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"I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff." Jon Katz

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What sweet messages! I really appreciate the support of the members on this team, too!
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I find that I do need the support of this group more than ever. I have been struggling for years to reconcile my love of creating and my lack of skills. Of course, I receive the best support from a small circle of friends including my Spark Friends and 3 women whom I see often.

I guess my point is that we all need support from people who think like us and I am eternally grateful for my inclusion in the artistic world.

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Dear F8CONE8 & IMPROVINGME,

I loved receiving both of your gentle (but wise) words of wisdom, enthusiasm, support and encouragement in reference to rejoining the life drawing circle again.

I’m so grateful to my renewed Spark People journey (especially this particular team as it just feels like home somehow) and to The Artists Way.

Artists are just drawn to other Artists it’s so true!

Thanx again for your comments & the welcome mat.

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Hobbes, that is wonderful that your friend from your former life drawing circle invited you to rejoin! That IS an honor!

You said that it would take a significant commitment of time and energy. How often does the group meet? Do you need to be working on a project on your own between meetings?

I do hope that you can carve out some time for this. The key words that I saw in your message were "...inspired me and made me happy." How many times have those feelings come up lately? When all we seem to be doing is wearing ourselves out with the same day-to-day activities that we must do, those voices in our heads tell us that we don't have time to do the special things that will make us inspired, happy, and rejuvenated. I know that I have to constantly keep trying to silence those voices of mine.

One of the questions I've been asking myself lately is "If not now, when?" F8CONE8 and I are both retired now, and somehow, even though not working at a paying job, the time seems to be slipping away even faster than it did before.

After re-reading my response and Carol's (F8CONE8), I had to smile. Realizing that you posted this on our artists' team page, of course you know we are going to encourage you to "Go for it!" But know that we support you, whatever you decide.
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I've missed your posts but I sure do understand. I'm in 3 groups - photography - painting - quilting. Because of this time commitment I find I must give a few days a week solely to my DH and his activities. He is a photographer so that helps. My point is the time spent with my fellow artists is well worth any sacrifice. Fortunately, I know longer have to work and that helps a lot.

Getting older is better than the alternative me thinks. emoticon

You will make the right choice about the drawing circle I am sure. Just be selfish about your decision. emoticon

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I'm still here..
have not logged on in a few days as I have had a consistent week of subbing and my energy level has been down. Hopefully, I can recuperate during the weekend and find time to do more than just sub. I did have some synchronicity in reference to Art this week that inspired me and made me happy. I ran into an Artist that was in a life drawing circle with me years ago. They invited me to rejoin and I'm thinking about it. It's quite an honor as it's a closed circle with a waiting list. I loved being a part of this group but graduate school and a dying parent finally ended my participation in this circle (years ago). I hope I can find the time. It would be quite a significant commitment of time and energy. Right at this moment, I have little to spare. Getting older is the pits.

Hobbes emoticon , By the way, I posted my 2020 Goals.

I hope you all are having a good week. I've fallen off of the eating right, exercise, water drinking wagon (but I'm getting back on it).

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Oh, Darlene. I just got back home tonight and read this. I know that had to be so hard for you. My most sincere sympathies for the loss of your beautiful Cassie.


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I am so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are such a big part of our lives. Hugs to you.

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We really looked at Cassie's paws today and found the problem with her paw print was the fur between the pads. Dr. Herman is going to try to get printed prints for me. My friend also ordered a clay paw print even though we got a really good one last week. Her ashes will come home in a small pewter urn. Cassie didn't want to come back in the house today, but she still wanted to follow me everywhere. We sent her to the bridge with me lying beside her on the floor. Then I stayed away from house until something like 5:30. I just could not come home without her here. Orzo doesn't want to leave me at all, either.



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My watercolors are very simple and not for sharing LOL. I have a friend who is amazing so I just enjoy her work and go about my art - my way. I am more likely to take a youtube class than go to a class as I have the opportunity to slow down.

This same friend brought me a wonderful gift from her last trip. A photographers journal. I love it and I love that she knows me so well that she would find something that fits me so well.



