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    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2014
    You also tend to use a decent amount of paint, yeah? The stuff you've posted seems to indicate some nice layering. Just go with it! Make mistakes! Have fun!
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    Depends on the style. Cartoon paintings, 1 or 2 layers. Pointillist and Impressionist stuff, about a dozen layers. Expressionist, up to 20. Sfumato, sky's the limit.

    The kneadable eraser did the trick, now I'm off to do some underpainting :-D
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2014

    I'm a little late but:

    When I used to paint portraits, I always used prismacolor col-erase coloured erasable pencils in warm colours similar to what I'd be painting on top. A brick-red line blended into skin tones a lot easier than a harsh grey one. Also, depending on how tight i wanted to get my underdrawing to be, it was just easier to start with red or non-photo blue, then use darker coloured pencils (or straight up graphite) to tighten it up.
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    Thanks! I hadn't thought of using coloured pencils - - will give that a whirl on my next project!
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    This is a bit of a long shot. In 2005 I went to the national gallery in Prague. There was an exhibit there that was a tree in a Perspex box, still covered in leaves but left to rot. The image stayed with me and I'd really like to find out the artist. I've tried looking on the website, but had no luck. Can anyone help with the name of the artist.

    The piece was full size. The tree almost looked still alive, with the floor of the box covered in mouldy leaf litter. It's directly inspired one story and lurks behind a lot of my other work, but I never took the time to note down the artist, or the name of the piece, at the time.
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    My fellow and I will eat the same meal, but food smell seems to stay with him for hours and hours. Brushing his teeth ends up only a temporary fix, and gnarly food breath returns soon after.He doesn't get tonsil stones or anything. He does have Tourette's so his body is always running fast; high blood pressure, high body temperature, etc, so maybe this has something to do with it? I'm trying to find a solution. Do some people just have more food-absorptive mouths? We both have had a ridiculous number of cavities, but his were filled long ago, and mercury, while mine are the updated white kind, so maybe that is the culprit?
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    One thing I've noticed (and learned from customers) is that brushing/flowing/mouthwash is good, but mouthwash needs to be fluoride without alcohol in it, because alcohol kills good germs and increases bad breath. Otherwise, I'm not that clever.
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2014

    Sadly, I have this exact same problem. I have irritable bowel syndrome and frankly my whole digestive system is pretty shot, so I've always put it down to things not digesting as quickly or efficiently as they do for my partner. Does your fellow have any digestive problems that might be the cause?
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2014

    Reflux can be a problem.
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    His theory is that his esophagus stays more open or something. His Tourette's causes him to crunch his abdomen down/in repeatedly, which musses with his digestion I think. So maybe he's just pushing everything towards the nearest exit?

    @trini: no alcohol. Cool, thanks for the advice!

    @dorkmuffin: His constant flexing might be causing reflux. Hmmmm....

    @curb : do you find that antacids or activated charcoal or milk or anything improves this issue?
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2014
    ^ I drink Yakult, the probiotic yoghurt drink, which seems to help and is pretty tasty too! Peppermint tea can sometimes help, too.
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    The best natural breath freshener is lemon or lime juice, so try a non alcoholic mojito after particularly stinky food
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    Probiotics. The only thing likely to work. His gut flora is not right.
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    Thanks Kay & curb! I've started a yogurt regimen for him. He mentioned that he does have recurrent acidic stomach, so hopefully this will be the answer! Thanks everyone! For the record, I totally did google this a lot, and all I found was mouth advice.
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    Ok, I've got another one, kinda. My facebook page is being trolled by a cousin of my father's; a dude in his early 60's who lives in Arizona, and watches FOX NEWS. He picks fights, like a true troll, by being condescending and pretty much a dick. While he is a bit more extreme and vocal than my more immediate Fox family, he is a pretty accurate example of how my relatives think, and their opinions of me. To block him would, in effect, be telling him to shut up, which I find rude. I welcome debate, because I like to have my own views challenged and possibly come to new understandings.

    Also, I find this kind of situation an opportunity - so that this man might, after enough examples, start to not see the political world as Us vs Them, or whatever easily defined roles he clearly has for people of a less conservative bent. It's somewhat a challenge, but I like the idea that I might find sources of information that he would respect to allow him to rethink some of his views. Being a dick in kind won't do anything productive, y'know?

    He has been a real dick, though. Here are the examples:

    Where it started: LINK!

    The following day when he clearly lashed out at me for no reason: LINK!

    Now clearly trolling my page for ways to criticize me: LINK!

    So, first of all, if any of you know of news sources that FOX NEWS people respect aside from Fox News, or a good site that refutes crazy conservative claims with non-partisan sources, that would be FABULOUS.

    Second of all, for those of you who might witness these things on my FB page, please don't insult him or condescend or sink to his level in any other way (or any other family member who might pop up). It's really important to me to be an example as how a person can communicate with others and not get nasty when politics collide, as crappy as the other might be, no matter how much they bait me.

    Thanks, guys!
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    Some people have their opinions and they won't change. I'm not saying that he's one of those people but I highly, highly suspect he is. In reading this man's comments he comes across as someone that has made up his mind about something before actually reading what's being said and is so used to arguing (debating as he calls it) with people that he is constantly looking for ways to make what people say all about him.
    I also get the impression that he tries to goad people into getting mad that way he can feel as if he's "won" the argument.

    I understand why you want to try to get him to see things from a different point of view but honestly, I'd be amazed if it were to ever happen. People won't change unless they want to and he seems very set in his thinking.
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    Anyone who has to tell people how well read he is . . . . isn't.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2014 edited

    There's making an opposing point and then there's making an opposing point while being a dick about it. Once he went in to personal attacks he crossed that line and I'm in favour of giving him the boot and telling him to shut up. It's not a matter of rudeness, it's that you and he should be well above this shit.

    And honestly, the time spent thinking on how to change his mind could be spent on more worthwhile things (a new project, say). He's an annoying tumor. Cut him off and move on.
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    Thank you so much for being so supportive, guys! My internet friends really do help me keep my chin up when dealing with my family. You are all likely right about your opinions of him, and it's nice to see that I'm not just being hypersensitive.

    That being said, I didn't ask for help in how I should handle my cousin.

    I know how I'd like to handle him, and that's to kill him with kindness and logic. No, he might not deserve it, but it's the principle. I might possibly spend that effort on things that you'd find a better use of my time, but honestly, I feel that being open and not simply excluding people who are bitter and harsh is worth my time. I might not change his mind, but I've a real spectrum of political beliefs of those that follow my facebook feed, and I'd like to be an example of how LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE doesn't have to be so adversarial, and that we all have a different perspective. I've a lot of family that I suspect are quietly watching this unfold, and if he's going to be so unkind, then let him hang himself and show his true colors. I might show others that we can't all be so pigeon-holed. I feel that the US is being destroyed by division. You don't have to agree with me, but that's how I prefer to handle things, especially when it comes to family members.

    What I did ask for help for is for those of you who witness his madness on my facebook page to not let him bait you to stoop to his level, and for some right-respected news sources I could use to rebut his claims if/when he returns. So again, if you've any ideas for reputable sources, do let me know!

    PS. I did email my father and directed him to the discussions involving Fred. My family is very hierarchical. I am trying to avoid ANOTHER incident when a member of my family does something crappy to me online and then the retaliation by others ends up painting me as the rude one. My stepmother and half siblings have unfriended and/or blocked me on FB without explanation, and I do not want be even slightly be seen as similar.
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2014

    Seems to me that people had some pretty sound advice. Not engaging is the best way to win here. You're not going to change his mind, the same way he's unlikely to change yours.

    If you're looking for right-respected news sources, you may be asking the wrong crowd—I could give you a few but most of them are behind pay walls, and can easily be dismissed by a person who isn't interested in hearing what they have to say.

    You're barking up the wrong tree, and attempting to engage in conversation with someone who seems to have so clearly established that he's out to troll is not going to end well. He doesn't care about your feelings, he doesn't care what you have to say, and even if you post a news site he respects he will dismiss it as something you, with your liberal agenda, have cherry-picked without looking at all the facts.

    Please refer back to the first and most important lesson of interacting with people on the internet: