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Tania

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Reply #30 on: January 05, 2013, 12:13:05 AM
 :welcome:  to the PB family! I look forward to seeing more of your work!  :)
Tania :D


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Reply #31 on: January 05, 2013, 08:42:20 AM
 :thankyou: Lanie :thankyou: Tania  :)  :hug:

Patricia I'm glad I made you laugh  :angel:   :yippee: Have to be careful though as writing on forums is so different to actually communicating with people face to face and I'm a  master at putting my foot in it without even realising that I've said something wrong so glad that you have picked up on my very 'stout' sense of humour  >:D   True what you say,........... painting has no barriers, just like love :yippee: so it's LOVELY being amongst people who all share the same interest.  I am really enjoying the classes - what a lovely bunch of people on here...........so glad I found PB and joined at last!  There are some fab artists on here - goodness me - really talented and the tutors really give it their all - we are really lucky as I've never known of any other place like this.

It's not toooo cold here today - the sky looks beautiful! slightly red though so I wonder if there's a storm brewing - everything I look at now I try and see the different colours since the colour tutorial - looking at the sky out of my little window right this minute I see blue (with red in it), blue with white in it, purple, grey  :2funny:   it's just gone 8.30am and it's still dark'ish - can't wait for Spring! ::)

Have a LOVELY day everyone - happy painting and enjoy the weekend - it's my last two days off before going back to work after a lovely break, hope I can get up on Monday  :'(   :help:
Toni


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Reply #32 on: January 06, 2013, 05:45:05 PM
Hi Stoney and thank you for the words of encouragement - all the way from New Orleans - WOW!  :clap:   that's what I LOVE about this place - no discrimination between good artists or wannabee's like myself  :2funny:  I have learnt so much already and keen to get started once I've grasped more of the basics like colour mixing etc.  I have found it very hard to get back into trying to paint but that's probably because having had a tutor before helping you paint doesn't actually teach you the basics of painting like mixing colours, perspective etc.   The class times were limited and many students so I guess it was more 'social painting' than learning to become a proper artist.  (that's why I gave up on conversational French - no way could I rattle off in French - bonjour.........blah blah by someone speaking to me in French and asking me to 'repeat after me  :idiot2:   I appear to have a brain that has to learn from 'scratch' and understand why I'm doing something - hope I am making sense  O0- and I am probably the same with painting.  I have painted a few 'things' but never been happy with the outcome so definately not a 'natural' artist.  Watch this space  :fight:  I will put up my 'waterwheel in the snow' that I did recently but having listened to the introductory video by Nolan and Dennis, I can see many many mistakes (and the look on my daughter's face when I said ' look what I painted for you  :2funny: - she has been and gone and guess what?  she 'forgot' to take her painting with her so there wasn't the 'wow' factor I'm sure. 

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Reply #33 on: January 06, 2013, 06:59:42 PM
Howdy, Howdy Toni  :welcome:  to the paint basket family. We are all aspiring to become great artists. You will fit in right nicely. I am from the midwest. The big state of Kansas. Where the weather changes every 5 minutes.  :2funny: :2funny: Just have fun.
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Reply #34 on: January 06, 2013, 11:58:08 PM
Toni, we have such fun here.  Wait until the lessons start, it is so exciting for we all paint the same picture and to see the different results is what is so lovely.  Don't ever lose your sense of humour for it is what carries us through life.  We are freezing here in Canada, snow everywhere with ice underneath which makes driving very hazardous.  I am staying indoors as much as I can. Enjoy being back at work tomorrow. Patricia
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Reply #35 on: January 07, 2013, 09:30:08 AM
We do indeed have fun here . . . . but when the time comes for the serious stuff, like learning what we need to know, we all get down to the tasks at hand and get the job done - I think!


However, that doesn't mean we can't be a bunch of silly sausages in the meantime  :2funny:


PS: Where in Canada are you, Patricia? I'm in Nova Scotia, in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, where it's chilly (-7C /19F) and a bit snowy.
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Reply #36 on: January 08, 2013, 04:41:43 PM
Nothing wrong with being a 'silly sausage' Roxy :tongue: and hello Nina and thanks for the welcome  ;)

You are right Stoney...it's very difficult knowing what to give as a gift and of course it seems that some people just LOVE a painting whilst someone else thinks it's really 'lousy' - never-mind, you can't please everyone.  I know that once I get to grips with the colour-wheel and perspective and.....and  :yippee: I'll feel much better knowing that when I do give someone a painting they will say 'wow' .

