Reflexive Relaxology

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Dear Artist,

In “Lake Wobegon Days,” Garrison Keillor writes, “I grew up among slow talkers, men in particular, who dropped words a few at a time like beans on a hill, and when I got to Minneapolis, I was not considered too bright, so I enrolled in a speech course taught by Orville Sand, the founder of Reflexive Relaxology, a self-hypnotic technique that enabled a person to speak up to three hundred words per minute. He believed that slow speech deprives us of a great deal of thought by slowing down the mental processes to one’s word rate. He believed that the mind has unlimited powers if only a person could learn to release them and eliminate the backup caused by slow discharge.”

Of all the ologies, Reflexive Relaxology is one of my favourites. At the risk of losing friends, I’m a firm believer that a similar program can be applied to painting. When lecturing on the benefits of speeding up and labouring less, I’ve had grown men stomp slowly out of my workshops in disgust. Women too. “Slow painting” can infect anyone.

Fact is, speed itself unlocks the imaginative mind, increases idea turnover, aids facility and goes a long way toward avoiding dull disasters. As in many of life’s lessons, habit plays a role, and habits, as we know, can be both unlearned and learned. Here are a few:

Change the word “painting” to “sketch” or “rough.”
Take pride in your speed and facility.
Know that daring and audacity are virtues.
Know where your strokes will go, then make them.
Go here and there like a bee to flowers.
Do not overwork, overdo, overstate, or gild the lily.
Study your own time-and-motion strengths and weaknesses.
Combine artistry with efficiency.

While starting slowly may be necessary to understand and negotiate the banks and chicanes you will eventually take at speed, a simple exercise will speed up the process: Paint something that looks as though it was done in five minutes — but take a couple of hours to do it. With this ruse, freshness and better design appear like a genie. Further, joy happens when you work the “relax” part of Relaxology. Apart from the business of developing keen personal skills, nothing beats the feeling of simple joy.

Best regards,

Robert

PS: “I have to get it out quick or I cool off.” (Sergei Bongart) “The picture, as it’s being made, follows the mobility of thought.” (Pablo Picasso)

Esoterica: As in speech, if you think one thing at a time, there is only stammering and poor fluency, “like dropping beans on a hill,” but when you habitually visualize the big picture as you lay down the individual strokes, the work flows in unity. We only need to look at our eloquence in speech. When we understand our subject, speech is automatic and facile, with proper pauses and emphasis as required; meaning is clear because we are thinking ahead of our words. Appropriate words (and strokes) fall behind in a fresh and natural way.

 


Maintaining the ‘zone’
by Alan Soffer, Wallingford, PA, USA
 

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“Sapphire Dream”
acrylic on canvas by Alan Soffer

There may actually be a scientific reason that more spontaneous painting works better than slow deliberate work habits. In my workshops I stress being “in the zone.” When we stop and think for long periods there is no way to stay in the zone. The best art is visceral, not cerebral. Of course, there is a place for cerebral, particularly at the conclusion of the painting, but not much is gained at other times in developing an artwork.

 

 

 


Outdoors and deadlines teach speed
by Terry Scott Greenhough, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
 

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“Solo Golfer on the Salmon Arm Golf Course”
original painting
by Terry Scott Greenhough

I recently spent a week in the Slocan Valley in BC, where we spent each day up in the mountains painting for the full day. I found that to my surprise I was able to paint three paintings each day. As a result when I came home from this experience the hills and the speed of painting were intoxicating and I spent several more days in the mountains around where I live until the snow and weather stopped me. I am back in the studio and I have slowed down my efforts to complete the numbers of paintings that the great outdoors inspired in me. I can hardly wait until the weather changes so that I can get back some of the energy that my efforts were experiencing. In the meantime working to a deadline has helped to speed me up again here in the studio.

