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  • @Freeman, Thank you for your service. Congrats on your retirement.
  • Thanks @BOB73. This is hard work, but I am greatly enjoying it.
  • edited January 2018
    And thank you for sharing your story, @greendl. I agree - we can only do what we can do at the time. Family and work are important. One good thing about getting older, though, is that you get more time for yourself.  Enjoy your painting. :)
  • Any extra blessings I get I'll pass them along to you @Renoir. I have some associations with your brand of family situations. It is really a blessing if your daughters can enjoy crafts and painting while you do your own. Good Luck and God Bless.
  • Registered Nurse. ER RN for 16 years, currently i am a critical care transport RN (CCT-RN) on an ambulance. 
  • Any one who can start an IV in the back of an ambulance moving 70 MPH has my admiration. 
  • Hi.i am Hussain, recently turned 17. Goes to school and paint in weekends or after school. 
  • I attended art school for four years after the Army 53-55, then worked in television and ad agency’s for over forty yrs. I lost all interest in art for nearly 20 yrs. now thanks to Mark I’ve started again...I have a long way to go...but I think it might work!
  • I'm 71 and retired - also have the condition of MS which is a bugger. Been messing about with painting for a few years - watercolour and acrylics but was getting nowhere although I did sell a couple of paintings. Found Mark's site and a light bulb went off - put all other painting stuff away and concentrated solely on his methods. loving what I'm producing and will put my first atempts up on here soon!!!! I think!! 
  • Thought it would be interesting to bring this back to recent discussions for any of the newer members that want to add to this thread or see what some of the old-timers are doing when we can't paint.
  • I had a varied career...taught rockclimbing, nurse aid , became a human Rights Lawyer (disability specialist), had to retire to go to third world countries with my husband in his voluntary legal assistance to charities, Disability Advisory group to District Council and First Responder on local ambulance. I can't paint full-time as it's too intense for me...not relaxing at all but I so love being able to capture what is beautiful , unusual and strange that I just plod along between sculpture (which IS relaxing) oils, looking after our forest land and learning new things like bloody watercolour
  • @MichaelD what u do and what u have done ad a nurse have my biggeat respect, I have been, as an health professional too, in some "unsafe " situation and currently I work almost only on night in an territorial emergency service. Big Kudos to you
  • Thank you @Bobitaly. I guess every job has its stresses and there is quite a high burn out rate in mine.  As I get older I would like to try and reduce my working hours and increase the time I spend painting  =)
  • @MichaelD No disrespect meant when I say it's too bad you weren't there for Van Gogh.
  • edited October 2018
    Coincidently I'm nearing the end of a big book of his letters (The Essential Letters),  mainly ones to his brother.
    In all honesty I am beginning to doubt the `insane` label he seems to have been given. Its not necessarily showing in his letters, and he wrote prolifically. 
    I read about this somewhere else recently, a theory that he was more likely suffering lead poisoning, and that he had a habit of holding the brushes in his mouth (by the handle). It went on to say that its more romantic and appealing to the public to say he was an insane tortured artist.
    I know....but what about the ear ?
    Im more inclined to think that he had some breakdowns, rather than he was an insane artist period.
  • BOB73BOB73 -
    edited October 2018
    I'm impressed with the knowledge you both have on the painter, @Bobitaly & @MichaelD. My own "Knowledge" of the man as a person is largely derived from the Hollywood version and as you say, is highly romanticized but unfortunately an "insane, tortured artist" is more bankable. On a scientific note Bob, I'm not sure medicine was advanced enough in that period to be able to detect the physiological symptoms of lead poisoning in its early stages and VVG died when he was only 37. I think Bipolar disease is a more likely diagnoses but it was called schizophrenia in VVG's generation I think.  BTW before somebody hits me with the "Off Topic" emoticon, we are discussing the occupational experiences of 3 members and a great artist.
  • @Bobitaly ;
    Yes if lead poisoning was involved its not necessarily the only cause for his mental state but for me his letters don't necessarily show someone who is not of sound mind. He was probably malnourished too which wouldn't have helped because, as you mention, his brother funded him for living expenses and materials so he seemed to live a meagre existence.
    I just feel he is all too often labeled as the mad artist who cut his own ear off. I really wonder to what extent he did have a mental illness (not saying he had none) in an era were women were sent to asylums for having a child out of wedlock. (true in the UK maybe not France)
    Maybe in those days if you had one breakdown you were considered mentally ill from there on.
  • @BOB73
    I know Bob, off topic. Maybe we should have a Van Gogh thread   :)
  • @Dianna said: Hi @BOB73 ;     What is COPD and PAD?  How on earth did you develop these disorders?  Am I right in thinking that you were a fireman or am I completely off the mark?  Were you exposed to seriously bad chemicals during this time - or in some other careeer.  And I hated that story about the IV thing you had in your arm and how painful it was. I had knee replacement surgery a couple of years ago.  That was pretty bloody painful to say the least - I was in a wheel chair for two months.  But Memory problems?
    I was involved with Emergency Response for about fifty years (started at 12 or 13) except for 3 years in the Army. Saw combat, exposed to Agent Orange. Then returned to being a firefighter and Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) technician either as my primary occupation or as a volunteer. I was a Safety Consultant which included hazmat control and disposal. There were a few times where I was present when something was spilled while supervising hazmat storage. exposure to 55 gallons spill of Toluene when I was protected only by my coat and tie probably accounts for the memory loss. That and over-use of low calorie sweeteners. COPD is Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease, PAD is Peripheral Artery Disease. I also have skin cancer (not the terminal kind) I would be happy if those were my only maladies and very happy to not have endured yours. I was also an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT) and worked in various construction and industrial jobs. I worked in a Drive-In movie concession stand, I played Drums in a swing band, R&B too.
  • I'm seriously impressed by some of your jobs.. :o
  • Never a dull moment. As part of my training, I played basketball dressed in a fully encapsulated butyl rubber suit (Moon-Suit) with an air tank on my back and attached to an airline and safety rope.
  • My, you have been through the wars @BOB73 in the literal sense.
    Im sure your sense of humour helped you through a lot.
    Maybe even drove the enemy away in some cases
  • True, I had some Killer Jokes back them; none of them died laughing though. Unfortunately none are appropriate for this venue. 
  • This is interesting - I agree with bob - I wish there was a Van Gogh thread now!  Fascinating. 
  • Ha ha, great comeback  =)
    Ive always found humour to be highly important in life it can get you through a lot and disarm difficulties.
  • BOB73 said:
    I played basketball dressed in a fully encapsulated butyl rubber suit (Moon-Suit) with an air tank on my back and attached to an airline and safety rope.
    Are those Texas rules?
  • MichaelD said:
    Ive always found humour to be highly important in life it can get you through a lot and disarm difficulties.
    Handy when we are looking at our own paintings, too.
  • True @MichaelD, The right humor at the right time but sometimes I miss the mark. But even when I'm on target, today's society seems to have lost its senses including humor. Especially among the younger generations. Hey @Julianna, I still have both ears attached, I can't hear well but they're still there holding my sideburns in place.
  • How dare you Sir, I am highly skilled at grand delusion and a sense of my own self importance, a legend in my own lunchtime.

