Thursday, September 27, 2012

Notes from the studio

1. Get lamp
2. Get good scissors
3. Get wifi fixed

I unpacked and sorted through the boxes of supplies that I have transported to my studio. It is also the first night I have painted there!!
I enjoyed myself immensely... Did not want to leave.
I do need to bring some missing items and get the wifi working so I can have Pandora playing on the background.

My House of Horrors

I am working on getting my materials and supplies moved in to my studio space.  I got the two big cabinets moved in this weekend with only one minor injury to the cabinet.  I went there this afternoon after work and brought up some canvases.  I still have a bunch more to bring over but I think tomorrow I can go there and work a bit on emptying the boxes, and maybe maybe maybe I will be able to pull out some paint.

It was a nice feeling to be there this evening and to not want to leave.  I was hungry and physically worn out from an active afternoon, and I forgot to take my medications this morning so I was also in pain.  But I wanted to stay; one of my fears has been that I would not like being alone and away from home.

I have yet to see if I can get an internet connection, if I can I could have Pandora playing while I work, or let something on Netflix play in the background.  It has been so long since I have had an uninterupted hour of painting, gluing and creating.

I am also thinking about putting together some supply packages to sell on etsy.  I have been wanting to sell a few things that I am not using, see if I can manage it with minimum stress.  But my focus is to paint, really put some time into finding out what I do.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Moving In

I started moving in to the studio.  I have some inexpensive cabinets being out together at Lowe's and will pick up on Wed.  Right now I just have piles of boxes shoved under a table.

I hereby swear that I will glue down a significant portion of paper that I have held onto and dragged across town, and I will keep gluing until I have a manageable pile!  Lordy, I've got alot of paper!  Now I need to do something with it.

I am also going into the basement where I have quite a few boxes that I have not opened and I am not sure what supplies they might contain.  I suspect quite a few rubber stamps.

I need to paint.  I have not touched my collage materials in any significant way, all summer.

I did take an oil painting class with Wilson Bickford.  Doesn't that sound like a painter you would see on PBS? It was great fun.  I have not done oils since college (soooooo long ago) and it was fun to paint with a group and Wilson was very encouraging and had a nice sense of humor.

I learned two new techniques!  That was worth the price of the class in itself, but really, I just wanted to paint!  I have been stuck without the time and room for so long- I felt like I was going to pop.
And now that I have been going through my supplies, I am itching to get in and play.  I want to coptic bind a book.  I have been watching videos on the subject and I think I can do it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

My stomach hurts.
It is stress.
Politics makes me stressed, and makes me worry.
I used to be oblivious...think that one person could not make a difference, so why bother voting.
(I think the electoral college is a waste), but somehow as I got older I began to care, and I began to worry.

I copied this from a Yahoo news site.

FACT CHECK: Ryan takes factual shortcuts in speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryantook some factual shortcuts during the Republican convention when he attacked President Barack Obama's policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit. His running mate, Mitt Romney, was expected to speak later Thursday in the convention's culmination.
A closer look at some of Ryan's remarks Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.:
RYAN: "And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. ... So they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama."
THE FACTS: Ryan's claim ignores the fact that Ryan himself incorporated the same cuts into budgets he steered through the House in the past two years as chairman of its Budget Committee, using the money for deficit reduction. And the cuts do not affect Medicare recipients directly, but rather reduce payments to hospitals, health insurance plans and other service providers.
In addition, Ryan's own plan to remake Medicare would squeeze the program's spending even more than the changes Obama made, shifting future retirees into a system in which they would get a fixed payment to shop for coverage among private insurance plans. Critics charge that would expose the elderly to more out-of-pocket costs.
RYAN: "The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal."
THE FACTS: Ryan himself asked for stimulus funds shortly after Congress approved the $800 billion plan, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ryan's pleas to federal agencies included letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis seeking stimulus grant money for two Wisconsin energy conservation companies.
One of them, the nonprofit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp., received $20.3 million from the Energy Department to help homes and businesses improve energy efficiency, according to federal records. That company, he said in his letter, would build "sustainable demand for green jobs." Another eventual recipient, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, received about $365,000.
RYAN: Said Obama misled people in Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis., by making them think a General Motors plant there threatened with closure could be saved. "A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: 'I believe that if our government is there to support you ... this plant will be here for another hundred years.' That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year."
THE FACTS: The plant halted production in December 2008, weeks before Obama took office and well before he enacted a more robust auto industry bailout that rescued GM and Chrysler and allowed the majority of their plants — though not the Janesville facility — to stay in operation. Ryan himself voted for an auto bailout under President George W. Bush that was designed to help GM, but he was a vocal critic of the one pushed through by Obama that has been widely credited with revitalizing both GM and Chrysler.
RYAN: Obama "created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way and then did exactly nothing."
THE FACTS: It's true that Obama hasn't heeded his commission's recommendations, but Ryan's not the best one to complain. He was a member of the commission and voted against its final report.
Associated Press writers Tom Raum, Andrew Taylor, Henry C. Jackson and Bradley Klapper contributed to this report.
EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at claims made in political campaigns and how they adhere to the facts.

I was thinking about when I was in grad school and the internet was young.  I thought it would be so cool to be able to record the words of the politicians, and distribute them to the world so that they could not hide from their promises and their lies.
That doesn't seem to have happened.
It seems that they lie just as much, but care even less.  Is it because we just want to hear what we want to hear?
I live in a place that still has double digit unemployment and I make less money than I did when I was in my 20's - but I have not forgotten how the collapse of my financial world started in 2005 when George W. Bush had been President for 5 years.  Our house was on the market for 11 months and we had to sell it for $100,000 less than it was assessed for, because we could not afford to carry the mortgage.  And I will not forget that I was able to bring home extra money by working extra hours on a "stimulus" project in our Village, and that my husband was able to have extended unemployment insurance when his job was discontinued by HSBC and my sister-in-law lost her job with Lehman Brothers, and there were NO jobs for anyone in the banking world for over a year, and still nothing in our area. 

Thank goodness my job has health insurance because when my husband had a health crisis we spent many many nights in the emergency room and now, thank goodness, he qualifies for medicare and can come off my policy so I can bring home a little more money.
I do not believe Mitt Romney knows what it is like to work a real, boring, grinding, thankless job for a real, 8 hour day.  I know he has never had to worry about how he was going to pay a bill, in his entire life.
And the last straw, but the one that really told me who he was....he put the family dog in a carrier and strapped it on top of the car for hours...driving in the summer heat... on the highway.  If you know me, then you know I find that unforgivable.  To treat a living creature, that you supposedly love, in such an unsafe, frightening manner, sounds a little like torture to me.  That poor animal, the wind in his eyes, in his nose, bugs hitting him, the heat, the lack of water, the lack of family contact.
I do not know anyone in my real life who would do that, and I know lots of farmers who raise animals for food and hunters that kill for sport.  Remind me to tell you about my friend who called the state troopers when he found a dachsund left in the back seat of a car, on a hot, late summer day. to go.  I am tired of being angry. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I have been thinking of all the things I can do in my new studio space.
I have been thinking of putting together some of the collage/scrapbooking supply packettes I have and selling some on etsy.

I have been thinking of photographing and listing some of the things I plan to sell on Ebay.
I have been thinking about blogging and painting and experimenting with sewing paper and cloth and doing more photography, and what am I going to do about the lack of wifi at my studio.

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