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I joined a thing!


I joined a local art society. Been meaning to do it since I moved here. I was going to describe it as prestigious, but it isn’t that at all. It’s…venerable. It’s an amateur society set up fifty years ago to complement the local professional society.

You don’t apply to join the professional society. If they want you, they’ll let you know.

In addition to monthly lectures of various kinds, the real appeal is the annual show. And the appeal of the annual show is to kick me in the ass and make me paint some shit.

Behold, my ancient pile of watercolor tubes! (Here it is in color, because honestly that looks pretty cool).

Now I just have to paint something.


Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: February 16, 2017, 11:38 pm

Cool runnings!

Comment from Niña
Time: February 16, 2017, 11:57 pm

I’m unfortunately not the artist Stoaty is, but I do dabble in various media. It pisses me off no end to have all this time off but not have the brain or hands to do much because chemo kicks my butt. I’ve been off work since April 1 (and will likely never be able to teach again), and I’ve created almost nothing in all that time. All my supplies and tools are covered in an inch of dust.

Pisses me off, I’ll tell you!

But I hope you’ll share your artwork so we who don’t win dicks can enjoy it. And steal it, so you can make more. 😘

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: February 16, 2017, 11:58 pm

Did you wangle an appointment to the Hanging Committee? If not, make sure you don’t feud with Mapp close to exhibition time.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 17, 2017, 12:01 am

Oh dear, Stoaty. Did I not tell you that watercolors are my favoritist art medium? Now you say you have to paint something? I know. I know. Suggestions (like comparisons) are odious, yet I cannot stop myself:

The church where you and Uncle Badger were married—how it looked when it was newly built.
Badger House—same thing.
Badger digging in his garden.
Mad Jack stalking one of the Girls.
The egg skelter—loaded, with late evening light hitting it, all rosy and shadowed.

Forgive me. I could go on and on. The Art Society will (collectively) faint when they behold your talent.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 17, 2017, 12:23 am

I suggest you find various images of the carnage lying about in the White House Press Room and paint that. The historicity of the Trumpian beat-down delivered beginning at approximately 12:50 PM EST was… epic. Fox News has the entire mauling, minute by minute, in tres parts divisi est (Thank you, Mrs. McG, for all those semesters in high school Latin).

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 17, 2017, 12:36 am

By invitation, eh ? Congratulations Stoaty! We, your imaginary internet friends are very proud of you!

Comment from Niña
Time: February 17, 2017, 12:48 am

I’m with you, Deborah. I love watercolors, and your ideas are great!

Comment from Bruce of Oregon
Time: February 17, 2017, 1:30 am

Windsor Newton colors, the best! Paint on!

Comment from Ripley
Time: February 17, 2017, 1:34 am

Chicken art. Need I say more?

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 17, 2017, 2:05 am


Comment from gromulin
Time: February 17, 2017, 2:37 am

Dispatch from the left coast: Sorry to harsh yer art mellow, but this is probably the best place to put this without getting my car keyed, or worse.

Today was “Immigrant day” here in sunny CA. Specifically coastside bay area, just north of Half Moon Bay. Boy, I had no idea that ALL of the restaurants here were completely dependent on illegal immigrants. What an eye opener! I worked from home today, and the wife and I wanted to go have a quick breakfast nearby. What a shock…ALL of the restaurants are closed. Resolved: I will no longer support these evil business owners who rely on exploiting small brown people to line their own pockets. I had no idea that you could not even serve bagels and coffee without breaking the law! What a disgrace. This protest has really opened my eyes. I really have no need to spend any money at these restaurants ever again. It’s purely a luxury at the expense of poor immigrant laborers. But, no more. Weirdly, all of the Indian and Asian workers in the Silicon Valley showed up for work today. We must make efforts to educate them about the struggle of immigrants, bot legal and otherwise, that they are being exploited with free healthcare, education and benefits just so the Man can keep them down. Miles to go before I sleep, indeed.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 17, 2017, 3:38 am

(insert persuasive cajoling that inspires weasel artistry>> Do the thing!!!!!

