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Doc, good luck with your fair entries! Let us know how it goes.

Lenore, that's a cute old car! Yes, my grandparents live almost in sight. We see them on nearly a weekly basis as they do need some help with things and we are a mile or less down the road. It's nice to have them so close.

Sharron, I'm glad to hear you're diving right into the dog in your truck drawing. I hope you'll share it with us.

Jim, that's a great workspace! My dad would love to have a setup like that. He loves woodworking, but his job and his farm work don't allow much time for that sort of thing. I keep hoping he'll one day slow down so he can do more of what he loves...
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Sharon if you go to Wikimedia commons you can get some free photos of corvettes..........Lenore

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Jenna the Corvette drawing for the VFW booth has to come first, before the Dodge truck/dog piece ... that one is for me and the Corvette is something I promised and have to have ready to go out the first week in October. Sounds like quite awhile but with matting/framing and everything it isn't as long as it sounds. Will post the truck here when I start working on it ... it is definitely "western" ... bought it at a ranch dealership in Greybull, WY in 1993.

Lenore I've found some online photos of Corvettes but they aren't high enough resolution to get the kind of detail I need. Outline, yes, but not the detail with the kind of grill, bumper details, etc. I have enough vision impairment that I need large, sharp photos to really see detail on something I'm not familiar with.
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Jenna the Corvette drawing for the VFW booth has to come first, before the Dodge truck/dog piece ... that one is for me and the Corvette is something I promised and have to have ready to go out the first week in October. Sounds like quite awhile but with matting/framing and everything it isn't as long as it sounds. Will post the truck here when I start working on it ... it is definitely "western" ... bought it at a ranch dealership in Greybull, WY in 1993.

I know just what you mean. I always think that setting a deadline months ahead for a drawing will give me plenty of time; that time flies so fast! My drawings take typically well over a month or two...sometimes closer to a half year or more, to complete. I work so slowly.

Good luck with both of your projects, Sharon.
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers about my wifes grandpa. My poor wife... 4 years ago lost her mom to cancer and 6 months after that lost her dad due to motorcycle accident. I considered her parents and grandparents as my own as well; got along very well with them.

The last couple years I would have coffee with him (wifes grandpa) a few times a week with his friends at the donut shop. They were all at least twice my age or older. I would tease them and say "I would have to go to work- unlike all these retirees in this joint". Their response would be, "yes get to work and keep paying into the social security fund!!"

We had fun camping. Perfect weather, not any bug problems, not too hot, a nice breeze. Roasted marshmellows and cooked hot dogs over the fire. Slept in the tent. Got to do some plein air painting. Last time I did that there was still snow on the ground. Just started pa painting this winter and Im not very good at it, but I enjoy it. Heres a couple of my pieces, if you squint really hard and use your imagination, you might see what I was trying to show!





There are a tons of interesting rock formations and stuff in the area. Heres a couple photos.

Rock that looks like dinosaur head


This tree was determined to grow in this spot despite a huge rock in the way


Hi to everyone. Havent seen Jill in a while, hope things are well for her.

Jim- I like your shop area

Lenore- cool car!

Sharon- great drawing of your dog!

Maria- sounds like things are working out for you guys. I knew they would!

Havent heard from Deb yet? May have to send search and rescue team up to the Bighorns!
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Ron, Sorry to hear about your losses. Those are tough times and coming so close together.

I love those 2 pieces. The only thing they need is to be framed. They are simple and to the point. Not overworked at all. Something I could look at every day and not get tired of it.

It sounds like you do about as much plein air as I do. Not much. I am going camping too. Just for 1 night but, my paints are going with me. My son and I are meeting up with another dad and his 2 kids. His 7 year old daughter loves horses and has called me "horsey man" since she found out I painted horses. Every Sunday she draws me a picture in church and gives it to me along with a big hug. My kids are all older so those little kid hugs are pretty special.

Lenore, Bob's got a Dodge dually? Sounds like my kind of man.

Marie, enjoy your art class. I taught a college class a few years ago. My 2 best student were these middle aged women who drove an hour to get there. They were always there on time and the students that walked from down the block would drag in 15 minutes late.

Frames are on hold for now (camping, family reunion). But fyi my work space is in an average 2 car garage. The bench is along the back wall. So in the summer it is "wood shop city" but in the winter we make room for 2 cars.
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County Fair entries.


