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Now that school is back in session ( in most states ) Fall will soon be here. That means cooler days and shorter nights. And lot of gorgeous color. My favorite holiday, Holloween is just around the corner. I'm looking forward to it here. It will be a whole new experience, Holloween Hawaiian style. Maybe I'll dress up as a hula dancer....LOL
I still don't have my computer hooked up, so no photo to start this thread off. Feel free to put any and all (if you want) of your Fall images here.
Sorry, I posted this to the older thread. I am reposting it here. Pat asked how long it takes me to do a peice:
Pat, the amount of time it takes to do a piece really varies. A small plein air piece might be done in a three hour session. A medium sized piece might be done in 20 hours. Some of my larger, more complicated ones might be 40 to 60 hours worth of work. I'm about 12 hours into my current piece.
Fall forever is what I say...... I love that time of year...
Would you believe my water stopped running this afternoon while I was in the middle of cooking a meal. figures... It just stopped in all faucets. Called the landlord and came down to tell me it was fixed within an hour, plus said, "you'll never guess what shut the water down, Ants! Trillions of them ate threw the wire connections!" Imagine that! He said he pulled off the cover to the well and nearly had a heart attack with sooooooooo many ants loaded in there. YIKES! Wonder whats with the ants? Weird...
Morning - nice new thread - nice photos Pauline.
Ants - yikes - gazillions here too - guess they are getting ready for winter.
I can hardly wait to spend fall here - this is the maple syrup capital of Canada - meaning lots of maple trees - so the colours should be amazing.
David - OMG wow - you are a dedicated man - I am not surprised by the time it takes you. I really do admire your work. I may have ADD - I could never spend that long on a piece - I get bored or something. I am a fast type of artist - I have trouble letting paint dry and we all know if you push wet paint too much you get mud! Your work reflects your time, patience and incredible ability. Cudos to you.
Darice - a hula skirt LOL - I am sure my hubby would fill your trick or treat pail.
Busy day today - swamp romp, then shop, then clean & cook. Lovely & cool this a.m. but suppossed to be hot later.
I still cannot cut & paste images on this computer - anyway I have lived without it this long so guess will continue to do so.
Aaaahhhhhh the colors of Fall, love em. Thanks for posting them Pauline. Your photos are beautiful. Pat whitch images do you want to share? I can copy and paste from my iPad the pictures from FAA. I just can't put any of the photos I've taken and stored on my iPhone and iPad. I haven't figured out why. I guess it's because they are not jpegs, who knows. I won't be taking any Fall photos this year, well not the kind Pauline posted. I don't think the trees here change color. Mind you I'm not complaining, just observing. I really am looking forward to seeing how the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons play out here. Change is good.
LOL Dave, I saw your other post. No worries. I'm glad you found this one. One of the things I like seeing is the progression of a painting. It's so interesting to see how artist approach their work. Your attention to detail with this one is fantastic.
Hi Ken, Min, Debbie, James, Ann and everyone else who stops in to read this post. Have a great Aloha day.
Looks like rain here. Hot wicked hot yesterday.
Darice I saw your wip on fb - I love seeing how artists (you & david) sketch out and complete paintings. I have never sketched out a piece - maybe I should. I sort of just do it - it evolves.
Pauline I see your whole photos - must be those ants!
Have fun Ken
Thanx for offer Darice (posting photos) when I take some fall photos I will let you know. I know it is going be spectacular here.
BTW - swampie continues to heal - awesome vet - we are both happy.
Have a great day everyone.
Darice/James I read there was an earthquake in the Phillepines and a tsunami was heading your way. Is that still on or off? Hope its off.
Oh gawd, I am beat! I cooked all afternoon making eggplant parmesan for customer! yeah He lives right around the corner too! So now he has two Italian entrees for the weekend. lol I woke up too early. sheesh
Ok where is the blue moon? Its not out yet here. Its kinda cloudy too. sheesh
Im in such a sweets mood. But Im having crackers instead. lol
I wonder if I have a problem somewhere in my computor because I cant see some items on the news either like some videos.....what would that be. hmmm
We missed the tsunami Pauline, fortunately. Glad your books arrived, hope they were not damaged in the mail.
Made some crème fraîche yesterday, part of a dip recipe I'm working on, along with many others, for my food blog on dips and chips called "One Bite At A Time". Crème fraîche was originally a French product, sort of like sour cream but lighter, and is a combination on whipping cream and buttermilk or sour cream. It is a bacterial culture that is made a couple of days before you use it, sort of like making bread. Great for finishing hot sauces, in soups, on fresh fruit, etc. I am also including a lot of homemade cracker recipes... instead of buying the ones in the grocery store, you can easily make your own for less money and with no chemicals.
A little late as we did our romp on a new trail then took a big bag of stuff and some $$$ to a local animal shelter (Lanark animal welfare society - LAWS). They are the only shelter around here - serving a huge area and in dire financial straits. Wish I could think of way to really help them, as helping the animals is my cause. Will ponder this some more.
The blue moon - heard about it but didnt see it.
Chips & dips sound neat James.
Hi all. Cocktail hour is here.... I think something blue to drink......Is there a bluemoon drink? hehe
James the books got here fine, no damage.
And I love the sound of homemade crackers and dips! yummy Store bought crackers are sooooo salty and I taste the artificial ingredients, think they stink!
Whipping cream and butta! whoa! Sour cream maybe. I dont think we count calories here, hehe Sounds fabulous! ha!
Pat, an art fund raiser might help with a group of people or an organization would be better. Do a cat or dog show. All proceeds of sales go to Shelter. Find sponsors for show to donate (local businesses or larger companys too) for cause to match the sales amount or just to donate to support show & cause. Its a community affair! People get to buy art and support the shelter at the same time. Things dont have to be pricey and better off not to so many will buy. Have cards and prints ops too. Someone might want to help but can only shell out $10 for a print or set of cards. Something is better then nothing! ha!
Just a thought.... I use to enter small works to a gallery in Virginia who ran once a year a animal show to support local shelter. It was a good thing.
With this being a three day weekend, are any of you doing something special? I know everyone in this group is a working artist with no children living at home (that's my nice way of saying we are old.... Hehehe. No not old, we are in the prime of our lives and having a grand time too!
No big plans for us. Everyday here is a new adventure, so we just flow with what ever comes up.
What ever you do, do it well and have a great time!
Later in the week, my wife and I are headed to Vegas. We are not gamblers, but my wife is a bellydancer, and there is a big bellydance convention going on. One day, while she is in class, I plan to go to the art museum at the Bellagio. They have a Monet exhibit this year. The rest on the time, while she is in class, I plan to hang out at the Sin City microbrewery getting my drink on. That seems like a good Vegas thing to do. At night, during the convention, there will be bellydance shows we can both go to.
Thanx for suggestions Pauline - they sound a lot more sensible than mine. Big problem is they need so much $$ - not just a drop - I am going talk to head - if they can get press, as they are the one & only shelter around here - why are towns & cities not helping em?
Saw James new shrimp photo - yum.
Went out for an Italian dinner last night - packed place - food good BUT not outstanding.
Today I am having the neighbours for supper (hope they taste good hahaha) We are having barbecue steak, scallop potatoes, fresh local corn, cauliflower and apple pie I still gotta make.
David enjoy yourself in Vega. I had a friend who was a belly dancer - never saw her but know she was amazing. Have fun
Off to romp the swamp and make the pie
Hi all, sorry I've been awol for a while. My mum's been visiting after a trip by train through the desert from one end of the country to the other. She took some great photos of Uluru for me to draw inspiration from. Was great having her around so we could spend time together on my days off. She's off visiting some of my siblings now so I won't see her again until December when my daughter gets married. That'll be a fun party :)
I see food is still top of the agenda here, which is good. Sounds like you've settled in to Hawaiian life, Darice! I bet it's beautiful there.
