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K Taylor-Green
07-09-2007, 11:45 AM
Happy Monday everyone!! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the events of our everyday lives.

The weekend was spent with giving our pups their first shots and rebuilding our kennels! With all the kids running around helping, it was more like a three ring circus, but they all got done.
Yesterday we tore down the old wooden kennels we had built years ago, and put up bright shiny chainlink kennels. :clap: They look wonderful!
But today, I am a bit stiff and sore.:( Must be getting old!

K Taylor-Green
07-09-2007, 03:28 PM
I can't believe I posted this in the library!:o Too much sun, yesterday, I guess.

07-09-2007, 06:15 PM
haha, kate! somedays are just like that!

we had a fun 4th, parades, picnics, food poisoning... well, coulda done without that part! was sick as a dog (which is an odd term, as my dogs are always very healthy!) then, as sudden as it came on, it was gone. glad for that!

here's the family on parade, literally! oldest is in front of youngest, riding my mare sugarfoot, while younger is on duke. my hubby is in the back, on copper the hairless horse. (anyone for polo?!) this is first time for a parade for that one, and he did super. we made out well when we stayed all night at the sale barn to buy him!

haven't done as much art as i'd like but our temps are climbing and now is a great time to enjoy the coolness of my basement studio. will post what i did last night in another thread.

just as a thought, i'd love to know how you all spend your week--work days, nights? part time or stay home? time you get for art? go for a walk, to a gym? what is a typical day for YOU?

Pat Isaac
07-09-2007, 06:15 PM
The library!!!...:eek: Busy weekend, take a break..:heart:
I spent today looking at factory buildings for art studio space. I can't believe how many filghts of stairs I climed. Tomorrow will tell...The place many of us want to relocate to is very nice but the space has to be built out to suit the artists and the owner is still hedging. I understand as the outlay is a lot, but we are all very dependable people and he said h would let us know in 2 wekks...aaaarrrgh....If he says no, the other building we are looking at isn't as desirable, but it would work. We are all getting very anxious and want our next step to be settled soon.
The garden is doing great and recent rains have helped considerably.


CM Neidhofer
07-09-2007, 06:35 PM
just as a thought, i'd love to know how you all spend your week--work days, nights? part time or stay home? time you get for art? go for a walk, to a gym? what is a typical day for YOU?

A nice thought, chewie, so I'll share. I work four 9, 9 1/2 or 10 hour days, usually during the day. One occasional 12-10 p.m. shift. I'm a cage cashier at Isle of Capri Casino in Black Hawk, CO. I have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off. Boyfriend Bruce has Wednesday and Thursday off, but he works a 2-11 p.m. shift at Walmart. So we have one day off together. That's usually our fishing day, weather permitting, or whatever other adventure we decide to go on. I try to get painting time in on Monday and Tuesday, but that doesn't always work either with errands and cleaning and cooking and laundry and on and on and on....!! lol So that's pretty much my typical daily routine.


Pat Isaac
07-09-2007, 07:43 PM
Hmmm.. it varies depending on the time of year. During the summer I spend a lot of time in our large garden, some time at the studio and we go away several times over the summer. During the fall and winter time is divided between my studio work, orchestra rehearsals and concerts, housework..ugh... gym, family and all the holidays. I don't have nearly as much time as I envisioned when I retired. However, I really do have a lot more time to spend on my art.


Piper Ballou
07-10-2007, 02:04 AM
Well...for me it is summer so I am free as a bird...During my other life I am teacher, junior high alternative, the rough and toughers, right now the district started a new program so during the school year I work from about 11am to 5 or so...students are there from noon to 5pm and only four days a week, that leaves Fridays open to all the paper work I have to do.....

but right now it is summer.....yipppeeeeee
we are heading out to San Diego tomorrow....to the zoo, lot of photos for me and it is only in the 70's vs the 105 temps here...it will feel like winter to me
I will talk to everyone when I get back
so I will talk to everyone when I get back

Mikki Petersen
07-10-2007, 02:21 AM
Hi everyone! Chewie, that's quite a handsome family you have parading up there.

Kate, do you have shelter inside the chain link?

I am running Kamp Gramma since Saturday for the next two weeks. The kids are great but they really cut into my time for painting and browsing WC!

