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Monday, June 1, 2015

On the Painting Table

After taking about two months away from painting, I picked up the brush to finish off a few pieces.  Much to my dismay I discovered that during that period I had lost some of my fine brush control skills.

Rather than muck up figures that were so near completion, I decided to work on some new figures, hoping to get things back.




After a week of painting I'm glad to say that I am now back to where I was before I took time away. Hopefully I will have at least two of the figures from the top picture completed by next week. My Jazz Musicians will take a good bit longer than that to finish.



I've included this picture to indicate scale for my friend at Da Trout Talkin Tabbies. I can't remember if I've done this for you before!

Now some of you may remember the horror I experienced last Spring when Dinosaurs invaded my garden and began attacking my rose bushes.  So as you might expect, this year I've been keeping a watchful eye on my roses and have seen no evidence of the Dino's. I thought I was safe,,,,


....until I went to water my Petunias'...


....and found the bastards had returned to plague me again this year.  Can you imagine how you would feel if one of these came at you from one of your planters? No, you can't because it hasn't happened to you.  Hopefully Kitty Fang and I can contain this infestation for another year. And if we can't, well just be careful where you walk because that may not be dog poo your stepping in.....

Remember a few weeks back when I asked you guys a load of questions?  I was hoping to tell you why I did that today, but I can't.  There's a manufacturer out there holding me up and when I hear from them, I'll let you know. 





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  1. The jazz band looks very good and with you working on it will only get better. I suspect I recognise one of te figures in the painting queue as well. Looking forward to it all.

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    1. I'm taking my time with the Jazz figures. I'm going to attempt to paint that bass white. Wish me luck!

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    2. Oh and you do recognize that figure and I'm now down to just finishing the base. Her little dragon turned out really well.

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  2. I like the jazz band!
    Gary has gnomes, you have dinosaurs. The two groups really need to get together.

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    1. My daughter hates garden gnomes, really hates them. Now that she's a home of her own I'm tempted to go out, buy about 20 of them, sneak over to her house and plaster the lawn with them. Then I'd like to hide in the trees and film her reaction when she sees them.

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  3. Really looking forward to seeing the band finished. I always thought that gardening was bad for your health and we have proof! Glad to see you back painting Anne!

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    1. I'm glad to be back to the brushes as well. I'd painted almost every day for three straight years and the break was a good thing. However if I'd let it go much longer, I'd have lost a lot more technique than I did.

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  4. OMG those figurines are ever so small, dear! You need an army of ant painters to do them!
    I'm truly surprise at the appearance of the annoying dinos again! Hadn't Kitty Fang scare them away last year? They sure do have some guts.... I truly wonder how that little punk from your neighbourhood hasn't stolen them yet :) Maybe you actually need dinoguards to keep him away?
    PS why does Clint above have such a hot avatar? Is that him? Give us the scoop :)

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    1. Those dino's are pernicious darling. They just keep coming back year after year. What I'd really like the dino's to do is clean up the junk sitting in his parents yard. One day I shall take a photo of it so you can see it. It's truly dreadful.

      Clint's new avi is the business isn't it. Quite distracting. He used to use Clint Eastwood, but he's really named for Clint Walker and someone on blogger finally figured it out. So he changed his avi.

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    2. dahlink, your petunias are lovely. We've just had the strangest deeply dark violet almost aubergine lily bloom a few days ago in our garden.... I've never seen such a colour in a lily.

      I wanna see the photo of your cassa not of the neighbours' :)

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    3. Ooooh that sounds lovely. I wonder what produced it? Maybe the bulb was brought in from elsewhere by a squirrel. Do lilies usually bloom in that spot?

      I'll get pics of the new fence and outside when the garden comes into full bloom. I've still got drapes to hang in three of the windows and will take pics when that is done. Now keep in mind, moi got rid of all her furniture and has no intention of replacing it. This is how The Hubby and I lived before the children came along and we love it. Now it feels like a real home to us.