 


Getting control
by Vianna Szabo, Romeo, MI, USA
 

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“Anna turning north”
pastel 12 x 9 inches
by Vianna Szabo

Speed allows us to carry that spark of inspiration through the entire process, beginning to end. Becoming more accurate in our observations and technique, however, allows us to paint faster correctly. I often hear students say, “I’m going to fix that later” when I bring up an area that is obviously giving them problems. My thoughts are, why put down a series of mistakes to follow with a series of corrections later, paint one relationship correctly the first time and build out from there. My class mantra is, “You control the painting – do not let it control you.” The biggest hurdle painters face is not painting what we assume to be in front of us but painting what is truly there. This requires knowledge of drawing, values, edges, and color. This knowledge comes from practice and working from life, making mistakes and learning from them. As the knowledge grows the artist learns to trust their ability to see past assumptions and correctly represent what inspired them in the first place. Painting quickly and as accurately as possible does not mean every painting will be successful. There are many variables that affect the outcome. Painting fast lessens the attachment an artist has to the canvas and opens the process more to learning. Isn’t learning what painting is really all about?

 


The critical moment
by Carol Ann Cain, FL, USA
 

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original painting
by Carol Ann Cain

While there is the necessity of painting quickly, there can also be the importance of slowing down. As I come to the finish line of some paintings, I deliberate over each brush stroke and its relationship to other strokes. This critical stage of the painting demands tempered discipline and slowing down to complete the painting properly.

 

 

 

 


Stomped out
by Anonymous
 

I am one of those old guys who stomped slowly out of one of your workshops because you were trying to get us to paint quickly. I didn’t want to learn anything from you Robert, I just wanted to be left alone to paint the way I have painted for years. We can’t all be speedy creative whiz-kids like you Robert, wildly successful, collected everywhere and in demand. Just because you are successful and get big prices for your work does not mean you have the right to inflict your methods on all of us.

 


Warm-up dismisses misconceptions
by Julie Eastman, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
 

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“Barn with Vineyard”
watercolour12 x 9 inches
by Julie Eastman

I begin my watercolor classes with a 10-minute warm-up painting. I instruct the students to pick a photo and then use it for reference to complete a whole painting from start to middle to finish. I compare it to trying to capture a scene for a friend who isn’t there, and you have no camera and only ten minutes. It takes students a few sessions to get used to the idea, but it is amazing to witness some of the fresh and beautiful paintings they come up with. I think we often feel that we have to have hours or days or weeks before we allow ourselves to paint. This little exercise helps to dismiss that misconception big time. And how can one get nervous about a 10-minute investment of time? In this sense, the exercise invites creative risk, spontaneity and even fun.

 


Painting the music
by Jean McLaren, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
 

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“Journal Book”
acrylic on arborite
by Jean McLaren

I took a workshop with Jean Petersen from Calgary and one of the exercises she gave us was to have 10 pieces of plain newsprint 10″ x10″ and three dabs of acrylic paint — cyan yellow and magenta (like the cartridges in your computer). She then had prepared 10 different types of music on a tape, each one was 1 minute long. They were all different — from rap, rock and roll, jazz, classical, western etc. We had to paint what each piece of music made us feel. What fun, I loved it and actually painted some interesting images. Some people resisted strongly, but I taught the exercise to our painting group a couple of weeks later and they all felt amazing energy from the process.

 

 


Multi-brush speed painting
by Vivian Anderson, Sydney, Australia
 

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“Autumn”
original painting
by Vivian Anderson

I must have had a premonition of your next subject, Reflexive Relaxology. During the week I took up six brushes of different colours, and painted loosely with each very quickly (hoping not to make “mud”), with a few extra lines for the wind, I think: it was all so quick, on the blue background, and I immediately stopped when I’d covered the canvas with the autumn colours. It looks quickly done, took longer than it should have, but I’m satisfied with how working so quickly turned out on this 1m/sq canvas. It’s such fun, just keeping the paint fresh was a challenge, and I felt all the better after reading today’s letter from you.

 


Buddhist mindfulness
by Paul Burns
 

Many artists don’t reduce mental concepts into words and many people are glad that most artists don’t speak 300 words a minute. Concepts are held in the mind. So getting the internal (in-mind) world into an expression has nothing to do with speed. It is an ability to express what is held in mind and holding the concept in mind — the Buddha called this Concentration that then is called Mindfulness. The concept has been refined by millions since 400 BC. I am a bean dropper — striving for quality beans by-way-of right intention through effort and therefore speech and action.

