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A heroin habit would be cheaper

I still buy bits and pieces from my local art store. It’s more expensive than the online, naturally, but I don’t want him going out of business so I prop him up when I can.

I dropped by for some stuff this afternoon, and he’s hosting a watercolor competition. The prizes are selections of Daniel Smith watercolor tubes. You won’t laugh when you see what this stuff costs!

It’s handmade and they use a lot of genuine minerals, like lapis and turquoise. A little 15ml tube of the lapis will set you back, like, £25. The sets aren’t much better. They also sell sheets of paper with little dots of paint on, so you can try them out, and even those aren’t cheap.

I said to the guy, it’s come to something when Winsor and Newton is the cheapest brand you stock. And it’s true — other than the student grade sets, everybody seems to be going in for fancy hand-made fru-fru colors. Me, I’ve always been a Winsor and Newton kindofa gal, but hey. Free paint.

Anyhoo, the deal is they give you a card with, like, a dozen paint dots and you paint something using that. I didn’t hear about it until today and I have to get it done by Thursday and I picked a subject with a lot of fiddly background (foreground: chicken). So, if you’ll excuse me…

Have a good weekend watching planes and boats and stuff!


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 23, 2018, 11:48 pm

Then there are M. Graham watercolors whose schtick is that they are made with honey:


Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: March 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

Go, Weasel, go, Weasel, go, Weasel, go!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: March 24, 2018, 12:53 am

So after my rant in your previous post about overhead planes, I will share that I am doing a cruise around Boston harbor tomorrow by the National Park Service for the history of Evacuation Day…the day the British were driven out of Boston. If it’s any consolation, Uncle B, the high will only be 40 which means it will be effing cold out on the water as we contemplate American ingenuity and cunning!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 24, 2018, 11:11 am

Oh, I contemplate American ingenuity and cunning every day, Armybrat 😉

Comment from dissent555
Time: March 24, 2018, 5:16 pm

Paint! Paint like the wind!

Comment from SomeVegetable
Time: March 24, 2018, 8:34 pm

‘‘Tis each artist’s earnest duty
To create for all small things of beauty.
To copy and thus show the worth
Of God’s great works upon this earth.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: March 25, 2018, 7:03 am


Ran across this, and I thought I would pass it on. Sweas and Uncle Badger are warned to stay out of New Zealand, as they are at war with you.


Stoats, weasels, ferrets, and all predators are by government decree being killed all over New Zealand to protect endangered species. They just today celebrated the total eradication of mice from one of their smaller islands.

Haven’t been fond of Kiwis since 9/11. The only thing I want to see there is the rebuilt Hobbiton from LOTR. Unless y’all like hobbits, you might want to steer clear. Among other things I saw [separate article so I can’t put the link in] was that they are using genetic engineering to eliminate stoats.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 25, 2018, 5:59 pm

Wait, wait.
Subotai Bahadur—what did New Zealand do re: 9/11

Comment from Ripley
Time: March 26, 2018, 12:11 am

Stoaty, your kin are destroying cars in Germany…!


and: search Marderschutz. Marten Protection. My niece was thinking about paying for it at the VW place in Berlin. I’d send the link (It’s on their site but I know two links send us to Purgatory).

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: March 26, 2018, 3:31 am

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 25, 2018, 5:59 pm

We were part of a mutual defense alliance called ANZUS [Australia-New Zealand-US]. An attack on one was an attack on all three. Short form: When news of the attack came out the Aussie PM called immediately and said, “Who are we fighting and what do you need?” The Kiwi PM called and said basically, “Not our problem.”. Later they came in and helped us, but when we needed backup they stood back.

We noted this especially at work [I was still a Peace Officer, a SGT to be exact] because one of my officers was retired Active Duty Special Forces, and in the Reserve 5th SFG based at Fort Carson. We were working to help him get ready to go, get things set up to take care of anything his wife needed around the house while he was gone, and planning a send off for him [he was deployed in about a week] and we were discussing the ancestry and personal habits of their PM and government with some vehemence.

I hold grudges against those who betray us.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 26, 2018, 3:02 pm

Thank you, Subotai Bahadur. I knew about the nuclear-powered ships problem (resolved finally), but I missed this story.

I’m still mad at France for when they refused to permit US bombers to overfly their country on the way to Libya.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 26, 2018, 8:16 pm

@Deborah HH
Not that it helped Libya that time.

Ironic that they were all hot to trot and have us help them blast what was left of the Libyan army into oblivion when they wanted Gaddafi gone in 2011 to give em access to that sweet sweet crude oil.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 26, 2018, 8:24 pm

I always wanted to get out to Ft. Warren. Alas, I have to settle for frontier forts; barracks and parade grounds with no walls or towers.

Speaking of American western frontier forts
Anyone ever see the cartoon of two (American) indians sitting on a hill in the desert overlooking a palisade style fort (Fort Commanche playset) in the middle of no-where?
The caption was one saying to the other “where the hell did they get all that wood?”

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 26, 2018, 9:30 pm


Think this is a cool way to store your paint tubes by putting bulldog clips on the ends and hanging them on nails/hooks.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 27, 2018, 6:38 pm

I noticed the watercolor sticks. Never heard of them before but apparently they have been around for a couple of years. I did play around with Caran d’Ache water soluable crayons. I would choose my colors, scribble them on a styrofoam plate, and that wd be my palate. My teacher thought it was horrible. I found it convenient. Anyway, the watercolor sticks look much larger than pan watercolor.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: March 28, 2018, 4:34 pm

The Daniel Smith watercolors are particularly excellent. I have many, many tubes. The Quinacridones (sp?) are made with pigments developed for car paints IIRC and are exceptionally saturated. A little goes a long way.

Good luck!

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