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2/10/16 7:18 P

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GIMP is really good especially if you can take a class.

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I've had several pop-up ads that had photoshop classes for free listed (on Facebook). I can't afford to get photoshop, so haven't bothered with it. I downloaded something called GIMP that someone had said was a free software that was really like photoshop. There is a class on it at our downtown library in a couple weeks that I am going to really try to get to since I can't understand how to do anything with it at all. Maybe after that class I can figure out where my photos are.

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It is hard when you live in the country to find affordable classes. My PhotoShop classes are through the college and cost 130 each term for 11 or 12 classes. It is high but I think it is worth it. Of course, I also have to pay a monthly subscription for Photoshop. On a fixed income it can be hard.

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2/9/16 4:41 P

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There are two art supply stores here (not craft stores, though one is also house paints) that have workshops and classes sometimes, though not something like drawing and painting pictures. I think one is where the Art Students League has things going on, but I can't afford to join them. There is also the "free university" which is definitely not anywhere near free, but they do have drawing classes. I took one called "Anyone can Draw" and found out I definitely cannot draw. Maybe because I had drawing experience that probably wasn't the right way and I couldn't do things the way she was teaching. I somewhat was in the same boat last fall when I did the painting of the Lark Bunting. They did the circles and ovals and I just can't get those to go together right, so I started out that way, then just copied the painting without the circle for the head. Still, I would like to learn to do better.

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2/9/16 12:55 A

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I don't know about any art centers here. Maybe the Sr. Citizens center has one, but I don't go there. Interesting question.

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2/8/16 3:48 P

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I don't know about others but at our art center they don't specialize. You pick the medium and subject and when you need help there is someone there to give it.


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One of my friends has done several of those paint and sip classes and posted them on Facebook. They look like a lot of fun.

I used to go to a class at one of the rec centers here, but that one wasn't all that fun. All the other people had been going there for quite a while and they would all talk to each other. I just felt like an outsider who wasn't really welcome there. I guess it would be better to take a class where I was starting at the same time as others. I did go to another place before that I enjoyed and was made welcome, but they only do water colors now except for one class where the lady teaching it only does flowers. I might like to do flowers some, but not for every thing I do. Do most art classes (continuing ones) pretty much specialize in just one topic? I know they would in one medium.

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2/7/16 3:56 P

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Sounds like fun. We do have our craft days and next Saturday we are doing a scrap buster at the local fire department. The idea is to take little pieces of fabric and turn them into a quilt.

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2/6/16 7:41 P

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I've never been to one of those sip and paint classes, but my daughter has and she loved it.

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2/6/16 7:18 P

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I would like to be able to find a class in either drawing or painting that I could go to. They have some at the recreation centers and they have those sip-and-paint classes near here. Everyone does the same thing, but I guess that is okay in some of them. If they ever have a groupon or living social special at the one up the block from me, maybe I will try that sip-and-paint one. I think that would be fun. Just one day for a couple hours at those.

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2/6/16 12:51 P

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Glad you enjoyed it.

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2/6/16 12:27 A

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I started the first class today of a six-weeks drawing course. This one is face-to-face, not online, and the last drawing course I took was in about 1985, I think. I need a lot of practice, but I really enjoyed the course today.

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2/4/16 1:07 P

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Thank you for asking I will post some.

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2/4/16 9:31 A

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F8cone8 how can we get to see some of those quilts you have been working on? They sound wonderful.

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2/1/16 4:04 P

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Not only include but it is #1 on the list. LOL

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2/1/16 3:07 P

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Uhhhh - how to wash your face in 7 steps?! That might be a bit much for me, too, although I guess someone thought it was important enough to include in your challenge. Kinda makes you wonder how many steps you'll be taking to do the challenge on day 30!