 


Importance of gesture
by Gail Mally-Mack, Detroit, MI, USA
 

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“Sunflower” original painting
by Gail Mally-Mack

My drawing class begins with gesture and also covers structure and anatomy. I stress gesture as the basis of learning to draw. The eye sees and the hand responds quickly and immediately. This is the most accurate and fastest way to learn proportions and relationships of forms and shapes, which gives the structure and anatomy. Development of technique and skill is essential in both painting and drawing. This is more easily learned while intuitive responsive action is taking place. Thinking is necessary but that must be incorporated as part of the evaluation. The student goes back and forth from quick action to concentrated evaluation (that is standing back and looking) then back to action. Eventually the technical mastery and the action blend. Most students think that the first mark they put down must be the perfect one and if it is not they are not an artist. “How many times did they fall when they began to walk?” Artists are visual — they must see to evaluate. They must trust their intuition. The best artists I know make their marks with authority and sureness.

 


Exercising the eye
by Tiit Raid, Fall Creek, Wisconsin, USA
 

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“Highway 12 Bridge”
acrylic on panel 8.75 x 26 inches
by Tiit Raid

There is another aspect of painting direct, speedy painting that could be mentioned. And that is how quickly we see the appearance of the relationships we are creating. My experience shows that in order for our eyes to see quickly we actually need to slow them down first. In other words, we need to practice looking longer so we eventually see every visible relationship in whatever it is we are looking at. Perhaps not literally, but we look long enough to consciously notice the majority of the primary details. This slower looking ‘primes’ the eye to notice the subtler visual and structural aspects. Thus, when in the heat of painting we can respond more accurately to what is in the subject and to what is happening on the canvas. One of the great things about being an artist is the joy of observing the appearance of your surroundings. The visual world is everywhere and thus you can practice and develop your observational skills anywhere and virtually at any time.

 


Merely a training exercise
by Carole Pigott, Santa Fe, NM, USA
 

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“Giverny – Morning Light”
oil painting 30 x 50 inches
by Carole Pigott

I am so sorry you put out your speed painting idea without emphasizing that they are sketches or rough studies, not complete paintings There are way too many painters who think everything is a complete work of art before it starts getting its energy or who think that pushing their work to a higher level is “laboring over it” and never reach their full potential because of comments like this. Why don’t you instead try teaching painting from instinct and not logic, or do you male painters not understand instinctive painting. Georgia O’Keeffe in her letters expressed the opinion that male painters paint logically and female painters paint instinctually – each according to their nature (there are exceptions of course, but I agree with that observation), example Albert Handell’s Intuitive Light ends up being an instruction manual on technical observations. Joy happens when your creativity is taken over by the right mind and the work flows, the “laboring over it” becomes a dance with the canvas and hours pass without notice. To become totally involved with image and emotion and not just produce another piece. You must let your paint flow instead of relying on training it to flow. Artists today are over-instructed. The saying, “Know when to quit,” gives too many an excuse not to press farther. It is also important to know when not to quit. We need to show importance of quality not quantity, the importance on innovation instead of working within the formulas. What you suggested is a good training exercise — how you said it is confusing.

 

World of Art Featured artist Sharon Stone, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada  

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On the Way to Lake Louise

acrylic painting on canvas
by Sharon Stone, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

 

You may be interested to know that artists from every state in the USA, every province in Canada, and at least 115 countries worldwide have visited these pages since January 1, 2013.

That includes >Marti O’Brien who wrote, “When I was in my twenties I did a lot of detail… still life and portraits. I now do meditative art and what a huge difference.”

And also Chuck Harris of Columbus, OH, USA who wrote, “At one time I was taking a course from Berry John Raybould and he used this speed process. Five and three minute paintings.”

And also Barrett Edwards of Naples, FL, USA who wrote, “I urge my students to take a sheet of canvas paper, set the timer for one hour and just paint something — fast and simple.”

