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Pat Isaac
04-21-2008, 07:53 AM
Good morning everyone,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I was out playing the the garden all weekend. Wonderful. Managed to get the entire patio garden dug up. I lost a bunch of perennials over the winter...yet again! Now it is ready for planting. Sometime soon we will start the veggie garden. I won't be around much for the next 2 days. My husband has a graveside service in NH today and then I need to get him to a specialist tomorrow for a consult, health issues lurking.
So Bill, are you going to buy our Jerry's today??? Can't believe you haven't seen any gulls down there....:lol:
So come in and share your joys, concerns...or just the day to day routine and lets get aquainted.

Have a great day:) :) :)

Pat

Art by Anima
04-21-2008, 01:47 PM
Hi Pat,
Unfortunately there was no playing in the garden for me this weekend - we're in the middle of a record-breaking spring snow storm. It started on Saturday and is still going strong. Everyone's mood here in western Canada is pretty sour now :(

Pat Isaac
04-21-2008, 03:44 PM
:eek: a snowstorm...I'm sorry, shouldn't have those now, maybe it will melt fast and provide some fertilizer...

Pat

Art by Anima
04-22-2008, 04:32 PM
I think they're predicting several more inches between now and Friday. But really, it's too depressing to talk about. It's funny because just a week ago it was absolutely gorgeous here!

Pat Isaac
04-22-2008, 04:48 PM
Sounds like New England. I remember several years ago all of the kids and grandkids were here for Easter(April) and we were in the yard in our shirt sleeves. The next day we had a major blizzard with 20"of snow.....:eek: I hope your weather gets beautiful again soon.

Pat

Scarefishcrow
04-23-2008, 12:23 AM
You know, Pat, somehow we expect something different from the Web presence than you get when you find the old retail store. It was tucked away in a little old strip mall and I loaded up on about 20 $1 Specialists in a basket outside before I ever got in!

It reminded me a the hardware store back home that you go to when you can't find what you want anywhere else. Franks has it, but whether you can find it or not is another matter. I picked up a set of 12 Shiva Paintsticks, a couple of other little things, but would have loved to have had a way to get home the tons of big sheets of colourfix paper or other larger items. Mostly it was just fun to look around. Not fancy at all, just paints, pastels, ops and easels, and everything you can imagine stacked all the way to the ceiling!!!!

Didn't get there till sort of late, but spent a couple of hours nosing around. (Only spend $120; less than I spent at Barnes and Noble yesterday.) check the Weekly sketch thread. I had to try out the Shivas and did a little made up (mind game) landscape just to smear some of the colors around. I can already tell I am going to like working with oil sticks as well as op. I have always liked oil paint, even the smell, and I am getting excited about trying these and my Kama stuff on some large scale works. (However, after picking up a bargain book at BN yesterday on the Hudson River School, I don't think I will be working on the same scale as the likes of Bierstadt and Church (Six by 10 foot canvases:eek: :eek: :eek: ; that's probably enough to even give Wendell heart failure during the fruifly season).

Going over toward the coast tomorrow, may check out the NC Art Museum on Thursday. We fly home friday.

Hope all goes well with your husbands health problems (knee, still??). We will be thinking about you both!!

:music: :heart: :heart: :heart: :music:

Pat Isaac
04-23-2008, 07:32 AM
Glad you got to go to Jerry's, Bill. I know what you mean about the hardware stores. The small ones are all gone around here as the big box stores took over. However, near our friends lake house in NH there is a hardware store that we have to go to at least once while there. It has anything you could want. Even I like to poke around...:D
Not knee as that is fine now, something called PMR....a form of athritis which can be controlled over time. Should be feeling better soon. Thanks for asking.
Back to the studio today, and then maybe some garden work. Weather is gorgeous!!!
Enjoy the coast.

Pat

Shirl Parker
04-23-2008, 05:35 PM
Hey Bill, you should get your wife to schedule a visit to NC during the time Cheap Joe's has his big trade show. It will begin on Thursday, June 19, 2008 with the mini-workshops, continue with more workshops on Friday, June 20, 2008 and the big trade show on Saturday, June 21, 2008.

Pat Isaac
04-23-2008, 05:40 PM
Wow, Shirl. Sounds like a great place to be.

Pat

Pat Isaac
04-24-2008, 04:48 PM
Haven't done the garden work yet. Trying to catch up at the studio, I'll have some updates tomorrow.
I have orchestra rehearsal tonight and we are getting ready for our final concerts. One this week and 2 next week. Then we have an outdoor one in June. That is always a trip. Wind, sun in eyes...:eek: Can't see the conductor.. They love us though and it is fun.
Put my hummingbird feeder out yesterday and hope to see them soon.
Have a great day.

Pat

Peiwend
04-24-2008, 11:57 PM
If anyone is interested, I just posted a new seascape in oil in the Marine Art Forum.

