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Lenore, that perspective is kind of tricky in that photo; it took me a while to get it where it is, and I feel that his feet might be too small. Good luck with it, I sure hope to see your rendition soon! Sounds like you're in for more stormy weather. Stay safe and dry!

Thanks, Ron, but don't you worry...I already drew a tiny bit on the drawing today...not enough to show, but maybe I'll pull it out yet tonight.

Lisa, the image problem is frustrating. It's a little glitch in the website since it was down for some updates. The problems are being worked out little by little. Thanks for the comment on my drawing; grounding it never occured to me yet...those things usually come later for me. I look forward to seeing your horse painting!

I put the very last big log into the fire. Fellas, how about choppin' some wood for we ladies here?
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I agree the site is working better! I like the way we can upload photos now much more.

I agree with the job thing. Better one in hand that 100 flying! I have until Friday. We will see.

I work off and on at the court house in the temporary pool. But they only call me when there are elections, or a clerk at the court house needs help. So I get very few working days. The test is for being an English - Spanish interpreter at the courts. They get paid very well. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and understand a little bit of three more.

Oh, I wish I could be in Wyoming, Colorado, or any place like that right now! You all have no idea how hot it has been in North Texas. I mean the temperature was like 106 thee whole last week. The heat index about 114 or more. One cannot even go outside because you can't breathe! The last year was not as hot, and I remember going to the craft store and buying a couple of blocks of polymer clay for a craft. Well, when I got home I forgot to bring it in the house, and the next day when I remembered, they were cooked! We would welcome some of that rain here!

I hear you all talking about fishing, and I feel so jealous! We took our family near the city for work and got stuck here the last 11 years. We used to live in one of those really small towns. It was rough for me at the beginning because I used to be a city girl, and now I can't stand the noise, the traffic, the gazillions of people! I get so mad when I sometimes here one of those kids going down the block: BUM, BUM BUM.

I miss so much working outside, the people so friendly, the animals, even just looking at the pasture.

Rugman, I so agree with your statement. I am mesmerized to see what is happening every day. This country is changing so much. I was telling my boys that I must be getting old, because i am starting to sound like my parents saying that it used to be so much better!
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I put the very last big log into the fire. Fellas, how about choppin' some wood for we ladies here?

I agree, that is a man job!
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Lisa- you guys are quite the travelers- sounds like so much fun

Maria- we complain here when it gets over 85 degrees (F)! LOL I feel bad for you guys in the hot and humid weather. We live in the big city too, for work reasons- (if you consider 60,000 population big city- we do). I would prefer small quiet town in middle of nowhere, but I got to keep my family fed and mortgage paid and all that responsibility STUFF. Got to do what we got to do, I guess. However the middle of nowhere is just a short 10 minute drive away, thankfully! There was a guy over in pastel forum a while back from Lousiana who lost his job from the oil drilling moritorium- did you see that? I think I'm beginning to sound more disgruntled than my grandpa about whats going on lately! Ha ha. Best wishes for you and your family.

Jenna- I started the fire, got the coffee going... now I have to come home (after a long and hard day at work by the way) and chop wood for wet canvas!!!!.... whats up with that? Speaking on behalf of the guys here... who I hope will come back me up, for I am outnumbered at the moment!!
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Ron, Here's your back up.

Well, I better get some wood. I can feel the look from all those women.

This pile of wood is going to be a pile of frames. I usually make 3 or 4 batches of frames every summer. But inventory is starting to back up and I don't need as many. So this is my first batch of the season. The frames will be smaller 8x10 and 9x12 sizes. I do most of my frames in the same finish. Like the one pictured.

It is nice to be out in the garage/shop. The heat has broke here and it has been in the 70's that last few days.

Lisa, Nice tractors. I don't know much about them but I love anything loud with a motor. On my paintings: some are made up of large brush strokes that are squared off. I do try to use as few as stokes as possible. I try to put the right color in the right place the first time (easier said than done).

Deb, sorry to hear about your property. We have been landlords but also lived in the same dwelling. It worked but were able to sell it when we bought the next place.

Maria, That sound like an interesting job. I hope your test goes well.
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Jim- oh yea, the look, something we men are very familiar with Thanks for the backup! Nice looking frame, would work well with western type art. So do you then paint the frames (blackish?) and then paint some gold around the inside part? How do you get the red color showing? I have the tools to make my own frames, but havent been willing to set aside the time to do it. But I may in the future.
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Nice frames, Jim! Making your own is definitely the way to go--though I still buy them, usually at the 50% off rotating sales at Hobby Lobby. We have enough tools--I should just start making my own! My boyfriend likes to collect woodworking tools but not so much to use them. I took a quarter-semester of "shop" in high school; that's good enough, right?? That accident was just a minor one . . . . Actually I stuck one of my fingers (can't even remember which one--that minor) in the back side of a bandsaw. The guards had been removed and I didn't notice. Minor problem. I did actually make a pretty cool gun rack for my dad. It was a surprise gift for him, which he still uses today. I put all kinds of curved patterns along the top of it.