Hey Patricia - -7 degrees YIKES - I'm moaning because it's about 4 degrees.  Snow is very beautiful but it certainly can be trying driving in it.  I know how I am when there's been a snowfall panic mechanic and sooo scared when I have to brake!   :help:  It doesn't snow as much anymore but like most people 'we' almost come to a standstill so scared of slipping and sliding everywhere.  It really took me a long time to get used to it - much nicer looking at it from the inside rather than driving in it.  Mind you.......I haven't seen a really heavy snowfall in the UK for quite some time now and I am told that the snow we get now isn't nearly as much as in the 'good ol' days' people refer to when you couldn't get out of your house for days!  Seems as if those days are long gone but.......it's still 'early' and I suspect we'll probably get a lot towards the end of the month and February.  It's unusually mild at the moment - not warm but definately not absolutely freeeeezing cold.

I did have a really awful experience a few years ago when I lived 'out in the country' and couldn't get up my drive so I had to crawl down the drive in a blizzard - couldn't see where I was going - I was sobbing my heartie out but eventually decided to hang on to the barbed wire fence and find my way down the drive (a good few years ago now).  My hands were cut but they were sooo cold I couldn't even feel the pain, until my body thawed out of course - that was really awful - not easy coming from 'die plaas in South Africa  :2funny: had to learn the hard way.  Still miss the beautiful sunny weather though   O0

Back at work and have managed to 'catch up' on all the work between christmas and New Year so now it's just plodding along nicely............my Friday tomorrow as I only work 3 days a week so  :yippee: a long weekend coming up so I can start painting my rose...I have outlined it and haven't done a bad job actually.......even if I must say so myself  :clap:  it actually looks like a Rose (apart from a rather funny 'dangly bit' on the right side - don't know what on earth I did but I'll fix it up and get painting.  Wanted it to be PERFECT - new paints have arrived so WHAAA-HEEEEEEY - it looks as if I'll be painting my 'roos' this weekend.

So again enough 'jibber jabber' from me - it's 'chillout' time after a hard days' work - have a LOVELY night all - take care and chat soon xxx :flowers:

PS  Thank you to Nolan for that fabulous how to paint a realistic flower tutorial - a Master at work for sure - can't wait to get started on the painting  :thankyou:
Toni


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Reply #37 on: January 08, 2013, 04:44:48 PM
oh Tania I missed your post - thank you too and I look forward to many happy painting days on here too :)
Toni


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Reply #38 on: January 08, 2013, 09:18:01 PM

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 Snow is very beautiful but it certainly can be trying driving in it.  I know how I am when there's been a snowfall panic mechanic and sooo scared when I have to brake!   :help:  It doesn't snow as much anymore but like most people 'we' almost come to a standstill so scared of slipping and sliding everywhere.  It really took me a long time to get used to it - much nicer looking at it from the inside rather than driving in it.  Mind you.......I haven't seen a really heavy snowfall in the UK for quite some time now and I am told that the snow we get now isn't nearly as much as in the 'good ol' days' people refer to when you couldn't get out of your house for days!  Seems as if those days are long gone but.......it's still 'early' and I suspect we'll probably get a lot towards the end of the month and February.  It's unusually mild at the moment - not warm but definately not absolutely freeeeezing cold.

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Driving in snow can lead to un-choreographed "vehicular ice dancing".  Going is entirely different from steering and, especially, braking.  People tend to forget this when they're in 4wd.

If you can find a packed snow covered good-sized empty car park (after hours) slowly break traction in different modes and learn to regain control.  A good sized area as you don't want to hit anything.  Every vehicle handles differently and there's an astronomical difference between a rear wheel drive vehicle and a front wheel drive.

If you're curious as to where I was posted to in Scotland, as a 'pup', meander to holyloch.com

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Reply #39 on: January 08, 2013, 09:45:10 PM
Hi and  :welcome: from another newbie here.


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Reply #40 on: January 09, 2013, 05:14:55 PM
It's my weekend  :clap: do the Congo........... :yippee: :yippee:

Hey Brandy  :welcome: to you and I'm sure you've been welcomed by many people - you will LOVE this website I just know you will.  :clap:

Thank you for the 'driving in snow' advice Stoney - I guess having a practice in an empty car park would be a very good idea as I must confess......I do get really scared as do most people (except those who drive those big 4wd ..........  :2funny:  Nothing worse when you're in a little 'skadonk' and Mr spartypants drives up behind you (cattle-bars and all) desperate to pass  :tickedoff: - No snow as yet but I believe the latest milder weather is on its way out so no doubt we'll get our share of snow.

