Friday, June 25, 2010
At the bottom a couple more of my " Doggy Graduates"
Hopefully by next week I will get back on schedule with some of my artwork I am behind on.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Today I went back to the library as I do most weeks to check out books, and there is a big poster with my picture along with others promoting the library. They also made bookmarks with each of our pictures on them.
Below is a copy of the book mark with my picture on it. !!
What a hoot. I may be famous, yeah right.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This time last year I was getting ready to go to Grunewald Guild in the Cascade Mts. of Washington State. It is an art and spirituality retreat, and I took two classes. One on Mandelas and one on Art and Spirituality. It was soooo wonderful I was going to go back this year for 3 weeks on staff, which meant for a little work I got my classes and everything else free. Well, alas things often changed. I needed to retire from teaching, I got the job at PetsMart, and so here I am still in Missouri for the summer.
I will return again though. There were two 87 year old women there when I was and they came every year. It was a wonderful way to spend my 60th birthday and was my gift to myself. I hope I don't have to wait to0 long to go again
Saturday, June 12, 2010
My life it seems has been full of food and fruit lately.!! In the Foundations of Artful Journaling online class, so far we have drawn watermelon, lemons and now a fortune cookie.
All of this reminded me of a painting I did about a year ago in a 1 day class on watercolor. I actually still have a little bit of work to do on this piece, but, for the most part it is done.
The grapes need some more color and the pear in the bottom left needs work.
I also need to finish the background, but I thought I would show it anyway. Who knows the way my life seems to be lately, who knows when I will ever get back to it.
I will say, some of the things I have learned from Laure Ferlita in just the past week already make me see some places this piece needs work done on.
Hope everyone is not expecting to have to build an Ark, like we are here in the Kansas City area. More rain expected for tomm.
I taught 5 dog obedience classes today and two 30 minute make up classes. I was wiped out by the time I got off at 7:15.
Happy times to all my new found blog artist friends. You make my life so much more enjoyable with your kindness and talents.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The assignment was this picture of a slice of watermelon. I am sure you wonder why mine has a birthday candle in it. My birthday is July 5,1949. I was not usually a big cake fan, so my mom started putting candles in 1/2 a watermelon and that would be my birthday cake.
Last summer when I turned 60 I took a week long retreat to Grunewald Guild in the state of Washington. It was a week of art and spirituality. I took a Mandala class with Carla McConnell.Check out her web site. She does amazing things with colored pencils. Her mandalas are unbelievable. That was where I first saw the water brushes. You need to check out the Guild, they have different classes taught by known artists throughout the summer. It is up in the Cascade Mts. and is just beautiful. They have a different set of classes every week. I hope someday to get back again.
My very dear brother and sisters, made sure that the staff there knew that I liked watermelon for my birthday cake, and everyone surprised me with a birthday celebration complete with a watermelon birthday cake. I will always treasure those memories.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Yesterday my second dog obedience class had graduation. This class only consisted of one dog, as the other one in the class ended up not being able to be there at the time scheduled.
I loved this experience. I had a class graduate the Saturday before, but, I forgot my camera. This time I remembered.
The cutest couple were my "Pet Parents". Eric and Angela. She is due to have their first child next month, they are moving into their first house this week and Talon their beautiful yellow Lab graduated on Sunday. They were so sweet to work with and so nice.
What a rewarding experience this is. I love the picture of Talon with the cap on the side of his head covering his eye, and he didn't even mind. He is a special dog.
Friday, June 4, 2010
After a very long day at work today, I need some relaxing down time. My favorite thing to do for that is art work and more specifically Zentangles.
I have been hooked on them ever since I found out about them almost 6 months ago.
The first one I did was this little bird. Maybe that comes from my part time job at PetsMart !!!!
Whatever, it just seemed like a fun idea.
Thanks to Valentino Ramos for the inspiration.
She is an amazing artist who's work I just happened on to here in Blogworld.
I love her Zentagle works that at 3D- different, unusual and just amazing. I was so inspired by her Artichoke Zentangle I had to try one of my own.
SO, a big thank you to Valentino even though she has no idea who I am, for giving me this inspiration. You can go to her blog which is linked above to see her work.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Just thought I would let you see a picture of my Brother, so he would not be left out, since he is not a girl. What he is though is "Santa Claus" at Christmas time. I am sure you can see why. What else he is , is one of the most caring, loving, dependable, trustworthy and specially talented persons I know. That is " Brother"
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Came across this photo today while looking for something else.
I love this picture. It was taken last August at my nephew's wedding in Tulsa Oklahoma.
I am in the middle back row, my oldest niece is to my left, my baby sister to my right ( mother of the groom) . The front row is my older sister on the left, her middle daughter in the middle and her youngest daughter on the right. My older sister had the three girls, my younger sister and I each had 2 boys.
We all had so much fun watching all of them grow up. They are all such fine young men and women now.
My brother who is the oldest could not be at the wedding. He is the wonderful person entitled Micosay who comments on every one of my blogs. We have always called him "Brother" although his name is John Charles. He and I have a bond of our artistic sides.
My younger sister is Betty Lou and my older sister Mary Margaret.