Now where is that measuring tape!?! Table saw, planer, no danger there. I guess we'd probably end up with more scrap wood for the fire!!

Jim--Thanks for the feedback on your painting technique. I was 99% sure but just had to confirm. I like that look.

Deb--I'm glad you're up on Zenyatta!!! I read a lengthy article on her last evening, and actually her record of 18 races is both modern and American; apparently in the "old days" (19th century/early 20th era) a horse in Europe won 50-some races, undefeated, but that was before people realized how not to break down their horses and before the records were 100% accurate. That's still amazing though. Zenyatta is a monster, so she gets especially long breaks between races, and she started much older than most thoroughbreds.

I've decided that my next pastel, which I may start today, will use only my "expensive" Rembrandts. I've rarely used them--I guess I have my grandparents' generational mentality of preserving one's possessions, but I know that's kind of silly in this situation. All of the pastels that I use are much cheaper and lower in quality than my Rembrandts, which are not even close to tops overall. I just want to see if I can tell any difference in the quality of the pigmentation.

Ron--You sound like some of my students, defining the "big city" as 60,000!! I know what you mean, though. I had the same rural upbringing and felt a bit the same when I went to college, at a relatively small school in a small town. My boyfriend said we can't go to LA to see Zenyatta run next because he might turn into a shooter. He thought San Diego was bad--I told him LA would wreck him. I always say, "Fun to visit, more fun to leave." I too prefer the solitude of open country. I don't even go to Sioux Falls if I don't have to.

The weekend is nearing and it's time for camping!! More wood needed--for our and Deb's fires; she's camping too.
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Ron, The frames are painted red, then black and sanded to show some the red. The gold is genuine imitation (laughing smilie goes here) gold leaf. Then the whole frame is sprayed with a satin urethane. I will post some more pics of the process as I go.

The board on the right has 2 passes through the table saw. Then I beveled the face with a router mounted in a router table (the board on the left). Now I am ready cut 45 degree corners.

Lisa, ah! shop class. Oh the memories. I knew it all. I have spent the rest of my life learning what they were trying to teach me in a semester--should have payed better attention. But we had fun.
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Aw, Ron...(giving the look)...so kind of you to want to chop wood for us even after a hard day's work. But, hey, you'll be happy to know that I spent hours on that drawing last night! I think I'm going to call it finished already because a commission has rolled in. I'm to do a soaring eagle in graphite, 8x10. That should be fun! I'll be posting my crouching cowboy soon.

Wow, Jim, those are some wonderful frames! You are talented in the world of framing, too. Love the style of them. Making my own frames...that would be nice, but the most I've done with power tools is the occasional drilling and hand saw work. I have no decent woodworking skills! Thanks for chopping us wood, by the way.

Lisa, like you, I usually buy clearance frames at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I've also learned to keep my eyes open at yard sales because it's surprising how often you'll see a dated, faded old poster print for sale for a dollar or two, but it will be framed in heavy, gorgeous solid oak frame! Most of the frames I pick up end up needing a paint job, but it sure saves money. Plus, you'll often get antique or unique (sorry for the cheesy rhyme! ) frames that way.

That gun rack you made for your dad sounds really neat! My brother used to be really into woodwork and made a lot of really nice things. Now he's too busy at his job to do much of that...

I have to be honest, I'm one of those people who thinks of a city of 60,000 pretty major, too. The town that we like to go to for groceries and everything else is 40 miles away and has a population of 62,000...it feels like a day off to go to town. If it has Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Borders, and/or Barnes & Noble, it's a good enough town for me! In fact, it sounds like we might be going there this evening.

Can't wait to see your pastel.
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I have to be honest, I'm one of those people who thinks of a city of 60,000 pretty major, too. The town that we like to go to for groceries and everything else is 40 miles away and has a population of 62,000...it feels like a day off to go to town.

Me too. Lived for years where the nearest "big town" was 15 miles away and had a population of around 15,000. Moved from there to a more remote area, 5 miles from town (population about 500 ... post office, cafe/general grocery store, church, school) with the nearest "big town" being Billings, which is the biggest "city" in Montana with a population of around 100,000.

The local "city" (20 miles) here in Kentucky has a city population of 12,000 but a population of 50,000 in the "micropolitan" area ... which is, I presume, not just within the actual city limits but the various housing developments close to town.
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Wonderful photos! Makes me wish for the horses of my earlier years...sigh! These sights just cannot be found from the seat of a car zipping down the Interstate.
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Jim, love the frames. They are so pricey at the stores! Wish I could have some! My husband is a good carpenter, but we do not have a table saw, which from what he says is an essential for the frames.