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2/1/16 2:55 P

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I started the Huffington Post Look Good Feel Good 30 day challenge. Today's message was how to wash your face in 7 steps. Hmmm I may not stick with this one. emoticon

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1/28/16 3:25 P

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Glad you enjoyed the show and really glad you got the computer back. I was so busy yesterday hardly got online at all. My cat sitter is gone so I am babysitting her fur baby. Off to feed the cat early then pick up my friend for quilting. Home in time to start a new landscape quilt (my first) then off to my Photoshop class Whew,

Anyway I think I am having way too much fun. I still have a few committments but I am trying to ease out of them. I'm teaching a class on Monday and still have to get my stuff together for it. I will try to quit volunteering so much.

DH so enjoys our little sit down talks that I need to make more time for it.

I'm 2 days behind on Morning pages and journals. No worries. I'll get caught up.

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The Oak Ridge Boys put on a really good show, and I'm glad I got to go. I especially like live music, and sometimes I don't even get particular about which concert I'll go to!

Re: the computer hackers and people who destroy things. I just don't get how these things can give someone a large charge. At least my computer is working again now, and as far as I can tell I don't have any lasting problems.

I'm going to spend some time tomorrow working on two collages for the monthly assignments in an online art journaling class that I signed up for. Good thing it hasn't been a daily class because I've just been operating day by day lately. As I was in the bathtub yesterday morning I started singing the Bob Seger song "Against the Wind." The words that had been repeating over and over in my mind before that were "...deadlines and commitments -- what to leave in, what to leave out."

I definitely need to cut some stuff out of my life that is not giving me a bit of pleasure. Need to make time for more art!

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1/27/16 2:29 P

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That would be so nice to see the Oak Ridge Boys. I haven't even heard of them in years. I think I saw them on TV recently, but it was one of those Gospel Music shows that is from a long time ago.

That was awful to have that happen with your computer and then the power go out on a cold night. I was on Facebook and there was a post about some video that I started to go to. Turned out it was some hack to get your personal information by having you login again. I immediately closed it. Then the person who "posted" it wrote in and said she definitely did NOT post that. I just hate that people keep doing things like that. Why do they always have to try to destroy things and steal from people? Around here they are also going around breaking car windows, stealing license plates, and slashing tires, just to be ruining other people's things.

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1/23/16 7:49 P

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Wow what a day. I am so glad you had a good day with McJulio that is awesome. I can't believe the bad luck having to start over but it should take some pressure off.

I love the Oakridge Boys I even have a picture of me with them from the old days when I could get back stage at concerts. That was a long time ago.

Glad you are back today. It's been a really good day.

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1/23/16 4:50 P

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I haven't taken the time to watch any of the videos yet.

After over a 50-day streak for logging into SparkPeople everyday, I'm back to Day 1. I didn't get on the computer yesterday morning because I was tied up in the kitchen making a big pot of soup to take to McJulieO's house for our Craft Play Day. We usually meet in the afternoons, but we decided to start late morning yesterday and have lunch together because I needed to be home earlier yesterday evening to get ready for a concert. We really enjoyed our day together!

Got home, got on the computer, and I hit something that started a string of pop-ups saying that my computer was under attack. Got out of that and immediately started another security scan. It was still running when I left for the Oak Ridge Boys' concert here in town.

When I drove back into my subdivision, I could see that the power was out in the entire neighborhood. And last night the temps were going to be down to freezing for a change. Nothing to do but cover some plants with sheets and go to bed. Thankfully, the power returned a couple of minutes before midnight, and I got up to make sure my computer would reboot and wasn't completely wiped out from a virus or power failure. Finally got it going after about 45 minutes and everything checked out okay. When I saw some SparkPeople messages I realized that I completely missed the January 22 check-in. So today is the first day of my new streak!

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1/22/16 3:36 P

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I just watched video 2 of the Whitney Freya video. Interesting and right in line with the other activities I am doing. Watching the painting practice is OK but I want to do my own. I have the materials and am ready to do it.

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1/6/16 12:21 P

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love that! the simple truth remains . . . . that success is the matter of making one good decision followed by another. and repeat.

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So funny!

