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09-30-2011, 05:35 PM

Welcome the the Goal Post. Goal setting is a very good tool to help people get organized. If you write or post your thoughts, you are more committed and have a better chance of reaching those goals.

Your goals can be short term or long term. They can be daily, weekly, monthly or annual goals. Goals are personal, so everybody's goals will be different. They are your goals, so you can do what ever you want.

Come join the regular gang and get encouragement to help you reach your goals. We have a very friendly group and we are always looking for new people to join us.


09-30-2011, 06:36 PM
Art goals:

1) scan and post sketches to my blog in a timely way (i.e. before the end of the week in which I draw them).

2) get up to two sketch-times a week

3) redraw the acrylic painting I have planned and start painting it

4) continue practicing watercolors

5) do something with my pastels :o

6) get my new inkle loom put together and weave (I think it's art-like, anyway)

I think I may have too many goals :lol:

Also, it's not really a goal, but I'm taking an evening (once a week) bookbinding course starting in October.

Non-art goals:

1) Do archery at least twice a week (except weeks where I'm going away for the weekend, then once).

2) plan my NaNoWriMo book (starting from scratch and postponing my previous idea until I can do the research I need for it).

Here's to October....?

09-30-2011, 09:22 PM
Thanks Doug for starting us off in Oct - here we are racing through the last quarter of the year 2011.

Good goals there Mercy, you have high expectations of yourself this month :clap:. It's nice to see such high ideals setting the standard :thumbsup:

I've set myself some goals I'd rather leave undone but I need to face my gremlins :evil: here they are:-

October 2011 Goals

Attend art class on Friday mornings and either do the exercises as set or work on the art goals as listed below. (Charcoal and graphite in the offing I think)
Continue my practise in pastels (JS's pastel work-book)
Practise another tree interpretation from landscape in pastels
Continue my practise in gouache,
Continue practise in WC exercises
Continue practise with acrylics
Continue practise in WMO

Clear more clutter in my den (that means tidy it up LOL)
Sketch out and transfer to velour the image of Son's dog (Rexus) that passed whilst he was at Uni (oil pastels)
Sketch out and transfer to velour the image of wife's friend's dog (Rosie) in oil pastels. Long promised but as yet undone. I don't see myself completing the dog portraits in oil pastels this month but to get the transfer to velour will be a step in that direction.
PS By practise I mean do at least one image in that medium

Barbara WC
09-30-2011, 09:38 PM
Thanks for starting the thread Doug- a day before the offical first day of the month, that starts us off on the right foot!

Mercy and Jim, good goals, and a lot to do! I hope to achieve a fraction of what you do!

Mercy- wow, I'm a fiber person too- I have a rigid heddle loom- haven't woven in a few months, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one here! I also spin my own yarn.

Here are mine this month:

1. Attend 4 portrait sessions with a live model- the group meets on Tuesdays and I started going weekly back at the end of July. It has become my favorite part of the week and I haven't missed the past 11 weeks- even though the model didn't show up for us last week! UGH!

2. Related to above, update my blog once a week.

3. Work towards finishing an acrylic painting started circa 1984 This is one I started in high school, and every couple of years my stepmom tells me if I ever finish it, she wants it- this will be her Christmas gift this year!

4. Start on a pastel painting using a photo of my mom as a little girl- she doesn't have many photos from her childhood, and adores this one, she uses it as her Facebook avatar. I want to interpret the black and white photo into color.

5. Paint one photo from the Spotlight this month. I have lurked there but have never participated.

6. Carryover from last month: try to keep up with the Goal Post and contribute more regularly than last.

09-30-2011, 09:55 PM
Great goals, Mercy, Jim and Barbara! Looks like October's going to be awesome. To me, yes, weaving is a form of art. There's a whole textiles forum on this site, it sounds cool!

October goals:
1) Daily art
2) Class by Larry Seiler
3) Class by Johannes Vloothuis
4) Street Artist Program
5) Blog weekly
6) Participate on WC
7) Editing novels

I'll probably still have necessary appointments and outings but they're something I'd do anyway as they come up. Editing is something I'd like to work on at least once during the month as well as blogging. I have an annual Daily Art event on LJ that runs during October, ArtSoMoFo, so it's natural to put daily art on the list too.

I'm really looking forward to October's Spotlight. Wonder what the challenge is? I liked the September Spotlight a lot!

Barbara WC
09-30-2011, 09:59 PM
Looks good Robert! What is LJ and ArtSoMoFo? sounds interesting- a daily art challenge, or something?

I'm curious about what the October spotlight will be too- it will be my first time participating. Hope Don doesn't make us work too hard! :lol:

09-30-2011, 10:36 PM
I'm sorry! I should know better than to use abbreviations without explaining them. LJ is LiveJournal, a community I belong to where I have a blog and belong to several Groups.

ArtSoMoFo is a group - there's a shared LiveJournal account that's run by several artists. Every year in October, we all try to create daily art - photography does count, it's anything that's art - and post it to the community's page. I've participated for several years now.

I can't wait to find out what the October Spotlight will be either. That's going to be so fun. Don's hints about how he set it up are tantalizing.

10-01-2011, 05:24 AM
Oh darn! I forgot to put LS's webinars down as goals. I suppose i'll need to re-state them or just add that one on to the end. Yep the latter is better.

11. Attend webinars.

Yes Don is intriguing us all with this month's spotlight - specially as he got out his teachers hat for the occasion.
Good goals Barbara and Robert and sounds achievable. Your number three Barbara sounds like me trying to do these dogs - keep putting off the day. Now I've gone public - I'll have to do 'em 'eh?

10-01-2011, 04:54 PM
Hi all,

I’ve decided to get very aggressive with my October Goals:

• Webinar with Larry Sellers
• Webinar with Johannes Vloothuis
• At least two WC Spotlight challenges
• 10 to 12 Mini Acrylic Paintings for a Mini Art Show in November
• October Challenge painting for Tosa Artist Group
• Complete one Toastmasters speech and prepare another speech for November
• Last but not least, finish the one September Spotlight painting I started.

Wish me luck and cheer me on because I’m going to need it to accomplish all of this in October.

I can’t believe someone already got started with a spotlight painting. You go David (Greenbrier)!!

Thanks, Cali

10-01-2011, 08:44 PM
Mercy- You are planning a very busy month. You have taken the first step by posting them here. It is a huge commitment, but I am sure you can manage it. Good luck.

Jim- A man of many mediums (media?). You too are planning another busy month. Should keep you out of trouble, Jim.;) Continue prictising, Jim. It's the best way to improve. Best of luck.

Barbara- Finish a painting that you started in 1984? Wow, now that is what I call perseverance. I am sure your stepmom will be surprised and elated. Painting your mom using a b & w photo is another important goal that I am sure you will achieve. It is posted so you will finish it. Good luck.

Robert- You are continuing your road to where you want to be. Good solid goals that will help you become a street artist. You can do it.

Cali- If you need cheering on, then you are at the right place. Just keep posting here every couple of days and let us know your progress. It is amazing how that helps. Good luck with all of your goals.


10-01-2011, 09:08 PM
Thanks, Doug!

Well, I'm doing good on it today! I blogged on my Art Lessons (http://robs-art-lessons.blogspot.com/2011/10/daily-art-is-daily-progress.html) blog on doing daily art, after I did my own Spotlight painting. I'm not the first to get at the Spotlight but I came pretty close! I love this month's references and challenge.

I'm also going to stretch and see if I can do some more sketching today too.

10-02-2011, 02:02 AM
I am going to keep my goals simple again this month. So, my goals for October are:

1) I will work on the VAA course for three hours a day, five days a week.

2) I will be in my studio ready to paint or study by 8:30AM five days a week.

3) I will paint for two hours a day, five days a week.

After having my most productive month ever in September, I am ready to turn it up a notch by increasing my painting time goal. Other than that the goals remain the same.

I got off to a flying start by painting and posting three sketches in the sketching thread.


10-02-2011, 09:04 AM
Well done Cali, yes that's aggressive all-right. It's a good list to start the month. I hope all goes well.

Good beginning there David with the colourful contrast of the hay bales. An early start too, the first for the month.

Thanks Doug for confirming my wanting to carry all mediums along. I have found that to not practise a medium is to lose it.
Continuing your goals with the VAA course is good planning. It is laid out to allow students to follow it at their own pace. By increasing your daily/weekly input will shorten the time spread – motivation enough.

Robert you are off to a quick start with the hay-bales as well. Very painterly and very well done. Also quick off the mark. I can see that it looks as if this month will be all ticks against your goals.

Mercy I noticed one of your goals was to do archery? I meant to say that I went on a three day course to make my own 'old English' bow a while back. We made a couple of arrows as well but have not practised it since. It was good fun and was just about finding out how these things aim and loose when it was time to pack up and come home.

Ok I'm off to take a look at Dougs sketches in the sketching thread.


10-02-2011, 09:05 AM
Doug, thank you for this thread, and your goals may be simple but they're a full day's work.

Guys, I'm very busy, so individual comments will only happen when I procrastinate... sorry for that, but as a day only has 24 hours... well.

My one and only goal is to get everything ready for my exhibition on the 22nd. If I procrastinate, I might break it down into partial goals.

10-02-2011, 09:15 AM
Great Goals so far, everyone....
Doug...so glad you are being so productive!
Robert...just checked your Art Lessons and Carol Marine's blog. thanks for the link and the info (daily sketching is something I THINK about doing, but dont seem to quite get there.)

sounds like we are ALL interested in the Spotlight for Oct. Should be a good month...
well, finally setting my goals, after yesterday's Opening Reception for the League Fall Art Show.
Got my 2 hung, and good comments on one, which was much more bold than my usual stuff.
(Gotta tell you, Doug, there were quite a few pears, and apples , all 'small works,'....but the ones that stood out, were the bold ones with the contrasting backgrounds. The others were nondescript. But none really compared to what you are doing!)

sooo, this month I will:
Participate in Larry's classes online
Do at least one Spotlight
Practice daily sketching

May add more later....

10-02-2011, 01:46 PM
Jim- There is nothing scarier in art than starting a new medium(for me). And as you said, if you don't practise it, you lose it. You have to be able to pick up that pastel, brush, pencil or pen and not have any fear.

Charlie- You are welcome.:) Good luck with your goal. We all know how busy you are, so no need to comment. Just put all your energy into your show. Good luck.

Judi- Ah, Judi. What a sweet thing to say. Thank you. I hope you had a great time at the show and I am happy for you to get comments on your artwork.

I loved looking at Carol Marine's web site where you can "preview" her two books under the "Store" tab. The preview lets you look at the entire books. I don't know if you have been there so I will give you the link. http://www.carolmarine.com/store.html

You have some good basic goals that will keep you busy doing art every day. I am glad you have the desire to paint again. Good luck.


10-02-2011, 04:09 PM
Judi, I'm so glad my blog inspired you to daily sketching. It does make a big difference. I think I'm going to wander down to the Scavenger Hunt to find some ideas for quick life drawings before I do another cool dusty piece - or I'll use pastel pencils for the sketching and post it in the Sketch thread too.

10-02-2011, 05:08 PM
well, I did today's sketch on...apples! I hope to keep it up, as I sure need work on apples! not gonna post them til I improve a bit...lol...

And I just popped an apple bread/cake into the oven, so my apple supply is dwindling....still enough, though, for a few more days...and then maybe I'll get some pears...or avacado...or....
actually I almost always have grapes on hand...hmmmm...

thanks, Doug...yes, I did tune into Carol Marina's blog. Found it very inspiring...and I like the way she works..

10-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Judi, if you post it then people can help you with it. Just ask for comments and critique when you do if you don't like it.

I did a page of Scavenger Hunt sketches in pastel pencil, so I've kept up daily art - and still have the rest of the day for more!

10-02-2011, 10:09 PM
Judi- You can't beat a still life object that you can eat. Mmmm. Good for you on your sketching and baking. Grapes? Ooooo! I wanna see em.:thumbsup:

Robert- Good job on the sketches. I hope you got dustier today.

Today was a fantastic day. I painted for hours. It must have totalled at least four hours. I had a few rest periods and pain killers scattered in there in about six hours time, but I painted my butt off.:D One painting wasn't working out so I tossed it and started something different. I wasn't upset at all. I think I am enjoying the process of painting now more than the outcome. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I am waiting until tomorrow to look at my new creation before posting it. There are a few changes that need to be done, but I am too pooped to paint. But it feels so good.:)


10-02-2011, 11:37 PM
Thank you! I did, went back to the Spotlight and did a sketch of the cat on gray Artagain paper. It's fun paper, sort of like Mi-Tientes without the texture.

10-02-2011, 11:59 PM
Hi there Charlie and quite understand about the busy busy busy. Getting a show up and running will take all of your co-ordinated skills so we'll just expect some nice photies after.

Hi Judi, yeah I'm like that with sketching as well. Just disorganised I suppose. But I mean well. Good goals so hope you are able to complete them. I do hope you put up the apples for us to see.

Doug I was unable to find your sketches – I presume they are here. I find a new medium much easier than say having to be a lion tamer (:lol:) There is all the enjoyment of getting new 'stuff', then trying it out and putting it up here then waiting for peeps to C&C it. All good fun. :D
Good news on the painting front in that you was able to paint for some time albeit dispersed with painkillers.

Robert good work on the spotlight front. I've just seen the cat and it is very good. It looks as if it has a mouse in its sights.

I've come in on the computer because I just wasn't going to sleep – I was wide awake so went down and made a cuppa. I'll try again later. It is about 4:00 am at the moment.

10-03-2011, 12:05 AM
Jim- I was shocked when I saw your post with the time on it. Now you are making me tired just thinking about it. lol Here's a link to the Monthly Pastel Sketch thread. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14074880#post14074880 A lot of us Goalies hang out there.

Now good night.


10-03-2011, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the link Doug, it's now in my faves so I'll visit more often. Perhaps I may even do the odd sketch- although it will be odd if I do it :lol:

I may get to sleep tonight but it was too hot last night. Even had the overhead fans working to try to keep cool.

10-03-2011, 09:36 PM
Jim- I hope you are in bed sleeping right now. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I finished my painting and posted it in The Studio and then I painted a pear for the Sketch thread. It is only the 3rd and I already have four small sketches/ paintings and one larger (not much) painting finished. I am waiting for my Blick order to leave their warehouse, because I ordered some larger Pastelmat. It takes about a week for them to put the order together and send it and another week to get here. That is one reason I like dealing with Dakota. They are out here in the west and the last order they shipped it the day after I ordered it. I needed more than just pastel things and Blick does have some good deals. I think I will stick with Dakota from now on though. Two weeks is too long.

Happy painting.


10-03-2011, 09:43 PM
Yay Doug! That's awesome. Cool that you ordered larger Pastelmat. It's beautiful stuff and I love how your latest paintings on it turn out. I'm surprised Blick takes so long putting your order together, they're usually faster for me. It might be where I lived. I can see that if Dakota's faster you'd want to stick with Dakota.

Tick for daily art - I did three pages of oil pastels sketches to test a batch of review supplies that I got today. Tick for blogging too because I posted one writing blog article and wrote a new one for next week. I'm getting into "post, then write the next article" as a habit and that's working out.

10-04-2011, 12:07 AM
Tick again for blogging - I updated my oil pastels site with a new page, reviewing the new oil pastels that arrived today. Yay for getting that moving again!

10-04-2011, 04:36 AM
Well done with the pear Doug and no, I didn't get to sleep until 4:00'sh this am. This hot weather is just so not here. It wont last and will be gone by this weekend according to the forecasters.

Good on your writing, blogging and sketching Robert. It sounds as if all is going well with you.

A tick here as I managed to draw Rosie ( a Yorkshire terrier) then transfer that drawing to velour for a pet portrait. I ruined one piece of velour by trying to do this with a biro in my hand and biroed a mark in the velour Grrrrr!

I have a non scheduled goal today, a cousin has problems with windoze. He's about an hour away and I'll see what can be done to help. Computers are frustrating when they are like that. I know mine can be :rolleyes:

10-04-2011, 07:41 AM
I got the inkle loom set up and warped last night, and started weaving this morning. Tick!

this weekend (it was a long weekend, yesterday was a holiday here), I did two unfinished sketches. One was I guess a still life, I was sketching someone's stuff at the archery club and they packed it up and left before I was finished. :lol: The other one was at a barbecue, and the person I was trying to draw moved before I got finished (as is predictable :rolleyes: , I'm really slow at drawing people, especially if I want them to be recognizable). So now I have to decide if either of them is finished enough to post.

The pastels got packed away because yesterday someone was coming over (we were both warping small weaving projects) with her very young daughter, and I thought it was probably best not to leave any paints or pastels in her reach. So that makes it less likely that I'll do any pastels this week.

10-04-2011, 03:18 PM
Yay for the inkle loom and your sketches. Even unfinished, both of them will still make good references. It makes sense you'd put away the pastels when a little girl is coming over. Kids will want to get into things and don't always ask when they do.

Jim, that sounds great about the sketch. Sorry to hear you wrecked a piece of velour with a biro - maybe you can pastel over the mark enough that it vanishes? Or treat it like a linear element and let it show?

Good luck sorting out the Windoze problem. I've had my share of those too, you're a good friend doing that for your pal.

I'm up early this morning and my in home assistance is downstairs doing my laundry. I'll draw after she leaves, don't want to get all immersed in it when I'm going to get interrupted.

10-04-2011, 03:34 PM
Hey, guys (and gals)...dont forget Larry Seiler's first class begins tonight. Hope to catch you all there...

10-04-2011, 04:44 PM
Egads, I'm on the finishing stretch of a huge painting. I'm going to enter it in a local competition, and deadline is approaching fast. Then they will take forever to tell if I got in or not, so I can't show it until January...

Telling this as I discovered one thing: With only 3 days to paint, one doesn't have time to fuss. Slap on the pigment, sign, take a pic, send it in. I'm quite pleased with it, though I have to paint in a few more details, tiny figures. So stress and rush makes for a looser painting.

10-04-2011, 05:03 PM
Charlie, that's wonderful! I know it must be so beautiful. You're right about time constraints, they really help.

Judi, thanks for mentioning Larry Seiler's class again. I need to check the time for Pacific Time and make sure my email is open to get the class reminder.

10-04-2011, 05:19 PM
Judi, thanks for that timely reminder! Oh I am getting so forgetful. I'd better not miss that, he does fantastic work.

Fancy the looms being set up and weaving going ahead. My nephew's wife does this but spins and dyes her own wool to boot. Well done Mercy and friend.
Yes good thinking in putting pastels away. I have three grandchildren that visit regularly all boys that love to turn knobs and press buttons, as does Helen's garandchildren. we are mindful of this when a visit is imminent and the remotes (and pastels) are all out of harms way.

Hi there Robert, As I haven't done oil pastels since the last 'Rosie' attempt some while back I can use that piece of ruined velour as a check of the colours on a similar support. Well a memory check really

The computer that needed setting up was my cuz's. He lives about 1 hour from me but knows little about computers. Win doze can be so frustrating to the uninitiated. It needed the disk-clean which 'stopped responding' and the registry de-cluttering. It also wouldn’t play DVDs and there was no sound.
I had made out a spreadsheet for him to use but it needed that kind of program but insufficient time today to download open-office and install.
Ah well another day soon praps. Praps next months goals?
PS perhaps I could download this to a memory stick here and install it from that when I get there - can anyone tell me if that would work?

10-04-2011, 06:29 PM
Jim- I hope everything goes well with your cousin's comp. I just know enough about them to get me in trouble. I think that was really the reason my wife wanted to get me my own laptop.:lol: I'm working on laptop number two now and it seems to be getting slower. Oh well, so am I.;)

Heard about your heatwave. I hope everything gets back to normal for you so you can get some sleep.

Robert- You are just a blogging machine. I just read your lessons blog and laughed when you mentioned Carol Marine and painting fruit. I have to thank you again for reminding me about her. Her demo shows how to break things down to simple shapes. Very interesting.

So you are getting all of the pastel dust washed out of your clothes. Now you can start fresh with clean clothes, for a while.:lol: It usually doesn't take long to have a colorful smear on my shirt or pants. Hope you are painting up a storm.

Judi- Have fun at Larry's webinar and learn lots.

Mercy- Good for you. Now you can weave away. Sketches don't have to be finished. They are sketches. You were drawing and doing art so you accomplished your goal. Have fun weaving and sketching.

Charlie- Going big! I love your method of "slap on the pigment, sign, take a pic and send it in.":lol: I am sure it will make the grade. Hope all is going well with the show prep.

I didn't do any art today. Had to go grocery shopping and tidy up the place because we have company coming for the night. My uncle is just 5 years older than me and we grew up together in the same house, so we are more like brothers than uncle and nephew. I know the rum will be flowing so I don't know if I will be doing any painting tomorrow either.:evil: Oh well. It has been over a year since we have seen each other, so I can spare a day or two.

Have fun at the webinar tonight. Wish I could be there.


10-05-2011, 02:20 AM
Jim, I think that'd work if the memory stick is big enough to hold it. Most of them are pretty large these days! I've got a 4 gig one that I keep clipped to my keys and that has all my writing backups.

Did another pastel sketch page today, more Ari drawings from life. I'm getting into the rhythm of sketching more than once in a day and putting in more time on art, which is a sort of undeclared goal.

10-05-2011, 08:54 AM
Ooooops! Was so tired with two nights virtually no sleep that I had to go to bed early (well for me anyway) and missed the webinar! Ah well .....

I have downloaded 'open office' and 'firefox' and it was very quick to save it to the memory stick. This one is 16GB Robert so quite able to store OO and FF. In fact I have all of my art stored on it as well - and there is still lots of space. Perhaps I should get another as back up.

Your quick sketches are very good and I could be tempted but I will try to complete the goals for this month first.

I have heard so much about CM that I will go along to her site and take a look myself.

Charlie I'll look forward to seeing your painting in January then, I can visualise that the timing encourages a painterly looser method.