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FANCYQTR,
Don’t be hard on yourself about watercolor painting. I believe that it must be the most unforgiving of all mediums (I’ve found that once the paint is down it’s nearly impossible to successfully change). It is a hard medium to master, largely because it can be unforgiving and unpredictable. Mistakes are difficult to correct, and its fluid nature makes it hard to control. My mother was a master watercolor painter and I’ve always felt intimidated by it. Hang in there! It takes patience *remember learning is the process and not the outcome.

Water is fluid, it flows and moves in all different directions.

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Darlene, you sound just like me at my last Drink & Draw group's annual retreat. LOL! We did three projects, and two of mine were absolute, total duds! Downright embarrassing.
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Good idea to get the Friskit-type product and go at it that way. I can't imagine me trying to come out with a snowflake doing the negative space around it.

Probably the center of Cassie's paw is just a little more raised than the outer parts, and she's not putting a lot of pressure on that area. I agree -- just draw around it and fill it in. I've had to do that lots of times with different stamps. It will come out fine, and once you've got the basic shapes, you can make the copies. I'm glad you got the ink and have tried it.

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Those ideas sound great. I am not having much success with them. The most success has been with the ink pad, but the center part of her paw doesn't want to show up. I think I can draw around it, though. I tried with the paint and it just smeared all over. I couldn't get her to stay sitting or standing, so that didn't work out too well. Finally got her standing and had her stand on the ink pad, then the paper, but it still left the center of her paw out. I don't understand that. She isn't eating much, so is fairly weak and lays down a lot. She does follow me all over the place, though.

Today was my watercolor class and I am so disgusted with it and upset about Cassie that I left really early. Everybody else in the class can paint really well. I can't get anything to work. It all looks like crap. Today we were painting snowflakes using the technique of painting the negative space. I couldn't get a snowflake if I was paid a million dollars to do it. Just made a complete mess. I stopped at Hobby Lobby and got some Friskit (actually called Draw Gum, which cost less) so I can try making the snowflake and then doing the background and peeling the Friskit off. I just cannot paint negative space. Well, face it, I can't paint the other way either.



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11/20/19 10:53 P

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One of the things I've used for stamps before is to cut the pattern out of one of those thick foam sheets. They are colored, about 5" x 7", and you usually see them in the kids' section at the craft store. I don't know if you could just purchase one, or if you would have to get a package of them. They are smooth, and the sheets are not as thick at the ones that are sold as big foam stamps, but they should work.

I think a plain sponge would work, too, but the ink won't leave as smooth an image as the foam would. Same with cork; a lot of people use cork stamps, but the printed image might not turn out as smooth with that.

Yes, after you get your paw print done it would be good on a Shrinky Dink sheet to make a pair of earrings. Not sure that you could buy just one sheet of that, though, either.

If you make a stamp from the paw print, another idea would be to put it on a dish towel with fabric paint. Right now I'm imagining the prints going diagonally across a towel like Cassie would have walked over it with paint on her feet. LOL! Or a line of the prints around the edges of the towel. Or you could even do a line of prints along the side of a pillow case so that you can have sweet dreams of Cassie.

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11/19/19 8:54 P

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Thank you. She went to visit a groomer friend she met today. She did have problems down there and is having them here, too. I would like to get her to eat what has the slippery elm in it, but she won't. In order to give that to her I will have to dissolve it in water and syringe it. Might do that, though. She really has the runs bad.

I got the paw print ink today and got some stencil sheets. I was also looking at what might work to make a stamp. So my artistic friends, does anyone know if cork or plain sponges would work? I think maybe the foam boards would, but those were so big and cost a lot. My friend also suggested something called Shrinky Dink Sheets. They got them for her pre-school classes where she works. She thought it might make some earrings or something. Too bad I didn't know about all these things when I lost my other dogs.



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So sorry to hear about Cassie.

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Thank you. I will look for those inks when I go out today.

I will have to have the prints I want to paint on copied at someplace anyway because my printer will not print right. I have tried and tried to clean it and nothing works. Also replaced the black ink (both cartridges) because it is the black that won't print right. I wonder what kind of copier they have at the library. Office Depot charges a lot more for copies-- like $.70+ per copy. I had to copy some things for LEAP and it was $.70+ a page. Didn't have many to copy, but cost over $5.00 for that.



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Yes, there are dye inks that should work fine and they are able to be removed easily from the paws. I would NOT recommend pigment ink for this. Although pigment ink sets with heat and won't smudge when you paint over it, it will be hard to get off of Cassie's paws.

