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No problem we'll talk about it more.

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Not sure I would know how to do this or be able to really. I can try, but if I don't like what I do I don't know that I would want to trade something icky to somebody.

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I can wait until November. I will be traveling again in October and have a few projects going now. How about everyone else?

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F8CONE8 mentioned that it might be time for another team ATC swap. I'm working on my 50th-year high school class reunion, so I'm swamped until October, if even then. So don't wait on me if you want to have one due in September. They are fun, if any of you have never done them.

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Very nice, Darlene!

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Thank you.

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These are wonderful.


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Those cards are awfully little for me right now. I did try one that is postcard size for my class. We were to have some for critique. I kept getting interrupted, so was doing them the night before class.

Original photo the color was a little different, but I couldn't match it in there:


My other was these irises. I couldn't get it to not have such sharp edges (and couldn't see too well the source picture for the small things like the yellow), so I was having a lot of problems with it.


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There are many ATC tutorials online. This is just one of many. Enjoy www.wikihow.com/Make-Artist-Trading-
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I went to the Admas County Fair yesterday because I wanted to see a dog act that was there. While there I went in and looked at the art and photography competition pictures. It was the only competition stuff they had at the fair that I could see. I noticed that the watercolor they had there didn't have even one realistic picture, so I guess that is the kind of watercolor that is preferred. I think if the one lady in our class who does swirls and hearts and such all over her paper would have won it. There was another section (can't remember what it was) that the pictures looked like little kids had done them (the little kids section was in another part and some of them did really good ones that were realistic). The photos were good and they must have had some really long range telephotos for some. And there was one that had a bee on a flower, something I have been trying to get for years and never have succeeded.

Last week I went to the Denver County Fair, which was larger. I know they have an art area somewhere, but I didn't see it when I was there. There was a booth with artist trading cards, but they wanted $10 to make a card so I didn't make any. Maybe I can find out how to do something like that at home.

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It is so nice to have so much here in our little town. We are so lucky.

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I love listening to live music and being right there soaking up the whole experience.
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Have been going to the local shows lately. What fun to hear local talent singing their hearts out.

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I hope you've been enjoying the classes, Darlene, because you're doing a great job. I find it more helpful when the instructor demonstrates how to wield the brush.
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You are doing great! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Well, I'm back from my Friday jaunts (watercolor class and shopping anyway). Did a bit more on my fox, but have a little more to do below his "collar" of light fur. I am taking so long on him. I need to do better at working on things here at home so I can get a couple things done for critique next week. That will be our last class. I have finally learned to start out light with washes and then work toward the dark. Wonder what I will do if I do any oils after this. Here is my fox so far:


This is what we were doing last week. Suppose to try it to get the trees in (both the big ones and the tiny ones in the background) and then learn how today. He told us what to do, but didn't demonstrate, so the little directions are written on there, so you might see writing. Mine didn't turn out too bad, but my foreground trees are a little off.


They don't look too bad in the photos.

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I took a class from here in 1990. Wow how time flies.

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Thanks for the info on the youtube videos. Our PBS doesn't have Susan Scheewe right now. It is interesting that she is using the acrylics on them. When I watched her before on TV she did only watercolor and I looked at some of her books and they were all watercolor back then.

I have quite a bit left to do on that fox so that he always looks like a fox and not a cat, but I am hopeful that I will get him to look right. So far he looks a lot better than anything else I've been trying. Well, I always did like drawing animals.

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I think you're making great progress, Darlene, and your fox looks wonderful!

Our PBS channel is showing a painting series by Susan Scheewe. You can do a search of her name on YouTube and find some of her video lessons there. She does mainly florals, using acrylics on a wet surface which makes the paint react like watercolors.

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Another class for me today. It went a bit better, I think. We did a salt on just some lines of paint to see what the result would be, one with mixes of just streaks of paint in different designs and plastic wrap put over it, and then a fox. My fox is just starting and it is hard to tell him from a cat, but I think he will turn out okay. (hopefully better than what my computer does to me) Anyway, here are the results of today's class:



Tomorrow they come to install the TV system. I looked up the channels on it and I don't get the channel that most of the art shows are on. It has the other PBS channels, but they have mostly stuff like politics and such. I am going to see if there is a way to switch between that TV and antenna TV or I will not be able to see the art programs. The library has about 3 videos on art classes.

