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  1. I had such a wonderful time this year! I was so grateful to be able to see everyone and hang out.  It was a much-needed break.

     

    I loved the extra space we had at our artist row seats  Usually I have to pack my stuff into a smaller space, so this year I didn't feel like I crowded my table-mates as much. I suspect that was because there were fewer of us, but maybe we can stick with the same space size in the future.

     

    I loved doing the feedback on sunday, so I'm hoping we can do that again. Maybe with some limited hours saturday night for those leaving early sunday.

     

    I ran out of candy.  ::(: I must pack better in the future.

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  2. As one of the judges, just come find me at my desk (Erin Hartwell) and I can give her some constructive feedback and even demo some things to help her.  I'm happy to do that before the competition if she wants to work on her entry while she's at the con, or after the competition. If she wants to learn what we look for and how we judge, I'm pretty sure all of us are happy to help.  I tend to "grade up" for youth because I want to encourage younger painters and we all totally remember what it's like to be new to painting! We want to encourage people to enjoy our hobby!  Hope that helps.  But please let her know she's always welcome to visit artists alley and we love love love sharing painting with everyone.  I hope that takes away some of the nerves and worry!

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  3. Our local health department gave us all buttons to wear saying "I got my covid-19 vaccine."  I plan to wear mine to Reapercon, and am happy to talk data and scope out the cdc website with anyone who wants! (even though I'm on 'vacation!') Oddly, I have not had the slightest desire to buy microsoft products... chocolate maybe... hmmmn...

     

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  4. It occurs to me with the weather that some folks may not receive paints or supplies for my classes. Have no fear.  Reaper will be recording the classes, so I'm pretty sure we should be able to go back later and watch and follow along.  This may actually be a good thing. Sometimes I like watching someone do a technique, then I go play around with it later and learn it all over again.  Also, if you can't get specific paints, ask in the chat, and I can tell you which paints can sub. I can even demo with some of them if it would help. 

     

    Now I just have to attempt not to stress about being recorded! :lol:

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  5. I know when I registered for mine, I immediately received an email from reaper notifying me.  I just checked and searched my mail with the tag "reaper" and they all came up in a neat little row.  They are listed in my inbox under a title such as "reaper classroom 2" or "reaper class 5"

     

    Hope that helps! But in terms of the website, I'm not sure. Jon might know?

  6. yes!  Surf aqua would probably be the closest.  The maggot white will probably be too light, but you can use it as you "white" instead of pure white.  Or, you can use ghostly moss or spectral glow if you have those. These are all fairly intense greens with a good amount of white pigment in them so they should work fine. Alternatively, if you happen to have any artist acrylics, viridian or pthalo green mixed with a bunch of pure white or titanium white would also work. I seem to recall Anne telling me mint green was basically pthalo green with white in it.  Hope that helps!

     

    Keep in mind, you can use any colors to paint the crystal, even if you don't have any of the ones I listed.  The principle will be the same, so don't sweat the colors. woot!  prepare to have some fun!

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  7. for some reason my computer illiteracy is affecting my ability to read my descriptions. I suspect it is just me being a dinosaur, but in case it isn't, here's the blurb on each of my classes. I'm also happy to answer any questions about them as well.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

     

    Skin Deep Monster Edition

     

    This is an intermediate level skin class, focused mainly on blending and glazing to achieve smooth skin tones.  But unlike last fall, we’ll be going crazy! (Insert Bob Ross voice here.)  This class will cover blue skin, perfect for our frosty giantess.  Students should be familiar with glazing and/or layering in order to get the most out of this class. While the majority of the class will be spent on the face, I will cover placement of highlights and shadows on other skin surfaces and the differences between painting male and female figures. Please bring a brush with a nice tip.  I find it easier to blend skin with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.  Students will receive a handout on material covered in the class. You will also need a palette, paper towel or sponge, a cup of water and good lighting.  We will be using 77592, Frost Giant Queen. Colors used in class will be linen white, nightshade purple, ultramarine shadow, fair skin, mint green, ashen blue. If you don’t have ashen blue, clouded sea would also work. Clean your miniature before class with warm water and dish soap, and remove any mold lines you’d like with a sharp knife. You do not need to prime, but please basecoat the skin areas with an even coat of ultramarine shadow. 

