Friday, June 08, 2018

Art Shows, Art Shows


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

A New Me

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

GOOD News


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

watercolor 7x10

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Violation

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

Opportunities and More Inspiration

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.   
"Maggie's Home"



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 



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Love and Inspiration

Remembering ALL the MOM'S in my life, that have influenced me and inspired me...
Momma

Snicklefritz's FANTASTIC Momma and my super FANTASTIC first born.

Momma and her Momma (Granny)

Greatgranny (My Momma's Granny) 

Grandma (Daddy's Momma)



Saturday, May 05, 2018

Saturday, What To Do

I've been trying to work on yet another portrait but was getting truly frustrated so thought I would step away from the portrait and try this, a friends cabin.

Sketch/painting it in at the studio. 

So far so good.  Had to let it dry for a few days so I can add the iris's that should be the main part of the painting.  If it turns out well, I may enter it in some shows OR give it to Ed and Maggie, the owners of this cabin. 

This weekend while The Hubby is away in California for a flashlight convention (it's a thing, really) I have Snicklefritz for the night.  Kiddo didn't want her usual PB&J (with cookie butter) but opted for grilled cheese, peas and blueberries.  We eat pretty good around here.  She's such a pleasure to have around.  We stayed up past her bedtime to watch Zootopia (I had not seen that movie and loved it) and this morning she's up early, ready for the day.  I have a ton of stuff to do but not sure what I want to do first.  I HAVE TO, NEED TO go to Daddy's and pay his bills.  I need to get the rest of the art stuff out of the house and to the studio so I can transform BACK, my home art room to a guest bedroom.  That is my goal by November! 
So today, this beautiful spring day, gosh, not sure what I will do.  I have a HUGE yearning to paint and that may override the HAVE TO thing.  I have peonies blooming in the backyard and they are calling me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Friends and Family

The past few weeks have been spent working at the office, painting and visits from family.  
Daddy's cousin came for a visit the other day.  He had not seen her for several years.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  He seems to be doing really well.  

We're still on a high from the visit from our youngest, Afton and her guy Nick.  It was a wonderful short time spent with them.  Plus Snicklefritz got to spend quality time with them which only enriches her life. 
Daddy was quite happy to see the girls too.   


Orchids in my bathroom are blooming their fool heads off.  They love the window.


This past weekend some of my oldest best friends spent quality time at our cabin.  I've known these ladies for over 30 years. 
When I stopped to pick them up Tonya had these fun hats for us to wear for the weekend.
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful weekend of down time, fantastic weather, listening to birds, sipping wine and eating, eating, eating.  Girlfriend time is the best. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Happy Place

I'm in my happy place this week.  All my little chicks are in one town and I couldn't be happier.  
We all got together to listen to Af's boyfriend, Nick play jazz on vibes at Hodges Bend.  It was really a wonderful evening and B's bestie, who is like a third daughter, joined us for laughs and memories.  Tonight we go to the mother-in-laws for dinner with the entire fam.  Oh and Snicklefritz spent her last day off from school from the teachers strike with her Auntie Af and Uncle Nick bowling, go-carting, laser tag and eating Big Al's her favorite place.  Needless to say she was WORN OUT!  We also got to enjoy a fantastic vegan meal on Sunday evening, cooked by Af, of Tofu Piccata.  Let me tell you it was delicious.  

Nothing can be better than having my girls close to me!!!

Also finished this painting on Monday.

"Lady and the Red Rose"
30x40 oil on linen


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Teacher Strike

The State of Oklahoma is facing an education crisis right now.  We are in the 8th day of a teacher strike so kiddos and parents are left dealing with WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR CHILDREN!  Now, I am in full support for our teachers, the teachers of our future but I'm not sure it's going to help.  Our teachers in Oklahoma are paid so poorly that they are nearly on the poverty level.  THAT IS A CRIME!!!!  The political leaders in our state just are not getting the job done and I don't think it's a priority for them.  First, I think one of the things that needs to happen is a complete accounting and open book on how our state is spending OUR money.  I think that is a good part of the problem. Plus the idea of all the 100 lawyer women in black that are marching and threatening that may file of offices I find very exciting.   I think the political mucky-muck are hog-tied by big energy and others that keep us at the bottom for teacher salaries.  There is so much mess going on in our state government and I think it needs an overhaul.
This face is just one of our future and we need to make them a PRIORITY!!!!  

Right now she is having a lot of days to go to work with her Momma and me.  That's fun but she misses her friends and school.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

HOPPY EASTER

Good EARLY morning everyone.  I hope everyone has a HOPPY EASTER tomorrow.  We're having the usual 20 or so family to eat.  I love having everyone here but the lead up to getting the house clean and dealing with The Hubby fussing over weird little details can drive me a bit bonkers but it's okay.

A lot is going on in my world to the point of being a bit overwhelming.  Don't forget that our little art show is going on at Post Oak Lodge.  After it is over then we will be at The Hive in Jenks for the month of June, then TCC Metro campus for a month.  WHEW!  I really NEED to paint some more.


Had a little visitor in our backyard the other day in between rain storms.  Isn't she beautiful.  Kiddo #1 said because of the notch off the top of her left ear she has probably been captured, spayed and re-released.  That makes sense because our old neighbors who moved (sad face) used to do just that.  This little girl I think is feral but I could be wrong.  I would like to tame her maybe.   



This past week I was in charge of getting Snicklefritz to and from school everyday.  Her mommy was in Chicago at a TESOL conference (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and encompasses what used to be called TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).  Her daddy would drop her off on his way to our work between 6:30 and 7 every morning and I would feed the munchkin and then take her to school.  Then it was to the office to do a bit of work then to the studio.  Two days I spent at the office most of the day to catch up on work.  (This double duty stuff is kind of kicking my butt!) 
Yesterday I gave her a new book and we read it before school.  Then she started looking at it and asking questions and sharing with Clayton.  He loves her so much and is always so excited when she comes. 

Speaking of the studio, good news.  I may have sold "Red", the nude portrait, hopefully.  I also painted this little beauty, a 5x5 for the Tulsa Artists' Coalition fundraiser they do every year.  It's not going to make it in the actual show though because I've already sold it to the lady who might buy "Red."  That's okay, I've already picked up another canvas and will paint another for the fundraiser. 


I also started another portrait.  It's BIG, 30x40, the biggest I've done except for the 4'x6' Sunset for Saint Francis Hospital a few years ago. 
I love, love, LOVE this photo and wanted to try my hand at it.  The portrait workshop guy Kevin B. gave us the photo and he said that he has struggled to get it just right so I knew it would be a challenge for me but I think I worked it out...well, no, now that I look at it I think the tilt of the head is still not right...more work. 




Happy Easter my friends