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I have duplicates of everything myself, but it is because I have so much junk that I keep losing things (in that case maybe the paints) or I think I can't get them open. Or else that thing about needing something to draw on when I am not at home. I have my oils separated into the different color areas in baggies, but I think I am going to have to throw out most of them. They are so messy and the oil leaking out of them.

At Judy's we did Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, too. I think we started with trying to draw our hand (it was 20 years ago, so I am not sure) and then we did a person. Wish I could find the canvas I started on that. It actually turned out to look like the girl I was doing. Then I took a class called "Anyone Can Draw." Well, anyone in that class could draw except me. When we did the bluebird in my watercolor class he said to start with two circles, one a little larger than the other. Then triangles for the beak and tail. I tried following that and the poor bird is really suffering. It is how all the books teach drawing, though. I just can't do it that way. I just have to have something in front of me like a picture or animal or plant and just try to get the drawing to look like that without all those circles.

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It has been almost 25 years since I seriously painted anything. My neighbors were both elderly and the one who was an artist left her painting supplies to me (among other things.) She seems to have had the beginnings of alzheimers as she had so much in her supplies and duplicates of everything. I gave our high school and an artist friend some of the hundreds of items. I kept about 40 brushes, the canvas, and paints. Lots of oils and a few pastels. I already had brushes and some pastels. I am going to get back into painting as I can't bear to let these items go to waste.

I never was good at drawing but I took a class called drawing on the right side of the brain. I drew a picture of my youngest soon and it came ut identifiable!! Unfortunately, I will pretty much be starting over now as it has been so long. What the heck. I do it for fun and I have no pressure to be a professional or anything.

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My paints are from tubes, but in a set. No way could I afford to get all the paints individually. One of the ladies in the class uses her little granddaughter's cake sets, though. Of course, she taught art, so she really knows fairly well what she is doing. She said she just never applied what she was teaching to her own art work so she is taking the class.

I think the smaller round brush I have is a 2, but I'm not sure. It might be a 0.

I have one of those projectors that I can project onto the canvas. Don't know where I got it, but probably one of the local art stores. I know that at least one of those is the cheapest place around here to get things and they have the better items most of the time (that doesn't include the paint I got, but that was the 2nd cheapest set they had and actually is suppose to be a good quality paint).

Haven't gotten too far with my cleaning. I managed to eat enough to make myself sick. Might take a nap and then start in again.

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Yes, a No. 4 round. Depending on the size of your piece, a No. 8 will work fine too. It's my second choice on most things. I use watercolor from paint tubes on a pallet I set up most of the time but the cake sets work okay too. They tend to be a little grainier and harder on your brushes though. I'm terrible with watercolor pencils and pastels. One of the owners of the gallery downtown is a watercolorist and does workshops and I've been tempted to try that because I suspect a lot of these tools I just need to be physically shown how to use properly.

I hear you on the drawing. I hated my drawing skills for a long time and finally broke down and bought a small opaque projector from Aaron Brothers with birthday money (my FIL didn't know anything about art or the supplies but wanted to help). I used that to create the drawings I wanted to paint from for a while and my drawing got better with the practice.

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Franclyn, are you talking about a No. 4 round brush? I have 8, 10, and 12 rounds, a couple really thin rounds for more detail, and a couple filberts (I think that is what they are called) and a fan brush besides the mop brush I just got. I suppose my mop brush from my oils would have worked since that is soft, too, but I wanted to keep them separate. My landscapes I tried last week I was doing the sky around the clouds, but it didn't wind up looking too good.

I thought I had a 2nd watercolor set that I hadn't opened, but from what I found I think it was actually something called watercolor pastels. So I have a bunch of them, but with my drawing lately I don't know that those would be used much. I also have a ton of sketch pads and drawing pencils and color pencils because I used to end up having to wait somewhere for appointments and ended up going to the art store downtown and getting another pad and drawing pencils. Then I ended up doing a lot of crocheting and stopped the drawing for a long time, so everything is turning out bad. Maybe I should have just started out trying to draw before trying a painting class.

I am hoping I will have a chance to do some drawing tonight and tomorrow night. That is what I was planning until I had to really change my internet and get the TV added to try to not have to pay as much. Now I have to clean up two rooms enough to get the stuff set up on Saturday. Stupid that the company can get my contract to a lower price (or even price) if I add TV to the internet contract. They raised myy internet cost by $30 a month and I have the slowest speed internet service

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Franclyn, are you talking about a No. 4 round brush? I have 8, 10, and 12 rounds, a couple really thin rounds for more detail, and a couple filberts (I think that is what they are called) and a fan brush besides the mop brush I just got. I suppose my mop brush from my oils would have worked since that is soft, too, but I wanted to keep them separate. My landscapes I tried last week I was doing the sky around the clouds, but it didn't wind up looking too good.

