MorteM - This thread is such a monster...I don't know how anyone can read through it. I hardly look back at the initial pages. Yuck...so bad hehehe.
Chermilla - Haha...well I'm certainly not rich that's for sure. My wife can attest to that. It's in Whitewright, TX (no one's ever heard of that place) so it's much much cheaper than renting in dallas. The rent I pay for this studio is half the rent I would pay for a 750 sq foot studio in dallas. From the heart of dallas it's about 1 hour and 10 minutes. So that's why it's cheaper to rent. Dallas can keep its traffic and noise...give me the quiet calm country.
Bojee - Thanks man. I'm really excited to actually be able to work in proper natural light! I'm also really excited to be able to give my students the proper studio to study in. I didn't have this kind of light and studio space when I was studying and it would have been much better. So I wanted to find something that suited my needs and also helped my students. Things are definitely going well...I'm having a blast.
ashrumm - Thanks! I'm really excited to be doing what I'm doing.
Ok so I told you guys that I would update you with the palette I just finished. Nate (Blackhawk) gave me some tips about what wood to use...how to sand it down, etc... So we both came up with some designs and I just finished putting the last layer of tung oil on my palette. I actually used it last night for the first time and I loved it. I wanted to make a cool design but it ended up being really utilitarian as well. The added space by the thumb hole allows me to hold a lot of brushes and my mahl stick really easily. Anyway here's the palette...it was really fun to make it. I think I am going to have all my students make their own palettes...it's kind of like a samurai making his sword heheh. It's really easy as well...much easier than you would think.
Here is a picture of Nate working on his new cast. He is doing superbly well already. He will be painting before he knows it.
Good old lefties!