My time? I'm retired, live in a tiny cottage in the mountains with my husband and our dog. Like Pat, I thought that, being retired, I would have nothing but time...not so...or maybe it's that the more time I have, the more time I waste. Neither John or I like being held to schedules so for the most part we sleep and eat when we want and spend the rbulk of our time being creative. That is when our kids and grandkids allow it. They seem to feel it is unhealthy to live as we do and keep looking for ways to fill our time. We resist :evil: except when we get to fill our time with the grandkids. Still I try to maintain one rule and that is to get an hour in front of the easel every day.

Happy painting,

Pat Isaac
07-10-2007, 09:00 AM
Missed the photo of your family, Chewie. Handsome group..


07-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Hi everyone - can little old Pabs join in on his first "scumble"?
Thought so - thanks!
Had some real bad legs the last 10 days or so (I used to be a fireman but was retired on ill-health with them), but now they're recovering; or at least to their previous level! It's just something to put up with every now and again; sometimes bad days, sometimes good.
Over the weekend I ordered myself a wooden three-drawer pastel box and a set of 24 W&N landscape pastels, making @75 colours/tints. They came today, and have now been installed in our computer room/office/art studio. Nice.
I help out at a local art group for 8-14 year olds twice a week, so in around half an hour I'll be off for this weeks first installment. We run Tuesdays and Thursdays for the kids, and Tuesday night for the adults - where I go to participate, not to help teach!!!
So I'll leave it at that for now, as there is so much other stuff to look up on WC! It's great - don't you just love itall?????????

07-10-2007, 02:46 PM
I'm still waiting to have a typical day. All my days seem to be just slightly odd. Not necessarily bad, mind you. Just... odd.

Here's yesterday: Up early, downloaded email. Thunderstorm on way, so turned off computer. 3 hours later, turned computer back on, and tried to send replies I'd written earlier. I can't get in! Spent THREE AND A HALF HOURS on phone and online with isp tech service trying to sort it out. They got me in, but now my firewall is messed up (they disabled it while helping me get my email to talk to their system, and I can't get it to reenable without totally shutting me off internet access). :confused:

Need break. Ate lunch. Took beagle for stroll.

Spent the afternoon uninstalling firewall, reinstalling older version, downloading upgrade replacement, downloading updates to file libraries. Tedious, but worth it: things work the way they did before I turned off the computer that morning.

I like my computer. I really do. But right now I have a love-hate relationship with it. I think I'm transitioning from routinely emailing friends and family to phone calls (love being able to call anywhere in the country) and :eek: snail mail!

Did I paint? I don't remember. I did do some pen sketching in my tiny pad. I drew the clutter on my dining room table. All of it. It was cathartic.

Oh, shoot, they just issued ANOTHER thunderstorm warning on the radio, headed our way. See you all later... turning computer off now. Guess I'll go paint something.

Dayle Ann

K Taylor-Green
07-10-2007, 03:11 PM
Mikki, yep, shelters inside the chain link. Which is a good thing since we ran out of time to put the roof back on, and it rained today! The roof will be a major project, and Jess doesn't have time during the week. He works 10 hr days with a
45 minute drive each way. He gets up at 4 to go to work and gets home by 5pm. He is usually in bed by 8!:eek:

Pabs, You are more than welcome here!

Typical day for me depends on what day of the week it is. But most days start off with kennel cleaning and puppy feeding, before it gets hot.

Chris, Great parade pictures! Even your hairless horse, poor thing.

Dayle Ann, I feel your pain. Most of the time, I love mine. All my friends live there!:D

Mikki Petersen
07-10-2007, 06:02 PM
Pabs, welcome to the Scumble! Everyone is welcome here...it's where we make friends. Soryy about your legs and glad to hear you are on the upswing.

Dayle Ann, I go nuts with stuff like that. Normally I'm a fairly patient person but working with the techies makes me a screaming loonie. Hope you get it all straightened out.

Kate, I was sure there had to be shelter, just threw me off when you said you replaced wood with chain link.


Pat Isaac
07-10-2007, 06:17 PM
Welcome, Pabs and yes, WC is just great. I am an addict. Glad to hear that your legs are better now.