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    4. I think mother planted it... they plant all sorts of flowers in recent years and I get terrible allergies from them over the summer.... as if difficulties with breathing due to my ticky ticker aren't enough... They will even bring it inside in vases.... and then I just lock myself upstairs.....

      Can't wait for the pics, dear! I like minimalistic furniture too! I hate clutter! Downstairs here is clutter and I often get bruises from kicking things while passing through, while upstairs is freedom of movement.

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    5. Oooh I don't like it when people cut flowers and bring them indoors for decoration. That's a terrible thing to do to a plant. Those blooms exist as a means of reproduction and it's what those plants live for. Also they are denying food to an insect by bringing in a living bloom. And with your allergies, that's just plain cruel to you. They should be sensible and buy silk flowers.

      People cram their houses full of massive furniture and bric a brac. For the life of me I don't know why. It's a waste of money, it takes up space and it gives one more work to keep the house clean. I am going to dress the walls with a few paintings. But only a few and I will choose them carefully. I think the Japanese have the right way to approach furnishing a house. Clean lines and very minimal. I find it very calming.

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    6. Mother will cut the flower the very minute she sees that is will open or bloom... sometimes I even feel an urge to cover them up with weed or something so that she wouldn't cut them down the same day... Father was like that with trees... had a constant urge to cut them down... left our yard looking like a desert.... now That Person Which Is Supposed To Be My Brother has the same thing.... Always shakes me to the core to see a tree being cut....

      Yes, and the Scandinavians also have lovely home decoration style.

      Did you finish THE MILL? Both seasons? How did you like it? I adored Esther!

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    7. The only time a tree should be cut is when it's core has died and it is in danger of being blown down and crushing a house. My neighbor cleared all the trees off her property. She doesn't seem to know that trees raise the value of ones property.

      I do like the Scandinavians as well. They do such beautiful wood work and have a good sense of style.

      I loved The Mill and Esther is my favourite as well. Every time you think she's gone too far and is done for, she manages to come out okay. I'm rooting for her to catch the young Cobbler whose come to town. YouTube doesn't have the last two episodes in the Season. I didn't know this when I started watching and was devastated when I realized it. Someone will get them up and I'll keep checking for them.

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    8. Don't we just hate it when that happens? Hope you will be able to finish it and see the second season too! I could send it to you on a disc, but I've erased the whole series from my computer last month when I was doing the spring cleaning :) But I do have CRIMSON FIELDS if you're interested :) VICIOUS started with the second season this week at ITV can't wait to torrent it when it appears!

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    9. I saw the first four of the second series. It was the last two episodes of that series that were missing. They really are protecting Crimson Fields right now. No one here seems to be able to get it. All I can find are 2 minute teasers. I need to send you some teas, so we can do a swap if you want to. Let me know what you want and I'll get it for you.

      I loved VICIOUS! The Future Son In Law can get that one for me as he got me the first one. Oooh and there is news on the wedding front. Now they are telling us they want to get married this October (no, she's not preggers). While I'm thrilled for them it puts Mummy in a bit of a rash. So I gave her a binder and two days to give me a decent outline of what they want. We're to go to a dress maker tomorrow and the child had better have some sketches of what she wants. These kids have no idea how much is involved in putting this together. No matter what they decide, I'm paying for an open bar for the reception. And I will hire a caterer as there is no way I'm cooking on the day of my daughters wedding. Also they have to let me choose the flowers. The rest is up to them to plan.

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    10. Sounds like a lovely idea, dear! I could probably burn you some POLDARK too since I have it in my computer :) I had tons of series in it, but I was losing up on space, so I had to delete tones of the older shows which I already watched :(

      Will it be a big wedding, dear? Are relatives coming, or just a small affair with the friends? Will it be at your house or somewhere else?

