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You sound really prepared! Have a fun trip.

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7/4/15 12:53 P

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Thanks! I wanted to have a series of Dia de Los Muertos paintings done by September or so so I can make some greeting cards out of them to send to my family. Then I saw the black paper...and white ink... Had to have them. Had to try stippling with them. I have yellow, red, and green inks i'm going to use to add some accent in the flowers.

I will definitely be bringing the ICADs with me (I'm still behind but plugging along). I have a stack of blanks and a printout of the next few prompts in the drawer with the palette. ;) I have some ATCs cut from watercolor paper and from the black art paper and some 5x5" pieces of watercolor paper. Not sure what else I want to bring. Can't wait!

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That piece IS incredible!

I was thinking of you this morning, FRANCLYN, and wondering if you were still doing any ICAD projects. That might be fun to take with you, too -- just a quick little piece of artwork on an index card before you start your day.
How wonderful that you will have a week of inspiration in the mountains! Enjoy, and let your creative juices flow!

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That is incredible. Good job.

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I'm prepping for our annual week of camping in the mountains. DH bought me a tabletop easel last Christmas with a drawer that nicely holds an 8-inch palette and brushes. Now I need to just decide which watercolor pads/blocks I'm bringing. Deciding whether to bring the Day of the Dead stippling piece I've been trying to finish. 16 total hours in on that one. Time to switch from white ink to colors I think. Not the best photo (and Spark seems to want to turn it sideways) but...



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6/30/15 3:46 P

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I have an idea for a painting I can't wait to try. I also have an idea for a small quilt and my fabric dyes should be here tomorrow. I am having way to much fun right now. The talks from Bebe Butler and the info from the artists is spuring me on to loosen up and enjoy!

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6/29/15 3:27 P

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6/28/15 11:15 P

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Beautiful photography, Carol! I know you're glad to finish updating your website. Good job!

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6/28/15 5:03 P

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I finally got my website updated. You may need to refresh each page if you have visited the old site. hugsfromoregon.com

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I am having a hard time keeping up so I am saving a lot of them... I actually am trying to finish a few projects for the county fair.

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6/23/15 1:04 A

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I've signed up for all of them, too. There are lot of free gifts that are given away, but I haven't had time to watch some of the additional videos yet. I'd like to join in some of the journaling opportunities offered by Connie Solera.

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6/22/15 3:32 P

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I have signed up for most of the ezines from the painted guru. I really love Jessica Lee Brogan.

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I have been listening to them as well. I just joined Jamie Ridlers website. I am so glad you shared this with me.

It is not to late for others to join! Just go to: thepaintedguru.com

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6/15/15 12:49 A

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I just finished listening to the Mary Ann Matthys interview on the free Painted Guru Summit. She is an Intentional Creativity Coach, a Retreat Facilitator, and a certified teacher in the Color of Woman program. These interviews can be accessed for two days, so listen to this one if you get a chance, F8CONE8. The methods that she uses for healing through painting are very interesting.

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6/12/15 12:01 A

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So glad your son's results from the procedure were okay.

I'm hoping today's interview with Flora Bowley is still available tomorrow. I think they are supposed to be available for two days, but once you start getting behind, it's hard to catch up. I had so much going on today that I wasn't home for most of the day.

Hope things keep looking up for you -- and your son, too!
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6/11/15 11:21 A

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Me too! Glad you are better. My sons angiogram went really well. Looks like he doesn't need any surgery! His heart is clear. Now to get his diabetes under control. It has been a stressful week but I'm glad things are getting better.

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I'm doing better, thanks, Carol.
I signed up for this summit (mentioned below), but I don't know if I'm going to be around to watch the first one tomorrow evening or not. I hope to at least watch/attend some of them, though.

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I'm sure you are correct. Hope you are doing well these days.

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6/6/15 1:30 P

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Me, too! I had trouble keeping up with the last series of daily interviews that I signed for with Heidi Easley at Texas Art and Soul through her AccidentalArtistOnline events. They were great, but you definitely have to dedicate time when you sign up for things like this. But even if you can't make all of them, I'm sure any of them will be inspiring.

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6/6/15 11:57 A

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Thanks Louise. I am going to try and watch as much as possible. I wish it was on demand. LOL

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6/3/15 8:43 P

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Here's a free online summit that will start June 11, hosted by Bebe Butler. She has lined up 22 speakers to help inspire other artists.

The Painted Guru: Discover How Art Can Heal the Heart, Inspire the Soul, and Soothe the MInd

For more information about the lectures and how you can sign up for the free event, visit:
www.thepaintedguru.com

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5/15/15 12:20 P

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Makes me want to drop everything and just create stuff.

