Wedding day done! Yes they have tied the knot and it is sealed with a kiss. Afton and Nick said their vows and made it permanent as a married couple. It was just beautiful, exhausting, and all around a wonderful evening that everyone enjoyed immensely. I am POOPED but a good pooped. We still have a post party BBQ today and I have to get cracking on some salads and a quick run to the store for hamburger meat and the fixins.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Life...life is very busy for me and everyone around me lately. This past weekend the oldest and I tripped off to OKC for my niece's wedding. She is doing so much better and I decided I needed to be supportive and attend. I'm very, VERY glad I did, it was a lovely wedding.
My sweet Bro and his lovely better half.
The happy couple.
Now, this weekend...IT IS ON!
Afton and Nick are tying the knot HERE in Tulsa. In fact they are on a plane as I type this. She has planned the entire affair from LA and has done an amazing job. We are hosting the rehearsal dinner at our house and I'm no fool, it is totally Olive Garden delivery!
The countdown is on and I'm so very excited.
As usual, I'm also still painting but seem to be hitting some roadblocks but I think after the wedding my mind will settle down and I can concentrate on some stuff. So far this is what I've accomplished, and it's still in the watercolor area that I've playing in.
Friday, July 27, 2018
I was wondering why yesterday I was kind of in a funk. Then I remembered that today is the day I lost my mother. Twelve years ago today she left us and my world was rocked. It was not the end of the world but it definitely had a good shake to it. This picture reminds me of her beauty and light and in about 2 weeks sweet Afton and Nick will be wed and we can all rejoice! Life goes on, very rapidly.
Kiss the ones you love and tell them you love them!
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I have some EXTREMELY good news.
Sooo, very excited and honored that my painting, “Orchid and Glass" juried into the Artists of NW Arkansas 24th Annual multi state Regional Show. It's my first time in the show!
The show will hang from Sept 6-29th at Art Ventures, Fayetteville , Arkansas.
The show will hang from Sept 6-29th at Art Ventures, Fayetteville , Arkansas.
Folks, this is a fantastic feather in my cap to finally get into a national show of sorts. I may not win a thing but getting juried in is a BIG DEAL! What's even crazier is it was juried by a big dog in the art industry, he actually took time to LOOK AT MY PAINTING! Gives me goosebumps. What's really wonderful is that I took this photo in my bathroom, I sketched it and I painted it in my new studio without benefit of a classroom type setting, all on my own. Much like the Lady with the Red Rose, which I won in the MORE Color show last month.
The wedding is fast approaching and I mean FAST, but I think we have everything in place. Invitations have been sent, invoices paid, dress and such bought, cake, food....so much goes into doing this thing and Afton has really done an amazing job from California making it happen.
Some more is happening at the house. This room WAS my studio but I've just using it as a junk room and where I watch TV and computer. Since I've moved out of this room I wanted to make it a bedroom, a guest bedroom again. The problem was this built in book shelf thing that was mostly covered with junk and my TV. I wanted to put a bed there but if you did and sat up you would crack your head on that dang shelf. Well, yesterday The Hubby ripped it out. He's already spackled and is, at this second sanding in preparation for paint. I am going tomorrow (I hope) to buy a bed, probably a queen, then order sheets, frilly stuff...
This is what I have in mind. Can't remember if I saw this on Pottery Barn, Dillards, JC Penney's, Saks, etc...rats. But this is what I envision in there.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
My life…painting, work, sleep (sort of), painting, work…oh yeah, and wedding stuff!
Plus, I’m having laptop woes. My STUPID laptop is making me CRAZY! I am having to write this on Word then copy and paste on my page. Everytime I start typing on a browser page everything shuts down. I cannot figure it out, my nephew (aka-computer guru) can’t figure it out. It’s crazy. I’ve tried to find if there is a virus but nothing. So I type somewhere else, copy and paste. Really is a drag.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
I bet you are asking "Where in the World Has She Been!"