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And also Sophie Wajsman of Melbourne, Australia who wrote, “A good friend of mine is very good at telling me to stop ‘pfaffing’ around, her word for too much fiddling. I’ve also learned not to care so much if my first couple of attempts don’t work out. I can now throw them out and start again. I am not so precious about what I’m doing.”

And also Paul Twyford of Langley, BC, Canada who wrote, “Man, Robert really is thinking fast! This is only February 1st but his mind is already in October!”

(RG note) Thanks, Paul. And thanks to the more than 1000 subscribers who noted my date was wrong on the last letter. It was not intentional, nor did it have anything to do with speeding up, time-warp, time-banditry, futurism or self-hypnosis, nor was I testing people to see if they were paying attention. It was a straight glitch of my faulty mind, an inexcusable mistake that will forever be remembered as a black mark against me.

And also Don Sinish who wrote, “Googling Orvillle Sand and Reflexive relaxology turned up nada. Can you offer us somewhere to go to look further into the ideas that you advanced in this letter?”

(RG note) Thanks, Don. Orville Sand and Reflexive relaxology were made up by Garrison Keillor. Orville Sand is actually a character in a Phil Locascio mystery novel that came much later. While Keillor’s reference is fictional the idea is somewhat sound. A great many effective panaceas are based on fantasy, myth and fiction.

And also Peggy Guichu of Santa Fe, NM, USA who wrote, “I don’t know what happened, but I’ve had over 50 hits on my web site today alone and every single one of them was generated from the Painter’s Keys site. Last month I got 36 hits for the entire month and I thought that was great. Did I miss something? I don’t have a clue, but thank you.”

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Archived Comments

Enjoy the past comments below for Reflexive Relaxology

 

 

 

From: Dale Bandel — Feb 01, 2008

While speed and efficiency may be goals for us as artists, we can’t forget that the end of the journey is the piece of art itself. Some journeys are quicker than others. The improvement of technique does allow us to transfer emotions and ideas to the art faster. But I’ve vowed to take however long each artwork demands. And each one does speak and make demands. I will turn a painting to the wall until I can see and hear what that particular piece needs. Having said that, I have noticed that I have sped up and also improved my techniques in the last couple years.

From: Pat Stanley — Feb 01, 2008

Speed works for me! I took a 5-day workshop in abstract acrylic painting last summer, and we started with 1/2 day paintings, followed by 30 minute paintings, and culminating with 6 paintings done in 1 hour. Those final 6 were my best – I stopped “thinking” and started responding emotionally to what was happening with the paint. Now, whenever I am stalled on a painting, I grab some watercolour paper and go back to that “non-thinking” mode for an hour or so – very liberating!

From: Sarah — Feb 01, 2008

What about Picasso painting Gertrude Stein in 90 sittings? One has to ask…what would Picasso think of your reflexive relaxology?

From: Anonymous — Feb 01, 2008

I am sure Picasso would try it, he was open minded. He probably tried something like that anyways, that and many, many other things…

From: Peggy Guichu — Feb 04, 2008

One of my previous husbands was married previously to a lady obsessed by her father. She had been working on his portrait for over 10 years. That’s a bit of mental disfunction if you ask me. I should have asked her prior to marrying her ex-husband. It could have been transference. Seriously, there’s something almost sexual about listening to a southern man drawl his way through a story. I can surely pick out the art of a home born southerner by the languid brush strokes of their paintings. It’s just luscious. On the other hand, I’m a fast paced Californian who is always asked to slow down so others can catch up. In the last month I completed 3 very large oils and I have 6 oils in different stages of completeness with 2 watercolors in the wings. My self analyses of that is that I’m going through a period of indecision. I think it’s important to begin and complete a piece of work before you start on another. It feels like I’ve been interrupted before I finished my sentence. Perhaps this is a time of change or growth for me. I could just be stuck. Maybe too much going on in my personal life that distracts my attention. It could just be this time of year. I’m sure I need to slow down and breathe. Sit back and listen to my paintings. Light a candle and fantasize about laying out in a small canoe on a slow moving body of water with the sun seeping deep into my soul. That’s where I’ll discover my best work. That’s where I can finish my sentence. There’s a place for speed, but I find that in today’s world we don’t have to simulate it. Speed pushes us every single minute of every day to hurry up and finish whatever it is we are doing at the time. I crave the slow sensual drawl of a meticulous, thought provoked moment transferred onto canvas for all the world to enjoy. Here’s looking at you kid.

