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colleenc Monday 15th October 2012 08:04

Colleen's gone Coastal, Oregon USA
 
Its been 3 months since I packed up and moved to start my dream adventure of getting and RV and painting by the sea for the next two years. Wont go into all the ways it twisted and turned you can read some of it on my blog Brush with the Sea there is not a way post the first page of field work I've done in nearly a year, a small page of tuffed puffins, in the non breeding little brown muffin stage. I don't have wifi except on my ipag and BF no longer supports a mobile device format for the US.

But wanted to say hi, I'm back, and I still look in here often and drool over the wonderful work posted. IF BF decides to support this side of the pond I'll post what I'm doing here as well as my blog

I'm happy with all the time off I still did some good sketches in the 20 min I had between rainstorms here. My excellcent adventure is really starting now. Within 5 min of where I have my travel trailer, there is a harbor full of active fishing fleets, a world class aquarium, a famous lighthouse the first one built on the west coast. huge winter surf, flat long accessible beaches and lots of rocky coves....not as many birds as Bodega Bay, but still plenty. The puffins are free in a huge netted aviary, and raise young there, its great to get so close even if they are kinda dull plumage right now.

buzzard12 Monday 15th October 2012 11:53

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Originally Posted by colleenc (Post 2564421)
Its been 3 months since I packed up and moved to start my dream adventure of getting and RV and painting by the sea for the next two years. Wont go into all the ways it twisted and turned you can read some of it on my blog Brush with the Sea there is not a way post the first page of field work I've done in nearly a year, a small page of tuffed puffins, in the non breeding little brown muffin stage. I don't have wifi except on my ipag and BF no longer supports a mobile device format for the US.

But wanted to say hi, I'm back, and I still look in here often and drool over the wonderful work posted. IF BF decides to support this side of the pond I'll post what I'm doing here as well as my blog

I'm happy with all the time off I still did some good sketches in the 20 min I had between rainstorms here. My excellcent adventure is really starting now. Within 5 min of where I have my travel trailer, there is a harbor full of active fishing fleets, a world class aquarium, a famous lighthouse the first one built on the west coast. huge winter surf, flat long accessible beaches and lots of rocky coves....not as many birds as Bodega Bay, but still plenty. The puffins are free in a huge netted aviary, and raise young there, its great to get so close even if they are kinda dull plumage right now.


Hi Colleen,

A hearty welcome back! Not been able to coneect to your blog via the link you posted for some reason, just by way of letting you know..

steveMc Monday 15th October 2012 13:09

Try this link.

(I think Colleen just missed the : in the link |;|)

Nice blog Colleen! Our family are fellow campers/travellers when we have a chance, so I love hearing the RV stories.

Andy Bright Monday 15th October 2012 13:36

We are aware of some technical difficulties with the BF app at the moment.
However, BF should be fine via tapatalk app.
cheers,
Andy

buzzard12 Monday 15th October 2012 14:23

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Originally Posted by steveMc (Post 2564579)
Try this link.

(I think Colleen just missed the : in the link |;|)

Nice blog Colleen! Our family are fellow campers/travellers when we have a chance, so I love hearing the RV stories.

Many thanks...

Working now Collleen, so will have a look through the blog later tonight;)

timwootton Monday 15th October 2012 22:42

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Originally Posted by Andy Bright (Post 2564595)
We are aware of some technical difficulties with the BF app at the moment.
However, BF should be fine via tapatalk app.
cheers,
Andy

Terrific - cheers Andy. No excuse now Colleen - BF is your canvas, paint on it ;)

nickderry Tuesday 16th October 2012 20:26

glad to see you're back, just subscribed to your blog, looking forward to following your adventure.

ed keeble Wednesday 17th October 2012 10:21

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Originally Posted by nickderry (Post 2565824)
glad to see you're back, just subscribed to your blog, looking forward to following your adventure.

ditto

it's grand to hear that the plan has become real

Andrew H Wednesday 17th October 2012 20:16

ditto, makes for a good read.....

solitaryVSong Thursday 18th October 2012 13:12

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Originally Posted by ed keeble (Post 2566204)
ditto

it's grand to hear that the plan has become real

Nothing better than to see someone make an adventurous plan and then follow through on it!

