Friday, 23 November 2012

Art Sale, My Christmas Present .....

My favourite art supplies shop in Sydney is having it's annual sale and I can't wait .... Art Scene in North Ryde!!!  It is a minimum of 15% off everything and up to 75% on some items!

I decided at the start of the year that I would buy myself a Christmas present this year; my elder son has already given me a present - my sun lounge and my other son, I think, is buying me a coffee machine.  I have no-one else that would be buying me anything so figured I should spoil myself .... lol

So in anticipation I have been saving my pennies all year and have place my order ready to be picked up when I drive there next week while the sale is on.  I love the fact that you can place your order before the sale starts and arrange to have the sale prices if you pick it up or have it delivered through the sale week.

I know very well when I do go in to pick it up other items will take my eye, will try and be good and only put a few extras in .... lol.

So what am I spending my pennies on?

Well, I need more watercolour paper; I buy a 10m roll because it is cheaper and because I can choose the size of work I want to do, so a new roll is on the list.  Plus it a much cheaper way to buy watercolour paper.

I ordered Arches 300gsm NOT - my preferred weight and brand; it is a 100% cotton watercolour paper.  I can repeatedly rub-out, wash-out and re-work areas without worrying that is will pill or lift off.

Now that I have found a way to work pastels to my satisfaction I need a few more colours - skin tones and I have used up all my white pastels so have ordered 10.  Naturally I ordered Schmincke's because I love the softness of them  Okay they do crumble but the soft creamy texture is wonderful.

What else?  Need a few tubes of watercolours that I have used up - order Art spectrum, have used them before, they are an Aussie company and I like the way they work.

Because I have now decided to do more pastel work I have ordered some larger coloured sheets of Pastel Paper; I ordered light colours - creams, ivorys, soft pinks, etc as I am only using the pastels for nudes at this stage.

To hold all the pastels that I now have plus those I ordered I have also order a My Box empty pastel container.  It holds 90 pastels and has foam inserts to keep them safe.  My original Schminckes came in a wooden box with foam so it is only to hold all the extra ones I have managed to collect.  An added benefit is that they are made in Australia!

Ordered a few more kneadable erasers - I love them!

Okay, okay - I know have a reasonable collection of brushes (watercolour, acrylic and oil); the ones picture are just what I am working with at the moment.  There are, shall we say, another equaly large collection of watercolour brushes in the cupboard, along with my oil ones; BUT ..... I have two Kolinsky sable round brushes and I love them.

They are wonderful to work with; they hold water, are springy and have a fine point. The Kolinsky sable hair is produced using the winter fur of the male sable.  It isn't actually a sable but a species of mink that is a member of the weasel family and is found in Siberia and NE China.

If you are an Artist you know exactly what I mean.  They are the Rolls Royce of brushes and have a price tag to match. Some are hand made but all come with a great reputation.

The ones I have ordered are not the top of the line - which can be up to $2000 for one brush - but they are of a good quality and normally beyond my means.  I promised myself that I would buy some this sale and have ordered five rounds - a size 4, 5, 6 10 and 12.

To give you idea of just how expensive the hand made ones can be; the 5 I ordered could have cost close to $5500!

Mine cost a respectable $250.

So that is my shopping list on order, I would have liked a lot more Schminckes, and some other Pastel Papers but just can't afford them, instead they will have to wait until this time next year when the 2013 sale is on and hopefully I have run out of anything important or expensive .... lol.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Internet Dating and Age Differences ......

My inbox has been overflowing with requests for contact from men on the dating site.  One day I had  ..... 35 requests!!!! ..... couldn't believe it.  Anyway, after going laboriously through them all I was able to get rid of most - the married, the overseas, the 20-30 yr olds, the one's whose profiles said NSA or sex friend only; I was then left with 8 who seemed interesting.

I swapped a few emails with them all and found that a couple weren't really interested in a relationship despite having that on their profile (so many think a woman of my age is only interested in sex) so narrowed it down to 4.

.... 2 of them were, at least in my eyes, very attractive; one I swapped a few emails with but something isn't ringing true, he is 55 and says he lives in Sydney but something about his grammar and syntax has my scammer radar ringing; but the other we swapped phone number and we talked on a few occasions.

I hesitated a bit because of his age, he was 43; he actively pursued me and repeatedly said that he is very attracted to me, prefers older women and that age is not an issue; in fact he has stressed that he would love to be with the person he loved even if in ten years they are in their 70s and he only his 50s.  So we talked a few times and swapped some txt messages but in the end it didn't go anywhere.

The remaining two .... one is supposedly my height and 61.  Seems nice but I don't get a warm and cuddly feeling when I look at his picture .... rotfl.  The other is 52 - but he seems to be rarely onsite so the conversations are really, really slooooooooowwww

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It is really weird, a lot of young men seem to actively pursue older women and by young men I mean those in their 20s and 30s.   I am 63 and I would have to say that at least 75% of requests I get are from men in those age groups.

