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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.

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.