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1/1/16 10:15 P

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oh, please don't say chocolate and mint in the same sentence!!!



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1/1/16 5:31 P

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I know exactly what you mean about the mints and caramels! Just keep me away from those because I can't limit myself with them around!
(Maybe by talking about them here we can "taste vicariously" and get over actually eating them!)
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1/1/16 5:12 P

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Happy New Year everyone.

I need to try some smoothies. I have made them before, but then I get lay about them. I do do my own cooking almost all the time and smoothies don't take as long. Not too sure why I don't make them more.

We have a place here that is like what you guys mention, where you have to stay out of those stores. I would only weigh about 145 if it wasn't for that place. They actually have several stores, but I got started on them with the door-to-door. They go to businesses and sell some of the best nuts you can get around here, really good candies, trail mixes, and dried fruits. So I was introduced to them at one business I worked at and they were at most of them after that. I will say the malted milk balls were rich enough that I didn't eat too many of those at a time. Not so with mints and caramels.

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1/1/16 3:18 P

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I have lived in this house by Cranberry Sweets since 2002 and have only been in there three times. (When I had out of state company.) It is dangerouse to go in. LOL

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12/31/15 11:15 P

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Frozen fruits are some of our standards especially for smoothies.

Don't ever buy the frozen mango! emoticon if they're good, you'll end up eating the whole bag, but if they're not, you've wasted a lot of $$$ We got hooked on them when Costco had the bags of organic mangoes last year . . . they must have been in season . . . but a very SHORT season because within a bag or two, the mangos were not sweet and really hard and stringy. We haven't bought them since.

Coos Bay, North Bend, Bandon are some of our favorite places to go for a day trip. But we make it a point NOT to go to the shops where they have aisles of candies for sampling. I could gain 10 pounds just walking through!

Have a wonderful new years eve, ladies. I'll chat with you next year!!

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12/31/15 1:56 P

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Darlene, I have a box of the Liberty Orchard fruits, too. Like you said, they have the nuts in them and the other ones are just the jellies. Both are yummy!

I buy packages of the frozen berries and add ice and vanilla milk to them to make smoothies. But they are not too appealing when it's so cold outside!

I don't want to deny myself something and then crave it and get grumpy, so I just really have to work on portion control. If I can go a few days without one of these packed-with-sugar-and-calorie sweets, that's better, but so far -- for peace of mind -- I'm just limiting them.

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I got fruit and nut candies from Liberty Orchards in Washington. So far I haven't opened them, so have managed to limit the sweets at that point. Not doing so good at other sweets. I noticed that the strawberries I got are more than twice the carbs as the ice cream has. Guess I will get the horrible looking frozen berries (they are brownish) next time and sweeten with Splenda or stevia.

That melted chocolate bit sounds good. I will try that sometime with very crushed up pecans or almonds if I can crush them small enough.

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Cranberry Sweets faces the front of my house! What a small world we live in!!!!

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Speaking of limiting sweets -- I went to dinner with a friend last Saturday night, and then afterwards I joined her and her sister at her apartment where she served me some delicious Oregon Berries, Red Raspberry & Marion Blackberry Pates de Fruits, handmade in Coos Bay, Oregon! When I saw where they were made, I told her that one of my SparkFriends (F8CONE8) was from Coos Bay. So she sent a box of the amazing jellied candies home with me.

I haven't opened the box yet, but when I do, I will limit myself to only one (or two?) little candies a night. They are only 30 calories each, but they do have about 7.5g of sugar in each one. Probably not good if someone is concerned with blood sugar. They are so sweet and satisfying that one is really plenty for me.

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Sounds like a great idea! I'll have to try that. Not bending over licking the bowl, but the chocolate chips with almonds!
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Way to go !!! set yourself up for success.

This is my 'go to' when I am desperate for chocolate
and it's really simple and does the trick every time.

I use one of the 8 ounce glass Pyrex custard bowls
to melt 1 Tablespoon ( 1 Tbs = 70 calories )
of Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips

It doesn't take long for them to soften,
so they're easy to smush and stir all together.