I just looked up Hobby Lobby online, and I have not seen it in stores before, but there is a Color Box brand ink pad called Paw Prints that says it's especially pet friendly. I do not know how that differs from the Color Box dye ink, if it does at all. It was priced online at $5.99, but I know you can get a My 1st Color Box Child Safe-Ink pad which is dye ink for $1.99, which was the one I was going to recommend before I saw the PawPrints one. They may or may not be the same product. ?? Pretty sure both of these would be washable.

When you go online for Hobby Lobby you can get a store coupon for 40% off of one item that is not on sale. You can either print it or pull the coupon up on your phone and they have always honored it that way when I do that.

Good luck with your search! I really don't think you need a kit -- just an ink pad. It might be a good idea to copy the print you make with a laser copier if you are planning to paint over it. I have not had luck printing with an ink jet copier because they smudge the image when using paints over it. Most copy shops have laser printers for 10-25 cents per copy.

Edit: Or you might be able to use a spray fixative over the dye ink paw prints before painting.

Edited by: IMPROVINGME at: 11/19/2019 (12:15)
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I tried to find some stamp-making supplies yesterday, but couldn't. I went to Michael's since it was getting late. Hobby Lobby was already closed, but on-line I didn't find anything. Joann near me is small and doesn't have much in crafting supplies like that. On their website they have a stamp-making kit, but it costs $35 plus tax and shipping and no way I can afford that.

Is stamp pad ink non-toxic? That would be an easier way to do some prints, especially if I do them with something not really dark so I could make copies and paint over them. Or else I thought of doing some stencils -- cut out the paw print and then I could put it down on the card and paint it that way. I guess that might be the easiest way and I think they have the plastic material to do that.



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11/19/19 1:01 A

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Oh, Darlene, I am so sorry that Cassie's health is failing even more. Maybe you can get a stamp pad and get her paws stamped without upsetting her. If you could do a few, then maybe you could end up collaging it to a canvas or whatever you would use for your painting. Thinking of you and saying prayers for you and Cassie.
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I haven't got anything inspiring me to get up and do anything right now. I keep thinking about how I will do Cassie's paw print painting, but she is getting so bad that all I end up doing is crying. I'm not sure she can handle doing those prints. Today I am wondering if there is a way to make a stamp of her paw print to do those paintings. If there is a way to mold it from the print we made in clay last Thursday. I think something like that is all that will keep me going because I don't think I can now.

I hope that all you have great artistic weeks.



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11/18/19 12:39 P

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Good for you!
Best wishes for a great (although busy) week ahead!

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Last week was hectic with 2 shows to put together. I did sell a little but only about $40 worth. Good for the ego but not for the bank account. LOL

this week is shaping up to be busy as well but at least I am painting this morning.


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Gosh! I sure got behind in reading all the posts on this topic! And I got so behind with everything else around my home that I'm not back to doing any artwork yet. I'm glad to read about all your different projects. Keep up the fun work!

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Lovely Georgia O’Keeffe....
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Edited by: HOBBESIS49 at: 11/16/2019 (01:40)
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My study, where I do my painting and crafts, just got totally wrecked. I needed a chair and moved the box of supplies off of it to another chair and everything fell off my sofa all over the floor. I cannot get things picked up very well because of my back constantly hurting. When I was working in the kitchen yesterday it started hurting and I could barely walk or stand the rest of the day. I wasn't able to even stretch it out.



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Happy Birthday Georgia o'Keeffe



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I am so lucky to have a garage turned studio. Living in Oregon is a challenge in winter. My space is as bright as I can make it! Love is the key to everything.

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Oh my FANCYQTR, not you too!!!

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I’m packing up most of my portion soon and gonna try to Feng shui out (& get rid of it).

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My basement is like you describe yours. The sewer backed up a few times ad nothing is back together yet. I have shelves that were moved into the store-room that should go in the back room that was a bedroom, but can't get any help to move them and fasten them back to the wall. So now that room is full, too. I would have to move everything out of there to get the shelves in there if I could get the help. I also don't have natural light down there, just the overhead lights (like one light in the bedroom, 2 in the large rec room).

