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K Taylor-Green
02-04-2008, 01:34 PM
Hey all!:wave: Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the happenings of our everyday lives!

It shouldn't be funny, but it is. My 7 mo old Lab, Kansas loves to sleep with us so I don't understand why she did this here, but she peed in our bed!:eek: :eek:
On Jess's side! :evil: :D It was my fault that she didn't get outside. She had gone out a couple of hours before, so when she asked, I told her no! There is a difference in WANTING to go out and NEEDING to go out. Especially for a 7 mo old pup. I'll bet I let her out whenever she wants to in the future!:lol: :lol: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2008/41107-KansasJan3WC.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-04-2008, 04:21 PM
I'll bet you do to, Kate..:lol: She is a beauty though...


02-04-2008, 05:12 PM
She's a beauty. Were in the market for a dog and a cat so I can raise them together. We've always had German Shepherds and Yorkies. Haven't decided but will probably look for another shepherd. Your dogs are beautiful Kate.
Sorry about the bed, thats yuki...


K Taylor-Green
02-04-2008, 09:02 PM
Merriel, I LOVE German Shepherds! It has been a long time since I had one. Jess's hunting got us into Labs, then one thing led to another and now we are breeders! We have 7 of them! Kansas is our youngest.

02-05-2008, 08:27 AM
OOH YUK !!! I'll bet you'll not ignore her requests to go out in future.:p

Well I have now completed my Hyperbaric Treatment and I see some of my specialists later this week about some other treatment to keep my disease under control. I won't however know until mid March whether or not I will need to have another course of the Hyperbaric Treatment, it all dpends whether or not I have any more bleeds. So heres keeping fingers and toes crossed. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Hey you guys, how about sending us some of that lovely cold weather you have over there, I get so much more done when the weather is nice and cold. I really don't handle this heat up in the high 30's day after day complete with about 60% Humidity and more, you just melt away and it is so tiring.:o Degrees Centigrade that is.

I must try and get my time together again now and catch up with a few things then I will be able to dedicate some time to doing some painting. I must take some pics of a few I did last year and share them.:lol: Mind you may think differenetly when you see some of them:lol::rolleyes:

Hope you are all well and happy.
Take Care
Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart:

02-05-2008, 09:33 AM
Kate, your pup is adorable but that's no fun! Been there done that....but I guess they have to train us as well!

Carolyn, I do hope you all set for a while. Being ill is no fun at all. I'd be glad to send you a little cold....but not in exchange. You can keep that humidity.

I have not been around much...things have gotten totally insane in our lives. Baby Sydney is doing much better. She is little over 5 pounds, doesn't need the respirator anymore and hopefully will be going home in a few weeks. She is looking adorable.

In the meantime, however, as the cycle of life goes, my dad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is 87 and had a good, long reasonably healthy life. Still doesn't make it easy though.
THe doctor says he has probably a few weeks to live. Right now he is not in a lot of pain, more uncomfortable, and very, very tired. In any case, I am spending more time down in Massachusetts. Not done any painting I think since the baby with mum's hand...running between hospital baby and dad at home with his home aides and hospice people.
And just to add to all the fun our daughter lost her job. She'll find something eventually but in the meantime she is miserable, depressed and of course they are in need of some money help.
Pain in the butt!

I hope you are all doing well and doing some extra painting for me!

I'll try to stop in and check up on you on occasion.


K Taylor-Green
02-05-2008, 09:56 AM
Aw Sandy, That is still tough to bear. Losing a parent at any age is hard. And this way is harder. My heart goes out to you.:crying:

Carolyn, that is good to hear! Not the weather, though. I am like you. Can't stand high temps and humidity.

We are having thunder storms! Today is supposed to reach 60 degrees! The front and side fields look like lakes! To top it off, we are supposed to get another 2 inches of rain tonight. All I can think is MUD!:mad: :mad: :mad: I hate mud!!

Dot Hoffman
02-05-2008, 10:53 AM
Wow, it seems like everyone is having a bit of a challenge this week. My heart goes out to all of you with health problems, whether your own or family.

