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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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6/24/16 8:31 P

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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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6/18/16 7:57 P

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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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6/18/16 11:05 A

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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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6/18/16 1:45 A

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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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6/17/16 8:51 P

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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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6/17/16 4:19 P

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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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6/16/16 10:53 P

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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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6/16/16 7:12 P

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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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6/14/16 9:57 P

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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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6/14/16 5:14 P

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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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6/14/16 11:50 A

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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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6/4/16 3:56 P

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6/4/16 1:29 P

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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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5/29/16 11:22 P

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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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5/29/16 11:02 P

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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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5/28/16 11:31 A

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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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5/3/16 6:17 P

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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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5/3/16 3:54 P

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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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5/2/16 6:07 P

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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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5/2/16 11:57 A

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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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5/2/16 11:54 A

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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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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.

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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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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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I have a bunch of UFO's (unfinished objects). I did get one finished this week. My corkboard. Who knows maybe next week I will finish more. This week I am off to do some photography and to a seminar in Corvallis OR. Should be great.

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I haven't been around for a while since we were working on our Passion Play performance and had 3 performances this week. Not hard to do or anything, but I am so tired now that I slept all afternoon. Went to church this morning and then splurged on some clam chowder and stuffed mushrooms from Joe's Crab Shack. Brought most of the mushrooms home.

That is a nice website. I am a more realist type, but still those are nice paintings, even the abstract ones. Maybe I should try something more like that once in a while. I did do a couple in high school. We did an eagle realistically, then did him in abstract. Mine looked just like a parrot.

I have done something, too, with that light weight paper and putting it on board-type backing. I need to finish what I was doing with that. Kind of an abstract rainbow and flowers. I had gone to a class at the library where we did that. My problem is I keep getting things started and don't get them finished.

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That sounds like fun. I loved Patty Bakers abstract sun and tree (as well as others). What a delight. Thanks for sharing this link.

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I cut up some cardboard this morning, so I think I'm going to just start playing on that before "graduating" to nice paper or canvas!

Here's an artist I heard about yesterday, and I love her abstract style. This link will take you to Patty Baker's florals, but I love her still life paintings and others, as well.

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I watched a Bob Ross video today and it really inspired me. I have a ton of paints and canvas but haven't tried to paint recently. You will find the time I'm sure.

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Today I went to Jerry's Artarama in San Antonio, TX, and picked up some heavy bodied acrylic paints and acrylic paper pads for another art course that I'm taking online. This one is an Abstract Florals six-weeks class taught by Donna Downey.

Not sure when I'll have time to do the assignments, as I'm still involved on the class committee for this year's master gardener training classes. I'll be gone most of the day tomorrow for that. Maybe I can "play" on Thursday!

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That sounds pretty intense. I am proud of you for hanging in there. I suspect you learned something from the experience even if what you learned is "not for me."

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I met with my "Drink & Draw" group this afternoon at a different house this time. The hostess, who is a former art teacher, had six stations set up, each with a different still life. She had put some sheets of newsprint on a clip board and gave us each a clipboard and a piece of charcoal. She set a timer for 1 1/2 minutes, and we sat in front of the still life and drew it. When the timer went off we exchanged chairs and drew the next still life, and so on, until we all had drawn all six of the arrangements. We all came out with some interesting sketches.

I wasn't real pleased with the other drawing that I did today. From my vantage point around the dining room table I could see a ceramic box and a pot of flowers, so that's what I drew. On the other side of the arrangement was a tea cup and saucer and a seashell that I couldn't see from where I sat. I think I would have had more success drawing those, but then maybe I wouldn't have been satisfied with them, either. I enjoyed visiting with the group today, but doing the artwork -- not much.

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You are a brave woman! I'll have to check that book out. I know I would enjoy it.

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They have classes at Home Depot and at Lowes. Haven't looked any up yet, though. The guy at Home Depot told me which stuff to use to stick the tile back on. Thanks for the info on the youtube videos. Back some years when it first started falling off I wanted to just get the kind that is a sheet that looks like tiles and do the whole wall so I didn't have to try to find something that would match with the old tile. Of course, they didn't have that anywhere around here anymore. Probably cost too much anyway. Also was thinking of doing a color change that you do with some kind of paint over it, but I was told that stuff didn't work. Just saw it on TV again, though.

I think it was on this team that we had talked about the quilts of the past and the books on them. I just looked up the one I was thinking of and it is Quilt of Souls by Phyllistene Lawson. She is the one who wrote about her grandmother and quilts that showed the underground railroad. I did pick up a couple of the other books, though. Who knows, that might set me off to reading another series of mysteries.

