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Old 09-01-2008, 02:24 PM
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SEPTEMBER 2008 Oil Pastel monthly challenge

Hi All,

Sorry I am a little late with these pictures but I had to vendor two Highland Games this weekend and so much to get ready for these shows.

So for the newbies you can do these pictures any way you see fit change them or whatever, just have fun.

So here are two of my many pictures, one is of my baby Blue Jay who I was two feet from when I took the picture. She still returns to my house to eat and I call her Sapphire.

The second picture is taken from one of my most favorite places in the world, Ireland. This is a picture of Slieve League on the North West Irish Coast.

Have fun with these pictures.

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Thanks, Randi-Lee, for hosting this month. I have to take some of the blame off you since she you didn't tell everyone I meant to give you a midmonth reminder and forgot!!!

So, all's well that ends well. We have the challenge up and the pictures should provide a real challenge.

I have to ask you Randi, what do you mean by "vendoring some Highland Games". Probably a dumb question.


Thanks again for hosting and I don't know which to choose yet. The little jay is awfully cute, but I love the colors of the Ireland landscape. Is Slieve League the name of a small inlet? What is a League? Sorry for all the questions.

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Hi Bill,

No problems on the questions.

Slieve League is the name of the inlet. A lot of Irish names have no meanings at all like "Burren" The Burren is an Irish word that represents an area on the West side of Ireland totally fantastic place as all of Ireland is. If I do more of these challenges you are bound to see many of my Ireland pictures and other places. An example of Irish names is Ballycastle meaning Castle town and Kilmacow which means Hill of the Cow or Cows Hill. it takes a lot of asking to find out what some of the names mean. League represents the distance of the inlet,that you see in the picture. I believe. It is a very small place about at 1.5 hour drive from Donegal on winding narrow roads to get there. There is approximately 10 homes there and a very small home run convienence store and then you have to get to a bigger town like Donegal or somewhere else for hotels or anything else or major shopping and restaurants. This picture was taken last October 3rd at about 5pm.

As for Vendoring Highland Games. I also work in leather, tooling and painting etc. So to work the Highland Games as a vendor which is selling things you have to have goods mostly representative to the Celts or Celtic which also includes: Irish, Scottish, Norse, Viking, French (Hugenots were Celts) and a few others. As I like Celtic/Norse Designs and I am Norse in heritage it works for me. I am hoping to also take some of my art next year pictures, painting and photographs of Ireland and Scotland to sell.

The Highland games involving: Highland and Celtic dancing, Pipe band and individual drumming and piping competitions, sheep dog competitions and demonstrations, hammer throwing, caber tossing (a big pole that looks like half a tree where they run and throw it, pretty tough to do in the snow.) I hear the caber weighs more than 70lbs, very burly men do this one. They often have renactment groups like the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) there and Viking, reneactment groups.

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No problems on the questions.

Slieve League is the name of the inlet. A lot of Irish names have no meanings at all like "Burren" The Burren is an Irish word that represents an area on the West side of Ireland totally fantastic place as all of Ireland is. If I do more of these challenges you are bound to see many of my Ireland pictures and other places. An example of Irish names is Ballycastle meaning Castle town and Kilmacow which means Hill of the Cow or Cows Hill. it takes a lot of asking to find out what some of the names mean. League represents the distance of the inlet,that you see in the picture. I believe. It is a very small place about at 1.5 hour drive from Donegal on winding narrow roads to get there. There is approximately 10 homes there and a very small home run convienence store and then you have to get to a bigger town like Donegal or somewhere else for hotels or anything else or major shopping and restaurants. This picture was taken last October 3rd at about 5pm.

As for Vendoring Highland Games. I also work in leather, tooling and painting etc. So to work the Highland Games as a vendor which is selling things you have to have goods mostly representative to the Celts or Celtic which also includes: Irish, Scottish, Norse, Viking, French (Hugenots were Celts) and a few others. As I like Celtic/Norse Designs and I am Norse in heritage it works for me. I am hoping to also take some of my art next year pictures, painting and photographs of Ireland and Scotland to sell.

The Highland games involving: Highland and Celtic dancing, Pipe band and individual drumming and piping competitions, sheep dog competitions and demonstrations, hammer throwing, caber tossing (a big pole that looks like half a tree where they run and throw it, pretty tough to do in the snow.) I hear the caber weighs more than 70lbs, very burly men do this one. They often have renactment groups like the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) there and Viking, reneactment groups.

Randi-Lee

Now this all makes sense, and after hearing your explanation it is sort of aa "Duh...." moment, because I should have been able to reason out what you meant. These sound similar to an Irish, Celtic, Scotts, etc. version of the more English/Western European festivals that i have attended here in the midwest called Rennesaince Festivals. In fact, my niece, for a time, worked these selling small handmade brooms with the twisted knarled handles as similar festivals. There is a large one that takes place in September near Minneapolis which my wife likes to go to. I went once and have tons of pics of things like firewalkers, firebreathers, minsstrals, etc. since everyone is in character. I bought a heavy wool, bergundy colored traveling cloak with hood that I love to wear (used to get strange looks at school) but it is so much more convenient than throwing on jackets to go between buildings and is quite warm.

I knew a League was a distance measure and while she didn't recognize the name, when I showed that pic to my wife, who went to Ireland on a choral tour a couple of years ago (I opted not to go and sort of regret it now) she said she had been there.

I've always been interested in Western Europe and Russia, and have studied GB intensesly, but never read much on Ireland and I really need to do that. Sounds like some of the British names, The Firth of Forth, etc. My wife told me how beautiful Ireland was and I regret not going now. But now I know.

I look forward to them getting the RIL uploader fixed so I can upload some image collecctions of GB, Russia, Mexico and various places in the continental US that I have thousands of. Be glad to send you some of the Renssaince festival if you are interested.