In the fall/winter seasons I get some light coming in the front windows for a short time and the den where I have my art stuff has another light in it, but everything is backwards to use that light. I have so much memorabilia and arts and craft supplies that I can't get to anything. The den also has planting supplies. I have trouble figuring out what to get rid of because I don't know what I will want to do arts and craft wise again. I already threw out an old sketch book that I shouldn't have and now I don't have the good drawing I made of my dachshund and can't find any good photos of her.



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I’m still working on trying to have a studio space. My stuff is in the basement (which isn’t good for lighting). I’ve been trying to figure out lighting actually. I live in Oregon and it’s quite dark here in the Winter months anyway. The basement barely has any natural sunlight & had a flood awhile back so things are really in a mess. Right now my space is about a 6’x6’ work space as the rest of the space is crammed full of my Dad’s belongings and my sister and brother-in-laws stuff (my mom’s sewing things * she passed away in 2016 and mine). It’s a crazy mess. I try to focus on the space I do have but can always dream of better lighting and more organization. That I CAN do. I live in a house with my 94 year old Dad and his belongings are abundant and I rented out my own home and moved in with him when my mom passed away. Space is limited but love is not. For now it is what works. Here is what I discovered in reference to lighting: www.artistsnetwork.com/art-t
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Anyone have experience in lighting up things in a very dark space in order to do artwork. Right now I just have a variety of lamps from all different directions. It’s quite the fire Marshall’s nightmare I’m sure!

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Anybody around the Colorado area? I found out last week that they have a Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Unfortunately, it's $20 some and I don't have that.



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I ran across this as I was thinking my studio is a mess!

"Never apologize for your studio."

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That is what I was meaning, in a way. To get more painting/drawing practice before I do the final.

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I would start with a copy of the paw print and kind of practice first. These prints sound so precious. Hugs

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Paw print paintings are usually the dogs paw print as the center of something like a flower and then you add things around it. I'm not sure how well I can do with that. Guess if I have problems I can start with the paw prints, then do the outside at a later date. I have seen them, but never tried to do them.



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FANCYQTR,

So Paw Print Painting? Is that just like getting a print of your dog's paw print and then doing more with it somehow? like perhaps a linocut where you could then print out the dog prints?

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It is great that you have someone in your family that supports you in your arts and crafts. I had no one in my family who would support me. I was even called stupid for wanting to do something with art or photography. My 2nd cousin, of course, was very smart wanting to do something with photography. I think my mom's family hated me for the most part, though I do have a cousin who is helping me out since I cannot work and my Social Security doesn't cover anything.

Has anyone here ever done paw print paintings? I would like to do that with Cassie's paw prints. My friend is coming tomorrow to help with a paw print in clay. I don't know how much places charge for those, but I know it is pretty much. I have Blue's and Venture's paw prints. They didn't start doing those at the vet clinic until when I lost those two, so I don't have any of my previous dogs. 2 dogs I don't have their ashes, one because they didn't do that I don't think, and one because I was so upset all I wanted was her alive again.



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My brother is probably the only living human being who really "gets" me. Even my husband doesn't understand my quirks of which I have many.

We are thrilled to have you.

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F8CONE8,

What a neat sibling! (to introduce you to The Artist's Way).
Great to have 'other' creative/support in one's life.
Glad that you could retire and find time again to be more of You!
Thanx for your responses.

I am thrilled to have found some artist friends here on Spark People.

Yes, a hiatus from full-time teaching is one of the best things I could have ever done for finding myself again.

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Taking a hiatus was a brilliant idea. I did not realize how my work kept me from my real life until I retired. Suddenly, I could focus on what actually makes me happy but had not a clue as to how to do that. Fortunately, my brother pointed me towards tools like The Artist's Way and helped me figure it out.

So glad you bought your Art Bag. Great way to move forward.

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I bought myself a Wonderful used Art Bag today to ride around in my car with me for art supplies. I'm a substitute teacher and drive to and from on beautiful country roads. If I have time I'm beginning to stop and sketch and begin painting. I'm not quite up to plein air painting yet (my heart's there but my skills to move fast enough are not) but I'm working towards that goal. I end up having to take a photo and then print off on my printer and work on it from home.

I took a hiatus from working a full-time teaching job this year and am finding that I have time to live my life and am working on finding time to do Art again. I'm working my way through The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and focusing on the doing rather than the end product. Sometimes that is a real challenge. I studied Art in college years and years ago but it has been a very long time since I allowed myself time (or had the time to do Art).

