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Life Is What It Is

I am ragged and dragged and to be honest, probably not over it. There will probably be more. Last night saw another round with kidney stones, first flash of flask spasm just as I started to think about off to bed. The night became one of sitting up in bed with Houdini to one side, deep centered breathing, and using all of the prescriptions provided on Monday morning.

Some when around 04:30, some thing passed.

The day following all that is mildly productive. A feed run, checking the post office on the way. Unloading said feed run. Second coat of paint on the items for the tractor. Nap. Really productive. Things that I did want to do, didn't happen. Ah well, there's still time and some will happen.

One of those things includes doing some photo blogging, which in this case will cover recent Ranch work done and some things done last year as Sketchbook. Artists all use sketchbooks. Sometimes it is simply to keep material at hand to work on. Often the idea is what is important, and the sketch is made to be incorporated into another work, later. I am working more with the latter though I am not sure these specific images will be incorporated, or the setting/setup.

8N Cooling Fan

Touch up on rust spots, cleanup of caked on grease while the shroud is off, the radiator off, and such. Time to get this done, the weather is warming. We'll need to mow. We need to move large objects. So some of the prep work is to be able to get the radiator back on.

Squrrl & the Fan Shroud

That's Squrrl BorderCollie Bro both to provide some scale and being helpful. Or sort of. Wasn't trying to actually paint at this point, but both Bros caught hearing of the hiss of the spray paint and wanted to investigate the 'Hose' game. That would be ... colourful.

The colour, in fact, is called Ford Red. I'm expecting it to fade a bit to the more orange-red which is the drive-train of the tractor. We'll see. Again, cleaning up rust, covering it. Tomorrow this will be ready to mount back onto the radiator.


Ford 8N Tractor Grill. The bottom of the grill is to the bottom of the photograph. Seems odd, perhaps to put a grill over a radiator on a vehicle which moves so slow. It's also heavier itself than the entire rest of the cowling that mounts over the engine. However, it does serve the duty of protecting that radiator from stones & sticks. Break radiators as well as bones, they do. Oh, and this colour is Ford Gray. the first two series of the N tractors (9N & 2N for 1939 and 1942) were painted all gray. The 8N started the red drive train with gray sheet metal work.

Unlit Backdrop

The basic idea is build a 'set' for posing a model, or for using to composite up larger images, or both. To work up on those larger images, lighting needs to be similar. So these sketchbook images include the lights for location and angle.

Lit Backdrop

Lit Backdrop, No Sides

Somewhat different shapes, somewhat different lighting.

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Apr. 14th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you're starting to feel better...take it easy.

Your border collies are so darn cute. ^_^ Even though black, white and red are a very classic, spiffy combination, please do not paint your collies.
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
it's harder than you might think to avoid painting a collie if there's paint going on anywhere. Spike has a red tail at the moment thanks to some random guy's fence XD

and you, feel better!
Apr. 15th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
collies...border and otherwise... are inherently paintable by their own designs.
Apr. 14th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the stone passed. You know and I know how wonderful it is to be hospitalized for stones. Drink lots and LOTS of water, OK?
Apr. 14th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the stones. Glad you've managed to be productive in spite of them. Love the modular set!
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
keep posting like this it’s really very good idea, you are awesome!

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