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    11. I wish I had the answer to just one of those questions darling. This is the problem, they keep waffling on what they want and on how big it should be. I'm getting ready to see her now, so hopefully she'll have a better handle on things in the next two hours :0)

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    12. fingers crossed! Let us pray she doesn't have crazy wild ideas and penguins in frocks as ring bearers.....

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    13. I'll tell you what, I'd love penguins in frocks as ring bearers. And then I'd like to have the reception at our Shenanigan's Pub. We could fly the whole party there via O'Leary Air so you could meet everyone.

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  5. Love the Huggy Bear'ess! I know, showing my age and probably being a bit sexist...but wasn't everybody in '70's Nooh Yoik!

    H

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    1. I think she's super fly! I dig that 'fro and those bell bottoms. And you're not sexist but you are showing your age. And so am I!

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  6. Lousy manufacturers. I went through a similar thing when I stopped writing. Actually even when I started writing. My skills had dropped when I stopped so I wrote some entirely new things rather than bugger up something I was working hard on. When I started writing I planned a story and then put it on hold, knowing I didn't have the skills to do it justice yet.

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    1. i heard from them today finally. They were running behind due to the bank holidays at the end of last month. So some time next week, I'll do a special post.

      I would imagine it's the same with writing. All creative things require practice and we tend to lose some skills. But they come back fairly quickly.

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  7. Lovely WIPs Anne. I can't wait to see what you do with the Jazz band :)

    As for those pesky dinosaurs, I think that Ripley and Corporal Hicks had the right idea - it's the only way to be sure ;)

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  8. I like that band, Anne. The dinos, on the other hand . . .

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    1. They just won't leave my garden alone and I know there will be more. There's always more....

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  9. That jazz band is really slick! And have you considered venus fly traps for your garden? I have venus fly traps, and I also have no dinos in my garden. Coincidence? I think not.

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    1. Hahahahahaha. I don't think it's a coincidence, I think it's pure genius!

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  10. These colors are an enchantement...love the musicians!

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  11. Wonderful WIP pictures, Anne.
    I'm looking forward to seeing them finished.

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    1. Almost done with Puck and with the little witch. Getting a bit bogged down with Puck's skin though, but I'll work past it.

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  12. Nice to have you back; you were missed. As always, nice work here!

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  13. It always takes a little time to get your control back, glad you decided on something new to work on rather that try and regain it on something you had almost finished. I have seen those musicians before, I'm excited to see what you do with them. Looking forward to seeing some finished work!

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    1. The first thing I did was just prime a bunch of figures as my initial coats were going on too thick. Then I laid base coats down on everything. By the time I got to faces, my layers were thin enough and I was back where I needed to be. Nothing like doing a bunch of eyes to force you to be careful.

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  14. The jazz band is awesome. They all turned out great and damn, they are super small. What? The dinos are back. Maybe the cat should stop fertilizing your gardens at night. I guess they just like his smell.

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    1. Ya, I've found your scat in my yard and I'm keeping it in a cashew jar. I've got this neighbour I really dislike so I'm going to use it to make a trail to her place. Let the dino's eat up what flowers she hasn't killed by using pesticides.

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    2. Damn, maybe the cat should market that. Who needs a job when you got cat scat

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    3. You could sell it to the Chinese. They'll buy anything :0)

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    4. lol used underwear in a vending machine they'll buy, so wouldn't be hard

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    5. They do, I know and it's hysterical. Just tell them it will increase virility and you'll have to go back to that breeder and get more Orlin's just to keep up with the demand.

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    6. lol more of him running around would be nuts, there would be no apartment left

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    7. Can you imagine dueling Orlins? I can and it's making me laugh so hard I just pissed myself :0)

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    8. lol that would be quite the show, Cassie and I would have to hide far away

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    9. You could always move to the US :0)

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    10. lol yeah right, Cassie isn't allowed across the border anyway, so screwed

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  15. Good to hear you are getting back to full tilt Anne, I know what you mean about losing that fine skill after a spell away, but seems to me that you have things well under control - except of course the Dinos! Go on boys.

