Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sitting Pretty Studios. I have some really cute fabric to make the girls some blankets, and I have been promising my good friends over at the Cordwood Cabin that I would send them a snowbunny. It's time to make good on all my unfinished sewing projects. I have to say that as supportive as Dean is with my art, he hates it when I sew. It drives him nuts! I don't know why. Oh well.
It has gotten pretty cold here again. It was so nice on my walk this morning. I didn't even break a sweat because it was too cold. I loved it. I am enjoying our unusually cold weather while I can. Soon it will be hotter than blue blazes out here. I do however look forward to being able to dress the girls in all the darling summer clothes that I got out of storage. I have received so many like new hand me downs in the past, that there is hardly anything I need to buy for little Zoe and Aris. Sloan is a different story. The poor kid needs dresses and shorts. Both Sloan and Zoe need summer shoes. I will be watching the sale racks and bargains on e-bay.
Earth quake update. So far so good. We are still having a lot of seismic activity. Most you just don't feel. For some reason I feel the little tremors when no one else does. I am sensitive to the movements. We are all safe. My friends the Hales family received some damage to their home on the last big one. Cracks in their walls, and the garage door is all messed up. They have taken down all their art and sculptures until things settle down. They are very close to where the epicenter seems to be. Our home has been fine. There are a few businesses that lost merchandise during the last big quake. Most were wine retailers, or stores with items that fell off the shelves. I will keep you posted to any new info or if we have anymore major quakes.
Let me know what you are working on that is creative at the moment. I am always inspired to work a little longer and harder on my art when I am surrounded by the creativity of others.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
There have been some more small quakes over the last few day's but nothing too crazy. These quakes are a game of sit and wait. You just don't know when or where the next one will hit. Dean and I have formulated a plan for when the big one hits. Other than that you just have to live like normal. We will be stocking up on water this weekend just in case.
The girls are so cute these day's. I will be back to my picture taking self over the next few days. I just needed to take a break. It was much needed. Hope everyone is well!
Hey cutie! Can you tell this isn't Dean's cup o' tea? He's such a good sport about it. I will admit, I feel a bit out of place also. We aren't into keeping up with the Jone's. It's still fun to get dressed up once a year.
John O'Hurley was our emcee for the evening. In case you are trying to place the name he was Elaine's boss on Seinfeld and also did a guest spot on Dancing with the Stars. He has been in many other things I just can't remember them all at the moment.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
We were fortunate enough to hear a performance of "Rainbow Connection" by none other than the man that wrote the song, Paul Williams himself. Paul Williams is recognised as one of America's most gifted and talented lyricists and composers. He has won Oscars, Grammys' and Golden Glob awards for some of his music. He is also included in the Music Hall of Fame. He has written music for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and many other talented musicians. This larger than life man is actually very tiny in real life. I would almost guess a little over 5 ft tall. He joked at the end of the song, "Next time could you get me some kids that are a little more excited about the song?". All I could think was, Ohhhhh pick me! I am a big kid and I loved that song when I was little. I turned to the lady sitting next to me and I told her, "I feel really old, I bet you most of those kids have never heard this song before." It was so much fun to listen to this live.
This was the final entertainment for the evening. "Rain" is a tribute band to the Beatles. Yes they all have mop tops. They were super fun to listen to. Dean even danced with me. Anyone who knows Dean will understand what a miracle this is. This was truly a most magical evening for such a wonderful cause.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
We have been having quite a few earthquakes around here lately. It makes me wonder when the big one is going to hit. Very weird.
All the laundry in the background, a weeks worth. It was hard to fold clothes and paint at the same time. I will be cleaning most of the weekend to catch up.
Brennan, Sammie, and Cristin. Sammie is one of the cutest sweetest girls I know. She is a very dear friend of Bren and Cristin. My family live in an awesome neighborhood in Florida. It seriously brings to mind images of Donna Reid or Beaver Cleaver. They have the nicest neighbors.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Just the beginning of the Sunflower Family painting, but I thought I would show the process. I have to finish this one by tonight! I am dropping off the large abstract and the monkey illustration to the JDRF office tonight. I would take them during the day but the large canvas won't fit in my car. Dean will help me load the canvas up in his truck and off it goes for the auction. I am a little nervous about all the work I donated. What if people don't really want them? I hope I don't walk by someone during the auction and overhear, "Did you see the crappy art they have at this years auction?", if I did I would just turn a hundred shades of red. Oh well art is very subjective. I am the first to realize that my art isn't for everyone. We will see. I've got a very busy day ahead, but I will post before the night is through. I have some cute pictures of the girls (sorry grammas & grampas, I haven't forgotten about you guys) and I will post them soon.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It might not look that different. I went and purchased some more paint today. The red I used tonight was a dark cherry color. Almost a reddish brown. The red in the first painting was like a fire engine red. I feel the latter red works so much better. I am still not completely sold on the light blue, but I will see how I feel about it in the morning. The lighting in our kitchen is horrible. Can't wait for the new lighting when Dean has some time to work on the kitchen again. I also added the dark cherry color to the edges. Painting the edges makes everything look more polished. I will be adding a couple coats of varnish tomorrow while the girls are napping. I wanted to finish this tonight, but last night Aris was up most of the night. I was so tired today. I took a nap with the girls instead of painting. I will for sure be finish by tomorrow. I also have to do the sunflower painting by Thursday. Almost freaking out, but not quite.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I am a little happier with it now. It was just too much before. I am a color theory snot, ask anyone. You could paint the most amazing painting, but if your color's don't work together the painting won't look good. I am still not completely happy with the painting yet. Abstracts are tough. You just get a feeling, like hey if I add one more thing it will ruin this. That's how I know when my abstracts are done. I haven't had that feeling yet.
Today was my first day of work. I was asked to work the after school program until the end of May and I happily accepted. A little extra pocket money won't hurt the budget here. It would be nice to save for the last plane ticket we will be purchasing in the next few months, or I could pay off the last little bit of my student loan or I could pay off the hospital bill from when I had Aris.......Oh the thing I could do with just a few extra dockets. Sigh. OK I am over it now.
I hope everyone is well. By the way I am up to 10 miles as of today. I also started a women's walking group for young or old at church. This morning 5 bright and smiling faces showed up at the Marina, to walk and get healthy. It was very cool.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
and after. Not real happy with this step. I think the red is too much. I don't care for the yellow much either. I am going to mellow both of them out or erase them completely. I like the before step a whole lot more than the latter. That's OK it will all work out in the end.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I got a bit more done on the painting but I am not going to show you the process pictures until tomorrow.......it's just at a weird stage at the moment. I am not extremely happy with the color of the last layer I threw down, it's a blue that I thought would look darker, it's not the dark that I wanted. Tomorrow I will work on it again.
How cute is this little painting partner?
The next step, this was done after the kids went to bed, was to add a matte medium to the layers I had already painted. If I don't, the paint starts to get a mucky. I like to keep the layers crisp and clean.
I finished up for the night after I added the blue. I have to let each layer dry and it was late so I called it a night. I was a little stuck before I added the blue, but now I feel a lot better with the direction of the painting. Plus I am just going to have fun with it. Don't want to stress myself out over this one.