Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekend Fun

Thought it was time to touch base again.  Life cycles on and on and on.  This past weekend The Hubby had some dance stuff going on as will be with the next weekend.  He's been practicing and practicing nearly every evening but I'm fine with that.  He is doing something he loves and I am fully supportive of it, just as long as I DON'T have to do it.  He has a great dance partner too and she has become a great friend to me.  

Since he was going to be gone most of the weekend I chose to see if little Snicklefritz would like to spend the weekend with me.  She was so excited but I was afraid it wouldn't happen as she has had a nasty coughing virus and sore throat, not strep (thank goodness!)  We tried painting yesterday morning but I was just not feeling it, although she was!  So excited she can write her own name now!  You know, she eats totally with her left hand but paints and writes with her right.  Way to use your brain my dear! 
Since the weather was so beautiful yesterday we went outside in the afternoon, pajamas and all, and soaked up some of that fabulous sunshine.  She loved looking at all my flowers that are popping out.  
Old-fashioned lilac that was here when we bought the house and has been transplanted twice!
Lilac I had planted.  I love the deeper color.
My double Japanese Kerria.
I've been on a run with the painting stuff.  I have two paintings in the Broken Arrow Museum and two more hanging at The Wild Fork in Utica Square for the next couple of months.  Hopefully, something will sell.  I've got workshops ongoing and some coming up that I'm excited about.  I just don't have enough time to devote my entire mind into my painting lately.  One of my ongoing workshops we've been doing some black and white perspectives and that has been great fun and I find I'm quite good at.  

I'm also doing the 5x5 Show that is the Tulsa Artist Coalition only fundraiser each year.  I've participated every year since 2009 all but one.  I thought I would do this one covered in lips, every kind of lip I could find in my friends and family.  This is just the beginning of all the lips I've drawn.  Can't decide the background color.  Thinking black with red, pink, and coral lips.  

And of course I'm always on the hunt for the next great painting and on Thursday evening we went out to eat at Ol'vine, the old Sonoma.  It's the restaurant where we got the idea of mirrors on our fence.  They had an entire wall totally covered with all kinds.  But, they have remodeled and one of the things is these great barrels with flowers.  Going to make that happen!

Last weekend we headed to the cabin where my Carolina Jasmine was in full bloom.  Oh, so beautiful and fragrant and full of honey bees!  I had to make a head wreath to wear!
May have to paint this!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Slow Down Please

Sometimes I wish my world would slow down a bit.  This week, the past couple of weeks are just flying by and I find I don't have enough minutes, or hours in my day.  I have been painting but it has been an effort to find the time.  I finished this one on Saturday and I think I'm pleased with it.  It's big, like 18x24 or 20x24, not sure size.  
I went to the Broken Arrow Museum show opening that my group Alpha Rho Tau has for the next month.  I took Daddy and that was fun to introduce him to some of my painting friends and share that he was #43 in the football painting.  Haven't sold anything, YET!  Hopefully it happens.  Plus Sunday I delivered two paintings to Wild Fork at Utica Square that will hang there for two months.  Hopefully they will sell!

In the art thing I've been still attending my Tuesday art classes and I've recently added a Monday afternoon with a guy named Gil Adams.  I was still in the frame of mind to do a black and white and did this of Snicklefritz.  I'm not happy with it as it has her to old and I'm going to fix it, maybe today.  I've got to shorten her face to make her younger.  This portrait thing I'm extremely interested in perfecting.  In fact, in June I will attend a 4 day workshop with some guy from the Philippine's that specializes in portrait's and I just ordered a DVD from a guy in Australia that I like.  It's a constant learning thing. 

I did this one in my regular art class with Ross Myers yesterday.  It was more of a tonal one with a bit of burnt umber added to the black and white but I absolutely love it.   

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Dreams of Retirement

I've been thinking about priorities in life, my life in particular.  We are so close to that retirement time and The Hubby is constantly, CONSTANTLY talking, thinking and planning it.  I just wish he would be satisfied financially and pull the trigger already.  He talks about another 5 years and that means another 5 years for me and you know what, I DON'T WANT to do another 5 years.  In reality, since we are partners in the business I have to stick with it but I am trying to pull in a little of what I want to do in retirement with my art.  It's just that I don't have enough time in my day to do all the things I have to do and the things I want to do.  I have to work at the office.  I have to do laundry, grocery shop, cook, clean...YUCK!  I want to paint, read, cross stitch, exercise, sleep, sit and stare up at the sky.  I get my fair amount on the weekends but I really want everyday to be that.  Marketing your art, let alone creating it, takes some time and effort, especially if you are not in a gallery.  I just don't have enough time to get it all done.  My painting time is down to a couple times a week and that is just not enough.  I'm afraid that if we keep plugging away year after year we aren't going to get to enjoy retirement like The Hubby wants, but he is so driven.  In fact, I'm not sure he could even do retirement, but I can assure you, I CAN!  So I guess we have to really push the next few years to set it all up for ourselves.  

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Crap, Crud, ICK!