Jenna, good idea. We have many garage sales around, I think I am going to start searching for "vintage" frames!

Guys, the same thing has happened here. We chose this town because we needed to be near the city, and the population was around 10000. The last two or three years it has grown to around 200000! Can you believe it? I just hope they would stop advertising how the economy is better over here, because the amount of people that have moved to this area is too much!

Well, most likely I will not post until Sunday. Wish me luck on the test! I am totally scared!
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Hi Everyone. Sorry I haven't been around for a few days. We had three doctor appointments this week and whenever we have to go to town it is a 5 hour ordeal. We were planning to go to Tucson on Monday to see Bob's Mom, but that will have to wait as Bob has to see another specialist on Monday for a new problem that has cropped up. Bob's Mom will be 92 this November and is still doing ok. We like to take her out for lunch and have bought her a huge supply of chocolate candy (she's addicted to the stuff) and some clothing items she needs. Hopefully we can make it up there Tuesday or Wednesday.

I hope Deb is having a nice vacation and comes back with lots of photos of the high country. I see she got you guys to cut and chop the wood for the campfire, so I won't give you THEE look, LOL.

I just commented on all the new paintings in the challenge. Jenna, I have no intention of painting that photo you did. I was saying the perspective is way to hard for me. You really like a challenge.

Maria, I agree with Ron's statement also, and your right about the good old days. Don't even get me started. Good luck with the test.

Ron, someone just sent me an article about all the oil under the ground in Montana, Wyoming and the Rockies. Enough to last us for years to come, and there is no reason we should be buying oil from other countries. They ought to take all the wing nuts and tie them up to the beetle killed trees and give them some time to think about their actions. Sorry, I'll get off my soap box. Thanks for the wood.

Jim, I like the work your doing with the frames. My Bob is a fantastic carpenter, but he says his Honey-do list is long enough. I used to buy the expensive frames when I did oil paintings, but now I shop the bargains and yard sales. You wouldn't believe some of the paintings I have got that way. One is the lady in white by the artist who painted Whistlers mother, a signed Gorman print and a Voorhes print. Then my neighbors give me frames. I just paint for my own pleasure so can't see buying them.

Hi Sharon, hope your having a good week.

Lisa, I agree with your boyfriend about LA. We lived in California for 6 years before moving to Colorado. The traffic is unreal. When we moved to Longmont, Co the population was 16,000, when I left it was close to 100,000. Way to big for this country girl. Had to go to New York twice for my job and that was even worse.

Hi Kohnart, nice to see you here. Catch ya all later...........Lenore
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Been busy here this week. Dick is the commander of the local VFW post and we hosted a VFW picnic here at the farm Tuesday evening, with BBQ pork, cole slaw and watermelon *donated* by our resident young couple. both with ex-military parents, as a thank you to our military. Very successful ... the one day it was cooler and DID NOT RAIN!

As an interesting note, I now have a request for a drawing of a subject I have never done in the 30-some years of professional artistry ... a car! Asked to do a sports car piece to donate to the VFW fund-raising booth at the local car show October 9th and I have never drawn/painted a car ... ever.

Fortunately for me, Dick's oldest son has been involved in sports car racing many years, worked for the Sports Car Club of America for several years and has done many booths at car shows, so he sent me a list of websites to look at to see how car enthusiasts expect to see their cars photographed/painted.

And of course, now, with my mindset on a very different track, have come up with a couple of scenes I want to do for myself as well. First, my big black 4 x 4 Dodge diesel pickup I drove for years hauling horses, some 250,000 miles in fact, usually accompanied by my Rottweiler. He was a German import, trained for guard work, which he took seriously. Anytime I was out of the pickup he was sitting bolt upright in the driver's seat, watching everything and everyone. MY TRUCK!

My plan is a partial view of the truck with the driver's side window open, with Hummel behind the wheel.

I did one portrait of him some years ago from a photo taken in his old age, when he could no longer handle the long trips and spent much of his time on my waterbed, sneaking up after I was out doing chores. Old bones and arthritis, which I certainly relate to myself!


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Well, I have been going to town on my frames. The wife and kids have been gone for a couple of days so I'm working late, eating Subway/Taco Bell, and watching sports. That was fun for 2 days and now I want them back.

I use joiner tool that cuts a slot into the end of the frame. The little wood biscuit fits inside as it is glued together. Then I clamp it all up like in the photo. Next will be the finishing once I get all 16 frames glued.

Lenore, I hope the doctors get things figured out for Bob. I pray God's blessing on both of you.

Sharon, really nice drawing of your dog. I'm sure you will do a great job drawing a sports car. I would love to see it when you are done. What a great cause you are supporting. Our city (Grand Rapids) had a SSCA grand prix race for 2 years and I got to photograph it both times. It was amazing to see cars going over 100 mph on city streets.
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