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I looked up some info on tiling around faucets and found some videos on YouTube, along with some other articles. Doesn't look like a real easy process... Good luck!

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Do you have a home center store of some kind? The ones in Eugene have all kinds of classes. Of course, they are 110 miles away from me....

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My friend has problems when people wear perfumes and even if some oils are strong. I saw something recently where they were talking to Jessica Alba, I think, and she said she didn't use perfume. Her scent she uses is Young Living Joy blend. I don't know what it was in.

I found out some different information on how to get something from if you have people under you as purchasers or distributors. So if I can find some people to sponsor (or whatever the other thing is on those forms that I can't remember), maybe I could manage to get enough to pay for some of the oils I want like the Breathe Again that Al used on me when I was so out of breath.

Today I went looking for some tile to put around the faucet in my bath tub. It's hard because the tile around the tub (and the tub itself) are from the mid-50s and no one has anything to match it. Some of the tiles that fell off have broken and I can't do the circles in the large tiles to fit around the faucet and handles. So I got some little glass ones that are a kind of green, but clear colored. Of course, I am wondering what I do underneath that glass tile because you can probably see the stuff to stick it on with under it. Maybe I should see if they have a wall tiling class somewhere. Thinking of it, no matter what I put on the wall, that would show instead of whatever is on the wall under it. Guess I just have to put the tile on the way it is. That is the only place that will have that glass tile, but I don't know how to get the tile around things otherwise.

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Good, informative program today. The presenters had the Thieves oil in the diffuser, and I enjoyed breathing that during the session. I've got to check with my daughter before purchasing anything. I think she might have a wholesale account already, so maybe I can help her build up some points.

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I love the smell of Eucalyptus. It helps to know which scents help and which don't. I love perfumes but only wear them at home because so many people have allergies now. sigh.

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I have had the oils for quite a few years -- over 10 for sure. I just don't know what to use for what so much. I have one of the Desk References, but it is from the year I joined and there are a lot more oils now. Like one I got yesterday. Some I really like, some I don't. I love the Thieves that is a blend and Eucalyptus because I have trouble with my nose getting stuffed at night. The stuff that Al used yesterday, Breathe Again, sure helped my breathing and really cleared things up for me. Hope you enjoy getting to know about the oils.

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Enjoy it sounds wonderful. I love lavender and even have some growing in my yard.

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I just checked the meeting time for my Herb Special Interest Group meeting tomorrow morning, and I see that the topic is essential oils and a representative from Young Living will be giving the program. I've bought lavender before, but that's all, and I've never heard all the information about that company. I'm looking forward to it, now that I know what the topic is!


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Yes, sounds like a really nice day, full of things that interest you!

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Sounds like a wonderful day. Hope you came away relaxed and ready to create some new art.

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My running water sounds I need to drive maybe a half hour and then I can listen to the mountain streams (I live the other side of town from the mountains). A little farther I get to some waterfalls. No oceans, though, unless they are on a tape or CD.

Yesterday I went to the Horse Expo. They had a section there that was Artists, but the only art they had was photography and crafts. I sure wish I could find photos like those to take, though. One place had a fox pouncing on something. Looked just like one a guy I follow on Facebook took so I had to go back and see who the photographer was. There are two photographers on Facebook that do nature photography, though one is all birds. They both have just gorgeous photos.

I talked to the Young Living representatives there and ended up with 2 oils, one that I was planning to get cause I'm out and one that was the recommendation for something I asked about that is a problem for me. I also got an insect repellent to see if that would help my cat and dog quit itching. Then wondered around a lot so I could watch her program with the horses. One was interesting in that she was a mare that was abused and has only been rescued for 90 days. She is still leery about people other than the guy who is training her. Cherie told what she would use for the physical problems, but also what she used for emotional. By the time she was finished that mare was licking her lips, which is a sign she was relaxed. The other horse she was working with had Cushings, so she told what she would use for him. He was not one to calm down, though, even with the calming oils, so she really couldn't do much with him. I found out what would help Fancy, though. Problem would be having enough money to get to the barn every week and to get the oils. It was the first time I saw any animal want the oils so much. That horse was trying to take the entire bottle away from her.

It was a nice day. Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

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I love the rain and the sound of the ocean waves breaking. I live in the perfect spot for that. I can't hear the ocean from here but it is a short (1 mile) drive or walk to the bay where I can hear it.

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When I get one I'll have to keep blowing all the leaves out of it, too. I'm glad the guy came to see my yard while it was raining so that he could see the river that flows through mine!