And Kate, much as we love our furbabies, sometimes they can be, well, a little aggravating, can't they?

I had an appt to see a dermotologist last Friday but we had a snow storm that caused multiple pileup accidents on the highway, so I could not get from here to there. A total of 8" of snow. I rescheduled for yesterday when it was 80! :eek: We certainly can't call it dull around here:lol: Nothing too serious at the docs, some dermatitis that itches like crazy and won't go away, and some lesions that he zapped with liquid nitrogen before they develop into skin cancer.

When I went to the drugstore to get the anti-itch Rx filled, they were SO backed up because as they said, EVERYONE is sick with colds, flu, bronchitis, etc. Back today to pick up the Rx and then to the gym and then to vote in the primary election. We're also getting our new washer & dryer delivered today, so Ken and I are juggling our time away from home to be here for that. Our old one died a wet death (not spinning out the water :mad: ).

Has anyone else experienced a lack of WC updates? I only subscribe to 3 forums, but haven't been receiving updates the last several days. When I checked the forum listings, there haven't been a lot of new messages. What's going on? Anyone know?

02-05-2008, 10:57 AM
Carolyn, we're cheering for you and hope much health in the future!
Oh, I'd gladly send you some cold, snow, ice and wind! Here is Wisconsin, USA we are not looking forward to the predicted 5 to 9 inches of snow they are saying we are to get this evening and tomorrow! Enough! It is piled in great mountains all along our road and drive! No more! Painting snow was great fun in Dec. At this point, I'm for doing a painting of forced-blooming bulbs on my dining room table!
BTW check out Richard McKinley's blog at Pastel Blog! He is sharing his delicate snow paintings! Even I love them from too snowy-Wisconsin.
Kate.....Oh, I just know how that is! Been there, cleaned up that! :o
What a beauty of a dog! Hmmm, even doggies have problems! :heart:

Sandy, our hearts and prayers go to you and your Dad. It is never easy to see our loved ones experience cancer. Hugs!

Have a great painting week!:wave:

02-05-2008, 02:11 PM
Sandy: Sorry about your Dad. My dad is 95 and doing well, but we lost my mom last year on valentines day. Carolyn I hope all goes well with your treatments and everything will be under control. I hate not being able to do things or not feeling good. Our weather here today is bright and clear, gorgeous day.

We went to vote this morning and then to breakfast. Now I have two choices, clean house and get caught up or go to my studio and paint. Its
so great out I will go paint of course the light is wonderful. When I paint and it overcast all my stuff is dull.

Hope everyone has a great week. Oh and Yes, I'm having trouble with W/C
posts also.


David Patterson
02-06-2008, 01:51 AM
Hi all...hope you are all having a wonderful week...we're half way through it!

Sorry to hear about your dad Sandy...dang cancer!

Everyone enjoyed it the last time I showed you my non-pastel creations...well, last Saturday I created three more glass paperweights.

I'm happy to say that all three were commission pieces. The first two are for Shoshana (WC artist "The Art Corner"), and the last one is for Ohio pastel artist Mary Jane Erard. I think these were the best ones yet!


Pat Isaac
02-06-2008, 09:24 AM
Incredibly gorgeous, David.


02-06-2008, 09:31 AM
Gorgeous! I like the bottom green one best. Just pack that one up and send it to me! :D

Thanks for all the nice wishes. Cancer is carpy. Getting old is carpy. Then again, not getting old is no good either. At least at this point he is not in a lot of pain...just very tired. Hospice has been amazingly wonderful.


Pat Isaac
02-06-2008, 09:37 AM
Sandy, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I'll be thinking of you.:heart:


02-06-2008, 01:07 PM
David: Beautiful. Are you marketing these or just on private orders? Very nice.It would be hard to make a choice they sort of remind me of pulled taffy
we made as kids. that's a nice memory. I think that is what art is suppose to do and your's does that for me. Thanks.


