.....and other random stuff......

Friday, July 20, 2018

I Never Imagined

So there I was….minding my own business….just puttering around in my sketchbook….working on a technique from one of the online classes I’ve been amusing myself with this summer.

I posted it to Instagram and the next thing I knew someone wanted to BUY it!

Wait, WHAT?

Seriously? Yup, seriously. As I type it is winging its way to its new home!
As my English friends like to say, I’m chuffed! And now I can honestly say my art is in private collections! (Collections! Plural!)

Thanks Alex!!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Why does a dog get mad at you when you blow in his face, but stick his head out the window when you take him for a car ride?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

And So.....

We bid a fond farewell to the last remaining 'House of Horror' mirror!
It will be soooooo nice NOT to have to see my reflection every time I turn around! 
And it only took seventeen YEARS! LOL 
WHEW!!! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Punny Monday

   A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

When you're caught "between a rock and a hard place", is the rock not hard?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Punny Monday

  “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”- Winston Churchill

Friday, July 6, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summoned AGAIN.....

They must LOVE me.....I've been summoned AGAIN.......

I'm desperately trying to think of a good reason why I can't serve.......

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

If there were a thousand seagulls in an airplane while its flying, each weighing two pounds apiece, but they were all flying in the airplane, would the airplane weigh 2000 pounds more?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Happy Birthday, Son1…….


You can’t possibly be that old!!!!

Son1 and I were having a lovely conversation a few weeks ago and he happened to mention his upcoming birthday. Now, I know when his birthday is….I was THERE for Pete’s sake…..but I sometimes forget exactly how old the boys are, unless I do the math in my head and we ALL know how good I am at math……

He mentioned that he was beginning to feel ‘older’ now that he’s in his thirties…..and I paused……

Wait, WHAT???

You can’t possibly be in your thirties…..I’M IN MY THIRTIES!!!! At least that’s how I feel! (Well, if you don’t count the days I feel like I’m ninety-nine…..but I digress….)

How could this possibly have happened?

I remember my mother telling me I was catching up to her, age wise, and at the time I laughed but I didn’t really quite understand what she was saying. NOW I get it!

So, to my first born, with all my love, I say…..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
you’re catching up to me….NEENER NEENER!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dreams and Memories


I dreamed about my mother again last night. It’s the second time this week. I dreamed about her not as the plump, gray haired grandma she was in the last years of her life, but as a young woman I don’t think I ever knew.

She was wearing denim pedal pushers and a gleaming white, sleeveless, button down blouse with a Peter Pan collar. She was walking away from me, not even aware that I was there or watching her. And it struck me that I had never seen my mother in jeans before!

A funny thing to think.

I wasn’t surprised at her age or appearance, just the fact that I never knew either of my parents to wear jeans.

I remember my mother bought my father a pair of Levi’s sometime in the sixties. She thought they would replace the worn out army khakis he used to wear whenever he was doing something messy around the house, like wallpapering. 

They sat neatly folded in his bureau drawer. When I was emptying their house after she died, there they were, still neatly folded with the tags on.

It had been ten years since he died and all his other clothes had long since been given away.

I often wonder why she kept them.

File this under:  I have nothing to say and I say it regularly. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Punny Monday

  I got binoculars ’cause I don’t want to go that close.

Friday, June 22, 2018

STAGES OF AN ONLINE CLASS


I started a new class this week, Sketchbook Skool’s The Whimsical Sketchbook. I’m not sure why I signed up for this class, except I thought I needed a kick in the pants to get me back into the ‘groove’.

So far I haven’t put pen/brush to paper but I did write this:

STAGES OF AN ONLINE CLASS
Read description of class
Think about whether or not to take class
Get excited about upcoming class
Sign up and pay for class
Anxiously wait for class to begin
On first day of class, wonder what you were thinking when signing up for class
Watch video/s
Re-watch video/s
Digest video/s
Think about video/s
Worry about not being as good as the instructor
Watch homework assignment video
Freak out about homework assignment video
Spend copious amount of time thinking about the PERFECT topic/theme for homework assignment
Sit down to start homework assignment
Become paralyzed about homework assignment
Walk away from blank paper on desk in defeat of homework assignment
Get scathingly brilliant idea in shower
Sit down and write STAGES OF AN ONLINE CLASS


It's not exactly what I was expecting but at least I got SOMETHING out of the first week......lol. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Let Walsh Week Begin!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

!!!!
May your birthday be amazingly awesome and your hangover be mercifully minor..... ;)
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Is It Just Me???