Why does doing Art take a back seat?

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Sounds like a good class. I hate rules when it comes to my artwork. I love suggestions though. Sounds like the pickleballs are aren't going to change anytime soon. LOL

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I enjoyed the watercolor class today. It wasn't a really stringent rules class. She showed us a little how she would do things and we were doing really free painting. That isn't the way I usually paint, but I did fairly free today. I was a little rushed getting there since I was playing pickleball this morning and most of the balls we were using were mine, so I was waiting for them. Then forgot one and had to go back in for it. The reason for bringing balls (I'm not the only one, but the others keep them for their own games) is that the district won't purchase the balls that we can see better. They say the orange balls cost more, but every time I've seen the different balls they all cost the same.



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I love learning new things and I love being reminded of things I used to know.

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Elona, my sculpture class won't be until summer if it happens then. This week starts watercolor.

I never found oils hard at all. With a cat in the house, though, they might not be all that good to work with. To me acrylics are the harder to work with because they dry so fast. I only learned earlier this year about the solution that keeps them from drying so fast. I was trying to work on a painting last week and the paint was drying before I could even get all the colors I wanted out and it was only 3. Watercolors are the hardest because you go from light to dark instead of dark to light and I can't remember that. A problem I have with acrylics is I am not fast enough for them to not dry out on me. With water colors I am not free enough.

I have just been watching painting on TV and learned a couple things. The first thing is that you can actually have acrylics and oils on the same canvas. I was always told that you couldn't. Guess it's kind of like "you can't wear blue with brown." Well, you can, just have to get the right shades. Both Wilson Bickford and Paulson were doing paintings with both mediums today. The second thing new to me is using tape on the canvas that Bickford was doing. The whole idea he took from the misket (I think that's it) that they use in watercolor and also airbrush. I should see if I have any of that left with the airbrush stuff. I learned that in junior college back in the 90s. I really should just get all my stuff going again, but I probably won't. Anyway, both those artists are on public TV. I am looking at Bickford's and thinking I ought to do things more the way he does and maybe I can get Abby's background better.



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Welcome Elona. I find it fascinating that you like so many of us have postponed our art because life got in the way. Welcome back to the wonderful world of creativity.

You have an exciting project to work on and I know it will be wonderful. Hopefully, our group can help encourage you along the way.

PS I love retirement!

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Hi Fancy!

Oh, i think we judge ourselves to harshly. With persistence and a little perspiration we all can be good!

My mom was an oil painter. It is a VERY difficult medium to work with! Just take your time, itll happen. I promise. Just like in weight loss, the longer it takes to lose, the more permanent it becomes.

I am not a sculptress, but I do have a love for it and some God given talent. My first piece was when I was 10. It was of my friend, John in school. After it was out of the kiln I was surprised how great the likeness was. Right now it is in Miami. I will bring it to the Philippines (retired here last June). It still looks just as new as the day it came out of the kiln!

In terms of drawing, I sure have a lot to learn about colored pencil technique. I fell in love with color as a very small child. I cant live without it. It is my inspiration. So, Im a baby at colored pencil art and have a long road to travel. but its a joy to learn.

Its great you are taking a sculpture class. (I think I read it was sculpture). Maybe some of your class will rub off on me! Lol. Maybe, I can share a little of what I know with you!

Nice to meet you!

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Elona, Welcome to the team. Your project sounds like it will be really nice.

I think you are farther than I am. I have been trying some painting off and on. My drawing is terrible and I never learned to sculpt. I'm hoping the class they cancelled will run this summer.



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Hi!

I am new to this team. Very happy I found you guys! emoticon

I will post my intro later, but for now. I just want to say, I am very rusty in my art. Sadly, I haven't done much in years. I am now ready to begin.

I bought a collection of Prismacolor colored pencils and quality paper. I have a project in the planning stage for Christmas. I'm super excited about it. It's a gift to my son and daughter-in-law. It will be a small sculpture of the Nativity. I haven't done sculpture in eons. I have a few questions on the proportions and drying technique.

I'm glad I found you guys!

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My phone doesn't have much memory, either. My problem this time was with the memory card, though. I guess I didn't get it in properly. My previous phone had it in a different place and it was really easy to get in and out properly.



