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In reading Tonsil Dad's post and learning he is a framer of artwork and photos. I decided to start a post on hobbies and other interests.

I know myself (other than fishing, LOL), one of my hobbies and first loves has always been art. I mainly like to do wildlife art, and portraits, usually always in acrylic or prismacolor pencils.

Here are a few of the ones that I have done;

Night Heron's on Hollingsworth

MayFaire Babies

MayFaire Swan

Ruddy

Key West Silver

Key West Cookie Company

Shelley & Sweet Pea

JP & Taz

Tommy Boy

I know that Dawn (Sweetblood22) likes doing art and also photography....what do the rest of you like or do for fun or profit.

Best,
John

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I like to:


  • Paint, mixed media,(not near as nice as yours)Will post some pictures
  • Knit, crochet, sew.
  • Read. (I am reading a GREAT book about Fear, when I get done will post a link)
  • Garden.
  • Walk.
  • Pilates and Yoga
  • Play scrabble

garden

mandela

Thanks for the inspiration.
I haven't done any crafting/painting all winter, need to get back to it.
Have a Fabulous Sunday
Stacey

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garden made me smile. I don't know what more you could ask. Delighted by the simplicity and the texture and the layering.

Hoping not to sound forward, show us more :).

Take care,

Joe

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Stacey your right with all that talent time to have some more fun.

john

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John, I hope you're readying an entry for the National Duck Stamp competition. What a gift you have--hard to pick a favorite, but those herons are wonderful.

Nancy

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Originally, the stamp competitions were one of my goals.. I did enter a few local state compitions several years ago.

Might look into doing some of those again... competition is pretty fierce in some, especially the Federal.

The National Parks has some great compitions as well, also Leigh Yawkey Birds in Art.

I had planned on entering that Night Heron piece for a cover design for a Florida Wildlife Magazine, but they scrapped the contest and never brought it back again.

If you notice the positioning for that one, you can see where there's space between both birds for the spline, and room for the title over the mature bird.

Stacey, the Garden looks like watercolor (nice)... I dabbled in that media some. But it's a lot less forgiving than Acyrlic for me.

Best,
JG

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I've started running (jogging) to be in a 5k. Daughter is a Dr. of Physical Therapy in Jacksonville Beach, and has convinced me that after she ran a Half Marathon in Key West, then I surely would be able to do a 5k. I'm into week two of a program known as "Couch to 5k"......and it's not killing me "YET". Gonna do my best to make it through the 9 week program. Other than taking out the little Whaler for Bream and Sac-La-Lait, and playing golf at least twice a week, it's keeping me active.

Larry

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Go for it dude! Daughters always know best :>)

Good luck and take care,

Joe

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Go Larry Go! proud of you for just giving it a go.... I know you can do it!

John

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Like MarineE5 I'm sure, I use to run a lot.

I also did several 5K, 10K and 15K most while in the Marines, a few after. Biggest event I ever ran in was the Around the Island Relay Race on Oahu. It was 135 mile relay race an I was on a mixed (men/women) Marine Team. We did get a trophy but we weren't anywhere close to the Open Men's Team...the Marines and a local team blew us away.

I mainly played local state competitive racketball (both three wall and four wall) for many years.

Unfortunately between many years or both of those my knees are pretty shot these days... I've had two arthroscopic knee surgeries, bone chips and torn meniscus.

So it's mainly bike riding and a lot of fishing, LOL....

You can do it Larry, running is a lot of mind over matter... Usually once you have been running for awhile, you can run much further than you realize. Your mind tends to be the one that sets your limits based from your goals and previous runs. Get past that and you can run much further.

JG

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Go for it Larry, it's great that your daughter a ran a half marathon, and that she has motivated you to start running too. I love running, and have been doing it for a very long time, although a lot slower these days. I ran a half marathon four years after surgery, and a marathon five years after, both with my PEG in full effect; it was a hoot. I think that the more you run, the more you will like it. You may even find that, after awhile, you have a bit more spring in your step on the golf course.
Besides running I like hiking, backpacking, camping, weight lifting, biking, kayaking, surfing (took awhile to figure out how to surf with a PEG tube), photography, and reading.

PATRICK

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a dad gum double post............sorry !