Then I stir in 3 or 4 almonds (1 almond = 7 calories)

and eat it slowly while it's still warm . . .

For me, it is so rich and sweet and chocolaty
that it satisfies better than a Hershey's chocolate bar
which has the same 100 calories.



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I just got back from the grocery store. I picked up some fruity Greek yogurts to try to tame my sweet tooth. I'm like Cathy -- my chocolate cravings just won't go away. For the past few months I've been able to limit myself to one small-sized piece of chocolate a day when the urge hits -- but thank goodness it's not an everyday thing.

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Good for you Cathy!

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Well, my sweet tooth has a mind of its own..... especially chocolate . . . . . and I can not ignore it because it will have its way!

So, I've found a few things that have been working well for me. . . . and so far so good.

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I bought a bunch of little packs of fruits and applesauce for the fridge. The idea is to grab that instead of a candy bar. I'll let you know if it works.

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I have been doing that up and down thing for so long. Now my sweet tooth is in full force and I just can't seem to stop with the sweets. I was in the kitchen a little while ago and thinking about that. Since I can't resist something sweet I was wondering what I can do to substitute and am going to try to substitute some kind of fruit. Hope I can keep that going. Well, once I start doing that. My apples in the fridge look like they are not any good, so I will get rid of them and try to get new and cook some that I can eat. I have been eating Cuties and oranges since I read that citrus is supposed to help with gall stones. Have some strawberries (though those are sugared since that is all I can find in the good tasting frozen) and peaches that are frozen. Maybe I can manage by eating things like that. At least I hope so.

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Me, too! I've got to quit doing this! Those pounds are getting harder and harder to take off as time goes on.


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I hear you. I have been up and down more than a roller coaster. emoticon

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Oh no! Not the tower of sweets!!!!! Good luck getting rid of them.

And today's my 3rd day back on my program . . . and yes, it feels good.

I just looked at my 'weight over time' report for the last year. . . and it's been a gradual increase of 10 pounds . . . and I've probably lost and regained the same pound or two, 50 times . . . .



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Good for you not opening it up. I am back on track and feeling awesome 1 day in a row.

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I received a package of the Harry & David tower of sweets. I'm proud to say I haven't opened any of the boxes yet! They may very well be re-gifted, one by one, or else I'll take a box to each of my many committee meetings that are coming up this next week. But everyone else is probably all candied out, too!

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emoticon That is so true! I eat them to get rid of them too. DH and I were having chocolate last night when i realized that same thing.

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That seems to be a problem for a lot of people this time of year -- eating plenty. I've been trying to get rid of some of those sweets that I was given. Only problem is I do it by eating them. Fortunately, I don't care for pretzels, so I didn't do the pretzels that had the chocolate on them.

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I baked nothing but I ate plenty. We got home today and it is wonderful.

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I didn't get my fudge made for Christmas. I ended up getting store-bought cookies to take to the potluck at the church. The kids there liked them.

I got a kit for making the fudge one year. It was with sweetened, condensed milk, marshmallows and chocolate. Not too sure what all was in it, but it was really easy and turned out great. I was trying to find a recipe for that this year, but the only one I found from Eagle Brand doesn't include the marshmallows. I found one that is on another site that modifies the Eagle Brand one for Rocky Road Fudge, though, that uses them but doesn't melt them completely into the chocolate mixture. I mean, doesn't blend it completely in. You make the fudge without the marshmallows, then mix in peanuts and the unmelted marshmallows so that they still show as the marshmallow. I wouldn't use peanuts, though, I would use pecans or walnuts for mine.

I need to clean out some rooms so I can start painting again. At least I would like to try drawing and get that to come out good.

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Hey, I'm glad this discussion showed up on my Team Feed this morning. Hadn't come across it before. Lots of good info, and chat.

Love the CAVE dwellers! That describes my BIL to a tee!

