Saturday, July 6, 2019

Feeling a little crabby II

When I get stressed, 
I paint, 
I want to eat (chocolate), 
I shop (but don't buy), 
I even pray (all of the time!)
You might ask, what stresses me? The primary is family.
More specifically, my dad. 
Without going into it more, I will leave it at that.
Just know, I am praying about it, praying for him, 
and praying for myself to be able to engage with him.

Today's painting about sums it all up!
Feeling a little crabby II.
While I am still creating, most of my focus is on the upcoming mission to Africa. I leave in about 2 weeks and in true military kid fashion, I am trying to get all of the cutting and packing done as soon as possible. I have a list of what is packed in both bags, so as not to double up on supplies. I am in need of some type of binding to use with the older kids, as I am getting them to make books for them to draw in after I leave. Someone offered yarn to me today, I may use some of that in pre-cut lengths. I am rapidly filling both of my checked luggage bags, as there is so much I want to bring. I am a giver, and the bags include gifts for others, hoping not to step on any toes along the way! The third bag is becoming a reality soon, I fear.
The third checked bag will be $150 for my domestic flight, who knows what it will cost on the foreign ones!
I am grateful for donations still coming into my hands and I want to pass on as much as humanly possible!

Now, as I write this, I am not feeling so crabby any more.
Prayer helps, and so does writing!

Feeling a little crabby II, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12
Day 5 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Feeling a little crabby I

Today found me working hard with our oldest daughter in her studio. She is getting new cabinetry and her entire studio was in the living room. Lots of items needing to find their homes and proper places. I get it, sometimes you just have to have a work day, clearing out and cleaning up. Her studio is different from mine, hers has a lot more fabric, hat bases, beads and other things associated with millinery. I love to see her create, and also hear about the customers gushing about their personal creations. I'm also a fan of a clear studio, not clean by any standards but clean enough to be able to create. Sometimes I have to stop creating and just clear the clutter, from the table, the easel, the floor, and my mind.

Prayer helps me there!
I find doing mindless tasks of putting things away while quietly thinking 
really clears my mind and my studio. Some days I take out piles of references I have accumulated and sort them all out. Others are extreme brush wash days. Any of them help the artist mind settle some and find a groove that allows me to then create.

Mindless cleaning.
We all do it sometimes!

Feeling a little crabby I, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12
Day 4 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence day sketch

Have Watercolor pencils, will travel!
This sketch is for a painting at a later date.
I worked on this sketch until it got too dark to see.
Watercolor pencils are fun to use, either drawing with them or pulling color from the tips with a wet brush.Sitting in a chair, listening to the conversations around us,  seeing friends and catching up, families winding down their day with tired children running freely around the crowd for the 4th of July.

Things are happening in the studio as well, I started a major canvas day by setting up my compressor and staple gun. Trouble was, I could not find my canvas pliers. They were not in their regular place, in the drawer with my supply of staples. I am not real certain where they are, possibly at our oldest daughters house. I may have taken them there when we were working on her dining room chairs. Any way, she cannot find them, I cannot find them, dead in the water as far as canvas stretching goes!
(we did stretch one by hand, but I cannot do that for the other 17 left to go.)
 I did get the canvas cut and ready for the next step. One large 6 yard roll of canvas just about makes 18 complete shadowbox canvases along with scraps from the studio.

At any rate, I still accomplished getting a new hose for my compressor and eyes to replace the ones lost on our grandson's "turts". Their dog has chewed the original eyes off, after our grandson scratched the paint off the pupil. Our daughter keeps replacing them with glass beads, but turts hits the floor quite frequently. We also shopped at a sale our local Goodwill had, 50% off everything. I managed to find 2 pairs of cargo pants to take to Africa, as well as an animal print coat and black swing top.

 Another day starts tomorrow, I borrowed a pair of canvas pliers and managed to get 2 more canvases  completed before stopping to cook dinner and go to fireworks at the bay.
Another day in our home and country, free to celebrate, free to worship, free to gather in large crowds without fear. I 'm glad we live in the United States!
I pray the rest of the world can have the freedoms we have as well!

Independence day sketch, 11x17, watercolor
Day 3 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Then, I must paint them all white, in preparation for paintings coming soon. 
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Classroom content!

I've been praying for a while for the lessons to teach while in Africa.
I designed these to fit 2 to a sheet, so that I can get the maximum bang for my lessons.
The paper I had was some I bought months ago at a great sale price.
Each project sheet is 4 1/4 x 11 inches and I have a total of 800 cut so far.
These took all afternoon, so no painting for me today.
Lack of supplies, possible lack of water makes life interesting to say the least!
Now I have a plan in place, at least in my head~things may change once I arrive.
The children will either use dry media or wet media, depending on the availability of water. 
Some villages have to walk miles for water and I don't want to use water needed for drinking and cooking.
I know that flexibility is key as well, especially if Africa is like India!
I also have plans for the older children to make their own drawing books from long sheets of paper folded and cardstock for covers. We will "bind" them with cording I will provide. The children will then decorate with wet or dry media.
At least that's the plan for now.
One day closer to Africa and meeting these beautiful people! 
I apparently already have two fellow artist fans there too! 

Day 2 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019
Multiple sheets for projects

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Africa is calling.....

