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Wednesday:) Well, What Has Miss Toni Been Painting?

21 May

“Do what you love and love what you do. Share all those things, and they’ll always bless you.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m just about done organizing my “crap room,” so I’ve tried to do a little late night painting. Actually, very little painting, but a little, none the less. Now that I finally devised a makeshift holder for my phone to take videos, I’m all set to share some ideas.

Here’s the quick time-lapse lavender flowers in a blue vase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-EJNvbnM8

And, a longer version of painting a few easy lavender flowers in an oval shape. And, of course, it’s always fun and festive to paint a small flower on the envelope. That makes it very special.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCL1Fp_AO78

I hope you enjoyed the videos, and maybe give it a try yourself. If it’s seems too difficult, really, it isn’t. I’ve taught MANY people this easy method. If you don’t believe me, when this whole quarantine craziness is done, come on over, and I’ll show you.

Wednesday:) Working on Some Craft Ideas for Valentine’s Day ❤️

6 Feb

“I find the best way to come up with a great craft project is to gather up every art and craft supply you can think of and just play, play, play. Then, steal some ideas from Pinterest.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been trying to come up with some craft projects to do with my senior friends over at Towne Creek on Valentine’s Day, next Friday. Some Girl Scouts are supposed to come and join us, and the other residents in the apartments have been invited. So, I don’t know if there will be five or fifty people. Hard to plan.

Last week, the TOTS met at Lynne’s to paint some red hearts on black rocks. So, I picked up a few more black rocks and rummaged through my craft room for some large blue glass stones. I painted a few examples so I can show my seniors what they look like.

This technique is easy. I dip the end of a fat brush in red gloss paint and make two dots next to each other, (like eye balls) then drag each dot down to a point to form a heart. I call them dip-dot hearts. These were on the blue glass stones.

Then, I painted a few more hearts on the black rocks, then I used an opened paper clip to dot around the hearts. Cute.

I played around with some blank while index cards and some of those red paint swatches from the Walmart paint department to creat a book mark. I have a bunch of peel off heart stickers, punched a hole at the top and put a fuzzy pink yarn string,

I love pop-up cards, so I designed, after much measuring and cutting, a pop-up heart to put inside some cute note cards I found at Hobby Lobby last week. I used pastel chalk for an easy background.

So, this is how I get inspiration. I make a big mess and see what develops. Still more ideas in my head. I’ll keep you posted.

Tuesday:) Toni’s At It Again~ More Wine Glasses

9 Oct

” When you love doing something creative, it brings joy to your soul and to others.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My latest craze, or more like crazy, has been staying up way too late painting wine glasses. I post the blank glasses on Facebook and tell my friends to stay tuned. I’ve gotten a lot of nice compliments on my endeavors.

These are the latest of my late night wine glass painting sessions.

Here are previous projects, just in case you missed it.

I sure do love painting.

Happy Tuesday, my friends.

Friday Friends and Fun at Towne Creek

14 Sep

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Francis Bacon

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Today was my volunteer day over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. I spent several hours last night trying to decide what art project to work on. I went through a lot of bins and boxes and books, before I decided we’d work on a project with a horse theme. I packed up stencils, markers, chalks, poster board, colored pencils, and stamps. I like to have a variety of materials and projects to allow my friends several choices.

This afternoon, I made a big pot of mac and cheese using Alfredo sauce and nacho cheese with two boxes of shells.

I always prepare a dinner feast for my artist friends, and it’s usually a good break for letting some paint project dry. I brought hot dogs, bean salsa, chips, popcorn/snack mix, dessert, and Dr. Pepper. Helene brought the ice cream.

Everyone enjoyed their horse project. We used pastel chalk for the background then a variety of acrylic paint for dip-dot designs.

Now, on to the feast. One of the aides stopped by and gave us a cheesecake to add to our ice cream dessert. We told stories and laughed. At one point Dorothy and Linda started laughing so hard that they couldn’t stop. A good time was had by all.

Happy Friday, my friends. Now, time for my Black Russian.

Theme Song Thursday:) Painting Memories

23 Aug

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.

Jeremy Irons

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Tomorrow, Friday August 23rd will be the official 5 year anniversary in my beautiful new home and my beautiful new life. Being an artist, I have literally hundreds of paintings, drawings, sketches, hand painted glasses are, and endless craft projects crammed in bins, piled on shelves and leaning against the walls in stacks. When I moved into my house, I hung up a couple of store bought prints and gifts I’d been given, but nothing of my own. A couple of years ago, After Mom went to heaven, I did hang up the portrait I painted of her.

