A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"

Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's been a year of painting

So after the tipi in Jan through mid-march...I'm back it again. Painting the Kitchen.  I never had time to do this...kids were young and when the grow some I went right to creating a business in the artist...so it really felt good.  When I took down the shelf it was loaded with stuff.   I bought the shelf at a garage sale for plates I think that was what it was made for...you know the fancy plate collections. There's a grove cut in the middle of it.  The words hanging round on the upper part of the walls  were purchased from Artful Gatherings-Lemont IL since closed (sad it was a great place)  I had fake grape vines wrapped around them well I repainted the letters of the words too. Liking the same color thing happening and the old color that was faded popping through.

 The walls and under the cabinets are painted.

it's not your magazine version of a kitchen but it's mine. And I'm loving the fresh look and getting rid so stuff...though I liked back in a day but not today...there are a few things I saved though and rehung. Randy painted the ceiling for me with the long pole. I probably could have done it not as well.  Instead I got the exercise up and down the little ladder with the walls, up and under the cabinets.  He wouldn't have the patience for that. I need to pull out the small piece of artwork I've been gathering over the years other artist and see how I can put them up around the kitchen...maybe?

On to a new week...

Friday, June 23, 2017

The painting begins

As I start I didn't know I would be doing this, this summer but something got into me to do it.  As I look back at my vision board there are this big paint brushes through the board that I placed.  Painting the tipi and now the kitchen...makes sense now. 

Taping things off with the blue tape is interesting.  Different then when I use the Blue tape in my artwork to frame off an area that I would like to stay the white of the paper.  While doing all this I was listening to Brenne Brown's new book on CD, Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice.  Great by the way...was just what I need to listen to while I being this process. Found out the husband doesn't like to paint...and I'm actually enjoying the change of pace.  Being it's the Kitchen and we are still using it, I work in section...and happy to say it's a process that comes natural to me. 

Contracts to be signed and return and setting up dates penciled in for next year on workshop are also going on at this time...Milling over what and how we/husband and I will get to New Orleans in October and we are thinking of driving there...Actually we are with renting a car we might as well drive down so we can possible save some money, but again we are talking about that.. Fun and uncertain but will all work out in the end. 

Off to tape off and begin painting....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yesterday....So proud

 Yesterday early in the morning I head out for a drive to DuPage County Court House on County Farm Road in Wheaton to witness my youngest daughter being sworn in as a probation officer.  She just graduated which I missed the graduation because of workshop I we presenting in Wisconsin so I'm so lucky I didn't miss this part.  She did her internship there and they said it's been along time since they hired an intern...

The Husband came home and we went for a birthday dinner...I had thought I wanted steak but saw the shrimp and changed my mind...checked my emails before heading to bed and found out "Standing Reputation" will have a new home in San Diego....Chatted with my parents, my mother in law and mom...what a perfect day...

Friday, June 16, 2017

How things unfold....

We the "Book Club Artists's" just received our postcards and we are gathering our work, getting it ready for this exhibit that unfolded with the guidance our Curator Dorothy Bury Shaw.  Our group is formed of creative souls in all mediums, from poetry to watercolors, mixed media, collage, acrylic painting, assemblage, drawing/inks/colored pencils, oils and sculpture.  We gathering monthly for support and discussion we started with our first book Studio Stories by Lauren Rader, we enjoyed the chapters greatly...

Dorothy afforded us all the opportunity exhibit in her time slot at If These Walls Could Talk Gallery and Frame shop. Uncertain about how it would all turn out we said "Yes lets do this" Then a Name for our group need to be established and with all that creative minds together we settled on the most simplest..."Book Club Artists...because that who we are...

We recently watch the Documentary, "Who Does She Think She is?"  Was really good to see this together.

Our inspiration is unified sharing as artist on our journeys through life at all stages of being artist, women and spiritual beings. This quote describes our thoughts every so simply.

"Art is a portal. Through it we can explore these mysterious depths, see the beauty of our world more clearly, understand ourselves and other more deeply, and realize the gift of our individuality. Like walks along the river, making art is a journey of illumination and possibility, pregnant with potential for ourselves, those we touch, and ultimately, beyond."

 We are now currently ready "Art and Fear" together...

Our opening for this exhibit will be Friday July 7th from 7-11pm If you get a chance do stop by or though the Month of July  "the diversity will be astonishing."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Interesting Luncheon

Today I took a gamble went to the Darien Chamber Luncheon with Westmont and Lisle. I wasn't sure what to prepared for but so happy I had a handful of business cards and practice my elevator speech.  As I signed up I thought wow I'm a business and I pay my taxes and I have something offer to the community so that's good right?

Well I'm happy I went, got me out of my comfort zone and in a place of possibilities.  What possibilities I don't know but I'm making connections and gather business cards too.

Got some helpful hints from the Publisher of the DuPageNeighbor.com  and it was interesting to hear how other business not related to art get the marketing and stuff happening for them.  All I know is I'm in a good place, a manageable place that is and grateful.

Lunch was good and it was at Chuck's on South Cass Ave.

So off to add new emails to my email list...

Paw Photo

This is Gracie, paw pose, 5mo old ...no weight on them...when she walks their even bigger.  I'm sap for big dogs...

And he's our elder fella, Hank...resting he likes to lay on the bricks...silly guy but them must bring comfort for him. 

when Hank was a puppy stretched out on the Couch...yes the Couch...we're dog people so this comes with the territory when you have big dogs. Heck he can just back up and sit his hinny on the couch like a person if he wanted.