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Reply #1440 on: October 31, 2017, 05:18:57 AM
Val:  Sorry to hear the bad news about your brother.  Will pray for him.
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Reply #1441 on: October 31, 2017, 07:08:55 AM
OH Val, that is such sad news about your brother. I’m so so sorry. Hugs!
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Reply #1442 on: November 01, 2017, 03:12:09 AM
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Reply #1443 on: November 01, 2017, 11:07:24 AM
Val, I have just seen your post and the sad news about your brother.  I will lift him up in my prayers.   Patricia
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Reply #1444 on: November 02, 2017, 05:30:37 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia.

Cheers, Val

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Reply #1445 on: November 04, 2017, 11:10:13 AM
I don't mind saying I almost fell over when I saw this lot! I kept asking 'Are you sure?' My goodness it felt like Christmas came early!  :santa:   

I have read both of the books twice, on my third time through the 'Pastel Workbook' by Jackie Simmonds. Has shown me new techniques for the pastels. I pulled out a box today and started getting the feel for some of the different brands. There really is a difference! I have decided I don't like the scratchy ones at all. Even some of the really good brands have the odd colour that feels scratchy, so I just make note not to replace it and find another brand that matches and feels right.
Between Lynn's over the top generosity and my other purchases, I think I have enough to keep me in business for a few years!  :yippee:
Lynn was such an amazing help explaining the different papers and sharing her experiences.  :smitten:

We have another violent thunderstorm firing up so must shut down. Laters!   :wave:

Caution with the pastels.  You don't want to breathe the dust. My old instructor told me the dust killed a few of his artist's buddies.


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Reply #1446 on: November 04, 2017, 11:16:19 AM
Thanks Kathy and Patricia. I also have lung issues which is why I gave up oils many years ago. I have to be careful around solvents and even household cleaners. What I did find in all of my experimenting with various papers, is that the sanded papers create much less airbourne dust particles. I still have a few different ones to try out. The real danger would be if you blew the dust off the paper, and even more so if in a closed area. I am very careful.  O0

I now have two different sets of pastel pencils. My original Stabilo Carbothello, and now the Koh-I-Noor Gioconda pastel pencils which are softer. So between those two types of pencils, and the various makers of hard to extra soft pastels, I think I've got all of the bases covered, hopefully!  :faint:

I know it all sounds like a lot, but they will have to last a few years. Plus it will take me that long to save up again!  :cost:    :2funny:

I would not be near so well set up if not for Lynn's kind generosity and guidance in advising me on the many types of paper and pastels. So my journey begins!  :yippee:

You don't need the solvents (My hands are especially sensitive due to using Tap Magic as a machine tool electrician).  Michael Graham oils utilize Walnut Oil and not Linseed as a base.  I mainly use Liquin to thin paint, but sometimes use Walnut Oil. 

To clean brushes I'll use Murphy's Oil Soap or Dawn dish washing liquid.


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Reply #1447 on: November 04, 2017, 11:18:49 AM
Framing my shirt/pants may make for a better wall hanging!  ;D   Wish I had Dennis' steady hand! I find working upright somewhat easier....but my hand is not steady without a solid brace under my arm. We'll just say my pastels will have 'character' shall we?  :whistle: :2funny:

I end up locking my painting wrist with my other hand to keep things steady.


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Reply #1448 on: November 04, 2017, 11:20:03 AM
The waiting is over. The results are in, and my brother has been turned down for lung transplant. Sad news to be sure, but not unexpected. I shall be ever so glad to see the backside of this year.

Ouch.


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Reply #1449 on: November 05, 2017, 03:17:36 AM
Thank you for your insights Stoney. I did consider having a go at the water soluble oils, but due to extended drying times and the problem of storage space on board, never delved back in. My next adventure will be finding good quality mat board and then storing it safely.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #1450 on: November 05, 2017, 08:17:51 AM
Val,
So sorry to hear about your brother.  I will keep you both in my prayers.   :1hug:
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Reply #1451 on: November 05, 2017, 08:56:40 AM
Thank you for your insights Stoney. I did consider having a go at the water soluble oils, but due to extended drying times and the problem of storage space on board, never delved back in. My next adventure will be finding good quality mat board and then storing it safely.

You're more than welcome.

I paint in thin layers so just having it in the house its dry.  The only exception is if I use a thicker layer of Titanium White.  That can be taken care of by (in summertime) by putting it on the dashboard of my truck with the windows closed.  Being on the equator would make things easier, I suspect.

Alternatively, you can mix a touch of Liquin in with your paint.  It'll shorten drying time.

If you wanted to get some palette knife painting work in then mix in some Lucas #5 medium to your paint.  It'll dry from the inside in three days, no cracking; but it will give the paint a rubbery texture to the touch.

Some tidbits in case you wanted to do some things in another way.



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Reply #1452 on: November 06, 2017, 12:59:08 AM
Thanks Mysti.  :flowers:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #1453 on: November 06, 2017, 01:02:36 AM
Stoney, i may have another go one day. i used to prefer using the palette knife. As is I've bought my stock of w/c & pastel supplies for the next year or two (I hope). If and when we move ashore... maybe then.  ;)
Cheers, Val

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Reply #1454 on: November 07, 2017, 11:25:08 AM
Oh, Val. Prayers for your family in this very heavy time.  :'(
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