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You're welcome!

I just get so inspired when I come across these great artists, articles, and artists' web pages that I just have to share them with someone. And by sharing with this Artist Team I know they'll usually be appreciated.

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foltboldt is amazing. Thanks for sharing these once again. Hugs

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5/13/15 2:48 P

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For artists, whether female or male, we might all probably experience the masculine vs feminine creativity issues at times. What we need to do is recognize the struggle and find a happy balance -- and get back to being creative, visioning, turning inward to our spirits, playing, having fun, and being present in the moment.

This blog spoke to me today, and I like Amber's question/challenge at the end of the article: "What are you going to start fiercely protecting?"

www.theradiantmama.com/xena-warrior-
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5/12/15 1:39 A

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I listened to an interview with another very creative artist today. Kriszta Kemeny is a Hungarian in Australia with a very colorful and artistic background who now hosts a web page and Facebook page to showcase the works of talented artists she admires.

Not only will these amazing artworks inspire you, but some of you artists might want to submit your work to be considered for a featured artist space on her website.

Here's the link to Folt Bolt - The Colourful Art Palette:

www.foltbolt.com/

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3/12/15 1:24 P

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Thank you! I'll join in wishing everyone a Happy Thursday, also!

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3/12/15 1:17 P

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Hi everyone :) happy Thursday

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Glad you were able to get back to your quilting group!

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1/28/15 5:11 P

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Went to my quilting group today. It was wonderful. Like therapy. Good to be back with my friends.

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My arts and crafts buddies are coming over for Play Day today. I've got a project ready for all of us to do unless they bring something else they want to work on.
We always enjoy our days together!

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I'm trying hard to keep up the exercise while I am gone. The eating is hard.... I hope not to gain more weight but stay even.

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I hope everyone is off to a great start for the New Year!

I've got a small streak going for my exercising. Not everyday this year because I just couldn't make myself do anything on January 2 -- but now I'm ready to stick with the program!

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12/5/14 11:42 A

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We have a break from the rain today so it is time for a really long walk!

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Congratulations, LizzieWhisler!

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Keep Walking! Thanks Improvingme

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Incredible! I am so pleased you met a goal.

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My art exhibit is up at the DeWitt, Iowa Operahouse Theater and Central Art Gallery - will be up until 11/22--My art - in the same room as the work of John Bloom! My biggest goal for this year accomplished! emoticon

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emoticon checking in!

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How fun is that! Woodless pencils. My artist and I had a totally marvelous time at the annual photographers convention this weekend. I cannot wait to get home and try some of the stuff I learned! Also, great to see old friends and make some new ones.

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emoticon off to use woodless pencils...good luck everyone!

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yes and it was a long commute with an accident today-not us but made the traffic was backed up for some time but also today a nice lunch with a dear friend who bought me some woodless pencils and I looking forward to using them

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Sounds like you are one busy lady.

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been trying to catch a breath this week. Seems a bit chaotic.
Will be having lunch with a friend who is very supportive of my either writing or drawing but not dropping the ball on either- and he is a project manager so it really will be helpful.
Family is just first but kind of in the way too.
Anyhow am going to organize my stuff and clear a workspace. Have plenty of projects. I am studying Morning Glories and hope to study thigmotropism. My ultimate goal is to illustrate for science but actually everything as it is all worth a closer look.
I have had gallery showings of my photos way back in the day and do not care for going that route again. Working alone and then with a team of experts or just curious people trying to find out how it all works would be heaven...
ok enough rambling just got back from taking DS back from school- well actually he drve as he has his learners permit...why did I give up drinking???oh right ...calories...
made a curry dish for supper- emoticon
where do the days go?

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Hey Meg good to see you again. I agree with Lizzie your avatar is so great. emoticon

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Love your avatar!

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Just me, trying to get back in the grove!

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Yup my DH and I wanted to share our adventures and aren't really interested in making this a business. I just have so much going on right now!

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I found that the most useful thing about a website was just to be able to give people a place to go and see your work. I have sold lots of paintings--but not a single one from the website directly. I've never tried Etsy though- that will definitely have to wait until I retire from the day job!

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I put mine on Art America but I got very few hits (35 dollars a year.) I have a go-daddy account but I'm waiting for winter to work on it. Like you I am too busy with other things right now. Making art for one.

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Yeah - they went down in July - I'm really going to miss that site - only $25 a year and you could google my name and it would pop up as the first listing. I'll have to take that address off my info. Thanks for reminding me. I'm thinking I'll put an album on my FB page with my art on it - I'm not ambitious enough to open an Etsy shop

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Hey Liz that sounds great. BTW I went t the website listed on your comments and it says it has been shut down. (The whole artroof community is gone.)



