Topic: odds and ends
My blog editor is still farked up, after they closed the support ticket for it. Apparently a plain box where you enter text with no HTML support is the latest thing in blog editors. Who knew?
my drawing, painting, sketches and notes are all nicely organized. OK, maybe not nicely organized, but they are in some semblance of order. It may not be the best order but it's MY order. A new order...if you will.
I worked on a couple paintings. I finished a mushroom painting the had a couple inexplicable white spaces in the middle, I guess I missed them completely when I was doing that part of the painting I started a painting of some willow branches hanging in mid air. They weren't really hanging in mid air, but while i was walking they were just in front of me on the path, hanging in front of my line of vision, taking up all the visual space, so i had to draw them like that and now I'm painting them like that. Here's a scan of the work in progress
Once again, it's worked in gouache on 130 lb strathmore cold press. I like the texture of the paper, it has a good tooth that adds to the richness of the painting. The original is 9x11, this is less than half size. I'm working with brushes in size 0 to 0000, which is about as fine as you can get. Each little efflorescence on the catkins is painted with the tiny 0000 in four colours, burgundy, white, lemon yellow and pink. Each catkin took about ten minutes to paint. The leaves were first worked with a small angled brush and then the high and lowlights were added with the 00 brush. The branches were worked with an 0 and two 00's at the same time, the thick brush had the base yellow ochre and the two fine brushes had the highlight and the burnt sienna on them. By working three brushes at a time I could get the subtle blending that I like. Then i took a 000 with burnt umber to add depth to the leave scars on the branches. It's not finished yet, I have another branch with more leaves and catkins to add, then a misty background to simulate how it appeared on the path in the cool spring rain.
Last night's CSI:New York wasn't too bad, was it? it wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as Miami, which even if was nothing more than fan fiction written by a kid in grade seven would still only rate a D-. I think I would have preferred watching "Dirty Jobs" where Mike Rowe spent much of the episode with hands up a cow's butt. But really, none of those other CSI's matter because tonight is the real thing, where we get to see the return of Sara, so does Lady Heather and the miniature killer, and we find out what happens to Warrick. I'm assuming he dies and that starts the ten episode story arc where Grissom leaves. There's a few possible spoiler rumours that Warrick has a kid somewhere and Grissom and Sara go off into the sunset to be mommy and daddy to this kid. Speaking of spoilers, On CSI:New York The actress who plays Lindsey is pregnant again and this time it's written into the show with Danny as the Daddy. Last time she just got fat from stress.
Finally, if you have some extra money burning a hole in your pockets, and you like Bob Dylan, get his new album of old stuff. Some of this deleted stuff is better than what made it to the albums! Bob Dylan is one of the greatest to come out of the sixties and he still manages to sound relevant after so many years. I managed to score a preview of this set and it is fabulous, well worth buying. I enjoyed it and will listen to it again and again. There! That's my review!
So Tomorrow Dave is off work. We'll be going to the opening of Oktoberfest for the tapping of the keg and for gluten free pizza from pizza pizza. Then we're off to the fairway area to comparison shop for TV's and then off to Conestoga mall for a real shopping spree! Dave needs new shoes and some shirts, Ben needs jeans, I need soooooo much (yeah right) and all the guys have to buy me a birthday present. At Sunrise they have several different Simon and Garfunkel records available, I want one of those because the first album i ever bought was a Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over troubled water and I might have been all of 12. Here' it is on Amazon.com:http://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Troubled-Water-Simon-Garfunkel/dp/B00005NKKZ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1223559544&sr=1-2 I also got Sounds of Silence when I was 13. Because Bridge was the first record i bought with my own money that wasn't a children's record, I want its replacement to be the first vinyl record i buy in over 20 years.
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Monday is Thanksgiving Day. By request I am holding off on the Boston Creme pie until Monday. There will be some type of turkey, last year it was so warm we had a turkey barbecue! This year is not going to be 28 with a humidex, so I might make a traditional roasted turkey. i have enough gluten free bread crusts to make some stuffing, and I'll get some spaghetti squash and some fresh beans, and maybe some Caesar salad. I love Caesar salad, leafy greens and BACON! Is there anything bacon...oky y'all know the meme!
Next week is the sewing and needlework festival in Toronto and Dave and I will be going there on Saturday. I'm going to wear the dress I made from the velvet I got there last year.
Speaking of money, from my financial reporter friend comes this link, which is making the rounds of people who work in the business of business: http://sadguysontradingfloors.tumblr.com/ sad guys on the trading floor, the title says it all. See people melting down with the market, and read some of the lamest captions ever.
And that's all for today. I now have to teach Ben how to do laundry. It's time the kid learns how to wash his own dirty undies and jeans. Little does he know it's usually as complicated as throw in washing machine, add detergent, put fabric softener in the dispenser thing, twist knob, pull the knob out, and place in dryer when the machine stops making noises. That the dryer is even easier, turn the knob to whatever it is you are drying, t-shirts, jeans, business casual, and then press the start button. I've got him thinking it's something really tough and difficult, so this should be fun! I like messing up my kids' brains!
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