:eek: I have been through that computer thig and it drives me nuts...I want to drop kick my computer out the window, but I know that it always turns out to be some simple thing that took hours on the phone and much pulling of hair...at least so far.

More thunderboomers predicted tonight.....


07-10-2007, 06:25 PM
Computer fine. I wish I had a resident puter techie, though. I get things taken care of, but tend to muddle through. Today's thunderstorm hasn't materialized here yet, but supposed to be a nasty one later this evening. We're on alert.

I wanted to add the evening part yesterday: invited my neighbor to join me picking raspberries as the day waned. We had a nice time chatting, and between us, we picked 4 quarts of berries out of my little patch, and lots more to go. My favorite winter treat is raspberry shortcake, so lots are going into the freezer. So day ended well, with lots of treats to look forward to, some to share with neighbor. Then we had to escape the skeetos. Then we had the evening mega-thunderstorm and the electricity went out. Then we got to watch the lightening bugs. Perfect.

Dayle Ann

07-11-2007, 05:35 AM
Hi all. Thanks for the welcome!!
Yestrday's kid's art club was a bit hit and miss; we took them to the local park - literally five mins away from the building. Idea was to give them a drawing board, two sheets of paper for 4 drawings, a soft pencil and a charcoal pencil for them to do quick, tonal sketches which they could work on when we got back, using them as reference for (hopefully) a fair peice of work!!!
Due to end of term concerts and other activities, we only had 7 turn up. Two did sketches of the swings, and one did the rubbish bin. Ahhgggg! All those trees (individual and grouped) the stone walls, the...., the....... - but hey, they are only children.
Upon arriving back, a couple did pastel sketches of the trees, the rest did watercolours, with one great piece on the grouped trees, and one surprisingly good one of the rubbish bin.
The pastelists managed to put together a typical child's pastel work, nothing wrong with that, but they are getting the hang of tone, shadows and some blending - they all love blending, everything has to be blended. One girl especially no matter how much personal attention she gets, or how many time we show her, literally "grinds" every colour into the paper. Perhaps one of the major manufacturers could market a paper based on human skin, as we find it has an excellent tooth and can hold a surprisingly large amount of pigment!!
But I would'nt have it any other way!
Glad you all had a great 4 July; sorry about the horses tail, but the parade went very well; sure hope those storms stay away; and lastly, that the kennel/runs roof gets on sooner rather than later.
I'm off now as I've written enough.

maggie latham
07-11-2007, 01:00 PM
Hello Everyone,
Just thought I would let you know that Nikon is having problem with some of their cameras, which were produced about five years ago. I have been having a lot of trouble with my Coolpix5700 digital camera, and when I called them about it, they told me that they are replacing defective parts in that model, and servicing it for free. One of the problems is weird color hues in the lens or monitor, or your image in the viewfinder looking like a histogram in Photoshop! A black screen also seems to be one of the problems. I have a friend who has a Cannon which she bought around the same time as me, and hers is doing the same thing, which leads me to believe that the defective part might have been used in many different brands. I do not know this for sure, and can only pass on what the customer service rep at Nikon told me about the Coolpix 5700. If you have one of these cameras, check on their website to down-load shipping instructions.
I know a lot of you use a camera for recording and photographing your work, so wanted to share the info about this particular camera.

07-12-2007, 02:06 AM
Hi, all!

The week is flying by!

Kate, those puppies must be growing by leaps and bounds--how do they like their new digs by now?

Chewie, nice pic of the family--I notice you cropped off the remains of Copper's tail...

Pat, I assume you play in the orchestra? What instrument? What is the group? I put in a lot of years on viola before I found out that my digital dexterity is about 20th percentile, and no amount of practicing was going to improve it:(

Piper, how was San Diego? I've heard wonderful things about the zoo there!

Mikki, how goes it with Kamp Gramma by now--they must be trying to eat you out of house and home, at least!

Dayle Ann, I have to admit I miss thunderstorms a lot--but not being near lightning strikes! We had one hit the phone connection right outside our bedroom window in Minneapolis--about 3 feet from our bed!! I don't think I've ever jumped that high from a prone position before; it just about deafened us. Fried the phones and computer, but luckily no real damage.