     

     

    2 hrs, hands on, intermediate

    Miniature 77592

    Paints: 9061 linen white, 9022 nightshade purple, 9187 ultramarine shadow, 9047 fair skin, 9263 mint green, 9057 ashen blue

     

     

    The Dreaded Black and White

     

    We all hate them, right? Right?!  This intermediate level class is designed to help take away some of the fear and show you ways to approach painting black and white.  We will be using a combination of layering and either feathering or wet blending to achieve our smooth transitions, so students should be familiar with at least one of those techniques to get the most out of the class. Please bring a brush with a nice tip, such as a natural sable brush.  I find it easier to blend with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly.  Students will receive a handout on material covered in the class. You will also need a palette, paper towel or sponge, a cup of water and good lighting.  We will be using 77209 Arran Rabin.

     

    2hrs, hands on, intermediate

    Miniature 77209 Arran Rabin

    Paints: 9162 driftwood brown, 9257 blonde hair, 9144 creamy ivory, 9061 linen white, pure white, 9022 nightshade purple, 9164 dark elf skin, 9021snow shadow, 9209 aircraft gray

     

    forgot to add: basecoat the bottom cloak in nightshade and the top cloak in blonde hair

     

     

     

    Rockin’ Crystals

     

    Ready to make those crystal elements on your minis really shine?  Painting translucent crystal is fun and rewarding, and surprisingly easier than you might think!  This class should help break down the process in a step by step paint-a-long. This is an intermediate level class, but even if you’re not familiar with blending techniques, you should be able to follow along as well. We’ll be using reaper’s 77312 Wall of Ice.  You can use any colors to paint crystals, but I’ll be demonstrating with Pure White, Nightmare Black, Ultramarine Blue, Marine Teal and Mint Green.  Students should have a nice brush available for blending, such as a natural hair sable, and be familiar with blending techniques such as wet blending or layering in order to get the most out of this class.  One thing I’d recommend when practicing crystals is to go to your favorite shopping site and search for cheap rough quartz crystals.  You should be able to buy these in packets of 20-50 for not too much, and they’re fun to incorporate into your minis. You can also save old plastic sprue and use a sharp knife to make your own crystals. Clean your miniature before class with warm water and dish soap, and remove any mold lines you’d like. You do not need to prime, but please basecoat the miniature with an even coat of ultramarine blue.

     

    2hrs, hands on, intermediate

    Miniature 77312 wall of ice

    Paints: 9039 pure white, 9280 nightmare black, 9188 ultramarine blue, 9077 marine teal, 9263 mint green

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  8. woot! Ok, I got my box earlier this week, but now I can post!  I got some awesome goodies from Kangaroorex!!  I may have... eaten most of the cookies...  But here is a shot of all the rest!

     

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    I am especially excited about the possibilities of the cat centaur and the frog.  I play the Ori games, so I've been wanting to make a Kwolok mini for awhile now.  He's a perfect jumping off point!

     

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    I forgot to include Rocky in the group pic!

     

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    I love the "Snack Time" mini!!!  Nice work!  He's on my shelf of awesome!

     

    Thanks so much Kangaroorex!!!  squeeeeeee!

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  9. 2 hours ago, Cyradis said:

     

    @Corporea with your doctorly wisdom, do you think that giving a friend a partially cooked meal, delivered at a safe distance, then dining online is okay? Example: make homemade ravioli, don't cook the ravioli, but deliver ravioli to friend by plunking package at the door - friend has to boil it still (and hand wash after touching containers). Or cookie dough all ready and rolled into balls - friend tosses in the oven. In my mind this is, because boiling water or high oven heat tends to kill bad stuff, but hey, I know rocks and minerals more than human bodies.

     

    That was our Thanksgiving- I dropped a pie at my brother's and took home some lovely turkey, etc. Yum yum! I think you're good with that plan, and your risk should be minimal.  For surfaces, most of the stuff I've read says a few hours to a few days, depending on the surface- I tend to err on the side of caution and say 48 hrs to 72 hrs. By then, virus particles should be dead.  But, don't stress too much about surfaces, because they key is then not to touch your face.  The virus isn't transmitted by touch, but by particles making their way into your eyes, mouth or nose.  Things on the surface of a container shouldn't re-aerosolize, so just practice good hand hygeine and you're fine.  Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/etc everyone!  We can do this. I have faith in us humans to work together to make the world a brighter, or at least more fully painted surface!  

