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Yes, sadly I had another happens pretty much every year now. I don't celebrate my birthday anymore. Just try to ignore it. I know everyone thinks it's nice to remind people that they are another year older, but it's not my thing. 
Today is my second painting class. 
I mostly learned last week all the things that I just take for granted when drawing or painting. Things like knowing when you should dip your brush into more paint, keeping a point on your brush, how much water to mix into your paint...things I am finding that most of my students simply do not yet comprehend.
i also had a literal last minute sign up. As I was unpacking my supplies at the activity center a woman asked if I was teaching the art class. I admitted that I was the culprit. She then told me her daughter would love to learn to paint. I asked her daughter's age...she was 9! Well I told her the cut off age was 18, as I did not want to deal with kids in a three hour class session. But the Mom was insistent and to make a long story short I now have a nine year old girl in my class. But she was very well behaved and maintained her interest for the entire class. I was pleasantly surprised. And for a kid, she did a pretty good job too.

so we do it again today.
I'm not sure yet if I am going to enjoy this experience or not. By nature I'm rather a selfish person. I want what I want when I want it. Part of the reason I don't have any little Bivouacs...a big part really.
When the 11 weeks are up, I don't know if I will want to do it again or not. It's certainly not for the money. 
Last week we did individual paintings from photos. But I was spread a bit thin. So today we do the Bob Ross thing...I paint and the students copy, badly, what I do. And we'll see how that works out.
Seven year old Mac started sporting the SBBOD yesterday afternoon. No warning. I tried to get on line and the screen was frozen on DA and the beach ball was spinning like Hell.
shut it down, re opened it. Still BB taunting me. Looked for on line support but my specific problem does not appear to be addressed. I get past the apple logo and screen is blank with the BB spinning away. I think I'll have to bite the bullet and call tech support. Probably cost me $100.00 now that my warrantee is long expired.
fortunately I have an iPad with which to write this journal.
if and one out there can offer free assistance I will be happy to listen.
Ocean Mountain by MJBivouac
Ocean Mountain
I totally stole this image from the internet. So if it's YOUR work rest assured I will not be making a penny from it. It's just an exercise in painting and I liked the photo.
I painted this last night in anticipation of my first painting class this afternoon. I'm a little nevous about it and banging out this painting in abouyt an nhour put me a bit more at ease. Now all I have to do is be able preform at least this well in my class. Fingers crossed.
Acrylic on masonite board.
I found out yesterday that I have JUST enough sign-ups for my painting class! It's a go. Man, am I nervous!
Class starts at 12:30 today. I will shortly be getting supplies together, loading the car, all that good stuff.

I even did a quick painting last night to get in the zone. It came out rather well so I hope that is a good sign.
The idea of the class is a "Follow Me" theme. I paint and the class copies what I do.  Yes, like Bob Ross and Bill Alexander used to do. Laugh if you like..."Happy Little Trees" 

Perhaps I to should affect some sort of trademark...Ross had his 'fro, and his I-am-so-stoned manner of speaking. Bill Alexander had his lovable Sgt. Shultz from "Hogan's Heros" accent. I always expected at any minute he would turn to the camera, throw up his arm and shout "Heil Hitler"...Sorry Bill. I know you weren't a Nazi....probably. 

So maybe I need a gimmick too. Perhaps a monocle? But I already wear reading glasses when I paint... A Long cigarette holder?, No, I don't smoke and couldn't smoke in the municipal studio setting anyway. I have it! I could wear a top hat and tail coat! But not the best outfit for painting...especially in the high desert in mid summer. An English accent?  "I say portion out a dollop of smashing Thalo blue onto your jolly good palette..." I probably couldn't sustain the accent for an entire class session, though. Maybe I'm just over-thinking this. I think I'll just be my good old lovable if I can just remember where I left my Good Old Lovable Self...I haven't seen him in ages. Under the circumstances, I may have to just go with the smart-ass, know it all, jerk self,  that has been serving me so well these many years.

It will be interesting to see how much my students currently know about painting...or should I say: how little they know. Of course the less they know probably the better. If they have taken other classes in the past they may hit me with things like: "Uh...excuse me, but why are you doing it like that? I took Mr. So and so's painting class and he always does it THIS way...".  And my response: "Well  I have some unfortunate news for you my informative fellow.....Mr. So-and-so just called, not five minutes ago,  and said he was very sorry indeed, but he simply will not be able to teach this class...he also said that you shut yer pie hole and do it like Mr. smart-ass, know it all, jerk, tells you! Now squirt out some Thalo blue onto your pie pan and show me just how much you stink at painting." 

Well, with that being said, I'm off to collect my supplies and prepare for battle!


Bivouac J. Mogodore
United States
Current Residence: the Southwest
Favourite genre of music: Classical, orchestral
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen
Favourite style of art: Finger Painting...get it? "digital"...fingers...
Operating System: the one where they put you to sleep before they start cutting
MP3 player of choice: Victrola
Shell of choice: What am I? A Hermit Crab?
Wallpaper of choice: Any, as long as it has flocking on it.
Skin of choice: negroid, caucasian, asian, whatever
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: Of course I color outside the lines! How else would I color the background?
Yes, sadly I had another happens pretty much every year now. I don't celebrate my birthday anymore. Just try to ignore it. I know everyone thinks it's nice to remind people that they are another year older, but it's not my thing. 

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nomyai Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
I missed your birthday, Mr B, now this is embarrassing!

A very Happy Birthday, old friend, and many many more!!!
DoomBerry83 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
happy b-day!
Jimi-von-Broadway Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hey guess what my friend.  You and I (and Diana Rig and Carlos Santana) share the same birthday!  So Happy Birthday!:D (Big Grin) 
paintmarvels Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday my talented friend!!!
pete1672 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
:cake: Happy birthday!
benji963 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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AnyaUribe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Happy B day!! :aww:
Louie-Holliday Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
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CLXcool Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
79big Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
1 Message from Hungary. Happy Birthday :-).
StarDragon77 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Happy Birthday, MJ.

Time for some :cake:, :party: and :airborne: among other things right?  :-)
M0nk3m4n Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Oh hey, happy birthday man!
blackhellcat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday to you.
Dyel75 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:party::party:HAPPY BIRTHDAY,DUDE!!!!:party::party::cake:
I Hope You Have a Very Nice Day!!!!:wave:
Best Wishes And greetings From Brazil!!!:handshake:
vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Hey MJB, happy birthday. Hope it's a great one.
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MarkFanboy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, MJ!
TigerDude51087 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Happy Birthday!

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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Happy birthday
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