Pabs, welcome! More power to you, teaching art to kids--takes a lot of energy and patience!

I have a fairly busy week--doctor visits, get Olivia's new glasses, bi-weekly social worker visits, my 27-year-old son is coming up to bring by our Mother's Day card:lol: , and the baby therapist comes every week. My typical day is up early to try to read the paper and drink my coffee before the urchins get too rowdy, diapers and dressing and feeding, then one of us takes Olivia (2 1/2) to Early Head Start. Errands and/or appointments are usually right after we drop her off, then meals, pick her up at 12:30, naps (hopefully!), snacks, playing or park or whatever, yet another meal, and the loooong stretch of putting them to bed and waiting and waiting and waiting until they settle down for the night--it's usually 8 or after. Then I finish up the cleaning up and regroup in front of the computer. Oh, and I do some volunteering at Head Start, too.

Most of my painting is done when Melissa takes charge of the kids for a few hours--we trade off on that once or twice a week to maintain some small bit of sanity! I don't have the energy to set up and take down to paint after the kids bedtime, and no place to leave things up safely. Now that Eli Samuel (1-1/2)is walking and more independent, I am trying to start sketching moving targets---very quick sketches! Since I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, parenting takes most of my energy. Eli will start Early Head Start in the fall, which means then I will have some real time to paint in the mornings!

We have a big day tomorrow: We are finally getting to sign Intent to Adopt papers for our little guy!!! Then it's another 2-month or so wait for a court date to finalize the adoption, and he's stuck with us for good.:evil:

He joined us as an emergency foster placement a year ago today, and I have trouble finding words to describe what the past year meant for us, and me. Because of my partner's work and finishing seminary, I am the stay-at-home parent, and Eli has needed a lot to overcome a pretty dreadful existence during his first 6 months. He weighed 12 ounces less at 3 months, when Child Protection got him, than at birth--in addition to witnessing a lot of domestic violence, and experiencing at least some. After a month in the hospital, he went to a foster home where he got physical care but little else. He couldn't begin to sit, even with pillows, when we got him. He spent weeks screaming like a wounded, abandoned puppy, often for hours every night--it was both heart-breaking and crazy-making!

But he's been driven to catch up developmentally (he's now ahead of average in most scores!), his health is fortunately fine, he has turned into a smart, charming and sociable little guy, and he has formed firm attachments to both of us (one of our biggest concerns initially was promoting attachment). He recently (finally!) came out of a 3-4 month bout of severe separation anxiety--so bad that he had to be with me virtually all the time. He would tolerate Melissa's care for a few hours a week, but no one else. But most people looking at him now would have no idea what he's been through!!!

So, over this past year I've been instrumental in helping to give this child his life back--and it is probably the most humbling, awe-inspiring thing I've ever been part of.

Sorry this is so long--with the adoption becoming finalized, it's on my mind a lot. Here's a couple pictures, one from a couple days after we got Eli, the other from 6 weeks ago, when he had just started walking, with Melissa and Olivia.

07-12-2007, 05:55 AM
Hey bogbeast - gripping story with a nice ending. It's great and a truly humbling experience when you can have such an impact on young children's lives. Many years ago I used to be a part-time youth worker in our small town, and even now grown-ups with their own family will often come up to me in our local pub and re-introduce themselves as one of those kids at the youth club. To see them grown up with young children of their own is hard to describe, but it happens!!!!! They always say that I was fair with them, and looked after them, but in reality it was only common sense, though they could not see it at the time. I can really relate to what your saying and going through, and so glad it's all coming good for you now. Nice pics also!

Pat Isaac
07-12-2007, 09:01 AM
How wonderful that Eli found good and caring parents. It must be heartwarming to see him grow and flourish now. Good luck today.

Yes, I play flute in an orchestra...Southeastern Philharmonic. It is an all volunteer group of about 65 members.


07-12-2007, 12:30 PM
Hello everyone. I thought this might be the place to introduce myself. I just started painting in May. I took a 4 hour Bob Ross class. Then I decided I would prefer using Acrylics so spent a ton of money getting everything I needed. I took a one night a week for 4 weeks class in Acrylics but for some reason I couldn't learn anything from that class. I again went to a Bob Ross class, and although the style etc. is not for me I have learned a lot from that class. I have been reading and practicing on my own this past 3 or 4 weeks. So I am a total newby.