02-06-2008, 02:38 PM
oh no, so sorry to hear of your dad. glad there's no pain, and he has the help needed.

the weather here was suppose to be bad, but so far, not really, whew! we're about due to have many calvies dropping, and i'm sure they will wait til the weather turns for the worse!

wow, gorgeous glass work! i bet those are stunning IRL. i looked up that pastelist, and for those of us who have that first eliz. mowery book, does this image seem familar?? or is this place such a well known spot that artists paint it alot? found it odd...

David Patterson
02-06-2008, 02:58 PM
. i looked up that pastelist, and for those of us who have that first eliz. mowery book, does this image seem familar?? or is this place such a well known spot that artists paint it alot? found it odd...

Thanks for the nice remarks on my glass everyone.

You're right Chris, she most likely copied the Mowery, and I forgot to confront her on it. She really shouldn't be selling it online as her own piece. Maybe I'll get up the nerve to ask her tonight.:o


02-06-2008, 04:42 PM
David: Personaly I wouldn't ask her. As long as you feel good about your work and you know where that came from is all that matters. She surely, cannot feel good about her pience she copied knowing it was somone else's creation.
I've always been told, to copy is okay for practice but not take credit for it.
If someone wants to buy it our of your personal stack they should tell them its a copy of so and so. Anyway, guess I'll check it out. I have to laugh actually about copyig, even when I try, I can't it never turns out. my work is usualy accidental..(LOL)


Deborah Secor
02-06-2008, 06:08 PM
I looked at the rest of her work and it doesn't look like Mowry's. No biggie, IMHO.

Nice glass, David... Not easy to shoot pics of those either. Nice job on that, too.

Sandy, (((hug)))

Tomorrow I'm teaching a class on painting in complements, so if I can manage it I'll shoot some pix to show you what comes of it. We literally swap the color for its complementary, and retain the original values. Fun--and not as easy as it sounds.

Meanwile, I'm swamped with articles, which makes me a happy camper. :D


02-06-2008, 06:42 PM
Hello everyone,

I've never posted in this thread before.

Sandy, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad.

Carolynn, you can take all of the cold weather from here that you want, but you have to take the snow with you too! The Chicago area is in a blizzard right now. I just got in from shoveling my driveway. The snow is up to my knees at the end of the drive by the street. And I just shoveled two days ago, and three days before that!

David, your glass is beautiful! You sure learned how to make glass well quickly.


02-07-2008, 07:32 AM
Terri, I'd take the snow anyday of the week, I just love it. Mind you I guess like yourselves after awhile the novelty falls away and it becomes a cols wet chore no-one wants to do.

Sandy so sorry to hear about your Dad, I hope Hospice will be able to keep him comfotable. Hospice do tend to be amazing in the work they do. :grouphug:

Well guys we got a bit of a break today. In fact we woke up to some quite heavy rain which was wonderful and by 1800 this evening, since 0400 this morning we had apparently had the wettest February in 15 years all in a few hours, HOW FANTASTIC IS THAT. :thumbsup::thumbsup:. Funnily enough I spent about 4 or so hours in my garden yesterday evening when it was a little cooler just generally clipping and tidying a few things suffering in the heat so that rain will do them the world of good. It was raining so heavy this am, Monty decided it was a perfect day to go to the pictures so we went to see the morning session of " The Golden Compass", what a beautiful film and amazing scenary. It was sometimes a bit hard to determine what was actual filming and what was CG's. Excellent film.

We will apparently get some more rain overnight and in the am then it should clear again, unfortunately it will be back to the hot weather as well as traditionally February and March are our hottest months sometimes stretching into April. The Eastern side of Australia seem to be getting more rain than they can handle. Pity we can't trap it all and store it up for these extended drought years that we are having.
Although we are getting some rain this 24 hours it will take an aweful lot more to be able to declare our drought as over, especially here in the West, I'm not sure about the East just now.

Well everyone, hope you are all enjoying your days as much as you can and smiling at everyone you pass.:) I love doing that, it amuses me the reactions you get.