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    1. I know you were too busy to paint there for a while as well. There were quite a few of us going through this at the same time. Most of us are back in the saddle again I think.

      I must be on some ancient migratory path and like elephants, a dino never forgets.

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  16. Well those are some simply stunning WIPs Anne. Easily up to your usual high standard imho. I am especially pleased to see some peeks of your Jazz musicians. They look like they're coming along very nicely indeed :-)

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    1. They're a challenge as the suits are in black. Such a difficult colour to work with and I've got to avoid making those final highlights look chalky. The figs are nice though and loads of fun as all of Murch's sculpts are.

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  17. Hola Amiga
    Que buenas piezas y cuantas
    me encantas los dinosaurios en el jardín jajaja
    un saludo

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    1. Hello my friend,

      They are pesky critters aren't they!

      Slainte!

      Anne

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  18. Hi Anne, I am glad your are back to paint. Nice figurines including dinosaur

    Slainte!

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    1. Hello Kike, It's so nice to see you again as it has been a while. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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  19. Hola:
    La banda de jazz es original, me gusta y el dinosaurio me encanta.
    un saludo

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    1. Hello Pilar and welcome,

      I'm having a grand time painting them and am going to go very slowly so I can get them right.

      Slainte!

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  20. Nicely Painted, Anne. The Mod Squad lady figure takes me back in time when life (for me) was much more relaxed.

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    1. We had real style back then Jay. The cars were cooler, the music was better and we were so much more hip!

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  21. It didn't take you long to get back in top form! Sorry to hear about the dinosaurs. I have a friend whose garden is plagued with gargoyles. Equally nasty.

    And yes, hooray for Ireland! What wonderful news about marriage equality and the social revolution that seems to be going on there! It's always a good thing to loosen the grip of the Catholic church, if not to discard it altogether.

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    1. Everyone was saying "there's a rainbow shining over Dublin!" on the day of. Who would have ever thought that my backwards little country, ignored by most of the world could do such a big, important thing. But then again, we Irish do love to love and now everyone can love everyone else. It's a grand thing to be sure.

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  22. Glad your eye is back in Anne, I can't imagine taking time away myself, that said I am in a bit of a funk right now, started a job again today so it's OK to be not on the ball but what about the week running up to that?

    Ian

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    1. At first it was just due to my being busy with renovating the house. Then two weeks turned into three and so on. I was scared when I first picked that brush up and couldn't get a nice thin base coat down. But it all came back pretty quickly.

      So today was your first day then. Well you can expect to be a bit off for a while. Just anticipating change can throw us off as there's the worry of how things will go.

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  23. Anne; be jezuz....if I was not envious of your talent before, I am now. I really dont know how in the hell you
    paint these....thanx for showing "scale" ...gives me a much greater appreciation for your work and all those
    who do paint miniatures.....

    if I ever need surgery that requires "detail" ...I'm calling you !!!

    flippin.... awesome..... job !!!! ♥

    Laura

    kitty fang....faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...better ta haza dino ore two... than bass terd harez who like ta eat everee
    dam thing kleer down to de soil.....de food gurl getted wize thiz yeer N put wee babee powder round de flowers her dinna want consoomed....sew far....sew good...

    noze kissez ♥♥♥ uz tabbies

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    1. I wasn't sure if I had done this for you before or not, so when I was shooting the pics this time, I pulled a quarter out of my pocket and got this shot. Now this guy is a bit on the large size for a miniature as he's 32mm. Most of what I paint is at 25mm and sometimes I'll go down to 15mm.

      There are guys out there who paint figures that are 6mm and 3mm. Smaller than a dime or a penny. And they game with them as well. One of the guys I follow is named Ian and he specializes in 6mm. Here's a link to his page http://walladvantage2.blogspot.com/ Scroll through his blog and check out the vast armies he's painted in that scale. Also he's loads and loads of buildings and such for each historical period he's gaming in. Me, I ain't nothing. Look at the guys who comment here and they will blow your mind.

