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Thursday:) This is The Art Club of McKinney

14 Mar

“Wherever they are gathered to learn, share, feast and care, that is called LOVE.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The Art Club of McKinney is not only the oldest art club in all of Texas, but by all means, the finest and the funnest. ( literary license- I like to create my own words.) We meet the second Thursday of the month, currently at The Hub, just north of the square.

Our fantastic guest speaker, artist, and printmaker extraordinaire was my good friend Lynne Hubner. After a general meeting, announcements, and announcing artist of the month winners, we break for refreshments. Then, the magic begins.

Our artist winners today were, first places, Mercedes (Meche Via)

And second place, Jack Lawlor.

On to the demonstration and tutorial on anything you ever wanted to know about printmaking and more.

Lynne brought dozens of examples of woodcuts, lino cuts, white line, mono prints, and demonstrated simple do-it-yourself techniques that we could try at home.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted to go home and get out a styrofoam container and some ink, and start printing. I just may do that later.

Thank you Lynne Hubner for an outstanding presentation. Can’t wait to take a class with you soon.

Friday:) February’s Frigid Temps Forces Artist to Stay Home and Paint

9 Feb

” When the going gets tough and cold, the tough and smart artist stays home and paints. Well, most of the time.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This freezing weather here in North Texas has put a damper on my galavanting and procrastinating. Just a few days ago, it was in the 80’s and I barely saw the inside of my house. The last couple of days has been so cold…how cold was it Miss Toni? Well, suffice to say, St. Francis still had his winter coat and hat on when I walked today.

So, here is how my day went. I bundled up and walked the dog this morning. It was about 25 degrees.

I went to the 11:30 zumba class at the YMCA and rode the exercise bike for 25 minutes-5 miles, then stopped at the new Kroger on the way home. Butter was on sale $1.99 a pound. Can’t pass that up with Valentine cupcake season just around the corner.

Once I got home and had some lunch, Bella stared at me with those big ol’ eyes and wanted to walk again. I think she forgot it was so cold. So, off we went, through the park and around the pond. Then, I dropped her off and walked for another couple of miles, very briskly, I may add.

All that cold air, adrenaline and Catholic guilt forced me to stay home and be productive. The choices were laundry, housework, vacuuming, and tedious stuff like that OR do something creative like painting wine glasses. I chose the latter. My house is a mess, but I have a mess of beautiful wine glasses instead.

More discarded glassware transformed into treasures. My dear friend, Mr. Jerry, gave me a whole big box of wine glasses, martini glasses and misc. glassware a few months back when he was cleaning out his curio cabinet. He knew that I would turn them into something special. (Thanks Mr. Jerry)

Here they are. What do you think?

Three walks, zumba class, 5 miles on the bike, and ten hand-painted wine glasses. That’s a slow day for me.

TA DA…….

Friday Friends:) YAH YAHs~ Young At Heart Artists

5 Jan

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

― Franz Kafka

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Back in the saddle, back to my routine. I got up, had a cup of tea, checked my emails, then off to the store. The first Friday of the month, I volunteer over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. On that day, I go to the store and decide what I’ll prepare for our feast. Today, I bought 2 pizzas, red velvet cake, salted caramel ice cream, ginger ale, and fixins for popcorn/pretzel, peanuts/goldfish snack mix.

First, I picked up a prescription, went to the bank, stopped at Papa Murphy to say hi to Miss Karri, then the grocery store. On the way home, I picked up Bella at Mr. Mike’s, so I could doggie sit a couple of days. I walked the dog, then packed up art supplies for Towne Creek. We were going to work on painting glass bowls for the Empty Bowls charity event coming up.

We had fun painting our bowls. While they were finishing up the first layer of paint, I turned on the oven to bake the pizzas. The smoke sector started blaring when I put the pizzas in the oven. Miss Katie and I took some cardboard and started fanning at the ceiling. The chirping stopped. Darn, maybe those cute firemen would have had to make a quick visit. We had plenty of food to share.

We gathered our hands and said a prayer of thanks. We ate our red velvet cake and ice cream first. Life is short, eat dessert first. We also had a champagne toast to the new year. Of course, it was only ginger ale, but the cute plastic glasses made it feel like real champagne.

My lovely artist friends make me feel so loved and so important. I even have them trained to say…”Toni is …AMAZING!” The cool part is, they actually think so. How blessed am I? After we cleaned up and packed up, I went upstairs to visit with Miss Nelma who couldn’t make it down. Her doctor ordered total bed rest. I took her some food, showed her a zillion baby pictures, and photos of our painting project. We had a nice visit.

Another day to be thankful for.

Black Russian Friday… as soon as I post this. Cheers!!!!

Wednesday:) What Ya Been Up To, Miss Toni?

22 Nov

“I want to make things of quality. I’m a big believer in handmade, tactile, crafted pieces. I want to keep that tradition alive.”