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  10. As an update on our front, I received our numbers from the local hospital this morning.  Our covid census has increased from 73 to 97 this week, and they project based on the community increase for that to reach 140 in the next few weeks.   This is in line with the data we've been collecting since april. Cases in our county increased from 672 in one week to 1080 this past week.  I had a patient come in positive without knowing it, but so far my testing is negative and I feel fine.  Our hospital is shutting down overnight elective surgeries again to reduce hospital bed usage.  Keep in mind, our hospital has a total of 435 beds, and we currently have over 90 clinical staff out sick due to covid.  We'll get through it.  But please consider this in your holiday plans, as I suspect many areas are experiencing similar rate changes.  Be safe.

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  11. aka  Hey Guys, I get to play D&D on twitch for charity!

     

    Every year our local store runs a 24 hour marathon D&D session of old school modules for the charity Extra Life (benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.)  Usually we donate to play and others donate to try to kill us off as quickly as possible to make room for new players.  Or as I like to do, donate for healing spells to save the players from almost certain death!  We even survived a real life snowstorm one year! Given the pandemic, this year's game will be all virtual, and the players have set time slots.  But you can still help us out by donating during the marathon to help heal us!  Here's the info:

     

    We're playing Against The Giants from 6PM EST 12/12/20 until 6 PM EST 12/13/20. I'll specifically be playing from 6 AM EST until 2 PM EST on Sunday the 13th.  Even if you can't donate, please come by the stream to say hi. Hope to see everyone soon!

     

    Dungeons and Donations website

     

    Facebook page

     

    Twitch Page

     

    Let's do this for the children!  

     

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  12. So, I love OSL, and have been working on it more over the last few years. Rhonda used to teach a really great class on it, but I know she puts a bunch of stuff on her blog, so that's a great resource as you've seen.  I thought I'd throw a few things out there if it helps.

     

    Here are the more recent minis I've done with OSL in mind:

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    This one my lighting designer friend did point out had shadow placement issues, but I'd had limited space and a deadline, so... yeah. But using the environment to sell the effect helps a ton. An isolated figure won't carry light effects as well as a scene.

     

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    Here I'd like to show the thing I see most folks struggle with in OSL. Value contrast.  So, when we're painting, we look at colors to give us contrast, but we often neglect the difference between dark and light.  There can be no light without shadow.  So see in the grayscale image on the left, the fire looks lightest, even when I take away the color information. Here's another way of looking at it:

     

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    Something's not right here... let's take away the color:

     

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    Ah hah! So my blue cloak with my pretty fire color on top will not look light, unless I put light down first! This is a sneaky trick when you're playing with OSL- do a filter for grayscale or "color saturation 0" and see what the mini looks like!

     

    A way to keep the value issue from happening is to put down light first, then add color. then your brain can't get confused by the color contrast.

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    See how I first did my shading with a white light source, then glazed on the yellow color over everything? That let's the light underneath shine through. That's the main secret to OSL. Make sure the light source is light, and don't get hung up on the color, but the value.

     

    here's value:

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    Here's extreme contrast in value. Google Chiaroscuro or Caravaggio for images if you want some good fine art examples.

     

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    Hope that helps a little. I may have some more in progress photos I can dig up to help.  I find examples help me wrap my brain around it. If you're having trouble, use a color that reminds us of light- like yellow, orange or red. The cooler colors like blue and green fight us sometimes because they are often "darker." We have to work hard to make them look like light.

