Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's Over

The reunion is over and the 30 day painting challenge is nearly over.  I am going to enjoy taking a break in October.  What a grand weekend we all had.  The Friday night get together was packed with over 85 people in attendance with a few representatives from other classes joining in the laughter.  So many hugs and cries of joy were heard during the evening and many continued the evening in the hotel concierge room till about 3:30 in the morning (not me.)  

Saturday night was at a place called the Stokley Center and boy was that place a HUGE hit.  It used to be a billboard sign place where they made them but they have since turned it into this event center and couldn't be more perfect.  Neon signs everywhere you look along with pinball machines to play.  We had a video I created and tons of music playing.  Laughter, screams of recognition and stories galore.  



One shock for me was seeing an old friend that wanted to be my boyfriend so bad in high school.  He was just a friend in our group but he chased me and chased me.  When he walked in with his wife, I didn't recognize him at all.  One of my classmates sitting beside me asked, "Who brought their parents." OH MY GOSH!  I thought that too and then I realized it was HIM!  I could not help but turn around to that friend who knew him and gasped saying that it's LC.  "What!"  Yup, could not believe it.  Plus he was a hunkered down cowboy hick, cowboy hat and all (I know that is mean but that is what my mind said.)  I gathered my courage and walked up to him to greet and give him a quick hug.  Oh my, oh my oh my.  Later he came up to me while I was talking to one of our committee members telling him that I was his "Sweetie" in high school, or wait he stepped back in that statement and said, "or at least I wanted her to be my sweetie."  He was a friend in high school and was a cutie but I actually got the creepies right then.  I felt bad by my gut reaction but that is the truth.   I know, I know I have changed too and he may have had the same reaction.  I mean, I'm not the svelte girl I used to be 40 years ago, soooo.  Food for thought.

All in all it was a fabulous reunion weekend and I am reunioned out.  The Hubby's was last weekend and now this.  I need a break.  This morning was one more event, brunch and then DONE!  It's Over.

Two more days of painting too.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More 30 Painting Challenge and MORE

And the painting challenge continues.  As of today I have 4 days left of paintings.  Whew!  It has been quite awesome and I have a LOT of paintings to sell now.  I have GOT find a venue and after this it will be easier.  What with painting, working, organizing my 40th Class Reunion (this weekend) and watching Rio, well, I'm a bit pooped.  Doesn't help that two nights in a row I have not slept.  I woke up at 2:30 on Wednesday night not to sleep again until 5 am.  The same thing happened last night which will make me have to get a quick nap in today, hopefully if I want to keep up with my fellow classmates.  I have a feeling they are all on the same page as myself with bed early, I hope!  I think it's just the excitement of the reunion.

First is a photo of Rio strutting her stuff at her Momma's work.  It was International Fashion Day at the junior college and Rio got to wear this darling little outfit.  Bri said she was styling and walking the runway, even with a little twirl.  She is just so stinking cute!

Painting Challenge...continued.

Day 23
"Bathing Beauty"

Day 24
"Roses

Day 25
"Rocks"

Day 26
"Final Harvest"


Monday, September 22, 2014

30 Day Painting Challenge Update

If you don't follow my art blog I am updating everyone on the 30 day painting challenge I have been doing this month.  This is also why I haven't been blogging.  Between watching Rio, working, planning my 40th class reunion (that is this next weekend) and this painting challenge I have had absolutely no time for anything else.  So here is the updated ones starting day 16.  By the way my art blog is Artist In Training if you want to follow my journey.  

Day 16
"The Barn"
8x10
oil on cotton panel
$100

Day 17
"#43 (aka Go Tigers)"
5x7
oil on cotton panel
NFS

Day 18
"Ireland"
9x12
oil on cotton panel
$150

Day 19
"Fall Solitude"
9x12 
oil on cotton panel
$100


Day 20
"Apple"
8x8
deep gallery wrap canvas
$100

Day 21
"Oh, Bass"
9x12
oil on canvas
$100 

Day 22
"Daily Swim"
8x10
oil on canvas panel
$100 





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Painting and Rio

My life lately has been nothing but painting at every little opportunity I can get and watching Rio.  Her momma and daddy are in the process of moving.  First a lot of painting, new carpet and floors and then today MOVING!  Today is the day but in the meantime I have been watching Rio, a lot of Rio.  She is a pistol but frankly I am pooped and so are her parents.  It is a rough and busy time but it will pass, soon.  

The painting challenge is ongoing too and it has been a bit tough but I am halfway through the 30 day challenge.  I thought I had one for this morning but after looking at the photo I took to post I realized I'm not finished so this afternoon I will fix it.  Sleep next and painting and back to workout next week is on the order, back normal.


"Peek-a-Boo"
8x10
$100

"Guitar Man"
(My little brother)
5x7
NFS

"Corks"
8x10
$100

"Sadie"
(my little cousin)
5x7
NFS

"Black-eyed Susans"
8x10
$100

"Sunbathing"
8x10
$100

"Ella"
8x10
NFS

"Fruit"
8x10
gallery wrapped
$75

Have to paint this!  What a dumplin'. 




Saturday, September 06, 2014

Rainy Days and Saturday's


Yes, this morning it is raining.  A soft Saturday rain this AM and I'm loving it.  Sadly it's not at the cabin but that is okay, I'm okay with that.  It has been a very, VERY busy couple of weeks, as is the norm lately.  Sleep has been a bit lacking but this morning I slept in to 9!  That was GREAT!