      I didn't know baby powder would keep them off plants. Will it even keep them off berries? What is it about the baby powder that deters them? I know that's a lot of questions, but I'm hyper about organic gardening and if there's a non toxic way like baby powder that works I'm interested.

      Do you know of anything that will deter Japanese Beetles. I've tried garlic, cayenne pepper, catnip, Bounce dryer towels etc, etc etc. I won't introduce nematodes as that will throw off the natural balance of my existing insect population. I won't use Milky Spore either as that will kill off beneficial grubs. In two weeks, they'll arrive and begin eating my roses. The only thing I've found that works is patrolling the yard every two hours and squishing them whilst screaming "Die, die, you bastards!" So if you know or hear of anything natural and safe to deter them, let me know.

      Kitty Fang sends nose bumps and high fives!

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    2. Ever tried diatomaceous earth. Not sure it is fully organic though

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    3. Anne, actually what you are doing is what you want to do. Supposedly the first batch of the beetles
      are considered like scouts....as in they are looking for vegetation to feed on and by killing off these
      scouts it's supposed to deter the rest. Instead of just dumping them on the ground though put them in a bucket of soapt water. I guess the smell is what keeps the rest away. then leave the bucket of the soapy water in the garden. hopefully kitty fang isnt the overly curious type or she is not allowed IN the garden to knock it over. same holds true for the baby powder. rabbits cant stand the smell of it. what Ive done this year is sprinkle it around the base of the plant and lightly over the leaves
      and flowers; again a bit of caution is wise as the talc vapors when it first comes out will blow a bit and you dont want kitty fang ...sniffing....the stuff. I imagine it would work basically the same with
      berries, lightly sprinkle the berries with the powder as you'll wash them before consuming anyway.
      hope this helps some!

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    4. Pat-the problem with diatomaceous earth is that it kills insects indiscriminately. Which would mean butterflies, bees etc would die if they land on a plant sprinkled with it.

      It makes sense that they would communicate this way as they can smell a rose from 5 kilometers away. So one Japanese Beetle calls out to others and then the swarm comes. I was wondering if they gave off a pheromone when they died that would warn away others. I'll try putting the dead bodies in soapy water and leave the water near my roses. Kitty Fang won't bother with water that has soap in it and there's no way to keep her out of the gardens. Only the back garden is fenced and she can make that 8 foot jump from a dead stand still. However, I won't use the baby powder as she might get curious about it. One of the things I did last year to save my strawberries was to plant them very near my wild climbing rose. That thing has enormous thorns and the birds leave those berries alone.

      Thanks for the advice. I'll let you know how things work out as they'll be arriving any day now. They've beaten me every year since I moved here and this year I would like to beat them.

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    5. one more thing I thought of this morning that might keep the berries/plant leaves /flowers safe is to use kitty fang's fur....whatever she sheds.... or what gets brushed or combed out of her...save...

      I used tuna's furs last year around the base of several perennials and interwove it through the leaves ...you can make a "pad" of sorts out of it and it will help keep varmits like rabbits, chipmunks away and if birds are taking the berries they will get a beak full of fur....let em take it back home and use as nesting materials !

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    6. That makes perfect sense with the rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks as Fang preys on them. Fang would be horrified at the idea of birds using her fur in their nests. It would be a nice bit of irony though when she steals into their nests to eat their babies :0)

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  24. These are really good, Anne; you've lost none of your magic touch!

    As for the dinosaurs, a couple of sprays with white oil will keep them off the garden beds - it's organic and non-toxic to mammals. That's how I dealt with the velociraptors in my Brussels Sprouts last year!
    ; )

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    1. Those velociraptors are really bad. They travel in flocks and can wipe out entire fields of Brussels Sprouts and Turnips in a a matter of hours. It is now suspected that it was they that was responsible for the Potato Famine, but our government covered it up. If only we'd known about white oil back then :0)

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  25. Good to hear you've picked the brush up again Anne. Love the look of the Jazz band! Keep up the great work!

