Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thanksgiving Before and After

I've sat down to try and write this blog post a few times but life has been so busy, that has not happened.  Of course some of my time has been spent with Snicklefritz and that's ALWAYS a joy.
May have to paint this little princess!

Ever on the hunt for the next painting...

This is a guy I went to high school with, Matt.  He was Mr. Football in high school (45 years ago) but now is a rancher/cowboy, living his life's dream.  It has been a hard life for him but he got to fulfill that dream.  The last time he was in town I snapped this wonderful photo of him with the plan to paint.  Since I'm wanting to step off more into the portrait world, well, here we go.

Today, I plan on adding to it, especially his mustache!

In the meantime we had a bit of snow a few weeks ago and Mrs. Robin was huddled outside the bathroom window trying to keep warm.

I think this might be a nice painting...

Thanksgiving was wonderful with a houseful of about 26 family and friends.  I cooked 33 pounds of turkey and it was quite yummy but I knew that the next day was looming.  Yes, it was prep time for our HUGE Christmas party.  
Every few years we host a gigantic Christmas party and The Hubby wanted to do it this year.  Okay.  Anyway, with Thanksgiving so quick and December right there too, I just flat forgot to order the invitations and had to do a Facebook invite.  I did order the invites but stupid me reordered from a place that I had not used in 12 years, a house ago and good grief, the invites went to our old house.  I wasn't able to get hold of the people there until THEY contacted me this week.  I had to reorder them.  All's good, and we will have about 75 people here on Saturday night.
Food is ordered and will be delivered.  We hire wait staff, which I found out a few years ago is the ONLY way to host such a party!  

Christmas decorations went up, presents have been wrapped, the table has been set up...PARTY ON DUDE!

Merry Christmas

(Oh, and I tweeked my back yesterday...yes, that may be a problem!)

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Busy Girl

I cannot believe my posting has been so sporadic this year.  I've just been so busy with art shows, kiddo, art workshop, voting, work and just getting ready for the holidays.
I did finish this little lady and she is installed in the show that opened last week at the Dennis R Neill, Equality Center downtown.  If you didn't get to the show opening you can go anytime to see mine and Linda's art, well anytime is 12-9 pm seven days a week.  Please go by and see, maybe buy!

Also the watercolor workshop/class I have actually not been attending.  I missed several classes due to events that could not be helped and really I don't feel I'm learning much for the time spent. 
I did do this little gem in my studio and it was a door prize at the art opening. 
The show was awesome with tons of people coming to support us. 

I'm very proud at what I have produced.

Then we come to this week and the END of the attack ads from candidates for office.  I can't tell you how glad I am that this is OVER! 
I actually voted, had a very productive meeting at the office and then spent the day taking photos to flood my mind with beauty while sharing my time with Snicklefritz. 

Isn't she a beauty.   

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Plein Air Tulsa! Painting in the Osage

Plein Air Tulsa!  Painting in the Osage 2018.  
Friday morning began early at 6:45 for the volunteers.  Doors opened for the artists that waited in the pouring rain outside of Ziegler Art and Frame at 7 a.m.  The die-hard artists started streaming in to check-in and grab a fully-loaded goodie bag.  They were off to capture the wet day.

Plein Air artists are dedicated to the craft.  Some found shelter under canopies, awnings, umbrellas, and cars. 

If you drove around Tulsa you might have caught a glimpse of 45 different artists capturing a moment.

Friday ended and the artists looked forward to a new day and different weather at Post Oak Lodge in Osage County.  

They were in for a wonderful surprise, I mean sunrise.  

The day began at Post Oak Lodge a bit chilly and developed into a magnificent Plein Air event.

We had sculptors,  
oil painters, watercolorist's, 
pastel artists,  

acrylic painters, 

and just joyful artists capturing the beauty of a fall Oklahoma day at Post Oak Lodge.  

After a long day of painting, some artists decided to try their hands at a Quick Draw event for an hour.  

But, that was not all.  After a bite of dinner and maybe a quick nap there was an opportunity for a Nocturnal Painting.

I poured myself into bed, at home, but had to be on the road to Post Oak Lodge by at least 6:30 to ready for the set up for the Wet Paint Sale and Reception.

The art was stored overnight but then had to be moved out to the great hall where we assembled a wonderful display.  That took a couple of hours to get it just right and then the art was hung, labeled, judged.  We waited for the reception, awards and sale.  Wonderfully so, some of the art was sold while it was being displayed.

The artists would be quite happy, sold art, awards and prizes, food and pleasant exhaustion. 

Plein Air Tulsa!  Painting in the Osage 2018 is now in the books awaiting the next years marching orders. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cherish Life

Good Saturday morning!  It is quite dreary out and I'm happily ensconced inside, at home, with Snicklefritz and The Hubby!  Fall is truly here, and winter, the weatherman says, is closer than we think.  This morning The Hubby couldn't stand it anymore and turned on the heat.  I planned on going to the studio this weekend and spend some quality time at my easel but decided to have the kid-let instead.  The studio has been overrun with Plein Air Tulsa stuff and people all week long and not much painting has been going on there anyway.  Next weekend it is over and Linda and I can focus on our most important show at the Equality Center.  I think I have enough paintings, but not quite sure.  I need to count, organize, list and make title tags to put with the paintings.  I've been working a lot at the office this week too and will need to be there on Monday to fix a MISTAKE I made.  I messed up a FICA deposit, crediting it to 3rd quarter instead of 4th quarter.  I've never messed that up before and have to call.  I hate doing that stuff but it is what it is.  

