Archive | October, 2019

Wednesday:) Who Doesn’t Love A Parade?

17 Oct

“My vision is one of celebrations and banquets, diplomas and banners, rings and parades.

John Calipari

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My friend Sherri Murphy called and invited me to join her on another impromptu adventure this afternoon. Her grandsons go to Prosper High School, and today was their homecoming parade and pep rally. I drove over to her house, and she and Michael packed up some chairs and we were on our way.

The PHS parade route rivaled that of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parents, family members, students, children, strollers and restless youngsters lined the streets hours before the start time. Sirens from several Prosper police cars and fire trucks blared the start of the parade.

They sure do it bigger and better in Texas, that’s for sure.

I love a parade!

Tuesday:) Talking About McKinney Creative Community

16 Oct

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” β€“

~Coretta Scott King

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The second Monday of every month, a wonderful group of talented artists, writers, musicians, and local creative people gather at The Cove for a potluck gathering and meeting of the minds.

What a fabulous group of people, and the potluck dinner is always over the top. Some people bring wine, teas and beverages, and there are all kinds of yummy food, snacks and desserts. (I bring brownies every time. I’d be kicked out if I didn’t bring my brownies.)

We always have a fascinating guest speaker. Our speaker yesterday was Colleen Hartley who spoke to the group about how to promote their artistic endeavors through Brand Identity.

Colleen gave us some interesting insight into the importance of websites and creating our personal branding. She works with clients to promote their business, but she also shared many tips, free websites, and ways that we can all promote our artistic endeavors. As artists and creatives, we usually don’t know the best way to promote our work. Colleen gave us some great ideas on how to accomplish this.

McKinney Creative Community is open to anyone interested in meeting other like-minded people, sharing ideas, learning, and making new friends. You can find more info on Facebook.

We have a great community and compassionate members who take action to make it so.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” β€“ Coretta Scott King

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

14 Oct

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s twelve thousand words. Saves me a lot of time writing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Here’s my week in a peek… wonderful art and artists, friends, food, and family.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

13 Oct

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

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An absolutely perfect Sunday morning. I couldn’t have asked for nicer weather, in he 60’s and the sky a crystal clear blue. That’s why this Psalm and song popped into my head.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus entering a village where ten lepers asked, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” He cleansed them, but only one returned, fell at the feet of his healer and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan, a foreigner.

Jesus said in reply,

“Ten were cleansed, were they not?

Where are the other nine?

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”

Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;

your faith has saved you.”

My take on it… sometimes we ask for God’s help, but we forget to thank Him when our prayers are answered. But also, how many times do friends and family do something special for us, and we often take it for granted. It’s funny, I was thinking about that e other day. I thought, I need to make some special hand painted cards and send to people that have been so kind and generous to me, and just say “Thank you for all the times I forgot to say thank you.” This Gospel reading spoke to me.

After Mass, Mr. Jerry, Helene and I stopped for coffee and conversation, then I stopped at the grocery store to buy more stuff that I really don’t need, but… it was on sale.

Another walk around the neighborhood with Bella. She loves the cooler weather. So do I. Then, I decided to work outside a couple of hours. It’s been too hot for weeks, but… this is the day the Lord has made… for working outside.

I had a nice chat with my friend Debbie, from back home in Chicago. She texted me a cool shadow picture of her Halloween decorations and I did an Artisto application to it. My friend Debbie is awesome. We’ve been friends since BC… before children. I think about 1977. Thanks Deb, for all the friendship and kindness all these years. (Your other best friend is kinda skinny there.)

Now, I have to walk the dog again and think about getting something to eat. Yikes! It’s almost 7 and I haven’t eaten anything but a handful of Bugles and nuts. Crazy!