Had a quick look at Holyloch.com but will spend a little more time browsing soon - Loch Lomond is really beautiful isn't it and I have a couple of good 'Weegie' (Glaswegian) friends.

I have my sticky plastic to stick over my rose....have to cut it out and then TA-DAAA - the long awaited painting - will post a pic of my progress (once I've got the house cleaned.......the washing sorted............long gone the good ol' SA days when my lovely Zulu lady helped me with all the chores - boy was I lazy thinking back  :2funny:  house-maid........gardener......(both very well paid though) but I would never have anyone clean after me again now that I have been in the UK for so many years (erm, actually, my nose just grew about ten inches just like Pinochio'  :angel:  Still miss her though and often wonder how she is - no doubt loooong gone as she was getting old then - best I don't really know  :'(.

Right! before I go off on another 'jibber-jabber' long drawn out post on my memoirs I shall say have a good night all and chat soon xxx :flowers:
Toni


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Reply #41 on: January 10, 2013, 10:53:06 PM

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Thank you for the 'driving in snow' advice Stoney - I guess having a practice in an empty car park would be a very good idea as I must confess......I do get really scared as do most people (except those who drive those big 4wd ..........  :2funny:  Nothing worse when you're in a little 'skadonk' and Mr spartypants drives up behind you (cattle-bars and all) desperate to pass  :tickedoff: - No snow as yet but I believe the latest milder weather is on its way out so no doubt we'll get our share of snow.

Had a quick look at Holyloch.com but will spend a little more time browsing soon - Loch Lomond is really beautiful isn't it and I have a couple of good 'Weegie' (Glaswegian) friends.

I have my sticky plastic to stick over my rose....have to cut it out and then TA-DAAA - the long awaited painting - will post a pic of my progress (once I've got the house cleaned.......the washing sorted............long gone the good ol' SA days when my lovely Zulu lady helped me with all the chores - boy was I lazy thinking back  :2funny:  house-maid........gardener......(both very well paid though) but I would never have anyone clean after me again now that I have been in the UK for so many years (erm, actually, my nose just grew about ten inches just like Pinochio'  :angel:  Still miss her though and often wonder how she is - no doubt loooong gone as she was getting old then - best I don't really know  :'(.

Right! before I go off on another 'jibber-jabber' long drawn out post on my memoirs I shall say have a good night all and chat soon xxx :flowers:

 Standard stuff is to increase following distance based on conditions, decrease speed, start braking early with less pressure and accelerate slowly. Using a car park gives a safe place to make mistakes.

One day I was coming home from work and the roads were nasty; two  lane road.  Good distance behind the car ahead, slow speeds.  No  idea what happened but the car spun like a top.  Something like that and a hefty distance gets eaten up fast.

There was an on-coming car beyond her, so that avenue was out.  A side road on the left (right for you folks) was too close for an escape avenue.  There was a side road on the right (left for you folks) which was just before the spinning car which had no one stopped at the stop sign.

The straight 'thread the needle' tangent was ok and I could hold things together.  When I intersected the side road tarmac I'd have to break right.  This was going to mean I'd lose the coefficient of roadway friction (like the other car did).  I figured I'd spin like a top instead of 'arrowing' into an small embankment before going through a empty car park.  I figured, but there was no guarantee spinning would be the result.  Of course, I could leave the roadway spinning-which could mean rolling the car a rotation or three.

I was lucky and 'spun in place'.  Once I stopped I saw the other car had remained on the road in a residential area.  It was a minor matter of manoeuvring and we were both on our way.

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Reply #42 on: January 10, 2013, 11:04:51 PM
 :bigwelcome: to Paint Basket Toni.
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Reply #43 on: January 10, 2013, 11:27:22 PM
Hi Roxy, I am from the Niagara area in Ontario.  Pleased to meet you.  Toni, post your rose when you are finished it.  We would all love to see it.  It must have been so scary for you trying to get up your driveway and hanging onto the barbed wire fence.  That's a nightmare!!  I had another chuckle at your post about your Zulu maid, those days are long gone and we really just never knew how blessed we were to have the daily help!!  You make me laugh!!!  Enjoy your long weekend.  Patricia
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Reply #44 on: January 10, 2013, 11:35:37 PM
Wow, Patricia. . .my Mum was born in Virgil (sp?) on the Niagara Peninsula.


Toni. . .jibber-jabber all you want, it's verrra entertanin' tis so! :2funny:
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