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Friday:) Friends, Fun Food and My Firemen

6 Jul

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

~Victor Pinchuk

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Today was my monthly First Friday with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek Apartments. I was trying to decide what feast to prepare for our dinner break, so I looked in my very overstuffed freezer. I’ve been wanting to use up some tamales, so I decided to make a tamale casserole. Recipe, we don’t need no stinkin’ recipe. I use the wing and a prayer method. Here ya go…

5 layers. 1)Diced tomatoes 2)Tamales sliced in half 3)Pour refried beans over 4)Mixture of chicken enchilada soup, rice, hash brown, sausage (leftovers) 5)Top with cheddar jack cheese and bake covered at 350 for about 40 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 minutes or so till brown and bubbly. (YUM!) I took hot dogs and toppings, salsa verde chips, and bluebell ice cream too.

If you noticed two pans, that’s because I made a double batch of this and dessert for my Firemen friends at Station 9.

Dessert was my famous find fruit in your freezer upside down cake. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and a can of apple pie filling and one yellow cake mix.

I gathered up my art supplies, food and packed up my car. Station 9 is less than two mikes from the house, so I dropped of my goodies. J. McDaniels answered the door and visiting Chief from Station 2 was standing by the door, so I insisted on a photo op. Hopefully he sampled some warm cake right out of the oven.

When I got to Towne Creek, Helene was already there and helped me carry in the many bags of food and supplies.

Our project for today was fun. I’ve been collecting a zillion empty brownie mix boxes for a future art project. I wasn’t sure what, but that’s what artists do. Last night, I stayed up late filling ten boxes with crumpled newspaper, cutting a triangle slit in the back for hanging, taping shut, then painting the side with black acrylic paint. These would become our canvas.

Everyone did something different. They turned out great, plus a great way to recycle and repurpose.

After our fun art project, it was time for our Friday feast.

What a wonderful day, sharing food and friendship, being silly and creative. Thank you Helene for all your help.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

20 Jun

“Nothin says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven, especially if its hand-painted glassware.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Being an artist has its upsides and its challenges. I have trouble going out and buying gifts for friends because I always want to make them something special. Oh, don’t get me started on Christmas gift exchanges with my artist friends. Those are the best because you know all the time and love and thought that has gone into each personalized gift.

With that in mind, I was trying to think of something special to make for Mr. Jerry’s big 75th birthday bash yesterday. I’ve painted a couple of martini glasses in the past because he has a martini glass collection. Then, one year I painted a couple of wine glasses to match, with those vibrant African colors and silhouetted trees and a giraffe thrown in for good measure. I wanted to make a bold statement for his collection, so I painted a large glass vase in the same motif. He buys fresh flowers for his table every Friday, and I know he really appreciates my homemade and unique gifts. A one-of-a-kind vase would be perfect.

I started out with a large clear glass vase and Folk Art Enamel glass paints. I turned it upside down and started dabbing wine red with a makeup sponge to get a soft application. Then, while still wet, dab in orange, blending ever so gently to avoid lines. The last color was yellow. I flipped it right side up for the last color, blending and softening lines and edges. Usually, when I take on a new project, I paint several smaller prototypes first to get all the kinks out before I risk messing up the larger project. Also, I like to keep a few references for the future because once I paint something and give it away, “I’ll never have that recipe again.”

After the background is painted and dry, I use black for the trees and giraffe. I have to laugh because no two giraffes I paint ever look the same. Some have short necks, some way too long legs, or a big butt that goes around the corner, Ha!

I was happy with my smaller prototypes, so I proceeded with the large vase.

I bake the glassware in a regular oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and leave unopened to cool. This helps to heat set the glass paint. (Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven.”

Voila! Mr. Jerry’s special birthday present. I think it will look cool with flowers or even one of those battery operated candles that flicker inside.

Here are the other prototypes. The small one was a gift for Brandi, Jerry’s lovely daughter who hosted the party. The other two will remain in my personal collection for a while. I hope you liked the step by step painting process of …Toni takes old glass and turns it into a new treasure.

I hope you liked your gift Mr. Jerry. Happy birthday.