10-05-2011, 09:16 AM
well, this month is beginning to look a bit overwhelming...the webinar was wonderful, but is going to be taking up quite a bit of time. Real Down-to-the-Basics course, which I have never really had.('cept for Johannes's course). So I am excited about it, and am hoping to 'keep up' with it all!

Rob...thanks for your notes...always great to look back on.
Sorry you missed it Jim....maybe next week?

10-05-2011, 11:17 AM
Rob...thanks for your notes...always great to look back on.
Sorry you missed it Jim....maybe next week?
Meantime (whilst I await the 'vijeo') can you point me in the direction of Roberts notes, I had to await sometime for the last videos (JV's) and they were not downloadable either.

10-05-2011, 12:02 PM
Jim...It's WetCanvas Live! With Larry Seiler

There are several thread included...they are all good...

10-05-2011, 02:07 PM
Jim...It's WetCanvas Live! With Larry Seiler

There are several thread included...they are all good...
Thanks very much Judi.

10-06-2011, 12:56 AM
Jim and Judi, glad you like my notes. I put them in a separate locked thread just like I do for Johannes classes.

Tick for Daily Art today, I've done four pages in my Sketchbook Project journal on "Prehistoric." I decided to turn it into something like an illustrated history of life on Earth in quick brush pen sketches. Almost toony. Next batch I'll get to draw trilobites and other cool critters.

Tick for blogging too, I updated Rob's Art Supply Reviews on time today. Monday's update is Rob's Writing, Wednesday Art Supply blog, Saturday for Rob's Writing blog. I'm keeping up. If I can do this every week it'll be great.

Of course sometime in there I need to start hunting down classical paintings and do my homework for Larry Seiler's class.

10-06-2011, 04:54 AM
Huge TICK! The large painting is finished (the mystery 'slap on' one). I was really pleased with it -- for about 5 minutes. Then I realized I should have... and ought to... why didn't I think of... what was I thinking... and if... now this would have been better... Still, I'm not going to touch it! It is what it is, and I learned interesting things I can bring to new paintings.

Onwards to organizing show.

10-06-2011, 10:31 AM
Charlie, your comments sound so familiar! I find myself saying the same thing about almost everything I paint. We are our worst critics. The one good thing is not everyone sees what we see in our own paintings. Hope your show goes well. Cali

10-06-2011, 10:57 AM
Cali, thank you. As long as comments are discoveries/insights, then it is good if we're our own worst critic, as it helps us towards excellence. But if one thinks bad about onself, it is not constructive: "How could I be so stupid, I'm always an idiot, I mess up, can't do anything right" etc etc. Horrible, those thoughts have to be rooted out ASAP!

And of course we never tell anybody about what we could have done differently, especially not if they love the painting. Or maybe, especially if they don't like the painting... LOL!

10-06-2011, 11:35 AM
Just a quickie for some advice really. In my goals I said I'd transfer two dogs images to velour for oil pastel portraits. Well I thought I'd go ahead on one and already found that I was too heavy on the charcoal on the transfer of the image. Ok lesson learned - but down the line I'm going to make mistakes. The question is
is there a way of correcting those?

PS I gotta nip out for a flue jab so I'll be back later.

10-06-2011, 11:37 AM
Robert- You are back to your normal self. You are sketching and blogging and note taking again, the way you were (or even more) before the move. Keep it up, Robert. You are doing great.

Judi- I think back to basics for "self taught" artists can be a very good thing. I makes you look at things that you may have missed and thought not that important, but then you realise that it just might be important after all. Take out of the course what you can and I am sure it will help you.

Charlie- Big tick for a big painting.:thumbsup: I know the feeling you are talking about. I would always go back and change things, but it occurred to me that the changes really didn't improve the painting. Now I just ask myself, what could I have done differently and what did I learn? I look forward to seeing you big painting. Good luck with the show.

I am expecting my Blick order today. It went from from the Blick warehouse way accross the USA to the major city here in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada in less than 24 hours, via Memphis of course. So hopefully I will be able to go bigger soon with the larger Pastelmat.

I haven't painted in the past two days, but today is all mine. I was correct about the rum. Why do I do it?:o I am getting too old for this, but it was fun to sit around the kitchen table and talk about the good old days and catch up on things.

I hope you are all painting up a storm today.


10-06-2011, 11:39 AM
Thanks Charlie, I'll have to listen to myself before I talk!I know what I think sometimes but don't know if I actually verbalize it that way. You are right though. I'm always saying "feelings, thoughts, action!" You are a superb painter and I know I have improved a great deal, so I best get my thoughts right if I even want to do greater things. Thanks for that insight! A great lesson! Cali

10-06-2011, 12:58 PM
Cali, we aim to serve and please. :-) The self-talk is so important, and I've had to re-train myself, so I'm a bit of a preacher... Thank you for the kind words.

Jim, paint over it, velour takes a lot. Or try to vacuum it off (see to it that it is clamped or glued to something stiff first). What's a flue jab? Oh, I think I figgered it out! An influenza vaccination! You are teaching me a lot of Brit colloquial, thanks!

Doug, it is said that Degas drove people to distraction, as when he visited customers, he'd promptly take the painting down and start to 'enhance' it.

10-06-2011, 02:08 PM
Your notes, yes – as good as ever Robert. Very many thanks because I can now see where he's been and what has been covered. I'll have to put an alarm on this computer or something. I'd have forgotten my time for the flue jab if it wasn't for 'H' wanting to go shopping (groceries) whilst I was up town.

Thanks for the pointer Judi, you can see from the foregoing I got there and back ok. I hope this lot of 'vijeos' are downloadable to our own 'pooters.

I'm glad you managed a big tick on your painting Charlie and that you were restrained enough not to go back in and perhaps ruin it. Sometimes things are all the better for no fiddling – and what's more you learned something in the process. That has to be good.
Thanks for replying to my query re the oil pastel mistakes. One of the ways of covering the overgenerous use of charcoal was exactly that. I'll be a little more conservative with the next dog.

Cali it's good that you verbalised those inner thoughts as well, being opened up and talked about helps lots of others to vocalise what otherwise goes unsaid. We also might have these inner voices …..

I've had my flue jab (yep Charlie, you worked it out fine) apparently it is the same strain as last years, so while it is 12 months out of date we wont get this years so bad. Good to know with us oldies.

Oh Doug, you have to keep in training for a rum run like that. :rolleyes:Especially around a table where even a walk to the bar is not needed. A walk is a sure way to gauge the progress of the event. I hope your head has since recovered. The Blick order arriving will no doubt help it on its way :crossfingers: Let's hope it arrived.

A small tick for the transfer for me but if I complete it in oil pastels that'll be a huge tick, especially as it wasn't even on this months menu. I'll then start on t'other one (there's one for you Charlie). Also if the new 22” flat screen gets delivered it will be another big tick but for last month. This will enable me to "see all your art in vivid colours and contrast and it will enhance my visual experience." Cor blimey guv! :lol:

10-06-2011, 04:41 PM
Folks, I apologise for my late start this month and for not having time to go back over 4 pages to comment! You all seem so organised but I am in an organisational crisis!!!

My goals for this month
1, sort out my house and my life...which have gradually been slipping out of my control for a long time now.
2, do some fun art in an attempt to re-light the fire which has been doused by my own incompetence the last few days.
NOT looking for symapthy here! I'm just trying to be focused and realsitic for a while!

10-06-2011, 04:47 PM
Hi all,

I think this is last month's tick, but I finally gave my Toastmasters speech today. It was suppose to be on Plein Air Painting, but it wasn't finished so I switched gears and talked about Wet Canvas and you all as a support group.

So thanks a lot for the support. They loved the speech. FYI my last comment to Toastmasters was that since I started painting I probably painted a little over 100 paintings, but since May when I started following Wet Canvas I have completed over 30 paintings. I guess you guys have really motivated me to paint. Thanks again, Cali

10-06-2011, 04:48 PM
Congrats to those already completing goals! And Charlie, good luck with your show and I know we all look forward to seeing your mystery painting someday!

Contemplating whether I should post goals for this month considering I flopped pretty badly last month and still haven't gotten out of my "slump." :crying: :crying: :crying:

I do have one concrete art goal that needs to be done in the next week. We have someone retiring from the office where I work. It has become tradition for me to draw a farewell card when people leave - either retire or just move on to another job. Usually, I only do these special cards for people who have been with the company a few years at least. They are essentially custom made cartoons! The card is then passed around the office so that every one can leave a note on the inside. I should count how many I have done over the years, but I'm sure the number is over 100!

So that's my one art goal, alas, having nothing to do with pastels!


10-06-2011, 05:32 PM
Charlie, thank you! Congratulations on NOT touching the painting or overworking it. I know what you do and the painting is a jewel of delight. I know what yours look like at your worst and they are always wonderful.

I'm sure you can see the difference between the best and worst of your work SOME of the time. I agree with Cali on this - we are our own worst critics.

Not just in the sense that beating ourselves up for sacrificing a piece of paper on a failed trial is stupid. I know that's wrong. I also know my judgment is not always right.

Some of the best paintings I've ever done were pieces I thought were the worst I'd ever done. Some of the ones I fell in love with and thought were perfect were awful compared to those "mistakes." Once I realized this, I understood why I don't actually toss anything I think is awful.

Almost every time I botch, someone else falls in love with it and buys it or accepts it as a gift. If I think it's really bad, I'll just give it to the first friend who likes it. Otherwise I list it and hope it sells. Very often it does because as my own worst critic, I may have been self conscious about one of my best!

I did not have "organize my studio" on my Goals list, but I get an Extra Tick for that. It's what I did this morning with the help of my In Home Support Service assistant. Georgia is a sweetheart. It was cumbersome because I had to sit and point and describe where each thing on the stack went, but we rearranged some storage stuff into a drawer that's hard to get into and moved a lot of loose art supplies into a drawer that's super easy to get into.

There are no longer as many massive piles of supplies that I got out, used and didn't put away afterwards. My supplies are organized again! I feel so much better when they are.

10-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Charlie- That would have been funny to see. What do you do? It's Degas! How could you argue or object?:lol:

Jim- In the words of Captain Jack Sparrow "Hide the rum!":lol: All is well, it turned out to be just the 24 hour flu. Or as we Canadians say, the 26 ounce flu.:evil: I might have to get a flu shot for the next time.;)

I hope you start sleeping better and then you might not forget things. Lack of sleep does that to a person. Good going on the drawing transfer.

Ruthie- It will all come back to you. There are always peaks and valleys in every activity. You will be fine. Now I know organizing my studio usually make me feel better about myself and my art, I hope the same happens to you. Good luck.

Cali- Congratulations on the speech! Talking about how WC has helped you grow as an artist was a smart thing to do, because it is so important to you. Spead the word. Way to go!:thumbsup:

Don- That sounds like a great tradition and I am sure they all appreciate a custom made card more than a store bought one. It is nice of you to put in the time and effort to do that for them.

Robert- An organized artist can be a productive artist. It always feels so good to have everything in the right place. Have fun messing it up again.:rolleyes:

I am back in the saddle and painted for over two hours today. I painted and posted a painting of something that was left from rum night.;) Used my sticks this time. Still waiting for my Blick order. I will post photos of my goodies when the arrive. I know how we all like eye candy.


10-06-2011, 08:30 PM
Here is the candy.:D

Sennelier Paris 1/2 stick set


Extra Dark Pan set


I got some Pastelmat and 4 Pan trays, but that's boring stuff. This is my birthday present for my late November birthday. Chances are, she will forget I got this stuff for a b-day present.:evil:


10-07-2011, 12:46 AM
Wow! Doug, I love those Senneliers! I'm so tempted... soon, soon, next month I'll have my street license. But after that I need to start having my stuff shipped from Arkansas. Still, I've drooled at that set so many times that when I get it I'll be utterly delighted. Gorgeous, you took a great photo. Yay for the Deep Dark SHades too!

Thank you for your comments. I think you're right. I am back up to speed and more productive than I was in Arkansas. The weather's so much better that I get more done even on bad days. Must at least sketch tonight though. Spent the day focused on planning my Nanowrimo novel with my writing pal. Got a very good character, concept and theme so my starting point is solid as a rock. It will be a good book.

Don, yay for the farewell card project. You could always do it in pastel pencils and spray a lot of fixative on it or laminate over it. Or use other mediums I suppose. Enjoy!

Cali, yay for your Toastmasters speech! That rocks. Even old goals are still ticks when you bump them off!

Ruthie, two great goals. The first one will feed the second one, having art supplies organized is very inspirational. You have to handle all the cool stuff to rearrange it so at that point you feel like playing with it! Indulge if spontaneous art interrupts the organizing!

Tick - I'm on track for doing all the Spotlight images again this month. I just did another one as a sketch in my Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. It's loose and effective and I like the crop and composition. Waiting for fixative to dry so I can scan and post it.

10-07-2011, 02:40 AM
Tick - just wrote my next Rob's Art Lessons blog entry a few days ahead and drew a pen sketch for it. Also drew a Spotlight sketch that I'll go post.

10-07-2011, 12:10 PM
Don, doing this card could be that little kick you need to get yourself back in a groove of painting.Good luck! Cali

10-07-2011, 01:55 PM
Hi there Don, setting up this forum counts as a major goal I'd've thought, and commenting on others as well. That's art related for certain. Yes the card, you'll do it justice no doubt.

I think that extraneous achievements counts as extra ticks, so 'organizing your studio' counts. My f'rinstance is this new monitor. I did all the research work last month but I was late ordering it and it arrived today. It's working wonderful and I can get two pages side by side portrait wise with the print large enough for me to read without my glasses – well this time of day anyway.

I don't understand Doug, why 26ounce flue? Do you have 27ounces to the lb or something? Flue jabs are recommended for all that are 60+ years of age here but I didn't bother until 3 years ago ( I was 66 then) My wife has MS and her immune system is shot, anything I catch threatens her so I have to take these precautions. And I am sleeping better thank you. The cooler weather has done the trick.

Ruth I think Doug is right, with everything in it's place you'll want to get going again. Let us hope so, we enjoy your art.

Good work on your speech Cali. That is telling the world about our get together s online.

Robert you seem to be hitting your stride there and you sound as happy as a kid in a sandpit as we say over here. It is lovely to hear. With a helper to sort out some things you are able to accomplish so much other art stuff. Long may it continue.

Another tick for me today as I went to another art class. We did a small still life in pencil, went over it and did line shading in dip pens (teach was ink-monitor :lol: ) we then turned overleaf and repeated it in charcoal.
PS dip pens take me back to the all age school I attended until 11.
I started in infants where we used slates and a scriber attached to the slate :rolleyes:

10-07-2011, 02:49 PM
Doug, I cringe when seeing some of my oldies... but do *not* 'improve' them. Can't comment on your new sets -- can't open mouth, have to keep drool in.

Rob, it sounds so neat with your assistant, you don't have to exhaust yourself on some chores. Love your sketch of the cat in Spotlight.

Cali, how neat you changed your speach at the Toastmasters! And it was so successful.

Jim, isn't a big nice monitor just wonderful! Dip pens, I remember them, but only as art material. Do remember the hours of 'training handwriting', cursive, with a reservoir pen, in school. And we were the last generation with slide rulers... what's them those called?, those you could do maths with, and all results were 'approximately' -- 3x2=approx 6.

Tick, did some Scribbler work. Two sections fully layouted.

Discovered that the PSE 9 that came with the new computer (I think I got it by a hair, two weeks earlier and it would have been the version 8) can indeed open CR2 files, so now I can do RAW editing, and from testing, it will solve the problem of blotchy pics.

Deborah Secor
10-07-2011, 07:02 PM
Hi there... Can anyone play?

I just walked out into my garage, euphemistically referred to as a "studio" about 4 years ago, and realized I need to set some goals in order to move on with my life. Then this GOALS thread popped into my mind. <light bulb moment> It seems like having people to urge me on may help, or this may never get done. So here I am! :o :wink2:

Long, long story short: I've decided to cease teaching painting classes as of November; I'm pretty sure we'll be relocating sometime soon (though we've said that for almost a year now); and I NEED to condense everything down to one compact area containing my artwork and materials. Since I won't be doing regular weekly classes any more I can get rid of a lot of the stuff I've held onto for years--in theory.

I'm not good at big goals like "clean the garage". I just get totally overwhelmed, close the door and walk away. So, instead I decided to set incremental goals. Like today I'm sorting this mess:


Rather than a filing system I have a 'piling system'. :rolleyes: This is a conglomeration of photos I've printed for classes, various wonderful brochures and postcards/photos of work from artists, all kinds of class notes, stuff from articles I've written--and I honestly just don't know what to DO with a lot of it. Some is truly garbage--that's where I'll start.

So goal #1 is to sort this pile: to throw out, sell, give away, or keep, and actually organize what needs keeping. Today. Now.

Goal #2 is to move what I keep from that stack into the house and find a permanent spot for it. I don't have much room, so that will take some doing. No open ended commitments here: these goals must be done by the end of the day on Monday, latest!

Goal #3 is to open my pastel back-stock box and decide what I will merge into my location box and what will be sold. To be done by Wednesday.

And goal #4 is to decide where to put all the stuff that has to be given away or sold (two stacks)! I have space in the garage, but it's a jumble. :(

*Hold my feet to the fire, will ya?* Robert, you've been here! I really can't put this off any longer, even though I don't have a moving date like you did. All of you seem so much more organized and goal oriented than I am in this, and I'm really impressed. All those tick marks... keep going! :D

Meanwhile, can I whine and make excuses? I'm supposed to be writing a 2,000 word article this month! Will that do? No. Hold my feet to the fire, okay? :eek:

10-07-2011, 07:23 PM
Yay Deborah! You too will be ticking off goals and seem incredibly organized to everyone else in no time. Seriously, you already seem organized. You planned what to do with it and successfully created goals after cutting the big goal (the garage/studio as a whole) down to size.

Charlie, I'm old enough to remember slide rules too. That's what they were called in the USA when people didn't have calculators. Calculators weren't commercially available till I was a senior in high school. It cost me over $100 to get a four function one. It still helped me a lot though.

Yay for your understanding PSE9 and having it on your computer. You lucked getting the new version. That rocks. I'll still stick with Gimp.

Thank you for your comment on my Spotlight cat.

I'm not sure what I'll paint today but I'll do something. I've been on a roll and started to notice that regardless of trouble moving around, I accomplish a whole lot more now that I've moved.

10-07-2011, 08:16 PM
Hey, Hi Deborah, welcome to the goalie-gang for real! I mean, with goals and all! Stating the goals, writing them down, well, you'll be amazed how much it helps. (Or, you already *know* how much it helps.)

Now, we tend to be really good at finding excuses for each other, so you're asking for 'fire'? We aim to please, so fire it is!

Send all old PJ to me. :-)

I'm a 'piler' too... even making use of the 'flat archive' (=floor). What worked for me with magazines was to cut out the articles I *really* thought worthy, and put them in a ring-binder. Or nowaday, scan them and save as pdf. Either option takes minimal space. A high pile turned into about half an inch of 'worthies'.

If it (anything) hasn't been used -- or missed (thought of) -- in 3 years, it can be thrown away or given away.

Almost anything can be googled these days, we don't need it.

Be ruthless, not sentimental. (Might be hard, hours of work went into gatherint all that.)

So wise of you to get organized *before* the move, before it is a reality. For one move, I managed to do that. First I threw away junk. Then gave away all that people would take. Then packed only what I wanted to keep. Easiest move ever.

Disclaimer: I may be a piler, but I lack sentimentality, so I get ruthless about every 3rd year and throw stuff out, and find things I didn't know I had, and which I'll find a use for 2 weeks after tossing it out.

So, Deborah, how are you going to handle the article? 2 000 words, eh? Much easier than 200. How do you normally write? In one or two sessions? 100 words per day? Slightly more, and you'll make it. Break it down to smaller goals, like: research finished by date, typing finished by date, interview (if appliccable) finished by date.

Gee, what good advice I give :-D, I really shoudl apply it to my own goals... LOL!

Goal: I will send out a newsletter tomorrow Saturday.

Deborah Secor
10-07-2011, 08:36 PM
Robert, in some things I'm organized. Ask me to paint or write and I'm good.

Oddly, I'm not a 'keeper' by nature. One year I gave away two sewing machines because I didn't have room and hardly ever used them. My hubby later reminded me that 'hardly ever' does not mean never. :o

:lol: Charlie, the article I can handle. I've been managing somehow to get things written for 13 years now, so that I can do and I love doing it. My real problem is that I'd rather sit down and write (or do telephone interviews or do research or whatever) than sort through this JUNK! But I have the handy excuse that the writing has to be done, must be done well, and absolutely has to be done on time. So..... that pile can wait, right? :rolleyes: No no no no no....

I like your idea of digitizing, but you should see my computer files. They are WORSE than this pile, I think. My computer guru took one look and remarked, in his understated way, "You have a LOT of photos..." and promptly ordered a computer that could hold it all and ten times more. Thank God!

I have all the magazines on DVD, and I'm ruthlessly ridding myself of the paper issues, so we can talk about that when the time comes. One dear magazine I have to decide about--my hand-sewn, first ever printed Pastel Journal, over which Maggie, Janie and I celebrated the birth of our baby magazine with champagne and chocolate! :) Me? Sentimental? :crying: My Danish heritage comes out...melancholy! :wink2:

Back to throwing things out!!!

10-07-2011, 08:44 PM
Deborah, don't let go of that precious first issue. I can understand clearing out the stack rather than keeping every magazine you have an article in. But that first one is priceless, that's just too cool. Don't let go of things you know you'd miss. Put that one in an archival bag and stash it, maybe the entire first year.

I'm serious about this, if you do get rid of it ship it to me. Though I too am thinking of getting the digital CDs instead of saving all the back issues, I don't have so many yet that it's a big problem. I can just imagine the space ten years or more of them take up. It'll be worth a media rate box for mine to get shipped to me whether I keep them or get the CDs and donate them to the library.

