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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.

Saturday:) Toni and the Tiny Art Show

16 Jun

“Don’t despise the little steps you know you can take every day. There are tiny miracles in each and every one of them.”

Israelmore Ayivor

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending THE TINY ART SHOW at The Cove. If you missed the opening night last night, you’re in luck. The show will be open tonight from 6-9 pm. It was so much fun. Check it out.

Wendolin Mercado’s Tiny Art and her enormous talent and huge dreams inspired a Terrific Tiny Art Show.

Other amazing artists…

There was an artist station for visitors to create their own tiny masterpieces to add to the gallery.

I didn’t have any artwork on display, but I did provide some Tiny Brownies.

A fun Friday night with fabulous local artists and friends. McKinney really is an amazing town.

Come on down and have a tiny ice cream cone…or two.

The Tiny Art Show, curated by Wendolin Mercado

The Tiny Art Show is here!

June 15th and 16th 6-9pm

Don’t miss this unique, lighthearted gallery showing of tiny works of art.

Join the show by creating your own tiny work of art to be displayed!

(Tiny art supplies provided.)

Tiny snack and big fun will be provided!

Thursday:) Do What You Love

18 May

“The ultimate dream in life is to be able to do what you love and learn something from it.”

~Jennifer Love Hewitt

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My two great passions are my artwork and my writing. So, what better way to spend a day than writing about my art. Lately, I haven’t been too inspired to doing anything artsy-craftsy. I usually need a bunson burner under my butt to get me motivated. So, when my friend, Linda Grossman, (World’s Greatest Realtor) asked me if I’d paint some glass vases as gifts for a special luncheon, I was excited.

I got out my glass paints and started painting my signature bluebonnets. It took a few days. Then, I got a brainstorm and decided to buy some fancy white bags to paint on those, an even more special presentation for the gifts.

I really do love creating hand-painted gifts for special people. Nothing says love like home-made.

It’s also fun to make a mess and be able to leave it upstairs on the table. After I painted a dozen bags, I had some paint left on my palette. I thought hmm… I’m running low on hand-painted note cards. Yep, I painted a dozen cards with matching envelopes to add to my depleted stash of cards.

It’s always so rewarding to do what you love, and sharing that talent with others.

Theme Song Thursday:) This Is Who I am

30 Mar

“I am so clever that something Mrs I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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Today is the day I tell you about the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. I have always been proud of my Mexican heritage, but I was even more proud when my son asked me to go with him to this museum on Sunday. He’s not really a museum kinda guy, but he wanted to do something special for his momma. On our way there, driving through the Pilsen neighborhood, I asked him if he is proud of his Hispanic heritage, and he said that he was. His other half is Lithuanian, and I think he respects both. But, he did say that he often rides his bike over to Pilsen, walks around, and stops for some tacos. (That’s my boy~ Mijo)

Today, the National Museum of Mexican Art stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States. We are home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 9,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present.

As the only Latino museum accredited by American Alliance of Museums, we recognize our unique responsibility to present exhibitions of artistic and cultural value and to deliver high-quality education that demonstrates the breadth and depth of Mexican art, culture and history.

The very first room we entered, and the first work that caught my eye was an interesting photograph. It says a lot. Pride in who you are… THIS IS WHO I AM!

The rest of the museum featured works from well known famous artists, all the way to local school children. That’s how it should be.

A few of my favorites…

This mosaic above is made up of tiny seed beads. Millions, I would imagine,

A wide variety of styles, techniques, and expressive opinions on life. But, isn’t that what it’s all about? We enjoyed our visit very much. I’d like to go back again sometime. Of course, there’s always the tempting tacos down the street afterwards at El Milagro.

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Friday:) Friends, Fun and Creating

6 Jan

“Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.”

Ernest Barbaric

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As I said yesterday, back in the saddle. This morning, a very nice early birthday lunch with Lynne, stop at the store to buy a birthday cake, ice cream, ginger ale, and pizza for my Towne Creek senior art group at 2:30, pick up the neighbor dog, take her for a walk, search my craft room for a project for the class, pack up art supplies and food, feed the dog, let her out one more time, and out the door by 2:15. Yep! Back to my normal routine. I love it.

It was nice to see my art group. I missed going December because I was in Chicago all of December. We started out with chatting and looking at my bazillion grand-baby and holiday pictures.

Then, to the art project. We had fun pouring paint on watercolor paper, and spritzing and smooshing with crumpled plastic for texture. Then, we took a second sheet of blank watercolor paper, blotting on top of the liquid paint concoction, making two colorful backgrounds.

While those surfaces dried, we worked on the blue variegated background on canvas. We used dark blue on the two sides then white in the middle, blending with a foam brush to get the variegated look.

While the two surfaces dried, we had our feast of pizza, chips, ginger ale ice cream floats, and Chocolate Snicker birthday cake. We were celebrating my birthday and Miss Nelma’s. We sang “Happy Birthday to us.”

After our feast, we traced a butterfly on the now dried smooshy painted paper. The paper, being folded in half, was able to yield four butterflies.

We wrote tiny words on the surface and folded the center body, gluing only that center so the wings were free and dimensional. They turned out very cute.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Oct

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
~ (Guillaume Apollinaire)

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This morning, the Art Club of McKinney met at the Heard Craig Carriage House. We were greeted at the door by the lovely gardens and manicured landscape.



The club meets the third Thursday of each month, August through May. The Art Club of McKinney is the oldest art club in the great state of Texas.

After our initial meeting and minutes, we take a short break for a yummy brunch provided by volunteer members.


After the break, voting on artist of the month, and raffle drawing, a fabulous guest speaker and artists shares an informative demonstration. Today’s guest was the multi-talented award winning, Michael Holter. His demo was an impressionistic oil painting that he guided step by step techniques.


Another great monthly meeting. Friends, artists, learning and sharing.

Thursday:) THE Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

The artists who work with alcohol ink

Are so creative, and more than you’d think

They splash and they splatter yellows and pink

Having such fun, without taking a drink.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The Art Club of McKinney had their monthly meeting this morning at the Heard Craig Carriage house. Maribeth Jagger was our featured artist. She demonstrated the magic techniques, tips, and tricks to working with alcohol inks. I’d have to say the majority of the people at the meeting have already taken a class or workshop with Maribeth, and those who haven’t will be signing up for her next class. It’s so much fun!

After a checklist of supplies and materials needed, she walked us through several steps of creating this beautiful fall pumpkin scene, from sketch to various techniques and steps.



The At Club of McKinney is a wonderful group of people who are with fine artists in their own right, or who want to learn more about art, or just plain ol’ appreciate art. 

And then…there’s always lunch with new friends and old friends afterwards.