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Old 07-19-2017, 10:15 PM
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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

Robyn & anyone else out there:

Dr. Who: We have yet to see the latest season in the states. That said a feminine regeneration... well we will watch those too... why not ?

Chile paintings: Framing is not that simple to obtain because the stretchers are 3/4 inch thick... or are they actually metric... 19mm... eh, that's an odd number. I have found aluminum framing with a 3/4" rabbet but not in a color I want to use. Yet. I've yet to look at wood framing.

Another Ground hog-less day. Rose bush rabbit has been here most of the day. brief, unpredicted rain this morning.

Good to hear you have been out and doing something. Hot here and I just read all day, (!).

Donnie... beat the drums slowly... that loosers story just goes on and on.

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Those Neilsen frames have several profiles with a 5/8" slot. Just a bit off of what you need, but at least it is on the large side and you could use a little shim. They also have some crazy 13/16 and 19/32 sizes. It's enough to make you want to go metric.

It seems like the stretcher makers and frame manufacturers could decide on some standard dimensions. Instead we have a situation like how the number of hot dogs in a package don't match the number of hot dog buns. And yet, the administration wants to do away with regulatory agencies. The world makes no sense.

Going to sketch at the Dallas museum if art today. The group is planning to stick with indoor locations until we get some cooler weather. I've been tasked with finding an antique mall that will allow us to sketch and had better start making some contacts.

Do woodchucks maybe hide out in their cool underground burrows in the heat of summer? I'm glad you have the rabbit, but am still hoping the chucks will reappear.
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I suspect the ground hogs do sleep in but... it's been quite a while since we have seen one here. Doom-da-doom-doom! Rose bush rabbit however is seen daily. Some discarded cat will nail it but meantime we enjoy seeing the thing.

Our weather today was hot air... it's not just hot out in the sun. Heat Index hit 110F with a measured 100F. We went out to the Peruvian restaurant. Burp.

We also have a Museum If Art here. I'm wondering if they are a chain? And... where do they get that stuff?

Well, now I know why the canvases were on sale. Nielsen makes a lot of mouldings including eight* with a 3/4 inch rabbet. But... finding a retailer that stocks them, plus offers them in German Silver, is the problem. I smell a compromise and I am not happy about it. Perhaps a floating frame? Have to check that out. Perhaps put a 1/4 inch shim on the back and buy 1 inch rabbet framing? Perhaps use wooden frames? Fortunately I'm not in a hurry to do the framing.
> * #26, 28, 37, 57, 90, 94, 123 & 127.

Every time we go to the grocery store I'm amazed by the prices and the clever packaging that disguises smaller amounts and makes it hard to mentally calculate price per unit. And... the things in the pharmacy... where did they get the idea they could jack up prices like that? Book stores... paperback novels for $17! When I was a kid they were 35 cents. Really. A cheap new car costs over ten times what they did. Fifteen times... yeah some are far superior now but still I gasp at their prices.

Donald... he's a nutter but... Pence would be worst. The nut-job can't get his ugly agenda through but Pence is another story. Gasp! Maybe it would be best to keep donnie in office... if Pence is the option.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

The suoermarkets in the UK have to show the "price per" on their shelves so you can compare packages.

I paint and mat normally to standard sizes and buy cheap multiple store frames when necessary. Tge advantage if painting small watercolours. I may start painting gallery wrapped watercolours which can be hung without frames.

We see no wild animals in the garden except for a family of field mice which live on the patio somewhere.

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Dave, I like the look of floating frames and that's what I prefer for my canvases and panels. I just realized I got my measurements all wrong and that the 5/8 slots won't work for you at all. I checked my guys to see if they had a 3/4 in german silver, but they don't.

Doug, we have some regulations about displaying unit prices, too, but the information is in very small print and sometimes the units are not the same. Since I still count on my fingers, the math is beyond me.

I don't know if you are lucky to only have the mice for wildlife or if it is sad. Where I live, in addition to little animals, larger predators are moving back in. And this is in a big city. Coyotes and bobcats are becoming fairly common. I like the idea of living side by side with them, and Think they are clever to adapt, but I don't want them killing my dog.

Making good progress with the suburban landscapes. There are 3 in progress, and I think I will prep some more panels today while I am on a roll.

Dave, you may be right about Pence. Ugh.
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I would love to have a Hedgehog, we have lots of slugs and snails.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

Doug & Robyn & others:

Thunderstorm approaching. We need the rain. Hit 100F again today.

Yes, some stores here do list 'unit' prices... but not all and not always and if so not in big legible type.

I will check out 'floating' style frames. Maybe that's a good answer. I believe the concept of rabbet is not so critical for these as there is a gap around the edges and the stretcher does not 'insert' into the frame.

Big Bend NP: I have been on the 'net today looking at lodgings. Two dozen are in Alpine, two each in Marfa and Marathon and one in Lajitas. Those are all to far from the BBNP. Trelingua has one or two. In rural Brewster County there are two and in Study Butte there are four. The latter four are 1) The Chisos Mining Company motel in Easter Egg gully. 2) Las Casitas next door to the Far Flung outtfitters place 3 & 4) The Big Bend Resort and Adventure place has two: the Motor Inn and across the street is the Mission Lodge. Of course there is also the BBNP Lodge up on the mountains. I'm favoring these four Study Butte places as they are closer to the BBNP gate, near a couple of restaurants and among the cheapest. Of course... there are small private places, B&Bs and the like available.

We don't have Hedgehogs here... but coyotes and foxes and, (I'm told) bobcats. Domestic cats gone wild are not unusual and they kill just for the fun of it. That's about it for predators.... well hawks and owls too. The place is almost a zoo some days.

Still considering another 30x40 inch acrylics piece. Not in love with any ideas at the moment.

That storm is almost here !


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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

Hedgehogs are darned cute. The only ones I have ever seen were pets.

Friday evening i was driving home and there was a big heron standing in front of the house on the corner. It must have gotten lost looking for the lake. That has been my only unusual sighting lately.

Dave, I agree that Marfa, Alpine, and the rest are too far from the park. Terlingua and Study Butte are the way to go! We have been wanting to try Air B&B, and a Big Bend trip would be a good time to look into it, since the options are few. Might give it a look when we go to Crystal Bridges, too, in a month or two.

I did some panel prep yesterday but not much actual painting. Lazy!
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Robyn & Doug & others:

BBNP: Air B&B... Maybe... There are a number of small places for rent around Study Butte... out away from town down some dirt road. There are a couple of firms that have them available and you can see pictures on the 'net. My impression is they are for longer periods of time and for family groups.

Storm last night tore up some trees, largely south east of us. We lost electrical power briefly a couple of times and north, north east of us some people still don't have it back on.

Neither ground hogs nor Rose Bush Rabbit seen today. Eh!

I don't think Hedge Hogs are found in the states... outside pet stores. But I've never really looked.

I hope to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum en route to BBNP this fall.

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