I've been here...lounging in my backyard, briefly, before all that is summer started happening.
A short trip to OKC for The Hubby's cousin's 50th wedding anniversary and then back again for the day to visit the Prix de West art show at the Cowboy Hall of Fame with Linda. OH MY GOODNESS! I had never been and the art was amazing. Next year for sure.
I also spent a week with Snicklefritz as my sidekick while her mother taught a sewing summer class at Philbrook Museum for older kiddos.
More downtime at the cabin but not much as I've just been too busy to get there as of late.
National Selfie Day...I think I look angry...
A painting for a friend. (I misspelled the name but it's fixed now) Marlie!
I've also had somewhat of a revelation on my art. Although I enjoy painting dogs, still life and attempting some portraits I'm going to focus on the floral aspect of my art, my first love. I'm also going to learn more about doing the watercolor thing. It's fun to do to take a break from the oils, and the flowers make me happy.
Spent time with friends for birthdays and just because...
And last night The Hubby and I tried out a brand spanking new restaurant called Boston Abstract (or maybe Boston Title and Abstract). Anyway, they don't have a website yet and it's one of those you have to find through an alley. Trust me we were walking around blocks and finally into a building and through the building and down many stairs (there is an elevator somewhere) and we made it to the basement for a lovely dinner. I ordered bourguignon expecting beef (there were no explanations on the menu) but got pork tenderloin. It was tasty but I'm not a fan of pork per se. We will try it again for sure. I did get this lovely photo and may have to paint it.
More selfies with the new haircut and I LOVE IT! So easy during the heat of Oklahoma summer.
Plus the many, MANY phone calls with Af with planning her upcoming wedding in August. She is doing a fantastic job of getting it all planned from California, I'm impressed actually. There's a lot of cogs in the wheel of planning a wedding and she seems to have a handle on it all. Now if my outfit for the wedding will just come I will be happy. I've also been trying to work at the office quite a bit as Bri has been teaching at Philbrook for the past month in the mornings. I have to tell you working in our office and trying to be a full time artist has been a challenge. Plus I haven't been at Daddy's near enough to take care of his finances as I should but I'm just seem to run out of hours in a day. It may not get better until the wedding is done. I've also been so busy with art shows. We took down the 3 month run at Post Oak Lodge to turn right around and load it all up again to set up at The Hive in Jenks with 26 paintings. I tend to paint large paintings and let me tell you after all this loading and unloading in Oklahoma summer, I'm re-thinking painting large! I'm also re-thinking the having shows like this. I'm going to be quite happy hanging in my own gallery right now. I was supposed to go in with Linda at TCC Metro for a dual show to hang Tuesday but I just backed out. I'm POOPED with the show thing right now. I want NEED to concentrate on creating some new stuff. I'm tired of the old and need to SELL it! My goal is to get our "gallery" rearranged and hopefully have an open house soon. But that may not happen as Plein Air Tulsa-Painting the Osage is coming in October and I'm Linda's right hand "man" in putting it together then in December we're having our sort of annual (not really) Christmas party at the house and I need to get a lot done at home and there is just not enough time. My used to be art room at the house still have remnants of art and just corners of CRAP that need to be dealt with and I want to buy a bed and make it a guest room again. I NEED my Bro-in-law to help me. It's hard to make it happen when I'm constantly running out the door. Honestly I need to get stuff done before August because the rehearsal dinner is here!!!! EGADSSSSS, hadn't thought of that...CRAP! Crud, I had better quit this and get busy. Later gators, hopefully you will hear from me soon!
OMG I just realized I missed my blogaversary. It's been 12 years since I've started writing here. Onward to 13 years.
Friday, June 08, 2018
Last night was the opening reception of our joint art show, Linda, Gil and I.
We prepped, we hung paintings, we prepared food and we invited everyone we know. I know I sent out at least 500-600 invites on Facebook.
Six o'clock rolled around and finally people drifted in. I was anxious but excited about it all.