I'm hoping to make more time for artistic expression in the new year.
I've been allowing other 'stuff' to crowd in and stifle my creativity.

Thank you for the inspiration.


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Darlene, I've tried to make the "Never Fail Fudge" recipe on the back of the marshmallow fluff bottle multiple times, and I haven't managed to get it right yet!

I received some new color calibration software for Christmas and I'm installing it now. I'm praying that it matches up the colors on my monitor with my printer... that's the general idea.

Today, I think I'll have some painting time. I'm so excited!

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Merry Christmas to all my artist friends. May your day be filled with wonder and joy.

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On December 21, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog was about Stamped and Stenciled Holiday Cookies. That looked pretty interesting, too. She gives some good tips about "flooding" the cookies with icing, so that might help you before you paint on top of the icing.

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We used to have all sorts of cookies when I was younger (mostly made completely by Mom, though I helped on some). I can remember snickerdoodles every year, press cookies, sugar cookies and a Polish cookie that is deep fried on a special iron. Dad and I always made divinity and we always tried to make fudge. I say tried because his turned out like chocolate soup and mine was so dry you couldn't even stir it. Maybe we should have mixed them together. We always followed the directions to the T, too. I haven't really made anything like that lately. Some of those cookies with the painting on top might be fun, though. I'd have to get some brushes I could use for that, though. Maybe for Easter.

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I can get the picture in my head from your description, Darlene. Painted cookies sounds like a great project!
I haven't made any cookies for this Christmas although I did buy some new cookie cutters. Just haven't gotten around to that yet.
Now I'm going to have to ask my own kids if they remember baking cookies with me!
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I used to take a lot of time to bake cookies with my son. I thought he would have many happy memories of these days but apparently he doesn't really remember it. sigh. Oh well I have the happy memories.

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I saw something on Facebook today that I thought people on here might like doing. Sorry I didn't get the link. I'll add it if I find that post again. It would be nice for those baking cookies that want to take the time. On top of the cookies they painted flowers and things with icing. For Christmas it would be nice with the tree, poinsettias, etc. Then if you were doing cookies in the spring or something, paint on more spring flowers. I hadn't ever seen anything painted on like that before. Mainly just the dyes on cookies or just spreading the icing all over the cookies.

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Yes, we must guard against Cave Dwellers, and on occasion I've had to stop and realize that I might be heading down that path to the cave, myself. (Not constantly, by any means, but sometimes feeling that some negativity is slipping in.)

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Be on the lookout for Cave Dwellers
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Do you have a favorite color? I say I don't like blue but then I look at my projects and clothing and blue seems to dominate.

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Spending some time dying fabric today. I hope to make curtains out of it. I mixed blue, jade and yellow but I think the blue is dominating it. We shall see. Part of the fun is seeing what you get.


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Thank you for the link. I had never heard of Mark Carder before. So many free videos and other material on this website! I watched the 8-minute video titled "a little bit about myself" and can hardly wait to have time to watch more.

Now this is the kind of guy you think of when you hear the word "artist."

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Have you guys ever checked out a site called draw mix paint? I've found some great information here...

www.drawmixpaint.com/

He's a realist painter, and he has lots of great videos.

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Thanks Louise. He certainly was a joy to watch. Loved this link!

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Here's a link to an article with some trivia about Bob Ross -- "12 Neat Things You Didn't Know About Bob Ross":

www.countryliving.com/life/a36792/bo
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That sounds incredible. I wish I were close enough to go with you. Draw on....

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I really enjoyed my first visit to the "Drink & Draw Club" get-together yesterday afternoon. There were 5 of us there, including the hostess and me.

We all drew the same still life from our vantage point around the large table. Carol had several items sitting on a lazy-susan turntable, which I thought was a good idea. But then when everyone started drawing, you really couldn't move the lazy-susan to get a different view, anyway. I still like the idea, though, and think I might start using a lazy-susan to set up different arrangements here at home for myself to practice drawing.