10-07-2011, 09:07 PM
Robert- There is no stopping you now! You are getting into an active routine and you are being more productive. I don't know if it is the weather or new surroundings, but whatever it is, you are on a roll. Keep at it.

I love opening a new box of pastels. They all look so pretty in their cozy little slots, all nice and clean. They are still in the box, but the Extra dark pans are in their new trays along with all my other pans. The trays are great for storage and organizing. It is always fun getting new toys.

Jim- The flu shots are recommended here as well. My immune system seems very good now and I think it might be because I was always sick when I was younger. For the past six years I have had maybe two colds and they lasted two days. It is unreal, because before, if there was something going around, I would catch it and keep it for a long time. I still have a little over five years before I turn 60, but I think about getting it every year. I will talk to my doctor about on the 17th when I go see him.

Glad you got your monitor. That's a tick. And another tick for your dip pen drawing. That's the way to a successful month.

Charlie- Luck was on your side. Good things happen to good people.:) When I receive the newsletter I will know you have another tick. Looking forward to it.

Deborah- Welcome to the Goal Post. I know how I can help you. Any old paintings you don't want, just send them to me.:D Just trying to help you out. I have plenty on storage room in our new home.

It is a difficult thing at first, but once you start getting rid of things, it just starts to flow. Before we made our big move, we did the same as you are doing now. As my wife was saying to me at the time, "just be ruthless!" She was right. I haven't missed anything we gave away or sold or threw away.

You have set yourself up for success by stating a deadline. You will do it and if you need any nudging, we are here to help. Now fly at it!

Started another painting today. This one is a couple of oranges and a dark mug. Both oranges are reflected in the mug, so it is a challenge. I am doing this one in pans. Only painted for about an hour today, because my back was acting up. It's okay though, because I had a great day yesterday when I finished a painting in one day.

One thing I notice when I start painting still lifes is my studio gets messy. I have props and fruit sitting everywhere. Drawers open, doors open, no surface visible, but I am being productive and that's what counts.

Happy painting.


10-07-2011, 09:41 PM
I have read anyone else's suggestions since your post but the first thing that comes to mind is once you have sorted what you want to keep, why don't you scan everything, keep it on a hard drive and then toss the paper. This way you won't have to find a place for the paper. Just a thought!! Cali

10-08-2011, 12:02 AM
Congratulations, Doug! That still life sounds beautiful. Cool idea with the reflection on the dark mug.

I did sketch today. Also did four more pages in the Sketchbook Project journal but my hip gave out so I didn't get up to scan them. I'll scan tomorrow. Having a hard time physically today but I did get productive! Now if they'd just manage to fix the elevator, I'd do even more.

10-08-2011, 12:02 AM
Well I guess I will have to get in the act this month. I have been reading all your goals for several months and you are all doing so well I am impressed.
Deborah I have been there having to move after 30 years in one place and I am soooo sentimental. I saved all the Christmas decorations my children ever made and put them on the tree every year. They were so embarrassed as they got to teens! That was just the tip of the iceberg. In the end I did get ruthless and just got a big trash cans and just dumped. ( I still have their decorations though) my advice get a dumpster and dump you really won't miss 90% of it. But do keep the special like your first issues and that which really pulls you.
Three years later we moved again and I got even more ruthless. Each move was a downsize so there was no choice. The move to the nursing home will be really traumatic by hopefully by then I will too ga ga to know as my girls don't have a sentimental bone in their body!!!

Robert I think you have handled your move and all the subsequent things from doctors etc splendidly. You have my total admiration for what you have achieved.

Ruthie, you have gone through one of the hardest things we all end up having to do. Take care of elderly parents and sell up and sell off their memories of a lifetime. It is emotionally draining even in the best of circumstances. It drains the creativity out of you. Give yourself time and small goals it will all come back but you need to grieve. Not from death but from no longer having your parents at your back. It is a reversal of roles and it is not easy.

I can't catch up with you all but it looks like everyone is doing so well with moves, speeches (wow) writing, painting what a wonderful creative bunch you all are
Okay I have one goal and if I write it down again I will do it.
1. Sketch in public on my trip.

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 12:18 AM
I like that goal, Jen! I bet you'll really enjoy it once you break the ice and sketch in public. You recall things so differently when you do a sketch--much more than photos. I'm sure you know that already. :)

I did it! Remember that pile? Look:


Tick off goal #1!!

10-08-2011, 02:12 AM
Yea Deborah! Now scan all that in the computer and pack it away! Always good to have two ways to save things. That was quick.

10-08-2011, 03:54 AM
Hi to to new goalies Deb and Jen. Well done on that first fi.... errr pile Debs and yes scan them in and throw that pile away. Here's me with a pile of clothes that await the washing machine.:o
I laughed when I read about your hubby saying hardly ever doesn't mean never. Our sewing machine only sees the light of day when my wife wants new curtains made for the lounge twice in twenty years.....

It sounds like storage is a problem for most of us. I like Cali's idea of scan them in and save to a hdd or a mem. stick even.

Yes Jen, first time in public is a bit 'out there' isn't it. Going with a group is easier. Someone is always ready with an answer for the inquisitive by passer. They are all friendly usually. My reply to a muttered 'I wish I could do that' is "Yep, so do I, that's why I keep on trying.":lol:

I acknowledge also that we are creeping—nay accelerating towards the day when we need to choose our last house. Downsizing is what 'H' does best. Throws everything out- then has to go get that same stuff again....oh dear....:eek::eek::eek:

Well done on the painting Doug. A work place is bound to show signs when worked in so I wouldn't concern myself too much about that. You are being productive and that's what counts. I'll look out for your oranges and mug then.

An elevator that doesn't work.....aaaagh that must be frustrating Robert. I know how much effort stairs takes. 'H' is taking herself off to visit ancient relly in S/Wales by train this coming week using her electric chair. Would you believe that the disabled peeps rail-card includes tickets to travel in the tube trains? Have any disabled peeps ever been down one?

Crumbs it's time I made a cuppa. Been on here since 6:00 this morning. Waiting for daylight to continue the oil pastel of Rosie the dog.

Any pet portraitists in oil pastels about here?

10-08-2011, 06:59 AM
Jen, welcome! You can do it, sketch in public. Most people won't even notice. I dreaded painting in public, especially as someone walks up in the 'ugly stage'... Last summer I painted in the core of the city, street thick with tourists, and nobody cared! They only eyed the bench I was sitting on... LOL!

Deborah, yay for your first Tick! Ah, so you breezed over the article as it is easy for you -- get that. Piles is the serious thing.

For the image library in computers: An external hard drive with Terabytes. I keep the open and active files in the computer, and when finished with them they get moved to the external hard drive. It swallowed all my 10 000 or so pictures without a burp, and there's room for ten times more. As I deleted them from the computer, it perked up considerably, as the pics had choked it. I can really recommend that additional little box, and they're not even expensive. Can be plugged into any computer.

10-08-2011, 09:32 AM
welcome Deborah...and congrats on your first big chore done!
I, too, have a habit of accumulating....but I have learned to cut out articles of interest and throwing the rest away.

Jen...'atta girl...for the resolve to sketch in public!
I had to sit in a cold waiting room yesterday while I had the oil changed in my van, and decided to do some sketching. As people walked by, I tended to close the sketcbook til they had passed, LOL...Unfortunately, there wasnt much of interest to sketch, so it was rather a disappointment over all.

Doug and Robert...hope you are both feeling better today. Glad you were able to do something yesterday.

I have been keeping up with the sketch-a-day thing so far. Yesterday, as I said, was not great, as it was a very dull waiting room. Did manage a big fan, and a couple of tires leaning aginst the wall! Not too exciting...

Oh well...today is another day...
I have been doing a lot of reading from Larry's class, and trying to figure out what direction things go in. That still baffles me. I get the divide-in-half thing for balance...sorta....but what seems balanced to me may not be the best for a composition. Will keep trying though...

So far no Spotlight time, but the month is still young..

10-08-2011, 01:38 PM
Congratulations, Deborah! That's impressive! I hope you did save that very first issue of Pastel Journal though, it's too historic. If not, I hope you took my suggestion and mailed it to me.

Charlie, thank you for a great suggestion! I should get one of those external terabyte hard drives. The cost keeps coming down when I look at them on Tiger Direct. I have a big one (physically big) that a friend gave me that's not terabyte size, but that's in Arkansas because of how many boxes didn't get sent. I don't even remember which box it's in, so I might as well get a terabyte one.

Judi, wonderful news that you've kept up sketch-a-day! It's a wonderful habit to keep. If I fall off the sketching wagon, every October I pick it up again because of the artsomofo event on LiveJournal.

Jen, yay for painting in public! You'll get used to it by successive approximation. The others are right, you don't get many people coming up to talk to you unless you put up a sign with prices marked on it and a display of finished works. When you do, it's not that unlikely to sell what you're painting right off the easel. Almost everyone who comes up and talks is friendly and admires what you're doing too.

I'll admit I'm an extrovert who enjoys that kind of attention, but it's self rewarding after a while even for someone who's shy.

Jim, thanks! Yay for your oil pastel dog portrait!

I got up at 8:30 this morning thinking my assistant Georgia would be here at nine. That's her weekday time. I have Johannes Vloothuis class at ten! So getting up earlier is a good thing, I'm actually awake for JV!

So far I've kept up Daily Art for seven days. I count my JV notes as art for that and will post them on the artsomofo thing too even if I don't do other painting. But Johannes is inspiring so I may have a separate drawing or painting too. Next week, when the class starts.

LOL - I'm too overeager. Maybe it's just how much I love trees, it's also how much I love Johannes classes. I got up early today to make it to class on time only to get told the GoToMeeting class wasn't active yet. I checked the email and whoops, it's not this Saturday, it's next Saturday. So I actually have to just draw something instead of taking notes!

BarbaraW told me she thought pastels were my best medium. Anyone else's thoughts on that? I'm not fishing for compliments, that's JUST in relation to my other art mediums - colored pencils, pen and watercolor, painting with paint (lumping in acrylics and oils together).

10-08-2011, 02:44 PM
Tick! I just blogged, posted How to Draw a Cat (http://robs-art-lessons.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-draw-cat.html) on Rob's Art Lessons blog. So far I've kept up with update every week on all three of my topical blogs and done a new page for my oil pastels site.

Heck, if I start updating that weekly, it'll be awesome!

10-08-2011, 02:50 PM
Robert, good tick!

I have one tick! I've blogged a wee bit. Haven't for ages, as you know how my situation was. And then when things got much better, I was out of the habit.

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Robert, don't worry, the original PJ wasn't in that pile so it has yet to be dealt with. I may auction it at some point, if I decide it's gotta go. You really NEED that elevator to be fixed. I hope there is some authority that will help you to gently insist, if need be, because otherwise you're in a bind! Yay for blogging on how to draw a cat. You have to be expert at that. :)

Charlie, love the Blue Gate! I had never 'seen' it until your painting and my subsequent research online a while back. Good for you for getting back to the blog and for the health of all concerned.

10-08-2011, 03:51 PM
Robert- lol I have done that too. All ready for something to start and then you realize it's the wrong day. I always blame it on too much pastel dust.;) You had a productive day yesterday, even if you weren't having a good day. That is a good sign. I'll have to go check out your lesson blog. I read the supply review blog all the time and find it very informative. Have a great day, Robert.

Jen- Welcome to the thread. I know exactly how you feel. I find drawing and painting to be a very personal thing and I don't even like my wife or kids watching me paint. I do agree that when I see people drawing or painting in public I automatically think they are good artists. Never crosses my mind that this could be their first day at trying art. Anyway, I think you will get over the unwillingness very quickly and it could become addictive. Good luck and let us know how you do.

Deborah- Congratulations on your first tick! Great start. Now keep at it.

Jim- Good luck getting that oily pet portrait done.

Charlie- I will have to go check out your blog. I was hoping you would soon find the time to blog again. I hope the show things are coming together for you.

Judi- Way to go! Daily sketching is a great habit. I hope you keep at it, even if it is boring old tires.:)

I just got back from grocery shopping. Again! I got all the turkey dinner stuff yesterday (Canadian Thanksgiving Day on Monday) and bought mushrooms to go with the steaks for tonight. Only problem is, I forgot to buy the steaks!:lol: It sounds like Robert and I are having the same kind of days. All is done so now I can paint the rest of the day.

Happy painting. Let the dust fly.


10-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Just checked your blog, Charlie....LOVE the blue gate. Also the beautiful orchids and chopsticks.

Doug...glad you got your shopping done! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, in adance.
Robert..i'm off to check your How to draw a Cat now...

10-08-2011, 04:20 PM
Thanks for your support everyone! And welcome to Deborah and Jen. It's good to have goals. I have already sorted out all my Mother's and my own paperwork, cleared 2 cupboards aswell. I'm already flagging but I am determined to get myself organised like I always was when I was working. I hate the feeling of being out of control of my life and my surroundings.
I've even done some art...........

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 05:27 PM
Doug, how could you forget the steaks??? <drool> :lol: My hubby is fixing Chinese style beef and broccoli tonight and the steak looks scrumptious.

I have another huge stack to sort. I'm on a roll and thought I'd go for it. I've got to get rid of these books! I plan to have a sale here, but if any of you guys are looking for any particular book, ask me. I'm not a big book person, meaning I don't take great care of them--these have been used--but some are inscribed by the authors, so they have a little extra cachet. (I'll list things in the Swap Shop, at some point.)

Look at this pile:


Yes, there are four--I have five--first editions of the magazine! I also have a stack of newer PJ magazines I must deal with, but one stack at a time. I'll list them in the Swap Shop too, probably.

For now my immediate goal is to sort out the books, keep a precious couple, and box the rest for sale. I must get them into that organized stack in the garage, too...

Why does this work? For some reason writing it here and showing the pix motivates me. :confused: But I'm GLAD! :thumbsup:

Keep going, Ruth! Clearing two cupboards and doing some artwork has gotta feel pretty good.

10-08-2011, 07:09 PM
MMmm beef and broccoli! I want a teleporter and an invite to eat at your house tonight, Deborah! Unless it's "hot" beef and broccoli. One of my favorites!

Pastel Painting Workshop is very tempting. So is one of your first editions! That'd be very special to me, especially if you sign it. Also I know I don't have that Landscape one that shows in the picture, with the red autumn scene. That would be fantastic too! Message me with how much I owe you for that package. I don't feel too bad snapping up one of your first editions because you said you had five copies. I'll definitely preserve it!

I just wrote another new article on my Oil Pastels site, Still Life Setup. That's two updates this month, I'm going great for that. My goal is to blog weekly and somehow my OP site managed to get into the goal too. That's four articles a week and I'm keeping it up!

I'm also going to write the following article today while I have the still life stuff and oil pastels out. Purr and thanks to everyone who's read my Draw a Cat article. Two articles today, I'm on a roll!

Ruthie, you're getting so much done! I think you started with the hardest part doing all the paperwork. Two cabinets as well? You're on a roll too. Go go go!

Doug - LOL! Yep. I can just imagine. I think I like Canadian Thanksgiving even more if steaks are traditional. That's just awesome. Maybe I'll celebrate it too and order out for Chinese on Monday, or have it delayed on Tuesday. If I order for delivery then I have to order $15 worth versus just getting a $6.50 lunch special. Or celebrate early today and order Beef Broccoli since I can't eat over at Deborah's house tonight.

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 07:28 PM
I posted eight pastel books for sale in the Swap Shop! Some are funky, hard to find, collector's copies, others not so much. Take a look here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14085522#post14085522)

I still must go through the photos... but that's a half-tick! :D

Oh, posted without seeing your post, Robert. We can talk... :)

10-08-2011, 07:58 PM
Deborah another place ( and I am sure you have thought of this, )to take books etc would be to your current students. No postage and take home right away.

10-08-2011, 08:23 PM
Okay guys now I really have to do it! I got a set of 12 inktense pancils and four pit pens and a small multi media sketchbook today. No excuses left. I really am not a shy person when I am with fellow artists or my drama crowd but the thought of painting in public has had me running every time. Just lack of confidence in my skills I guess.


10-08-2011, 08:27 PM
Judi- Thanks. This is the first time in a long time that we are having a turkey for Thankgiving and I am looking forward to it. Mmmm.

Ruthie- You are on your way. One box at a time or one cupboard at a time is the only way to get it done and before you know it, voila! Good to hear you did some art. Good for you.

Deborah- I know! It was like a rookie mistake, but I have been doing the shopping for thirty years. I am blaming it on too much pastel dust. Your dinner sounds yummy.

Good going on getting the books sorted. I would love some more books, but I am cutting down too. I am sure you will get rid of them and they will have new homes. Tick, tick.

Robert- We can all meet at Deborah's for dinner!! Great idea! Then we can look through all her books and see which ones we want.:D

Another blog post is another tick. Man, I can't keep up with all your blogs, I don't know how you do it? Keep at it.

Jen- Have fun with those Inktense pencils. Vivid colors! Fun stuff.

I just finished my latest Pan painting. I posted it in the Studio. I hope they don't think I'm spamming because it was right above the painting I posted two days ago. Oh well, I can't help it if i'm on a roll.:cool: I got my painting time goal done for the past three days and it feels good.


Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 08:29 PM
Dinner at my house in a half-hour! C'mon along... :lol:

Jen, that is a good thought, and I will be showing my students everything... There is a LOT that will be in my sale and a few of them already have their eyes on things. :wink2:

These pencils are brilliant! What gorgeous colors. You should have a lot of fun with them.

10-08-2011, 08:32 PM
Jen......sketching on your trip.....maybe you could find a 'naturist colony' over there and sketch away......

don't thank me....we are all here to help.......:wink2:

10-08-2011, 08:40 PM
'Blue this is Autumn in England probably not the best time for cavorting in the nuddie!!:lol:
I was thinking more on the lines of bored airline and train passengers all properly clothed dear boy!

Deborah just washing my hands and putting on a clean Tucker. I'll be right over and as you mentioned food I am sure Blue will be too so don't empty the pot yet!

10-08-2011, 08:50 PM
sorry about that......I completely forgot about the 'prim and proper lass'......:D train station, it is!.......those are really good looking pencils.....what does the 'ink' in their name refer to? I like the bright intense color.......are they 'water color' pencils?........:thumbsup:

10-08-2011, 08:56 PM
yes Deborah, 'blue' will be right over......as soon as he puts on a clean 'TUCKER'........:lol:

what in the world is a 'TUCKER'?.......and I thought I've been around and worldly, but the 'TUCKER' has me stalled.......:D

10-08-2011, 10:18 PM
Jen, that's so wonderful about your Inktense and Pitt pens and sketchbook. Go for it!

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 10:49 PM
All I've ever heard is 'bib and tucker', blue, so we'll have to wait on Jen...

10-08-2011, 10:56 PM
:lol: :lol: Yes just a shortened form of bib and Tucker. Basically these days a clean shirt! I was just putting on the dog for 'Blue's benefit!

Deborah Secor
10-08-2011, 11:34 PM
Oh but I have found a place where I can waste some real quality time, as a result of your tucker comment, Jen. It's a web site defining phrases and citing where they came from. I'm on 'by the skin of your teeth' at the moment! Now see what you did? I haven't sorted ONE photo since then! :lol:

10-09-2011, 12:17 AM
Oh dear, sorry about that Deborah. Have fun!

10-09-2011, 02:24 AM
Tick - daily art, an oil pastels still life and the start of another one on black paper. Plus a tick for Blogging twice (the new articles). I'm happy with today's results. I think I'm on a roll!

10-09-2011, 02:47 AM
Yes you are on a roll, Robert. I know you will keep it up.


10-09-2011, 05:48 AM
Sorry I missed dinner Deborah. Maybe another time! By the way, do you have the PJ issue from this Spring with the Pastel 100 winners in? I subscribed too late to get it and am too tight to pay the full back issue price with shipping. That site you've found sounds cool and a real time waster. Do some more sorting first then you can go on there and look up "hold my feet to the fire" right?
Jen, you're coming to England?? Whereabouts you going? Probably not much chance we can meet up but, who knows! And, had you come last week you may have found people cavorting in the nuddie (or close) as we had an Indian Summer with temps up to 30c. Wasn't I the lucky one to be on holiday near the beach that week!!! I have some inktense pencils...somewhere....must dig them out. It's time I started sketching out and about (she says when winter is fast on our heels)
Thanks again for your support. Today I'm having a day off from housework and organising to go in the studio......except I'm here instead aren't I. Well, it is art related, lol.
Robert, you're really pushing ahead with your goals. The SF air must agree with you!

10-09-2011, 06:41 AM
George Washington......thank you, thank you.......because you saved me from having to wear my clean 'bib and tucker' to Deborah's for dinner and Ruthy can't "hold my feet to the fire" and mainly allowing me to say/write 'COLOR'..........:lol: :lol: :lol:

10-09-2011, 06:51 AM
Now Jen, I know you English ladies are something 'special' but please tell Deborah how you 'put on the dog' or she will spend a lot more time seaching the web instead of cleaning up, not making her goals......

by the way, do you use a 'Yorkshire Terrier' around your neck for 'putting on the dog'?........:D

10-09-2011, 07:51 AM
To me COLOR is pronounced in a way that makes it sound like part of the bib and tucker :D :D

10-09-2011, 01:42 PM
Another lamb led astray (Text of Händel's Messiah butting in again), I too got stuck in looking for phrases, but I loved this one for Tucker: "Tucker, is a narrow piece of Cloth - which compasseth the top of a Womans Gown about the Neck part." Compasseth, I'm glad I'm not lisping.

Deborah, you're on a roll! Save at least one of those very first issues, that is *history*! Goaling, it is amazing how well it works. Today, I got a blank page when opening WC, for hours, and I felt "waaah, I can't tell my friends about my ticks!" Cheering each other along is such a good way for each of us to get things done.

Robert, yay for updates on site/blog.

