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Dec 28

How’s the blogging going – 2017 version

For each of the four (4!) years I have been blogging, I have posted a fairly geeky post about my progress and numbers.It’s something I look forward to, and it helps me get an idea of what the next year might look like. Posts and Other Numbers 2014 2015 2016 2017 Posts 158 124 71 …

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Dec 25

Lump of (char)coal

My post last week clearly offended the Christmas spirits. As I guess they are listening, I take it all back. The current plan about annual Christmas is wonderful and I will never DREAM about complaining about any nonexistent complications that come with this WONDERFUL holiday. As proof of my sincerity, I offer… A new Christmas-themed …

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Dec 18

Okay… new plan.

There comes a point in every holiday season where I have a nearly overwhelming urge to declare myself ruler of the universe and do away with the whole Christmas situation. In fact, if I was running for public office, my platform would be: Christmas once every four years (like the Olympics) Eliminate Roman numerals (this …

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Dec 11

Pelagic Tour (On the Open Sea)

Saturday (December 9, 2017) I went on a 7-hour seabird tour with Oregon Pelagic Tours. I have been following them on Facebook for a while, and they said this December tour was something new they would try. Being winter, I figured it had a pretty good chance of being cancelled, but I decided to try …

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Nov 27

Checklists and near misses

Happy Thanksgiving to all I have not wished these sentiments to in person. I hope your holiday was as enjoyable as mine. I went to visit my mom, and though I didn’t stay for as long as I originally planned, I had a very good time. Unfortunately, bad planning caught up with me and I …

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Nov 20

Why humans are unlike cars (and other self-evident truths)

This was a tough week for me. It was busy at work (which I like) but there were several high-impact meetings that took their toll. In addition to that, since I fell on November 6 (Salem sidewalks are deathtraps and a disgrace!) I have been having “Goldilocks issues” in addition to just feeling sore.  (Note: …

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Nov 13

Bev Jozwiak Workshop – Day 2

Today was the second day of the Bev Jozwiak workshop. As promised, we started with a step-by-step exercise using Chumlee. For comparision, here is Bev’s version of the same reference photo. And here’s a photo of the whole class with their versions. Between working on Chumlee, I attempted to work on two pieces I had …

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Nov 12

Bev Jozwiak Workshop – Day 1

Today I traveled up to Portland to take a two-day workshop from Bev Jozwiak (pronounced Jaws-wick) at the Oregon Society of Artists. I got into this workshop due to a last-minute cancellation and it worked beautifully into my schedule. I have wanted to take a class from her for quite a while. She paints relatable …

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Nov 06

No more challenges, please!

This week, a Facebook friend nominated me for the “Post seven black and white photos about your life” challenge. Christine, I’m sorry to turn you now, but I’m afraid I’m at max right now! Stealth projects continue apace. I spent my painting time this weekend prepping for next weekend’s seminar by the estimable Bev Jozwiak. …

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Oct 30

Something I CAN post

I am still working on stealth projects. Earnestly… never-ending-ly… working on stealth projects. However, this week I finished this year’s 6×6 painting for the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wild Art Festival. For a recap of past projects, go to last year’s post. A few months ago I found that cute little feather and it’s been …

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