Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day everyone! In keeping with tradition, here is my first poultry art ever! In case you can't tell, I was rather young at the time. ;-) I hope you've had a good day and a belly full of good food. I actually had a pretty lazy day today, which was nice! And a wonderful dinner at the home of family friends.

I'm trying to start back in working on a horse portrait I started about a month ago, and dang it's hard to dive back in to something that I haven't touched for that long. Don't worry, I'll get it right, but it definitely reminds me why I don't like to stop part way through something.

Anyone wanting art or scrimshaw for Christmas, please get those orders in ASAP if not sooner. Hmm, looking at calendar, actually I'm not sure I can squeeze in more art, but there's a bit of room for scrimshaw.

I've started looking at microscopes. I *really* want to get my own, and I'm definitely serious about doing scrimshaw long term in a big way, so at some point I will get my own, it just as always comes down to money. But I picked out what I would get... And then of course I'd need a table of some sort. I found a really nice compact corner desk that would be fabtastic but I'm not sure it would support the weight of a 40lb scope, so I'd have to go see it in store and find out. This is all still a ways off, but the more I do this the more I am aware of how much easier it would be with my own setup and how I could put in a lot more hours, particularly after dark. I did bring a heater next door to use in the shop when I'm in there and that helps a lot (it's been so cold in there the lenses fog up all the time). Of course as it gets colder and rainier it'll be less enjoyable to trudge over there and I'll be longing to spend my day in my own studio in flannel pants and slippers. :-)

Oh my car stopped squeaking. For now anyway. I put some stuff on the belt and it stopped the squeak, but I guess if it gets wet it'll do it again, so I really ought to keep that stuff with me in the car. Mind you I have had a mechanic take a look at it, and he did not feel the belt needed to be replaced. *sigh* It's always something.

There's some stuff I really want to rant about, but I can't get into it. Have you ever been a part of a group for a long time and then over time you get to see more and more of the politics and crappy back-handed stuff that goes on and you realize you aren't sure you want to be a part of it anymore because you cannot see eye to eye with these people and you aren't sure you want to be a part of a group that operates like this, and yet if you resign you feel like you're just caving in and allowing the things you don't agree with to go ahead and happen? It sucks. A rock and a hard place, and it's so incredibly stupid.


Anonymous said...

There are several of us in the group who feel the same way you do. Speaking from a vantage point of a few more years, all it takes is one self-important bonehead to screw it up for everyone. The rest of us just want to enjoy being together and having a good time. But there's a nascent Hitler in every group who can con just enough naive followers to be annoying and counterproductive before embarrassing reality catches up with them.

Katherine Plumer said...

Thank you, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, how I certainly agree with you. Politics are awful. I just want to work with people who have good hearts and are genuinely kind.

Anonymous said...

I haven't checked your blog in a few days, and I am sorry to hear you have been caused so much angst. I find it easier to just cut bad people out of my life. I end up being much happier and they can go on with their power plays - makes me think of them as the kids with the manifying glass who are burning ants - yeah, that kind of jerky behavior.