Larry

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Great subject!! and you are very talented John!!
*photography; been active since 1977 when I got my first 35mm. Used to shoot alot of dog shows, now just do for fun
*put together benefits...one this year "Rock This Town" with 6 bands and $$ going to our local Hospice and the Ashland County Cancer Association
*gardening-heirloom seeds only and no pesticides
*live music shows. I try and go to 2 a month up in Cleveland.
*reading
*movies
*crocheting-just got back into it after a dry spell since the 1970's
*cooking-love trying new recipes. Work part time as a server/bartender for an upscale caterer, so am always trying new foods....alittle tougher since the damn cancer but still fun

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looks like your living the good life.... keep enjoying

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I had just put in a brand new garden when this cancer caused me to divert my energies last year. It was made of hardpan clay i had hauled in. I got a few things planted and the summer burned evverything up in our area. So I hauled in three pickup loads of compost last fall, and am planting like crazy right now. So far what's in includes broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, garlic, lettuce, kale, collards, spinach, peas, brussels sprouts. I'm not the purist that you are, but I certainly enjoy gardening!

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What no asparagus..., LOL.

I love greens and veggies...., but I'm a meat eater too.

Being from Ohio, it seems that meat and potatoes is in order for every meal. That and a healthy serving of sweet corn.

Now when I stayed with relatives down in Southern Ohio, it was pinto beans with nearly every meal. They even added some flour to the leftovers and we had fried pinto bean patties with breakfast...usually jowl bacon and everything was cooked in lard, LOL....

But my grandmother could definitely throw together some cat head biscuits...

JG

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Well done sir! While, from examples presented, I suspect your affinity is for wildlife and animals in general, there is nothing wrong at all with the others either. I am especially entranced by the dual smiles in Shelley and Sweet Pea, and the open innocence of Tommy Boy.

Wow.

Take care, John, and keep it up!

Joe

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I'm truely thankful that I mentioned what I do, because it has started something new and
Different here in the forum. We have some very tallented people in our midst...Wow John
Your artwork is exceptional I'm glad you started the post. Once I figure out how to upload
A picture I might find somthing I have framed for someone and show it. I have a computerized
mat cutting machine, so I first design the mat on the computer then it cuts it out on the
Machine, any shape, size, letter or style . The possibilitys are endless thats what makes it so
Different from regular store bought mats and frames which are standard and basic.

Keep up the good work, it takes our minds of our side effects.

Side effects.....we have side effects, wow I forgot, this thread took my mind of them.

God bless,

Tonsil Dad

Dan.

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john they are all great.... my favorite is Tommy boy.

keep them coming!

john

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John, forst of all your art is great. I collect life sized decoys most are from Ducks Unlimited, some are from local carvers back east, my best and favorite is a handcrafted working decoy from the late 30's found it in my ex's grandfathers barn. Can you tell me how to add links like you did with your art?

My hobbies are;

Travel- Aruba beaches with my granddaughter

Shooting clay targets ATA - 2 shotguns 12ga Browing Citori O/U and a Browning BT 100, not sure if I can shoot this year because of where power port is located in my chest

Gardening - love the feel of the dirt, just planted 2 tomato plants in pots on my patio

Reading - Yeah Kindle

..last but no means least time with my family

Linda

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short list but not in any special order

- family gathers
- my male yellow lab (sawdust)
- photography and editing
- wood working for our kids and grand children (furniture) with huge dust collection with face and tach protection
- support group for local head and neck cancer
- csn
- showing those who ask how to build or layout projects
- learn to cook things that work post treatment

addition's that i do not like to do
- clean house
- work on car's
- get out in very hot weather
- scooping dog waste

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Skiffin/John,

Nice thread and you entered a 135 mile race? Geez...Unfortunately, I was never a real big fan of running. Yes, I did it in the Marines as required and when I was in Vietnam, I think I could have given Jesse Owens a run for his money : ). I did do cycling for many years just for exercise.

While in the Marines, I learned and continued Ju-Jitsu, reached 4th Degree Black Belt, taught for several years and had a School. Retired from that as the ground hasn't gotten any softer over the years : )

Genealogy has gotten a hold of me as I didn't know allot about my parent's ancestors. When I asked my Dad, his answer was " They are all dead, that's all you need to know". Not much of an answer or help. With the Irish, that could mean that he wasn't talking to his family or they were really dead. I have learned allot since starting this 14 years ago. Met many cousins via the internet and traveled to their countries as well. Memories that will last forever......

