Saturday, May 23, 2015

165 Colors Tested!

Testing these colors has been fun.  It makes you feel like a kid who got the big box of crayons for her birthday.  When I was a kid, it was 64 colors.  Now it's 120!  Anyhow, all I can say is YIKES!  The next time I need to buy some paint, how will I ever be able to choose?  I still have 73 colors to test!  I think this will help me avoid mistakes when I buy online...if I ever make up my mind:)

I can't remember if I told you that last year I read a book by Winston Churchill.  It was great, but it took me a long time.  Jim said I went to bed with Winston Churchill every night for 6 months:)  I still have some books of his that I want to read, but I'm reading The Last Lion by William Manchester right now.  It's a biography of Churchill from birth to 1932.  This is going slowly, too, but I'm offsetting it with little breaks reading about another Winnie.  I'm reading The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh.  The illustrations are by Ernest H. Shepard, who was the original illustrator.  There's nothing like classic Winnie the Pooh.

Milne inscribed this in Shepard's copy of Winnie-the-Pooh:

"When I am gone
Let Shepard decorate my tomb
and put (if there is room)
Two pictures on the stone:
Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,
And Pooh and Piglet walking (157) . . .
And Peter, thinking that they are my own,
Will welcome me to heaven."

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

We took my mom out for lunch at Bob Taylor's Ranch House yesterday.  The ranch house has been a favorite of locals for many years.  It's 60 years old and it has the feel of old Las Vegas.  We had a great time.  The food was good and it was nice to relax and talk.  We decided to go back for dinner soon.

I've used mostly Winsor and Newton paint until now.  In the past, I've bought art supplies online at Daniel Smith, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe's and Jerry's Artarama.  Daniel Smith has made some changes.  It looks like they're going to focus on manufacturing paint and won't be carrying paper and other supplies like they have in the past.  I've been playing with the dot cards that I mentioned in the previous post.  I think this is a great way to figure out if you want to purchase a color. I'm not doing my book of colors exactly the way they show it in the video.  I'm putting more colors on each sheet.  My paper is 140 lb. cold press and I'm going to put the sheets in a 3-ring binder like they do in the video.  Here's a photo of what I'm doing.

The number you use to order and codes indicating how lightfast the color is, if it's staining or non-staining, granulation and transparency are listed below each dot of color.  I think this is a clever marketing tool.  I've already found some colors I want to order:)  Cool or what?


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Have You Seen This?

I think this is a terrific idea.  It's new to me.  Check out the video.

I ordered my dot card on Thursday.

Now I'm back to real life and lesson plans.  I don't understand why Jim won't do them for me...  I would like to eat chocolate and watch movies, please:)