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some More Amazing Artwork- Anne ROYER

13 Oct

“Artists do not create to make a living, but rather are living to create.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Have you been down to The Cove this weekend to see Miss Annie Royer’s beautiful watercolors? Well, drop what you’re doing and get over there NOW! The show is today 6-9:30. Plus, its Second Saturday on the Square. The weather is cool and refreshing, and the atmosphere will be warm and inviting.

Anne Royer is a quiet, behind the scenes legend in the McKinney artists community. Her artistic style is as unique and versatile as her life. She is admired and respected by all who know her.

We stopped by The Cove last night after my volunteer artist group at Towne Creek. The gallery was packed with friends, fellow artists, neighbors, and art aficionados.

These impromptu painting were just delightful. And so is Miss Annie. πŸ€—

Friday Friends, Fun Art Projects, and My Firemen

12 Oct

” A day filled with good friends, great food, art, music, sharing and caring is the best kind of day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another crazy busy non-stop wild and wacky wonderful Friday. I hit the ground running, well, not exactly running, but walking pretty fast. I woke to temps in the 40’s as opposed to the 90’s yesterday, I’ve been doggie sitting, so she got several long walks. There were errands, post office, cleaners, and grocery store. But, I did take out about half an hour to stop at church for Adoration, and some special prayers. This slows me down and calms my soul.

Today was also my day to volunteer over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments, with my Young At Heart Artists. Trying to get packed up with all the art supplies and food by 2 o’clock is always a challenge. Helene has been joining me, and is such a big help. She always brings some yummy food to share. Today, she made homemade chicken salad. I made a big pot of chicken pot pie soup. It’s cream of chicken soup with potatoes, peas, carrots, and corn. We also had garlic bread, cherry pie, and butter pecan ice cream.

We were celebrating Miss Bonnie’s birthday today, and she was surprised and thrilled that we remembered her birthday.

We always have a feast, and anyone passing by or hanging around is always welcome to join us. We always have plenty to share.

Our project today was getting a jump on Christmas projects. We had some wooden snow flakes and glass wine bottles. The ladies all giggled when I came out of the craft closet with a Santa hat, so I had them all pose with their finished project wearing my hat.

It’s always so rewarding to share your time and talents with others. I love these lovely ladies.

Now for my friends the firefighters. Miss Pat gave me some cookies yesterday to drop off at Station 9.

I took some cupcakes over on Tuesday. These firefighters must really work out a lot. Look how skinny they are after all those treats.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

11 Oct

β€œArt is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

― Oscar Wilde

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This morning was our monthly Art Club of McKinney meeting. After our general meeting, we have our raffle, and artist of the month presentation. Artists are encouraged to bring artwork and members vote on their favorite. It’s always interesting to see what other artists are working on.

After the “show and tell,” we break for refreshments. Members take turns setting up and providing the most amazing table of refreshments and brunch. It seems like every month is better than the last. The hostesses for October out did themselves.

Our guest speaker and demonstrator today was the fabulous Jeni Tomlinson. Her presentation was informative, funny, and inspirational. After a brief PowerPoint history of famous artists and masters, Jeni explained her personal techniques on oil painting tips, and tricks of the trade.

The Tomlinson technique consists of under painting with a series of soft layers of glazing. Her humorous tips of “cheap” ways to cut costs on expensive art materials and paints had us all giggling, but at the same time, taking notes for future reference. She brought all kinds of samples and booklets to share with the group, and answered dozens of questions. Personally, I never cared for working with oil paints because of the powerful and irritating smell of the solvents and mediums. Jeni had products that had no annoying odors. I just may give it another try. Thanks Jeni.

You can see more of Jeni’s work at http://www.jenitomlinsonstudios.com

Beside oil painting, Jeni and her husband Charlie work miracles with refinishing furniture and creative and decorative painting.

We are very fortunate to have such talented and inspirational artists right here in our own community. The Art Club of McKinney is not only the oldest art club in the state of Texas, but, in my opinion, it is the best art club on the planet.

A big thank you to all the artists, volunteers, and members who make it all possible.