Our local news station has implemented a new segment to their nightly news show.  It called ‘Storm Chasers’…..or something like that. They send out a reporter and driver to report on the weather ‘as it’s happening’…..from inside the truck, you know, just to be safe!

I have issues with this. First, wouldn’t they be safer reporting from inside the TV station? Secondly…..it’s RAINING people! It’s what happens in the summertime in a subtropical climate!!!!

Have we all become such children that we need someone to tell us to come in out of the rain???? To tell us lightning is dangerous? That rain may cause flooding? That you shouldn’t drive into/through standing water if you don’t know how deep it may be?

And it’s not JUST the weather.

I feel like they are hyping the ‘news’ more and more lately. Pretty soon it’s going to be called The Nightly News with Chicken Little reporting!

There is such a thing a personal responsibility. It’s not the job of the government, or local authorities, or even the newscasters to tell me I need to come in out of the rain to be safe. If I haven’t learned some basic lessons by now it’s my problem, not theirs.

Is it just me? Is it the local station here? Are they doing this everywhere now?

Or have I become that cranky old man yelling “GET OFF MY LAWN!”


Monday, June 18, 2018

Punny Monday

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Playing Around

♪♫♪♫ When you’re feeling kinda blue ♪♫♪♫
And you don’t know what to do
Cut and paste,
Cut and paste……. 
♪♫♪ 
♪♫♪♫ When you’re feeling down and out ♪♫♪♫
And your mind is all in doubt
Cut and paste,
Cut and paste………
♪♫♪
This is what goes on inside my head when I'm not feeling inspired.....
Even in my own head I'm singing off key....aren't you glad you can't read my mind????? 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘Mikey’


We have a pet gecko. Well, not really a pet, per se. It’s a gecko who lives on the lanai. Not in the ‘back forty’ garden with all the plants and camouflage like the other self respecting geckos. No, this one lives behind the outdoor refrigerator (I know, a refrigerator on the lanai sounds odd, but believe me, down here it is de rigueur!)

We’ve named him Mikey. (I think, perhaps, that might be an erroneous name….) He’s been on the lanai for over a year now. We’ve opened the screen doors to let him find his way out but he hasn’t taken the hint, either that or he prefers the nice flat terrain of the concrete lanai to the rougher side of life ‘outside’. It also saves him from flying predators…not that he knows this, but still….

We think of him as a pet because, unlike the other geckos that run like hell when they see us, Mikey actually comes up closer and LOOKS at us! He cocks his little head and turns one beady eye to watch what we’re doing. During the winter months, when we had the house open, he would come right up to the threshold of the sliding doors and watch us as we sat in the living room. He never tried to get in. Never once crossed the saddle.

I worry that he won’t live very long, there’s not much to eat on a concrete lanai, but he seems to manage. There are always ants in one place or another and I guess it doesn’t take much to fill up a gecko.

Anyway…..about a month ago Mikey went missing. He didn’t come to the door anymore and we didn’t see him scurrying around anywhere. We figured his time had come and we’d find his shriveled remains somewhere on the lanai.

Then one day when Husband was neatening things up he found this:
A gecko egg! Isn’t that the most adorable thing EVER? He showed me and then carefully put it back where he found it and left it there to incubate. Sometime later we noticed a much smaller gecko running around the lanai.

I think, maybe, Mikey was really a Michelle and apparently she DID find the ‘back forty’! LOL

Monday, June 11, 2018

Punny Monday

  Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, you will be a mile away and he won’t have any shoes.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Update on Comments

 I’ve finally found a response to the issue of your comments not being forwarded to my email…….

“They’re working on it!” Famous last words….lol.

Anyway, for the time being, until Blogger can figure it out I’ll just post responses to your comments under your original comment on the blog.