Doug, set another plate, that turkey sounds delicious. Happy thanks giving. (We don't have one, over here. I think it is a lovely thing to list what one is grateful for.)

Thank you guys for lovely comments about my blog and work, it warms my heart!

Ticks galore! Handed out invitations to show. Inspected show venue, found extra wall , or rather, how it can hold pictures without making holes in the recently painted wall. Updated website (in progress). Updated listing in Swedish Artists. Started a blog in Swedish connected to that Swedish Artist's account. Wrote one post. Filled in their form for exhibitions so it can be listed on other part of the site. Worked on layout for Scribbler. Organized picture files in computer so images are easier to find (result of that lightning strike, still sorting out things).

10-09-2011, 03:09 PM
Ruthie I leave tomorrow if thunderstorms in Dallas don't delay my flight from here on the puddle jumper they call a plane. I will be in Winchcombe, Glous. for week, then on to Southwold in Suffolk. Unfortunately I will have no Internet as my 103 year young Aunt and my friends are not Internet connected. Sigh! Are you anyway near either of those places?
'Blue putting on the dog means getting all dressed up! No dogs involved unless the dog is dripping in jewels too!:lol:
Charlie love the Tucker explanation!!
To get back to goals!!!
Well done Robert, Charlie, Deborah and Ruthie for getting so much done. You are all go getters.
Doug may join you for Thanksgiving too!
Yes I couldn't get on WC for several hours either. Another of those strange out there glitches I guess.

10-09-2011, 03:45 PM
Jen, Tucker explanation was from 1680s! "Putting on the dog", I would never have guessed it was dressing up, thanks for more colloquia.

10-09-2011, 06:02 PM
Had a rush of posts as WC was down for a large part of today. So many ticks here, does that mean that peeps are all ticked off or are all tickety boo? :lol:

Well done everyone, what a lot has been achieved and it's only (quick look at the calendar) the 9th day of the month :thumbsup:

I've done another couple of trees and a landscape to continue practising with the sticks and have posted them in the pastel page of WC (tick). Nothing serious just practising. Might get to the spotlight and other forum challenges soon.

10-09-2011, 06:19 PM
Everyone is welcome to dinner. All we have to do is throw another spud on. We missed being together last Thanksgiving, so we have a lot to be thankful about. We always do the turkey dinner on Sunday so we can sit back and relax (or paint :D ) and enjoy the day. I love leftovers for dinner the next day or two.

I touched up my Mugging painting and I think lightening the shadows made a ton of difference. It might even deserve to be framed.

Charlie- You aren't letting any moss grow beneath your feet.;) You have accomplished so many things today I think you should give yourself a pat on the back. It sounds like you have all your ducks in a row. :thumbsup:

Jen- Enjoy your trip. It would be neat if a 103 year old person was internet connected. Have fun!


10-09-2011, 06:28 PM
Wow Charlie, you whirling dervish you! So much achieved. Well done!

Jen, I've sent you a pm. Have a great trip!

Jim, still on the trees? Great to persevere. I'm off to look at your landscape next.

Doug, I'm confused! It's not thanksgiving yet is it? Maybe you're just practicing with the turkey for when we all land on you on November 24. Hmm, could just do that after yet another weekend away which has just come up!

If I feel tomorrow as I feel today I may post some more goals. Afterall life's too short to worry over much about housework and so what if my garden's overgrown? Winter will check those weeds for me!

10-09-2011, 06:55 PM
Jen, wow! I'm not surprised your 103 year old aunt doesn't want to learn the Internet, that's an enormous gap of time between what we take for granted and what she took for granted as a child or young woman. She sounds awesome! Enjoy your trip. I'm so happy you still have her and can spend some time with her.

All the sources of sayings are fun too!

10-09-2011, 07:22 PM
Thank you for the cheers!

Tick! More cleaning up of site! Just a wee bit more, and it'll be up-to-date.

Doug, it is more like herding ants! First time I heard it was from a Nebraska girl, and I thought she said "herding aunts", and I had this vision of milling old ladies on a bus-tour... :-) Maybe Jen's 103 year olds. I knew a 95 year old who handled the net, Facebook, and emailing. Mugging painting? Did you mug a painting, or is it of mugs? Gotta have a look.

Jim, yay for the trees and landscapes, will go look at them. OK, I cave in, show my iggerance, what are 'peeps' (watchers? probly wrong association), and tickety-boo?

Ruthie, ta, my head *is* spinning like a top. (Ahem, even I know Canadians celebrate earlier than the Yanks.)

10-09-2011, 07:55 PM
Kudos for all the ticks!
glad to see another tree one, Jim....
Doug...I like the change you made to the shadows....
Ruthie...You can only do so much! You owe it to yourself to let the housework and the garden go once in a while...
Charlie..good for you 'cleaning up the site'!

I've spent the last couple of days reading, studying, squinting, and sketching for Larry's class on Tues. Nothing much to show for it, but do have a better understanding of what he is getting at, with the emphasis on composition.

Jen....enjoy your trip!

10-09-2011, 08:54 PM
Well my Aunt does get on Skype when she goes over to her SIL and I chat to her on that sometimes. She moved into sheltered housing in her 80's and so not a lot of availability for Internet then. Otherwise she might well have got into it as she is very with it. She's remarkably healthy and with it and until a small stroke last Christmas walked to the shops and did her own shopping and was very independent .she is game for a hand of cards anytime and a lot of fun to be around. The stroke slowed her down and made her feel vunerable. We should all be lucky to grow old this way.

10-09-2011, 09:27 PM
Isn't this sub. going well! All goalies working their sticks to dust :clap:
Well done everybody, keep the dust clouds flying.

So Jen you'll be coming to the UK to see your aunt.
Imagine 103 and still compos mentis (spelling - Charlie?) (BTW that means of sound mind, capable of running own life)
Peeps are short for people, and tickety boo means allright and proper, everythings in perfect working order.

Done another landscape from JS's work book but the LH tree leaves a lot to be desired. Just got a bit tired of it in the end. I am finding that pastels are similar in resolution to charcoal - in that you need to step back from it to see it properly and that it looks better on screen than IRL. Especially if reduced to the size as seen in the books.
Is this everyones experience?

10-10-2011, 12:44 AM
Jen, it sounds like getting your aunt a laptop for Christmas with an Internet service would help her feel less isolated. If she's comfortable with Skype then she'd probably get the knack of chat rooms and surfing pretty fast. I would be banging off the walls if I got trapped in sheltered housing and didn't have Internet access. She sounds incredible.

Jim, yay for your landscape. You're right, charcoals and pastel are very similar in resolution and in feel. It looks better on screen because it's reduced and that's like stepping back from it. Close up almost any pastel looks like an abstraction.

Tick for the day, I did two watermedia sketches for the October Watermedia Challenge, one in watercolor with pen and the other in watercolor pencils.

10-10-2011, 06:10 AM
Hi Robert and thanks for coming back on my query WRT resolution of pastels and charcoal. I recall doing a charcoal for drawing 101 and realising that one needed to go bigger-much bigger when doing charcoal.

In each of these I have reduced them in size until similar to that which Jackie had in her workbook. They look better for that.

I have looked for your watermedia sketches Robert but am unable to find them, are they in the sketching forum? I didn't think of looking there. I can't always find what I'm looking for (shhhhh don't tell my wife.....:lol:)

10-10-2011, 06:40 AM
Judi, great with the sketching and squinting done, and understanding! Sounds like a good class.

Rob, yay for the two sketches!

Jim, you're letting the dust fly, good for you! Re the question: P and C are similar, and c can be used as black together with p. For me, it is the other way around, my paintings look way better in real life, as the colours merge optically, while the camera separates them (this camera, the old one merged them into flat tones...). However, the PSE9 can take CR2 files, and there is a noice (ok, noise, then, spell-checker) reduction for colour too, which makes them look better. Anywhow, it might be your camera/scanner?

's funny to ask me the alien about spelling of a Latin expression often used in English, and yes, it was right!

10-10-2011, 08:12 AM
Jim, Re the question: P and C are similar, and c can be used as black together with p. For me, it is the other way around, my paintings look way better in real life, as the colours merge optically, while the camera separates them (this camera, the old one merged them into flat tones...). However, the PSE9 can take CR2 files, and there is a noice (ok, noise, then, spell-checker) reduction for colour too, which makes them look better. Anywhow, it might be your camera/scanner?

's funny to ask me the alien about spelling of a Latin expression often used in English, and yes, it was right!
The last first, I don't concern myself with mis-spellings. I assumed you do :thumbsup: so I was looking to you to look it up :cat: am I lazy or what :D

Yeah well, on the resolution thing. If I open a pastel image that I've done on screen I think it looks amateurish at that size. It looks even worse if I 'auto-adjust' the lighting/colours of it. It is usually bigger than the reference image which is inevitably from a book. When reduced to similar 'book-sized proportions' it looks fine.
Still finding my feet here (looking at my surroundings to position self) and finding that pastels are different. The light of the scanner picks up the true colours and amplifies them - at a distance, viewing the paintings IRL the eyes optically mix them. Perhaps I should photograph these efforts?
A BTW is I use irfanview and sometimes Gimp. I use a scanner after sundown or when the image is small enough to fit on the scanner.
PS aren't we really saying the same thing? or perhaps not - depends on the direction of looking......

10-10-2011, 11:15 AM
Hellow to all the great goal achievers here on this thread. I hope you don't mind if I join in a bit late for the month, but as they say, "better late than never" :D .

I usually don't formalize my goals, I just sort of have at it and hope that it all works out (a familiar approach to some, I'm sure :o ). Anyway, I do have two specific goals that I am striving for this month, one of which is my current commission. I am working on it diligently, though it is a bit of a slow go. Doing lots of thinking and analyzing, then painting. So far that approach is working. I'm not giving it a time limit as that wouldn't be a good idea, but staying on track is definitely a goal isn't it :wink2: ? I need to acknowledge that it is a goal, because it is my main art focus right now.

It is this goal, my second goal, that I really feel I need to give a shout out to. It is art related, but not in pastel. I have always wanted to do this, but for some reason the "fear factor" has always reared its ugly head and I've never actually done it (fear of failure you see). Well, to *#&@?! with the fear, no more of that!, I have decided to start a few sketch journals. I want to start sketching everyday, and I've decided to start some books in watermedia, using either Inktense pencils and blocks, as well as some watercolor sketches, maybe using some black pen ocassionally with the watercolor. Another book I'm starting will be in graphite. The goal is to sketch in either book for 30-45 minutes a day. The sketches will be small, and it won't matter which method I choose (color or black and white), so long as I do it :evil: . And, it doesn't matter what the subject is, just do whatever I feel like for the day.

I'm hoping by stating my goals, especially the sketch journals goal, it will give me the push I need to move forward. Supplies have been purchased, I'm just waiting for the delivery!

Keep your fingers crossed, for the first time I feel confident that I can and will do this. I'm really excited about it. I've always thought that, as much as I love pastel (and I do love pastel, more than any other medium), it would be nice to create some art that can be a journal of my thoughts and ideas, and these thoughts/ideas could actually be in books and not need to be framed. The only negative thing I can find about pastels is the ever constant need for framing or sealing, they can never be displayed in a book without worry of smudging and dusting off.

Everybody here has some great goals, and your successes at achieving them has inspired me to post mine.

Thanks to everybody here for inspiring me! I'll keep you all posted on my progress, I expect the delivery of supplies to arrive maybe by the end of the week :crossfingers: ? I'm now at the mercy of the UPS man! (No, I'm not pointing any fingers, really I'm not, no excuses, I won't do that either :lol: !)

10-10-2011, 11:21 AM
Still finding my feet here (looking at my surroundings to position self) and finding that pastels are different. The light of the scanner picks up the true colours and amplifies them - at a distance, viewing the paintings IRL the eyes optically mix them. Perhaps I should photograph these efforts?
A BTW is I use irfanview and sometimes Gimp. I use a scanner after sundown or when the image is small enough to fit on the scanner.
PS aren't we really saying the same thing? or perhaps not - depends on the direction of looking......

If I understand you correctly Jim, you're scanning your art onto the computer and then uploading it to WetCanvas? I find scanning to be horrible, I've tried it a couple of times on smaller pieces, but the results are at best obnoxious (at least for me it was). I just take a photo of the artwork and use the old cable connect between camera and computer to save the image on the computer, then I upload to WetCanvas. For me it works much better, the image looks much more like my painting. And, I never use a flash.

Maybe this would be a better approach for you as well? I don't know, I'm far from computer wiz, and I don't know too much of the technical stuff, I just know when something works for me and when it doesn't. I won't use the scanner, for some reason it's pretty horrible (and I have a pretty good scanner, an HP, which I think is considered a decent make). I just think scanners don't like artwork for some reason.

10-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Hi there Chris and welcome to us goalies.
That sound like two good goals especially the second one. I've read (and commented I think) on your set up with inktense pencils, as that is exactly how I've done it. Also have the inktense blocks in a wrap as well with water brush pens, TomBow markers and FC fibre tip black ink pens. Also water soluable graphite pencils. It all goes in a bag with an A5 sketchbook.

If I understand you correctly Jim, you're scanning your art onto the computer and then uploading it to WetCanvas?
Yep, that's it in a nutshell. I use the scanner because I'm too lazy to set up the tripod and easel to take a photo. I suppose I needn't use the tripod as the anti-shake on the camera takes care of small movements..... I don't need an easel either as I can use the music stand which is always here. It never gets taken down (again too lazy :D)

Ok I'll try to photograph them and see if there is a difference. One of the reasons I scan with these exercises is they are small enough to go on the scanner and I don't need to wait for daylight to take a non-flash photo.

I'm in the middle of the hay-bales in the spotlight challenge ATM and that is just too big to get it all on the scanner but I can do both and crop the photo one so it's comparable with the scanner and see what the difference is.
Ooooh I love an experiment!

10-10-2011, 02:18 PM
I love experiments too Jim, I'd be interested to hear what the results are! I've never gotten satisfactory results with the scanner, tried two different ones with horrible results. Let me know what happens! Oh, and I hear ya about setting up the tripod, a big pain, but I do it because the results are better.

Thanks for the info on the sketching goodies - I just bought the Inktense blocks to go with the pencils, this should be fun! I have some water soluble graphite pencils too, so I'll add them to the mix. :D

10-10-2011, 03:18 PM
Ruthie- Our Thanksgiving goes back to 1578, when an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, held a ceremony to give thanks for surviving his unsuccessful voyage of trying to find the Nothwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It also is a time to celebrate the harvest. Funny thing is, today is Columbus Day in the States. They have more holidays than we do. Their Thankgiving falls on a thursday and the next day I don't think anybody works because it is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and it gives a forecast of how much the retailers will be selling for the Christmas season.

Those weeds will be there in the Spring. Paint, Ruthie, paint!:evil:

Charlie- I love word play, that's why I chose the title. Mugging? I saw the oranges mugging infront of the mug. It's just the way my mind works. I can't help it, just ask my family.:D

Judi- Keep at it. Those lessons sound like a good idea and I hope to catch the rest of them. Keep squinting.:)

Jim- Keep at those trees. I can see an improvement in your newest trees. you just have to keep at it.

Chris- Welcome to the Goal Post! We always love to have new goalies join us. Your latest commission is coming along nicely and I can understand why you don't want to put a time limit on it. You know it is your number one commitment and you will keep at it. Your other goal sounds interesting. Having choices of mediums might help keep the sketching fresh and you won't get bored because you can switch things up. Good luck and make sure you stop in here and gab with us.;)

I have the entire set of Inktense pencils and 12 blocks. They make great underpaintings for pastels.

I want to paint, but I don't know if my body will let me today. I want to at least get a small sketch it, so we will see. I can't complain, because I have been busy painting for the first third of the month.

Anyway, happy Thanksgiving Day!!!!


10-10-2011, 03:20 PM
Just got a few minutes to comment. Go for it Chris we'll both sketch with our inktense and have fun! Hopefully I can meet up with Ruthie and we can have some fun together! I am going to look for the inktense blocks while I am in the UK. Unfortunately last time I was over the art shop I used to go to had closed and I was told most had as artists all did their ordering on line. Shame I always enjoyed pottering around the different stuff they had. Well one way to save money!
Jim I just put my paintings on the patio in the shade in daylight and zoom in with the camera. And at night I put it on the kitchen floor and turn on all the lights and do the same thing. All sans flash. Works for me fine then just download to computer. You have to straddle and get over them!
Well see you guys in a few!

10-10-2011, 04:06 PM
Thanks so much Doug! It's great to have goals, tiny steps and we'll all get there! I think "black Friday" came about over the last 15-20 years, marketing has become such a big thing (too big, IMHO). To my recollection, we always had off on the Friday following Thanksgiving, but I'm sure many years ago no one was thinking about shopping, they were probably sleeping off all that food and drink! At least in my family we never went out shopping on that Friday, nor do we now. Nowadays, it's all about the numbers :crying: ..... Thanksgiving is the best holiday, it's all about family and spending time together, and of course, being thankful.

Have a safe and fun trip Jen, it sounds wonderful. Enjoy your new sketching supplies, I ordered the Inktense blocks and I intend on using them somewhat like watercolor pans, dipping the wet brush on the stick and painting in a wash. I'll let you know how that works out :D .

10-10-2011, 04:27 PM
Chris- I could never understand having a holiday on a Thursday. It is great to have four days off, don't get me wrong, but Christmas is just around the corner. For us, it's Christmas and Boxing Day. I can't even think of going to work the day after Christmas. Oh, wait! I don't work!:lol:

It's funny, we are neighbours and have a lot in common, but we still have our own customs. Up here we are well aware of what's going on down there, because we get all the American TV stations. I remember when JFK was killed and asking my Grandma if he was our president? We have differences every now and then, but we sure get along well. Hey, kinda like siblings.:)


10-10-2011, 05:25 PM
Hi Chris. Welcome to the Goal post. Sketching is a great goal and I should add it....and will sometime......

Jim, I'm sure you'll find photos better than scans. Have to say I don't have a tripod but I manage the camera hand held. The trick is to square it up so the image is not distorted. I always zoom in a little to avoid camera distortion too. I take loads of shots and usually manage to get a reasonable one.
Doug, thanks for the explanation and my apologies for being so unaware :o

Jen, I fear you will have gone already. Safe journey and I hope to see you in a couple of weeks :wave:

OK I'm going to set some proper goals now

1. Do at least one hours housework each morning before 10am coffee ;) This is only for October. after that I will need the mornings as valuable painting time as the days get so much shorter.

2. Yikes it's nearly showtime again! Try and sort out 4 paintings to go in the next exhibition. It's not gonna be easy as almost all the ones I have framed have already been in the Circle exhibitions and I'm not allowed to enter them again. Selection day is the 5th Nov so, if I'm going to have anything new framed it's gotta be soon.........

3. Spend some time, weather permitting, in the garden. I must. I have all my tender plants to put to bed for the Winter. That means cleaning out the greenhouse and frames first.

4. Have a nice day trip down to Suffolk in the middle of the Month, meet Jen and maybe do some plein air sketching together :thumbsup:

5. Develop an idea I've had for a painting of 2 small children on a beach. Yeah, I know it's been done before :evil: This is a real challenge though. I have 2 very small grainy photos of a toddler on the beach with her bucket. I need to flip one and make her into 2 children interacting. Trouble is I then have to make up the light and shade on the flipped one :rolleyes:

6. Now mine and Mum's paperwork is sorted out, keep it that way! It must be easier to file each item when received than pile it all up to do later ;)

Oops, looks like a tall order :(

Deborah Secor
10-10-2011, 05:38 PM
Well, dawged if I'm not just taken away with way too many other things today, and tomorrow isn't looking much better! Bible study here tonight--I must clean up--and I have to plan my art class, plus the article is underway, AND hubby and I are teaching a Bible course at a local rescue mission on Wednesdays now, so it's busy. Hoping I can get my tick mark on goal #3 by Wednesday, but not feeling terribly optimistic at the moment. Maybe Tuesday evening...if I can recall what that goal was. Good grief!

I posted the books for sale and have had four--no, five people respond with offers! I really have to sort that out tomorrow.

Jim, I shoot photos with my little Canon Elph, flat on the floor or table, like Jen does. The scanner seems to intensify the colors horribly, I think because of the bright light it uses (my theory, though what do I know? :lol:) Just to show work here online I never worry too much about the photos being perfect, just close enough. (However, I also admit that some of my paintings have shown in a major pastel magazine that were shot the same way. I don't get too uptight any more.)

On to dusting and making the soup... erm, not simultaneously.

Happy Thanksgiving, Doug, and any other of our neighbours to the north! <---(spelled specially for you!) We do have a lot in common, even the language, to some degree... :lol:

Edited to add: Wow, Ruth, you are going to be a busy lady!! I think your goals admirable. Go for it!

10-10-2011, 05:49 PM
Hello everyone. . . I am very behind in this thread and didn't set any goals for a few months after Tiny's journey to the rainbow bridge. But I've been back to sketching for a month or so now and so time to set a goal or two!

Ruthie, great goals. And seems like nearly everything has been done before, but not by YOU with your unique twist/slant and personality on it which will make it unique. I'll be eager to see the beach scene come about.

Deborah, I like how you set those in manageable increments like that!

Robert, enjoy your two classes. When is your street art meeting? this month, right?

Ok. . . my goals

1. Complete Sketch book Project Journal. (So far I have two pages done this month. Oh, and I swapped out the paper to some I like better than the thin stuff that came with it.)

2. keep up daily journal / art

3. attend art expo in pasadena with a friend and take the watercolor sketching class there I am signed up for

10-10-2011, 05:57 PM
Deborah, one of the things about setting goals is that other things happen we may not have thought of before. Here we do allow ourselves to make our goals, shall I say, flexible. We don't beat anyone up if they find they cannot make a goal one month! There's always next month......

Rainy, Hi, good to see you back here again! good goals!