FANCYQTR, I wanted a fountain a few years ago and even had my son-in-law come and put in another electrical outlet on my back patio. But because of the drought, the city passed an ordinance that homeowners couldn't run their outdoor fountains. So I never did put one in. Love the sound of gently running water...


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I have a dry creek bed that needs cleaning. The trees have been shedding on it LOL. I do love the look. Today my back yard looks like a river LOL. Glad we put drains in a few years back. Lots of rain but hey this is Oregon.

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I'm also on the computer too much. I should have been studying my Bible Study, but kept thinking of things I needed to look up on the computer. So here it is 3:30 and I've not gotten anything done. No time now because I have a webinar to sign into in a little bit.

That sounds nice to have a creek bed in your yard, especially if it is decorative. I have a neighbor who does fountains and stuff. He has a wood bridge over a little creek running through into a pond. It just keeps recycling. Then plants like a rock garden and some planters that grow things. Wish I could do something like that. It would sure look nice. I would just have to do a dry one, too, because I couldn't afford the water even if it was recycling. My bill went up almost $10 this month and I have been using less water than I did before.

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That's what I end up doing. I need to go to the other room and work on my drawing project that is due tomorrow, but I keep thinking I need to check the computer first. What exactly I am hoping to find, I don't know. Bad habit.

I spent a little over an hour this morning with a guy who will put a dry creek bed in my back yard. Most of the time it doesn't rain here much, but when it does the water runs through my yard. I went through my Pinterest landscape photos and copied and emailed him some of the ones I really like. I'll be glad to get started on that project. I have the basic idea of what I want, but he's young, strong and able-bodied, and has a pick-up truck and trailer to haul the rocks, compost, and mulch!

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I am trying to do more and stay off the computer. I find that I spend too much time thinking about things and not enough doing them.

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I am excited for you! I may want to re-read these as I own them all. For some reason my friend thought I should have them. (She is a quilter too.)

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I ordered the book Runaway Quilts (I think that is the history one) and one of the Elm Creek Quilt novels from the library. Probably will be there Tuesday since it was really late when I put the holds on. From what I could tell, the Elm Creek ones were all novels (maybe mysteries) and there were a few that were actual histories of the quilts and what they all meant.

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I really loved all of her books.

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They have a black and white photography exhibit this month at the library. Free day at the art museum, but on a Saturday might be hard to get into. Also didn't know until just now, so a little late for this month. Usually at museums it's a monthly thing, so maybe I can manage next month.

Thanks for the info on the quilt book. I'm going to look and see if the library has it.

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Yes, there was one exhibit at the DPL when my cousin and I visited. It was a small exhibit about postcards.

Didn't see any other exhibits there, but I really enjoyed the postcard exhibit because I used to collect volcano postcards. My friend collected "exaggerated" postcards, the ones with over-sized animals or fruits & vegetables or something else on them, so I picked up a couple of those cards that were reprinted from the library's collection.

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The book is one by Jennifer Chiaverini about the Elm Creek Quilters. Really good books!

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The quilts and their history sound interesting. I am in a Facebook genealogy group and there is a lady who has written books on the quilts that slave women and former slaves did (can't remember the name of the book or the lady). The quilts showed where the underground railroad was and the safe houses for the escaping slaves. I think it would really be interesting to check that book out. I think when they were telling about it the book was too new to get from the library. Maybe I will try to find it though.

When you were at the library in Denver did you see any photo or art exhibits? I have noticed on their events calendar that they have them quite often. I just haven't been there with the time to see them. They have them at the central library and also at one that is specifically for African-Americans.

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Good!!! I can sense your enthusiasm!

With those antique quilts you can't help but wonder about the women who made them and what their lives were like back then.

Doesn't it just make you feel proud to know that you are carrying on a craft that is firmly rooted in so much history? And it's fun to look around and see that you're in the company of so many creative people.

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The antique quilts were unbelievable. The history was really what struck me. I totally enjoyed the meeting.

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Glad that Fancy is doing better!

I was really impressed with the Denver Botanic Gardens last year when I went. My cousin and I wanted to go to the Art Museum, but it was closed on the Monday that we had available. We spent time in the library, instead.

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We have free days at most of the museums. Usually get really crowded, too. Somehow the school kids are always out on free days. I will need to look up and see when they are. For Colorado History or Art Museum I can take the bus down. I have gone to the Botanical Gardens on free day. Have to figure how to do the bus for that, too. They never have parking, like the zoo doesn't. I got lost when I went to Botanical Gardens by bus.

