Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Interlude at the beach

On Monday after visiting the green car, I decided to take a walk at the HB pier.

Sunday evening, there was fog.

(I drove past the Sawdust festival in Laguna, but the metered parking area I like was full.

I think I was being punished for not drawing anything for a few weeks!)

On Monday evening (my day off)  there was a very interesting cloud formation.

Also I had new sneakers.

Any reason is a good reason to take a walk! I went to the HB pier.

There isn't much to say.

Some kids caught a stingray and let it go!

It's hard for me to slow down some times.

All the time!

It took all my effort to stand still and just be.

Talking to my cousin when she visited last week, really helped me to appreciate this beach.

And to appreciate any time off with family whenever possible.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Another visit with the green car

Today was my day off for the week.

I wanted to sleep in, but I still visited the painter and the green car.

It is coming along and getting shiny!

The rear wing is on, side mirrors are on, but it is still missing one headlight cover, and the "ground effects"

The ground effects are body panels that go along the sides and bottom of the bumpers.
Every year has a slightly different package.

The red car is the same year as the green car, but didn't come with the ground effects.
That makes it look like a slightly older car.

The painter says it needs one more round of polishing. I think so too.

There was also an issue with the weather stripping around the windshield.
It was 3/4 " and looked awkward. It should have been less than 1/2".

I had him re-do it, but when the glass person removed the rubber, it made a small flake in the paint.

Now he has to fix the flake, but that's why I had him re-do the windshield.

If I took it home and had another person do the windshield, I'd be stuck with whatever was underneath.

Also there was some confusion about the rubber bumper strips that go along the door.

I thought I told him not to take them off, but he thought I told him not to put them back on!

It is a minor detail and he has extra paint, and will be able to put them back on.

This is the rubber door part on the red car:

It looks OK without it, but everyone I talked to said it should be put back on.

He says the car will be ready tomorrow, so I think it could be ready by Friday-

But I don't know how long it will take him to do the rubber door strips.

I am really very anxious to get it finished...

I also got one of the parts for the red car brakes in the mail today!

These are two hubs that will go on the front end, to attach larger, newer-model brakes.

Aside from going to the junkyard and taking apart a 1998-2002 camaro's brakes,
there is just this one guy back east, who does it for you.

All the other brake parts can be bought from a regular parts store.

I'll be ordering the other brake parts from a place called RockAuto.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spinning wheels

It has been a busy week.
My cousin and aunt and family drove in from Texas on Wednesday.
I didn't know how long they would be staying in town, but the house needed a thorough cleaning.
That took up most of my weekend and Monday.

Having a clean house and washed dogs is worth it!

Furry family portait:

My family wasn't around enough to meet the animals, though.

We went to the Orange County fair for a few hours after work on Wednesday.

It has been many years since I have been to the fair.
It's a lot louder and brighter and more crowded than I remember.

I didn't go on any rides but it was very entertaining.

I didn't take a lot of pictures, but I liked this carousel horse.

Tuesday was my day off and I needed to sort some things out with the cars.

Don the mechanic recently bought new 17" rims and I bought his old 16" rims.

They will go on the red car, which has 15" rims.
This way I can put bigger disc brakes on the red car.

This is what the 15" rims look like:

As you can see they have much less "rim" on them.

I thought I might be able to polish the new wheels myself, but once I got a good look at them I knew they needed to be machined.

The neighbor's son, in the same business complex, is starting his own tire company.

I was thinking about what to do next and asked him to take the tires off the rims so I could shop around for a wheel polishing place.

Instead the neighbor's son made me a better deal on polishing the rims, so they are off being polished.

There are a lot of parts to do with the Red car's brake upgrade.

Here are the old drum brakes on the rear of the car.

Don will have to cut off part of the mounting to make it fit the new brakes.

I ordered some brake parts and it will take a few days for them to arrive, and a few days for the wheels to be polished..

Meanwhile, Don is working on Steve's KITT replica.

It needs a new motor, because the old one blew up...
when David Hasselhoff drove it during a publicity event a few years ago!

I have always wanted to make a KITT car out of one of these cars...
Unfortunately the ones I've had are all so nice in their own way, I could never alter them.

(Steve also has the newly painted dark maroon colored car at the picnic.)

While I was at Don's I drove by the painter's.
The shop was closed and my Green car wasn't hanging around outside.

I talked to the painter the next day on the phone and he mentioned some missing screws and said "It will be ready Saturday..."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Third Gen Picnic

Today (Saturday) there was a picnic at Craig park in Fullerton for local owners of 3rd generation Camaros and Firebirds.

I missed last year's picnic because Mom was in the hospital last summer.

We had most of a section of parking lot to ourselves.

There were more people at the picnic than I remembered.

Some people came from San Diego and others from Central California.

I counted 16 cars, and also some people who came without their cars.

During the 10 years these cars were in production, they came with a lot of options.

Hard tops, Convertibles, or T-Tops.

Different front ends and rear spoilers, different rims and different motors.

Everyone's car is different, but based on the same body style which is called the F-Body.

These two are Camaros:

A friend named Steve just got his car back after having it repainted.

My car and Steve's car are both Firebirds.

Steve's is a different year and also the deluxe package, which is a Trans Am GTA.

It is a very unique dark maroon color.

I wish the green car was done already!

But, at least I didn't steal the spotlight from Steve's new paint job.

We are planning another picnic in September.
I sure hope it's done by then...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The past week seemed to crawl by very slowly.

The office isn't air conditioned.  Luckily work has been slow.

I don't feel like driving very far with the squeaky brake on the red car, and the hot weather discourages me from walking.

I really wanted to go to the beach this week! There were some sunsets I know I missed.

This week, I looked at jewelry for sale at trendy websites, and got some ideas.

I turned these beads into these earrings:

I feel like I already made them, before.

I found a bag of rounded glass pebbles (for putting into vases,) for $1 at CVS.

I liked them because they are not flat on one side like most of those kind of pebbles.

They are not perfectly round like marbles either.

This was the only color I found.

I tried to wrap a wire round one to make a pendant.

I didn't follow a tutorial, but I saw a similar pendant at Michael's.

I didn't like how it turned out. Maybe next time.

Today was my day off for the week, so this is my weekend.

I was unhappily unable to contact Don the mechanic about my brakes.

I spent some time today drawing faces.

I'm always happy when I find time to draw!

I copied some random faces from a fashion magazine.
(The first few pages of many magazines are annoying ads for cosmetics, with big faces.)

I drew it like usual, with a watercolor crayon, and then erased it with a watercolor wash.

Then I decided to go back over it again with more watercolor crayon.

I didn't start out with a proportional face, so it ended up interesting but weird.

Drawing over again with the crayon was a different look so I tried again.

I tried to make the next drawing more in proportion.

I used a sparkly crayon which has a neat effect I like.

After I covered the drawing with watercolor:

Then I went back over it again and added details in watercolor crayon:

This is definitely how I'm feeling today!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I still have all my fingers

Man those self-portraits yesterday are scary!

I set off all the fireworks without incident.

I duct taped an incense stick to the end of a broomstick to light them.

The fuses worked fine, despite their age, and gave me just enough time to run away.

If you would like to know how the rest of my 4th went, just look up videos of Santa Ana on the 4th of July.

Today the 5th was my day off for the week.

I tried to network and discussed some details with the painter, and about the brakes with Don.

Nothing looks like it will be happening for a few weeks, though.

In the meantime I made lots of jewelry.

Yesterday, while I was waiting for the sun to go down,  I copied a Victorian design for a beaded necklace.

It isn't something I'd wear in the summer, but that's what I felt like making.

It came out OK, but making a chain of tiny beads took hours and hours.

(You can't tell by the picture, but the beads are a dark garnet color, not black.
I guess everything I took pictures of recently was over-exposed.)

Today I had nothing better to do so I looked up jewelry trends.

One trend on the runway that I've noticed and seemed easy to do, was industrial looking jewelry made from thick cord, like parachute cord.

I don't have anything like that.

What I did have was a bunch of leather lacing.
Some of it was regular, and some of it (the brown stuff) was irregular ends from a bag 'o leather bits.

I thought it would be nice to stick a big silver bead on it, and make it more bohemian.

I came up with this:

Those are definitely something I will wear.

It was really hard to find a bead that would fit on thick cord.

I looked around and found other beads and thinner, round leather cord.

The blue beads are the kind that would go in those big chunky, memory bead bracelets.

The orange beads are kid's plastic beads.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Self Portraits and a Bad Idea.

I have no special plans this 4th of July.

My red car is not in any shape for a road trip.

Dad is with the Knights of Columbus.

They always participate in the big Huntington Beach parade.
It can be exhausting.
This year he stayed home and recorded it.

However, after the parade, Dad went with them to one of the Knights house for a get together.

The Knights are very supportive of Dad, and he always has something to do.

Meanwhile at home, I continued working with the mineral coated paper, and crayons.

So far today I've made two self portraits!

The first one I used the same watercolor crayons that I used yesterday.

I started out with a sketch to position everything.

It was going  OK.

In the end I didn't think it looked much like me.

There was something wrong with the eyes.

I decided I couldn't get the right kind of detail with the watercolor crayons, so I tried using regular oil pastels.

I had never really tried making a portrait with oil pastels.

The best ones were the Sennelier's, but I only have a few and not the colors I wanted.

The next best brand was the Cray-Pas.
That set came with a colorless blender which was very useful.

I tried changing position and lighting too.

The next sketch:

I came up with this:

I was sitting in front of a rainbow, batik print curtain.

I used a stick to scratch into the paint.

This one came out looking more like me, but not as nice as my color pencil portrait.

Eventually I will try to do a portrait in paint.

The other day I visited a friend and he gave me some old fireworks.

We used to have big parties at his house and these were left over from long ago.

I planned to share them with other friends, but then I realized what a bad idea that would be!

These fireworks are very old, and will likely explode as soon as the fuse is lit.

I wouldn't want anyone to lose a finger.

Later today I will figure a way to detonate them from a safe distance.