I thought I had a 2nd watercolor set that I hadn't opened, but from what I found I think it was actually something called watercolor pastels. So I have a bunch of them, but with my drawing lately I don't know that those would be used much. I also have a ton of sketch pads and drawing pencils and color pencils because I used to end up having to wait somewhere for appointments and ended up going to the art store downtown and getting another pad and drawing pencils. Then I ended up doing a lot of crocheting and stopped the drawing for a long time, so everything is turning out bad. Maybe I should have just started out trying to draw before trying a painting class.

I am hoping I will have a chance to do some drawing tonight and tomorrow night. That is what I was planning until I had to really change my internet and get the TV added to try to not have to pay as much. Now I have to clean up two rooms enough to get the stuff set up on Saturday. Stupid that the company can get my contract to a lower price (or even price) if I add TV to the internet contract. They raised myy internet cost by $30 a month and I have the slowest speed internet service

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Very interesting that we have such a diverse group.

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I have used several mediums and all seem to have their pros and cons. One thing I like about watercolors is that frequently the medium itself can dictate the results. What I mean by that is the water can flow and give unexpected results, so as long as I don't try to totally control it, I can be delighted by the results. Oils are easier to dictate. Acrylics dry quickly and become a little darker so they have a challenge there. I used to do a lot of pastels too. Pen and ink was quite a challenge. Liked charcoal. When I first started landscapes I was overwhelmed by all the details!!!! Now I can simplify better so I can enjoy it more. I try not to be too critical of myself and that helps.

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I generally don't do landscapes much but clouds are one of those places where negative space is your best friend. Leave that space devoid of paint. Soften the edges of the sky around it by waiting until the pigment's had time to set but not until it's dry. Then take a brush (I generally go with a #4), dip it in the water, wipe it across your rag or paper towel lightly to get excess water off and gently pull at the edge of the sky pigments toward your negative space.

Oh, and your description of your battles with the medium on the whole? Almost word for word my battle with acrylics.

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I painted a few water colors several years ago when I was taking oil painting from a lady here in town (after another one turned me down because I hadn't told my parents about it -- I was 38 at the time). Those turned out good. Now I can't seem to do anything. Friday I tried 2 landscapes. The first one went in the trash. The second one I have here at home, but it is so bad I left class early and almost in tears. I can't get colors right, can't get shapes right. I wanted to paint a barn and even that turned out terrible. I went and got me a mop brush to see if that would help with clouds and sky, at least, because what I had wouldn't make fluffy clouds no matter what I did. What kind of brush do you use for that? In oils I would use a 1" or 1 1/2" flat brush, but that is much thicker tan the watercolor brush. The watercolor brush just made sharp lines everywhere.

Franclyn, I started in oils in a class at church. The only thing I did there that I didn't like was an abstract still life. I had always liked drawing. In high school they had acrylics and I hated them. I was so used to the oils and how easy they were to mix. I guess that is why I don't like what I have been getting in the watercolors. I can't get them to mix right at all. Then can't get the brushes to work for me and the paint is drying like acrylics to the point that even when I add more water it doesn't want to liquify.

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I think we all have our go to mediums for arts and crafts. I used to think photography was hard but after 23 years of practice I'm doing OK. My sewing is improving and I love art journals.

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I'm glad I checked in, deliberately trying to connect with threads I hadn't explored before. For what it's worth, as an artist whose comfort zone is watercolors, it has always surprised me to hear people say how difficult it is. I've had similar discussions with my best friend and later, my students (I'm a K-8 teacher). If it's what clicks with you, it's instinctively hard for you to see how it's hard for others and vice versa. Example: it took my brother years to wrap his mind around the idea that Math would always be hard for me because he looks at a math problem and his mind starts immediately unravelling it.
I tried learning acrylic painting from my husband. REALLY should take a class on it one of these days. When you've been doing very realistic stuff in watercolor for years, learning a new medium from someone who paints purely non-representational abstracts is not the best idea. If only the student is doing a major stretch, the learning works better. For him to stretch and teach me to use his go-to medium to do things he'd never asked it to do? Not as easy.