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Sometimes when your phone updates it resets everything to save on the phone instead of the memory card. Really annoying! My phones internal memory isn't that big so I have to go in and manually switch everything again. Buggers

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Oh, nuts. They cancelled my sculpture class until at least next summer. I think that class isn't having much luck this term. It was suppose to be in the afternoons, too.

I found out that for some reason my phone isn't saving the pictures to my memory card, but to the phone memory. Can't post photos from that. Had to put the memory card in again and it finally read it and I was able to move my photos to it. I don't know what I did wrong.



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I don't think that Orzo would like that much, either. He loves his doggie sister so much. She was wheezing while panting this morning and he quickly went over to lick her face. It seemed to calm her breathing. This afternoon Cassie and I went to get her nails trimmed. Then I went to get her a couple things at Walmart. It was really crowded there since it is suppose to snow for the next 3 or 4 days. I had forgotten about that.

My watercolor class is suppose to start on the 7th, I think. Gonna have to look that up again since my calendar has it starting the next week. Yep, the 7th is right. That one is in the middle of the afternoon. The other in the evening on Tuesdays (at least I think it's in the evening). I need to find the card that I found out about it from so I know when and what time it all is because my phone seems to have the wrong information. It also has photos missing from it.



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What a brilliant idea. I'd like to do that with my kitty but... he wouldn't like it much.

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From what I've seen, the sculpture class is still on. Neither of the classes start until November. One is the 18th, I think, and the other one later in the month. Have to look them up to make sure.

I saw something on FB for some crafts using modeling clay that hardens. Put some leaves of something on it and roll over with a rolling pin. Then after it hardens paint it and can put a magnet on the back to hang it with. I thought that might be fun to do with Lucy, next door, so got some of the clay. Besides, I want to get a paw print from Cassie. Either I'll do it in some clay or try to figure how to make a painting with her paw print. I don't know if they do those with acrylics or water color or inks, but I've seen them that they make the paw prints into flowers. That would be different with hers. They didn't start doing the paw prints at my vets until the last two dogs I lost. It cost around $50 to have them done back then.



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I never dreamed I of all people would be teaching an art class to my peers. Tomorrow the "Sanity Sisters" will teach a class of 11 people how to do acrylic pours. I am really excited and very grateful that my friends got me into this. Not for the money (we might make enough to pay for our lunch after paying for supplies) but because it is so much fun and everyone will be successful.



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So sorry about the ceramic's instructor! What a shock that must have been!
Did they follow through with the sculpture class?
Glad the auto harp classes are still on. How are they going?
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Got a call today that the autoharp class is on. Yay!



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Sounds like a shock. Hope you can get into some other classes.

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I got an email from the library yesterday that the ceramics class won't be happening because the instructor died suddenly. That was a shock to everyone, I'm sure. They aren't completely cancelling everything. They have a new instructor coming in who will be teaching sculpture to anyone who wants to stay and learn it. That's something I always wanted to try. Hope I can make something that looks like something.

This Saturday is the autoharp workshop that I signed up for. I hope they have enough people interested to have it. I got an email from them that they need a certain amount of participants in order to have their classes or else they cancel them. I don't have any other instrument that I could take any of their other classes with and I want to learn to play my autoharp.

It's getting cold here. We had 80 degrees at 5:00 this evening, down to the 40s by 7. Will be 20s or 30s tomorrow with 2-4" of snow (at least that's what they are predicting -- can't tell how much snow around here, ever).



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Good for you!

I am leaving town early tomorrow morning, so in addition to breaking my current 153-day check-in streak, I won't be seeing or commenting on your posts until I return on October 21. I've had to disable the SparkPeople app on my phone because it is full and out of storage.

I hope everyone has great success with all goals and stays healthy!
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I love Weds. A full day of art!

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Wow! I had missed that project of Shelley Klammer's. Thanks for posting. Looks like a really good exercise.

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I thought of you when I saw this.

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This one really sums it up nicely.

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Love this one. Hope it posts big enough to read.


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I did the first video on healthy aging today. 3 more to come.

I am booked solid for the next few weeks. How did I get so busy?

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I hope you can get into some of those classes, Darlene. They all sound interesting. And good luck in getting all your paperwork taking care of. Things like that seem to be getting harder and harder and such a hassle. Hang in there. Glad Cassie is still doing okay and that you found that good sourdough bread! Yum!

