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Skiffin16
Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
edited March 2012 in Head and Neck Cancer #1
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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  • staceya
    staceya Member Posts: 720
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    Nice Thought for the day!
    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
  • Redbanker
    Redbanker Member Posts: 36
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    Floored.
    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
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Federal Duck Stamp Contest
    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
  • CajunEagle
    CajunEagle Member Posts: 408
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    Skiffin16 said:

    Federal Duck Stamp Contest
    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

    For some reason.........
    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
  • nwasen
    nwasen Member Posts: 235 Member
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    hobbies and interests
    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
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788 Member
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    For some reason.........
    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

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

    Good luck and take care,

    Joe
  • CajunEagle
    CajunEagle Member Posts: 408
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    Skiffin16 said:

    Federal Duck Stamp Contest
    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

    For some reason.........
    a dad gum double post............sorry !

    Larry
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788 Member
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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
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788 Member
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    staceya said:

    Nice Thought for the day!
    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
    :)
    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
  • Tonsil Dad
    Tonsil Dad Member Posts: 488
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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

    WOW!
    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.
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    fishy
    john they are all great.... my favorite is Tommy boy.

    keep them coming!

    john
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    For some reason.........
    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

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

    John
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    staceya said:

    Nice Thought for the day!
    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
    Time
    Stacey your right with all that talent time to have some more fun.

    john
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    nwasen said:

    hobbies and interests
    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

    the good life
    looks like your living the good life.... keep enjoying
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    For some reason.........
    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

    Running....
    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
  • osmotar
    osmotar Member Posts: 1,006
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    Hobbies & Interests
    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
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    mine
    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
  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,031 Member
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    Nice Subject
    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
  • Tonsil Dad
    Tonsil Dad Member Posts: 488
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    MarineE5 said:

    Nice Subject
    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

    Family Name Histories
    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.
  • patricke
    patricke Member Posts: 570
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    For some reason.........
    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

    Running and Activities
    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