10-10-2011, 06:30 PM
Does *sneeze-snffle-snffle-cough-sneeze* give y'all an idea of how I'm doing at the moment?

I'm doing not so badly, other than the last 36 hours of sniffles, progress on sketching regularly, weaving, archery, and novel planning. Not so much on scanning, we'll see how long it takes me to get the sketch from this weekend at my in-laws scanned in. A tiny bit of playing with watercolors, and nothing with pastels (they're still Put Away, as expected). The bookbinding class starts tomorrow night, I hope I'm feeling a little better by then. :rolleyes: When I'm tired and/or sick, my German abilities often disappear suddently. In the middle of class would be a BAD time for that.

(validation! my mother-in-law was impressed by the sketch I did of her flower arrangement! this is a first. :smug: )

I meant to do a couple of sketches on the walk we took at my in-law's place, but I got distracted by a) taking reference photos for possible paintings and b) a VERY friendly, VERY young barn cat who begged for attention and tried to follow us home. :cat:

I miss having cats SO much *glares in the landlord's general direction*

10-10-2011, 06:49 PM
I know is seems strange to have a four day holiday Doug, but Christmas isn't always a multiple day holiday, so we always have Thanksgiving to look forward to, it really is a nice break for those that work (I don't work either :smug: , but my dear hubby does, and he definitely needs those breaks!). It sure does feel like we're siblings, Canadians and Americans, doesn't it? So much in common, but we don't get your television channels? Hey, no fair, I wanna see what you watch, it's probably much better than what we have here (I don't watch much TV, much prefer reading or painting, or WetCanvas!).

Thanks for the welcome Ruthie! Say hi to Jen for me, you two should have heaps of fun sketching and having "pastel talks". You have quite a list, it sounds like you've got things under control, I'm impressed :D ! Oh, and so glad you guys are forgiving if a goal needs to shift into the next month, I've been known to do that.......

So much to do Deborah, I guess taking it one thing at a time will get you through it though. Before you know it, you'll have a few things ticked off!

It sounds like you're of the same mindset as I am Rainy, doing a sketchbook journal. I guess we'll both have to approach it one page at a time, and before you know it, we'll have something pretty neat!

Good grief Aelfwynn, I'm sorry you're sick! I hope you're feeling better soon. Well hey, if mother-in-law is impressed with your sketch, than it must be good! (I'm thinking it's good no matter what she says!). Reference photos are a great way to spend time, even if it took a bit away from your sketching. I love to have reference photos! I hope you took a few of the cute little kittie that was following you! Oh, and I'm glaring at the landlord too :evil: , what's one little kittie living with you gonna do anyway? Some people........ :lol:

10-10-2011, 07:14 PM
Jim, do I come across as dotting my t's and crossing my i's? The know it all... I know... =:-O Eeek!

Chris, welcome, glad you joined us! I'd say our goalsetting can be formal, semi-formal, vaguely formal, and at least have a nodding acqaintance with formal, the distant cousin thrice removed. Good luck with the commission, and the journal sounds so fun, I think I'll be inspired.

Holidays: at one time, we had five days of christmas, but now it is only 3 (eve, day, and 'second-day christmas'). And then there's new years eve with the following day off, and then comes twelfth night, before it is over. Some years, people can take a couple of days vacation, and get 3 full weeks. We still have holidays on the holy days, including midsummer. But ask a modern Swede why we celebrate pentecost, and they can't answer, it is just a free day. Erm, I was longwinded, I meant to say customs differ wildly, and they also set a part of the 'flavour' of a country. (Though over here, we believe Canadians and Americans are all the same, except some Americans speak Spanish, and some Canadians speak French.)

Ruthie, great goals, and good you can set them now.

Deborah, life intrudes, but the beauty with goal-setting is that it is simmering on the back burner in that far corner of the mind. It doesn't get forgotten, and you'll get to it when you can. Great you have people interested in your old books.

Rainy, good goals, and good to see you're getting back into it.

Mercy, poor you, here's some virtual chicken soup for you. Bookbinding class sounds like great fun!

Tick! Choir practice done, it invigorates me and gets the creative juices flowing, so it is art-related. And I placed the order for postcards with my paintings, and it will arrive before the show! (By a hair, but still.) 'Placed' the order meant to create each card from scratch, btw. Took half the day.

Next partial goal is to write a newsletter, and send it, to invite people. Then it is framing time. So those two are next.

Deborah Secor
10-10-2011, 07:14 PM
There's a lot of compassion here--you guys are so nice! But...but... I NEED some gentle shoving and urging! I've been too easy on myself for too long, it seems, and even my hubby agrees it's time (well, past time) for me to just DO IT! The studio is no more, the stuff could make some income and sooner or later we'll have to move. So hold my feet to the fire. :wink2:

10-10-2011, 07:41 PM
Hey Charlie don't be hard on yourself - it's just lazy me. If someone else is coming behind me then there is no point in them being there if I leave nothing for them to do :lol: so if someone will look up the dictionnary for me I'll leave a few for 'em :D

A BTW is that i've put the cropped scanner version of haybales in the spotlight thread as well as the flashed camera version.
Yes I always ensure camera is square to the image before snapping. I only take two, one with and one without flash. I have only just found out today there is no glare from the camera flash :thumbsup::D I should've worked that out myself.
I mean it's not a wet medium :o

And the photograph is brighter. Another BTW is I am still only a copyist and still working out how to work the sticks and pencils to best advantage - I don't want to consider anything else yet.

10-10-2011, 07:51 PM
Great goals, Ruthie! You're going to do great with them.

Chris, Deborah, most months I wind up adjusting my goals either up or down. I just do more when I state goals than if I didn't.

Tick for Blogging - I updated Rob's Writing blog on time today first thing when I got up. So I'm keeping up the Weekly Blogging schedule. It's an ambitious goal but I'm keeping up with it.

I still need to do today's daily art but I'll find something cool to paint or draw. :D

10-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the welcome Charlie. The sketchbook(s) should be a nice diversion from pastels. They won't take much time, but sometimes it's nice to try something else. And the best part is, they can stay in a book and not need frames :D . I won't stop my pastels though, I'm too addicted, I'm hopeless actually :lol: . It sounds like you've got your show under control, I wish you much success with it.

Okay Deborah, consider your feet on fire right now: What are you doing woman, you need to tackle that list, and tick some goals off! :lol:

Hey Jim, I just popped over to the Spotlight and saw your haybales. Super job, is the photo brighter than your painting, or just brighter than the scanned version? Just curious...... Nice job regardless!

Yeah Robert!, glad you're keeping up with your blog.

10-11-2011, 02:00 AM
Big Tick for blogging and updating. I just spent two and a half hours editing every page on my oil pastels site to put my Blick ads back up. It's an important chore that I did procrastinate on for two months because I had so much else going on. I'd say I've had a very productive day - sketched, blogged and updated all the pages on my website.

Y'all are right. I'm on a roll. I get much more done on a good day than I ever did in Kansas or Arkansas. November's going to be a piece of cake writing and editing another novel. I'm going to take this success and dare to put Daily Art on my November goals along with "work on my new Nanowrimo novel."

10-11-2011, 05:30 AM
Deborah. Quit stalling and get those goals done!!!

Yay for the ticks Robert and Charlie

Chris. well you know you're in good company here. we're all pastel addicts.

Jim, I've got behind with the spotlight this month and I haven't done any either. Good that you're still experimenting and good to know your current limitations too. At least you're learning to walk before you start to run. I am learning that way is rife with danger! (Danger can be good sometimes though...)

OK the housework goal is really a daily goal. Today I have a big tick for it! Started at 8am, vacuumed through the downstairs, washed the kitchen and bathroom floors then did a little tidying in the spare bedroom (full of Mum's "what shall I do with that" stuff). All in less than an hour!

Don't worry I won't give you a daily blow by blow account of what housework I do! Just the first day!

I'm going to have an early coffee now and then go to the studio to re-work an old piece a little. Maybe one for the exhibition.....

10-11-2011, 05:35 AM
Chris I think I just proved what all you pastelists know – that the camera is better than the scanner. The proof is in the 'spotlight' thread. I think that the scanner does take a duller version of the image.
I am following your wip in the pastel studio. What a terrific result that is.

Doug you did well for the early part of the month – taking it easy for a day wont hurt none. I'll keep at the trees. Only distant ones in this spotlight.

Jen is on her way over here so I hope all goes well and has a successful visit to her ancient relly and manages to meet up with Ruth.

Ruthie well there is the evidence that a photo does a better job on pastels than a scanner. I'd have never believed it – just goes to show. I also move back from the painting and use the magnification as it gets rid of the barrelling distortion.

You have some good goals there – lets hope they all go to plan, and yes it is a tall order. I hope you get to meet Jen ok.

Deb thanks for sharing your experiences with cameras and scanners. We can be taken away from our goals quite easily – this morning at 8:00 our dustmen (your 'trash-day') came straight from the depot to here and nearly caught me out. They have changed the day (use to be Fridays) and the time (use to be 10:00am/11:00am'ish)
Ok feet to the fire..... feel the heat?

Rainy I like the idea of the sketch-book project journal. Also that you swapped the paper about. I'm wanting to compare WC, pastels and gouache in a sketch-book and have stuck in some crystal paper to stop the pastel from transferring. I need to get on with it also

Mercy sorry to hear you have the sniffles and wheezes, That chicken broth sounds good so have a ladle full of that. It'll do you good. Glad that MIL likes your rendition of her 'flahrs'. I'll also glare at the landlord if it helps :evil:.

Well done on the blogging front Robert. You will get a tick for that. And thinking of next month's goals already? You are getting ahead, what's in the air down there in SF? Whatever it is keep taking it.

Charlie good achievements and ticks all round it seems, well done. It wont be long before you get the invites out.
Singing is good for the soul and has an uplifting affect on your mood. But the cost of hiring the music for that amount of time and the number in the choir must be considerable. But it brings back memories of many years ago here, like 50? I've forgotten most of it but snippets and phrases keep coming to mind.

I'm onto the next part of that goal and I have done the outline for a CP challenge which I hope to do today.
Better go and make a cuppa for SWMBO it's 09:30 already

10-11-2011, 06:17 AM
Deborah, feeling the hot coals closer to your soles? (Thankfully, not the same as hot coals closer to souls... :-) A woman's gotta do what a woman's committed to do, so you're excused for classes and similar promises/commitments to other people, and necessary things like making dinner. But, what do you do with the spaces inbetween? (rhetorical question, intended as a 'coal')

Jim, I'm fascinated by your language, the 'relly' watches the 'telly'. And Ruthie has her 'elevenses' at 10...

Choir has a brilliant business concept, they do it as evening classes which the singers pay for (albeit a low fee, half or a third of any other choir), then they get us to sell tickets. I'm fine with it, they have to live too, and I get to sing with a really good amateur group and excellent very professional leaders.

Glad you've seen the light re cam/scan. I've had three scanners: one burned out all light parts, the other dulled, and the third burned lights and blackened darks. I wonder what the new fourth scanner will find out to do for antics... It manages ocr scanning brilliantly, though.

Photos: I try to not fill the viewer with the painting, and any barreling or pincushioning I deal with in PSE, also straigten up and tilt -- quite comfortable to not have to be so careful when shooting, though I do try to make it straight. If I'm lazy and do not take out the tripod (which is also my PA easel), then I try to have a support of some kind where I can steady the arm, like a door-jamb, the top of the back of a chair, sumptin.

Ruthie, can I hire you as a maid? I should do things like that, but it'll have to wait a week or two.

Robert, so glad that your knowledge and prediction of what the climate would do for your health in your new location was so very right. Good you got them ads going again.

Chris, it is more like "controlled panic"... :-)

Today, I'm taking time off and going shooting pictures of autumn foliage (it has just started, but this is the first brilliantly sunny day for weeks, and I need me exercise too). Evening is booked for other stuff, will be out.

Forgot to tick! I've done more updating, of my account with Swedish Artists, I've taken every opportunity I could find to announce my show and talk.

10-11-2011, 07:47 AM
Tick! Two competitions entered. I regard that as my financial support of cultural institutions.

10-11-2011, 08:33 AM
Good for you Robert, you sound very focused!

Wow Ruthie, you've got a lot done at an early hour, the day is now yours!

Thanks Jim, it's a slow one, sometimes that happens. I just need to stay focused.

Shooting pictures sounds like a great idea Charlie, there's always room for more reference photos. Supporting cultural institutions is a required endeavor for all artists, I think :lol: !

10-11-2011, 11:49 AM
Ruthie- No apologies needed. Most Canadians don't even know about Thanksgiving. Good to see you listed your goals and you are off to a good start with your first day of cleaning (that is never fun). It is going to be fun to meet Jen.

Deborah- Your schedule makes me tired just reading it. You can do it if you really put your mind to it. It is written so then it must be done! You wrote it and now it is up to you to do it.

Rainy- Welcome back! Good to hear that you are sketching daily again. Have fun at the art expo and your wc sketching class. It's really good to have you back.

Mercy- It's always difficult to get things done when you are ill. You are doing a good job on your goals, but take it easy and get well. That's goal number one.:)

Chris- I agree, four days off sounds great. We don't have enough holidays. After New Years, we don't get another day off until Easter. They have been thinking of a holiday in February, but nothing yet. I don't watch too much TV any more either. It doesn't get turned on during the daytime, unless there is a Vancouver Canucks hockey game on. That's how my daughter and I spent Thanksgiving Day. How Canadian, eh?:lol:

Charlie- You have been busy. Entering your painting into shows is contributing to the betterment of your culture.:) Good to see you are working hard towards your show. I hope you got plenty of photos for more beautiful paintings.

Jim- Yes you are right. Every one needs a day off. I hope you got that cp challenge started. I checked it out and thought of trying the leaves. Who knows. Keep those trees coming.

Robert- Good ticks! You have been blogging a lot lately and doing art daily. Way to go. Keep it up.

I managed to do a pastel pencil pear sketch yesterday before watching my Vancouver Canucks win a hockey game on TV. Then after dinner (leftovers from turkey dinner the night before) I played with the pastel pencils, trying to see if I could paint some believable green grapes (thanks, Chris:evil: ). More practice needed today. I might start another pan painting today. I have an idea floating around in my head and I have to try it.


10-11-2011, 12:06 PM
Jim, I think I asked once before and never got an answer! What is SWMBO?? I love your persistence with wanting to master trees.
Doug, you are persistence with pears. I love the color combinations.
Robert, read your blog on cats and daily sketching in general! I commend anyone that has the commitment and self control to actually do it. I still want to know what that special pill is that’s got you on a roll. I talk the talk but just don’t do it. I’m going to try once again to start with just 10-minute sketches of my pups and hope they will inspire me to begin extending the time.
Deborah, great job on tackling those papers. I still can’t down to my basement to clear out “stuff.”
Jen, it sounds like you’re going to England. Have a great trip and hope you get to meet up with Ruthie.
Ruthie, we are ten days into the month and you’ve just listed goals. The only one that frightens me is the one hour daily of housework. I do hope you do it in 15 minute increments spread out through the day. Otherwise you might give up as I have often done.
I'm sure I've missed some of you but from what I can see everyone is doing great on their goals. It is so hard to keep up when you don't get on to see what's happening every day.

My turn. One tick for a spotlight. As soon as I fix the cat I will have completed two spotlight paintings. Speech done and can now start my November speech for Toastmasters. I’m slow doing acrylic paintings. I had a hard time getting started because I was so used to working with pastels I just couldn’t get started. I completed one, have three pastels already done in the right size. So, 4 out of 12 are done. I finished September’s Spotlight challenge. Plugged into Larry Seilers webinar and Johannes’ starts this Saturday. So far doing good on goals but want to get one or two more spotlight paintings in for this month. If I do them small enough, they can count as part of my 12 paintings I want to submit in the Mini Show. By the way, I also did a small 5 x 7 pastel in Plein Air. Didn't like it. Too puttsy!! Ciao, Cali

10-11-2011, 12:48 PM
Hi all! I'm back to painting after a month of getting my sept. goals done--YEAH! and some extra unforseen goals as well. :( but they're done so-o- :) I'll use my plein air sketch book to get started..May I join the fruit of the month club here?Wild grapes are beautiful now..and changing leaf colors..sad to see summer pass but with all the weather we had I'm not to sad to see it go.. :) Linda

10-11-2011, 01:19 PM
Cali- Fix the cat?:eek: Well, Bob Barker will be happy.;) You are rolling along nicely with your goals. Four out of twelve paintings in a third of the month is bang on target. Keep at it!

Linda- Good for you for finishing up last months goals. You are more than welcome to join in on the fruit painting. The leaves are changing color here too, but in has been either raining or cloudy so I can't get any good photos. I am waiting to see those grapes.

I just set up a small still life for a quick study. Attempting to paint colored glass, which I haven't painted very often. If I figure it out I want to try something larger, like an 11 x 14. That's huge for me.:eek: I think I have done one or two that large and I can't remember the last one I did. Oh well, live and learn.


10-11-2011, 02:14 PM
Hi Cali, actually Charlie answered and said it stood for 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' that is my wife! I assumed you'd read that, apologies for that.

Charlie very enterprising of the leaders to do it that way. Most financial benefit to all as well.

Doug yes, I did get to the CP and have just completed it so another tick on my goals. I did the pumpkin by Lady Carol. I am pleased with it and orange is a fave colour of mine. I don't know not what the colour trick-cyclist would say about that. :wink2:

PS For those that want a look and would like a link 'eretiz:-

10-11-2011, 02:54 PM
Jim- That pumpkin looks very good and the woodwork looks great! This is an excellent tick. Way to go.:thumbsup:


10-11-2011, 03:09 PM
Thanks doug, now I can move on to the next one. It'll be in gouche.

10-11-2011, 03:58 PM
I've tried to put a comparison of two images in a document here but it wont allow it. If I cant do this then I can put them in following posts - unless you know better?

10-11-2011, 04:14 PM
Cali - cats really do appreciate it afterwards if they've been fixed. It does a lot for their health and longevity.

Jim & Cali - sure wish I could share what I'm on. I feel so good here it's as if I am taking something that rolls back the years. Maybe it's the sea air along with the beautiful climate in San Francisco.

Ruthie, yay for doing all that housework in only an hour. You're right on track for all your goals.

Deborah - go go go! You can do it! (prod) I know you can. Jump right in and get started if you haven't already.

Charlie, congratulations and thank you for supporting cultural institutions. Your work is so valuable and precious that I hope you win both competitions.

We're all on a roll now! Keep going! I've got my IHSS assistant here this morning but as soon as she leaves I'll get on with some artwork. Right now she's out picking up a Chinese lunch special for me.

10-11-2011, 04:33 PM
Hi Cali, actually Charlie answered and said it stood for 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' that is my wife! I assumed you'd read that, apologies for that.
Thanks Jim, I didn't see that! Robert & Doug, I mean "fix" my painting of my nephew's cat - not "the" cat! :lol:

10-11-2011, 04:51 PM
Doug, watching tv instead of painting? tsk-tsk. I'm hopless with sports, someone told me we had a major game in football (ball kicked with foot, and ball is round, so there, that's Foot Ball, not grabbing an ovioid in hands sticking it under shirt and running while some guys rush towards each other like buffalos -- thats Hand Ovioid, not Foot Ball.) Anyhow, I had no idea this major game was on...
Great tick with pear sketch, grapes, and coloured glass!

Jim, lovely pumpkin, and putting the yellows where you did really rounded it out.

Two documents, or do you mean two pictures? You should be able to insert multiple (16 or so) pictures in one post. They must have different file-names. Insert one pic, place cursor where you want the other pic, repeat process. Or make one picture with two in it, no wider than 800 pixels.

Cali, two spotlights, nice! And a speach! Good going.

Tick! Handed out more invitations at an event I went to and it was in my venue, so I took pictures of the pristine white walls, and people asked why on earth... :lol: Actually, a good conversation starter.

10-11-2011, 05:01 PM
Ah thank you Charlie. Yes now why didn't I think like that?
Ok here we go



Now see the difference between my scanner the first and rather dark image and my camera the second and much lighter image. These as far as I remember are 600 pixels wide and just under 50kb size.
Chris wanted to see the result and so did I. What a difference!
PS edited to add that summat's up at t'mill, that second image is not the same size izzit? Never mind the difference is astronomical, that is , it's obvious innit.

10-11-2011, 06:33 PM
Wonderful pumpkin Jim, the wood is great also! You handle color pencils extremely well. I used to dabble with them also, but when I found pastels, well, a new love affair had begun :lol: !

I do see a big difference between the scan and the photo. I'm assuming the photo is much closer to your painting, right? I don't know why the two are different sizes, though I do know that it happens. I'm not techie enough to explain it, but for some reason it does make sense to me, I guess because each document was created differently? I don't know, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it :lol: ! I'm sure Charlie will know, she seems to know quite a bit about that stuff.

10-11-2011, 07:31 PM
Wonderful pumpkin Jim, the wood is great also! You handle color pencils extremely well. I used to dabble with them also, but when I found pastels, well, a new love affair had begun :lol: !

I do see a big difference between the scan and the photo. I'm assuming the photo is much closer to your painting, right? I don't know why the two are different sizes, though I do know that it happens. I'm not techie enough to explain it, but for some reason it does make sense to me, I guess because each document was created differently? I don't know, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it :lol: ! I'm sure Charlie will know, she seems to know quite a bit about that stuff.

Thanks for commenting on the pumkin, CP take a long time don't they.:D

The images are different sizes because I was at fault. I thought I had resized them to 600 pixels but the smaller one is only 400 pixels wide. In my attempt to make the image viewable I was diminishing the image to somewhere near it's book reference image. I can see the scanner does no favours to pastels.
That pencil work of the pumpkin was scanned in.

Deborah Secor
10-11-2011, 08:44 PM
You all have more time than I--I can't do all the fancy replies to each of you or I will NEVER get these photos and papers sorted out! Of course, you all are slave drivers and making me feel totally guilty for not having accomplished it yet. My feet are burning, red-hot, blistered....