Nice art work there John. It always amazes me what people can do. I always look at people as a Book and each person has a story to tell....

My Best to Everyone Here

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Proir to me being dx in November, I had just come of Holland America Cruise Lines
I got a contract to go on and do seminars about your Family Names. Where it origanated,
What it means, notable people, the Coat of Arms and when it settled in the USA.
I bought into this company (Historcal Research Center) so I could use their database. It has
Over 1 million name histories. The Cruise line let me put a Medieval display in the gift shop and sell
To the guests. (With my frame work and custom matting the display looked awsome). Everything
Was pre-sold so when I came home I could make it and then ship it to the guest. I was supposed
to go on more cruises in Dec and one or two cruises a month starting Jan 2012 but I let them
know about my ailment and they said it will put me on hold until I am well enough to
Travel again.
Once I figure out how to link pictures like john did I will post some.

God bless,
Tonsil Dad
Dan.

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Morning Dan,

I tried to send you a CSN email to send you my email to explain the links.

But you must have your profile still set-up so as not to recieve emails.

JG

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Hi John, I ticked the box so I can receive Email.

Thanks
Dan.

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As John said, I love photography and artsy stuff, too.

I have always loved photography, and because of soccerfreaks, I am now obsessed with Instagram. Which then led to my new interest in photo editing, which I think is seriously cool. You can view my work, here:

SWEETBLOOD22 PHOTOS

I am not as good with pastels as John is. Here is my very first try at one:

SWEETBLOOD22 PASTEL

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Dawn, you are better than me with pastels....LOL, I don't use them. The Prismacolor is actually higher end colored pencils...mainly color suspended in a wax base.

I have did a few pastels, but hard to keep my hands out of them.

For me art has been a progression, starting from pencil, pastel, oil, then acrylic and finally colored pencil.

I do the latter two more than anything when I force myself to make time.

I usually have at least one thing on the board, just to keep me into it, and several ideas on my mind.

I try to visit out door art shows to keep my juices flowing as well.

I played with serigraphy (silk screen) for a while, but never spent time to become good at it.

MarineE5, I have a pretty messed up background ancestry wise.

I grew up basically as an only child, then through the years, I'm now at the point of having eight half brothers and sisters.... Four of them, I'm the oldest, and the other four, I'm the youngest.

I actually met my blood father once, I wasn't sure if he was at the time, and he didn't volunteer information.

Later after he passed away, his wife told their four daughters... They spent 10+ years looking for me and eventually found me through my wife's FaceBook, LOL...

That was the year after I finished up Cancer treatment....

Best,
John

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Ok, I didn't mean "pastels". I guess I should have said drawing/artwork. I used pastel pencils.

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John:

Here is what I do (and this is a fun thing you started). My mother was a super seamstress, unfortunately I did not follow that path (I'm the one who takes pants to the cleaners to be hemmed. I do sew buttons on and patch things) however, I am whiz bang at counted cross stitch needle work but since Charlie has passed away I have learned to knit and crochet. I just love it. It does go faster than x-stitch but I still enjoy doing that too. However knitting or crocheting is easy to do while watching TV and still be able to keep up with what's going on! I also love to cook and bake. So that's my hobbies for fun.

Jan (Basketcase)

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Some very talented folks on the board. I have always enjoyed playing chess and still try and play as often as I can find another human being that knows how. Computers are just not the same as people are much more sinister. Running was always a huge passion and I have run a handful of Chicago Marathons. My left knee is causing me fits and I'm lucky to run at all these days. I currently enjoy pilates and yoga. I enjoy model trains and had a significant multi layered O gauge layout complete with trestles and switch yards but the wife reclaimed the basement and the trains are all in boxes. The cat however really enjoyed the trains as one of the cars was an aquarium that cycled a stream of fish around, choo-choo everyone.

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Nice thread here--to see different sides of everyone who comes here for our one common reason. I have been a runner for many years and have been able to get back to that after treatments ended 3 years ago. My wife and I enter chili cookoffs that are within 4-6 hours drive from Atlanta. We get to meet a lot of great people, see some new places, and of course taste some great chili. Our goal is to qualify for the national championships for the two major chili organizations. My wife came very close to that by finishing second in a regional event last weekend--if she had placed first, she would have qualified for the ICS national. I am still trying to get medical clearance to SCUBA dive again--which is my all-time favorite hobby. My next favorite hobby is to build stereo speakers--and hope to get back to that once I can put my home workshop back into working order.