From: Anonymous — Feb 04, 2008

Why would anyone take someone’s workshop not wanting to be inflicted with the teacher’s methods and not wanting to learn anything? It seems that some other emotion was at play, perhaps jealousy and feeling of inadequacy. How sad. One aspect of being successful is being an open target for all sorts of projectiles from the lower levels.

From: Jennifer Carrasco — Feb 04, 2008

I teach a lot and every once in a while I get someone like the stomping anonymous. I just wonder why they spent the money to take a class. Maybe it’s just for the company of others or maybe stomper wanted praise for his work as it is. Also, his jealousy was painfully evident. It can be a challenge to set up for these kinds of students. I’d be interested in how you deal with it? When I teach, I tell my classes to just try to adopt my methods for the time of the class, then they can decide whether they want to use the ideas and techniques later. It often takes more than one try to break through to learn something that helps you grow in your art. I tell students that a concept makes you uncomfortable, you often are on the brink of learning something. I always enjoy reading your letters…thanks for offering your art thoughts. Jennifer

From: Amanda Williams — Feb 05, 2008

Hey Mr Stomped Out – I think you missed the point – going to a workshop is all about trying things, learning things and maybe, just maybe, finding something new you can add to your practice.

From: Marsha — Feb 05, 2008

Interesting that the person who stomped out is still reading your letters!

From: Brad Greek — Feb 05, 2008

I would have to say that I have painted both ways, slow and deliberate as well as fast and instinctive (just letting the painting evolve, plein-air paintings mostly). I treat them all as finished pieces. I have also found that by painting fast I have had more growth as an artist, and my work is looser and more expressive. I see more females that are logical in their approach then I see males.

From: Theresa Bayer — Feb 05, 2008

I used to be hooked on speed when I drew and painted. Now I see the advantages of going more slowly. But that doesn’t mean I’m slowing down all the time. My art is a journey. I speed up on the highways and slow down at the intersections.

From: Linda (a student) — Feb 05, 2008

I have had the honor and privilege to have been able to be a student of Vianna Szabo. Taking a plein air class with her, I found that it has allowed me the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. While painting fast is physically challenging for me, Vianna taught us to take the time to take reference photos, do thumb nail sketches, to do a 6×8 painting everyday and to use a limited palette with just the primary colors of red, blue, yellow and white (practicing to harmonize our colors while also making it easier out on the field with less baggage to carry) as well as other learning aids. Taking her class also taught me that making mistakes is all right as it will help you be able to critique your own work and help you to the next step of the painting process. It is truly amazing with these simple steps how it will help you to speed up the process of what you are wanting to convey on the canvas. Not every piece that is done will be a master piece but with each piece that you allow the brush to flow through your hand will be a learning piece to the next work of art which is priceless. I do not understand why “stomper” would take a class with anyone (we seem to have one in almost every class) if you are not willing to open your mind to new ideas that may help you in the process of creating a beautiful piece of art.

From: Sylvia — Feb 05, 2008

Surely Mr. Stomper was joking! He was too complete in being opposite.

From: Nancy Hannigan — Feb 05, 2008

The saying “there’s many ways to skin a cat” comes to mind here. I point out that the master painter Vermeer spent 3 months on a single painting…and some canvases are all white when finished. Our judgement of art in any way shape or form is the problem. If you feel like painting fast, then do that with joy. If slow suits you better or you like to vacillate between the two…it’s all good. When you boil it all down, it’s about learning about the self and enjoying. Now, if you are trying to earn money doing it, it gets more complicated…a little speed could make you that much better off.

From: Another Anonymous — Feb 05, 2008

I’m sorry Anonymous stomped slowly out of your workshop. He wanted to be left alone and paint in his own way. However, a workshop gives one new ideas and new things to try out. You just take the ideas you like and work for you. Incorporate them into your work. I went to a watercolor workshop years ago in which we painted quickly. A full sheet painting in 40 minutes. It was great fun and I still feel that liberating sensation. A few of my paintings were wonderful and some were – awful. Gotta get back to my studio now.