Good job! Thanks.

10-11-2011, 11:31 PM
Robert- I hope your Chinese takeout was good. Turkey for me. Again. Here's hoping that you got to your art today.

Jim- What a difference. I know cp look better when scanned. Strange, but true.:rolleyes:

Deborah- It's okay! Just get to work!:D

I got another small sketch started by blocking it in, but my back told me to stop. I hope to finish it tomorrow. On another subject, I just downloaded Explorer 9 because my computer has been slow the past few days and I figured if something was wrong with E8 I may as well just update it. Seems to be running better. Doesn't take ten seconds to get on WC any more.


10-11-2011, 11:50 PM
Wow, there are so many posts and comments! Sorry that I can't keep track of them all. Congratulations to all those that are meeting goals!

I mentioned earlier this month that I did have one goal - and that was to complete a retirement card for a co-worker. His farewell luncheon is this coming Friday, so I needed to get it done a few days ahead of time so the 75 or so people in our office could sign it. In case anyone was wondering what these farewell cards that I do look like, here it is even if it has nothing to do with pastels. The cards are almost always very specific to the person they are for, so it may not be particularly funny to those who don't know the person, but let me just say that the person is a big sports fan whose favorite team from childhood is the baseball team, the LA Dodgers.


Gary is in charge of office supplies and therefore is often called to the back door at the loading dock to meet incoming deliveries.

Purists will probably be shocked to learn that I copy and pasted the caricature of Gary from the top panel to the bottom! (I'm lazy and smart enough to know I'm lazy! Also smart enough to know that if I get the likeness once, I may not get it the second time!) I also used a program to do the lettering. I can actually letter fairly well (after all, I have been a draftsperson for over 30 years and did a lot of hand lettering in the pre-computer days), but the computer does do it better! The person who speaks in the bottom panel (holding the cup) is me! The sad thing is, everybody who has seen the card so far has recognized me immediately!


10-12-2011, 05:45 AM
Jim, quite some difference, I do declare.

Doug, remember when we thought a 30 second loading time was like lightning? :-)

Debora, get down to it, comment afterwards.

Don, it is adorable -- no wonder it's become a tradition! Of course the talking guy is you, and easily recognizable. Now that this goal is met, it is time for a pastel sketch! Or an oil, or anything involving painting.

TICK! Email newsletter inviting to show is sent! A biggie for me, as it is important.

Now, what did I say I should do more? Oh, yes, the dreaded framing. That's next, and then there's writing the talk, and making the price-lists, and sending out snail-mail invitations to the special people, the existing customers, and inviting them to their special time, half an hour before the offical opening of the doors of the opening. And a few things more, but I'll tackle framing first.

10-12-2011, 08:40 AM
Doug, I can see why this is such a tradition at work, that card is wonderful. A great keepsake for the retiree, and great fun too!

Charlie is right, the only way you can get anything done Deborah is to stay focused on your goal and comment here when your finished, or at least at the end of the day, when you're too tired to work at your goals anymore :lol: . Another match being lit here.......:evil:

I remember when I had dial-up Doug, and I sat there and waited, and waited, and waited, and they I went to DSL, which seemed so much faster. I thought I was happy, until I switched to Verizon Fios, which then made me dizzy (both physically, and figuratively :lol: ). Now, 10 seconds seems like such a long time, but back in the day of DSL that would have been heaven! My, how times have changed!

10-12-2011, 08:41 AM
Hi everyone well I am in UK and found an Internet cafe in my Aunts village so Walla I am connected!!!
Wow what a lot going on with all of you! Don I love you r cartoon for your chap at the office. I am sure he will treasure it. Well done with all you goals and whatever.
I just wanted to tell you I sketched in the airport yesterday so tick sketch in public. No problem one lady noticed I was drawing her Dad but she just smiled and didn't tell him so I survived my first time unscathed!!
Gorgeous weather here just hope it is when I meet up with Ruthie. If we can do it.
Talk another day. Keep up the good work!

10-12-2011, 09:26 AM
Deborah you don't have time to do fancy replies? Well not unless you want burnt feet.
Yep, concentrate on those bundles of whatever.

Ok on your back Doug and you can always pick it up another day. So a scanner works ok for CP then but not for pastels. Hmmm...I wonder why?

Don that card looks good from here and as someone said something to treasure. You give sound reasoning for your decisions.

Charlie what a load of ticks, you have been busy this month. By the looks of all you have lined up to do it's going to take you until the end of the month to complete them anyway. So it's off to the framers next or do you do your own?
Yes that was some difference between scanner and camera take of the same image. The camera was more true though.

Oh Ruthie poor Deborah! Is that smoke from her feet burning or vapour from the perspiration of all that sorting :evil:

Oh good Jen is in the UK and made it to an internet caff as well. Hope your visit goes well.

I have some unscheduled goals that have turned up. I had to transport wife c/w power chair to train station as she wants to test the rail system to see how they manage the disability aspects. They do the marketing well. But the ramps they use are rather steep. I'll have to go pick her up on her return as well.
Also this computer has started hanging. I may have to jump computers and use the laptop currently residing in the spare room whilst I sort this one out.
I have decided to complete the oil pastels of the dog portraits if I can this month.:angel: Aren't I a good boy!


10-12-2011, 10:00 AM
So a scanner works ok for CP then but not for pastels. Hmmm...I wonder why? Jim

I have a theory on this, both for pastels, watercolors, and color pencils. My theory is, pastels are made up of these little crystals that have facets that bounce light all over the place. When the light of the scanner hits it, ZAM! BOOM! :eek: light bounces everywhere and it gets crazy looking. I've never had the scanner work for pastels. As far as watercolor, the best reason I can come up with is that the paper is so white that it just reflects the light as well. It's also transparent, which probably doesn't help, more light bouncing and the colors get really faded. Color pencil is more opaque, and I do know you use the white of the paper as your 'white', but because it is more opaque, that may make enough of a difference so that it works better. At least most of the paper is 'covered', and the little that remains uncovered isn't usually enough to create havoc under that scanner cover :eek: . Well, that's my story, and I'm stickn' to it :smug: . (Just my theory, not at all something I read, so I may be waaaaay wrong here.)

Jim, you wife sounds like a go-getter, impressive that she wants to do as much as she can, she doesn't let anything hold her back does she? You go with your oil pastels, excellent goal!

Don, I meant Don, not Doug when I commented on your card - too many people here :lol: !

Jen, great that you got your first sketch in! Sounds like a positive event!

10-12-2011, 10:14 AM
Jim, attaboy! I think I'm starting to get the SWIMBO, she's a tough lady. I had a friend who was mobile in a power-chair (may she rest in peace), and she was on the board of the differently mobile, for the realm (we're not a nation either), and she tested things and went to parliament with the results.

Chris, I can add to your theory. It seems that pastels painted with one brand only are easier to photo, and stay away from the phthalos... Schminckes bounce light insanely, and they do have talc in ther sticks. So, I suspect it is the fillers, and the whiteners. White clay *as a pigment* gives a more transparent white (and a smoother consistent) than, for example zink or titanium white), which allows for more tinting strength when mixed with pigments to make tints. But it sure reflects light. Just one stroke of a Schmincke blue of an eyeballed identical colour on top of a Rembie mass of blue will shine like a nova in a scanner (not Jim's scanner, though, as it darkens) and shine like neon in a photo. Drives me to distraction.

Um, I'm procrastinating. But I'm really tired, I think I've overworked.

Tick! Another section of the Scribbler layouted. (Laid out? Layout done?)

10-12-2011, 03:53 PM
Don- That is the best idea I have seen for a going way card. I am sure he will cherish it. btw I think I have seen one or two photos of you, but I knew that was you speaking in the background.:)

Charlie- Got my invite. Thanks, I wish I could be there. Good luck with the framing. Layouted?:lol:

Chris- This was so slow I was thinking my computer was toast. This is a new carrier for us and they have just been bought out by one of the largest carriers in the country so we will see how things go. It is funny how we get used to speed and when it takes two seconds longer than normal it gets on our nerves.

Jim- You have the rule of the roost so you can paint, paint, paint.:thumbsup: Good luck with those dog portraits.

I painted for about half an hour and finished a small colored glass sketch. Can't win them all.:lol: I think I might fiddle around with my pastel pencils after lunch.


10-12-2011, 06:08 PM
Two more pages on this thread and I only posted yesterday! haven't you folks got anything better to do? :evil:

Jim, ah, now you know that pastels don't scan well...and you get dust on the scanner :eek: . what a difference between those 2 images...the photo one being much better and surely more representative.

Charlie, a maid? Sorry but you couldn't afford me. I hate housework soooooooo much you would have to give me an arm and a leg just to vacuum your living room :wink2: and I have my elevenses at 10 so I can feel close to my European friends who are having their elevenses at that time :wave: Top marks for competition entering! I have received my invite to your exhibition too......don't think I'll be able to make it though :crying:

Doug, you're on a goal roll :thumbsup: Bad news about the back but I hope it will soon allow you to get back to the studio.

Cali, I did list some goals earlier but they were half hearted and born of depression which has now lifted, somewhat. Good for you on your goals. You're really motoring :thumbsup:

Hi Linda! What's the fruit of the Month club? Can anyone join?

Robert, chinese lunch special sounds great :) Hope it doesn't cost too much...I mean, there are art supplies to buy :D

Deborah, the experienced goalies can meet all their goals and still have time to chat on here :eek: No, I don't know how they do it either :D

Don, great card :clap: very imaginitive. I bet he'll love it! And I somehow knew the guy wit the coffee cup was you........

Jen, good you got here OK and great that you found an internet cafe! Hope to speak to you soon. I'm looking forward to meeting you and to a trip to another County :wave:

Chris, You have a point about the pastel scanning. Who knows but it's a good theory :thumbsup:

Now, was it just housework or was it sorting and clearing too? Today I've sorted through Mum's photos and thrown hundreds away :eek: Well, she doesn't remember the people or the places so why keep them. I have retained all the really old photos though. They are history aren't they.

10-12-2011, 06:43 PM
Doug, you're keeping up the daily art, great! Even the 'don't wins' count.

Ruthie, you wouldn't try to dust an unframed pastel painting lying on the table in the living room, so I'd trust you. Seems we have similar feelings about housework, in general... I had a cleaning lady, that was great, I only had to declutter... well, it wasn't so 'only', but still.

How goalies keep up -- we type faster! (I touch type, hadn't noticed I'd worn out the letters on the keyboard, until someone else used it and couldn't type as there were so many letters missing, only black keys! )

Tick! A certain Scribbler sent to proofreader, and proofreader way to quick and sent corrections back already! (Ruthie is proof.)

Now I'll position myself by the foot of the bed, and then I'm going to faint and fall onto its softness. Sooooo tired.

Deborah Secor
10-12-2011, 09:16 PM
Well, I didn't make it. :crying: My feet are toast! I sorted through two more boxes last night, but I have one more to go. Drat--tomorrow I have class, so you can be sure nothing will be accomplished. But FRIDAY is another day. Hope springs eternal.

I do have some success to report, however. I've sold 7 of the 8 books I listed for sale in the Swap Shop! Now to collect the money, and ship things off. Man, shipping from here to Australia is madly expensive!!! :eek:

So, I'll count one small tick. :D

I don't know how you do it... being so polite and saying howdedo to everyone. All I have time for is to tell Don I think the cartoon is great! Very clever.

:wave: Sorry, off to Bible study!

10-13-2011, 10:46 AM
Deborah, good tick! Shipping overseas... that's why people tend to stick to pastels from their own countries, with all costs, the price gets doubled, or more.

Tick! One painting framed, and one society newsletter finished.

10-13-2011, 11:57 AM
Ruthie- It is difficult to throw away old photos. I have a few that go back to the fifties and my kids get a kick out of looking at them. I can't tell them who everybody is, but they are fun to look at. Hey, nothing finnier to them than seeing a chubby three year old boy in a Speedo.:D

Charlie- Another newsletter!:clap: Another good tick for framing a painting. You are doing a good job on getting ready for the show.

Deborah- You will get it all done on Friday. See, goal setting works. Look at how much you have accomplished.

I buy all of my pastel supplies from the States. I guess there are no duties on art supplie, because I have never paid any in the four years I have been buying them, but I do have to pay delivery charges. But even with the delivery charges, it is still way less expensive than buying pastels in Canada. Plus, there are not that many brands available here. I don't even think about it any more. I just have to make sure I buy enough supplies to last me a while.:D

I started feeling better last night so I did a small painting for the Sketch thread. So yesterday didn't turn out too bad after all.


10-13-2011, 03:57 PM
Doug, thanks!

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, and tick! Five more paintings framed (I feel like an industry), and managed to post an invitation on Facebook, as a post, and upload one new photo.

I still haven't counted the small paintings, a number of those, and studies, need to be framed to, but I'm sort of trying to dissociate from it.

10-13-2011, 05:22 PM
Deborah, Friday it is then :evil: :crossfingers:

Charlie. Wow, 5 paintings framed! OK, I'll do your housework if you will frame my paintings! Deal?

Doug, I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours! This is my Dad, born in 1907 (yeah, he was 50 when I was born). This picture is of him with his Mother (whom I never knew of course......poor Child, I never had Grandparents :crying: ). I think it was taken in 1909 or10. Not the oldest photo in the world but pretty special nevertheless.


10-13-2011, 05:54 PM
Thanks for all the get-well wishes and virtual chicken soup. The cold is going away! :clap:

TICK for the bookbinding class, I went in the middle of the SICK and it was... interesting.

It turned out, I had signed up for the studio time, not a class, per se. I was one of two people who had made that mistake, which meant interesting things in terms of getting instruction. I was also (not coincidentally) one of two people who hadn't been attending this studio for at least a decade (at least one of the people there has been going all 27 years it's been.... :eek: ). I FELT SO YOUNG! (N.B. I'm 33)

But I have two smallish sketchbooks started! And I am hoping to have the time and energy to take my big sheets of watercolor paper and fold some more before next week. It's so hard to find small hard-cover sketchbooks that aren't moleskines (ouch, so expensive at the rate I go through them!) but hopefully I'll learn ALL about how to make my own through this. It was great fun, even if I collapsed from SICK and exhaustion pretty much as soon as I got home.

I slept ALL Wednesday, but today I got a tiny bit of weaving done. And I've made a little progress on the novel-planning, too.

10-13-2011, 05:55 PM
Ruthie, that's a terrific photo!

10-13-2011, 06:11 PM
Ruthie, it's a deal! What a lovely photo, and don't you have a family look, a bit like Pat. Gran.? I mean, change her hairdo, put on modern glasses and clothes, and there's your twin (almost).

Mercy, oh, dear, but it did sort itself out in the end, it seems. You *are* young, Luv, 33 is nothing. Bookbinding looks so interesting!

10-13-2011, 06:24 PM
Deborah - go go go! Today's Friday so I hope you're tackling that one more box now. Ari sheds Cat Hairs of Inspiration at you, loads of them! He ran around the room doing Rocket Kitty Madness to saturate yours with lots of energy!

He'll even give you the Baby Seal look of Irresistible Cuteness to get you going! (Think Puss in Boots' secret weapon from Shrek.)

Charlie, yay for all the framing and everything. You're doing tons! Purring at you for another cool newsletter!

Doug, saw your little painting in the Sketch thread and it's very cool.

I screwed up this week, missed Larry Seiler's second class and have had two notes so far asking me about my notes on the class I didn't attend. I was sick and disoriented, literally forgot about it completely because I was too far out. I hate it when I get the cognitive symptoms of fibro. Normally classes are on such a high priority that I don't forget them.

I have been keeping up on daily art though. Tick for yesterday when I did a tiny sketch of three palm trees with a roller ball pen in an ATC sketchbook. I had an appointment to get Paratransit and the elevator in my building still isn't working, so I had to go down all the stairs and then get a cab, then after the appointment go back by cab with a little card they gave me to pay for it.

On my way back up all the stairs, I made it to the second floor landing and then my short right leg folded up under me. I was just walking, my legs felt like lead and then my right leg refused to hold my weight up. Bang, down I went. No injury because I learned how to fall when I was sixteen doing downhill skiing - the first lesson was in how to fall.

It scared me though. I'm not used to body parts just not functioning when I get up to do something. I'm used to being able to stubborn through it even if it hurts, not literally being unable to hold myself up. The elevator repair folks are supposed to be here this weekend so I hope.

I'm glad I did the sketch while I was waiting for the cab to go home. Across the street from the Paratransit office there was a little park or open area with palm trees and flowering vines on its fence, very pretty little place. So I sketched the palms to remember their structure and shape. Sandra (gakinme) said even my palm trees look frazzled. I was in a lot of pain at that point and stressed, whenever I wind up getting questioned I get stressed.

Got a phone call today from my insurance plan to question me on my health conditions for their records. As usual none of my conditions except the asthma and arthritis were even on the list. Too rare, I guess. Phoned Walgreens to still keep trying on getting the last prescription - turns out that everything got delayed a week due to computer trouble so they're putting it in again and will call me back.

I'm going to try to draw something today, definitely need to keep on with daily art. I have some pastels near me at least so I can do something of a study with them.

Ruthie, awesome photo.

Barbara WC
10-13-2011, 11:03 PM
Hi all! :wave:

Somehow this thread got away from me again this month, and now there are over 178 replies to this thread- too overwhelming for me to read everyone's responses!

I do have a question, sort of related to my goals, and PLEASE HELP! :crying:

I'm having a horrible time using Blogger. I spend a lot of time trying to edit posts so they look the way I want them to. Many times when I try to upload a photo, it uploads rotated, and I don't see a feature to "fix" the photo. On my hard drive, the photos look fine, but about every other one I try to upload to BLogger is rotated to landscape mode instead of portrait mode.

I also don't understand half of what the features on Blogger means either. I hate learning new computer stuff, but Blogger doesn't seem very intuitive. Dashboard? Gidgets? I think this is a site for younger folks.

I am about to give up on my Blog. I hate spending the time working on it. I have a very low frustration level when it comes to computer things.

I'm mostly looking for somewhere for FREE to post my work, where people can follow along with my progress on the "36 Heads" project. Maybe I'd post more work that I do also, who knows. I thought about Facebook, I have a personal account, but I'm about to delete that too because I don't like some of the recent policy changes on FB.

Thanks for listening to my frustrations. The friend who talked me into starting a blog in the first doesn't want me to give up, but I don't know how to get over the frustration level with Blogger.

I like WetCanvas, I "get" it, how to use the functions here, most are intuitive to me. Facebook has gotten more confusing lately too.


10-13-2011, 11:18 PM
You could try DeviantART.com, Barbara. I have an account there and it includes a blog function called "Journal." You can also use it a bit like Cafepress or Zazzle if you post large files of your art - you can get it on mugs or posters or t'shirts or magnets. I have a lot of my works up there as products people can buy.

Tick - made it and did daily art today. I used Barbara's photo of Golden Gate Bridge in the fog to do a pastel pencil of the bridge in fog, very blue and misty. So I'm still keeping up daily art even when resting up from overexertion. I think I did well getting one piece in today.

10-13-2011, 11:41 PM
Doug, so glad you were able to spend the time painting.
Charlie, not sure what Scribbler is (probably would have to go back some pages, sorry!), but congrats on that tick.
Ruthie, great that you spent time sorting photos. Stuff like that is not easy to get motivated to do! What a cool old photo!
Congrats on your ticks, Deborah and Mercy.
Robert, scary that you had a fall but so glad you landed well and are ok. Whew! Congrats on keeping with the daily art.
Barbara, I agree. . . I'm not yet in sync with the recent facebook changes. Feel like I"m missing stuff from half of my friends now and cannot figure out why or how to fix it. UGH.

As for me, I have so far done three pages in my sketchbook project journal and have kept up the daily art. Also posted something on my art blog. I need to figure out how to package a non-framed pastel for shipping. Its a sketch really on Canson paper 9 x 12 that I sold. Not sure if putting it in one of those clear sealing bags I use for storing art and then putting in envelope between cardboards is enough?

10-14-2011, 12:39 AM
Charlie- You are a framing machine! I guess once you get going, you get quicker. I don't know much about framing. I will worry about it more when I get better. If I have any questions, I will just ask you.:D

Ruthie- What a wonderful photo. Things like this must be kept. Your photo is a little classier than mine. :lol: That's me in about 1958. Looks like I had a beer belly. hehe

Mercy- I guess everything worked out okay for you. Boy, some of those people have been there for a while. I hope you are feeling better and find enough energy for art.

Robert- I hope you didn't hurt yourself in the fall. It does pay off to know how to fall. I had to practise falling for different sports, so I know what you mean. I am glad you got to draw something and hope you have a better day tomorrow. Hang in there.

Barbara- Sorry, I don't know anything about Blogger so I can't help you. I don't even know what a gidget is. wasn't that a tv show in the 60's?:confused:

Rainy- You are back at it!:thumbsup: Good to see you are doing your daily sketching. It's a habit again already.

I painted a small painting today and posted it in the Studio. I am finding it easier to paint more difficult things, like mug handles facing you. I just try to keep it simple and paint what I see. Wow! What a concept.:rolleyes:


10-14-2011, 08:06 AM
Love the photos, Ruthie and Doug. You were a real cutie, Doug! (Not to say you still arent...) geeze, in 1958 I was in college...long long time ago...

Rainy...so nice to see you back...
Mercy...glad ydou are feeling better..
Robert...So sorry about your fall! I wondered what happened to you when your notes didnt appear in LS's forum... so glad you didnt 'break' anything!
guess I never did learn how to fall...or I might not have shattered my knee when I fell a couple of years ago.
Charlie...good for you ...5 ticks! Way to go!...
Barbara...sorry I cant help ya....I get stumped by these computer things myself!

Well, so far I have kept up with the sketching. Havent gotten to the Spotlight yet, though...The homework from LS's classes is keeping my busy!

