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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.

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.)