From: Gwen Purdy — Feb 05, 2008

Alan Soffer, your comments I agree with, if I am not in the flow, the painting is too banal, your Sapphire Dream painting illustrates the way I would love to paint. So speed has nothing to do with it. Also Carol Pigott, what a beautiful painting: Giverny- Morning Light, I love paintings that capture the light, am sure you spent a long time producing it.

From: Ron Stacy — Feb 05, 2008

I just read this: “I am one of those old guys who stomped slowly out of one of your workshops because you were trying to get us to paint quickly. I didn’t want to learn anything from you Robert, I just wanted to be left alone to paint the way I have painted for years. We can’t all be speedy creative whiz-kids like you Robert, wildly successful, collected everywhere and in demand. Just because you are successful and get big prices for your work does not mean you have the right to inflict your methods on all of us.” and wondered why; a) someone who just wanted to be left alone and paint the way they’ve painted for years would take a workshop from anyone, hotshot or not, and b) why not try something that may improve the way you work? I enjoy speed painting from time to time. I often start a painting by painting the whole thing very quickly and then build it up, adding detail and layers until it’s finished. There are myriad methods of applying paint. One should try many, and do so boldly, never fearful of making a mistake.

From: Vic — Feb 06, 2008

My art schooling is solely from local art clubs here in NJ. I love fast gesture and slow contour drawing – both seem to bring me into the zone, in different ways. Several times, in a painting workshop, my instructor told me to save my initial painting strokes on canvas and start a new one – those initial gestures were not finished pieces, but they had something that the fully developed works could not match!

From: Maritza Bermudez — Feb 06, 2008

Oh Mr. Stomper, I feel sorry for you. Do you consider yourself an artist? Artists are learning something new every day. If you sign up for a workshop, stick to it, you may learn something. The teacher is THE teacher, you are the student. If you are going to be a one track mind person maybe you should try something else. Release your inner creativity and let your juices flow. You might surprise yourself and paint a “work of art”.

From: Marjorie Turnbull — Feb 06, 2008

The other night I did a demo for an art group. The meeting was from 7pm to 9pm. My painting took one hour. Some of the members complained that I should have painted for the whole two hours. Would that have made my painting any better?? I have always believed that any demo longer than one hour fills the room with zzzzzzzzzz!!

From: Janet Badger — Feb 07, 2008

As a college student I ran from the classroom in tears when my professor painted all over my work in progress. I cried because the painting was mine no longer. Ten years later I returned to finally complete my art degree. The same professor drew on my drawing, but I watched him carefully, thinking maybe I could learn from him. A few years later I was in a private life drawing class, and the instructor asked if she could adjust my drawing. I politely said, No, thanks. Because it was more important to me that the drawing be mine alone, than that it be perfected according to her vision. Instructors should teach, students should learn, but artists should be the only ones to touch their own works of art.

From: Rick Rotante — Feb 07, 2008

Dear Janet- I understand about having others touch your work. I think we all agree with you in principle. I also feel when in a “school” or learning situation you should not hold too dearly the work you produce, especially if there is room for improvement. After-all that drawing was not who you are, it is what you did then and I’m sure your work, if you’ve continued, is far superior than that one drawing. Your instructor should have made his/her own drawing along side or on another sheet. I had a teacher who would put a tracing sheet over my work and draw the corrected image over my own. This way I could compare and see my errors. Artists are a sensitive lot and every piece, good or bad, is garnered from the sweat of our brow and I appreciate your sensitivity. In the end you seem to have overcome. Keep drawing.

From: Marshall Chapman — Feb 07, 2008

Re; “old stomper” I too am “old” by some people (70″). I am a wood worker of sorts. Retired from other work. I find it sad that the old fellow? can’t try something new. One of the greatest joys I have is trying the new and seeing if it works for me. Every day is a new day to learn something or see something differently, what a joy.

 

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