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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!

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.