We could either draw all of the items, or just a few. I drew one of each of them -- a wine bottle in a heavy pottery wine-cooler, a glass vase with leaves, a marble ball, a patterned pottery candlestick from Italy, and a sea shell. I think I need to write down on my page what I drew (for future reference), because that sea shell is a totally unrecognizable, lumpy blob! :) Later I drew a larger picture of the candlestick so that I could see the pattern better. Still need to finish coloring that one in because I ran out of time.

It was interesting to see everyone's supplies, and most of us had watercolor pencils. I took my set of Derwent Inktense pencils, which I can highly recommend if you have never used them. I have an Aqua Flow Brush set, which is a set of three portable brush-pens that have barrels to hold water, and those always come in handy. Everyone else used larger sketch books than mine, and I may decide to take a larger one the next time to help me get away from drawing such tight, detailed works.

I made it a point not to look at anyone else's work while I was doing my own, because I didn't want to mentally compare mine to theirs. When we finished, I enjoyed seeing all the different views of the same subjects. One of the ladies journalled on her page, and another drew a nice decorative border around hers. I was glad that I went with an open-minded, learn-all-I-can attitude because I never felt intimidated at all. It was a very positive experience with lots of great conversation about art classes, museums, and travel while we were drawing, and it was good to meet new friends. Hopefully I'll be able to go to the next session to be held in about a month.



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Oh boy oh boy oh boy. I love Bob Ross!!!! Miss his shows and his positive attitude. I can watch in my studio and paint. Yeah.

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Bob Ross "The Joy of Painting" shows are now online.

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/watch-the-b
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(If the above link does not work, just search on YouTube for Bob Ross.)

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I think you have found the perfect solution. I want to hear all about it. I'm recovering from a cold and feel like I'm just wasting my time but I have no energy either. I hate the fact that I should be happy I can just take time off to do nothing but I still feel quilty.

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The "Drink & Draw Club" doesn't meet until tomorrow (Monday).

Right now I'm thinking I'll take a completely new sketchbook, a 50 lb. 5.5" x 8.5" one. How's that for getting around the problem of having to show any of my previous drawings?!?!

Still wondering if I'll use any watercolor pencils or colored markers. I may just stick to pencil, although it might be fun to do a line drawing and fill it with doodles/tangles. Guess I'll take a few different supplies and then make a decision after I get there.

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I don't know what I did with my copy.

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How was it?

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I have that book and forgot about it. Need to re-read it -- and let it all sink in!

What I'm really excited about is getting to meet other like-minded people and hopefully find someone from here who likes to attend art lectures at the museums.

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I took a wonderful class called "Drawing on the right side of your brain." The text book was of the same name. Basically, it is a skill we can draw on (pun intended) by letting go of our left brain thinking. I know it works but I haven't practiced in years.

Have fun.

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One of my former employees at the library retired recently, and today she invited me over to her house on Monday for a "Drink & Draw" party from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. She says we'll all sit around the table and sketch the same still life with whatever pencils, pens, charcoal, etc. that we want to work with. I haven't decided yet what I'll take and what size sketchbook to use.

Sounds like fun -- if I can just get past my "I can't draw" hang-ups!

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What a creative teacher. I loved the blog. Thanks for sharing.

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I'm not sure if I've ever posted anything on this team about one of the favorite blogs that I follow each week. Cassie Stephens is an elementary art teacher in Nashville, TN, and her blogs are filled with details of the art projects she teaches her students, plus costumes that she makes herself to wear to school to help inspire the kids -- and other teachers, I'm sure.

Her post on Sunday, October 18, 2015, titled "DIY: My Top 5 Fave Things About Fall" shows many of her artsy outfits that she's come up with over the years. I love this gal's energy and enthusiasm!

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Very interesting.

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One of my favorite hobbies is to read both fiction and non-fiction books about art. In addition to enjoying the many "how-to" books about arts and crafts, I've been especially intrigued with books about art thefts and art forgeries.

Last night I watched one of the most interesting documentaries I've seen in a long time, and the story has occupied my thoughts many times today. The film "Art and Craft" aired on our local PBS channel on the POV (Point of View) series, and it's the story about artist Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in modern times. He wasn't ever prosecuted for his forgeries and elaborate ruses because he wasn't in it for the money. For the past 30 years he has copied hundreds of art works and then donated them to various museums across the United States.

I highly recommend this thought-provoking film, and I believe you can watch the entire video online until October 25, 2015, if it is not shown in your PBS viewing area. You can also get detailed information about the program and about Mark Landis's life at this link:
www.pbs.org/pov/artandcraft/

"A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect."


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Thank you! I am a member of the ZenTangle SparkPeople team, so that's why I posted some of my Zentangles.

Zentangles are an art form of "artistic meditation," and are basically "miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles on a 3.5-inch (89 mm) square paper tile. Zentangles are not only exquisitely beautiful, they are fun and relaxing to create."

They're really not supposed to represent anything, but I enjoy writing words in mine sometimes, such as the one I posted with the word "January" in it. My 12-year-old granddaughter likes to write her friends' names in them. Sometimes I use circles or heart templates to get started, but that's not really following the Zentangle method that has been set out. So a lot of mine are just "doodles." Some people color them, and I've seen shoes and fabrics done with the doodle designs.

I think I enjoyed doing them more when I wasn't trying to follow someone else's patterns. A few years ago my elderly aunt was in the hospital and I stayed there with her for several weeks. As I sat, I made page after page of Zentangles because it was relaxing and it was something I could get back into easily after getting up to tend to my aunt. It was definitely a form of meditation for me.

Here are two websites to give you more information, and you can also look up the team here on SparkPeople. (It's listed under my Spark teams on my page.) You don't have to buy an expensive kit to get started. If you have a piece of paper and a pen, you're in business!

https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-
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Here's a blog about the difference between Zentangles and doodling:

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IMPROVINGME, I THANK YOU FOR THE WELCOME BACK AND FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK.

I ALSO VISITED YOUR PAGE AND FIND YOUR WORK VERY INTERESTING. I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE HEART DESIGN. I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER HEARD THE TERM "ZENTANGLES" WOULD YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT IT?

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I visited your SparkPage and saw all your beautiful paintings you had posted. I'm glad you're able to paint again after all you've been through. You are such a great artist and an inspiration to us all!

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I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF SPARKPEOPLE AND THIS TEAM FOR A LONG TIME. HOWEVER, I REACHED MY ORIGINAL GOAL WITH WEIGHT LOSS THEN SET A NEW GOAL, BUT REACHED A PLATEAU, GOT DISCOURAGED, QUIT TRYING, GAINED A FEW LBS. BACK AND NOW I AM HERE TO TRY AGAIN BEFORE THE WEIGHT GAIN GETS OUT OF CONTROL.

I DO FINE ART, OPENED MY STUDIO "GALLERY OF ART" IN MY HOME IN 1985. RETIRED A FEW YEARS AGO. OVER THE YEARS MUCH OF MY WORK WAS COMMISSION WORK.. THE PIECE WAS SOLD BEFORE I PAINTED IT. I COULDN'T PAINT ANY MORE BECAUSE OF THE ARTHRITIS IN MY SHOULDER BUT AFTER I HAD A COMPLETE SHOULDER REPLACEMENT, ACCOMPANIED BY MANY COMPLICATIONS AND A LOT OF THERAPY, I CAN PAINT AGAIN, NOT AS FAST, BUT I CAN AND DO PAINT. I CONSIDER PAINTING AS MUCH AS I CAN OF GODS BEAUTIFUL WORLD AS ONE OF MY MISSIONS IN LIFE

I LOOK FORWARD TO CHECKING OUT SOME OF YOUR WORK ON YOUR SPARK PAGES. IF YOU GET A CHANCE CHECK OUT MINE. THEN MAYBE WE CAN CHAT ABOUT OUR ART.



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