Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fishing Report

Saturday I picked up a friend and we headed out to Guist Creek Lake. I wanted to find some bank fishing spots. It turns out there is really just one public access location to the bank at Guist Creek. I had suspected that we'd find more if we hunted and were willing to hike – and I still believe that, if one is willing to hoof it through underbrush, there's a pretty big area of access. It's just hard to get to.

Anyway, we fished there for 2-3 hours. He caught a small bass, and I caught a small longear sunfish (photo 1) and three small striped bass. I'd have taken photos of the bass, but they were too small to show up on camera.

I also found a Shelby County High School class ring. It had a name on it, so it should be easy to return.

In the grass I found a wire creel basket, in very good shape – looked almost new.

I also found two channel catfish on a stringer. I looked around and didn't see anyone nearby to whom they might have belonged. I pulled the catfish out of the water a checked them out. One of them was under the 12 inch limit for channel catfish at that lake (both of them might have been, but I didn't measure. The second one looked to be about a foot long). So, after waiting around to make sure there wasn't someone close by about to claim them, I released them back into the wild.

After driving around a while looking for other access spots, we decided to go to Taylorsville Lake. We parked near the dam there, and hiked down to the water a decent way from the dam. The water there was still very high, up in the timber, so it was very difficult to fish (photos 2 and 3). There was no way to cast out more than ten feet in any direction. We fished a little and ate lunch. My friend very bravely tried a rooster tail spinner, and actually managed not to lose it.

Then we decided to try hiking around the shore of the lake to find someplace easier to fish. The walk was on a steep muddy slope with lots of undergrowth (photo 4); it was very slow going, and my friend ended up hurting his knee in a fall, so we decided to go to the Salt River tailwaters nearby instead.

The tailwater area was much more accessible and we spent the rest of the day there. While tying a hook on my line as I knelt in the grass, my friend walked over and pointed out a snake there was just a few feet away. (photo 5). It was holding very still, and was so close that we might have easily stepped on him. I got his photo and then shoed him away. I don't know what he was; maybe a black racer?

I caught a largemouth bass at the tailwaters (photos 6 and 7). He was much bigger in person, I swear!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I'm excited about fishing this weekend.  I'll be picking up Chet, with whom I used to go fishing pretty frequently, early Saturday morning.  We're planning on going out to Guist Creek Lake to explore bank fishing spots.


I've heard that there's not a lot of bank access at Guist Creek, but the state owns 50 foot easement around the lake and recently acquired three acres of land adjacent to the lake and the highway to provide more shore access.  I'd like to do some exploring.  I may end up doing as much walking around as fishing, but that's fine with me.


I'm also very interested in fishing around the Falls of the Ohio, once the waters go down—whenever that will be.  I've only fished down there a little, while the water was sort of high, and never caught anything.  However, the talk among anglers is that it's a really good spot for striped bass, sauger, catfish, and more.  Also, I just learned that just a couple of years ago, the Louisville side (at Shippingport Island) was opened up to public access with a new bridge and footpaths.  One can fish there now, and do some bird watching.  It also might be a great spot for painting.  I'm very interested in checking it out.


I've restrung two poles and checked over my tackle box, and I even honed the hooks on a few of my lures last night.  As nerdy as it sounds, I spent a few minutes discussing knots on the phone with Chet last night.


Dad has also prepared his fishing gear, but I don't know if he wants to go fishing for fishing's sake, or if he really just wants to go to do it with his grand daughters, which we plan to take on their first fishing excursion soon.  I don't know where we'll go; I'm thinking either Long Run or McNeely Lake, but Miles Park out in Middletown might also be good. ("Good" being a relative term for these over-fished suburban lakes.)


The Office

Here's a Slate article I found interesting: it compares the British, U.S., French, and German versions of the TV show "The Office"
I just started watching a TV special version (a re-visit that aired after the original series had come and gone) of the British version. It's funny, but it really does have a different feel than the US version.  I enjoyed the BBC version immensely, but it does feel a little alien.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Swimming with the Fishes

 I've been wanting to go fishing lately. It sort of got out of hand at the Columbus Zoo on Saturday.  My desires overtook me, and I jumped into a fish tank. Fortunately, it was a warm day. Even more fortunately, my dad had a camera in his hand.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Polar bear exhibit

Kim and Julie watching the polar bears from below, at the Columbus Zoo.

Devoured by bears

At the Columbus Zoo, we ran afoul of a mother polar bear and her cubs.
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Friday, May 13, 2011


By her fourth cast, she was almost hitting the street.


I took my cans out to the recycling center this morning. 42 pounds; $31.50.

