Saturday, October 14, 2023

The End of the 100 days 2023!

I cannot express the feelings I'm having now! I have finished the hundred days in actually less than 100 days. It has been a journey this year with wonderful people pushing me along. Thank you so much! On to finishing the show!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Another day?

As you can see, these are unfinished pieces.
Still needing their erasing, varnishing, framing, and hanger.
But I am 5 days closer to completion.
I was supposed to complete the 100 paintings today.
This brings me to numbers 92-96.
4 more to go!
One painted last night, then the other 4 during a hard day's work.
I enjoy these small works, as they are an affordable alternative to the large pieces I create.
I painted, because I stayed home today instead of staying with my dad in the hospital.
He told me yesterday to go to the show, and how much he appreciated how much time I spent with him.
But again, God's plan....

Dad did have his surgery today.
I was told by his nurse that he did well, and cardiologist said they got to do what they needed.
His cardiologist has yet to call me to tell me how it went.
I only know because I was proactive in chasing down information.
I painted rather than wasting the day doing nothing.
Plus, it helped keep my mind from racing thoughts about my dad, the weather, and the show.

About the show....
Yesterday afternoon I had been reading about large amounts of rain and wind coming in today.
I prayed the people in charge would move the show out one day, 
rather than have us set up in the nasty weather.
I was also calculating in my head how many hours it would take for us to set up the tents.
My plan was Thursday morning early (about 5 or 6am) for the opening at 10 am.
Little did I know my husband was having the same thought process about setting up Thursday!
On the way home I received an email telling us the show 
was being postponed until opening at 2pm Thursday.
No set up in 4 inches of predicted rain, and 40 mph winds!
At least set up was optional today.
If you wanted to set up today, you could.
We may head down to our campsite tonight after the system has passed through.
That way, we could get up at 5am instead of 4am for a 6 o'clock morning set up.
There were some people that took a chance though today.
I have seen too many destroyed tents and inventory to put mine at risk at this point.
Some of the ones that took a chance today did not fair very well.
My girlfriend headed down, and told me there are several flattened tents already, mangled frames, missing roofs, with inventory out in the weather.
There will be several scrambling to find tents tonight or tomorrow.
I don't have an extra one, or I would put it out there.
We sold one of my heavy tents after a storm system hit Arts and Crafts here in March of 2022.

Maybe the husband will agree to go down tonight!
Such is the Artists life, at the whim of the weather.
Proverbs 16:33 We throw the dice, but God determines where they land.
Every time we enter a show, we are throwing the dice.
God determines if it is favorable for the most part!
Favorable for my dad today, favorable for me because I got to paint!

Another day? Acrylic on wood panels, approx. 5 x 15 inches
Days 92-96 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023


Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Do you know how to make God laugh?

I love rollercoasters!
However, the one I'm on currently is a little too much for me!
Do you know the answer to the title question above?
Do you know how to make God laugh?
Got it?
Read on for the answer to this query.

We should all remember God's plan is perfect.
 We don't always understand it.
We don't always like it. 
But HIS plan is perfect!

Case in point.....
When you last read the blog, I was on target to finish the 100 paintings in the 100 days 2023.
I was rapidly completing the sewing drawers and they will help reach the finish line.
I was caught up and confident I would complete the task.
Those were MY plans.
Then God stepped in and said here ya go!

My dad is quite elderly, and his health is not the best.
He does alright but insists on living alone.
He doesn't get enough exercise and his diet is well, not so great.
My brother and I were calling the house, and he did not pick up.
I live an hour away, so my brother drove over to check on him.
He found him in a sorry state, unable to stand or walk.
He had a similar health scare in March and April.
He told all of us to never call an ambulance again.
We said okay back then.
Then Sunday happened and it took two hours to convince him to call 911.
He did, and we got him to the hospital.
He was dehydrated, very weak, and upset at the time things were taking.
CT scan of head clear.
Chest Xray clear.
Blood work not so much.
Infection somewhere, bilirubin elevated.
Abdominal ultrasound clear.
Brought back to ER room.
He then had a seizure, apparently caused by his pacemaker kicking in because of tachycardia.
Nonresponsive for a few minutes.
Now he's admitted to hospital to figure this out! 
Cardiologists are now involved again.
Needless to say, I have spent the last few days at the hospital with him.
He is now getting better, but still needs some surgery for his heart as he has not one, but two blockages!
Hopefully tomorrow will take care of his problem while in surgery.

More pelicans!


Humpback whales!

Meanwhile, I'm trying to pack for the Shrimp Festival starting on Thursday.
So, as you can see, I am close to completion of the 100 days.
We were supposed to set up on Wednesday.
Bad weather moving in with high winds and heavy rain.
God's plan, Let's do Thursday instead.
So, show is delayed.
I can go to my dad's surgery.
We don't have to set up in the wind and rain.
God's plan, is PERFECT!

The answer to the question:
Do you know how to make God laugh?
"Tell Him your plans...."
Kinda funny, right?

Multiple days, Acrylic on Wood panel, each about 5 x15 inches
Days 80-91 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023


Saturday, October 7, 2023

Wild ride today!

