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Chasing Envelopes

Last week a friend mentioned an art event just down the road (Albany) from me called Northwest Art and Air. I looked it up and it looked like fun, so when a friend wanted to get together for dinner Friday night I suggested we go to the “glow” event. Little did we know! Traffic was …

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Healthy Steps – Week 31, 32 & 33 (vacation edition)

It is back to reality for me with a thud. I did weigh in on Week 31 and didn’t write a post (up 1.8 pounds) and Week 32 passed in a haze of vacation. I no sooner returned to work than I had some work traveling to do and when I stepped on the scale …

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What does drawing mean to me?

As I have mentioned (lol) I spent last Saturday-Monday taking a drawing workshop with Ruth Buchanan at the Oregon Society of Artists. Recently the Artists Network published a GREAT article on this same topic: 10 Approaches to Drawing. My post will focus on my own development; please see the article for the details of the techniques …

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Showing off my state

For the last week I have been a blissful combination of artist and tour guide as I gathered Ruth Buchanan up at the airport and showed off Oregon (in between making her teach a class at the fabulous Oregon Society of Artists (OSA) in Portland.) More about the class tomorrow. Thursday – Airport pickup, Blicks, …

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Painting with a pal

Yesterday, my friend Sandra Pearce came down to Salem and we scoped out a spot for her to demo when she does a paint out for the Watercolor Society of Oregon fall convention in October. We had listed Minto Brown as the site, but we hadn’t yet nailed down the specifics. The specifics needed to …

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A nose work tale

As I told you back in January, I have been training Key in the noble game of K9 Nose Work®. In January, Key successfully navigated his Odor Recognition Trial (ORT) and a few weeks later, a little bit by accident, we picked up a Nosework 1 title (NW1). “NW1, NW2 and NW3 titles are granted …

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Healthy Steps – Week 30

Another 1.2 pounds GONE! I had a really good week and made some excellent decisions. I’m also starting to notice the results. My feet are hurting A LOT less, my knees are good, and my arms feel like they poke out less. But there is lots of room for improvement. Frappuccinos right now seem particularly …

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Mid year check in on 2018 goals

I got to thinking about goals, so I decided to check in on my 2018 goals. Green is doing well or accomplished, black is no progress, pink is… I have an excuse. Painting Keep painting Finish the commission that is taking FOREVER Do RB homework Write at least once a week (goal on Sunday) about …

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Healthy Steps – Week 29

I have to admit, I think I have lost a week somewhere in June or July. But I am calling weight in on July 25 as week 29 and I guess if it’s not, the counting police can come get me. When I weighed in on Wednesday i was not expecting big things; it had …

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The Little Workshop that Could

A little over a year ago, I took a workshop with English equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan that I cannot say enough nice things about. After a few weeks had passed and I had recovered my composure (it’s hard work learning new things and having an idol come to stay with you), I asked if Ruth …

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