Yes, I have the crap, the crud, the ICK yet again.  Was so totally afraid that I had the flu because our right hand man came down with it this weekend and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia.  He's asthmatic so they were extra cautious and were prompt in giving him breathing treatments.  Poor guy, he's the one who lost his wife a couple of years ago from ovarian cancer.  Supposedly they are sending him home today!  Scary.  So when I started down the sick path I immediately had the flu test done.  Have you ever had that done.  OH MY GOODNESS...they stick, well, sticks way up your nose and you cough, sneeze, cry but good news is that I DO NOT have the flu.  I have an upper respiratory infection so it was either going to be Tamiflu or a Z-Pac and now with the Z-Pac on board I am on the mend.  Yesterday sounded like Minnie Mouse when I spoke but today most of the squeak is gone.  I had planned on staying home to paint and sleep but as you may know my plans never happen like I plan them.  So I sit here at the office because The Hubby said he had a big invoice to type and being me I thought I had better get it typed.  It is NOT a big invoice at all.  He will truly hear from me later that is for sure.  It's all good though as I'm also headed to the chiropractor for my sciatica.  That is getting better too but between not being able to get comfortable in bed because of it and not being able to sleep because my head is killing me and stuffed and, and, and...sleep is been hard to get.  Definitely see a nap in my future today.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oh No He Didn't...Yes He Did

Not much to post except that life is going on and on and on...

I guess some are afraid but I'm just carrying on with life as usual.

You haven't lived until you've had a conversation The Hubby and I had with our insurance guy on Monday.  EGAD!  He has been our insurance guy, for the business insurance for many years, but he wanted to "share" with us his journey, and to try and get us to join in!  Great, I felt I was at one of "those" meetings where they try to get you join "SOMETHING"  you don't want to!  Anyway, a few years ago he had a heart attack and let me tell you this guy had horrendous eating habits.  He loved, was obsessed with desserts, and admitted to eating 14-16 desserts a week.  We have done the lunch thing with him many times and he would order every dessert on the menu before ordering lunch, and then have them first.  He was addicted to sugar.  So after the heart attack and out of the hospital he went to some outfit in Texas where they use wheat grass enemas to cleanse you twice a day for 3 weeks and you eat wheat grass stuff and it's all plant based food which is in these days.  Not such a bad thing but the wheat grass enemas "CLEANSE" you out if you know what I mean.  When you check in they give you a bucket, the enema and cleaning you get my drift on where our lunch conversation went (it's the stuff that RESULTS from said enemas.)  I was getting green around the gills and was going to need the bucket and cleaning supplies right then and there.  Then he went on to say how good he felt after the 3 weeks, he lost weight, obviously and that he had better hard-on's!!!!!!  WHAT THE F.......K..........

Yes, he did and so the conversation for the 1-1/2 hour lunch was about enemas (and more)  and hard-on's.  Never, I SAID NEVER AGAIN would I do that.  Of course, The Hubby gives him slack and takes his side that he found a healthy way and he has saved us tons of money on our insurance this year and blah, blah, blah.  Right, NEVER AGAIN!  He is weird, nice guy, but WEIRD!!!!!

So I am choosing to FORGET about Monday and focus on yesterday, Tuesday and today and tomorrow...
"Picnic"  18x24 oil on linen

What's on my easel now... 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Long Lost Me

Long Lost Me...yup, I'm still here.  Just took a break from the blog.  Been doing this a long time, nearly 11 years...

Sleeping is becoming a hard thing lately because I'm having some issues in my hip, leg, clear down to my foot.  Thinking it is sciatica which I'm not to keen on, especially the pain when I try to sleep.  It's funny that walking and standing is not a problem but that laying down EGAD!  So I was up at 3:30 this morning.  Going to be a long day topped off with a visit with the insurance guy for the company insurance late this afternoon.  Hope I don't drop off to sleep while he drones on.

Snicklefritz spent the night with me last week because I was supposed to have my interview with the film class and they asked that she be there because we paint together.  Sadly the wires were crossed and it's THIS WEEK.  But, we had a fantastic time and did paint together.
I started a new painting and was sketching it first with charcoal and she was so curious about the process.  I told her she could use it if she wanted when she started to paint.  It was really interesting watching her sketch and then paint.  It is amazing what she does on the canvas with her watercolors. 
She's left handing that paintbrush yet yesterday she flat out colored with her right hand.  

Lot's of stuff happening around our world.  A couple of weeks ago a high school buddy of The Hubby's and his wife renewed their vows.  They've had a rough couple of years in their life with, well life challenges and his bout of a terrible cancer.  It's was good to see them on the other side of it.  Thought this might be a good painting to give them!?!?

On the art front, well, lots of shows coming up but starting this week is one at the Broken Arrow Museum with a reception in a couple of weeks.  Come see me at the reception.  I'm very proud of my paintings in the show.  Next month a couple of paintings will be at Wild Fork.

I've also been taking another workshop for new perspective with a guy named Gil Adams.  The nicest guy on the planet and I'm really learning stuff.  It seems that this art process is coming to me so easily, with success.

(this one sold really quick)

While Snicklefritz was with me I started this little jewel and I think it is going to be a good one.  Lots and lots of glass, but I like the challenge.  Last summer The Hubby and I were driving around on our golf cart at the lake place and happened on this all set up by the creek.  I quickly snapped some fantastic photos and it's been hiding in my files.

It's a good start I think.

Yesterday in the new Monday afternoon class with Mr. Adams we did a black and white exercise.  I LOVED it and hopefully this will not be in my possession for long.  Its very popular on my social media.