~Zac Posen

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My passions and talents are writing, cooking, baking, painting, and creating hand-made gifts. Well, there is so much more, but I’m trying to be modest. Not working, is it?

But, the favorite part of having these talents is sharing them. I’ve been working with my friend Mary, from St. Gabriel’s, on some projects for the Bella House. They are having their Gala on December 1st, and they’re trying to get out their newsletter about the Gala and other upcoming events. I offered to look over all the future writing projects, newsletters, and press releases, and do some editing and offer some suggestions.

Of course, when I heard about the Gala, I asked if they needed any donations for the silent auction. Usually I donate a hand-painted vase or a couple of wine glasses or a framed watercolor print. For this event, near and dear to my heart, I wanted to do something special and different. I put together three baskets, each containing a bottle of wine and four different hand-painted wine glasses. When I have friends over, it’s fun to serve wine in a bunch of different painted glasses, then this way if you set your glass down, you remember if you had the red roses or the bluebonnets.

The hardest part was getting that tricky cellophane around or over the oddly shaped baskets and getting the sticky packing tape onto the right spots, for a nice presentation. I needed a couple extra pairs of hands, which I didn’t have. It took a long time and a few expletives, but I got them done. Mary loved them, and hopefully they will do well at the auction.

Now that I’m done writing, back up to my craft room to paint more of my world famous Christmas ornaments. (I told you modesty was not my suit.)

Friday:) Fun Painting With Coffee

21 Sep

“Chaos and clutter are very conducive to creativity.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.”

~Maurice de Vlaminck

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Last week at the Art Club of McKinney meeting, we all played around with painting with coffee. Our guest artist was Modesto Aceves, who demonstrated some wonderful techniques. Seeing as I don’t drink coffee of have any at home, I gathered up some of the remaining samples and poured them into a little bottle. I vowed to practice and experiment when I got home, but, you know how that goes.

So, the other day, after hours of wasting time and fooling around on Facebook and emailing, I decided to put away the electronic demon devices and paint. I painted with the coffee I brought home, but then I had a brilliant idea. I could paint with beet juice. I love canned beets, so I opened a can, ate all the beets and saved the liquid for painting. I’m so resourceful!

The only BAD part about painting with coffee is, I don’t like the smell and the paintings continue to preserve their coffee smell. Oh, how I sacrifice for my art.

Here is my messy kitchen table. Chaos and clutter are very conducive to creativity.

This is the one I did at Art Club…

My first experiment was a coffee cup. Smells like coffee, too.

Then, I painted a bird using a stencil design. Note: the coffee bleeds under the stencil, so I had to touch it up, blending and adding to the antique look. I was trying to see if this would work for my senior art group.

I love crosses, so I painted a rustic cross.

I thought a flower would be nice. This is called the Coffee Cala lily. I just made that up…

I experimented with a small 8×10 canvas. The coffee did adhere to the canvas ok. The only negative drawback to painting with thicker coffee, although it leaves a beautiful shiny glimmer, it’s rather sticky. First I drew some designs with Elmer’s glue, let it dry, then brushed on the coffee, later outlyining with a thicker blend.

Last but not least, my experiment with beet juice. I realized that this particular can was pickled beets instead of plain. It had a little sugar and vinegar that made it a little sticky too. Not too bad though.

Thus was a day of playing and painting with weird stuff.

Friday:) Fantasy and Fun With Kim Guthrie and Her Magical Mice

15 Sep

“When the mouse laughs at the cat, there’s a hole nearby.”

― Nigerian Proverb

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This weekend there’s a wonderful art show at The Cove, featuring my friend Kim Guthrie and her magical mice. The Cove is located at 402 N. Tennessee St. just north of the square. Kim’s paper mache, paintings, sculptures, and whimsical satires with a MOUSE theme are so cute. The best way to describe the quirky show is by sharing a sneak peek…

The show dates and times are Friday and Saturday Sept. 14-15 from 6-9, and Sunday from 2-4.

If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out. If not, lookup http://www.kimguthrieart.com She has some amazing wearables, prints, and products with original artworks available. You’ll be glad you did.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

“Coffee keeps me going until it’s time for wine.”

~Unknown

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This morning was our September Art Club of McKinney meeting and workshop at the Heard Craig Carriage House. Our guest artist was the talented Modesto Aceves. The unusual and fascinating painting medium that this Dallas artist uses had us all ready for another cup of coffee. Yes, Modesto paints with coffee.

I dabbled with painting with coffee several years ago, but I played around a while, then deserted the idea. Learning some tips and tricks, and seeing all the wonderful examples that Mr. Aceves brought with him had us all intrigued.

We were supplied with paper and various strengths of coffee to practice painting with coffee.

Here’s my masterpiece. It was a lot of fun, and I don’t even like coffee.