Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring in the works

I've been working a large doodle painting again for my "music" series. It felt pretty good working on it, and I'm almost finished! All thats left is the outline and some details left to go! After I'm done painting it I still need to figure out the design of the frames I want to create. It's one of my more brightly colorful paintings and this is the one that makes me hum the "Happy Day's" theme song as I paint.
The past two weekends my husband and I have been working in the front yard and created a walkway. We added Mexican Heather on either side to make it more pleasant looking. I have never seen this type of plant before and it's very interesting to me because the little purple flowers bloom all along the edges of the leaves. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I didn't line it up with the front door, I just lined it up with the path we had created walking on the grass!
My potted flowers that I received last month for my birthday doubled in size and exploded with colorfull flowers!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

feeling blah

I'm not sick, I just have this blah feeling..... Easter weekend was nice and easy. Cooked a small dinner on Easter Sunday for my husband and oldest son. My younger two couldn't make it home because of their homework/projects, which I can understand. Other than cooking, I just kind of just sat around Sunday thinking about all the things I could do, but just felt like I was holding myself back for no good reason, other than laziness and lack of motivation. I feel a huge sense of boredom in my life. Not sure what to do about it. I ended up painting a bit Sunday night, then watched a movie, which I thought was appropriate for Easter.... Heaven is for real. Anyway, today is a typical Monday at my day job, sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours..... I just feel like I need some happy excitement right about now....
My cactus finally bloomed and smells BEAUTIFUL. the bloom will only last a couple of days...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This and that

I started working on my painting tonight. It's been a long while since I worked on it. I started the painting at the end of February and didn't touch it at all through the month of March as I was preparing for the art show creating smaller glass art. Tha painting is very colorful and the song that pops in my head while I work on it is the theme song from "Happy Days" which makes me smile as I hum the song and paint. I can't wait to finish it and see it on the wall! This past weekend was the 5th annual festival of books with over a hundred authors speaking about the books they recently published. The schedule was jam packed throughout the day. I looked forward to this event every year, and this is my the third year attending. I prepared my list the day the calendar came out and I had my schedule of authors ready that I wanted to go see. I didnt have anyone listed from 10-11am so I walked around the festival and had such a great time just looking at all the wonderful books all these authors had published! I ended up buying a few books and left just a bit early and skipped the last two authors I wanted to see. I ended up going to an antique/classic book store not too far frokm the library and picked up a couple of Charles Dickens books, "The Pickwick papers" and "The old curiosty shop". Lets see if I can Get myself to read them now. overall it was a fun weekend!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Art show and artists

The 55th annual starving artist show, that is what I participated in this weekend. Over two hundred artist participated. Saturday was a slooowwww, cloudy with some rain showers throughout the day and I only made one sale for $5.......it felt like a very long day, Sunday morning we got some major thunder storms that passed through and then the sun came out about 11am and it was a beautiful day! People actually came out to the event and shopped! I shared a space with a friend of mine since I really didn't have enough to fill a 10'x10'. I am so glad that she was there and agreed to share the space since we both had to pay the full entry fee even on shared spaces. Her work is amazing, both her pottery and her glass. We both had a successful weekend and I enjoyed her company. This is my table:
This is Linda's table:
In addition to our entry fee 10% of all our sales go to the La Vallita church to feed the hungry. Its a great fund raiser since they serve mostly the elderly and disabled on fixed incomes. With my 10% put aside from my sales, I did a little shopping for myself. Two booths over from us, a young, very talented oil painter was painting an ocean scene, I glanced over to a completed lake scene and asked for a price fully expecting it to be well over my price range. He stunned me when he said $30! I bought it, and had to force him to sign his piece... he said he didn't like his name or the way his signature came out so he doesn't sign his pieces. I think he actually lost a couple of customers because of this.... I hope he decides to start signing his artwork. His name is Brandon Treacy. Here it is 18"x 14":
I also bought four pottery bowl from a man across from us. I asked him how his sales were going and they weren't great. He had family and friends buy, along with a couple of repeat customers. all of his pottery was the same color, different designs, lead free, very well made, and he didn't have prices on them. I asked for prices and again I was floored how reasonable they were. I bought four bowls (6"diameter) at $4.00 each...
So the topper on my day was friend who was selling at the show came by and gave me a gift! A matted print of one of her BEAUTIFUL pieces!!!!!!!!! I was over the moon! Thank you Katrina!!! Katrina is a fabric/rope artists with her own style. I have never seen anything like it before, and I love her work! Here is a picture of my print and Katrina Gorman's website is here

Friday, March 31, 2017

so much stuff going on....

I am getting ready for my art show this weekend at La Villita Starving Artists show. It's the 55th year and there are supposed to be around 200 artists participating. It's been stressful trying to get ready for it, and I was highly disappointed that my crosses weren't cut at the waterjet company by the deadline I needed to prepare them for the show. So instead of having 25+ crosses I have 5. Five crosses that I cut by hand on my saw..... I ended up picking my glass up from them and as I was leaving I felt tempted to look into buying my own water jet machine... Of course reality hits when the smallest water jet machine costs around $6,000. On a positive note, I went and ordered a specialty cake for my daughters graduation in May. I was excited that the baker could create an actual architecture cake with line drawings and a cityscape! Their cakes are amazing! I was introduced to them at Say Si, where they provided mini cupcakes to all the guests. I don't know how many I ate, but I kept going back for the Mexican Chocolate cupcakes. So of course I had to order the first tier in Mexican chocolate with chocolate ganache, and the second tier lemon cake with strawberry filling. The topper will have some tools of the trade made out of chocolate. I also left with a dozen cupcakes!!! The name of the bakery is Oh Yeah Cakes! and they actually have their bakery in a retired train cab. Here's my favorite!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Say Si final auction

Last night was the final night and silent auction for Say Si small scale for big change. Overall the artwork was amazing. I got out bid on evry single peice of art. The disappointing part for me was the majority of student art that I wanted to bid on was already sold on the "buy it now" online auction. That's ok thoughI was really happy that the auction was such a success! My art piece that I donated bid upto $70.00, and I was tickled pink watching the signatures adding up on the sheet. It's a great feeling knowing that they liked my piece. It motivated me so much that I was in the garage working on some pieces for next weeks show early this morning. My kiln is already on with three small pieces, and a larger piece waiting to be fired on the table. So last night I was supposed to go with a friend from work, and she backed out. Then my two artist friends that I meet up with there every year, decided that they werent going to go to the auction since they are preparing to leave town to teach a class next week. So I did a little pleading with my hubby to go with me so I wouldnt be alone and he obliged... and again...kept me with my budget. Here's a picture of us, the silent auction theme last night was 1967. Oh yeah I couldn't eat enough Mexican chocolate mini cupckaes by "Oh Yeah Cakes" check them out at www.ohyeahcakes.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ready for Spring!

Yesterday after work my husband and I decided it was time to pot the herbs, re-pot some of the plants and go out and get some flowers for our mailbox.
By the time we got home form the store getting a bag of dirt and flowers it was already dusk, so we ended up planting and re-potting everything in the dark, but it all looked pretty this morning!
During the freeze this year I lost two rose bushes, but the rest of the rose garden is looking lively and we have a couple of blooms already. I can't wait to go pick out some more pretty rose bushes to replace the one I lost. I love roses!!!