It was exhausting and fun to host this event. I was a bit sad we only had less than 30 people show up with all the invites we sent out but that's okay, BECAUSE.....
At the same time while we were in Jenks there was another show going on in downtown Tulsa. I had entered in a show called MORE Color at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center. It was a juried show, which means that you enter and they will be juried whether they are worthy to be in the show and then they will be judged. Well, GUESS WHAT....I left the show in Jenks, heading home when my Messenger dinged and I checked to see another friend was letting me know that I TOOK FIRST PLACE in the show. OMG!!!!! I detoured and headed downtown as their event was an hour longer than ours. I really needed to see for myself that I had won. THIS is a big deal folks. THIS really gets my name out there in the area, in this art world in Tulsa. As much as I was let down from the attendance at our opening I was lifted way up to receive this first place award.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
I made the decision about 2 years ago to let my hair go gray or silver if you like. I love it, absolutely love it and The Hubby likes it too. Then this spring I decided to go short.
It was okay but I just did not want to futz around with it and this style required me to blow dry it with a round brush and TIME!
Oh then I decided no round brush and minimal blow dry but the bangs part that is hanging in my face there HAD TO GO! It was driving me crazy.
Soooo, back to the guy and I said let's just DO IT!
At first I was I love it, or maybe I do. It was definitely short. But now after a couple of weeks I LOVE IT! So easy, no blow dryer, no hair spray, oh a little pomade on the crown for the rooster tail, but I LOVE IT! On top of that The Hubby likes it and he loves my silver. SCORE! I really thought I would let it grow back out this fall but you know what, I may not.
Monday, May 28, 2018
FINALLY, some good news. Our youngest is engaged. They've been together I believe 6 years and now the next step in their journey. We couldn't be happier for them. Now comes the planning.
The diamond is a family thing and that makes it so very special.
The weekend, Memorial Day weekend was also fruitful in my painting world. I created these and am in love with them. They will make great cards.
watercolor with markers 7x10
Thursday, May 17, 2018
I have been awake since 4 a.m. There wasn't much problem going to sleep last night or sleeping through the night, but I had to go to the bathroom at 4 and once the mind is sort of in the conscious state, there is no shutting it down again. So, I'm awake. The reasons this time are because of yesterday. Yesterday we were violated.
The day started with waking up with Snicklefritz and her momma getting up. They spent the night because her hubby had the creeping crud, BAD, and they did not want to be exposed. It was a fun and sad evening because B's best friend from high school and (as we claim) third daughter came by to cry on everyone's shoulder. She had just finalized her divorce sadly and needed lots of shoulders. Anyway, I digress. We all got up yesterday morning, got ready for work and school and were all out the door by 7:39 a.m. Alarm set.
I went to the office to deal with a few things and then planned on the studio to do some serious painting. 9:39 a.m. as I was getting out of the car at the studio my cell rang, it was The Hubby. He asked if I was at home. Nope. Well, the alarm company called him and the house alarm was going off and it said motion and front door. He was in Skiatook on a job site, 20 minutes away, could I go and check out. I said sure and he said he would have alarm company dispatch the police. I was 5 minutes away so back into the car and I was off.
In my gut I knew something was not right. As I was driving the 5 minutes there The Hubby called again and instructed me that if the front door was open DON'T GO IN till the police got there. Scaredy bumps!
I pulled into my driveway and there the glass door was propped open, the front door wide open and the alarm was beeping. I called 911!
The Hubby called back and said because I had not renewed our alarm certificate they would NOT dispatch the police. Really. Well good thing I had already called the police who did not have a response anyway. The police told me to stay in my car and wanted to know what I was driving.
I sat in my hot car and waited and waited while The Hubby called again and B from the office because she knew something was up and she was scared. The Hubby called again. He was trying to micromanage the situation from 20 minutes away and I told him I AM HANDLING IT!
As I was sitting there watching my open front door my mind was worried about sweet Clayton. Was he okay, had he escaped...my mind raced... After 10 minutes I called 911 yet again and they said they were on their way. I waited.