The funny thing is those in my own age group just aren't interested ... I get maybe a couple ever few weeks .... and when you look on their profiles they are seeking women in their 20s and 30s .... lol.

Anyway, this got me to thinking about age differences .....

These days doesn't seem as major an issue as when I was younger.  It has always been accepted that men will probably marry a woman younger than themselves and we have tut-tutted when a man has a woman half his age on his arm but never really minded, in fact other men seemed envious.  But 30 years ago if a woman was seen with a man 10 years her junior it was considered scandalous.

Now, of course there are all the terms that go with it like Sugar Daddy (or Mummy), Gold Digger, Trophy husband/wife, Cougar, Puma, Manther, Cradlesnatcher, Toyboy,  etc, etc.

My late husband was 4 years younger than me and I can remember the family shock when we announced our engagement as he was only 21 ...  I was 26 and he 22 when we married.

Today most people are more tolerant and age gaps between the sexes of 20 years are not as frowned upon BUT whereas if the man is older and has a young girl on his arm people say he is lucky; when it is the woman who is older she is now referred to as a Cougar.

I don't really like the term the dictionary it means a woman over 40 who pursues sexual relationships with males more than 10 years younger.

Yes, there are a lot of women who fit that category but then there are a lot of women like me who prefer a younger man's company; who are not interested in casual sex but who want to develop a relationship with a man that is based on mutual love - if that man happens to be a lot younger should it really matter and should she be referred to as a cougar?

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In western culture the 'supposed' rule of thumb is never date anyone more than half your age plus seven .... so if I work on that rule then half my age is 31.5 + 7 = 38.5 so anyone over 38 yrs old isn't too young for me  .... rotfl.

Of course the problem with that is in my mind a man of 38 reminds me of my children and I can't get past that.  Even a man in his 40s seems a bit too young, although I admit that I have been out with a few.

A man in his 50s is more to my liking, I think he is more settled, he knows what he wants and he appreciates a woman more than one in his 30s.  A man in his 50s is still younger than me but only from 13 years upward, he, hopefully, still thinks young and has an appreciate of a mature rubinesque woman.

Then maybe I should get over my prejudice and accept requests from men in their late 30s and 40s and just see what happens ...... lol .....

..... and if he looked something likes cuties ...... I think I would have trouble resisting .... rotfl.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Decisions, decisions ..... ?????

Decisions, decisions .... what to do?

I finished the portrait of Lusi and now have to decide what to do next.  I have the diptych but the modelling paste is still a little damp so I won't touch that until maybe next week.

Have more in the self studies to do but I really want to paint some waves, surf, waves crashing on rocks .... but not enough pictures of what I want.  I have taken about 100 surf/rocks photographs and done some work from them but I just can't seem to find the ones I want at the moment.

I was going to drive up to the coast to take some last weekend but it turned out a fizzer ... Saturday was overcast and hardly any wind and sunday wasn't much better despite the warnings of dangerous surf conditions.  I am guessing that would have been a lot of rips but the surf would not have been very big at all.

So it is a waiting game until the wind in is the right direction and fairly strong PLUS no rain and no or very little clouds

Until then I have to decide what to paint next or even finish ...

I went through my WIPs - there is a brightly coloured boat on water with reflections about half finished; a Wodaabe warrior, also half done.

I have also sketched out a number of ideas - a giraffe head, a bear head (which has the first wash on it), a rodeo rider, a walrus head, two rainbow bee eaters, a water reflection abstract and an elephant's eye.  All of these have been sketched out and then drawn onto paper ready to begin painting.

Unfortunately none of them 'float my boat' at the moment .... lol.

So what to do?

I could turn my attention to one of the many fiction books I have partly written and maybe even get one finished.

Although I do have one completed, a non-fiction, but now have to buy an ISBN and register as a publisher so that it can be self published.  I will be selling it through Amazon and could use their ISBN free but it restricts the selling of your book to only Amazon.  Anyway, I hope that by early next year it will be available for sale.

So what to do;  back to my procrastination - er ... my decision making

On top of the paintings I have organised I also have a large number of books I want to read and a few I have started, so I could just sit on the lounge and read all day ....

I have been reading some of Dr Michio Kaku's books and have one half finished; up to book three of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series which I am thoroughly enjoying; have the first few chapters of Boyd Morrison's The Roswell Conspiracy read and had a glimpse at the first dozen pages of Michael Byrne's The Sacred Bone.

Plus ..... a few thousand (like 20 or 25 thousand) ebooks that I just had to have .... lol.

So what to do?

I have been good ... before 9am I had whipper-snipped the small grass area I have in the side yard (it's for my Fozzie); swept and wash the deck of the BBQ area and tidied up (sort of).  Last night I dragged all my rubbish out to the curb for the council to pick up (we get to book 12 clean-ups a year and I rarely take advantage of them).  So my old queen-sized waterbed, some old wooden garden chairs, an old mower, some general junk went out.

