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More Painting June 25, 2010

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A Different Kind of Painting Though

Started painting my small 1/2 bathroom today. This started out to be a small project in a small room but now it’s turned into this Whole Big Thing.  Originally I just wanted to change the light fixture.  But after I looked at it I could tell I would need to patch holes where the old one was.  So that means painting.  Of course I don’t have paint that matches what’s there, so that means the whole thing has to be repainted.  Ok. So I got the stuff to do that.  I decided to do it up right and do a Venetian Plaster finish.  It’s a bit of a chore to do but it looks REALLY nice.  So I do the prep work and got ready to slap some primer ont the walls.  That’s when I fully took off the old light fixture and saw the crappy job the original builders did to put it in.  Someone just took the claw end of a hammer and gouged out a long hole for the wires and that’s it.  Bleh.  I swear I’ll never buy another house built by Centex.  Cheap, sloppy workmanship EVERYWHERE.  Talk about cutting corners.  Hell, I bet they even made round things square just to have more corners to cut off.

Anyway, so I go to home depot to get a new fixture and a wall patch.  I find a fixture that will cover the whole, but when I open it I find out that supposed to attach to another bracket already installed.  Grrrr.  My Dad came out and looked at it and suggested that I epoxy a piece of 2×4 in the hole so I’ll have a place to mount the new fixture on to.  What a pain in the butt.   Oh well.  It’ll look a hell of a lot better when I’m done and I’ll actually have something accomplished this weekend instead of just playing WoW all the time.

So, what are you up to?

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Another Day, Another Painting June 22, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Watercolor.
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My Tutalage Continues…

I’m so glad I subscribed to this magazine; this one article alone is a goldmine.  Sterling Edwards schools me some more on painting skies and this one is about clouds.

9 x 12 inch on Arches 140lb cold-press paper

Again, this is mostly a straight copy from Mr. Edwards’ example so I’ll never sign it or sell it, of course. These are just exercises to learn technique. 

I like these scenes though.  If I’m not mistaken, it looks like these were done from Monument Valley in Utah.  Check out yesterday’s picture on Bing.com for comparison.  I’ve never been there, but now I have to go sometime.

Back to Watercolors June 20, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Watercolor.
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I want to get back into painting again, so I am!  It’s been a while so my skills are rusty.  To help me get back into it again I subscribed to a watercolor magazine to help me figure out where I can improve and whatnot.  One of the articles featured some desert scenes paintings by…er, I don’t know his name Sterling Edwards.  I really like them so decided to copy one just to get into the swing of things.  Check it out:

10 x 7 inches on Arches 140lb cold-press paper

This is just a small one and my colors aren’t as good as his. Also, I still have this frustrating tendency to fuss and fiddle with my painting. Grr. Clean strokes dammit!  Gotta run to the stores but I’ll be sure to give proper attribution to the original artist when I get back. 
**Udate**  Artist attributed above.  Sterling Edwards is the fellow’s name and he does REALLY nice stuff.  Go look:  at sterlingedwards.com.  That’s beautiful work there Mr. Edwards.

THEY’RE HERE! June 19, 2010

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My Saddleback Leather bags came today!  I’m so pleased with them too.  Check ’em out:

The larger, darker one is the messenger bag and the other, lighter one is the medium satchel. The satchel is just a bit smaller than I expected, but it’s still great and I’m going to use it for my drawing supplies. The other one I’m going to use to take my stuff back and forth to work. I can’t wait to show them off! SQUEEEEE!

Oh, and yes, I want another one now for my knittingHave you seen the little travel bags?  One of those woud be perfect.  Stop looking at me like that.  I don’t have a problem.  I can quit whenever I want to.

Father’s Day Present June 16, 2010

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Mom and I are going in on an Amazon Kindle DX for Dad.  I hope he likes it.  His eyesight isn’t so good these days and the Kindle has the ability to greatly increase the font size.  As a plus the local fishwrap sells Kindle subscriptions too so he can start reading the paper again.  So what are you getting for your dear ol’ Dad?

I Need A Bag June 10, 2010

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So Nicole found something cool on the interwebberytubes a few days ago and I’ve come to the realization that I’m dangerously low on quality items with which to carry my stuff around in.  This is a crisis that needs to be addressed immediately and fortunately there is Saddleback Leather ready to fill this desperate need.  Yes, it is a need, not a want.  So now the only question is:  which one to get?  I’m leaning strongly towards one of the messenger bags in the Dark Coffee Brown color.  But, I also really like the Chestnut one too.  On the other hand I’m somewhat concerned that the messenger bags are a bit big for my stuff carrying needs and that one of the satchels might well be more what I’m looking for.  I like the Dark Tobacco particularly.  Ooo, decisions decisions.

Today’s WTF Song June 8, 2010

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Remember this one?  Tarzan’s Boy:

I haven’t heard this one in ages.  I love it!  *Adds to iPod*

I’m A Big Fan…Of Fans! June 2, 2010

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Thar She Blows…A Hole In My Wallet

A couple weeks ago I bought three ceiling fans and they were installed last weekend.  Now my upstairs areas are nice and breezy.  Behold! 

 All three are the same, so just one picture.  My house isn’t pre-wired for these things so I hired an electrician through the fan store to come out and do the installation.  He is a pretty cool dude and did a great job.  One of the annoying things about this house was that there was no overhead lighting in any of the bedrooms, so now that’s fixed too.  All of these are on remote controls and they have dimmers!  All of this was just in time for the summer onslaught and I’m really glad to have them.  This was the big-ticket item of my household improvements and should clear out the rest of the excess money twiddling its thumbs in my checking account.  Hopefully they’ll help keep down the A/C bills.

Oh, and I finally finished the other mesh bag I started mumble months ago.  Some of the delay wasn’t my fault though.  I had the devil of a time finding cotton or cotton/acrylic blend in a nice blue color.  I finally gave up and just dyed my own.  It turned out pretty nice I think and it was just in time for Memorial Day to give to my Mom.  These bags are cool, but it will be a while before I do another one.  Check it out: