Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I can share some photos by Jerry...
something pretty and well done and interesting...
Jerry volunteers at a raptor rehab place locally and in the field he often wanders off after taking care of the hawk (1) and owls (2) to shoot some nature scenes.
Bees and teasels
a Hawk Moth
just out in the fields, doing what they do.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Good morning, what's your story?
Good morning, where'd you spend the night?
Where did your night dreams take you?
Sorry but I had to wake you.
Oh, I just had to make you shed your special morning light on me...
(From an old song I remember written and sung by Bobbie Gentry - if you remember her, you are probably as old as I am.)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Oh, well, I'm just taking it a little bit at a time - baby steps until I'm able to do the whole session...
Remember those baby steps recommended by the psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) to Bob (Bill Murray) in What About Bob? Remember the goldfish Bob had in a little fishbowl around his neck? That was a silly movie but fun.
It's hot and humid already today and it's not even noon!!! A still, sticky, steamy day. Maybe I'll do some more drawing later but for now....
How about some morning glories (it's about the only thing we can grow around our house so we have them in the back up a trellis, around the lightpost in front and around the mailbox in front - I imagine the mailman hates them because they get so thick and climb around and around and over the mailbox).
Friday, July 25, 2008
"The lecture was for my kids, but if others are finding value in it, that is wonderful," Pausch wrote on his Web site. "But rest assured; I'm hardly unique."
"I thought, damn, I finally nailed the venue and they renamed it," he said.
The one that eluded him? Playing in the National Football League.
"If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you," Pausch said.
He joked about how his mother introduced him to people to keep him humble: "This is my son, he's a doctor, but not the kind that helps people."
Pausch lobbied Congress for more federal funding for pancreatic cancer research and appeared on several TV shows.
"I mean I don't know how to not have fun. I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there's no other way to play it," he said in his Carnegie Mellon lecture. "You just have to decide if you're a Tigger or an Eeyore. I think I'm clear where I stand on the great Tigger/Eeyore debate. Never lose the childlike wonder. It's just too important. It's what drives us."
He and his wife, Jai, had three children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe.
And here are a couple of sketches I did in my sketchbook today while sitting watching the news (wasn't paying attention to the news but a photo I had of the sweetpeas and just trying to draw a crow). Going back to Open Figure Session tomorrow!!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I did get a few good photos of the bride (my niece) and groom at the wedding Friday, July 18th. I was worried that I didn't get anything decent for them since it was a Catholic wedding and all the sitting, standing, sitting, standing was very hard on my already painful back. I don't know why this is my favorite - maybe because she looks so happy. They are going to have a good life and she's picked a good man.
And after some minor manipulations in Picasa (a free Google photo program) of the best ones, I came up with over 30 photos! Much better than I expected and that should be enough to put into a nice album for them.
Now today is the first day I am off all meds for my back. And I walked for 15 minutes yesterday evening with no bad results. Truly on the mend!!! I may just go down to my art room and paint for a while - timing myself in 1/2 hour increments so I don't get carried away. If I get anything to share, I will do that later today...
I so appreciate all the positive comments and concerns about my back and the problem I had - when you make friends like this over the internet, you know it's a good thing when used in the right way :)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The last book of his I read is The Coldest Blood.
Each book (there are 5 in the series so far) are written about the same characters: a journalist, Philip Dryden, who works in a small village for a small paper in the English Fens (The Crow). What brought him from London and a good job and large readership to his small village where he was raised is a tragedy that affected his life in a large way (I'm not giving away anything in case you want to read them). Dryden travels around (he doesn't drive) with a cabbie who never leaves his taxi if he can help it and is always listening to languages tapes in the car because he goes away on holiday once a year to a new country and likes to learn the local language. Dryden gets involved in solving some mystery each time and finding out more than the police investigators because of his knowledge of the local people and his contacts in London. Two very eccentric characters make this more than your standard Brit Mystery. Since I only have one more to read, I hope Jim Kelly is working on another because once you get involved in these, you want the characters to have a good ending.
The books in order are:
The Water Clock
The Fire Baby
The Moon Tunnel
The Coldest Blood
and the latest one which I haven't read yet:
The Skeleton Man
Now it's off to the chiropractor's for another session...reminds me of Eddie Izzard's comedy sketch about going to a chiropractor and how they love to "crack your back!" because they love the sound! ha-ha
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Roomy 14x18x11” Pittman palette and field bag with zippered interior section that holds a tremendous assortment of gear and supplies and a separated bottom compartment with built in stiffener that securely holds a combination of any covered watercolor palette, drawing pad, canvas or watercolor block up to 14x16” in size! Features 7, 2-1/2” wide x 5-1/2” high outside pockets on one side for holding brushes, pencils, pens and other gear and a 18” wide x 4-1/2” high zippered compartment on the other side. Special dual use handles may be used as shoulder straps as well.
Well, as much as I stuff into this bag, it better be ok to use the straps as shoulder straps! It weighs a ton at times, depending on how much extra I put in there for special projects - like misket fluid and a whole roll of paper towels and scissors and tracing paper and graphite paper and...well, you get the idea! Plus I seem to need to take lots of paint tubes with me that I don't need because I have my John Pike palette in the bottom of the thing.
So...time to consolidate and think about weight.