Okay, you ask so why are you here in Pastels? Because I can't control myself :) I just love the work you guys do and yesterday I went and bought a bunch of Pastel stuff. I will continue with my acrylics but I want to do Pastels too. I may get up the nerve to try them today. Hope you don't mind another newby. I'll be bouncing around from here to acrylics and Animals & Wildlife.

So besides all that, a bit about me and my days. I'm soon to be 54. I have bred and shown Quarter Horses for many years, Whippets, Salukis, Dairy goats and poultry. I was a single mom for 16 years and had a mobile dog grooming business. Always was drawing as a kid but haven't drawn anything for 32 years or so. I started doing wood sculpting about 2 years ago, recently finished a commissioned bust of Hugh Hefner (yuck). Now I've decided to add the painting to my life as well. Grew up in MA, spent 7 years in KY, then 30 in southern CA and moved to Idaho last September after we got burned out in one of California huge wild fires. So here I am, country/remote desert person living in a city environment. I am actually enjoying it though since we have great country very close in.

I do have a Pot Bellied Pig, a pair of very special chickens (Silkies), a pair of pet geese, a Toy Fox Terrier and 4 cats. So I still have some animals.

My day sort of goes like, get up early and carve or now paint for a few hours. Turn on computer and check email, browse carving forum and Wet Canvas. Go out an feed the kids (animals). Come in and get housework or whatever HAS to be done, done. Then paint or carve till dinnertime. Sometimes I take a break and go to the lake with my camera and fishing gear. Or for a short bike ride with hubby. He is a biking addict. I have a garden to care for too and I'm trying to slowly fix up this old house. I wish I could find time to get bored once in awhile :)

Probably more than you wanted to know but thats me :) I look forward to learning from you all and making new friends.

Have a nice and productive day. :)

07-12-2007, 03:10 PM
wow, i am sooo loving this! i'm reading each post so carefully and thinking of how you days must be like.

bogbeast--that poor baby! on a movie once, there was a scene with a young boyfriend was talking to his girlfriends' mom. he said 'you have to buy a licence to have a dog, drive a car, even to catch a fish, but anybody is allowed to make kids'. so true and kinda backwards aint' it!? glad he's got a better deal now, and it seems you've gotten alot from it as well. good for all of you!

nancy w.--a huge welcome to you! i would love to see a carving! took in a wood carving show a year ago, and was totally astounded at what can be done in wood. your day sounds pretty good to me! but burned out, oh terrible! did you loose your horses in fire, i shouldn't even ask that, not sure i wanna know! sorry to hear that part.

pabs--don't kids just baffle you sometimes? i will try to help, doing some volunteering for kids, thinking i'll do some great little lesson, and the kids come in, and pow! i gotta go a whole 'nuther way cuz they just dont' do 'tidy little lessons'. ugh! i found out fast that if a person can't adapt in a hurry, kids aren't for them!

thanks for all the replies on your days, we sure ain't a sitting bunch, are we?!

07-12-2007, 03:29 PM
Nancy welcome! You've got me off to look at the woodcarving bit next, I didn't realise there was one (blinkered vision, see). Just hang around long enough to learn from this site - which you will, then enjoy your pastels for all they are worth.
Chewie - next week is the last week before break-up for the summer hols. We only have three two-hour workshops booked for the hols, so the three of us will have plenty of time to relax, get through some art, and enjoy ourselves. Not 'arf!!!!!

07-12-2007, 03:41 PM
Chewy & Pabs, thank you for the welcome :) No, we didn't lose any animals to the fire. We did however end up nursing animals that got burned and belonged to neighbors who evacuated. Sadly, most ended up dying. We got trapped in because we refused to leave our animals and by the time we got them all loaded up we couldn't get out. That is how we saved our animals and took care of the nieghbors since they were not alllowed back in for 4 or 5 days. We (hubby & I) ran around like mad with hoses and with the help of the firefighters and saved most of our place except vegation and out buildings. Anyway, if you would like to see some of my carvings go here:

nancy w.--a huge welcome to you! i would love to see a carving! took in a wood carving show a year ago, and was totally astounded at what can be done in wood. your day sounds pretty good to me! but burned out, oh terrible! did you loose your horses in fire, i shouldn't even ask that, not sure i wanna know! sorry to hear that part.