If you want to get an email with my response instead of having to come back and check the blog just check the ‘notify me’ box in the lower right corner of the comment box and when I answer you should get an email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. ;D

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

When Atheists go to court, do they have to swear on the bible?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Letter to the Weight Loss Gods….

I think I’ve mentioned before, a few months ago ‘they’ put me on new medications. One of the side effects of these new meds is possible weight loss (among other side effects that I’m lucky enough to suffer from also, but that’s not the topic of this little missive so I will leave THAT to your imaginations…..you’re welcome!)

As I was saying….weight loss is a benefit if you ask me, not a side effect, but whatever you want to call it I’m all for it.

BUT….I would like to have a little chat with the Weight Loss Gods here….

I have lost a few pounds. Not as much as I would like but, nevertheless, I have lost. It’s going in the right direction. The problem I’m having is WHERE I’m losing it.

I would like to ask whoever is in charge of these things if it wouldn’t be possible, in the future, to lose it in more pleasing places.

The first place I notice the loss is always in my boobs (sorry boys, skip this part if it’s more than you want to know about your mother….lol.) So that part is par for the course.

Next I noticed my arms were getting skinnier, my forearms to be exact. Then my fingers……

I want to state here and now that I appreciate the fact that my fingers no longer look like Vienna sausages but in the big scheme of things….and here is where I’m directing my comments to the Weight Loss Gods…..couldn’t you have gone for something a little more significant…say, for instance, my chicken neck double chin? 

I mean REALLY? FINGERS????

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I’m losing the extra pounds, it’s healthier, I understand that, all I’m saying is could you find it in your Godly hearts to maybe carve a little off around my waist?

I mean fingers and toes, forearms and boobs are all okay but for the next installment let’s work on the ‘bigger picture’, okay?

Thank you for your assistance in this matter,

Very truly yours, robin cox walsh

Monday, June 4, 2018

Punny Monday

 Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

Friday, June 1, 2018

WTF

First they send me an announcement that I need to tell the European readers how I intend to use their information I collect on my blog….I had no idea I even collected info from you!


Then they send me another announcement……that I can’t remember……

Then they stopped forwarding your comments to my email……

NOW ‘they’ are telling me the service I use to share my posts on Facebook is ending on June 6th and I need to find another way of doing it. All the services I’ve looked at are PAID subscriptions!

F*#k that!

So, I either have to cross post manually or just live with the fact that they won’t post to Facebook….I’m reeeeealy starting to get annoyed here…..

I’ve already compromised and started responding to your comments on the blog itself…which, I still don’t like, but hey, I’m flexible…….snort…..

I’m still not sure how this is all going to shake out…..stay tuned….you might just get to witness my head EXPLODE!



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Is it legal to travel down a road in reverse, as long as you’re following the direction of the traffic?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

As I Sat and 'Listened' to the TV.....

These guys showed up...


Not all at once though....cuz, that would be scary......

Monday, May 28, 2018

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program…….


Last Friday I got a message from Blogger telling me:

European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used and data collected on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent. 

As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies, and other data collected by Google. 

You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. If you include functionality from other providers there may be extra information collected from your users.


Unfortunately I don’t see the header to which they refer on my blog….so, either I’ve added some third party doo-dad that is effectively blocking the banner or ‘they’ have screwed something up. I spent the weekend Googling and conferring with my tech support to try and figure it out. After two days of this I find I no longer care…..

So…..consider yourself informed of the new European laws and that I never share ANY information with ANY third party.

I have no idea what Google does……

Also……since getting this message, your comments no longer forward to my email. So I can’t reply like I usually do. I prefer to respond to your comments personally in an email rather than publically on the blog because I can be more personal in an email.

I’m still trying to decide whether to just ‘wait it out’ until they figure out they’ve broken something and fix it so we can get back to business as usual, or, if I will reply to your comments on the blog.

But I wanted to let you know what’s happening so you don’t think I’m ignoring you or that I don’t appreciate all your wonderful remarks!  I DO! I read every one of them, every day (all five of them, lol!)