Bill, for several years, I was a scenic painter for theatre and opera so I'm used to big backdrops. Ten by twenty feet? -No problem! By the way we used brushes with three foot long handles as well as broom brushes and the average size would be about twenty-four feet by forty feet.

_____________________________Wendell

Scarefishcrow
04-25-2008, 12:07 AM
If anyone is interested, I just posted a new seascape in oil in the Marine Art Forum.

Bill, for several years, I was a scenic painter for theatre and opera so I'm used to big backdrops. Ten by twenty feet? -No problem! By the way we used brushes with three foot long handles as well as broom brushes and the average size would be about twenty-four feet by forty feet.

_____________________________Wendell

Actually, I knew that because when I went to your gallery site I read your impressive biography. You are great to poke fun at and trade barbs with, but I have enormous respect for your talent and knowlege (even if you are a cantankerous old codger sometimes!!!).

Having a good time but am ready to go back home. The trip has done a lot to lift me out of my doldrums and make me anxious to enter another hypomanic phase untill I hit another slump. I'm gonna have that studio set up within a week of getting home. That's my goal for myself!!

Hello everyone, haven't been able to keep up with all the news but hope all are doing well (Especially you, ANNIE!).

Ciao!!!!

Scarefishcrow
04-25-2008, 12:11 AM
Hey Bill, you should get your wife to schedule a visit to NC during the time Cheap Joe's has his big trade show. It will begin on Thursday, June 19, 2008 with the mini-workshops, continue with more workshops on Friday, June 20, 2008 and the big trade show on Saturday, June 21, 2008.

Actually, I picked up a schedule of workshops that Jerry's has that go on every month of the year!

Unfortunately, I have two weddings to go to in LA this summer so my travel budget has been pretty well shot!

Pat Isaac
04-25-2008, 09:15 AM
Beautiful painting, Wendell. You can certainly feel the sunlight appearing after the storm.
Bill, glad to hear your doldrums are gone and now you can return with vim and vinegar to fix up the studio.....:D and paint!
I should be able to just about finish the boats today and then I can move on to the "gull"..

Pat

Shirl Parker
04-25-2008, 10:13 AM
In case anyone is wondering what I am up to (which I doubt), here is a link to a post over in the Acrylic forum.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6747071&postcount=28

EP and I run into each other over there from time to time.

Pat Isaac
04-25-2008, 01:14 PM
Of course, I am interested. That will be some painting, have fun.

Pat

AngelaF
04-26-2008, 11:35 AM
Shirl, congratulations on your commission -- great that you stretched that huge canvas, gallery wrapped yet -- looks like it is going to be a great painting.

Bill, hope you have a safe trip home. I am going to look at your oil stick sketch. I am really anxious to here from you or Pat or anyone else about those extra greasy pastels -- I kept going back to that thread for news, but it doesn't seem like anybody has tried them yet.

Hope you are having better weather, Anima.

Scene painting sure seems like quite an experience, Wendell.

I have been working on painting when not doing yard work or other domestic necessities. I started another horse in OP.

Hope you all are having a great weekend. Angela

Pat Isaac
04-26-2008, 11:44 AM
I haven't had a chance to use my extra greasys yet, been working on the show stuff first.
We planted one row of peas yesterday and are going to put in the other row today. Hope to get some more of the flower gardens cleaned up also. I spent about 15 minutes yesterday morning trying to get a bunny out of the garden. There was nothing in it yet, but somehow he managed to get in and couldn't get out. I carefully opened the gate and went back in the house. Took him awhile before he found the gate...kept going by it..:lol:
I have a concert tonight, so need to get busy.
I'll be watching for your horse painting.

Pat

Scarefishcrow
04-26-2008, 06:48 PM
Bill, hope you have a safe trip home. I am going to look at your oil stick sketch. I am really anxious to here from you or Pat or anyone else about those extra greasy pastels -- I kept going back to that thread for news, but it doesn't seem like anybody has tried them yet.



Angela, actually I HAVE posted a work done with the EGOPs. We JUST got home after a cascade of airline misfortunes that I will tell you about later. Right now I have to put my Tux on and get ready to sing at 6:30 in a concert including Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the lamb canta" tonight along with several "Prayers from the Ark" derived from a book of poems by that name. Between them we are reading others and I am the OX:

Dear God, give me time.
Men are always so driven!
Don't they know I can never be hurried?
Give me time to eat.
Give me time to plod.
Give me time to sleep.
Give me time to think!

My wife says it is a case of typecasting. Go figure!