 I did take time out on Sunday to go by and see Daddy, pay some of his bills and get some quality lap time with his new baby.  Her name is Susie!  What a little beauty and he is just thrilled to have her in his world.  He took her from living under his house the day before his surgery to his vet and we had her spayed, shots and they kept her for a couple of weeks.  It was good to give her the calm INSIDE life before we brought her home.  She will forever be safe and sound in his house now.  The vet said she is only about 6 months old and unfortunately when he got in there to spay her she was, in his words, "EXTREMELY pregnant." So sad but it might have killed her to even have the kittens because she was so young and thin.  She is the sweetest little thing and Daddy is happy he has company.  
This week has been doctor appointments for Daddy which Bro has taken one and I took one.  Both, Dr. Hippy and Dr. Heart were fabulous.  They were very pleased with his progress.  YEAH!  He's even back to driving again.  Amazing man really.  

I've also been doing my fair share of watching little Snicklefritz while B&B2 get their NEW house ready to move into.  They've been painting fools and carpet pulling up nuts.  There is still a lot of painting to do, mainly the walls now.  The dang place was full of painted trim and that is what has taken so long.  The walls will be a snap to get finished.  They have this week left to finish as they close on their old house and MOVE next weekend.  This morning new carpet is being laid in the bedrooms and during the week the new bamboo floors will be laid in the living room, front room and hall.  The peel and stick tile will be laid in the workroom/laundry room too.  While all this is taking place we have all been working during the day, me babysitting, and then working at night, me babysitting.  We all look forward to just sitting and saying, "WHEW!" 

Side note on the niece that has so many troubles.  She posted on Facebook that she was going to rehab for 40-60 days in Michigan.  I was skeptical but texted Sis and she said it was true that the niece set it all up herself and one of the last post on FB was she was getting on the plane.  Wow.  So glad and I hope it works.  This kid.  I pray it works for everyone's sake.  

Lastly, I've been working on the 30 Day paint challenge and today is day six.  It has been a challenge (duh) but I've enjoyed it and hope I can continue.  I have even sold one of them, the "Wishing Well." Wow, did not expect that but I will take it.  It is great practice for me.  
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Day 5 

"A Longing and Winding Road"
11x14 oil on gesso board
$ 100

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Day 3 - "To Life"

This one is special to me.  My Momma was always dancing.  Not dancing dancing but she would often would throw up her hands up and kick her feet in a short dance step.  I've had this fuzzy picture of her kicking up her heels in the surf of Destin, Florida on one of our many family vacations.  It's how my girls remember her, often so I had to paint her.  Of course the bathing cap was an add on but it's my Momma.  So here is Day 3 of the 30 day painting challenge.

"To Life (aka Dancing Momma)"
8x10 oil on primed linen panel

$ 100


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Day 2

Day 2 of the painting challenge and it is a challenge for me to get to paint lately.  

"Wishing Well"
5x7 oil on primed linen panel


Guess I will give a bit of good info...not only did B&B2 get their house but B2 passed his electrical journeyman test!!!!!  That is a HUGE biggie.  

Monday, September 01, 2014

Day 1 of 30 Day Painting Challenge


I have all this time in the world (NOT) so I thought I would sign up for something else to do.  It's a Thirty Day Challenge for a painting a day at Leslie Saeta's blog Leslie Saeta Fine Art.  

So today is Day 1 of the challenge. 

"Daylilly"
oil on gesso panel, 11x14
For Sale here $ 125

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

September 30 Paintings in 30 Days

As if I don't have enought to do lately I have been coerced into doing a painting challenge.  It will be really, really cool if I pull it off.  Plus there are 699 artists participating representing 20 countries.  I'm going to try and get a head start on sketching RIGHT NOW!  Stay tuned for the links and the chance to purchase if you want.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Moving On Up

 Another week down and another busy week.  I'm bushed really and still it will continue.

B&B2 have purchased a new home.  This picture is from their first home several years ago but with a few years of marriage and accumulation of STUFF and little Rio added to their family of one dog, Mondo and three cats, Vera, Sammie, and Opal they are bursting at the seams.  
One day about a month ago B was at an estate sale, the kind of stuff she has a passion for that she inherited from her father.  While inside she found out the house was for sale too and how much.  As she was checking out the place and falling in love with it her cell phone rang and it was The Hubby telling her she needed to come by this estate sale that the house was right up her alley.  Lo and behold they were both there at the same time.  Well, a month or so later B&B2 BOUGHT the house.  It's much bigger with space for her side business and a great yard for Mondo and Rio to play in, and it's a bit closer to us!
This sweet 90 year old guy was the seller.  He was an original owner and they were thrilled to meet him and carry on the tradition of raising their family there.  It has been a process for B to learn about, "FOR SALE BY OWNER."  So now comes the part of new floors, paint, moving in...the list is endless but it is the next step in their lives as a family.  I'm very happy and proud for them.  Another good thing is that they sold the house they have called home since they were married in 2007.  We have a friend who is a realtor who had a client looking for a house in their neighborhood and wanted to bring them buy to look at B&B2's house.  They loved it and wanted to put a contract on it.  SOLD!  The luck they have had is amazing really.   

Now the California girl is on the hunt for them some new digs too.  Good luck my dear and you will definitely find something, I promise.  

Love my girls and "son's" and sweet Rio.