So that’s where it stands for now. I hope it doesn’t stop you from visiting or leaving comments because I’m kinda’ hooked on them now and if I didn’t get any I’d be crushed!  

Just sayin’…….

Friday, May 25, 2018

What's on My Workdesk.....

I know it's not Wednesday but.......
I've been playing with my new Jane Davenport watercolors. 
 A big step up for me from student grade. 
I don't know if I'm getting better or if having better paint is making me better....or I'm just deluding myself.....lol. 
Even if I'm not getting any 'better' I'm certainly getting faster! 
Media used:
Jane Davenport Watercolors
colored pencils
china marker
acrylic ink
Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica pen 0.3mm

I'm not sure if it's finished or not....I might add some spatter to add a little movement to it....hmmm....
Yup, definitely spatter! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

If ghosts can walk through walls and glide down stairs, why don't they fall through the floor? 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Who IS This Guy……..


And why does he keep showing up in my art?

 2015

2015

And just yesterday......
2018

Am I channeling someone.....is my subconscious trying to tell me something....is someone trying to 'reach' me from the other side….???? 

Maybe I don’t really want to know. 
....but he's getting cuter, don't you think? lol

Monday, May 21, 2018

Punny Monday

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried.” — Winston Churchill

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Muse is Back


You know how ‘they’ are always telling us to stretch and grow and ‘get out of our comfort zone’? I disagree. Sometimes what I want is to be ‘in’ my comfort zone and make some nice sketches that I feel proud of and get a confidence boost! THEN maybe I’ll feel like I can venture into the unknown and stretch myself……

Like these……
I LOVE doing blind contours! It takes all the pressure off. You can be as sloppy as you want and they still have a ‘charm’ to them! I almost always like the outcome…..well, maybe not the profile guy……but the rest of them have their own kind of charisma.
I also got a chance to use my new ‘grease pencil’ or is it a china marker? It’s the old fashioned kind you get at the local hardware store. Carpenters use them. They can be used on almost any kind of surface….which make them perfect for mixed media work. They worked great on this toned paper and over the colored pencils I used. 
Then, of course, I had to take one into the digital realm and play…..
Aaaaand, she’s back! (At least I think I am…..I hope…..) 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It’s a Conspiracy!

To make us old people look stupid!

Not that I’m old you understand, but to the people still in the workplace I guess I am......

Case in point: I was trying to update my online prescriptions the other day. I logged into the website but….everything looked unfamiliar. There was no Rx history….and as we ALL know I’ve been taking numerous meds for AGES……

I poked around here and there and it was like a ghost town….nothing but dust bunnies and tumbleweeds…..No history, no completed orders, no pending orders……I couldn’t even get it to recognize an Rx # when I entered it………..nothing.

WTF?

I called Husband over to look, you know, just in case it MIGHT be me…..lol. Nope, it didn’t work for him either.

So I broke down and called. 
Turns out, since I went on Medicare, I needed to re-register on the site. WHAT??? I’ve been using this online service for literally over thirty years!!!! I get emails ALL the time. Alerting me to things that usually don’t even apply to me but for THIS IMPORTANT issue not a word! Not a peep! Not even anything on the site alluding to the fact that I MIGHT need to update my personal info…..nothing….nada…..zilch!

I’m convinced it’s a conspiracy to make the aging population look like idiots! If they make us all look like drooling incompetents then they can feel superior! And it will be easier for them to just dismiss us and not feel bad that they are letting us down!

So to all the Millennials out there I have this to say: Don’t forget who taught you to use a fork! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Punny Monday

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Evolution of a Face

...sort of.....

Start with a face.
Reach that point where you're afraid to do anything more for fear of ruining it.....
Scan it and import it to TableyToo where you can play to your heart's content without doing permanent damage.
Play around with backgrounds.

 Add more shading.
 Add shading AND a background.
Find satisfaction with the digital image.
Post to your blog.
Work on finding the courage to actually finish it in real life!

It's been a while since I tried anything 'for real' with watercolor....my muscle memory is a bit rusty. But I find him rather compelling......in a sad/creepy kind of way.........

....and finally the real thing......Taa-daa!

Thursday, May 10, 2018