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Painter’s World: And, That’s A Good Thing



  1. Four guest passes to see The Last Jedi. (Thanks, Doc.)


  1. Packed cookies all in the mail, folks.


  1. I’d saved six of seven manuscripts and related files and setups onto flash drives. (See no. __ below.)


  1. Installed new hard drive. Now waiting for copy of new operating system from Microsoft.


  1. Old hard drive is on its way for specialist to run analysis, recover files…reactivate.


  1. So far, all “readers-en-field” have also written reviews. (And all are very positive.)


  1. Online bookseller Curtis is a first-class networker, linking only serious participants.


  1. Connection with best-selling author Buddy A. is proving outstanding.


  1. Artist-sculptor of Neanderthal in cover photo is on board 100 percent. And, with her international connections.


  1. Indiana cousin made it to the altar on December 2. (Three months earlier, his spinal cord was severely damaged in a five-vehicle pile up on the interstate.)


  1. New outpatient neurologist at CNH/FHMG is a very sharp, wholistic health pro. Very up to date on research, therapies and clinical trials.




  1. The new hard drive will not open up. Note: I’m waiting for new Windows 7 from Microsoft.


  1. I lost all of no. 7 manuscript and related files, when the hard drive failed. Rebooting, etc. a NO GO. Started working on this one in 2011.



Sometimes, even good or not so good things encapsulate the opposite effect.


“Painting with Bob” is a blog aimed at helping painters and decorators, including contractors.

Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.


Artist Bob Ross used to say, “Painting should not be agony.”

I agree.

Over the years, I’ve met and/ or worked with construction industry painters that fit into one of these categories:

1. Some painters loved what they were doing; and it showed in their work, and their attitude about life.

Example: “Bob, the Painter,” my father, smiled a lot on the job. And often he stopped to admire others’ workmanship… to watch a bird in a nearby tree…to double check his own work.

2. Some painters, overall, liked to paint, and seemed to be fine with the likelihood that they’d be doing it for years in the future.

Example: Jesse hummed on the job… drank, and tried to share, cantaloupe juice made by his wife… took on any task that needed to be done.

3. Some painters liked to paint and did a good job; but they wanted to do something else career-wise, and to earn a living.

Example: Larry and Wayne wanted much more independence than a foreman painter had. So both went into contracting, and demonstrated that they were okay with the added responsibility that entrepreneurship required.

4. Some painters really didn’t like to paint; but they lacked the will, nerve and resources to try anything else.

Example: “W” dreamed of doing something where he could visit more with others on the job, and get paid for it. But, he had no real support system in the U. S. to help him try something new.

5. Then there were a few painters that had an intense dislike for painting, and much associated with the trade. And, increasingly, they demonstrated their disdain and discomfort.

Example: W.R. complained about everything, it seemed. He showed up intoxicated… violated safety rules…put crew members at risk…misused products.

What each of those painters knew about their jobs was complemented, or contradicted, by their respective attitudes about painting, and their own lives.

Which painter would you like to work with on a regular basis?

Into which category do you think that others might place you?

Into which category do you believe that you really fit?

Something to think about, right?

Whatever you do for a living, including painting, give it your 100 percent at least 85 percent of the time. The remaining 15 percent? Take a good look at how you’re doing, and why.

Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

The Art of Sign Painting

Signs are important messengers. Designed and situated to pass on information, usually to many people. A few examples:


Botanical sign – Identifies specie of flora or fauna, often both the scientific and popular names.

Zoo sign – Identifies specific creature, and describe its unique characteristics.

Historical landmark sign – Identifies natural or man-made site, wonder, building, etc.

Destination sign – Identifies place, how to reach it, approximate distance, “special interest” trivia.

Property sign – Identifies property, usually with only name and a logo.

Commercial sign– Displays business name, location, phone numbers and web address.

Product/Service sign – Advertises general or specific goods and/or services available for purchase/use.

Event sign – Announce upcoming special event, as well as its date (s), location, contact information.




Today, many signs, particularly commercial and product/service, are made of pre-stamped or pre-printed sheets of vinyl and/or plastic.


* Advantages: Durable, waterproof, fade proof, tear proof. Involve no drying time, on site. Allow efficient delivery to the customers. Very appealing, aesthetically.

* Disadvantages: Cost, and longer design and production times.


Hand-painted signs have a place in an electronic-tech driven world.


Signs that are hand-painted – by brush, roller, and/or spray – have a unique place in the “space of things.”


Sign painting is still needed where surfaces and spaces call for an artist’s personal touch.


Sign paint is almost a lost art these days. Still, clients and customers may request and need it, when their surface, spatial and budget call for this special touch. So, it deserves some explanation for painters who wish to try it.


About surface preparation.


The level of a surface’s preparation is determined by the distance from which the sign will be viewed. A few examples:

– From 100 feet. Surface needs to be moderately smooth. Minimal prepping and sanding may be needed.

– Close and at eye-level. Surface needs to be smooth-to-the-touch. Thorough prepping will be needed.


  1. The surface should be “dry” and moderately “smooth.”
  2. Weather conditions should be dry and reasonably clear. Avoid full sun.


Once the surface has been prepared, you’re ready to get down to the real fun – and challenge.


Follow the simple recommendations listed below to turn your sign painting venture into a big success.


1. Plan out on a piece of paper the location of your words and /or numbers.

A. Measure phrase/line length, word length, distance between letters and sentences.

B. Maintain an even spacing.


2. Mark horizontal lines, indicating the bottom of the letters and words.

A. Use markings which can be removed easily. Do not use ink.


3. Use stencils to lay out and pencil in letters.

A. Or, if you are gifted, use the free hand painting method.

B. For sizable letters, a bounce pattern can be used.


4. A “steady hand” and a “sharp eye” are typically required, either way you do it.

A. Used together, from start-to-finish, they will help you complete phase to specification.

B. For your sign to come out looking good, both must be used with the right precision as needed.


5. Two brush styles are normally used: the flat and the filbert.

A. The size you choose will depend on the width of the letters and numbers.

B. The size you choose will also depend on the style of each respective letter or number.


6. When painting a letter, you generally want to load the brush according to the letter size.

A. Too much paint on the end of the bristles will create a wavy line.

B. Too little paint on the end of the bristles will create an uneven flow.


7. Do not use masking tape, under any circumstance.

A. The paint will suck in underneath the tape.

B. It will make a difficult job that much harder, and messy.

NOTE: It’s something I do not do.


8. Oil paint is the medium of choice when it comes to doing signs.

A. It is water proof, dries hard, and cleans easily of dirt or residue.

B. It also flows extremely well when applying.


Product Recommended: Bulletin Colors brand. They are specifically designed for sign painting.


Painting a sign is a creative challenge – and opportunity.


Painting a sign will really test your ability to paint a straight line.


1. It requires a “special attention to detail,” versus the standard skills used for production painting.

2. It requires a steady hand and precision craftsmanship.

3. It requires ample time and patience.

4. And, it requires a unique passion for detail-work.


One of my sign painting challenges and opportunities:


I once hand-painted a sign, that had over 350 letters and numbers. It required precision work. And, it stretched my sign painting abilities way beyond my perceived limits. (I couldn’t wait till I was finished.)


Every sign painting project offers its own new and amazing opportunity to test one’s skills. And, to stand back and congratulate yourself.  For the fantastic signage left in the full view of others!

Many thanks, Ron!


And, thanks to everyone for visiting, “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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