Spring has just started here, but you wouldn't know it from the cold weather we're still having. I think the first day of Spring was the coldest I'd felt for months - lol. The fire will be going for quite a while yet, I think.
I've been practising my watercolours and here's a peek at my latest.
Party rocked - we sat on my deck for hours overlooking the lake, no bugs, great conversation, wine, food and good friends - perfect!
Therese your new work is wonderful. I like Scout - quite an expression he has - yikes!
Pauline you are right - I always wondered why store apples tasted not so great - it is the foamcore.
My apple pie with pippins & granny smith was real good. It is all gone so.
Hot gorgeous day here! 30 plus they say.
I am going be lazy today - hope everyone else is having a good one.
Nice to see you Therese. I see Ann occaisonally on fb - she is such an awesome young woman!
I baked a Cherry Cheese Cake today..... soon I need to start some meatballs.
I see my cowhorse farm buyer picked 5 prints and ordered today! I think he has one more to go unless he changed his mind.
Im working on my recipe binder today... decided to start a binder because my card file is stuffed to the gills with recipies I like! lol I also chucked old ones never cooked but saved for 30yrs. I dont need those anymore..... Im so glad I have your books too James. My other recipe cookbooks are still in storage. I cant even get to them...
HI Therese... good to see you. Spring huh? We're suppose to be falling into autumn here but it sure doesnt feel like it yet... too hot! I cant wait for that cooler air!
Aloooooooha everyone. Therese so good to see you. Spending time with your mom is way more important then spending time in here. I like "scout" too, he is so cute. Both are very well done and the warm colors are so appealing.
Pat, you party animal you, I'm glad you had a good time. Enjoy your lazy day.
Pauline, maybe you should write a cookbook too. Yea that's what you need, another busy thing to add to your very busy life. LOL, well you know what they say, " if you want something done, ask a busy person." Pat can write a book on "party planning", Therese can write one about the life and times of an artist/farmer. Ken can write a photography travel book. James can relax and golf cause he has already written 3 cookbooks. And me, well I've dreamed about writing a book since I was in my early twenties. I have lots of teams kicking around in my head. Maybe one will stick soon.....LOL. Stranger things have been known to happen, like dreaming of living in Hawaii and now here I am. See dreams do come true, they just take a ton of work......huuuummm maybe I should stop dreaming so BIG, not.
Well today I've decided to paint at the gallery. I've been told by everyone who lives here that today will be a very busy day on Front Street. Charlie is taking day off and will be photographing the happenings on Front Street. He hasn't had the chance to shoot much since we've been here.
Well it's off we go now. Have a fantastic day everyone.
Oh Darice Im like you with the writing ideas... I want to write a story on finding my family history story because it was so mystical and bazaar. After a number of weird circumstances over 2-4yrs and feeling like I was being watched by my ancestors ghost that lead me to the cemetery plot more then 150yrs ago, I somehow landed on an estate wth a gigantic front door to the "Ross Mansion" my ancestors built! Talk about getting chills! When the double door opened, I could barely say a word!! I had the chills running up and down as I started to walk inside this HUGE foyer with crystal chandelier neverending ceiling! omg I still feel that moment from 1997! There is so much more to this..... its a great story! or movie! lol I need a ghost writer. My great great gr. gr. gr grandfather was one of the last Revolutionary War Veterans alive in the 1870's. He lived to 91. What is great about writing this story, if I get there is I can go back north and take photos of the buildings and structures still standing today to put in the book. In fact I do have dozens of the mansion.
And I have a few other things to write about to! Sheesh life is tooooooooo short! I need another me! haha
It poured like crazy today with storms and lightening!! heck of a holiday.
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Debbie your photos are darn scary - as I say when it is nice it is good, but the scary stuff - how do you control that - as it is IMO surreal, out of our control - not much we can do. I do believe you can develop, increase these skills, I try to stay away from em - I dont like things I cant control too much. My hubby believes me but is a scientist and way too grounded for such sights and thoughts.
Now if I could just 'scare up" a lottery winning (sorry tryiing to lighten the mood here.)
David I think this is one of your best works ever - brilliant work.