The Hubby has been quite busy dancing the past few weeks, like four nights a week.  This weekend is Fall Fling put on by Tulsa Swing Club and next month is state competition that he has been practicing for.  It's a tri-state competition in OKC for two days and he's looking forward to it.  Doesn't leave much time for us but I'm okay with that as I've been busy with gearing up for Plein Air Tulsa, the show in November and planning my 45th class reunion in June.  Lots and LOTS of meetings and I'm kind of struggling to keep it all straight.  My calendar doesn't seem to have a break lately, except for this weekend, and I'm totally enjoying this bit of down time, and time with Snicklefritz.  

Cabin time will have to be made up next month when there will be a fire in the fireplace, a pot of soup on the stove and clinking glasses of fine wine with friends.  

I have been able to get a couple of fall paintings done and hopefully I will get them sold at the show.  I've even got a commission I need to get working on!  On top of all of this we are also throwing our HUGE Christmas party December 1.  Yes, surely didn't see my life being this busy when I planned on doing it a year ago.  At least I've got the bedroom done and just need to do a bit of clean up, hang a few paintings I've purchased and have a party.  BUT, I do need to work on invites for the show and Chistmas party, and MAYBE a few Christmas cards.

I've been thinking about all that I am grateful for lately.  My life, my wonderful life.  I will not complain.  I have a fabulous husband, children, granddaughter, siblings, extended family!  The people and families that are dealing with the hurricane's and flooding from the Carolina's to Florida, I cannot imagine what their lives are like now.  Just heartbreaking.  We also lost a friend recently, my age, Bud, who had been dealing with dementia for 12 YEARS!  So very sad for his family and his loss to not be able to grow old with his family or even REMEMBER IT!  Another couple we know, Tim and Kathy, just sold their businesses here in Tulsa, moved back to Chicago to begin retirement with their daughters and grandkids.  They had been there probably 2 months and Tim was riding his Harley and was hit by a car and has been in the hospital fighting for his life with the possibility of brain damage.  You thank your lucky stars for your life.  Love your family, kiss the kids and grandkids and cherish all that you have in your life.  I certainly am right now.  It can be snuffed out so quickly.  

Have a cherished weekend and life with family and friends.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Updating My World

It's time to update on this little guy.  Clayton is doing well but that dang cone of shame didn't come off until last night after a bath.  He has worn it so long that it broke and The Hubby had to patch it together with vent hose tape.  The tumor is gone, but not all the way.  It will come back because they could not get it all.  The next option is to amputate but we are NOT going to do that.  He's 13 years old and when it is there you can mash, push and prod and he doesn't flinch, nor does he lick it.  I'm not going to put him through another surgery.  Poor little guy.

What can I say! 

I finished this sweet 11x14 oil and I call it "Auntie Af's Big Day".  It was posted on Facebook and I have never EVER gotten so many likes.   I totally love it and plan on entering it in some shows. 

Today is my mother-in-law's 91st birthday.  Tomorrow Snicklefritz is turning 6, but today we party celebrating both birthday's.  Actually, Monday was her momma's birthday and I believe Thursday my sis-in-law.  Wow, September is full of birthday fun.  Snicklefritz gets lumped in because they are all so close.  

I do have news in my art orbit.  Of course yesterday I took the "Lady and the Red Rose" to the Tulsa Artist Coalition for the member show starting on Friday.  It was a juried show and a big thing to get in.  Last year was the first time I was in it.  Today my painting buddy and her hubby go to Fayetteville to pick up our paintings that juried in Artists of Northwest Arkansas show.  I don't believe I got a ribbon but you never know.  Tomorrow I deliver 4 of my paintings and 5 of Linda's to The Hive in Jenks for the Tulsa Artist Guild show.  I did have 5 but one sold that I entered.  That's a good thing.  

Now the really good stuff.  Last fall I was tasked, at Lemon Tree Fine Art (Linda and I), on trying to get some shows in Tulsa.  We did get The Hive and Post Oak Lodge.  And we were informed by the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center that they had the 12 months filled but if anyone backed out we were first on the list to have a show.  Guess what, they called.  They asked if Linda and I would like to have November.  My first thought was, CRAP, because we had planned to finally have our studio/gallery open house in November.  What this means is that we have to have about 20 paintings EACH for the Center.  Our studio would be empty and we HAVE GOT TO paint, paint, paint to even make that quota.  Oh gosh, this is so exciting.

I'm not through.  I've posted before that Linda and I are working on the event Plein Air Tulsa.  Last year was Tulsa and this year is Plein Air Tulsa:  Painting The Osage.  Linda is amazing in getting everything put in place and I am her sounding board, right-hand-Jane.  I keep track of the entrants and the money and expenses.  She has been working on the advertising and getting donations of money or merchandise for the goodie bags.  This is an off shoot and under the umbrella of Alpha Rho Tau, one of the groups we belong to.  Anyway, she called me Friday and said that the television show Explore Tulsa which airs on Channel  6 and the CW is COMING TO OUR STUDIO on Monday afternoon to film.  They are coming for the Plein Air event but IT'S OUR STUDIO!!!  Exciting but, oh snap, it's a mess and most of the good stuff is dispersed out to various shows.  So yesterday I delivered the painting and then all afternoon I cleaned and organized and clean and organized.  

Also, don't forget that Friday is the Art Crawl, First Friday downtown and I will have my painting at the AHHA!  I plan on being there at least the first hour or two so come by and see me and the painting.