Saturday:) Some Silly Sidewalk Chalk Art

9 Jun

“Art is wonderful and forever, even if it is a simple chalk drawing on the sidewalk or a masterpiece in a museum.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I know, I know! I got in trouble a few months ago for taking pictures of chalk art on the sidewalk on my walk. The home owner thought I was an HOA employee who was documenting violations when she saw me on her ring doorbell camera. There were all kinds of negative comments on the neighborhood communication app. A few people responded and said it was just Miss Toni who was probably admiring the artwork. I saw the post and went over to the house meet the lady whose child had drawn the photos. She apologized and took down the post. But, all my neighbors and friends who knew me had a good laugh. Even my next-door neighbor, a police officer, saw me out walking the next day said, “Now, don’t be out there taking any pictures of chalk art.”

Well, I didn’t listen. I don’t follow directions well.

Look how beautiful these are. I couldn’t resist. I found a little piece of chalk left on the side and responded.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Wednesday:) Wild Horses Couldn’t ……..

24 Apr

If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!

Pablo Picasso

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Wild horses often symbolize freedom, youth, energy, and the untamed spirit. I’ve always loved drawing or painting horses. I’m not saying that I do it well, but I enjoy trying. Often, in my unskilled attempt to capture the beauty of the magnificent creatures, the crudeness of skill adds to the wildness of the subject.

I had painted some horses on a section of old fencing a few years back, and when I moved into my new house nearly five years ago, the horses were stabled and buried in the mess of chaos known as my garage, piled behind card tables and lawn chairs. I took them out one day and just leaned the section against my fence in the back yard. The paint had faded and it looked pretty sad, so I went out with a paintbrush and some paint and gave those wild stallions a little touch up.

Now, they look wild and free.

If you were asked to fill in the blank, what would you say?

Wild horses couldn’t…………..!

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

12 Apr

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”

― Roman Payne

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The second Thursday of the month, The Art Club of McKinney holds their meetings at The Hub, just north of the Square. We start out with a general meeting at 9:30 am, then we take a short break for refreshments provided by different members each month. We were treated to an Easter themed extravaganza.

We also have a raffle, the prizes donated by members. It’s always great to win another artist’s work. Members are also encouraged to bring artwork for Artist of the Month, where members vote on their favorite work. I usually forget to bring something, but today I was feeling nostalgic and brought the portrait of my mother. I didn’t win a prize, but it was nice to show off my mommy to the group.

Our guest speaker was Melissa Patrello.

Melissa is owner of Stageworthy Arts, located in downtown McKinney.

StageWorthy Arts is a theatrical design studio owned and operated by Melissa Patrello. She creates unusual sculptures and wearable kinetic art. Her puppets and mechanical sculptures have been featured in many stage and theatre productions throughout the U.S. Melissa creates one of a kind puppets, props and rentals for the stage.

It was so interesting to hear how her passion for puppetry grew from an occasional volunteer challenge to a full-fledged creative business. That’s what’s so nice about The Art Club of McKinney. We are motivated and encouraged by so many different speakers and artists. It makes you believe that you can do anything as long as you love what you do. Thank you Melissa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t07goVVLZFs

We are blessed to live in a community of such talented people. And those people are happy are more than to share their passion with us.

Saturday:) The Art Club of McKinney Members Show and Spending Some Time On The Square

24 Mar

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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It was a soggy drizzly dreary Saturday. I grabbed my umbrella and went for my usual afternoon walk anyway. Let me check my miles for today…

I planned on going to the Art Club of McKinney Members Art Show at The Cove in the evening, I called Helene and asked if she wanted to join me and maybe get some dinner afterwards. It was a great show. I’m honored to know so many talented friends.

There was such a wide variety of amazing paintings, sculptures and photographs.

After mingling and admiring the art, Helene and I had dinner at The Pantry. Oh my…chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy and fried okra. No photo, I forgot and you’d be too jealous anyway.

The rain clouds were gone and off in the distance, so we walked around the square, sat on a bench a while to people watch and listen to live music from Landon’s Winery. It was a nice evening.

When I got home, the sky looked part scary, part glorious. Depends on your personal perception. I see glorious.

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.