Cold today - back in Cobourg - gotta romp swamp, do laundry, humdrum stuff. Will post my maple leaf paintings once I get them photo'd - got a photo of my park up. This is where I walk at the lake - beautiful.
Have a great day.
Good morning! Cold here too but yeaaaaaah went for a walk with my neighbor early early this morning.... Felt good to romp up and down the street. Some horses saw and and came to the fence thinking we were going to feed them! LOL we just giddyup down the road.
David its a wonderful piece of art........striking! You might want to make up a card and mail it to the guy in the photo at the winery. Maybe they'll buy it. : )
dEBBIE, that image above with lots of colors looks like a dragon I have seen in a vision!! Dragons have many symbolic meanings. Evil definitely on top of the list. The one I saw, started out all white coming from outter space(like a comet, which also has meaning of havoc) heading towards earth, then surrounded earth like a satellite going around and around causing a white ring, then it dived into the ocean to cause havoc on earth! It rose out of the ocean by the call of people stirring up evil intent (like 9/11) It is among us, waiting for the next moment to strike!. I had this vision in 2001 and painted it as well. Drove me crazy ahead of time because I knew something was about to happen before 9/11! Did you all know they discovered a new comet heading our way............to be seen next November,2013? ehem!
The other images definitely have some eerie stuff in them. One looks very alien like. Another I see old ancient faces floating within the mist.
Need a biiiiiigggggggg old cauldron! hehe.......... find a couple other witches and make us some hootnaneybrewin razmataz! Where's my broom? lol
Debbie, I believe there are spirits roaming around us every day. Some make themselves known, others don't. Some are scary, some are not. When I was a kid I'd wake up in the middle of the night to my sister talking to either our dead grandma or a eval witch. The witch was very scary. I use to ask her questions when these spirits were close by, but they didn't like me talking because as soon as I'd open my mouth they would leave. But while they were there the room would be very cold.
David, well done. That painting should be on a wine label.
Happy late Thanksgiving to you Pat, Ken and Michael and any other Canadians reading this post. I hope you all had a great time.
Pauline, isn't your birthday coming up soon?
James how you liking all this vog? There's so much of it I can't see your beautiful Island.
Interesting - kay Debbie when you put these images in context with the issues you were going through in your life - it helps. When my mum died the house that night was chaos - branches & wind howled all night, my very elderly aunt woke up screaming in the night - I knew it was the passing - it was real - I can hear wind but my aunt waking up screaming that was outta my control. I think to not believe in such things is a diservice to the ghosts.
Have no idea what has happened to Ken - maybe he & ma Bell are at odds again. Anyway what will be will be.
I planted tulips/daffodils today - bathed swampie, did my fitness walk.
Got my watercolour maple leaf posted - for my first real venture I am pleased with it.
Kay outta here - where is my darn broomstick.....
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo......... lighting a camp fire. James tells us a scary Hawiian story and we'll roast some marshmellows on the side or make someores, hehe There must be some native stories with all those volcanos and folk lore around!
Today Darice. : ) Spent an hour on FB responding to BDwishes! Im officially in the 60s Club! I need a granny nap this afternoon so I can party later with family and friends. I hope they dont keep me out too late. lol My eyes close at 10pm.
When we first moved here and built our house, we were told about the night marchers. It was recommended that we put Ti plants on every corner of the house, which would help to prevent the marchers from entering our house, we did, and we have not had any problems SO FAR. Locals are VERY superstitious here.
Vog Debbie is volcanic air pollution. We have an active volcano on the island of Hawaii. Normally our trade winds come from the East, but when we get southerly winds (kona winds), they push this volcanic air pollution across all of the Hawaiian islands. For the past few days we have been experiencing the worst vog since we have lived here (10 years). The sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles get in the air and in your eyes, and lungs causing problems for most people. Fortunately it doesn't happen very often and when it does it doesn't stick around long. We should be getting our trade winds back on thursday. Maui is getting the worst of it today, sorry Darice.
