I used to do watercolours

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Blog entry by SCOTSMAN posted 10-24-2008 07:55 PM 2392 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I started woodturning I used to do watercolours here are a few .I knew I would never be really good but somehow with wood I have a greater infinity and enjoy my art through woodworking .kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 10-24-2008 08:08 PM

Not too shabby, in fact, I think they’re great.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 10-24-2008 10:23 PM

I like them very much.

You can connect woodworking with painting any time you want. Paint a landscape on your next woodworking project. Then you can satisfy both nicely.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 10-24-2008 10:47 PM

In our area of the country, some of the favorite “Country Style” items are landscapes painted on old circular saw mill blades and one/two man cross cut saws.

Yours are much nicer!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 10-24-2008 11:24 PM

Thanks guys I feel I am better with wood though.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 10-25-2008 12:57 AM

Great looking thanks!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 10-25-2008 02:49 AM


You might consider thinning oil paints to the consistency of water color and apply them to your turnings. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome and the satisfaction. I did that with this project. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 10-25-2008 03:56 AM

you are a true artist!!!

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#8 posted 10-25-2008 04:56 AM

Very nice! You are an artist.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#9 posted 10-25-2008 06:30 AM

I suspect you could hold your own in steel too (hsm)

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#10 posted 10-25-2008 08:34 AM

Alistar, when I read your history I was curious to know that you have done watercolour paintings and wished to see some of them because I also liked that art. I am happy to see a few of your water colours and find they are so good. I have heard that Scotland abounds in natural scenery and may be that might have motivated you to do the drawings. Pl don’t give it up and keep your talent refreshed. Thanks for posting.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 10-25-2008 11:50 PM

I really liked the last one especially. I think the matting does a wonderful job of framing a wonderful and vibrant piece. You should be proud.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#13 posted 10-27-2008 07:46 PM

Sharad I’m sorry if I am a dissapointm,ent to you but most of these artistic works were copied from books.You are however correct I live in a very beautiful though small country.Actually I live in Hunter’s quay Dunoon right on the Holy loch were we had for many years a submarine American repair base we had a town full of nice American people. I used to own property then and rented many apartnmments out to them and made many friends then.Sadly they have all gone but the submarine repair base was not very pretty to look at and when it left things soon returned to their former beuty.I look forward to your writings and feel a strong infinity with you I dont quite know why but I hope we keep uip the contact Kindest regards to you Sharad and all my friends here.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 10-29-2008 04:06 PM


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#15 posted 10-02-2009 12:30 AM

Are you still painting at all? I guess if I had that kind of talent I wouldn’t be able to let it go. You said you copied the scenes, but they still show what I would think of as talent. Have you thought of combining your painting with woodworking in some way.

I reviewed all your projects in your blog. I like them all. They exhibit great artistic talent and woodworking craftsmanship. Starting at my age, even if I was retired, and spent all my time at it, I don’t think I could reach your level of mastery before I pass on. But, I would would like to get out of the utiliatarian relm, and make some pieces, even if small and simple, that would be satisfying. First I have to do something very simple and functional for work…a cart that holds my computer CPU and a small server with its monitor and keyboard, plus miscellaneous items. Clients do enter my office, but it is primarily my space. But it needs to be wood for consistency. Couldn’t find anything to buy, so designed my own. I will use pocket screws to speed the construction, because I really have to get it done soon.

Then I have to build a set of shelves for shoes, and a bench to sit on while putting them on and off. It will actually sit at the edge of my workshop, at the door from the house to the garage/workshop, so again, pretty utilitarian.

I use plans to get ideas, primarily, but I have already cut out a downdraft sanding table that will be kinda close to the plans I copied.

So then my next projects will be directed at the shop itself, and my shop remodel will be another entry in my blog this weekend. My problem is that I will want it to be functional while I am revamping it. It should all be fun, though.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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