Deborah Secor
07-12-2007, 08:38 PM
I just had to drop in and tell you all about a wonderful museum show I just saw up in Santa Fe. It's called Natura Morta (Still Life in Italian) and featured 43 paintings from the Medici collection... Trust me, I'm not a still life fan at all. I went in figuring that this would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some work, so might as well ante up the $6 and go in for a quick peek, but I have to tell you it was spectacular! I found myself looking at these paintings and trying to analyze what created this sense of air between objects. I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of most of them--huge canvases that almost engulfed you as you got up close to them. It would be as if you were standing right in front of a gigantic table 12" thick laden with fruit, beautiful pottery bowls, delicate glassware, and flowers and foods of all kinds.

The exquisite skill was just amazing to me! You ddin't see a spare brushstroke. Everything was so beautifully controlled. Almost all were oils, of course. It was fun to be able to stick your nose right up to the canvas and see those luscious touches of paint, or the incredibly delicate strokes that made the petals of flowers or skins of fruits. The 'air' was most often made by careful control of values and color, especially chiaroscuro--I kept remembering phrases from art history like 'sfumato'! The artists used dramatic shadows and bright highlights to draw the eye. The colors were still glowing after 400 years.

Sorry--I know I'm going on and on here, but it was really something! As I wandered through the art galleries afterwards I kept thinking about how piddly most of the artwork looked in comparison--even (maybe I should say ESPECIALLY) my own work... I truly admire the work of these Renaissance artists! It's such a delight to be able to see work like this without taking a trip to the Uffizi Gallery [though I'd still like to get there someday!]

If any of you is close enough to Santa Fe to see this show at the SF Fine Arts Gallery be sure to go... I'd love to know if you find it as special as I did.

When I get a chance I'll come back and read this whole thread... till then :wave:


07-12-2007, 09:14 PM
Welcome Pabs and Nancy! It's always nice to see new faces here...and the oldies too!

You all keep so busy it's amazing anyone is able to get any painting done. I do think Libby takes the cake though...with those 2 beautiful children. Boy, has Olivia turned into a charmer!

Good for you, Pabs...what a great thing you are doing for those kids.

I can also attest that not having a "regular" job doesn't mean you have all that free time. It's amazing how busy you can be! I usually start my morning with some sort of walking or treadmill. Finishing that is probably one of my favorite times of the day! :D I am not one who loves to exercise but know I have to. Bleah. I do it.
Then on weekend days I try to spend some time working on my little antiques business...getting stuff ready to list on eBay or going to one of the two shops I am in and cleaning up my booth.
By then it is usually lunch time or well after. Hopefully I can get some painting time in. Sometimes I just skip the antiques and do some painting. Or these days, somehow I end up with grandkid time. I can't really complain about that, although sometimes I have to say it is exhausting.
It's fun to see how everyone manages to wile away the hours!


07-12-2007, 09:32 PM

Did you see any of my paintings in the exibit? :lol:

Sounds like a wonderful show to see for anyone in the area - thanks for the info!............'bluefish':angel:

maggie latham
07-13-2007, 10:27 AM
Doug over at the watercolor forum, had this to say about defective cameras:
Same thing happened with My Canon S1/IS - a faulty sensor which was replaced free of charge by Canon.
Incidentally my camera was 3 years old and I was about to throw it out until I asked on dpreview.com Canon forum if anyone wanted it. That's where I found it was a manufacturing fault.

I recommend the dcpreview forums, there is one for every make of camera.
Also, here is the link to Nikon: http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images...y/coolpix.html
(thanks Rich)


K Taylor-Green
07-13-2007, 12:30 PM
Hi Nancy! Another new face is always welcome.

Libby, I can't believe how much your little ones have grown!

Deborah, that sounds like a wonderful exhibit, something I would love to see if I were closer.

Bluefish, as always, very entertaining!:D

Anyone have any special weekend plans?