Take Care and keep dusty
Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart::heart::grouphug:

02-07-2008, 11:21 AM
Sandy, so sorry to hear about your dad. I will pray for him, you, and your family.
CJ, hope you are completely on the mend and get your energy back to enjoy life.
David, beautiful glass weights! I could sit there for hours tracing the ribbons of color. Lovely!
Had my 3rd class (out of 8) with Margot Schulzke yesterday. I am having a wonderful time and learning so much. She is a wonderful teacher, very thorough, encouraging, and fun to be around. She spends the first hour of each class discussing/teaching about composition and design. So much to learn there! I'm sure it will take me some time to thoroughly "digest" all the great information. We were studying some of Daniel Greene's paintings and his masterful compositions. The whole class laughed when I blurted out in amazement "You mean he thinks of all this stuff before he starts to paint?!". Sheesh, so much to learn!
We have had lots of snow here, now it is just horribly icy. I slipped on it Sunday night and I am still feeling it!
I am so glad January is over and all my major bookkeeping work is done. Hopefully I can devote some time to painting again.
I am toying with the idea of entering a juried show.

02-07-2008, 07:26 PM

Those 'plexi' eggs are beautiful - is there any way that you could show/tell us how you do them - we would all be very interested in your creative process - it's not 'pastel' but it is creativity by a 'master'!


David Patterson
02-07-2008, 07:32 PM

Those 'plexi' eggs are beautiful - is there any way that you could show/tell us how you do them - we would all be very interested in your creative process - it's not 'pastel' but it is creativity by a 'master'!


Plexi? They are definitely glass bluefish.:) Thanks, but I'm no Master!:) You can go to my blog if you want a long description of my process.


Deborah Secor
02-07-2008, 11:40 PM
There's a new webzine called www.CreateBetterPaintings.com that looks great to me! There's a thread over in Plein Air asking about the defunct Plein Air Magazine (now called Fine Art Connoisseur.) If you're intersted in the webzine you should definitely go check out that thread... :wink2:


02-07-2008, 11:41 PM
Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about your father!! Hopefully, with hospice care they can keep him pretty comfortable. They can provide support for the whole family, too (friend of ours is a hospice chaplain, I'm impressed with the breadth of services that can be available)

It's not easy to lose a parent at any age, I guess. I hope you can spend some good time with him, make some good memories, and say whatever you want and need to while you have time.

I haven't been around much, nor close to a pastel, in ages. Went to Jerrys in Oct or Nov when my adult son and I went out to say goodbye to my mother--and I haven't even unpacked the handful of sticks I got then!

My mom died two weeks ago today. Most of my energy has been going into dealing with that, including traveling cross-country with a 2- and 3- year old, and then trying to get them back to normal afterward---Olivia just can't deal with a lot of change in routine without some pretty impressive tantrums. I went out as fast as I could when my dad called and said Mom was non-responsive--and was pulling into the hospital parking lot just about the time she died. Bummer.... I'm grateful we went out earlier. In the end, the pulmonary fibrosis was so bad that a cold just put her over the edge. I'm most concerned about my dad--they were married almost 64 years--but he seems to be doing okay.

CJ, I hope your health continues to improve.
David, your glasswork is absolutely lovely!

Have a peaceful weekend, all!

Deborah Secor
02-08-2008, 12:35 AM
(((Hug))) Libby... so sorry to hear of your loss of your mom. It is hard any time. Hope you get back to painting again sometime, but family matters more.


02-08-2008, 12:56 AM
Libby: I am so sorry about your mom. I lost mine 2/14/07 she was 93. My dad is 94. We all were so shocked when this happened. It will be a year in a week. I'm glad to hear your dad is ok. It is so hard on them I thought mine couldn't handle it, but he is keeping up their old routine. Even still driving. I do worry about that. I pray you and your dad will find comfort in each other and all the memories. My folks were married 65 happy years.
I talk to my dad every day I'm lucky I live nearby. Painting may help some of the sadness for you. Take care.


