.

What is H20 oil? never heard of it. Is it like linseed oil only for water soluble oils? i am also enjoying my new dark neopastels.


07-06-2007, 12:56 PM
THat's exactly what it is. Water soluable oil to use as a medium for h2o oils.
Glad you are liking yoru neo's.