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I enjoy playing the guitar and listening to music. I have been more active recently and have really enjoyed playing more basketball lately. It is very life affirming to go out and have success at something physical like basketball.
Photography is my main hobby and I love taking pictures of birds. I remember shortly after being diagnosed, I tried to go out and take pictures as a way to take my mind off of having cancer. I remember feeling quite devestated because it didn't work, at least not right away. Once I got some good news and had a better outlook I got more into photography than ever.
Here is a link to some of my photos.

http://joelpaige.zenfolio.com/

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Let me start off by saying I'm in complete awe of talent displayed by Dawn and John. Thank you for posting your work. Growing up I followed in the footsteps of my brother (10 months older) who was known for his artistic skills and still is today. I always heard (after they saw my art work) "Oh I thought you said you were Paul's sister" and he was voted most artistic in middle school and high school. Not me...can't draw or paint and his art teachers were shocked that we were related.

John-you should definitely think about submitting a piece of your work for consideration for the federal duck stamp. Not sure if you're familiar with Maryland's Eastern Shore but they host the Maryland Waterfowl Festival and they had some kind of involvement with the stamp or the artist was honored at the event. It's a great festival and your art work with fit in nicely.

Back to the topic of hobbies/interest. Since I initially joined on Mike's behalf, I will share some of his interests first.

-He LOVES hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.
-I'm adding boating separately-his fishing boat is is pride/joy but he hasn't been able to take it out since he was diagnosed but he did fish last year, just not on his boat. Hopefully this summer
-Our dogs. We have 2 labs-Chelsea (chocolate) and Popeye (yellow)
-"tinkering" in the garage with his gadgets, guns, fishing rods (how many does one need anyway?), 4-wheeler, tractor, truck, etc...LOL

Now my interests
-anything craft (knitting, crochet,sewing, scrap booking)
-working in my garden
-the dogs (sometimes I'll take them over everyone else)
-I manage a USA swim club in my spare time. My daughter swam for years and once she stopped swimming club,I couldn't give it up so I stayed on. She now swims in college and I'm the "swim mom" there...yeah me.
-I use to run and even did a 5k for Susan G. but eventually gave it up because of back pains. Now I just walk.
-reading

It's nice to read everyone's posts about their hobbies/interests :)

Chris

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Thanks, Chris!!

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Hondo
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Yes I must say very good thread indeed.

My Hobbies are
Model Rockets
Model RCA Air planes & Boats
Fishing but not as much as I would like too
I still love scuba Diving but can’t because of the ear problems, but still looking for any way I can to get under the water, ROV or Min Sub.
Small Engine Repairs
And Best of all Preaching

Still loving live 3 times cancer survivor and no plans on giving up yet.
No wonder I don’t have any spare time.
Hondo

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.......as usual Skiff

Fishing, hiking, kayaking, backpacking, nature-viewing, Taiji, volunteering at local dog shelter, and trying to get back into photography (but no time!)

Greg

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oops

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John...your art is AMAZING, it just draws a person in! I've gone back three times to look.

For myself, I guess it's my animals...the horses and my dog. Tho they feel like family, in reality, they are a hobby. I spend a lot of time in the spring, summer and fall, making sure our pastures are lush and weed free (I pull them, instead of using chemicals)...and my Moj helps me...no kidding, we call him "MoJo the weedeater". If I miss one, he'll stand over it, staring at it.... and will NOT budge until I come back and pull it...bossy boy.

We live at the edge of Glacier Nat'l Park, and in the old days when the horses were younger, we'd haul them to Nat'l and State forests to do our riding. Now, we stay pretty close to home when we ride.

I'm a decent carpenter, too...I love remodeling. My girlfriend's husband is a carpenter and we have talked about after retirement we'd do remodeling as a little side business...

p

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For the compliments, I almost have another finished for a co-worker that lost her cat that was a part of her family for many years... I'll post it once complete.

WOW, you live in an awesome area...Glacier National Park, I've only seen photos.

JG

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My hubby, his interests are hunting, putzing in the garage, raising our cattle, his dog, our horses, family, and getting good deals on Craigslist. For me, family, reading and cutting horses :).

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