My original plan, when I started saving cans, was to use the money for my coin collection. Alas, there are other priorities that are higher now. I'll probably try to save it for art supplies or prints.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I made a small change to the horse and jockey drawing I did a couple of months ago;  probably, no one would notice if I didn't point it out.  I darkened the bottom of the jockey's shirt to produce more shadow where it's tucked in, as well as under his arm.


Another old sketch

This is another black walnut ink sketch from the same time. I'm posting it for the same reason. (I'm pretty sure I never posted either of these before, but maybe I did and I didn't find them when I went back to look for them.)

An old sketch

This is an old black walnut ink sketch I did on a lunch break in 2007. I never posted it because it's not really that good, but I looked at it recently and decided I liked it enough to scan it and put it up here. This was done with a brush and some twigs; there might be some metal nib work in there too, someplace. I was having some fun with the perspective.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Oil paint tube inventory

I just took an inventory of my oil paint tubes.  I've been acquiring paints slightly faster than I've been using them for 15 or 20 years, and I've often been focusing on non-oil-painting related art, so I now have a pretty good supply of paint.  I have no idea how this compares to other painters; how many other painters have this many tubes of paint lying around?  Maybe most of them; maybe very few. I don't know.


Many of these are purchases of opportunity; I got them off of sales or clearance tables, even though I didn't need them right away, since the price was good and I knew they'd keep pretty well.


Some of them were probably given to me at some point in time by someone or other.


Quite a few of them I actually don't know what they are or how they handle.  I thought the Rembrandt brand paints, very few of which I've used, were supposed to be student-grade, but I just read that they are actually be a little bit better in quality than I thought.


There are also some tubes that I didn't list because they were almost gone.  If I had only a tiny fraction of a tube (less than a quarter remaining), I didn't bother listing it.


I now have a short list of paints I need to get in the near future for a portrait I'm about to start: yellow ochre, venetian red—that's about it, I think.


The Liquitex oil paints are old, too: Liquitex stopped making oils in the early 90s, I think.  The tubes are in rough shape, and I might need to puncture them to get the paint out since the caps are stuck on so tight.



-Grumbacher thalo blue

-W&N Prussian blue (small tube)

-Liquitex Prussian blue

-W&N French ultramarine

-Grum. Cobalt blue

-W&N cobalt blue

-W&N manganese blue hue – I'm not sure how this compares to the cerulean. It seems like it might be like thalo blue, but less powerful.

-Graham pthalo blue

-W&N cerulean blue

-Grum. permanent blue – I can't remember using this, so I don't know what it's like.



-W&N brown madder alizarin

-W&N burnt sienna

-Liquitex burnt umber (small tube)

-W&N raw sienna

-Rembrandt transparent oxide brown – I color I'm unfamiliar with. I haven't used this one.



-W&N Winsor green

-Grumbacher permanent bright green (1/5 tube remaining)

-Grum. green earth hue

-Grum. sap green

-Liquitex permanent green light



-Giant tube of Graham cadmium yellow medium, half used – walnut oil binder

-Grum. cadmium barium yellow light

-Grum. cadmium barium yellow pale

-W&N cadmium yellow pale

-W&N jaune brilliant (small tube) – I can't recall every using this and I don't know what it looks like.

-Rembrandt stil de grain jaune – a very pale whitish neutral yellow.  I never hear anyone mention this color.

-Rembrandt transparent oxide yellow – I don't know what this color looks like either; I've never opened the tube.



-Grum cad bar orange

-W&N cadmium orange



-Grum cad bar red deep

-Grum cad bar red med

-Grum rose madder hue

-Graham cadmium red (1/2 tube left) – walnut oil

-Grum geranium lake (small tube)– I might just throw this one away since I've picked up on the fact that geranium lake is extremely prone to fading

-W&N light red – It's been so long since I've touched this. I think it might be a brownish red?

-Grum thalo red rose – I don't remember every using this one.

-Rembrandt transparent oxide red – I don't know what this one looks like, either.




-Grum cobalt violet

-Grum dioxazine purple


One large partial tube of Permalba white, a couple of small tubes of titanium white, several tubes of zinc white



-Gamblin torrit grey


-Liquitex ivory black


Cheap oils:


I also have 14 tubes of Shiva oil paints that some picked up at a yard sale for me sometime in the late 1990s.  They, as well as the Rembrandt brand tubes listed above, were old then, but I don't know what year they were made.  I would guess late '80s, but I really can't tell.  The tubes are sticky and hard to read, and the caps are stuck on them; I've hardly touched them.  I know this is a low-grade paint, but I might use them for experiments or sketches.  Maybe they would be OK for some underpaintings, too.


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Cave formerly used for storage

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Found while walking at lunch

self portrait in the woods

Lunchbreak walk

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Falls of the Ohio - Finished

The Falls of the Ohio in black walnut ink
It's done.  This is 10 x 15 inches, drawn with black walnut ink on bristol paper.