Archive for January 2011

Consumer Advisories for Recent Made-In-China Products

January 26, 2011

Industro-Strength Mag-Nit

Disclaimer: Made of wood.  Will not actually attract metal.

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Keen-Student Calculator

Product Recall:   Missing the 7, 8 and 9 keys.  As well as the + sign.

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Dura-Qualitee Pressure Cooker

Warning: Made of cardboard. Do not operate above 14.7 psig.

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Heavee-Metal Babys Pacifier

Warning: Made of lead.  Avoid prolonged contact with mouth, over extended periods of time.

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Evar-Dry Umbrella

Disclaimer:  Made of water-soluble polymer.    Not intended for use in damp conditions.

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Protekt Sun Blok

Caution: SPF of minus 100.  Will cause intense sunburns upon skin contact.

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DisKount Formaldehyde

Product recall: Suspect contamination of baby milk.
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Kitchen-Shef  Butter Knife

Made of sub-grade steel.  Will not actually cut butter.

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One winter barn

January 17, 2011

Whenever I’m outside, I take lots of photos.    I’m always looking for the next subject to paint.

(Although I have such a back-log, it might take me years to getting around to actually painting any given scene)

Here’s one I took (???) Lord knows when.   All I know is that it’s within the last 10 years.

The photo itself is somewhat BLAH.  It’s almost black and white.    But that’s where artisitc licence comes in.  You can add or delete what you want, as you see fit.

So that’s what I did, with this quick study a month ago.   I basically added blues and yellows to enhance the mood of the sunset on the snow.

This was a very loose and free painting.  It was towards the end of my art class and I wanted to whip off something quick.   So I did this in ~ 30 minutes, not caring if I got it right.  I just let the paint fly wherever it went,and I had a blast.

Today, I decided I’d try this again, but this time, a bit larger, and taking a lot more time doing it.

I figured that if I got such nice results with the first attempt, imagine what I’d get the next time, when I really meant it.

Here’s what I came up with:

But I admit I was a bit tense when I painted this.    The results turned out okay, but this second painting was not quite as much fun to paint as the first.

And what’s interesting, is this second painting took almost 90 minutes to do:  almost three times longer than the first.

But it’s not necessarily three times better.

In fact, I tend to prefer the first quick-study.

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So this has been an interesting little lesson for me.

Sometimes, it’s not about the time you put into a painting, but the energy you feel while you’re doing it.

Also, sometimes the first impressions are the best, no matter how hard you try.   And they’re often impossible to duplicate.

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Okay…enough navel-gazing for now.

‘I’m off to watch some bad TV.

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