I have to minimize what I can take with me so I can go next Tuesday. To tell the truth, I really didn't feel up to going today but maybe by next week I'll be ready to go - and will have a smaller bag and less stuff then.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday I called a spine specialist clinic here, answered a lot of questions and the person taking the info said the doctor would contact me early in the week for an appointment and she also said he would probably order new x-rays and an MRI before he even saw me. I like that idea. I think it's time to get to the root of the problem visually. But I got the call today that the doctor recommended 6 weeks of physical therapy before seeing him so no x-rays or MRI.
Basically, this is what everyone is saying - it's just going to take time and adjustments (like raising my table to paint while standing and NOT bending over my work - or sitting and painting).
I do feel like I'm finally on the mend. I'm off the muscle relaxers and just taking the anti-inflammatory now and I'll try to be careful and not rush and start up the pain again. That constant pain is NOT fun and I feel for anyone with chronic pain. Now it only hurts with I move more than I should but not constant.
I'm beginning to sound like an episode of House. I even lost my sense of taste. Do you have any idea how yucky things are when you can't taste anything, but just get a sense of the texture??? EWWWWWWW!!!! This is why I stopped taking the muscle relaxers - a side effect was "unpleasant taste" and I figured no taste was pretty unpleasant, right? After a day off the muscle relaxers, my sense of taste came back.
Now I think I'll go watch....
While the movie is set in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, it was filmed almost entirely in the Canadian Rockies in southern Alberta.
The "Brokeback Mountain" in the movie, named such because the mountain has the same swayback curve as a brokeback horse or mule, which is swaybacked or sagging in the spine, is actually a composite of Mount Lougheed south of the town of Canmore to Fortress and Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Country. The campsites were filmed at Goat Creek, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Elbow Falls, and Canyon Creek, also in Alberta.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
And speaking of skies - here's a Big Sky photo I took when Mother Nature was practicing her clouds.
My niece is getting married this evening. I don't usually attend weddings but I have to go - I'm taking the photos for them at the church! So...do I skip the muscle relaxers today - or take twice as many? I could get really creative with the photos if I take 2 each time!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And jellyfish don't even have backbones - so they are painfree when it comes to backaches.
She can't possibly have a bad back and be able to do this position - or maybe it's because she has a backache and this position helps ease the pain!
And her back doesn't hurt - she's limber and I can see her vertebra are healthy.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Jerry took this photo of pitcher plants hanging from a shelf in pots - in an outdoor garden area in an area in Florida. They were having a sale and were selling these things in pots. I wonder how they would grow around here?
I intend to paint them someday soon.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Painting? No way. So I'll get some old stuff together so you have something to look at tomorrow...
Monday, July 14, 2008
No painting today - seeing the chiropractor this morning...hope he can adjust my back or at least tell me what I've done.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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Also, I put one of my recent paintings in The Artist's Forum (from The Artist's Magazine) online competition for Summer - check it out at
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At some point, you will be able to vote for the best painting - you may vote for me if you register (it's free) and I may win (but only vote for me if you want to and you believe my painting is the best, please.) I think the voting begins July 28th.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Unfortunately, by the time I got ready, I knew I couldn't go and either stand and draw or sit on those hard "horses" and draw - so I stayed home :( If I could find a spot where I could sit and be comfortable, I'd stay there - but so far I haven't found one - grrrrrr...
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte y Pico.
Carol Carter at http://watercolorcarol.blogspot.com/. Carol is my all time favorite creator of art and I am soooo lucky to be having a workshop with her in August!!!! YAY!!! This woman knocks my socks off every time.
David Burge, an Aussie wonder, at http://davidkburge.blogspot.com/. David's designs and unusual creations are one-of-a-kind and you will leave with a new appreciation of watercolor and what you can do with it.
Susan Roper at http://wcbysusanroper.blogspot.com/. If Susan's homepage painting doesn't blow you away and show you what this woman can do, you need new glasses. She rocks! She works hard at her art and she is an extremely nice, wonderful lady :)
Check out Dawn's photography at http://vulturecafe.blogspot.com/. Don't let the title scare you away from some oustanding photos that sometimes take your breath away.
Another photo favorite of mine, go to Nina's work at http://natureremains.blogspot.com/. Nina watches and records nature, big and small. Right now she has a slide show of the hummingbird nest and fledglings at her doorstep. Awesome!!!
Is that 5? Gosh, I could have chosen so many more, but I'll stick to the rules (being "first born" we do need our rules! ha-ha).
Enjoy these - and for more treats, check out my sidebar to see more artists who will give you many hours of viewing pleasure.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
George, our Red-eyed Tree Frog, wants to say have a happy and safe 4th of July. George enjoys watching the fireworks while sipping a cool umbrella drink.
(If you fall in love with this photo and want a print of your own, just email me at RHCarpenter@gmail.com). Jerry took the photo and George happily posed for it.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The blue outside the strong border is part of the painting.
Watercolor on Yupo, 16" x 20"
I used an unfinished figure drawing as the basis for this painting. It worked so well and was so much fun, I picked out another unfinished figure drawing for a second one which will be on another sheet of Yupo (also about 16" x 20").
You'll have to check in tomorrow to see the start of the new one, which I'm calling "Fem."