ARTHUR BISHOP Saturday 20th October 2012 21:44

good to see you back Colleen

colleenc Wednesday 24th October 2012 18:05

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Originally Posted by timwootton (Post 2565116)
Terrific - cheers Andy. No excuse now Colleen - BF is your canvas, paint on it ;)

Sorry could not make that work either....best I might do is to find a library and try posting from there, mabye next week. I'm still trying to get up and running in the RV which is a rather huge change So many little things to learn, like when you refill the bottle and manage to lift it into place ( about 40# and the rack is rather high) You need to turn it back on to work, or the moriining I woke up and turned on the water to have brown stuff and a lot of air and noise...not the water pump, but the park had turned off the water, to work on the system and not told us. By this time next week hope to be settled and find a way to be back in the group again. Looking at all your beautiful works on the iphone is better than nothing, but just barely. I have an Ipad and when I find a wireless place to go I can see it on there

Bigshent Wednesday 24th October 2012 18:30

I have missed your seascapes and welcome back ;)

colleenc Thursday 25th October 2012 01:35

Thanks for the warm welcome back....will try to figure out how to post some Puffins here when I can

colleenc Sunday 28th October 2012 17:03

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I'm trying to figure out some way to stay part of this group that means so much to me. BF is not mobile friendly and tho tapatalk lets me view it easier it still won't let me post with pics. So I'm trying something quite convoluted to at least occasionally be able to post my current work as your comments are important to me.

first I photo and bring it into my main computer, then put in PS and crop, move it to Iphoto so I can sync to my iphone, then I've asked my very busy sister to occasionally post for me from her main computer....When I get more oriented here I'm hunting for a library and maybe I can do it all with a flash

Where I now live I'm only 5 min from the Oregon Coast Aquarium a world class place that has a huge aviary with tufted puffins, pigeon guillomonts, common murres and 2 black oystercatchers. The birds nest and raise young and I can get within a few feet to draw. I know, kind of cheating, but I'll take it as my knees are not up to long hard walks yet.

These are my first puffin sketches, the color one is gouache and the murre is charcoal pencil, graphite and white colored pencil Even if I don't post much I follow the forum nearly every day and constantly work to improve spurred on by the inspiring work posted here

colonelboris Sunday 4th November 2012 11:59

I especially like the murre/guillemot. Lovely mixture of simplicity and detail.

Bigshent Sunday 4th November 2012 23:05

The Guilly is absolutely superb :t:

cjoakley Saturday 10th November 2012 23:35

love the guillemot Colleen...and fascinated by your RV lifestyle - I've considered doing that myself...keep wondering if it's possible to live and travel that way in the UK?? I'd love to do that...

Your seascapes are lovely...I live just up the coast so they remind me of home...

Hope to see more of your work posted here...

I think everyone should have at least one grand adventure - perhaps one for each decade - heck why not one each year!

Enjoy yours!!! and keep us posted :)

solitaryVSong Sunday 11th November 2012 14:26

All very nice Colleen.

Woody Tuesday 13th November 2012 08:10

My apologies for not commenting here Colleen, I've been following your big adventure on the blog and I'll bet there's going to be a whole raft of delights coming from your experience. I love your seascapes as it is but, with you adding to your knowledge as you travel, I can't wait to see what comes next!

Mike

Lykos Tuesday 13th November 2012 18:09

Great that you be back Colleen

and the guillemot is so cute

colleenc Thursday 15th November 2012 01:55

Thanks all for the comments and support. I'm at the library here but don't know if I can post on it so far. I am blogging more and will add the birds as they come...

Its such a huge change, I'm still adjusting, but starting to paint more, what a huge place this is and the light changes so fast...I am so blessed to be on the adventure at all I try not to let things like locking myself out of my trailer in the first 20 min. flat tires, and smoke alarms going off when I boil an egg get me down( turns out there is a hidden door over the vent one has to get on a stool to see and undo, so the fan will exhaust.) and then there are the many conversations over how the holding tanks and other plumbing issues work. I have a tub, very small can't get all parts of the body in the water at one time, and it has 6 gallons of hot water....I must have a bath one way or another, not a shower person:-0 it can be done by rotating one section after another into the water. After a day out in the weather, the hot water is heaven on the old joints.

hopefully some birds tomorrow

colleenc Thursday 15th November 2012 23:48

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Yahoo...I'm at the library, and have a flash with a new bird painting on it....so now to see if I can post here....hmm seemed like I did it but now cant see the file...if I get it this is Sandpipers 6x6 inches oil on a homemade panel that is rather rough dang, this is Windows, not used to that try again

colleenc Thursday 15th November 2012 23:52

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Originally Posted by colleenc (Post 2591505)
Yahoo...I'm at the library, and have a flash with a new bird painting on it....so now to see if I can post here....hmm seemed like I did it but now cant see the file...if I get it this is Sandpipers 6x6 inches oil on a homemade panel that is rather rough dang, this is Windows, not used to that try again


OMG the color is just awful...this is not brown but blues, mauves and yellows will have to retrench and see what happens...Its not this color on my home monitor

Bigshent Friday 16th November 2012 07:59

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Originally Posted by colleenc (Post 2591509)
OMG the color is just awful...this is not brown but blues, mauves and yellows will have to retrench and see what happens...Its not this color on my home monitor


On my monitor it looks just great fella :t: 6x6 impressive


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