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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.

Friday:) Fine Art, Friends, and a Few Firemen

25 Aug

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

Osho

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This evening, my sister and I had the pleasure of visiting The Cove, an artist cooperative gallery at 402 N. Tennessee. The featured artist this weekend is Bradley Donaldson, who has taken resin art to a whole new level of creativity.

Bradley Donaldson: Exploration of Resin Art

Friday 8/24 – 6 PM to 9PM

Saturday 8/25 – 3 PM to 9 PM

Bradley works with epoxy resins, a honey like clear polymer liquid mixed with all types of paint. Balancing chaos with control, Bradley creates abstract paintings and art furniture without fear of this challenging medium. He explores color, texture, and abstract subjects through a mastery of techniques that he’s developed over the years. On view will be a variety of his paintings highlighting his resin art journey as well as the debut of his new “River” table series.

It’s also fun bumping into friends and other wonderful artists who always show up to support the marvelous McKinney artist community.

Just a few of the amazing pieces on exhibit…

This one is my favorite. Turquoise Flotsam.

Not only does he produce beautiful wall art, but Bradley has taken the process a step further and has created stunning furniture pieces.

Wonderful show. Congratulations, Brad.

Check out the website.

https://www.bradleydonaldsonart.com/

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So, that was about my artist friends. Now, here is a picture of my firemen friends.

After my anniversary party, I had a lot of tasty snacks, food, and cupcakes left over. Well, not that it was intentionally left over. I always make twice as much as I think I need so I have extra to take to my local fire station.

The guys over at Station 9 always appreciate my visits. And, no one appreciates our brave firefighters more than I do. Thanks Station 9!

Friday Friends, Fine Art and Fun Food

4 Aug

“Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives.”

~Billy Graham

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Today was my first Friday visit with my senior artist friends at Towne Creek Apartments. My car was filled to the brim with donations from my friends and neighbors for their upcoming auction. When I stopped at Mr. Mike’s this afternoon to pick up my ice cream and pizza, ( he stores my extra frozen food in his freezer because mine is jammed) I told him about the auction and he gave me a bunch of paintings, art work and a really nice big metal clock. Kelly, the director was overwhelmed with the generosity of my friends.

It was wonderful to see Miss Nelma. She has been very ill and wasn’t sure if she’d be able to come down to join us, but her care giver, Miss Patsy, helped her come down with her heavy oxygen machine. We started out with chatting and root beer floats. Then, I put the pizza in the oven, cooked the hot dogs, and poured out the Doritos. There were donuts and danish for dessert. We all held hands while Miss Nelma led us in a prayer of thanks, and then we had our feast.

For our art project, I told them the idea of making special cards to share with people who are sick or depressed or sad. I had seen a video on YouTube where people anonymously slipped notes of encouragement or kind words to people in need of smile. What a great project idea for our group. There are so many lonely, sad or ill people right there at Towne Creek. They loved the idea.

We used chalk, colored pencils, markers, stencils and stamps to create the cards. My favorite mantra is

“You are amazing,” so that was a good quote to start with. We put a saying on one side and art on the other side.

They loved the idea. While they worked on their project, I went up to Miss Kathy’s apartment. I saw her when I arrived. She had just come from the doctor and was resting in the hall until she gathered enough energy to go upstairs. Poor Miss Kathy loves our art time, but said she was exhausted and wouldn’t join us, so I took up a card and a little gift. She didn’t answer the knock on the door, so I just slipped in and left the gift by the door. She’ll feel loved when she sees it.

The ladies had fun and did a great job,

Miss Nelma’s cards.

Miss Bonnie. Look at that smile.

Miss Connie.

Another fine Friday with my senior friends at Towne Creek. They always thank me profusely for my visit, when in fact, I am the one who is blessed. With age comes wisdom.