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tesscalhoun

tesscalhoun
Date Joined: March 23, 2009
Last Online: September 16, 2015
Birthday: November 23, 1953
Country: United States
My Art blog

About Me

As of 2/2015 I'm inactive. You can still reach me at theredpony2001@yahoo.com

Bye 😊

The latest update for All about me: Jan.2013
I am doing great. Thanks to very good insurance I've been taking some very affective RA medication that's made it possible for my improvement. The cronic tendinitis of my Achilles Tendons is much improved. I'm once again able to wear shoes with backs in them. Something I've not been able to consistently do in 3 years. Now I can walk most any where I want to again. I am going and doing as much as I can. Besides the painting class I've been taking I am going to be taking other classes and work shops at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. This means I have no time for Swa-bot. I'm not leaving Swap-bot but standing down from being the founder of several groups. I want to be just a member of most of the groups I've been leading as a Founder. I hope to sneak in an occasional swap however probably not often. I will post updates now and then. I will still be reachable through IM or e. mail. Happy Swapping Everyone, Tess

I mostly create Watercolor hand drawn and painted 5x7 inch paintings. I work in water colors and ink for the most part. I occasionally will do a collage or fabric /fiber ATC or other object. I like things that are out of the box, out of the ordinary. Im not particularly fond of sticker art. I will probably like anything well done using quality materials.

I live on the edge of the Olympic National Forest on an Island in Puget Sound. There are more shades and hues of green than most people can see here let alone paint.

My favorite color is red. I love to paint with Daniel Smith Watercolors. They are made in Seattle. They are the most fantastic professional quality watercolors I have ever used. You can see them at http://www.danielsmith.com/ No I don't work there. I just think they are that good.

BTW If for any reason there is a problem with a swap I'm in and you haven't received anything from me please contact me and or the hostess of the swap before you give me a bad rating. Its quite possible its something to do with mail service and not my fault. You have no idea what a bad rating for any reason large or small does to ones ability to swap here. I always send a swap. If its close to a dead line I will contact you and tell you its in the mail. Because I live in Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast. Local native imagery speaks to me as well as those of all horse cultures. The horse spirit is strong in me. I collect rocks and grow herbs. The wolfdog is my companion.

Service dogs

The reason I own service dogs is, I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and related Inflammatory condition which affects my mobility; mostly my ability to get up from a chair and stand for any length of time. So far I can still walk well enough.

Dandy the Chi-Pin. Dandy is a Chihuahua/ Min. Pincher He was my first service dog and now retired. He still wants to work, it's just a fetch game to him. At home he still picks things up and hands them to me when I drop them. He is now to old and to small for going out with.

Lulu is a Yellow Labrador Retriever. She helps me stand up from sitting and steadies me on stairs. She accompanies me everywhere. She is also learning to do other things for me.

They both love to eat the bite sized Doggie Biscotti treats I make them. They are often the subject matter of my art.

Favorite Music

Classic Rock as well as new , Classic Celtic folk and Celtic Rock, New Age, World music.

Favorite Color

When pressured My favorite color is red. Im also fond of shiny metallics and jewel tones. As a watercolor artist I love all colors in general.. I love working in color. I've been tested for what my visual color range is. I am off the scale. I see more than most people do. Until I knew this I used to over work my paintings. Now I stop before it gets that muddy look that others see but I don't notice.

Art Blog

http://artbytesscalhoun.blogspot.com/

Favorite Things...

Green Teas, there is no such thing as to many green or white teas. Herbal teas. Dark chocolate. Hand made paper or paper that looks like its been hand made. Origami paper, good watercolor paper.

My favorite "extra" if you really want to include one is 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. "Extras" are never needed to get a star from me just an excellent swap is.

Please Don't

Please don't send me ATC papers and bits and pieces. I have lots.

About Me

Service dog update Aug.17, 2012 kohl my Mobility Assistant Service Dog had to be put down due to severe Hip Displasia. Life was to painful for him, he was no longer a happy dog. Pain drove him and changed his temperament. He will be missed by all who had ever looked into his liquid brown eyes or touched his silken blue black fur.

Sept.2012 I got very lucky and was in the right place at the right time when I heard about a local lab breeder wanting to place one of her retired show and former breeding dogs in a good home. Lulu has excellent obedience training and ready to be trained for mobility assistance. She will now be my constant companion. Kohl would approve.