10-14-2011, 01:20 PM
Robert, glad you didn't hurt yourself in the fall. Yay for sketching!

Barbara, I agree with you, it is complicated, and I would also like to find out how to use blogger. and Facebook changes how it works every time I log in...

Rainy, you're doing great, many ticks! The Pastel Scribbler is the newsletter of my pastel society.

Doug, seems you had at least one day of summer in 1958! Aww, what a cute wee one you were, and isn't water endlessly fascinating! LOL to painting what you see. I remember when I turned the handle of a mug from invisible behind to sticking out at the side, it was a victory of development, so hooorayyy for you!

Judi, great you keep up with sketching!

Tickety-tick! All the medium sized paintings are framed, I think I got in four today, or five. I took it slower today, as I was pretty tired. Now I have 2 small paintings to frame nicely, and about 5 sketches that can get simper framing.

And now I'm *hungry*!

10-14-2011, 03:16 PM
Wow, thank you. I'm beginning to wonder if that was caused by my new muscle relaxant medication. I get a symptom I've never had (leg quits working with no warning pain) while taking a new drug, there might be a connection. I'll be watching for reactions for another couple of weeks because some people said there are sometimes temporary side effects that clear up after a while.

Judibelle, it makes a big difference to learn how to fall. People at stables can teach you, it's one of the first lessons for horseback riding as well as downhill skiing. There are other sports where knowing how to fall is a necessary first skill. I can't count the number of times it's saved me from wrecking joints or breaking limbs. This was scary because I got no warning of it - by how I felt, I should have been able to just keep going a few more steps.

10-14-2011, 03:31 PM
Sorry to hear about your fall Robert. Good that you was able to implement prior training and lessen the damages. Good for you on the sketching front. Saw the bridge you did and yes it does look like it got lost in the mist.

Rainy sorry but I am unable to help with posting pastels, I have only just learned to photograph them.

Ruthie when the photo's are beyond retrieval that is the time when some one in the family says “Do any photo's exist of so and so-------” i.e. the ones you have just thrown. Don't ask me how I know this. A BTW is you could have stored them all on your hdd or even a CD for duplication before throwing.

Hey Doug, what a chubby little chap you was. I looked in on the mugging, I like the orange colours. I too like the play on words.I refrain from C&Cing though if the objective is not obvious to me (my 'L' plates still shiny new)

So you kept up with the sketching Judi, good for you. I didn't get to the end on Tuesday evening so I didn't get the homework bit.

So Charlie, all's tickety boo at your end with the framing all done bar the 2 small ones. Very well done.

TICK, I did a sketch today – just a quickie to comply with Teach at class.
TICK, Then went on to do Al Paca the hairy clown in drawing101. I will do the dog Rosie again. The white was too streaky and the charcoal I used as transfer was too heavy to cover without showing – so – start over - again.
So were we, hungry that is, after fetching SWMBO from rail trail. Had fish & chips (saves cooking and is very tasty) very weight gain though.:evil:

10-14-2011, 03:33 PM
Tick! Updated Swedish blog (what is a soft/dry pastel). Added one more painting to the mini-site too.

My head is starting to spin, my 'breaks' from all the framing have been by the computer, updating and writing, so it is still work. Hardly any socializing. I did take time to eat, and to take a walk, though.

10-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Tick! Tickety-Tick!
Two small paintings framed and ready.
Signed up for J class, I'm needing more tree-stuff

Rainy, posting pastel paintings, I've written an article about it, and if the package isn't too large it can go as snail-mail (better, as it won't get a huge box filled with lead dumped on it), and all paintings I've sent including overseas have arrived pristine, see it, article, here (http://pastelguild.com/Scribbler/Pastel_Scribbler_Nov2010.pdf).

Rob, your name is Sloan, Robert Sloan, and you take them shaken, not stirred. (Joke, alluding to famous 007.)I think you're onto something, new phenomenon and new med, and phenomenon in accordance with the med's supposed effect. (Supposed, as we all react idiosyncratically.)

Jim, Good ticks! What did lovely SWIMBO think about the train-ride? Did get an OK?

10-14-2011, 05:58 PM
Tick! Pastel Scribbler sent to members and friends!

10-14-2011, 07:19 PM
Tick! Pastel Scribbler sent to members and friends!
Does that mean I should have gotten it already? (I haven't gotten this months yet --I subscribed in time to get last month's)

I know I'm pretty young, but I'm not used to feeling THAT young! Other than my husband, I'm used to dealing with people younger than me! I mostly gave my age for a point of reference --if I had been 43 instead of 33, it would have been saying something different, wouldn't it?

Robert: New symptoms are scary! (I know from experience...) Here's hoping it's only a temporary side effect.

Barbara: I have some experience with Blogger, send me a PM if you want some help troubleshooting.

Doug: yeah, luckily the teacher there for this studio time seems to be a really good teacher, he explains WHY we do things in certain ways, and was prepared to let me do something the wrong way to see what happens (I thought better of it in the end). And better yet, NOT the kind of person who if I ask for a repeated explanation of how to do something, will completely take it out of my hands! He'll demonstrate things the first time, but never in a way that doesn't let us do it for ourselves! (This is a great improvement over some teachers I've had. A certain pottery prof comes to mind...)

10-14-2011, 07:26 PM
Charlie, purr and thank you! I liked the Bond films a lot all the way back to childhood when Sean Connery was Bond. Ari likes to drape himself across my lap and pretend to be Blofeld's Cat.

I phoned the family health clinic and talked to the nurse there. Good news - I have an appointment on November 1st to get evaluated for the state buying me a Rollator with a seat. This is like a walker with wheels on two of its feet, a fold-down seat in the middle that's very sturdy. It will be a lot better than just a cane to prevent falls.

If I'd been using one I could have turned the way I did to roll with the fall and landed with my rear in the seat instead of landing on the ground when I fell. I also would have had both arms braced to keep from falling and put my other foot down fast enough not to fall.

I'm also officially now only taking the Flexeril at bed time. It does help me sleep and the effects aren't as important if I'm laying down and trying to sleep. It's not like it matters if I get dizzy while I'm laying down, or start having nap attacks while I'm trying to sleep anyway. I didn't realize how bad the side effects were until the nurse asked me point by point about these symptoms. The nap attacks have been very hard on me when I try to keep to a schedule where I'm awake in the day, so is the dizziness and confusion.

The other good news - the medication that I've been waiting for since January is actually at Walgreens ready for pickup. My assistant Georgia will be here tomorrow afternoon so she can pick it up then. I hope the pharmacy is open in the afternoon on Saturday or I may have to wait till Tuesday to get my medication. I should call the pharmacy before sending her.

Tick - I did one of my six Unfinished Works to show the SF Arts Commission screening committee. I designated a little life sketch of houses on Potrero Street as Progress 1 and then scaled it up in pencil on Canson mi-Tientes. Two down, four to go. I also started a Spotlight painting using the Mystery Palette that I picked out last month. Got the background done, now all I have to do is the flowers and any final touches.

Tick, I missed blogging on Wednesday in my Art Supply Reviews blog but caught up and did it today. So that still counts as Blog Weekly, it's the same week that it's due. Now I'll go finish my pink flowers. I had exactly the right colors to do that reference, it's perfect. Once it's done I can put them away and use my Dakota Traveller in whole next time.

Deborah Secor
10-14-2011, 08:27 PM
Earlier I started a post and my internet connection went *pouf*! No way to get online--who knows why? Did some sleuthing, found my router box was disconnected for some odd reason, talked to a techie friend on the phone and finally had to call my provider. Happily it only took a 16 minute phone call with them to get reconnected!

Not getting too far with my sorting. This morning my DIL had a car accident. So upsetting. She's okay, but it did take the wind out of the day somehow. <whew!>

Barbara, I use Blogger a lot, too. You might try uploading your photos to a Picasa album (http://picasa.google.com/). Post photos in the order you want them to fall on the page. Don't try to move them. Click and remove the picture, then reload it where you want it to open. It will go wherever your cursor is flashing (just like here at WC.) Don't try to do anything fancy. Set all the text so it's aligned left and put every photo in the center. That makes it simpler.

Robert, I sure hope the elevator is fixed soon! You take care...

Okay, one more box of photos to my next tick.... Better get going!

10-14-2011, 09:15 PM
Judi- Good for you and your daily sketching. Oh, did you start college at the age of ten?:)

Charlie- More framing and blogging ticks! Resting on the computer only leads to more work. Oh well, you can rest after the show.;)

Robert- I have been on the same muscle relaxants for about five years and they can knock me for a loop some times and other times I can function without any problems. Just try and be as careful as you can. You have enough problems, you don't need any more.

Good to hear your meds are in and good luck getting your walker thing. I am sure that would help you. Now if they would just fix the elevator.

Jim- Yep, and I'm still chubby.:evil: Chish and fips sounds good. Now I'm hungry. Daughter is making pizza. Anytime I don't have to cook I don't care what they feed me.

So is that a tick, tick, retick? Hey, you are still doing art and that's our aim, isn't it?

Mercy- Some people are born to teach and others should not be allowed to teach. He sounds like a good one, so I hope you can take advantage of the situation.

Deborah- Glad to hear your DIL is doing fine after her accident. Nobody was injured, so that is the main thing. Also good to have you back online. It's funny how we rely on our computers. Now get going and get that box sorted.:D

Had to do some running around today and only had time to do a sketch. I am thinking of trying an 11 x 14 painting this weekend. Just trying to figure out what I want to paint.


10-14-2011, 09:59 PM
Go go go, Deborah! Glad you got that router sorted out. I can understand why your daughter in law's accident would rattle you - I'd feel the same way if Karl had an accident even if he was all right.

Thanks for your comment. I hope the elevator's working again soon too. Harry's been going nuts pestering the repair company daily about it.

Doug, thanks. I'm officially down to just using the muscle relaxant at night, since it helps me sleep and it really doesn't matter if I'm dizzy or would fall down if I'm already laying down trying to sleep. Likewise if I get drowsy - especially if I'm tryign to sleep it's a good thing to get drowsy!

Deborah Secor
10-14-2011, 10:57 PM
TICK! Last photo box sorted! Yay! :clap:

10-15-2011, 03:38 AM
TICK! Last photo box sorted! Yay! :clap:

Well done, how's your feet :evil:

10-15-2011, 04:41 AM
Tick! Pastel Scribbler sent to members and friends! I got one last month for the first time but none so far this month.
jim :crossfingers: perhaps it's on the next bus.

10-15-2011, 05:50 AM
Jim, I got mine fine, and so did another person. But, every time we send it, between 5 and 20% do not get it, as the emails are gobbled up by the cybermonster. Some server somewhere regards it as spam and doesn't deliver. Have you checked your spam-folder?
Anyways, you can reach it via the website, even if the route to find it is a bit convoluted. On site, click 'newsletter', and then, in the main window, click any blue link that says Pastel Scribbler, or click "my subscriptions" and find blue link.

Deborah, congrats to having met the goal!

10-15-2011, 07:31 AM
Jim, I got mine fine, and so did another person. But, every time we send it, between 5 and 20% do not get it, as the emails are gobbled up by the cybermonster. Some server somewhere regards it as spam and doesn't deliver. Have you checked your spam-folder?
Anyways, you can reach it via the website, even if the route to find it is a bit convoluted. On site, click 'newsletter', and then, in the main window, click any blue link that says Pastel Scribbler, or click "my subscriptions" and find blue link.

Mine is one of the ones which got gobbled this month. :crying: It wasn't in my spam folder, either. I got to it on the website through the link in last month's to change (i.e. check) my subscription. Here's hoping that next month's gets through... :crossfingers:

10-15-2011, 07:54 AM
Some server somewhere regards it as spam and doesn't deliver. Have you checked your spam-folder?
Yes and it's not in there but Ruthies last message was.

Anyways, you can reach it via the website, even if the route to find it is a bit convoluted. On site, click 'newsletter', and then, in the main window, click any blue link that says Pastel Scribbler, or click "my subscriptions" and find blue link.
Ok will do.

Deborah, congrats to having met the goal!

10-15-2011, 10:55 AM
Re Scribbler: the emails you get (or don't, in this case) is merely a notification with a link to the website, so yes, the solution is to go directly to the site.

Any mass email usually looses the 5 to 20%. But one thing to keep in mind is that personal emails get gobbled too, so if people do not answer an email, it may be so that they have not gotten it.

Tick! Printed out the personal invitations to existing customers! Now they have to be addressed...

10-15-2011, 11:14 AM

where in heaven did you ever come up with 'idiosyncratically'?........never heard it used before.........I can't get you to use 'color' and you come up with 'idiosyncratically'........must be a 'Queen's English' word that never came over on the 'Mayflower'........:D

'blue :wave:

10-15-2011, 11:18 AM
Robert, Sorry to hear of your fall. Hopefully, this won't happen again.

Deborah, Glad to see you've accomplished your cleaning and sorting goals!

Charlie, Another wonderful issue of the Scribbler! And kudos for all the framing you have gotten done! When I frame one of my paintings it feels like I have gone 15 rounds in a boxing or wrestling match! Sometimes the painting wins!

Thank you all for the nice comments regarding the retirement card I posted. Yesterday the recipient got the card and he really liked it! When he saw himself dreaming of being a baseball Dodger, he said, "It's true!" Couldn't help feeling good about that!

Now, if only doing a full color painting in pastel, oil or acrylic were as easy as doing a nice pen and ink cartoon!

Congrats to all the other members who have been accomplishing their goals!


10-15-2011, 11:23 AM
Blue, while me grammur and seplilng might be horrible, and I might have put an ending to "idiosyncratic" that shouldn't be there, it is a bona fide word, which I encountered for the first time in an American Science Fiction book (good literature to get a girl an education).

1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.

Btw, you should have seen the doctors face when I first used it to describe how I reacted to a drug.... he couldn't admitt he didn't know it, I bet he looked it up when I left.

Deborah Secor
10-15-2011, 11:41 AM
I think idiosyncratically is a perfectly fine construction: "ally" = 'able to be', and since idiosyncratic is an adverb ending in -ic, it works perfectly. Don't you love fluid English? :D

10-15-2011, 01:24 PM
Eeek! They have invaded, they are in our midst :eek: -- Deborah *knows* grammar! "Adverb ending in -ic"... :clap: Way impressive! Yes, I do love the flexibility of English, one can mangle it horribly, and still be understood. It can be pronounced with a myriad of accents, and still be clear.

Blue, I hope I didn't come across as grumpy, just am overworked and tired, languages are fun! And you are! Fun, I mean.

Don, I feel like I've been through a meat-grinder (if it is called that). Framing is hard work. And then I got the brilliant idea (from someone else) to laminate strips of totally failed paintings (and I have some on paper I don't want to use again), and make bookmarks. So I tested the brand new laminator, and it works, but it is oh-so-labour intensive!

Ooops, dinner, cys.

10-15-2011, 02:45 PM
Charlie.......we all wish you the best with your show......wish we could all be there cheering you on....

isn't that Deborah terrific, she produces wonderful art and has the Queen's command of her language......:thumbsup:

just a tip for your show....if you want to impress everyone with your command of our language and sound like us.....it's in your best Brooklyn accent......."Ho'Ya Doin'????.........:D


10-15-2011, 03:01 PM
Don, thank you, and glad you got it, newsletter, in your email!

Blue, I'd love to have you all there! And get good advice on how to do a show. I'm sort of re-inventing the wheel here.

10-15-2011, 05:54 PM
Have to untick one of my ticks 'cuz the dog I transferred to velour turned out all wrong. I didn't like it, the white fur/hair was too stark and streaky and I was too heavy on the charcoal when transferring the drawing. I have caught up to some extent as I have done it again - for the 4th (or is it the 5th) time but because I know I can draw her this time I traced it.
Ah well supper calls.....

10-15-2011, 06:17 PM
Jim, you can't "un-tick", the deed is done! I mean, you did put in all work, the goal is met, even if the result wasn't what you wanted. So effort-wise, it is a valid tick.

10-15-2011, 07:10 PM
What did lovely SWIMBO think about the train-ride? Did get an OK?

Well at the station on her return journey the 'Train manager' (no longer called the guard) beat the station attendant to it and had the ramp handy and in use before you could say British Rail.:lol:

All the taxi-drivers broke the law - in that they did not secure her power chair to the floor (We have a safety belt for it in the back of SWMBO's car (but not mine) I said that wouldn't matter in the cases where she wasn't in the chair. Some she had to reverse out of the taxi and down the ramp, they are awful to steer in reverse. Drivers say 'come on people do it all the time' :lol:

She also needs to allow for more time to travel between stations where taxis are involved.
Other than that? Fine!
She had a timetable of bookings (all must be booked in advance) listed out on a printout form the time she left home until she got back to me at the home station. The rail peeps went like clockwork despite some silly booking clerk at a Welsh station insisting that Arriva (train operators) didn't do disabled bookings - 'Course SWMBO knows different. Next time she reckons to go across country and not via London.

Barbara WC
10-15-2011, 07:36 PM
Thanks everyone for the advice on Blogger.

Deborah is the second person who has recommended uploading my blog photos to Picassa Album first, maybe that is the key- thanks for suggesting it. Not sure I want to open yet another account though!

Robert- I have a Deviant art account that is about 3 years old- I've never posted there. I have not taken the time to figure out what that site even is- it is even more confusing than Blogger!

I've been spending more time painting, knitting and spinning yarn so far this October, so haven't been able to keep up with this thread because the computer has been turned off more hours of the day.

I cannot believe this "goal" thread this month already has over 200 replies, and 3,000 views! :wink2:

Congrats to everyone that has gotten to "tick" off a goal.

10-15-2011, 09:05 PM
Oh wow! Charlie, you've been doing so much! Congratulations! I love the Scribbler.

Ruthie, I love your entry in the September contest and that beautiful rose on the cover. The rose is awesome, it glows.

Idiosyncratically, I've used the word all my life. I grew up on Science Fiction. Of course everyone called me weird from the moment I could read. I preferred idiosyncratic.

Jim, congratulations on your perseverance. Every failed trial is a step toward getting the dog right!

Tick - I got up early enough to make it to class for Johannes Vloothuis "Trees" and took five pages of very colorful notes. I had my dual tip brush pens out so was using those for little thumbnails throughout. I also remembered to scan and post my notes. They could count as daily art for all the thumbnails, but I think I'm going to paint something tonight anyway.

10-15-2011, 09:05 PM
Oh wow! Charlie, you've been doing so much! Congratulations! I love the Scribbler.

Ruthie, I love your entry in the September contest and that beautiful rose on the cover. The rose is awesome, it glows.

Idiosyncratically, I've used the word all my life. I grew up on Science Fiction. Of course everyone called me weird from the moment I could read. I preferred idiosyncratic.

Jim, congratulations on your perseverance. Every failed trial is a step toward getting the dog right!

Tick - I got up early enough to make it to class for Johannes Vloothuis "Trees" and took five pages of very colorful notes. I had my dual tip brush pens out so was using those for little thumbnails throughout. I also remembered to scan and post my notes. They could count as daily art for all the thumbnails, but I think I'm going to paint something tonight anyway.

10-15-2011, 10:17 PM
Tick - posted this week's blog entry on Rob's Art Lessons. Yay! I still want to do a sketch or something as well, not just count my notes for today's daily art.

10-16-2011, 03:51 PM
Tick for me again. I added a small painting of my Cavalier pup in the Gallery. I'm now about to start another 6x6 canvas. When finished, I will post as well. I forgot to mention that I painted her with PanPastels and pastel pencils. Take a look! Cali

Deborah Secor
10-16-2011, 04:22 PM
Next goal: to clean, sort, photograph and price my pastel sticks and palette boxes for my yard/art supply sale. No open-ended commitments here: must be done by Tuesday this week. Yikes. I can do this. I can do this. I have yet to decide when to have the sale, but it needs to be soon. Okay, so the next goal will be to decide on the DATE. Then I have to let everyone local know about it. The goals pile up. One at a time!

Sort and price sticks by Tuesday night.

Good for you, Cali! I'll have to go peek at your pup. I love the Pans. Those I'm keeping, even if I sell a good portion of my sticks at the sale.


10-16-2011, 05:39 PM
Its been a few since ive written , but im still around, lingering. Looking at all the wonderful work . MY goal is still the same , tryi to make more timefor pastels. Im homescholling my 15 year old son now , and im trying to implement pastels into his art . He is more talented than i , becuase im self taught , he is a natural left hander. That is also another goal, for him to follow thru with his talents . Well enough with my rambling just checking in , Hi Robert .

10-16-2011, 06:04 PM
Charlie well done on the ticks to date.
Don't get concerned about me in t'other issue, I have plenty of time here – I think. And If I don't I wont be worried about it at all :lol:

Thanks for the Scribbler - it's an enlightening read.

That rollator sounds like it's what you need there Robert. I hope you get it. It will make you much more confident when moving around. Yes, that new medication sounds potent stuff. Bedtime only and can only agree with that. I agree with Deborah in hoping they fix the elevator soon.

So you have managed to almost keep up on your goals Deborah. And now you have to sort and price your sticks – for Tuesday night! That's making a goal alright. Well done, it is so much easier when you switch off the one eyed monster and the computer. That's what gobbles up the time. It takes me forever to catch up on the previous posts after getting out in the morning.

Doug those fish and chips went down like nectar. We have both been trying to reduce a little and have kept away from those meals for anything other than the real special occasion. That night was one such.

Barbara yes the posting is rather prolific here but see what we achieve. BTW it's not me, It's everyone else :lol:.

Cali you did wonders with your little Cavalier pup. Really cute and I agreed with the others that responded. If only I could do such a nice job on this little Yorkshire terrier I keep making a mess of. I'll have another go at it tomorrow perhaps.

At least I get a couple of weeks off each week as we have two Fridays in the half term holls. Also get a couple of hours extra as my music lessons have been held up by maternity leave. Instead of starting in September (baby was due 7th October) we are starting again in February (well that's last week's thoughts).