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  26. Great stuff! I still really love your palette and your petunia's are also very nice...now why does this all sound a bit tacky?

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    1. Now if you walked up to a woman in a pub and said "Hey baby, I really like your petunia's" it would be tacky.

      I'm really into exploring African skin tones and am almost finding them easier than Caucasian skin tones. I'll be switching over to brown and tan palettes for my next batch of figures.

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  27. It doesn't take long for the brush skills to return. That's what I hope when I pick up the brushes again. It's been a while now. Nice dinosaurs. We get living ones in our garden. I have seen a small Goanna. Plenty of skinks, lizards and Geckos. Every now and then we see a possum.
    Plenty of Thrill necked lizards live in the park across the road.
    cheers

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    1. I've been wondering why you haven't blogged and have clicked on your page several times just to make sure I've not missed a post. It will all come back to you, but don't wait too long.

      You guys have some very interesting wildlife, unlike anywhere else. A lot of gorgeous reptile species and some a bit on the scary side. Like the Goanna. A big one of those would be a real worry. Do they hunt larger mammals like the Komodo does? Reptiles are interesting indeed.

      I spent some time in the Republic of Panama and loved it due to the biodiversity. Lovely reptiles and amphibians along with all those gorgeous birds. My best friend was an entomologist and the species he collected were spectacular. With habitats like those in Australia and in the Tropics, you see things like nowhere else on earth.

      Where I'm living now there are no niche habitats and I get excited if I'm lucky enough to see a skunk.

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  28. Ah yes, the dinos (that memory brought a smile to my face). You never know when or where they'll show up. And, who knew they were seasonal fellows!? Glad to hear you got your brushwork back with a bit of practice. It was warding off all those dinos that did it, I'm sure. :)

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    1. I've no idea where they migrate to for Winter, but it has to be somewhere in the South. it could be Florida and they're disguised as pensioners :0)

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  29. They are looking good. I know exactly what you mean about loss of brush control. I try and do little bits here and there each week so its keeps it up to the level. I love Destiny's colour scheme I want to replicate it the same now. I would be tempted to add some kind of floral pattern as well.

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    1. A floral pattern is a great idea. Those big daisies that were so popular back then would be perfect. I'm afraid I'd completely destroy the figure if I tried it!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment and for the visit Vanessa!

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  31. Sorry for missing this post when it came out, but your current work looks great. A very cool genre too. The garden infestation looks very colorful too.

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    1. No need to apologise Dean. I post so rarely and without a schedule, I'm easy to miss.

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  32. Lovely figs, the lot of them. The jazz band is my favourite :D Cheers!

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    1. Thank you! Just got two of them off the painting table last night. Now I just need to get round to the photography.

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  33. Given your feelings on organic gardening, I guess swinging past Home Depot and picking up some Ortho Dino-B-Gone is not an option.

    Some great looking minis currently on the table.

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  34. Hmmm... Not sure how I missed this post.
    Actually, I can take a pretty good guess at it: It went up on June 1st, same date as BOTB, which immediately consumed all my blog time, listening, voting, and replying to comments.

    Wow! One can really appreciate the fine brush work when the quarter is added for size comparison.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product when it comes to the Jazz Quartet. But, hey, no drummer?! Blasphemy! ;-) (Of course, I realize that if you had YOUR way there WOULD be a drummer.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. This was a gift from a fellow painter, but there is a Jazz band out there that includes a piano player and a drummer. However, the sculpts are not nearly as nice as these are.

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  35. Great painting!!!! I totally understand what you are going through when painting something so small as I have done the same. Once my hand shook so bad the little figure's mouth kept going right up to the hair! She looked like the joker. At least the little dinosaurs don't smell bad (aka mr skunk)

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