Sorry Pauline, I missed that it is your birthday today, and it still is here in Hawaii, so happy birthday!
My wife's birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, the 27th. You guys have to help me remember, I am terrible at remembering birthdays. I try not to store too many things in the remaining brain cells that I still have, but some things are important.
The vog was much better today, but my eyes are still stinging. Paradise has it's down side, just like everywhere else. The Night Marchers are quiet tonight.
Morning all - welcome to the over 60's club Pauline.
James - I find most men (not to be sexist here) dont remember birthdays, (or anniversaries or...) mind you neither do I so...
Another bent but this just reminded me of a movie I just watched called "Albert Nobbs" really good - I loved it. Glenn Close plays a man.
Debbie I have seen that video - it is hilarious - that will teach em... do what the sign says... hahaha... there is a great video from Britains got Talent called Pudsy.. about the cutest dog who is amazing.. I just loved it. If I could post links I would but I cant so I wont!
Thanx for comment on my maple leaf painting Pauline - I just posted another one I did at the same time. I kind of went overboard with the maple leaf paintings...
Debbie I like your glitter pumpkins - I have some bling friends - they would love these.
Know Darice is still way busy feathering her nest so to speak.
Off to romp...
Good morning! Ahhhh thankyou guys and gals for the birthday wishes! I got up super early and walked again........but afterwards I was so tired I fell back to sleep! lol lota good that walkin did! haha wellllllllll just slipped right in that 60s decade with a snort! The gal I walk with is a chatterbox! omg some speak a million miles an hour! what she said was essentially, nothin! ............................ yaaaaaaawn. I have an aunt that also talks incessentally! Whats with that! lol
James I saved that page on Hawiian folk lore! Looks interesting. Why do guys not remember? lol Well not all guys but most!
I got over 60 birthday wishes on FB! Thats was alot of paperwork! lol Now I hope my cake wish comes true! dont ask cause if I tell, that will mess up the wish! I did get an email saying I won a sweepstakes but it was bogus! We shall have to wait and see. hehe
I need to keep painting.....
have a nice day everyone!
Happy hour ya'll.
Off to watercolour class tonight - picked more leaves on my walk, and sumac leaves. The red sumac tree in fall is such an icon - group of seven loved em. I think I might try and paint one. Also picked wild grape with leaves & grapes - my nature series I guess.
The chatting - my mum always called this blathering - good thing about it you dont really have to listen - just grunt occaisonally. Swampie isnt much of a chatterbox - my romp mate! Quiche for supper - veggies from garden - and i do think real men like quiche.
I just pulled out half a frozen hen to make some chicken soup. Its chilly this morning! 44 degrees walking but it felt great! No wind either. Got to see the morning crescent moon with Venus rising.. soooo pretty. Then a stream of jets heading east and west up there. The horses roaming this morning were very friendly today as they head towards the fencing by the street where we walk. A neighbors black lab jumped in the coral of horses and started to romp and play with the horses as if he wanted them to chase her! lol funny to watch. We walked a little further today......trying to go a little further each day.
Saw a perfect circle of wild mushrooms too... really neat how they were growing.
Thankyou for the B'day wish Debbie. : )
I'd like to know why some of the media puts out the death of famous people when they in fact are not dead! Did ya'll see that about Johnny Depp? Its a hoax of course but what a NASTY thing to do! Media sucks! They seems to enjoy sending the wrong message! Should be laws against that!
Well I may go for a ride today to find that Asian grocery shop.... Its somewhere down the road 30miles or so......everything is 30 miles or more! lol
Have a nice day everyone! Darice....................?
morning all. Chilly here too - havent romped yet!
Starting another art class today - art overload - just a good way to get to know folks.
BTW - have any of you seen what Marlene Burns is doing with her abstract art & street photography - it is fabulous - she is combining the two - work just rocks. I think she has hit the motherload here - something new, exciting, bold and original - we can all say we knew her when...
Coffee is on, cool again.