These days are running by so fast now!

I am just hanging on for the wild ride to the end of the 100 days by the
 beginning of the National Shrimp Festival next week.
I am very excited to be able to paint these miniatures framed by the 
drawers from vintage sewing machines.
The first set of 28 was because of a neighbor who wanted my husband Chris 
to take her machine base and make a table.
I asked her what she wanted to do with the drawers, and she just said get rid of them.
I didn't want to just throw them away.
Chris figured out how to cut them in thirds and they make perfect little shadowboxes.
The backings are thin wood panel from a recycled skateboard ramp.
Our son uses the machines to make steampunk lamps as well. 
They are recycled, fun to paint, and affordable too!

I also must apologize because the photos are not edited.
My phone is acting the fool these days, and my husband dropping it a few minutes ago doesn't help.
Anyway, tonight is 10 paintings total.
Not all painted in one day, but I can paint several in a day!
I love painting miniatures.

Enjoy the menagerie!

Here's looking at you!

Sandpipers central!

Octopus escaping!

Pelican Piling.
You can see my messy easel and some collected art too.

Seahorse with coral.
Notice this one has the lock mechanism still in the drawer.

They just are lovely to look at, and so fun to paint!

Wild Ride today! Acrylic on recycled wood, each about 5 x 15 inches
Days 70-79 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023


Friday, October 6, 2023

Pelican parley

I love painting these guys.
They are so incredibly interesting to create.
So much to do, so little time left before the big show starts next week.
The 50th National Shrimp Festival in Gulf shores, Alabama.
I have all the paintings done to fill the double booth and am now working ahead.
I am really excited to see how the booth looks with it going from sepia to full color in one space.

Tonight was Artwalk in Fairhope.
I was painting live while it was going on from 5:30-8:00 pm.
I actually worked on two miniature paintings for the sewing machine drawers.
They make a really great presentation for the paintings, giving them the shadowbox effect.
Two whales done, lots of people chatting about my works.
Hopefully conversations lead to sales.

I also spent time setting up the rest of the sewing drawer paintings.
So, I know what to paint.
I have the patterns ready to transfer and then just create!

Our pelicans here are an incredible work of God.
To see such a gawky bird fly so gracefully is beautiful.
They dive so hard, going after fish.
It's a wonder they don't die with how hard they hit the water.
You always know when the fish are in the bay, because there will be pelicans sitting on the water.
They're sitting because they can't fly because they're so full of fish!

Pelican Parley, Acrylic on Shadowbox canvas, 12 x 24
Day 69 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023


Thursday, October 5, 2023

Curly cephalopod

I don't know if I'll ever tire of painting octopus.
They are a never-ending source of differences.
Beautiful, smart, and great escape artists.
They have to have special tanks to hold them in while in captivity.
There are also octopus that will crawl on land to get to a tidal pool.
That would really be a sight to see!

Nothing makes me happier than to encourage a child in their art journey.
My son asked if I had an easel to give for a birthday present.
I showed him the little easels we use for Chris's wood bowls.
He just giggled.
They are tiny.
But above that, on another shelf was French box easel someone gifted to me.
Never used, and a great gift to set her on her way.
I advised him with some paint purchased.
We then rounded it out with some extra canvas I had, an apron, a palette knife, and a water dish.
I can only imagine the surprise and joy from this precious child of God.
Happy Birthday!

I'm also toying with completing the 100 days before shrimp Festival starts next week.
How in the world?
God has placed in my mind to really concentrate on smaller works that are more affordable.
My starting price is $295.00 for my works.
Not much, some of us would say.
These smaller works will retail for $95.00 and are still unique, beautiful, and affordable.
I can make them less in price because I can complete several in a day.
They are totally unique because they are vintage sewing drawers, 
cut down to make miniature shadowboxes.
I've done them before, and they are super popular.
The vintage aspect, affordability, and recycled as the wood used is a former skateboard ramp.
The end of the 100 days is going to be fun!
Giddy up!
This is about to become a wild ride!

Curly Cephalopod, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24 inches
Day 68 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023


Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Flying high, but how low can you go?

The paintings are so much fun to create and see the final product.
I am really getting excited to see the booth in place at the National Shrimp Festival.
One week from today we'll be down in Gulf Shores!
These pelicans are such characters.
Their diving, eating until they are so full, they can't fly!
Trying to swallow things that are too big to eat.
Gawky when they walk, graceful when they fly.
I love painting them!
"Flying high", Acrylic on shadowbox canvas 24 x 24inches

Octopus are peculiar creatures indeed.
They can regenerate an arm.
They have nine brains, one in their head and one in each arm!
They can change color on a whim.
They have a beak like a parrot!
They can fit through a hole with their entire body, if their beak goes through.
They can unscrew a lid from a jar if the jar has food.
Slippery, intelligent, sometimes creepy, always peculiar.
Most of all, fun to paint!
"How low can you go?", Acrylic on shadowbox canvas, 16 x 16

Days 66 and 67 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2023