     

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  13. When the pandemic first started, a few of my patients mentioned losing loved ones, usually in new york, new jersey or florida. As time passes, more and more tell me their stories.  Lately, I have been sending more people for counseling due to stress or grief.  I'm fairly lucky in that I own my own practice, so I can set the rules I feel are safe, in accordance with what our local hospital system is doing.  Gotta keep up the standard of care!  So I have a 'no mask no service' rule that probably loses me a few patients, but I quite frankly don't care.  Our hospital system is very good at communicating our county numbers on a daily basis, and they also give us excellent summaries of our ventilation rates, case load and deaths.   It's good to be able to look at the trends. For reference, I live in a county of about 70K. Our hospital has dedicated space to a covid unit. We have about 20 ICU beds to serve our entire county, which generally are taken up by normal things like DKA, massive trauma, MVCs, stroke, etc etc.  Initially we had fewer ventilated covid patients.  Lately more. I think this week we have 7 ventilated patients, and average length of stay for all covid admissions is 7.5 days.  They've had to expand and are considering moving non-OB patients into our birthplace to make some room. We mostly have 5-10 patients dying from covid or covid complications each week, though over the summer and recently we've spiked in the 20's a few times. I think the highest was 22 deaths in one week. That was the middle of last month.  I do not see patients with respiratory issues in my practice, so overall I am staying safe.   I go early to the grocery store, since most people are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing in my county. I especially appreciate the list of co-morbidities  associated with worse prognosis the hospital gives me, as this helps me reassure or educate my patients on their risk.  Also awesome is the CDC information on discussing vaccination with patients.  There's a good deal of valuable info out there, and I'm happy to share websites if anyone wants.

     

    Things non-medical people may not realize, that I think are important:

     

    People in our county questioned why liquor stores were essential, with the implication that alcohol is for fun, and this was just about economics. I'm not sure people realize that there is a portion of the population that has a chemical dependency on alcohol, and that true alcohol withdrawal requires hospitalization and supportive care, and can be life-threatening. The choice to leave those stores open involves trying to prevent an influx of patients to the ER that we do not have the bedspace or personnel to care for right now.  I would argue that bars are not essential, but access to alcohol via the grocery or our ABC stores is.  All moralizing aside, anything we can do to keep people out of the hospital is good.

     

    There is a national shortage of swabs I use to test for gonnorhea and chlamydia and trichomonas (STDs,) as all of the resources are dedicated to covid swabs right now. I expect this to continue for awhile.  Indefinite back order and all that.  Fortunately, I can use a urine specimen to test, so I am not completely out of screening options, but it is frustrating, since I also use those swabs to culture for resistant yeast or bacterial infections, and that does limit my ability to care for my patients.

     

    We nearly ran out of gloves twice. The medical society has been helping us with supplies for independent practices.  It was like Christmas when masks showed up one day!  They have a fund setup to help us get supplies as they come in.  I try to wear the same mask for as long as possible. When we weren't able to get them, I wore one N95 for a month.  Back at the beginning of the pandemic, I used my old hobby mask until I could get a certified one.  We had to go to the local rum distillery to buy hand sanitizer for awhile, since it was on backorder. We're almost out of sanitizing wipes, so we'll have to jerry rig something soon. 

     

    Remember that the normal day to day emergencies are still present in our medical system. There will always be accidents and injuries that need the ER or ICU.  Our hospital to community bed/personnel ratio is setup with these numbers in mind. If anything is added to this system, it risks overwhelming it.  It is a delicate balance.  A pandemic is deadly partially because of the strain on the system.  If we do not have enough beds or people to staff them, people will not receive the care they need. If our personnel are out sick, they also can't care for you or your loved ones.

     

    I am tired, but coping. Running a small business through the pandemic is stressful. I have not been painting at all. I wish I could share my patients' stories, but HIPAA and all that.  Most patients who have come in to see me after their infections have done well overall, and most of them did not require hospitalization. Most tell me they are still tired and have no energy, some still have breathing issues.  On a good note, I did have one 65+ woman who told me she did just fine and had no lasting issues, so I tend to want to give everyone that positive information, especially since the mortality rates are grim for that age group.

     

    I'm looking forward to vaccination season.  Please get your flu shots.  Please wear your masks. Please stay safe.

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  14. We can do it! Admittedly, I have spent the day binging avatar the last airbender, cooking buttermilk pancakes and birdwatching... but, um... I did write... some... words...

     

    The day is not over yet! Go team! We can do it!!

     

    In the immortal words from Galaxy Quest: Never give up. Never surrender!

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