Friday, May 26, 2017

Here-We-Go-A-Ramblin'

Here we go a ramblin' yet again.  I've been gone from the blog because I've been BUSY!  Between getting a new computer at the office and lots of hours logged with online tech assistance and trying to squeeze some painting in, life is rockin' on!

The lake place has been plagued with tons and tons of water.  The water is up, the water is down, the water is up, the water is down...

The Memorial weekend will NOT be spent alongside the creek this year.  If one more weatherperson says the word DROUGHT I'm going to scream.  I haven't seen this wet a spring since I was about 14 years old.  Yes we need it and I'm glad we have it but I'm so ready for summer.

This little sweetpea is growing like a weed and is fast approaching her 5 year old birthday.  Next fall she will be in school everyday!  Will miss her rushing into the office yelling, "GRANNY!" and wrapping her arms around my waist in a bear hug.   

The class setting art thing has been on a break for the month and I am not finding much time at home to paint.  I did start this one the other day and finished the skull.  The sales department with my art has been quite good.  I've sold 3 in the past month!  I also have several shows opportunities in the works.  This weekend, Saturday, I will deliver 2 for the Tulsa Artist Coalition show at the AHHA.  I was juried into this show that rejected me last year so pretty excited for it.  They will hang I think for two months.  Then the next weekend will be a show in Sapulpa that is a one day thing.  Plus I've entered into the Oh Tulsa show with Living Arts but that one is a juried show too and won't find out if I get into that one until the end of June.  I've also entered into some national competitions, one of which I was rejected.  There is so much to entering into these shows.  You have to make sure one doesn't overlap with another show that you have committed one painting too.  If you sell it at one and promised it to another then you have a problem.  Takes a LOT of planning.  I have a book and a calendar that I specifically dedicate to the art stuff to keep track.  It's nearly a full time job.  Plus I need new stuff ready for some big shows in the fall.  Then when January rolls around, you start all over again.  
The month of June is also extremely busy as I'm taking back to back four day workshops.  I will be in Arkansas for a still life workshop with a guy named Jeff Legg.  I see his stuff online and in magazines, so EXCITED for this workshop.  The week after that will be another four day in town for a portrait workshop with a guy, Romel de la Torre who usually teaches in Scotsdale.  Tulsa is starting to get some great artists to teach!  

I'm always on the hunt for something new to paint and this weekend I took this photo.  I think it might work for something big and fun.  I have got to get sketching! 


Plus all the work and art whoopla, there is still Daddy and his health issues.  He's been having some low blood count stuff going on and they suspect some internal bleeding.  His tummy has not been good and I think he's worried.  He actually took himself to the doctor, without telling us kids.  I only found out there was a problem because his doctor called me.  He has an appointment with a gastro specialist and we will see what is up with it all at that point.  I went to see him Monday and took some lasagna servings for him to eat (the BEST I ever made.)  Poor guy already has a summer cold but looked good.  His sweet kittie, Susie ran to greet me at the door and then rest in my lap.  She is such a great cat.   

Last but not least these great people have celebrated 5 years together.  I applaud their commitment to each other.   


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

This sweet girl eventually became my dancing momma.  

Happy Mother's Day!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Prodigal Summer

Our book club is reading this month Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  I'm actually listening to it.  Barbara is best known for writing The Poisonwood Bible, a required reading in school now I hear, maybe college.  Anyway, a couple of years ago we read Flight Behavior which I absolutely LOVED.  She has not let me down in this book.  She is the reader on this one herself and I'm thoroughly enjoying this one too.  I'm going to read everything she writes from now on.  This one feels like an old friend and takes me to memories of my mother, my great grandmother and the lives they lived.  The slowed down country life, the hardships, the beauty, the language.  So well worth the read or listen.