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I'm starting an oil painting --still hammering out the possible color schemes...


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I am working on a free form quilt out of some pieces of fabric I picked up a while back. I spent most of today, however, rearranging and cleaning the studio.

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What's everyone working on these days--artwise?

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Hey Meg! So glad you are back. I don't understand the whole muscle thing it seems counter intuitive. I know how hard it can be to try and stay positive when it seems everything is working against you. Glad you are off the prednisone (I hate that stuff makes me feel insane) and that getting of it has helped you get the weight down. Please don't give up. You have so much life to give.

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hi F8......

long time no see....

just got off the prednisone completely.....
lost 12 pounds immediately...
now to lose the rest I gained while on it...

need positive motivation here....
things are going well....on third med to control myasthenia....
keep having problems with meds....
and my muscles....
very odd now...the more I use a muscle the weaker it gets...

I am trying very hard right now to develope a better attitude...
positive remarks welcome...

I cannot take the hot and humid days....I melt like a candle....'
makes the muscles weaker....amazing....I never thought I would
be sick like this....

back tomorrow...! Meg

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The humidity here is awful LOL. It rained last night and that makes for a very hot day. I want to go shopping in air conditioning and maybe browse some casinos.

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I went to the Coquille Celebration last month with my granddaughter. She seemed very impressed. I treated her to her first fry bread. Yummy stuff I'd forgotten how good it is. She also met a friend of mine who is a tribal member.

Got the kids back to Vegas today and am enjoying relaxing. They were glad to get home as they have been gone for 7 weeks. Their papa was glad to have them back.

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Got to the gym again today. Now working on hair & head band for Pow Wow!

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Thanks!

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My grandkids are here until Sunday and I've been doing ok with the eating. Exercise has been easy because I have been working at the fair and our exhibit is upstairs. I've put on a lot of miles on my feet so far. LOL

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Boys say they are coming back in two weeks, oh Lordy!
Trying to get back on track & get some more weight off before the 22 of Aug.

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I worked graveyard at a factory many years ago that had a potluck weekly. I'm sure between the lack of exercise and the excessive eating my bad habits got a good start. Two more potlucks this month. Yow


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2 of my boys are coming in to help me get rid of crap! I will be very busy. I'm pretty sure we won't get it all done but will have made a good dent!

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When I worked on the floor (in the hospital) we always had what we called 'Fat Friday'--a potluck every week! It was themed, too. A great way to boost morale, but it was also served as a vehicle to eat my way through the shift. I could do without potlucks ;-).

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I don't do well at Pot Luck's either. Every month our Master Gardener's group has a Pot Luck at our general meeting. I tend to eat the brownies first.
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Yes, me too! Pot luck 2 days in row & a BBQ on the 3rd day. Next weekend Pot luck Sat. & Sun. Pray for me! emoticon

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I have a real hard time being good at potlucks. I love too many of the dishes.

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Pot luck today!

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How fun and what a great idea to redo an eyesore.

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I stopped by one of those Wine and Canvas type businesses a couple of weeks ago, and it really looked like fun. That night they were going to put a local twist on their canvases by painting the Van Gogh "Starry Night" over the famous dance hall that's in our town. Clever!

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Painting with a new medium sounds like fun. I am going to have my grandsons paint with me when they get here. Should be fun! emoticon

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emoticon emoticon emoticon BBQ today!

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Attended a 'Wine and Canvas' session at a local restaurant on Sunday. Using acrylic paint--something I'm totally unfamiliar with, lol--we painted Van Gogh's Sunflowers, or a version of them anyway. There's nothing like painting to understand you have no idea of perspective! Something to keep working on, but it was a fun time.

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Yes! Hope the dentist visit isn't too bad this time.
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Going to Eugene again tomorrow (2 dentist) Hope I can stay cool !

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How fun.

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I saw two Matisse exhibitions last week, so I've been copying Matisse paintings in my art journal. Will do some cut-outs next week when my 11-year-old granddaughter comes for Summer Nonna Camp. I'll take her to see the exhibits, too, so we'll be working with a lot of color next week with our crafts!

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I'm going to a pow wow Sunday I think!

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I get my art work stolen so I don't even take the time to show...I just paint and give away anymore.
Is that a Pow Wow you are going to this weekend?

Going to Eugene to help daughter tomorrow!

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All I can say is do not devalue your art ,it is part of you ,your heart, and soul , went into it . They are not only purchasing your art but a part of you. Good luck in showing and selling your work . Have a great Day and paint ,paint, paint !!!!! emoticon

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