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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Red

I have finished this one and I LOVE it.  I hope it sells but can hang around for a bit too.  
"Red" 30 x 24 oil on linen gallery wrap



Plus we got all set up at Post Oak Lodge, so if you are there go check out some wonderful ar.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Traveling We Will Go

Last week I traveled, we traveled, Linda and I, to Rogers, Arkansas for yet another art workshop.  We signed up months ago with the Northwest Arkansas Artist Guild for a Kevin Beilfuss workshop.   This was a portrait workshop, kind of out of my field in a way but I was up for the challenge and knowledge to flow.
Backseat driver - her hubby was our driver

Kevin is the nicest guy and so willing to share his knowledge.  PLUS, he is incredibly talented. 
He showed us first, then.....

it was our turn.  Our model for the day. 

This was wiped off a few times...
but I think I captured her eventually. 

Day 2 and it was the full body experience. 

Kevin explaining how to capture a gesture of the hand.  My day 2 ended up with a blank canvas because I was having a really off day.  

Day 3, our final day I opted to try my hand on a photo I already had of our great niece.  

Day 3... 
 
So far so good.

Kevin did give us several photos that I plan on using eventually.  I'm working on one right now in the studio.  I may even have this one sold already!!!


As usual the artist brings some of his/her stuff for purchase.  I chose these two to add to my art collection and am in LOVE with them.  

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Art Show

I almost forgot to share the news.  My friends and I at Lemon Tree Fine Art are having our first show at Post Oak Lodge.  Here is the info, go by and look, love and BUY!




Presenting:
Places, Faces and Spaces of Tulsa

The Art of
Gil Adams, Linda Dunbar, and Carla Hefley
are proud to announce their first show together at Post Oak Lodge. 

The show runs from March 5 to May 31

Please take some time to visit the gallery and the lovely place that is Post Oak.



Post Oak Lodge
5323 W. 31st St. N
Tulsa, OK  74127

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Loss

Sunday night I was in bed about 8 o'clock watching the Oscar's when The Hubby came in and asked if I saw the obituaries.  I guess I had just skimmed over them and missed that our accountant, our dear friend passed away.  He was only 48 years old, but I knew he had been having some health issues, never thinking  he would die.  He was so very young and had three beautiful little girls, of which I had painted them in a portrait recently.  We are all just devastated by this loss in our lives.  He was a friend more than an accountant.  

When we married 42 years ago we were using our family accountant who saw us, my parents and grandparents through many years of financial help.  After about 20 years being our accountant he retired and sold his business to another company and we were handed off to our friend, Cuong.  I am loyal and was not too sure of the new guy but after nearly 20 years later I couldn't have happier with the change.  It's just a strange feeling to know that we can't pick up the phone to ask him a question and RELY on his financial advice anymore.  There is the weird feeling too that I don't know if I can trust anyone else again, especially this late in the game in our lives.  PLUS, it's a bad time as I had taken him our taxes to be done a couple of weeks ago, AND THEY ARE STILL IN HIS OFFICE!  Ummmm, not sure how to deal with that, except his practice is very large and I know we will get another accountant assigned to us but not one we fully trust to know how we operate or know US.  I figured I would give it a week then call the office and see what will happen with it all.