Ratings

pynart2 rated for Watercolor 5x7 Painting, Oct. on Nov 3, 2013
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Comment: The KOI pond was wonderful. Thank you so much.
pynart2 rated for 5x7 Watercolor Painting, Sept. on Sep 29, 2013
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Comment: Loved the Cat Tails. Thank you so much.
RachelB rated for 5x7 watercolor painting, Aug. on Aug 31, 2013
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Comment: Being a fan of your work I am always thrilled when you send to me and the birdhouse s gorgeous! Thank you!
ARTG33K74 rated for Draw A.........Fruit on Aug 7, 2013
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Comment: Thank you so much for the ATCs! The banana drawing is definitely Surrealist because it is floating upright and casting a shadow. I like when things reference René Magritte or Giorgio de Chirico. I think you are onto something with the abstracted garlic bulb and it has overtones of Constructivism, see this image: http://www.artfortune.com/images/pages/constructivism_pevsner.jpg I was pretty literal! I just did a soft realism coloured pencil of a pear. ^.^ I love that you made them arty. ♥
Lucine rated for 5x7 inch watercolor painting, July on Jul 20, 2013
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Comment: I like the painting a lot. Thank you:-)
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Comment: I love it - except it put my painting to shame. Its incredibly atmospheric and I hope the painting you submit does really well, thank you
Tommie rated for Zentangle Purist, April Swap on Apr 26, 2013
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Comment: always your art is beautiful!
snoop rated for 5x7 Watercolor painting, April on Apr 9, 2013
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Comment: O plum forgot,we were the only two,so I did get yours today. Great flower Thanks Alot And a heart back to you,nice painting!!
LavenderLizard rated for What to do with a butterfly? on Apr 9, 2013
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Comment: What a lovely card and butterfly! I am so impressed you were able to make that pattern with a needle. I have not tried split chains, etc. yet! As always, such a gorgeous swap.
Response: Split rings on the needle are not hard just very slow.
LavenderLizard rated for Inspiring Lace Pattern on Mar 6, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your experience! I ended up failing the pattern I tried, but I got the first section of motifs done with only one error, so that was progress at least! I always love reading your letters. Thanks!
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Comment: Tess you have outdone yourself, 2 for 1 nature watercolors, now which side to display? I think mushrooms first then daisies......Beautiful Thank you!
Response: The daisies just were not working for me. I was using a really good paper and didn't want to waist it so I flipped it over and did the mushroom which worked out a lot better. I'm glad you liked it.
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Comment: That is such an amazingly beautiful watercolor. The combination of clock and garden is perfect, and I just love your painting style. Thank you so much - enjoy your painting, and I look forward to swapping again.
bettflow09 rated for Zentangle Purist, Jan. 2013 on Jan 28, 2013
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Comment: The zentangles are wonderful!!! Thankyou!!!!
monicac rated for 5x7 Watercolor Painting Jan 2013 on Jan 26, 2013
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Comment: It's beautiful. Thank you!!
anrtist rated for 1POSH~Limited Pallet 5x7 series #1 on Jan 25, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely painting and for hosting swaps for us to enjoy!!! Blessings, cc
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Comment: Thank YOu Got yesterday, nice surprise in the mail
LavenderLizard rated for lace Edging. 24 inches on Jan 10, 2013
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Comment: What beautiful edging! I would love the pattern...I can't chain with my shuttle, as it makes my fingers hurt, but I can do it with the needle. I am making you a shuttle tatted ring edging with a crochet edge...thanks for the beautiful edging!
Tommie rated for Zentangle rainbow ATCs #5 - Blue on Dec 31, 2012
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Comment: thank you for your blue zen cards. tommie
ARTG33K74 rated for 1 POSH 5x7 Painting on Dec 24, 2012
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Comment: What a pretty bird painting, thank you!
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Comment: I loved both ATCs - they are very nicely done. I'm going to have to learn to do some shading in mine, like you did, to add depth.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 504 254 291
Completed Fives Threes Ones
514 555 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
14 78 390 32
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Comments

greenhotdogs on Jan 12, 2015:

Hi! So I asked to join your watercolor group and I know I'm new. I am signed up for some swaps and would really love to join. By the end of the month I should have my 5 swaps done :)

tesscalhoun on Oct 28, 2014:

It's been a year since I posted a swap. I've got a lot going on now. I'm not the stay at home I used to be. My family doesn't like me giving away all my art so no swaps. I don't see this changing any time soon. I am going to leave swap-bot at the end of the year.

Thanks for everything,

Tess

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