Oh what a way to begin!
This year's 100 days~100 paintings finds me being obedient and available.
Those that follow the blog know that I am a Christian by faith.
I love the church we go to now and have lots of like-minded friends. Our pastors are our friends as well! We enjoy going to church and look forward to Sundays,events, and 1st Wednesdays. We have been going there now for at least 7 years and cannot imagine another church that we would call home.
To that end, I have the calling of a mission in my ear for several years now. Lately, it has become stronger and through the grace of God and generous people I will get to go this year.
In fact, I leave in three weeks and will touch my feet into yet another foreign country. 
The plan is to go and teach children art, (the amount of them to teach grows daily!)
I will also be bringing a business to the women of Chidobe, Zimbabwe. This business will enable them to become confident, successful (I hope) women of God. There are also plans for a bible study, (still praying about that!) and a mural on the side of one of the schools. 
Needless to say, I look forward to the adventure!
I pray that I am up to the challenges ahead, along with the rewards.
I have already learned a great deal of patience, trying not to strip my gears when God's answer is wait.
I have also learned about receiving, as the majority of my trip is being financed by donations. 
So many people have given so much, time talent, and finances. 
I truly am humbled and in awe of our awesome God that truly provides!

Why an elephant?
Not a sea creature!
My friends that are already in Africa went with a group from Atmore to the Chobe park and photographed this beautiful creature. My dreams are coming true, and God is showing me more and more how to let him guide the horse of life on which I have the priviledge of riding!
Come along for the adventure of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019!

Africa is calling, Acrylic on canvas, 24x36
Day 1 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Wild ride! The end of the 100 days for Spring!

I know I've said it before, but what a wild ride these past few days have been! I am humbled indeed by the response to the new works for Spring 2019. It seems I cannot paint fast enough of certain pieces. I am so happy people are adding to their collections, or starting new ones with my work. Some of them are new collectors, some are are returning to see what speaks to them. Some are filling their walls with multiples, others are dreaming of the day they can own one 
                                                                                    of my works in their new homes currently being 

The income has been terrific and I am slightly closer to my dream of going to Zimbabwae, Africa to teach Art and a craft to the villagers for them to sell to tourists that come to their home in Chidobe.

That being said, this post finishes the 100 days for the Spring. It has been a crazy week, trying to paint every day. I am also teaching up to 3 days a week for my church, Shepherds place, and the Eastern Shore Institute of Lifelong learning. ESILL. I love to teach, and 8 hours a week seems just about right.

The Orange Beach show was amazing, with 14 large and small pieces finding homes with collectors new and old. Last year was a                    disappointment, only selling $195 worth. I did        not even make expenses last year.                          God showed up in a big way this year though! The weather was again an issue, but it cleared and brought large crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

Arts & Crafts was this past weekend as well, bring the usual cold front and it's accompanying rain. The crowds were large on Friday, but Saturday dawned with rain and cold that made people run through the show. This year was wonderful with collectors coming by to see the new works, and some purchased pieces to feather their nests. I am still amazed that I get to earn money doing something I love to do every day! Thank you for the collectors, and the future one's too!
I sold 3 out of my 4 manatees this weekend as well.

                                                                                  I love that you follow the blog and sometimes                                                                                                comment. Blessings on all who enter here.....                                       A wild ride indeed!


A Wild Ride! Acrylics on canvas~ various sizes
Days 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 100! Plus a couple more thrown in for good measure!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Shells, Shows, and Showers

Shells, Shows, and Showers
We had all three this weekend!
The first of many shows for the spring season was held in Orange Beach yesterday and today.
I was fortunate to be one of the artists that had a successful adventure at the park. The weather held off, and the many expected storms did not come. Several artists were not so fortunate. My neighbor in particular was from Dallas, TX. A sweet gentle man, his large paintings garnered him a second prize in the 2D category. His sales however, were not so great. He only sold prints from his works, and one small piece. He probably will not be back to the show as he did not even make a quarter of his goal. I've been there, last year at this same show, I made a grand total of $195.00.
This was not even enough to cover expenses for the show in 2018.

This year, I was indeed blessed, receiving 2 patron awards and
 a kids choice award that really made me smile!
The pieces from India are going really well to several homes in the area. 
I was very pleased to have a previous collector purchase my largest piece before the show even opened! The sepias sold as well, with several shadowboxes finding new homes.
I sold 14 pieces this weekend!
this wonderful weekend presents a problem for me.
I have a major show next week!
No less than Arts & Crafts in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.
Needless to say, I will be a painting fiend over the next few days.
I will probably be barely taking time to eat and 
perhaps not sleep because of all the possibilities in my head. I will also have to pull most, if not all of my works from a local gallery in order to have the inventory necessary for a show.
Shows are extremely hard work, but oh the rewards if we have what people are looking for in the art that decorates their homes.
Shows like this make us so happy as artists, with many people loving to see the works and the uniqueness of the pieces I am blessed to be able to create. 
Some of them even bless us further, by taking them home!

That being said, I am further blessed by the man that God blessed me with. He supports and sometimes tolerates the shows I do, willingly lending a helping hand just because he loves to see me happy. He is happiest when I am selling, and he grieves for me when I don't!
I am elated that God sent this man to be mine all mine!

With the time change, Chris got up too early!
 A nap was in order, and this bench was the perfect resting place. 
Oh how I love him!
Tell someone you love them today, we are not guaranteed tomorrow!

Shells, Shows and Showers, Acrylic on canvas, 6x6
Day 94 of the 100 days~100 paintings Spring 2019