Got out to worm Fancy today and got an extra bag of feed to make sure she didn't run out. That vet from last week doesn't think Monte or I know how to take care of her. We must be doing something right. She has Cushings so doesn't shed right. Today she was shedding like crazy. Maybe not as much as horses without Cushings, but better than she has in a few years.

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Sounds like a great exhibit tonight, Carol.

And Darlene, that Bible exhibit you went to sounds so interesting also. In some of the cities they have a free afternoon at the museums. You might keep your eyes open for something similar in your area. Of course, some cities have very high rates in their parking garages or lots, so you would have to figure that cost in, too. Hope you find something that you can attend soon. Going to museums feeds my soul just like the great outdoors!

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We have a new history museum in town and tonight I get to go to a very special exhibit. Our quilt guild paid for a special preservation room for antique quilts and tonight we get to see them. Very excited.

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The play and museum sound wonderful, as does the time with your friends. I don't know where anyone is from my high school class, but didn't really have but about 2 or 3 friends then anyway, from the class. I had one person ask to friend me on Facebook, but I have no idea who she is. By now I can't remember names since I haven't seen anyone since then. I think I can figure out one name and I can remember one first name.

I went to something a few years ago that was a history of the Bible exhibit. Not quite what you went to, but had many old Bibles. One was (I think) the first printing of the King James Version that had some kind of error in it. There weren't very many of that printing. Back then they had to chain the English versions to the pulpit so they wouldn't be stolen. I haven't been to any museums for several years. It would be nice to go to some of them, though. Maybe after my birthday I will be able to afford to once in a great while since the cost will be less.

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Now that's what I call an artists date. Old friends and seeing something in a museum that you can really relate too. Good job my friend. I've been able to reconnect with some old high school friends via Facebook. We are scattered throughout the country though.

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Good grief! That must have been awful!

On a lighter note, I had a wonderful week-end. I went with high school classmates to a concert hall to see "The Sound of Music Musical" in a nearby city. The song "Climb Every Mountain" was our class song 50 years ago for our high school senior class, so this play was very special to us. The five of us went to first grade together, so we've all been friends for over 60 years.

Today before driving home to different areas of the state, we went to a museum to see an exhibit of the illuminated Crusader Bible from the 13th century. I studied illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy for several years, making my own quill pens and ink and also applying gold leaf to manuscripts, so I found it especially interesting. Wish I had had more time to study each folio, and hopefully I can go back to the exhibit sometime before it leaves the museum.

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It's crazy isn't it. Sigh

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It's working fine, now. I have the System Suite working on a malware scan now. I just have to figure out how to get the scan to start. The icon for that did some re-install instead of starting the scan. I wish I could learn everything I needed to fix computers. Maybe then I wouldn't have all those problems. Plus they have all the tech support you call in India or the Phillipines and the last time I went through them they stole my information and sold it so that my internet was shut down because they were spamming thousands of people a day using my email.

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She didn't sound very tech savvy. Some programs are not safe but gimp is tried and true. Duh. Anyway, is it now working? Hope so. I hate computer problems.

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That sounds nice. What do you make the journals with? A friend of mine got me one some time ago that has a suede leather cover and ties together. I've never tried to make something like that.

I had problems with my computer yesterday and after trying to fix it for a long time I ended up going to Office Depot to see if they could find the problem. She said $180 to clean it up, which I couldn't afford, so I got something called System Suite that is supposed to do anti-virus, malware and registry clean-up. Anyway, that tech never heard of GIMP and she was going to take it off my computer along with anything else she didn't know what it was. That wouldn't have been too good. Also said not to get anything off the internet like the free software like GIMP, but buy it from the store. At least the computer got cleaned by the software I got and I can use it. Now to find a repeat of that class I missed.

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We had a craft day yesterday making journals. It was fun even though mine isn't all that good. I know what to do differently next time. The visiting was the best part. Lots of laughs and good humor.

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Don't know if there are you tube videos, but there probably are. I've never really looked. I forget to look there most of the time and just end up finding them when I am doing a search for something. I found a lot of crochet videos trying to find out what some pattern was talking about, but otherwise I just forget all the time.

I am hoping they will have a repeat class on it at the library. Don't know, though. They are cutting the classes at all the branches south or east and will probably cut down on them downtown, too. North and west get the classes, mainly. Well, one of the branches near me has increased classes -- all in Spanish. They are located in a mainly English speaking area. If you know Denver you can tell who gets all the classes now. They should be evenly proportioned.

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