10-17-2011, 08:30 AM
Jim, sounds like SWIMBO's trip went well, but that there were a lot they could make better. Thanks for understanding about my being more than busy (read: overworked and panicked... :-) .

Robert, same with me and idiosyncratic, it sounds so much better than 'weird'. *Nobody* read science fiction when I grew up, only a few grownups, and my father happened to be one of them. Good going on your Ticks!

Cali, good for you, such a lovely pup!

Deb, you can do it!

Butterbean, welcome back!

Tick! 50 bookmarks laminated. Let me tell you more about them: I read someone here on WC had taken strips of failed paintings and made bookmarks. She regretted making so few, as they sold like hot cakes. So I'm stashing up on mine. It is really cool to see how miserable failings, abandoned sketches, useless paintings (they did teach me something back when, but from a sales viewpoint, they're useless), duds on paper I don't want to recycle, and stuff like that, how they turn into quite beautiful bookmarks. I sign them on the back. Quite labour intensive, but I got some corner snippers, and that helped. So, the product is genuine artwork, signed, as bookmarks. I'll let you know how it worked.

And, maybe this is a way for pastel painters to make aceo, ac... darn, what is that acronyme, for tiny paintings on card for exchanging and collecting? Laminate them.

I'm starting to get pretty exhausted now. And there's so much left to do. (If lightning hadn't struck my computer, I'd've been finished already.)

Oh, and the cards with my paintings on that I ordered in good time? They will hopefully arrive in the nick of time, as they for some inexplicable reason sent them from the Netherlands to Spain, and hopefully they'll go from Spain to Sweden without any more touristing. Why send them south when the destination is north?

10-17-2011, 08:39 AM
I got my sketchbooks, but I'm not sure I like them. I just discovered Stillman and Birn, and I just may return what I bought and get them instead. I'm figuring I might as well use sketchbooks with the best paper, this way I won't be fighting it. When you get nice results it makes you want to continue. I think for sketching, like anything else, paper does matter. I'll decide today what I'm going to do, although returning really is a pain :( , it has to be shipped back. I won't let that muddy my decision, if they need to go back they will. I will get this sketching project started, I swear I will!

10-17-2011, 09:14 AM
Charlie Punching a hole in one end and making a tassle from pieces of embroidery thread would make them even more attractive!!! More work I know, and you probably don't need it.....but just a thought.

10-17-2011, 09:39 AM
Chris...Where do you find Stillman & Birn? I've started an Acqabee Super Deluxe sketchbook, which I bought some time ago and never used. It works for charcoal and pastel pencils...

Charlie...I love that idea....did it years ago with failed watercolor things I was doing...gave some away and still use some I kept.

Welcome back, Butterbean!

Well, so far I have sketched every day, but not much else excpt a lot of reading, studying, and hopefully absorbing the wonderful syncryniticy of articles on that which Larry is focusing in his classes. Thanks, too, to Jackie Simmonds for her timely blogs.

10-17-2011, 09:53 AM
Carol, was it you who gave the idea, say, about a year ago? Tassels... yes... they *do* make them prettier, and my show is on Saturday... If they go well, I'll add tassels to them during winter for the next show. (Hopefully the crafts store have them ready made.)

Tentative tick... :-) I've started on the presentation, so now I only have to learn how to do Powerpoint.

10-17-2011, 10:58 AM
Probably was me Charlie. I'm full of great ideas for someone else to do the work!!!

10-17-2011, 11:32 AM
Carlol, want to give credit where credit belongs. And, LOL, I usually go by the maxim "the one with the idea does the work", but it'd be impractical in this case.

10-17-2011, 11:40 AM
Chris...Where do you find Stillman & Birn? I've started an Acqabee Super Deluxe sketchbook, which I bought some time ago and never used. It works for charcoal and pastel pencils...

Hi Judi,

I've found them at a couple of sites, thefineartstore.com (http://www.fineartstore.com/Catalog/tabid/365/List/1/ProductID/35785/Default.aspx?txtSearch=stillman+and+birn&SortField=UnitCost%2cUnitCost)and utrechtart.com (http://search.utrechtart.com/index?D=stillman+and+birn&Nty=1&lc=0&N=0&Dk=0&Ntt=stillman+and+birn&cnt=0). I think, after reading about them first over in the Art Journal Forum, they may be more of what I'm looking for. I bought some Daler Rowney Cachet sketchbooks, and a couple of Canson Montval watercolor sketchbooks, but I'm thinking the Stillman and Birn may be a bit better. I'll let you know what I do, I will decide today.

10-17-2011, 12:17 PM
Deborah- Congratulations on accomplishing a big goal! I wish I could be there to look over (and buy of course) your pastels. So you are opening a candy store.:D Good luck.

Jim- You need a treat every now and then and fish and chips is/ are a nice treat. Good to hear that your wife is back home safe and sound. Some people just have no clue what a person in a wheelchair has to go through. My grandpa was in a wheelchair since I was fifteen and when I turned sixteen and got my drivers license, I drove him where ever he needed to go. When I was older, I took him to a lacrosse game and my wife saw me for the first time. We actually met the next night at a dance because she told a friend she wanted to meet me because she thought it was neat that I would spend my Friday night with my grandpa. The rest is history.:)

Charlie- Those bookmarks sound like a great idea. I bet they will be gobbled up in no time. I sure hope your cards make it in time. It sounds like your postal system over there is similar to ours. It's called Canada Post but I call it Canada Storage.

Barbara- The computer has been turned off and you are getting things done. Way to go!

Robert- I am sure everybody still appreciates your class notes. It is nice of you to continue to do it for the masses. I will have to go check out your blogs today. Hope everything is going well for you.

Cali- I saw your puppy painting and you did a great job on it. A big tick!

butterbean- Long time, no see. Good to hear you are doing well and passing along your love for pastels to your son.

Chris- Only you can tell if you are happy with a sketchbook. I know what you mean. It has to be right for you.

Judi- Sketching every day and studying and absorbing the information in Lary's classes is a great way to get better. It has to help. Keep at it, Judi. You are doing great.

I hope I didn't forget anyone.

I didn't paint as much as I wanted to this weekend and a doctors appointment today gets in the way of painting for now, but I did start another still life painting. It took most of Saturday to arrange the setup until I was happy with it. I guess that's a good thing. I have been playing with cp's in the evening for the past few nights. Something different to do I guess. It seems like I just can't paint with pastels in the evening after painting during the day. I make mistakes and can't seem to concentrate, but if I play with another medium, I'm okay. Funny but true.


10-17-2011, 12:25 PM
Chris...just checked your link to the fineartstore....this looks comparable to the aquabee book I have.Dont remember how much I paid for it, as it was several years ago...

Doug...also did some scouting around several other forums, and came across your pieces in the Still Life forum....sounds like good advice is given there...nice to know.

10-17-2011, 02:07 PM
Judi- This place (WC) is so huge, I keep forgetting that there are other forums that aren't media specific. Where else can you get advice on still lifes? The Still Life forum. Doh!

Kevin knows what he is talking about. There is no doubt about that. I understand what he said and I try to do those things when I am painting, but sometimes you just get caught up in the painting and do things without thinking. I guess that's actually a good thing though. Maybe when I am taking a break from painting is the best time to look at it and see if there are areas that need refining. After doing that for a few paintings, it should shift over to the right brain and I will start doing those things without thinking. I love doing things without thinking. My wife says I do that all the time.:wink2:


10-17-2011, 02:23 PM
:lol: Doug! I do it all the time, too!

10-17-2011, 03:14 PM
Hey Doug, I do that all the time too - especially when I order some sketchbooks without thinking! Which results in me having to return them and reorder from someplace else. Thank goodness Blick is so good, I felt bad because they're such a great organization. They don't carry the Stillman and Birn sketchbooks I want, but I did tell them about them, maybe they'll look into carrying them sometime in the future. The Customer Service Rep. said she would pass along the information.

I'll let you all know what I think of the Stillman/Birn books when I get them. People seem to really like them, hopefully I will too.

10-17-2011, 03:32 PM
Purr! Welcome back, Butterbean! That’s so cool you’re teaching your son and he’s taking to pastels. I would have loved getting more art when I was fifteen. I practically lived in the art room in high school, any time I wasn’t in other classes that’s where I hung out.

He’s lucky to be left handed. I always wished I was, tried to become ambidextrous but it didn’t work very well. That may make him naturally right brained and artistic.

Chris, so glad you’ve discovered the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. I love mine. I got some to review when I hadn’t found them anywhere online and they are a joy. I have tons of sketchbooks but these have actually weaned me off using Moleskine ones. I love it that they’re archival and the paper texture is so sweet.

My current favorite is the one I started last night, a seven inch square Beta with 180 pound white paper. It can take anything I throw at it, including wet underpaintings and soaking with SpectraFix. I’ve got one more to write up, the Gamma, after that I’ll be posting about some of the supplies Jerry’s Artarama sent me.

I have a Utrecht right in the city. Went past it on my way to my last appointment, so that’s another temptation along with Blick. I’ll bet they carry Stillman & Birn sketchbooks too along with the online shop.

I think I’ll send Blick’s buyers a message about carrying Stillman & Birn sketchbooks too. Let them know how good they are and how popular they are.

Charlie, those bookmarks sound so gorgeous. How much are you charging for them? I’m tempted. I hope you go on doing them so that when I’ve got budget again I can buy one. Hopefully one with a lot of color in it, of course. :D

I used to do bookmarks by printing out some Celtic knotwork patterns and hand coloring with colored pencil. I put tassels on mine too, it does help them sell and it makes them a lot of fun when using them. I once did entirely original ones as gifts for everyone in the household I lived in, each one different, so I had all those patterns for printing them out. I might do that again once I’m doing the street, they would probably sell well in San Francisco.

Deborah, congratulations on your big chore! You’re accomplishing things left and right. It’s going to be a spree for some people at your personal candy store, it’ll be as big as IAPS or Terry Ludwig’s candy store. I know you had a lot of sticks, so hopefully cutting back a bit will make your life simpler and help you replace the ones you use up all the time. I hope you’re not giving up pastel painting though, your paintings are too wonderful for that.

Jim, you’re making me drool. There’s a fish and chips place right on my block, just two or three doors down from my building. I get tempted every time I go out. Must relax and remember that I’m going to be doing okay later on, there’s time for me to enjoy that.

Doug, that’s great. That’s how it works for me, if I’m uninspired I will pick up a different medium and get all inspired again. It’s why I’ve got so many different mediums all going at the same time. Every time I dip into oil pastels or water media it leaves me wanting to get dusty again.

One of my friends told me that dry pastel is my best medium though. I’m inclined to agree with her, though I think pen and watercolor come in a close second.

Judy, congratulations on daily sketching! Even if they’re not always finished or refined, that’s the best thing for improving that I’ve ever run into. I’m glad to be back on daily art myself - I missed having the habit.

Oh wow! Honking big post and most of it isn't about me - what a change! Tick yesterday for daily art. I went to the Watercolor forum and did a gouache landscape inspired by Deborah Secor. I have two or three more brands of gouache to test and review too, so this is going to be fun, including an Acryla Gouache.

I also got the pen and watercolor itch so I started my 7" square Stillman & Birn Beta journal with a life portrait of Ari flopped out in the middle of the room. He was spread out trying to cover as much area as possible. I positioned the drawing diagonal on the page and his tail still flopped partly outside the painting. Big hairy cat. He's so much fun when he poses.

Today I've got a blog to update and daily art. I'm full of energy since I finally stopped the groggy medicine and got back the high-octane happy medicine. Both of them knock back the pain, but the high-octane energy stuff has me feeling like myself again. I still have to try to rest up physically, but that doesn't stop me from painting and drawing in my Back Repair Chair.

Ari purrs at everyone and sheds Cat Hairs of Inspiration!

10-17-2011, 04:03 PM
excuse me, I need a shower to get all that cat hair off me.......:lol:

10-17-2011, 09:38 PM
LOL Blue! I just live with the cat hairs and get inspired. Ari is a champion super shedder!

I blogged today and also wrote up next Saturday's blog in advance because I thought of a good topic. Still need to do today's art though.

10-18-2011, 06:12 AM
I'm behind again! With little chance of the time to reply to each person, sorry. Doug, what a cute child you were! Butterbean, welcome!
Well done on all your achievements Folks!
For me it seems that the daily housework is taking it's toll on the time I can spend on WC....it hasn't stopped me painting though!

10-18-2011, 06:33 AM
Rob, good with writing blogpost in advance!

Checked the cost of tassels (they *are* pretty), but eeek! Cost justifies my not doing them this time. Or maybe a few? Ah, temptation... Could I staple the tassels on? No? Darn.

Ruthie, it helps me keep going to post ticks here, especially when in such an intense phase. I get lax with emails, instead (and of course household work, garden, shopping, etc...) I'll "deal with it later", and when later comes, the piles are overwhelming.

10-18-2011, 05:06 PM
My, the intensity of posting has slowed down. I haven't, I have two big Ticks! All paintings are in boxes, and will be hanged tomorrow (oooo, sounds a bit sinister). The presentation is nearly written.

My walls are empty! Such an odd feeling, but I realize I had too many paintings up on them. On the other hand, in the late 1800s, people had paintings practically overlapping, walls totally covered. The top ones had longer wires, so they tilted more, for easier viewing at a correct angle.

10-18-2011, 05:24 PM
Back again. I've spoken to Jen and I'm going down to Southwold to see her on Thursday! The weather is cold and may rain but we can have lunch, get to know each other and maybe go sketch on the pier (covered in).I'll report back on how we got on :)

Robert, nearly missed it. Thanks for your comments about my Dusty entry and the Rose on the cover of the Scribbler. I have to say it does look amazingly good there and appearing larger than life too!

Charlie. I'll look forward to receiving your next e mail....whenever you get round to it :wave:

Just a recap on my goals -
OK I haven't done housework every day, but most days has seen me tackling something. Why then is the house still a mess?
2 pieces are with the framer, one for framing and one for a new mount. Still undecided about which others to put in the exhibition :o
Done some gardening but still have the greenhouse to sort out and the insulation to put up (with help from hubby) before I can get those little darlings in there all snug (and we've had frost two nights this week :eek: )
The children on the beach painting is still awaiting development. I've blocked it in but am having trouble with the children (naughty little girls :evil: )
And so far I'm keeping on top of the paperwork.
I've even done 2 spotlight ones and that wasn't even a goal :clap:

10-18-2011, 08:11 PM
Goals recap: I managed to sketch and post twice last week! and I had my second bookbinding class tonight, which was lots of fun, even if I have to remind myself of that right now because of something totally unconnected that happened and took my mood right down into the basement. I learned one way to do the sewing part of binding tonight! I might have new sketchbooks next week already. And the teacher let me take some of the materials I didn't have at home already with me so I could get a head start on the watercolor ones at home.

The weaving is currently in a suitcase at someone else's house in preparation for this weekend, but I'm pretty much spending Saturday alternately weaving, bookbinding, and sketching, so Saturday will be one big TICK.

Archery hasn't happened in a while, thanks to being out of town, then managing to get little burns on every finger and the palm of one hand (tip: if you knock a bowl of just-microwaved levtover pasta over? DON'T try to catch it!) and now going out of town again. We'll see how it goes when I start up again. Still nothing with pastels or the acrylic painting. Mostly because of other stuff and it being put away.

10-18-2011, 09:43 PM
Mercy, congratulations! That's so great. Looks like Saturday will be extremely productive and you'll have a new watercolor journal soon!

Ruthie, gorgeous pastel paintings definitely trump housework. You could try minimizing the housework altogether, just simplify anything but art stuff so that you've got the time to hang on WC and get inspired.

Tick - I've been drawing all day. Now I need to get dusty, since I've played so much with pens. Tick for going to Larry Seiler's class on time, although it turned into a Q&A with Johannes Vloothuis because the power in Larry Seiler's town cut out right as class was about to start. Happily Johannes was there, he took over getting the webinar back up and finding out what happened.

Last week I missed class, this week Larry missed class, hopefully next week we'll both show up at the same time. Both had perfectly good reasons too, I consider passing out on medicinal side effects a reasonable cause for missing class. Especially when I'm no longer taking the medication.

10-19-2011, 05:11 AM
Tick - posted my review of SoHo Urban Artist Acrylics and painting boards just after midnight, so I have blogged on time! I'm really getting into this blogging thing. Going to be mad during November when I'm also working on a novel every day, I'll be writing and painting like crazy!

10-19-2011, 12:23 PM
Mercy, way to go!

Rob, you're ticking like a clock, good going!

Tick! A big one -- all paintings on walls at the venue. System for hanging not too secure though... And I had to cram them too tightly, as the promised screens were unavailable. I got some lovely Oh-ah:s from some of the staff, and a little person of about 11 years old asked if I had drawn all this. By myself? All of them? Really?

After some aggro with the shipment of my cards, they seem to finally have arrived in Sweden, albeit on the other side of the country, and south. I called V-print's customer service (not the best, they told me to call their shipping firm to track their shipment, and the number could only be reached within the UK, not from outside), and I wonder which continent they were on. Seems they only knew English to the degree it was in their list of phrases. "My shipment has gone astray". What? Can you repeat that? "My, shipment has gone astray". What? Can you repeat that? "My sh-- a shipped order has *vanished*!!!" (That was choir practice sneaking into my language again. I didn't think 'astray' was *that* difficult to understand... )

At one point I thought I was talking to a robot, a computer generated answering machine reacting to key phrases and giving standard phrases back, but when the 'bot got my order up on screen, she said "Lovely designs you have there", and I doubt a bot would have said that.

So when the astray shipment finally arrives in the fold (hopefully without more detours) it will be the most well-traveled cards in Europe. I guess they mixed SE for SwEden, and ES for ESpaña. But why it sat for 3 days in Germany, I don't know.

This kind of extra stress wasn't exactly what I needed right now. But, this too shall pass, and it was merely irritating, not a catastrophe.

10-19-2011, 12:52 PM
Congratulations on getting your show hung with all the glitches. LOL your eleven year old admirer. Heck, you might have inspired a young artist with that reaction. I know I'd have been stunned at that age to see your art, I'm five times that age and still stunned by your paintings.

10-19-2011, 12:53 PM
Mercy, you're doing well with your goals!

Robert, good for you meeting your blogging deadline!

Charlie, so it's all nearly done and the cards will turn up....eventually. Good for you. Hope you can relax and actually enjoy the exhibition! have you prepared your talk yet?

Did some people sketching from life today at the art group. It wasn't in my goals but, wow, it was fun! We're going to do it again next week. We should've had a model but she cried off so 3 of the members sat for 15-20 minutes each while the others drew them. I was actually pleasantly surprised with my results. So regular sketching from life will go on my goals next month....er, remind me everyone!

10-19-2011, 01:49 PM

best advice I can render now is "don't get your panties in a dither!"

you will have a wonderful showing......:thumbsup:

'blue....' :angel:

10-19-2011, 03:50 PM
Blue, I'll not get my knickers in a twist, I promise! I'll just run around like a headless chicken and scream like a banshee. I've crammed in nearly 40 paintings and sketches into the show. I aimed for about 20, but my husband promptly loaded the car with *everything*. One time, he 'smuggled in' one painting I thought was so boring that nobody would want it. It was the first to sell, go figure. So, OK, I just didn't have the energy to make a fuss this time, he just might be right.

Robert, thank you! I hope I inspired the young man, he was the only one in a group of 10 children to even look at the things.

Ruthie, great about the sketching from life! It is so valuable, I've taken at least two classes, each running for 8 or 10 weeks (once a week), with only figure sketching, clad and unclad, and one portrait class too. Life is vastly better than photos. Have fun with it, and let's remind each other, as I need to sketch from life more too.

Tick! Yes, the presentation is made! I hope it will be educative and interesting, I'm doing it in a relaxed manner (I hope), and I've tried to not get too academic or technical. The title is "Learn how to recognise impressionism of today", and I'll start by asking people what they know about Imp, and then I'll show some pics of oldies and contemps, while pointing out that "this artist doesn't do loose strokes, but is still an Imp", that kind of thing. Then I'll summarize the characteristics about handling light and colour that people generally do not know anything about, and tell about the development with Cézanne and Degas. Colour is everything, so I'll show some greyscale Monets (flip: ligt on. flip: light off), and contrast that with a Rubens (entirely tonal, being identical in grey as in colour). I'll show one of mine, in stages, explaining just a wee bit, and round it out with some Swedish artists influenced by Imps, and then the line Monet to Hawthorne/Hensche to Sarback to Charlie.

And we tested the projector the venue has, but couldn't hook it to the laptop as we'd forgotten the usb cord.

10-19-2011, 04:02 PM
I can add one more painting for my mini show done. I posted it in monthly scumble since it's an acrylic. I'm going to try another spotlight for the mini show in pastel. Once again, I'm on a roll. C & C welcome. Thanks, Cali

10-19-2011, 04:22 PM
Tick! Yes, the presentation is made! I hope it will be educative and interesting, I'm doing it in a relaxed manner (I hope), and I've tried to not get too academic or technical. The title is "Learn how to recognise impressionism of today", and I'll start by asking people what they know about Imp, and then I'll show some pics of oldies and contemps, while pointing out that "this artist doesn't do loose strokes, but is still an Imp", that kind of thing. Then I'll summarize the characteristics about handling light and colour that people generally do not know anything about, and tell about the development with Cézanne and Degas. Colour is everything, so I'll show some greyscale Monets (flip: ligt on. flip: light off), and contrast that with a Rubens (entirely tonal, being identical in grey as in colour). I'll show one of mine, in stages, explaining just a wee bit, and round it out with some Swedish artists influenced by Imps, and then the line Monet to Hawthorne/Hensche to Sarback to Charlie.

Ooooh, sounds fascinating! Will someone be recording, by any chance? ;)

Seriously, I love the impressionist paintings I've seen in the museum here, I'm just fascinated by them.