There is a free online Healthy Aging Summit that started today (9-19-19) by Deepak Chopra at The Chopra Center. I signed up but have not accessed the lesson today yet. It might not be too late to join, if it interests you and you'd like to take a look at it. Just now it popped up for me when I went to chopra.com.

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Our library has only had one day classes before. These are several weeks, one day a week. One thing that doesn't look right, though, is they are only 1 to 1 1/4 hour classes. How do you get anything done in that time. The old craft classes were 2 or up to 3 hours. I need to email and see if I can get into those classes. They start in November, so I was thinking I had time, but if they fill up like the rec center ones they will already be full.

I am beat today. I went to renew my CICP (discount medical) downtown and was told I have to recertify my Medicare assistance first. You know, that doesn't really make any sense. I didn't even have to have anything when I first got CICP. So I came back and emptied my checking account by taking part of it to the vet clinic and putting it on Cassie's account and keeping the other for her supplements. Otherwise the recertification people think I carry a balance in there of close to $100 when it is usually $2. Then I went shopping for food, mostly for part of Cassie's meals. I did get a little for me, but not much. Though at the Safeway by me the baker finally made the sourdough bread I like. They had been just selling the Goldminer brand and it is always hard and dry and doesn't have the flavor that the Safeway baked bread has. So I splurged. I might have to freeze it, though, since I have some from Walmart.



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These sound so interesting. Our library has some classes but not like these. I would love the aging creatively class.

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I picked up a book on Dog Cancer Survival Guide from the library today and also their listing of classes for this month and noticed a smaller flyer on "aging creatively" which has been something going around here the last couple of years. I missed the one that just started (last night) but is a little too far to go. It apparently was going to be oil painting, but was changed to acrylic painting. I saw that and thought it would be nice, until I saw the date. It is also quite a ways from here when I have problems getting gas. There is a watercolor one starting in November and it is at a closer library. It says all supplies are supplied. Library classes are free, too. The library closest to me is planning to have ceramics. Others are dancing classes -- one is reconnecting with your body and the other dance and storytelling. It has been a while since they have had much of anything arts and crafts wise for adults. I am going to try to get into the watercolor and ceramics classes.



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That is so sweet making painted rocks. I think I will do this for my kitties, Mulligan and Jasmine.

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9/16/19 10:47 P

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It never occurred to me what they would treat the possible side effects with. That's interesting. Yes, hopefully this treatment will get her into remission for a long, long time.

That painted rock idea with the dogs' names is great. So meaningful.

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There is one more thing to try if she gets side effects from this chemo. It is Tagamet and Benadryl. Just that and nothing else. I just pray that she goes into remission for a long time. She showed no signs of being ill, then he told me only 2 months if prednisone only. It's just so hard to believe that. I looked at how they figure stages and I don't think she is to stage 4 because he never mentioned it in her spleen or liver.

I just saw something that someone did on the Lymphoma group on Facebook. She has painted rocks with all the past dogs' names for their memories. They brought them out and used them to hold napkins on a picnic table so everyone could see the memorial to their dogs (she did it for friends' and neighbors' dogs, too).

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Poor baby. Cassie sounds like she has a wonderful human who will do whatever it takes. Hugs

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Sounds like you are researching and caring and doing all that you possibly can. Glad Cassie is doing better, and I hope the Pepcid protects her tummy. I'm like Cassie -- I get pretty demanding when I don't feel well, either!
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She is doing better. She has been able to get on the bed by herself (barely, though) and has been sleeping through the night mostly. The vet is ordering a different kind of chemo which is pills every other day and I need to get her some Pepcid for every day to protect her tummy. I'm still a little leery, though. I am going to start the Pepcid early and also give her the immune supplements that Jamie gave me. Also have a recommendation for the EO they believe is best for lymphs. This is all more expensive than I can manage, but somehow I will get by (I hope).

Cassie is getting more demanding lately.



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How is Cassie doing? Hope she is feeling better.

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Both are new. Spring when everything comes up new. September, for me, is when I really start thinking of what I can give for Christmas. Unfortunately, I should start thinking about that in January, at least.



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I always thought Spring should be the start of the year. Everything is growing and new. But I get that September is a starting point! Many meetings and activities this month including my class resumes.

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