When I first moved in, my talented artsy friends had said they’d come and help me decide where to hang some of my work. The years flew by and we never got around to it. So, about a month ago, I brought down a bunch of my paintings and leaned them against the wall and floor to see where they might want to live. Actually, it’s called procrastination.

I gave myself a deadline of Friday to finally hang my artwork. For the last three days, I’ve been hanging paintings, playing music, and finding the perfect spot for my favorite paintings. This being done well after midnight. Last night it was 2am before I put down my hammer.

Here are my newly adorned walls. I need more walls, still so many paintings that need a home.

Then, to add a little excitement to my late night adventures, one of my smoke alarms started chirping around 1 am. So, I scrambled to get the ladder out, grabbed my cell phone in case I plummeted to my imminent death, and changed the battery.

Now, for my favorite wall of all… my wall of crosses and crucifixes, a constant work in progress. Many of these are gifts from special friends from special places. Each one has a memory. Each one is a blessing.

Memories….

Friday Friends at Towne Creek

10 Aug

“Friends, food, and fun art projects. What more could you ask for””

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m back from vacation in California, and back to my hustle bustle aching sore muscle daily routine. I started out the morning with a service call from Joplin’s AC and Heating. My AC was acting up before my trip, so I made an appointment for first thing this morning.

The good news is, Grant, the repairman was very nice and helpful. The bad news is I need a complete new AC unit for my house that isn’t even 5 years old. Gehan put in the crappiest units in all their homes and all the neighbors have been complaining about it on Facebook and Nextdoor. So, I wasn’t at all surprised. Grant was kind enough to fill up the coolant to get me through till installation on Tuesday, and to have enough time to sell my first born child, auction off my car, hoc the furniture and pawn my wedding ring to pay for it. (Just kidding! Got rid of the wedding ring 6 years ago.) I’ve spent the past few days with the house at a steamy 88 degrees or more. Thanks Grant from Joplin’s AC.

This afternoon was my volunteer day with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek. I got some inspiration for a project while we were visiting The Last Gallery after art Club yesterday.

I did a quick demo on a small 8×10 canvas of just dripping, splattering, and scraping paint for a background, then dropping blobs of watered down acrylic for flowers, and then playing with it for different effects.

I told my ladies that their paintings turned out even nicer than mine. They didn’t agree, but I think it’s true. Plus, I told them that it’s a huge compliment if the student’s work is better than the instructor’s. Then, I’ve done a good job.

Didn’t they do a great job? Oh, and the neat part is, we put our paintings outside the door to dry because the paint was very thick and very wet, and it was VERY hot out there. When we went to look at them, Miss Dorothy noticed that some pink flowers from the crepe myrtle tree out front had fallen on Miss Nelma’s painting. So, we plucked a few pink blossoms and placed them on the thick white paint of her flowers, right where God had dropped them for a special 3-D effect. (Upper left)

Miss Dorothy did a special larger painting that was inspired by a beautiful spiritual dream that she had a while ago. She says she is not an artist, but had a dream that she was doing a painting and talking to God. It’s a beautiful story, and it’s Miss Dorothy’s to tell, so she’ll have to share it. The colors all have a special meaning. It made us all cry.

After our little feast of hot dogs, chips, and ice cream sandwiches, Miss Dorothy had arranged a big pizza party for all the residents at 6 o’clock. She also invited a couple of friends from church to entertain. So, of course, I stayed for the festivities.

After the music, a few people gave some inspirational testimony of God’s influence on their lives. I told my beautiful story of Mom leaving us those two lucky pennies from heaven.

Thank you for a fun evening, Miss Dorothy.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

8 Aug

“Friends that share their art, share their heart.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This morning was our August Art Club of McKinney meeting at The Hub. We’ve been off for the summer, so it was great to see old familiar faces, some new faces, and some amazing artwork. Our August meeting is always our fun “Show and Tell” meeting, where each member brings one or two or a few of their recent artworks to share with the group. We describe the pieces, talk about techniques, and answer any question. Everyone leaves so inspired. Wow! We have some fantastic artists.

Here’s what I brought. A couple of painted glass vases and my 3-D butterfly painting done with only coffee.

After the inspirational meeting, a few of us walked over to Rick’s Chophouse for lunch.

Then, we walked over to The Last Gallery, that is now a super cool artist cooperative gallery, featuring our talented local artists. Then to visit Kim Guthrie at her studio around the corner.

If you’re around the Square this weekend, it’s Second Saturday. Kim’s studio on Virginia will be open all day and a lot of her cool and funky pieces will be featured at The Wine Merchant across the street from her studio. The Last Gallery on Louisiana is a must see stop, too.

You know what’s better than having good friends? Having good friends that are amazing artists that inspire and support and share their talent and love. Love you guys!