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Re: SEPTEMBER Pastel Challenge

Looks interesting, Randi-Lee. I may try these in another media.

As a past member of the Oil Pastel Society, I'm bowing out of the OPs. I do have a set of 26 Cra-Pas Specialist oil pastels left to get rid of if anyone is interested. These are hardly used. Great for beginners.

I just don't like them.
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Thanks for hosting Randi-Lee and I stickied the thread. I just love that little Jay. My grandfather was born in Ireland and many of my relatives travel there every other year for the Cassidy clan meet in Fermanagh County. I have never been there yet, but who knows.

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Looks interesting, Randi-Lee. I may try these in another media.

As a past member of the Oil Pastel Society, I'm bowing out of the OPs. I do have a set of 26 Cra-Pas Specialist oil pastels left to get rid of if anyone is interested. These are hardly used. Great for beginners.

I just don't like them.

Donn, we are sorry to see you go! But we each have to find the path that we enjoy and suits us. If OP isn't fun, then your art isn't going to be fun for you and that certainly will show through. I, for one, wish you the best with whatever pathway you choose in art and am glad you tried OP. If no one takes you up on your offer, PM me and I will give you my address and I will see that they make their way to some one that needs them. It is a generous offer.

I'm curious as to whether you ever tried other brands of OP as Specialists are quite hard and dry, more so than any other brand.

It would be interesting to know what it was about the medium that you found disappointing or was not to your liking. I'm not trying to be nosy, I'm a relative newcommer and trying to find out all I can about the medium, both positive and negative. Perhaps it will help me advise those considering OP with more informed and objective counsel.

Please stop by the Oil Gusher in the OP Talk and post a link to your attempts in your medium of choice so we can see what you do with the challenge.

I wish you the best and hope you at least gained an appreciation of what others can do with the medium even if it was not what you wanted to pursue.

Thanks.

and Best of Luck in your creative endeavors.

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I thought I added that in my last post, but obviously didn't. I am sorry to see you leave us, Donn, but hope you will stop by now and then and visit especially the talk forum and let us know what you are up to. It is certainly important that you get satisfaction from your art.

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Bill,

You should kick yourself for not going to Ireland. Needless to say I have over 2000 pictures of Ireland. There is no lack of things to paint in Ireland, I am very big on old architecture and history. However this time you did not get my architecture pictures. I am big on nature also and there is lots of nature in Ireland. If I was able to, I would move to ireland. The people, food, everything about it, I loved.

I would be interested in some of the Renassiance Fair pictures. I did not take any this year of the Highland Games...tooo cold, I was shaking.

To see Slieve League and many places we went, you would have to drive Ireland. My sister and I did that because we are not bus tour people and we like to go places most people wouldn't go to or get to. We also went to the very scary Bunglass Cliffs.

The Renaissance Fairs are different than the Highland Games. The Renaissance fairs are general Medieval etc. festivals not restricting to bagpiping and Celtic Dancing, which these mainly do and the games
of the Highlands. It is the demonstrations that may differ but they still have to be connected to the Highlands or the Celts. Where in a Renaissance Fair they have much more latitude. Highland Games last a day, Renaissence Fairs last in some places up to a week. In Alberta we do not have Renaissence Fairs...too many rednecks.

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Donn, as a very new member of the OPS, I would like to say that I too am sad to see you opt out. But I hope you have found a medium that suites you and that you truly LOVE. I have a friend at work who tried to interest me in watercolor. I even tried taking a class with her and she loaned me all sorts of supplies in hopes I'd love it like she does. But it just wasn't for me. So I know where you are coming from.

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That's true. We have a huge Renaissance Fair in our area every year. It is very popular and will be starting in a few weeks. sorry to say I have never been to it. It goes on for about 4 weekends.

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Donn,

I am a Holbein girl in oil pastels. It was my love of oil pastels that got me interested in the dusty's.

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. In Alberta we do not have Renaissence Fairs...too many rednecks.

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Being from the South (US) I'm familiar with the term "rednecks", but I must admit I had not heard it was common in northern parts of the Continent. Does it carry the same connotation and why does that work agarinst Renessaince Festivals?

Wait a minute, Calgary.....Calgary Stampede....Rodeos....Cowboys...Hmm. Is my line of thinking what you were referring to?? Actually, the Renessaince festival outside Minneapolis last about a month; it is HUGE, with all sorts of vendors, leatherworks, weaponry, food, stages with all sorts of acts, like stepping into a medieval village. The people in costume talk in old style and make comments, often bawdy, to visitors . It is a real hoot. Apparently people come from alll over the country to participate. the cloak I bought was from a vendor from colorado.

If you love old architechture, you would have loved the 16 day trip (7 on a river cruise on the volgabaltic riverway) in Russia last sumer (10000 pics). many churches, ruins, red square, kremlin, st. petersburg, Hermitage, Kremlin Armory Museum, Museum of Icons, and on and on. Incredible.

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Yes Bill, Calgary is cowboys and faker flakers who think they are and big time redneck and yes it means the same. My goodness in cow country you can't have something as sissyfied as a Renaissance Fair. That would be their opinion of them. Calgary is a cultural wasteland and therefore there is too much culture in Renaissance Fairs, the Highland Games did not become big here till a couple of years ago and Canmore about an hour away in the mountains, more artsy and cultural is the biggest show in Western Canada.

Oh I would certainly have loved the trip you had been on. I hope some day to go to Romania and see what is known as Bram Castle. Actually I would love to tour the world for many assorted reasons. So much history too little time.

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Actually my brother and his wife went to Bram Castle several years ago.


It's probably that they are too embarassed to wear the codpieces at the Renessaince festival.

I didn't really say that, did I??? Scratch that. I mean forget I ever said that

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