Finally, two officers arrived and walked up to me asking what was going on. I told them the alarm had gone off, the front door was wide open and I didn't know if anyone was still in the house and that I had a little dog in there. Their demeanor changed dramatically as they both put their hands on the top of their gun holsters and started inside. At the front door they yelled, "POLICE" and I think they drew their guns but I really don't remember. IT WAS SO SURREAL. As they entered the front hallway the alarm started going off again as they went through my violated house. It seemed like an eternity that they were in there. Finally, they came to the door and motioned me to come in. As I approached the front step they were coming out and in front of them was a sleepy Clayton. My heart! The alarm was still wa-wa-wa-wa...He wanted to know if I could stop it and then it stopped. I had disarmed from my phone but I think The Hubby had the alarm company to shut it down.
Our front door facing was smashed all over the front entry. My door wreath on the floor with pieces of wood and the strike plate from the door handle. The house was clear and he needed me to see if anything was stolen. The first thing I noticed was The Hubby's laptop on his desk, still there and as I went around the house absolutely nothing had been taken. I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Now we wonder if they plan on coming back after they had a look because on the alarm pad it shows they were in the bedroom, the kitchen/living room and hall. THAT is a scary thought. Luckily my laptop was with me as I take it to the studio with me everyday. While the police were there I went around to check all the doors to make sure none were unlocked, like a getaway or possible get back in. As I was walking the police around and they were asking questions is when I kind of started the breathing heavy and shaking. It kind of hit me we had been VIOLATED!
The police left, and as I looked down the street I saw two more police cars. Hmmm. The Hubby called and said there would be a guy there to look at the door. Thank goodness we are in construction. Sure enough Mike came and started to repair our front door. The Hubby arrived and went around to check stuff too. I think we were very lucky to only have the front door damaged and our well being.
The drama was not over because I posted on the app Next Door and then I saw that a neighbor posted for another neighbor that they had been hit too. It was down the street!!!! That is why the police cars were there too. Their house the burglars picked up a big rock from their front garden and smashed it through a window in the front and went in and stole computers and jewelry. OMG, we were so lucky and the guy was too as he came home as they were still in his house. He had gone to get gas, a mere 20 minutes and did NOT set the alarm. They were able to go about their business without the fear of cops. SCARY SCARY SCARY !!!
One thing is that I met a new neighbor and all of the neighbors were out an mingling about it all. I am bound and determined to have a Saturday get together so we can all meet, SOON!
It's scary but life must go on. Hopefully they catch the guys. With neighbor cameras they do have descriptions of two black guys in a white car.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Life has a way of opening doors and as of late the doors in front of me are open wide. Opportunities! I wrote of inspiration last time and I'm still finding it everywhere I look. It's amazing to step out in the backyard and see the beauty that is spring. I love, LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year when there is so much green and pink and yellow and white.....
Our little gated lake retreat has all these sweet cabins that have all kinds of flowers and wood and beauty that I want to capture too.
Plus bringing inside some of the beauty. Actually, these are Mother's Day roses from The Hubby!
My backyard peonies that I started en plein air I think are finished.
Our sweet little great niece, "Gypsy Girl"
Now some of the opportunities that are upon me. I still have paintings at Post Oak Lodge but Sunday we take them down and ready for June 1 installation at The Hive in Jenks for a month. I have SOOOoooo much to do to get ready for that show. There is so much space so I need a lot of paintings. A problem, a good problem is that three of my paintings have been juried into the MOREcolor 2018 show at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center. That's good, EXCEPT the reception is the same night as our reception at The Hive. Soooo, that being said, Please, PLEASE come to our reception at The Hive and then go to the MOREcolor reception. It will last an hour longer than ours. Maybe we will be able to go too and see if I get a ribbon!
ALSO, quite by accident B was looking at OVAC's (Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition) website and low and behold, I am the featured artist this month! WHAT!!!!! Check it out: www.ovac-ok.org