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: February 17, 2017, 8:40 am

Thanks Gromulin. If you don’t live here, you can’t begin to understand the scourge of illegal immigration. Immigrants who are here legally are among the worst exploiters of the illegals too, Its disgusting how they’re abused by their former countrymen who pay them a pittance or else tip off the INS.

And there are so many! Its like no laws are enforced – border, housing, wage, you name it.

The real villain is Mexico and its corrupt Narco govt, of course. Their allies are the US political parties.

Maybe Weasel can paint socially conscious art that is grossly politically incorrect?? Pretty depressing, but isn’t that the fate of all artists crafting their art?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2017, 8:56 am

Thanks, you guys. I wondered how the immigrant strike day turned out. I haven’t seen mention of the aftermath anywhere else.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2017, 8:57 am

Oh, and Crabby Old Bat? Well done. You got the flavor of the thing entirely.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2017, 12:27 pm

Immigrant day?

The media is too busy foaming at the mouth over the beatdown they took.

Shock! Shock! oh, and awe of course.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 17, 2017, 3:52 pm

About 12 years ago, I bought a lot of gouche bc it was on sale and there it has sat. I console myself by thinking it wont go bad & can be reconstituted if it dries out. It does bother me that they have changed the formulas to improve the lightfastness after I bought them. Oh, well.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 17, 2017, 3:57 pm

Watched a doc on impressionists & they visited the shop where Degas bought his pastels. They even had a website. It has since been updated and they sell online.


They are not cheap! One cost 20 euros. A set of 3 tiny ones can be had for a mere 30 euros. Yikes! But they sure are pretty. 🙂

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2017, 5:12 pm

If ya takes to painting pictures of the chickens (we ain’t buyin no painted live chickens) I know a woman who’d be interested in hanging them (not the painted chickens) in OUR kitchen.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2017, 8:02 pm

There’s a story that Gustave Doré as a little child painted a chicken green with his little paintbox. This caused a panic because apparently there was a legend or prophecy or something about a green chicken in his French village. I don’t make this stuff up.

And yes, I’ll probably paint chickens, at least for a while.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2017, 8:17 pm

Ha, no joke about being interested – provided they don’t look like Salvador Dali melted chickens or Bruegel hell chickens 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2017, 9:13 pm

Much as I’d love to tap into my readership, durnedyank, I don’t think I could do that with fine art without blowing my anonymity. And I talk too much politics to be willing to do that (I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are some seriously crazy people on the internet).

I don’t sign my name on the dicks, but I do put my thumbprint on the back of most things I do. So if I die and get famous…

Comment from Niña
Time: February 18, 2017, 12:47 am

Wait…S. Weasel-Badger isn’t your real name?

I never knew.


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: February 18, 2017, 12:51 am

“Paint me like one of your french girls, Weasel…”

I would think painting chickens would be super hard, since they probably don’t sit still very much and I doubt they like being poked with brushes.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: February 18, 2017, 1:01 am

Hmmmm… I don’t see a tube of flake white! Where’s Lord Peter Wimsey?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 18, 2017, 11:47 am

Crazy loons? On the interwebs?

So you can sign it under a pen name. How about SWiesel.
No one would ever know!

and I was perfectly willing to steal your artwork, uh, again.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 18, 2017, 6:09 pm

Flake white is lead white. Illegal in the States for a long time. When they outlawed it for house paint, they barred it from artists’ paint as well. Eventually got that overturned, but most people got used to using zinc or titanium white in the interval.

Not me. Love me some lead white. It has unique siccative and film-forming qualities. Just don’t sand it and breathe the dust!

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: February 19, 2017, 9:36 pm

I had a hunch, but Five Red Herrings was written, oh, sometime back in the Middle Ages or something.

Ships used to use lead paint primer. We had red lead and white lead, and if you recall Operation Petticoat the reason the submarine was pink was because they could only scrounge five cans of red lead and had to mix it with white… and then had to get underway in a hurry before they painted the top coat.

Incidentally, model builders like lead foil. It shapes easily to simulate tarps or even seat belts. Used to be you’d save the foil from your wine bottles, but I don’t think any wineries use it any more. Sometimes you can buy it from hobby suppliers.

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