Art class was a bust - wont get into it - but just wont do that particular class again. Too many old folks who traced pictures to paint - they used to sell these paint by number kits.
to our house yesterday - okay the guy in charge was the worst crook I ever encountered in my life - I bet he was straight outta jail. I just wanted him out of my house - I am gonna report him... I would never use that moving company again with people like him. Greed is not a good thing when it is so blatant and sexist.
Taking you know who back to the vet today - the health saga continues...
A romp is next - hope you all have a great day. Hopefully mine too!
My aunt was complaining about the same thing Pat. She has been taking watercolor classes for about 4 yrs and is tired of that tracing. Says shes taking a break from her instructor. She is a good artist too, without the tracing. She wants to develop her own style and not the instructors anymore. Well, I didnt even know she was tracing until she said so yesterday. Sheesh. I Drawwwwwwwwwwwww things myself, except when doing a portrait of people faces. Those eyes really need identification since we look at them to relate. lol mainly.
Cooooooooold here today! my toes & nose are chilly! We did walk this early morning but it was beautiful out there. Guess the breeze kicked in...
Glad I made chicken soup!
JAMES, I found a huge ASIAN market yesterday!!!!!!!!!!! yeahhhhhhh! They have tons of stuff.... probably some of those fruit you talk about on your blog. I had a field day in the market looking at all the cool stuff and wonderin what was that meat in the freezer! LOL skip..some I dont wanna know......... I did find the Spring Roll wraps and stocked up since the shop is really 30 miles away. They had alot of canned items too from Asian countries. I'll probably go back over the winter. : )
Well Im painting a small image this morning..... I did one last winter called the Hot Dog Man which was from an image early 20th century of a cart. Now Im painting one of a more modern cart but full of crazy stuff! haha Very colorful. Love NY HOT DOGS! PRETZELS, CHESTNUTS........... its all part of the NY experience! hehe
Aloha Friday!!!!! Ok I got a funny story for you this morning. Charlie signed up to go to a special Native Hawaiian event about a month ago. He has been very excited about learning more about his Hawaiian heritage (his grand father was half Hawaiian, born on Maui). So all week we've been talking about getting up at four in the morning, dropping me off at the studio by 5:30 and him heading on to the event that starts at 6:30 and ends around eight tonight. Now for the past 17 days we've been working our butts off, helping the past tenants move out, cleaning and repairing and carpet shampooing then moving our stuff into the new office space and painting the walls. We got so caught up in all the work we were doing that we totally lost a day. Last night I saw a post on facebook from one of the Maui pages I follow mentioning that today was Aloha Friday. I thought they were a little mixed up cause it was only Wednesday night, and we were watching the debate. I mention it to Charlie he too thought they were crazy too. Sooooooo this morning I got up like usual, started the coffee, turned on the radio and heard the dj say "aloha Friday" etc... I grabbed my phone to check the calendar and sure enough it said it was Friday. Looooong story short, we didn't get up at 4:30 and Charlie will only miss two hours of the event. Now the funny thing is WE BOTH thought it was Thursday and everyone else was crazy. Huuuuuum we are working way to hard.
We went out for prime rib last night at Kualapuu Cook House, a small restaurant down the street. They have the best prime rib every Thursday night. We met a nice couple, who were sitting at our table, from Indiana. They had been here for 10 days and were reluctantly going home today. I asked them about the shortage of rain in Indiana and how it is affecting the corn crop. He said that at least 50% was destroyed, only to be followed by a huge hail storm. Ouch!
I've been writing a new story on my blog about woks, and wok recipes. Very interesting! I love cooking with a wok. The wok has been around for 2,000 years. How many of you have a wok?
Pauline, glad you finally found the Asian section of your neighborhood, even if you do have to drive 30 miles to get spring roll wrappers.
I agree with you Debbie, Darice is working too hard. There's a sign outside of our little airport that reads "Slow Down, This Is Moloka'i".
Kimberly and I just picked a bunch of avocados from our trees to sell at the farmers' market tomorrow, it's the end of the season for them, so this will be the last we pick for 6 or 8 months. I never thought I would OD on avocados but I have.