For now? I have painted ONE acrylic painting that I was willing to look at ever again.

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I so agree. I have so much respect for my watercolor artist friends.

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Hey everyone. As far as I'm concerned, watercolors are the hardest medium to work with, especially if you are a realism painter.

I'm working on an online class with Tamara LaPorte called Ever After, and most of the stuff they are doing in that class is mixed media. I am so out of my comfort zone, and learning a lot. Right now most of it is about techniques and materials. I started with acrylics and moved to oils, so I have no experience with watercolors, or markers, or water soluble pencils and crayons, or the (for me) fiasco of mixing acrylics and any of these other water media.

I can hide almost anything with acrylics or oils, watercolor is a completely different story.

I have this mantra I've developed for working with watercolors... "its just paper. its just paper," and the first paper I picked for my project was a bad choice. Too much texture for me, and I didn't know that until I started using it. So my next thing to do is experiment with different watercolor papers and figure out what works best for me. Most watercolors will "lift" if you work them, and there are a few colors that don't, and stain the paper. I don't remember what they are so you would have to either experiment or do some research on that topic, and for a piece I've invested a lot of time in, I would probably avoid the staining colors unless very sure what I'm doing with them.

Also, make sure you're using at least 140 lb. paper. That means less buckling.

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I wanted to own an art gallery but never did. No regrets I enjoyed my career(s) and wouldn't change a thing.

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I missed that one. I'll take a look.

Here's a quote I came across today:

"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didnít, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence." ~ Honore de Balzac

Is there some vocation you wanted to pursue, but didn't? How do you feel about it now?

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Your teacher sounds marvelous. I'm sure you are being a little hard on yourself. You have lots of talent and a vision! Good for you.



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Today we worked on perspective and light and shadows. I had a little trouble with that, which has never been a problem before. We just did a box for the perspective and I couldn't figure out where the line on the top side went. It just kept looking funny. So I had to go back to the teacher and get it explained again. I think the lines from the vanishing point were confusing me. Light and shadow wouldn't have been a problem but for too much water in the dark and the brush a little too big for my box. After that we did some tomatoes to get us to start using lighter color and to loosen up. I think that last will be a miracle if he can get me to do it, but he says the miracle will come. I am just use to very realistic paintings in oil. Though I just looked at one and the grass area doesn't look realistic at all. Anyway, my tomatoes look more like flowers. I don't know if I can get a picture to come out of them or not since they are really light.

The new paints I got are really nice, though. At least for what I need.

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Thanks for the comment on Annie's picture. Drawing isn't really so good. I think that one was traced, then painted. I do have a half painted picture of Fancy that I drew after someone told me about drawing using a graph if you have problems with perspective. If I could just get the color right i would be happy, but got frustrated with that, too. Guess I do that a lot.

That bit about quitting when you are ahead is what I need with the watercolor (though that wasn't the problem in this class). I did a watercolor postcards class and tried to do a landscape with them and totally made a mess of it. I just ended up overdoing the thing.

My problem was I couldn't even do a wash right. I pretty much had too much paint and not enough water at the first part, so it was kind of opaque instead of a wash. Then ran out of paint half way across the paper so had to go over a second time. Going down the paper I did get it to wash more, ending up with just water at the bottom.

Yeah, the oils are pretty well an in-house type thing I think. Maybe with just a few colors and a smaller paper palette than what goes in those palette keepers. I guess, too, that water-based might be washable with water out of the brushes. I haven't tried those.

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I have always admired watercolor artists because I find it very difficult. I use it for washes in my journal but have not had any success painting with it. Don't be frustrated. You are learning and that is the important thing.

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Yes, hopefully the changes will help. Sounds frustrating, so far!

I find watercolors difficult to do, and different kinds of paper take the paint and water differently. For me, a lot of it seems to be experimentation, and you can't always control what you're getting with the wet on wet. But seeing your painting of Annie, you draw so well that I think once you get the hang of the way the watercolors take to the paper, you will be great with watercolors. They are so much more portable and easy to clean up, too.

What I really like to see with watercolor paintings is how some artists know just when to quit and leave part of the picture without color. They are "finished" without having paint all over the entire surface. Those are the ones that really draw my interest.