02-08-2008, 11:37 PM
Thanks, Deborah, Merriel. I'm trying to get back to painting--even started the Artist's Way again recently, several years after I first looked at it, to help get me going.

02-10-2008, 11:07 AM
Yea!! WetCanvas is back! :clap:

And I think I have the dubious distinction of being the first one in the pastel forum.

Libby, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. :grouphug:
Take care.


K Taylor-Green
02-10-2008, 11:20 AM
Aw, Libby. My heart goes out to you. So sad to lose your mom. I hope you find comfort in your little family.

I took my oldest daughter and my step daughter out for dinner last night. We were celebrating their birthdays. My daughter, Micki turned 34 Feb 1st, Chris will be 33 next week. We had so much fun!!! Had a great meal, some wine, and laughed til my jaws ached!
Ah memories, sharing them with each other and with Chris, who wasn't around when they happened. We should do that more often.
I didn't even know WC was down til I got an email from Deborah! I didn't get a chance to miss it!

02-10-2008, 11:20 AM
It shouldn't be funny, but it is. My 7 mo old Lab, Kansas loves to sleep with us so I don't understand why she did this here, but she peed in our bed!:eek: :eek:
On Jess's side! :evil: :D It was my fault that she didn't get outside. She had gone out a couple of hours before, so when she asked, I told her no! There is a difference in WANTING to go out and NEEDING to go out. Especially for a 7 mo old pup. I'll bet I let her out whenever she wants to in the future!:lol: :lol:

OMG but at least you can laugh about it!!

It took us a while of intensive training, but we've finally managed to differentiate between Need versus Want with our 2y.o. Labrador x Border Collie - now we ask her "Do you want to go to the toilet?" and she runs to the door if she does :lol: She now knows that "toilet" and "outside" are different things even though they're both headed in the same direction :)

Deborah Secor
02-10-2008, 12:31 PM
Wouldn't you know that WC would virtually disappear on the very night that my only son moved out? My e-mail to Katherine and Kathryn included that info, as well as the fact that there was nothing I cared to look at on TV, I had just finished the good book I was reading, and then WC blips off... Yikes!!! I posted the photo in the 'withdrawals' thread Mike started. Usually I enjoy visiting, but last night I needed company!

Well, I will say that I had all the Company I needed! God is so good to comfort me. :D

But I'm glad WC is back up, too. I'm off for a day of church and caring for Mom and I sure hope the 'glue' holds until tonight, so that I can visit!


02-10-2008, 05:09 PM
Deborah, that's hard when you really WANT WC and it just won't come up! Thankfully, you DO have another, more dependable source of comfort.

Is your son moving into his own place, and this is a bit of empty-nest for you? I've been there, and it's not easy or fun.

I've been out battling the oxalis (a lovely, pernicious noxious weed--a corm the size of a pinhead can take over a whole garden in one year!!) before either the ground dries out, or it starts pouring again--hoping to find the perennials we put in last spring. I tried to harness some toddler energy to help, but no, we had to put the flowers in water (even tho I;m pulling them up as fast as I can), and then settle arguments over proper usage of the foam T-ball bat--on the ball, the wall, or the sibling--and then the weeds were scattered all over the yard when my back was turned for a moment. There's never a dull moment...

Deborah Secor
02-10-2008, 10:22 PM
Yep, my nest is empty! 24-hours along and I'm doing okay. Of course, I saw him at church and got a hug and we talked on the phone three times, as usual... Just odd not to have him wander in and out of the back bedroom any more.

I know oxalis! I've spent way too many hours pulling that stuff out. My back aches at the thought. I recommend a looooooong, hot bath! In fact, that sounds good to me right now. See ya! :wave:


02-11-2008, 01:09 AM
Yes, I also missed WC, I tried to log on before going to work, then again when I got home and there was no=one home :o:o.

Glad it is back again as I come here several times a day to see who is around and who is doing what and sometimes have a chat or two with whoever is online.

Take Care Everyone
Lots of Love Carolynn :):):):heart::heart::heart: