Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday August 29,2015 11:11am

I am sitting on my front porch enjoying a not-too-hot-not-too-cold day with a 60% chance of showers.  Not much to report, artsy wise:

The Rooster is now hung in its new home and the family loves it! Whoo Hoo!

Worked on the wine bottle chair last night and placed the arms and started the back.  (Waiting for glue to dry and firm.)

The Wine Label Chest is still in my dining room and I am still trying to get all those corners to lay down, and a clear coat over it all... Can only do one side at at time.

The bra art auction in October is coming up and its a whole new committee... which means all new rules.  I am not sure if there will be a next year, but I may be pleasantly surprised.  I hope so.  I started a piece before I knew the rules, and if it floats, fine, if not, fine too.  But once I had it in my head, it had to be done. Somewhere among the planning/rules/hub-bub of this years event, I have lost my enthusiasm over it.

Basically, that's the scoop on the week.  Next weekend is Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer.  The kids go back to school right after that and the long (lets hope its real long) slide to cooler temps arrive.  There are trees already starting to turn colors at the tips, and I think I need to go and lay under one and just look at green leaves for awhile.  Just to enjoy them for a bit.

On second thought, I believe I shall just stay on the porch and enjoy them from here, so the neighbors don't  think I am unconscious in the yard again.
Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday night August 22, 2015

I am sitting here under a wrap because it really is chilly.  In August. 
As much as I hate to let summer go, it seems to laugh at me as it is getting cooler much earlier this year. **sound of finger nails on a chalkboard to signify my hold slipping on said summer**

This morning, I was supposed to participate in a Plein Aire event.  It was a two day event, where before you start, you go in and pay your entry fee, have your canvas stamped and then go out and paint in the free air.
When I drove 25 minutes to said event, the art center where they were scheduled to have the event and the artist reception this evening, was locked up tight.  I went to the other art-type building where I know they give classes. 
I checked the internet event notification that I had.  Nothing was actually said about where and who would stamp your canvas.  So I called the phone number on the bottom of the event flyer.  It rang and rang.  I ran around town where there might be artists... not a one!  The time said it was to start at 8am.  It was 8:30, and paintings needed to be handed in by 5pm.  I found two spots that I wanted to paint.  I called another artist that usually participates... he was on vacation.
I came home.  So I still have my first plein air experience yet to experience.

I did get a Sit and Sketch organized and done last Tuesday at the local Yacht Club.  It looked like it was going to be stormy out, and we did get a little sprinkle, but it cleared right off and was just fine. There were 4 of us, three had never done that before and me, who had only done it the one other time.  Here is what I did in two hours... but it was a beautiful night to be at the lake and it was very meditative.  I think everyone did a great job and sounded like they want to do it again!
Friend Christy and I are working on that Wine Bottle Chair, and although we have been taking pics of it, I don't know if the pics are as easy to see what it looks like, but she and I know...
Still only half built...
Well, the Sandman is telling me its time to go to bed.  Tomorrow is another day, and the start of the last full week of August.  (whine!)

Have a great week!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday August 13 2015

A lady at work has just redone her kitchen.  She said it now needed a focal point.  A POP, if you will.  Well, we popped it alright... her love of funky chickens and color inspired me to do a 24x36 inch rooster.  Voila!

She loves it, and now I have rooster/chicken ideas for more.  I don't think this is the end of it yet.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

So much to think about.  Wine bottle chair, (deadline Sept 19).  A Sit-N-Sketch coming up on the 18th. A couple rather large roosters, painted of course (will show you later) .  A  calligraphy project.  Still working on the Wine Label Chest.  Etc. Etc Etc...

Here is what got done this week:
 Thats about all I got done this week.  

The snowman ironing board is done and delivered and she loves it!

The restaurant logo has been delivered and she loves it!  Its a go!

Christy is coming over this week to start the wine bottle chair.

I am helping cousin Marge with putting the pictures on her birch tree. (see previous posts)

Still looking for something to put on that magazine rack for my friend Linda.

So, little to show, but have still been busy.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday the FIrst of August 2015

My boss's boss called me into her office the other day (gulp!) and asked if I could do some lettering for her for a friends baby shower... what was I supposed to say?  No?
She showed me the 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper she had bought, (grey and yellow was the color of the nursery, so of the shower also) and then she laid them all out on the conference table the way she was going to hang them from ribbons, then gave me the four she wanted to say B-A-B-Y.
I came up with this font, from only God knows what corner of my head, (but thanks for that, God!) and with indelible marker, and in 20 minutes or so, came up with this.  Not bad, if I do have to say so myself!
She was thrilled!  I was happy I didn't screw one up where she would have to run back to the store for another piece of paper (Can you imagine: "Boss? Can you run to the store and get another one of these?  I goofed up!?!")
She sent me this picture of it all done for the shower with a note saying that everyone couldn't believe I did it freehand and in a few minutes!  I feel like I passed a huge exam!  Life is full of exams.  School prepares you for times like this, and I didn't do too well with exams back then, but feel I aced this one. Whew! Yea me! **happy dance here!**

In other news...

I just received a thumbs up on the logo for the new restaurant. I am not going to show it here because she is going to have the copyright on it, but she is naming the place after her Grandmother Rosie and it incorporates a rose in the design.  I hope it does her well for many long years.  Will deliver the final copy today.

The Wine Chest, as its simply called, is still in the dining room being added to and adjusted. Hopefully done by Christmas!  Setting my sites high with this one! (sarcasm)

I think I am done with the snowman ironing board.  Should be able to deliver that this week.

The trash bin is in a state of  I-don't-know.  **Shaking my head with face in hands.  "It'll be alright", my crafty angel voice in my head says.**

Next week is the first annual Art Extravaganza downtown.  I didn't get into it because I really don't sell, but now think that I do have a few things I could get rid of in the art room.  So for a few days now, been thinking I could throw a few things in frames and have a booth. Then I think, really?  To do it right, I should have started earlier.  I could have. I probably should have.  Just too much else to think of right now.  The dining room and the art room have been filled with 5 things going at any given time.  (Thank you again, God, for an understanding Hubs)  Maybe next year.  ("my word for this year is LIGHTEN, like 'lighten my load' and sell some art - what about THAT, eh?" she says to herself!)  Hard, when you work 40 hours and have housework and other events in your life, but it is my intention to start letting some things go.

Moral of the story: Life is an exam that just might have you talking to yourself... stay tuned.