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Had my 2nd watercolor class today. It is really embarrassing. I just can't get anything to come out like it should. Some could be my paper. We did something where we wet part of the paper first, then did washes coming down it on the dry part, then did some of the paint in the wet part. It was suppose to blossom in the wet part. However, my water just set on top of the paper and never sank into it. The other problem was my paints were so bad. I took them back after class because some of them the paint was completely dried out and other was very thick. So I have another set of paints, another brush (just a small one for birds in the sky), a cheap paint knife that is really just for oils but might help with mixing, and a brush roll. Going to move things to one of those reusable shopping bags so I can keep my palette flat and not have to clean it out every time. Anyway, hopefully the changes I've made will help me. Otherwise I am going back to oils exclusively.

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We don't have a "club" per se. We are 4 friends who like to craft and paint. We get together when we all are in town and have some time. It is so nice to enjoy sitting at the table making a mess together and oohing and ahhing over our efforts.

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The Drink and Draw sounds fun. They have places around here that do that, but they are stores where you pay something like $45 each time. It would be fun to have a club like that. Well, there is a painting club at the senior rec center I use to go to, but I don't know about the people there. When I was going to the class I was not really accepted into their group. In fact, they made fun of me. Maybe there would be something somewhere else.

I haven't been outside to get any more pictures. I did find my camera manual, though. I need to go through there and see if I can take pictures in each of the different things it talks about in there. At least that is my plan. Maybe I should start with the Shutterbugs assignment. This week they have shoes.

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Hope you've been able to get more photos, Darlene. Bratty little donkey!

I just got back from my "Drink& Draw Club." I supplied the centerpiece for the drawings today, and I took a few of my teapots and some small artificial pansy flowers in little pots. Today most everyone selected just one of the pots or the flowers to draw, and I don't think anyone tried to draw the entire centerpiece.

I drew and colored in a teapot sculpted with flowers and two hummingbirds with some student grade markers. Not a great work of art, but I enjoyed visiting with the four other ladies there.

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I also got in a photography class, but it is only 2 days (I think). It actually think it was worth it, even though it is considered a basic DSLR class. There are things I had no idea were in my camera. I lost my manual for the camera so I am going to have to do a lot of searching for that. I tried to download one, but I can't figure that website out at all. We need to take at least 12 photos for the next class and only take the memory card, so I think we are going to learn to edit on the computer (using GIMP, I think). That would be good for me because I couldn't figure that out, either.

Wanted to get some nice pictures of Fancy today, but her stable mate caused a problem with things by ramming me and running out of the run. Bratty little donkey.

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I'm glad your class finally started, Darlene. Sounds like it was interesting, even if you did have to fight with the paint tubes. I'm usually the slowest person in any class that I take, too, or in any groups that I draw with or do crafts with.

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It is interesting how we can start something new and wonder how what we already know fits. I admire your determination to try this. emoticon

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Most of the time was spent on information on supplies like brushes, papers, stretch boards, etc. Then we did a color wheel using the colors we have in our sets. I didn't finish mine. For some reason I am always slow at that. But there is one lady in the class who has had no art instruction in her life, so she did have to get extra help understanding what he was wanting. The other two who are just starting that class actually taught art in middle school mostly. One of the ladies never did her own artwork, though, so her daughter signed her up for the class. I had a bit of a problem getting some of my paints out of the tube. Maybe I should have gotten one of those kinds like they get for little kids like the lady who taught but didn't do had (she had her granddaughter's set) and I wouldn't have been fighting the tubes. I also hadn't checked my pallet and cleaned it off, which really made me slow. I think I will need both another pallet and another brush for mixing. I sure wished I had my paint knife I use with oils.

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How was the first class? I want to hear all about it.

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My class doesn't start until Friday. I got information on the event I was going to go to Friday and found there is one tomorrow, so I am going to that one instead of Friday. It is the retirement tour for this. Then just have to get out of Bible Study on time to get to class on time. Somehow I either have to fix the bag for the stuff I have or figure out how to use another one. Would rather use this smaller one and maybe a smaller tote bag for stuff that doesn't fit. Maybe will just use the backpack straps. Guess back when I got it I didn't notice that there were things broken on it.

Hope the events you guys are doing are going well.

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Getting organized is a high priority with me. I want to get rid of a bunch of stuff that is just taking up space and causing clutter. My photo club is having a yard sale at the end of the month so it will be a good time to do that. I took my old dishes to my sons house and left them for the boys to use. A whole upper shelf is now empty!

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Have you had your first class yet, Darlene? I know you'll enjoy that!

Carol, your play date sounds like fun! I haven't been able to host any play dates with my friends in the past several months. I'm hoping we can start getting together again sometime this summer.

I've had a friend over this week who is helping me get my things organized. I've had trouble staying focused for awhile, so it's been good for me to have someone reminding me to get back to the task at hand!

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I am excited about the play date my friends and I are planning on June 14. We will meet at my place and who knows what great ideas will flow from this.

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I finally took the plunge and signed up for the water color class that I was considering, then went to Guiry's and got a set of paints and a larger water color pad. Hope I can handle that. I am going to take the oils out and make a paper or small canvas board with the colors that are listed as the suggested so that I can mix to get closer to them because they don't have those colors in the kit. At least I will if I can get the oils open. Guess I should have gotten some thinner. Part of the class is probably supposed to be on mixing colors. The one at the other center has that, I know. Got the salt. Need to gather what else I need that I may have around here so I will have everything ready to go. Otherwise I will forget it and then I will be in trouble. I think part of it will go in my truck right away, the rest Thursday.

Today is Cassie's birthday, so we went to find the doggie bakery and get her a cake. Bakery is no longer there, so she has birthday cake cookies and some dental treats and I am making her a special dinner. I think she will like it. She was so funny this morning because she got excited whenever I started to move anywhere in the house. She just couldn't wait to go get her birthday cake.

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I talked to the teacher of the art classes and then decided the watercolor would be the best choice to take. Went to the paint store to check out costs and found out that the watercolors could be dried out (I have some others, but can't find them), but the oils can last for ever and he told me how to open the oils without fire (I heated the caps to get them open). Anyway, my watercolors are dried up, so I either get a new set or find the other one. I did find brushes.

Got the new memory card put in my computer. Still need another one because the old one won't work with the new one and was going bad. Got the garden tilled thanks to my neighbor. Now I'm trying to get the porch cleaned up so it can be used for other things besides gardening stuff. Currently I can't even have people over for dinner outside because I don't have chairs and the gardening stuff is in the way.

Just being busy this weekend. Hope everyone is having a good one.

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Glad you found your art books, Darlene.

That yard work is never-ending, I know! I bought several vincas and planted them in the front yard a few weeks ago. We've had so much rain lately that they all drowned. Now I'm not sure what I'll end up replanting there. Those vincas had always thrived in that spot in previous years, but I found out they sure don't like "wet feet."

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That sounds like a lot. I hope you really enjoy the class. I too like watercolor for journaling and just playing. I did better with "stinky" oils. Love them.



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I got the supply lists for the art classes and have been going through what I have to see if I have what they want for them. I don't have the right oil paints or the right colors for the water color. They say water based oil paints, but I have the stinky ones. I have most of the rest of the stuff. The water colors are cheaper (been looking up prices), but I also need a different palette and the only ones I found are quite a lot, though that doesn't make sense. The instructor wants students to have a professional, covered palette. So I am trying to figure costs.

Anyway, something good came from the search here at home. I finally found The Artist's Way and also found Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now if I can just get to going through them.

Been busy trying to fix a few things around the house and starting on the yard. It's gotten me up and about a few times. I am trying to get rid of the weeds out in the yard. I was trying to stay away from poisons, but am not succeeding there. So will somehow cover the garden and spray the weeds, then keep Cassie away from the yard out back for several hours. Then I'll re-spray the front and keep her from going out there.

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I'd be like you -- that would be hard to decide.

I have been working in watercolors lately because that's what we used in our Drink & Draw Club. I can use them in journals, too.

You might check to see what the subject matter is for the oil class. Either one sounds great! We'll look forward to hearing what you choose and what you learned.

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I always enjoy trying something different but since it sounds like its been awhile you might take the oil class just to stay in your comfort zone.

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I got my discount for the classes at the recreation centers, but the leather class didn't have anyone sign up for it the Apr/May class. There is another one scheduled for June, so I will see if they have anyone for that one. I also put an oil painting class and a water color class on my "want list." I can only manage one at a time. I've done a lot of oils since that was what I first learned and had more instruction in. Maybe I should take the water color class. I know the oil class is one where everybody does the same thing. I can't remember if the water color has different things or not. It says that a student kit of watercolors can be used and there are 3 or 4 brushes listed. Don't know if I have the brushes, but I have 2 of the basic watercolor sets and a pallet somewhere. Do you think it would be worth it to do that. I mostly do animals and landscapes when I paint (usually animals).