Biggest finds of my trip: Marvelous small but growing NC Museum of Art in Raleigh with incredibly diverse collection! (Titian, Raphael, Boticelli, Graecian urns and blown glass vessels dating to first century; downer...went to specifically see Bierstadt's "Yosemite Falls" godzilla sized painting only to find the American works had been lent away to allow for remodeling and growth). Second was after disasterous day yesterday trying to get home last night, we ended up spending night in Milwaukee. Sipping my starbucks Venti Mocha Frappucino I wandered into a (perhaops the only) USED BOOK Store in any airport, headed for the Art section immediately found not only an absoluteliy brand new copy of Leslie's Oil Pastel book for $15 (jacket and publisher's reply card still present) I also discovered ANOTHER OIL PASTEL BOOK I HAD NEVER HEARD OF FOR $7., It is in the Learn to Paint Series by one Jacqueline Black 56 pages long and covering various techniques (with all due respect to Elliot's book that I liked, this has a greater diversity of stylistic and application techniques included. She is from Brighton and is fluent in both traditional and oil pastel. Has anyone else heard of this?

The leslie book is marvelous and I cannot immagine why it is not reprinted. It even touched upon my until now secret experimentation with using oil pastel as pseudo-encaustic medium and exploiring its possible links to encaustic rather than traditional pastel.

Got several other gems on materials, one of which discusses very briefly the relationship between op and crayon and mentions use of crayons back to the 16th century and even attempts in the 1800's to use traditional media (such as charcoal sticks) soaked overnight in wax or oil to create a drawing stick that sounds much like a crude oil pastel. This is exciting to me and I think reinforces my belief that OP in a VERY BROAD context as pigment bound with combinations of wax and/or oil may go back farther than we think. I reality, it bears much resemblance to encaustic paint in the sense encaustic is basically pigment bound in beeswax with various additives including damar crystal and occasionally oil (sounds like basic OP to me).

Angela, the EGOP I posted was in a weekly sketch thread and was a study of 4 lemons under different light conditions.

Got to TUX UP for singing. More later, great stories to tell. Missed talking more with all of you!! Good to be back.

Pat Isaac
04-27-2008, 09:17 AM
Wow, Bill. What a find. I bought Leslie's book when it came out as a teaching aid, never realizing that I would eventually be using OPs. I also have Black's Book and I think I mentioned it in a thread awhile back. That also is a find as Neither book is published anymore. It's good you had to lay over in the airport.
I hope your concert went well. I love Britten's piece. Our concert went well also and there was a big crowd on hand.
The magazine with the article about our artists group came out yesterday, great pictures and good article.I am going to put it in a PDF file and when I do I'll post a link.

Pat

Scarefishcrow
04-27-2008, 10:57 AM
Glad your concert went well. Ours did, but the audience was thinner due to some competition with some othher things. The used book store is apparently a small branch of an enormous version in the city of Milwaukee. Got to make a trip back because apparently it has multiple floors of books and can't imagine what might be lurking in the art section there.

Got another performance this afternoon and will share more about the trip and books later on. Still recovering from the trip and catching up on ... actually I'm not sure what I'M catching up on since I'm still half asleep, but I must be catching up on something. Oh yeah....sleep.

Good to be home...both physical and cyberspace!

AngelaF
04-29-2008, 08:45 AM
Wow, Bill, what a find -- the book store and that book -- that is an excellent price -- I have seen it on Amazon.com for 64 dollars!!!! I will go look at your lemons -- sorry I missed that. Hope you get well rested. Welcome Home.

I am still working on my second horse OP. Angela

Scarefishcrow
04-29-2008, 06:31 PM
Wow, Bill, what a find -- the book store and that book -- that is an excellent price -- I have seen it on Amazon.com for 64 dollars!!!! I will go look at your lemons -- sorry I missed that. Hope you get well rested. Welcome Home.

I am still working on my second horse OP. Angela

Thanks, Angela. Hope your recovered from your Mural tribulations! I can't remember where I put those lemons, but if you find them let's make some lemonade!

Loved the horsehead pic you posted, too!

Second concert had much better crowd that was very appreciative. The Britten piece is really challenging (as are most Britten pieces. We did Green Broom, and some other related works of his last year. Boy, does he ever play around with strange tempo changes and syncopation!)

I have to look up the full Christopher Smart poem as the text Britten used is quite, how shall I say this, strange.

The second half of the concert was also strangely related since it was six short settings of poems from an arcane book of poetry by a french woman that had a traumatic life and was taken in by Benedictine nuns after a physical and mental breakdown. They discovered these little poems she had started writing based on prayers animals on the Ark might have said (as well as Noah) and encouraged her to refine them. They were published in a small volume in french by the convent and not widely distributed until discovered by an english woman cleaning in an old section of a convent there. She tracked down the author and with her assistance translated them into English. They run the gamut from pious, to humorous, to pompous, to ostentatious, to timid, etc. according to the perceived character of each animal praying.

Anyway, She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) will be home soon and I have a few chores to complete. So I better sign off for the time being.

nice to be home (both physical and cyberspace).

Bill