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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    I don't really decorate my home, didn't get that skill from my mom (who people beg to be an interior decorator). So most of what passes for decoration is stuff I've drawn or painted, hanging on the walls.
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    Trends with Kickstarter Exclusives

    I look at it from a bias of not having an LGS, though one did open recently in the next city over, though it's mostly MtGetc as usual. I enjoy Massive Darkness a lot, but if I had bought it at retail, I wouldn't have liked it much. Way too limited in content without the KS exclusives/bonus content. And I got burned by thinking I could wait until retail to get the add-ons, since at least one didn't make it to retail. I don't buy many games, but if I do, it's either on KS (for the exclusives, though I don't buy many because it's too much of a crapshoot to find the fun) or Amazon (playing the 'wait for a sane price before it goes out of print') or direct (Cave Evil is great!).
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    In Soviet Russia, a man named Rudolph and his wife Katarina were eating dinner. Katarina looked out the window and said, "Looks like it's beginning to snow, dear." Rudolph replied, "No, it looks like rain to me." Katarina sighed and told him, "Dear, it's clearly snow!" Rudolph stood up and said, "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!" From a 'big book of jokes' I had as a kid in the 70s. Don't know why that one particular joke always stuck with me.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    There was a girl back in the band days, her name was Anita Little. I am not kidding.
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    Getting To Know You August

    A few months ago, I won Best in Show in the regional fine arts exhibition. My first juried competition!
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    Getting To Know You August

    Music for sure. When I'm in the studio, I'm streaming Amazon Unlimited from my phone to either a bluetooth speaker or wireless earbuds. All voice-controlled so I can stay in the flow. I also have a home NAS that runs a bunch of backup/storage stuff but isn't as convenient to use for music as the service. I need to upgrade the NAS to one with dual ethernet to keep load off the data network, so I can add in a few 4k cameras. You don't want a skunk to trigger a 4k video load across several cameras in the yard while you're trying to play an online game or watch a streaming movie! Also, navigation. I've always loved maps and had a ton in my truck, now I use Google Maps extensively (though I still keep physical maps in the truck, because I live near the Adirondacks and low cell tower saturation). I'm not a real tech/gadget guy, but there are a few places it really enhances things with low overhead.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Art. I'm learning classical methods. Spoilers: it's effective. Also jobs around the house. I like hand tools, I even hand planed the rabbet in my window sills. As an artist and musician (and professional typer, I guess), I get nervous around things like table saws.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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    Getting To Know You August

    My first major in college was biochemistry, because I believed (and still do) that deep (or even near) space exploration would be so incredibly difficult for a human. It just takes too much to keep a fragile bag of meat and fluids intact and functioning. So my goal was to develop the idea in the Whisperer in Darkness, putting a human brain in a housing that would allow it to interface with machines. You could pressurize the tank and keep the brain alive and healthy far more easily than the entire organism.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I cannot rolls my eyes hard enough for this comment. Puh-leeze.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I'm best in front of an audience.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I'll be naming my next cat Gbajabiamila. I was heavily downvoted when I named Bartolomeus, because I want to name him Lamont. Because he was a big dummy.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I make my own soup. Years ago I used the chunky soup canned stuff, but I ended up putting in so much of my own ingredients I figured I could just skip the can and end up with better soup.
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    Getting To Know You August

    August 3 is Friday :D
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    Getting To Know You August

    Atelier owner and instructor. I'm hoping to achieve that in my "retirement". If I can get good enough by then!
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    Cash's 2018 Art

    I just wrapped up a short portrait class, twice a week for 4 weeks. Rather than rush through a traditional painting and end up with yet another unfinished painting, I decided to do a series of studies. One 8 x 10 study per class. For the last class I just took a break and did a quick charcoal sketch.
  17. So I've been slacking on both updating here and on my blog. Here it feels odd because I don't really paint minis these days (though I want to!) and the blog kinda died when I switched hosting away from wordpress.com, my views basically dried up. I'm active on FB but I keep my friends list very tight (no offense to anyone intended), I should open up my image folders to the public, but I hesitate to do that on FB. Here's a link to my thread from last year: Anyway, I'll try to catch up a bit for year 3 (what!?!). Here's the YTD WIPs from oil portraiture class. Same model, same painting. Getting into some more advanced stuff with glazes, trying to add physical depth to the painting. At this point it's starting to get pretty luminous in some areas. The physical light on the painting can pass through some of the oil-heavy layers and pick up color from pigments along the way, hit the underlayers and shine or dull for the return journey. Cool stuff, I begin to understand the reason people say you can't appreciate an old master oil painting in a photo, you miss all the complex stuff the physical light does interacting with the layers. Each of these represents a 3 hour session, or about 2 hours of painting time. I've also narrowed my focus in drawing to portraiture, so I can bring up my skills for heads. Since I want to pursue figurative works, having solid portrait skills is going to be crucial, and it helps me stay focused in my studies and hopefully avoid lulls between studies. I'm taking Stan Prokopenko's portrait lessons as a premium member, but he makes most of these lessons free on his Proko youtube channel. I like to make study sheets while I watch the videos, and draw as many examples as I can. I picked up this amazing habit from Patrick Jones, it's really helpful for learning and later reference. Each sheet is 18x24 charcoal on newsprint. The final two lessons are charcoal portrait copies, where the reference photo is on one side of the screen and Stan draws on the other side, explaining his process as he draws. Here I've just about wrapped up the lay-in step. Charcoal on newsprint approx 11x14.
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    Getting To Know You August

    The new art association board president was interviewed on the radio this week and called me a 'shining star' in the organization :D It's nice to be getting active in making a difference in my community outside of my role at the library. So many people complain about stuff but never take action to effect change. For my side quest, I'll do a second thing that made me happy yesterday: Joking around with our state congresswoman and city assessor (whom I've known for years) in the kitchen before a seminar yesterday morning. They're both extremely conservative and while I wear a suit, my hair is...not conservative right now...But I treat all people equally, as I like smart, competent people with a sense of humor. (this is kind of my current look: https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/screen-shot-2015-10-27-at-2-21-59-pm.png )
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    Getting To Know You July

    Sure. Restoration, too many folks sick and dying, and many in need of help. I think anything else would be selfish (though I'd also go for self-healing and immortality...). I'd avoid destruction. World has that one covered.
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    Getting To Know You July

    The Complete Eldritch Saga - A Comprehensive Record of the Influence of Extra-Dimensional Beings on Humanity - HP Lovecraft
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    Getting To Know You July

    The Imperial March
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    Getting To Know You July

    Hmm. I'm not much of a movie guy... I'd say I share aspects of Loki, Thor and Odin. I'm cultivating the wisdom of Odin, I learned the charity and action of Thor, and, well, let's just say Loki is ascendant.
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    Getting To Know You July

    My first computer repair was a defective floppy drive (of the 5.25" variety) for my C64, because my parents had bought me a tape drive and I have ADHD. I traded the tape drive for the floppy drive, fixed it with a spare part I got for a couple bucks from someone in the user group.
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