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Good for you! I've been staying inside too much lately, and I feel like a slug.


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Back to walking today. I am so out of shape but I can get back to it. Thanks to my DH I am able to get going earlier today.

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I didn't get much in the way of creative juices at the pottery show because I don't know anything about doing pottery other than what I have seen filmed. I would like to try that class, though, if the materials aren't too expensive. The leather class (that starts Monday if I can take it and it goes) I have most everything for without buying a lot. I even have a belt blank that a friend gave me and a wallet I had started and had problems with that I might be able to fix.

San Diego sounds so nice. I haven't been there since 1980 when Mom sent my aunts and me on a trip to California for Christmas. We were in LA for a few days, then went to San Diego. That was a good time. Saw more artistic stuff in LA than San Diego. I have a bunch of photos from there. Hope you have a good time.

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I haven't been to San Diego in years but I would love to see the art garden. I understand Taos and Santa Fe have a real commitment to art so I am looking forward to the trip next month. Thanks for the website. I subscribed to it so I'll see what happens.

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I signed up on this website and I get free monthly journal prompts here:

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Glad you got to go to the pottery and craft show, Darlene!
I went to a winery with a sculpture garden outside of San Diego. I really enjoyed seeing all the large pieces there and appreciated the workmanship.


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Did any of it help the creative juices?

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They had some nice pottery, and one table of jewelry. A couple things I would have liked. The pottery was not too expensive. Jewelry kind of high.. It was a pretty small showing, but it was storming at the time so there wasn't much traffic. A couple of those things were really interesting and I would like to see how they did them.



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At the beginning of 2016 I found 2 websites with daily emails of journal prompts. I enjoyed them a lot but can't afford to subscribe for the entire year. (these were free). Does anyone have a website that does journal prompts?

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Hope the classes work out. Let us know how the potter/craft displays go. It does sound like fun.

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I have been so tired lately that I have been missing replies to forums and replying to those I do see. I found out that I can get discounted classes at the recreation centers because of low income, so I am going to try to manage a few of them. I don't know what the discount will be. I am going to turn in the paperwork tomorrow and see what happens. At least, if it doesn't snow too much. We are expecting it to start tonight and continue through Sunday.

While I was out today I noticed that they are having a pottery show tomorrow that I would like to go see. Guess there is also a craft show/fair with it. That is at the recreation center, so would turn in the form at the same time I would go there. The pottery is made in classes at the recreation centers. So it will be interesting to see how people do with that. I don't know how much supplies would cost for something like that, though. I want to start with a leathercrafting class if they get enough to have it. They only need 4, but couldn't get that many last time, so don't know if they will have this session or not.

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Yesterday I went to a quilting seminar. It was supposed to be basic and cost 29.99 so I thought well, I can always learn something. What it really was? A 4 hour sales pitch for certain products. I was really disappointed but glad I didn't sign up for both days. Anyway, I did get a free month of The Quilt Show worth 9.99 and some very nice thread valued at about 12.00 so I recouped some of my investment.

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I do like stormy weather as it gives me the opportunity to stay in the studio all day!

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Your trip sounds amazing. Say hello to San Diego for me. I absolutely love that city. My ex lives there now which surprises me as he never seemed to like it that much. Go figure. Anyway, have a good time and enjoy!

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4/11/16 12:45 P

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Sounds like a pleasant day to plant flowers and have lunch with a friend. I was supposed to go to an herb group meeting today but I didn't make it. Leaving for a trip to San Diego on Wednesday, and I have lots to do at home before then.

Tomorrow I am going to one of the towns where I used to be the library director and attend my old reading club's annual spring luncheon. I say "old" because it's one of the oldest reading clubs in Texas, founded in 1922. It's actually more of a study club instead of a reading club or book club. Members do research on a subject and present one 45-minute program per year. One year I did a program on "Gustav Klimt and His Art." I was president in 1998-99, and I appreciate them inviting me back every year for the luncheon.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi
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One by one I am trying to finish some but I also am starting others destined to be UFO's as well. Sigh. I need to plant some flowers today and am having lunch with an old friend.

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3/28/16 12:48 P

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I think that if I were ever to be elected Queen of something, it would be Queen of UFOs!

Clam chowder and stuffed mushrooms -- yum! I need to loosen up more with my art, and that's why I think I'll benefit from doing something more abstract.

Hope you enjoy your week, Carol! We'll have to hear all about it later.

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