But OMG that waterbed was sooooo heavy!

Times like that you wish you had a man in your life to help ...

I ended up splitting the bladder open and pulling out the baffles so I could drag it all out to the curb.  Heard the garbage truck come about 5.30am this morning and I had my fingers crossed that they would take it.  The restriction to the clean up is that you can only put out enough for one small trailer load and it has to be able to be lifted by one man.  I hoped that my dragging would constitute lifting by a guy ..... thank goodness when I got up and looked it was all gone!

Had an email from a friend on Facebook (female) when I had posted about dragging my stuff out - she told me I should have several 'boyfriends' - a collection with each serving a different purpose and maybe a little overlapping.

ROTFL ... hell, I am having enough problems finding one guy without  finding half a dozen; although I guess under her 'rules' a number of the men/boys who have contacted me would fit

Sorry but it just isn't me .... seems like using people instead of loving them.

So what to do?

I could get stuck into cleaning the garage - now that it is almost empty I could start cleaning it in preparation for turning it into my studio.  The few things that are left in it could get carried down to the back shed - except for a slight problem ....

.... they are bloody heavy - need that man again ... lol!!!

Of course, there is a big danger that I will end up playing on the computer all day .... rotfl.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Satay, Scams and other Stuff ....

Been out on another date .... lunch this time at a Thai restaurant .... I had Tofu & Veggie satay - delicious!

He seems a very nice guy but as soon as I saw him I thought "no".

He had said he was 175cm (5' 9") .... normally I love men over 6 foot but I just haven't had any luck in the men department so I thought I would drop down to my own height.

So I saw him walking toward me and I thought ... there is no way he is 175cm (5' 9) .... when he got up to me I saw he was probably about 165cm (5' 5).

Okay so I am not a nice person but I really can't cope with a man who is shorter than me ..... lol.  Probably comes from the fact that my sons are 196 cm (6'5") and 206cm (6'9")

Anyway, we had a nice lunch and sat and talked for a while.  He does seem nice but I think that maybe, apart from the height thing, he just doesn't share the same interests as me and we don't seem to have a great deal in common.  It is nice to have differing points of view but there has to be some common ground there also.

So it is back to the drawing so to speak .... lol

I have noticed that scammers are changing their tactics a little ... they are now saying they live close to were you do and it is only after a few emails are exchanged that they say that they are presently working overseas for x amount of time.

Had one do this to me ... we had exchanged a number of emails, swapped photos of family and talked about all and sundry.  I mentioned meeting up for coffee and he casually informed me that he was working in Malaysia for another 4 months but that it shouldn't stop us from corresponding.

Okay call me suspicious but my scammer radar started buzzing and I replied that I did not want a long distance relationship and we stopped emailing.
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Then a couple of days later I got an email from him asking me to look at a house in Castle Hill as he was considering buying it but needed someone to check it out. He attached pictures of it and the address and price etc.

It was a beautiful enormous house BUT ... I had no intention of looking at it and said so.  His return email was suggesting I look at it and if it seemed suitable I pay HIS agent (?) a small holding deposit and he would immediately transfer the money ....

Oh foolish man!!  I am older and wiser than that!!!

Working on two art works at the moment ... one is a portrait and the other a diptych of a Buddha.

The portrait is probably about the half way mark and the diptych is only just started.

 I have used a modelling paste on the diptych then will paint over it with acrylics.  Hopefully it works out as I have it planned in my head ... lol.  Once the paste has fully cured I will start painting; it will be in browns and golds I think but not 100% sure at this stage.... will see how it looks as I start applying colour.

Had to giggle to myself.  I have a lovely doggie bed in my studio for Fozz to relax on; he is never far away from me, but instead he chooses to sleep under my desk and I have to maneuver my feet/legs around him.

You can see him peeping out in the photo and you can see the lovely soft doggies bed ......

Anyway, Mr Spot has decided that it is perfect for him and whenever he comes inside for a visit through the day he plonks himself down on it and makes himself comfy.

Cali, on the other hand, avoids it like the plague.  She would rather lay across my shoulders, look out the window or play Mousehunt on my computer.

You can see her checking out the results of her last hunt before deciding if she needs to change the cheese on the trap ....  rotfl.

Trying to decide whether to drive up to the Central Coast over the weekend; dangerous surf conditions have been predicted and I love getting pictures of heavy surf and waves crashing on rocks for reference.  But when I check the BOM website it said the winds, although from the SE, Ne or E; will not be that strong but the warnings are in place for coastal waters.

Last time I drove up in similar conditions the water was very flat - I imagine there would have been rips and undertows but there was very little surf so I am in two minds in case it is the same this weekend.  It is an hour and half drive and if I can't get the photos I want it is almost a waste of time and petrol.

I am leaning toward waiting until the Bureau announced much stronger wind conditions.