    I meant to say too true Paul
  • Well I did admit to sometimes missing the mark. SBT..sorry'boutthat.
  • There's a mark? Why did no one tell me this before??
  • edited October 2018
    Im sure mark is missing you just as much @BOB73
  • For you, @Richard_P , the only mark you need to worry about is on the dart board. Your "accuracy" in all other respects is spot-on.
  • Thanks, but I don't have a dart board :D
  • Paint one, you're good at it.
  • Hi @BOB73 and everyone else too.  Agent Orange!  How shocking!  I can remember sitting in my doctor's office in the 70's when he mentioned the fact that chemical warfare was happening in Vietnam!  We were both very shocked. I don't know half of the chemicals you have mentioned but I will look them up later. Anyway, I am very sorry that you have all these health problems but I notice that it doesn't stop you from being a passionate contributor to the Forum.  And I think it is enriching when aspects of our personal lives become intertwined with the strictly technical aspects of art and I hope that's not what Off Topic is meant to prevent!.  Anyway, thank you again although I'm sorry to hear it.  And also, to all you wits out there -- thanks for all the laughs.  I am almost never disappointed!  And not only that, but I get to learn more about art too.

  • Thank you for your service @BOB73. That phrase does not emerge often enough, especially in regards to Viet Man war vets😎
  • Thank You @Kodiakwood and @Dianna. I have two millennial daughters, my neighbors don't speak English, I don't use twitter or facebook and this is the only Forum I participate in so I have no one else to talk to.
  • @BOB73 ; I could not let your last post go without comment. I was very touched by what you had to say. I hope the Forum gives you back as much as you give it. Might not be such a bad thing that your neighbours don't speak English.  I've just had an awful experience with neighbours who DO speak English - had to get Police involved and serve a Contravention of By-Laws Notice and I'm thrilled to say that after two and a half years, they are moving out as we speak! So maybe you should thank your lucky stars.

    My day jobs have included Court Reporting, House Renovating, Antique Furniture restoration, Moving old timber Queenslander houses interstate and renovating and selling them, Aged Care, Bookkeeping, start-up business from scratch which I sold after 7 years (proud of that, the statistics against small businesses succeeding are sobering!) I'm sure there's more but I can't remember right now. Right at the end of my working life I invested everything into a large business venture - way over my pay grade - and lost everything. Went into retirement with nothing.  Bugger.  Art is my life now.  "Art" includes writing, both are equally important, and all I want to do in life is paint and write, and that's what I'm doing.
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