I was going to put my native American guy in, that I did as a WIP in this forum, but my wife said she liked "Morning Coffee" woman better. She goes into the "Adult Human" category. I think it would be neat to get a ribbon in Adult Human. My wife says if I get one I'll have to start acting like one.
And I photographed my brother-in-law's onions, he had on an old stump. And did this painting of them.
Ron, I really like the landscapes in pastel.
Lenore, a Dodge dually is king of the road. Doc Jim
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Unsafe At Any Speed. I thought I'd show this dually. It's not mine. It hauls these rocks up to the farm on I40. They load them here, on the farm, onto a semi and they're sold to people [in Nashville mostly, country music stars] to go around their pools. Doc Jim

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Doc Jim I really like "Morning Coffee" and certainly would be great to get a ribbon in "Adult Human" ... but I think it's too late for me, second childhood you know.

And I did get busy and take photos the other day, with the weather moderated a bit. Here are the photos of my Dodge and a closeup of the current "truck dog". She's not a Rottweiler, maybe Rott/Dobie cross, although the picture I plan will be of my German Rottie that travelled with me so much.


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Sharon, I really like that truck and that is a beautiful dog. Doc Jim
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Sharon, I really like that truck and that is a beautiful dog. Doc Jim

I'm kinda fond of both of them myself. Have to admit I've had a LOT of fun with that truck ... I'm 5' tall and was going gray when I bought it in 1993. They mechanics had to reposition the seat fasteners for me so I could reach the clutch and brake pedals without having to stretch.

I probably put on 200,000 miles or so hauling horses (mostly big warmbloods) with a 28' gooseneck trailer, custom built ... 7' tall and 6' wide. It was really funny to pull in somewhere and have people look to see who was driving and then watch me get out. I've had people in small cars swear they couldn't see the top of my head over the steering wheel but I think they were exaggerating.
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Ron, it sounds like your family is very close-knit and can only imagine how hard so much loss has been for you all.

Hey, those are great paintings! I've tried plein air painting...once? Or was it twice? I adventurously dragged out my easle and a handful of acrylic paints and stepped daringly into the wild...on the deck off my porch. It was a horrible train wreck! Painting feels unnatural to me, anyway, as I'm used to dry media, and being out of my element with those paints besides that, it was a mess. I later brushed gesso over the hideous painting in the hopes of forgetting that experience. Maybe someday, I'll try it again. So, anyway, when I see those rich, warm paintings you've done, I applaud you! Glad the camping was fun, too.

Doc, wow, those are beautiful fair entries! The old woman is fantastic! I wish you the best of luck with it. Loved what your wife said about the "Adult Human" ribbon! Great old truck!

Sharon, that looks like a trustworthy pickup and a beautiful dog, too! The truck certainly sounds like it's been made especially for you.

I spent the day going from print shop to print shop, hoping to make quality prints from some of my work to sell. Funny, everywhere I went, they didn't seem to know how to go about having art quality prints made... It wasn't a very productive day that way.

If anyone has any tips on how they go about having prints made, would you care to share?
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Doc, those paintings are faboulous! I am sure they are winners. I can not pick my favorite ....

Jim, what class did you teach? I am taking 2d design!

Sharon, that is a cute dog. I can see him feeling the wind in its face!

Rugman, I can see in the paintings! And your photos are very cool. I have to try that plain air painting one day. Maybe when it stops being so hot!
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Thanks for your comments about my plein air paintings. I really need to do it more often if I want to improve at it!

Jim- have a good campin trip. Sounds like your inspiring a new generation of artists in your area, very cool.

Doc Jim- those old trucks still have their uses. I have an old beater that I use as a backup work truck. 1974 ford, not to safe to drive very far, escpecially on highway. I remember the morning coffee painting. Onions are awesome. Both are great pieces, I cant imagine you not winning something.

Sharon- like your dog. I bet you can tow and backup trailers better than most men!! On the ranch you probably started driving very young. I have been letting my kids drive a little bit out on the backroads. They are 11 and 9 years old.

Jenna- plein air is so much different, isnt it! My plein air experiences have helped my studio painting improve. You should try again sometime. For prints, try iprintfromhome.com or vistaprint.com. This topic has come up a few times in pastel forum. If you do a search this forum (in soft pastel talk forum), you'll probably find some helpful information.

Maria- thanks. Plein air is addicting and fun to do. Give it a try.

Hi to everyone, hope all is great! Catch ya later.
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Around the farm this morning. You're welcomed to use any of my photos for your paintings. Doc Jim


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