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Sunday Sermon and More Magnificent MAST Artists

11 Nov

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

~William Blake

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What a gorgeous Sunday morning! A beautiful early morning walk with the dog around the pond. Then, a quick make up more penne pasta to add to a big container for my firemen at Station 9. I had a lot of sauce left over from Friday, so I decided to share.

It was wonderful to be back at St. Gabriel, greeting at the door before Mass and hugging all my friends, and singing hymns. Sundays are such a joy.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Sadducees trying to put Jesus on the spot with a tricky question about death. They asked Him if, as per tradition, if a man dies leaving a childless wife, that the brother marries her, and that man dies and the next brother marries her, and so on with seven brothers, when after all are dead and time of the resurrection, whose wife will she be?

Jesus said to them,

“The children of this age marry and remarry;

but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age

and to the resurrection of the dead

neither marry nor are given in marriage.

They can no longer die,

for they are like angels;

and they are the children of God

because they are the ones who will rise.

My take on it…. WHAT DOES IT MATTER? You’re in heaven. All will be good and perfect and happy.

After Mass, I was asked to help put at the WELCOME DESK in the vestibule. I hadn’t done it before so I had to wing it, just passing out info to new parishioners or visitors and checking off names for people picking up directories. One lady asked me if there was a lost and found. I said that I’d find out. She left me with a wallet that she found. I looked inside and there was just a driver’s license and a credit card, with no phone number. The name looked kind of familiar. I think it’s a lady I met two weeks ago. After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee and I did a google search of the name, as it wasn’t in the church directory. I called the number, but it said not in order. Later, we drove to the house that was on the license. No one home, so I talked to the neighbor next door, and he said the house was vacant and he’d never heard that name. Yikes! Well, I know where this lady works, so I’m going over there in the morning to give her the wallet and hope she wasn’t in a panic without it for a day. I know I’d be going crazy. Sometimes I think God puts these little mysteries in my path, just to keep me on my toes. (Wish me luck)

After our adventure, Helene and I headed over to downtown McKinney to visit a few more art studios on THE MAST TOUR.

We had such a good time seeing all the artists in their studios and hearing about their techniques and inspirations. Wendolin Mercado, over at The Art House, is such a creative funky soul. We did some knife throwing and painted on her fence. I had to get one of her beautiful hand-tooled leather cuffs, perfect for a Sunday.

Kerry Johnston made this gorgeous platter that needed to come home with me. I love to collect different artists’ work.

Thank you Kerry. Isn’t she amazing? Look at this huge leaf platter.

Then, the Magnificent Macias family was firing and throwing up a storm over at the Three Dog Studio, along with other potters and wood turners. I love this picture!

Alex Macias is one of my all time favorite artists. She is so young and so talented, and willing to do a goofy pose for Miss Toni.

I can’t think of a better place for an artist or creative person to live than right here in McKinney Texas. We not only have the most talented artists in the whole wide world, but they are the kindest and friendliest and most loving, AND I am honored to know them and call them FRIENDS.

Happy Sunday, my friends! ❤️

Saturday:) St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique and Some Artist Friends of MAST

10 Nov

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.

~Dee Hock

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I have so many talented and creative friends. Today was a good example of just how many. I bumped into several artists and crafters and friends at St. Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique.

Helene and Pat met me there and we shopped, finding many adorable treasures and gifts for the holidays.

It’s always great to see my friend Mary. She was working at the Pro-Life table. I found a beautiful crucifix from Jerusalem to add to my cross wall there. Oh, look at this cute reindeer towel holder.

The St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club puts in so much time and effort in making this annual event such a huge success.

After the Boutique, Helene and I had a quick lunch and then stopped by the home studios of a couple of artist friends who were on the MAST TOUR (McKinney Artist Studio Tour)

Leslie Ortega (middle) is a fabulous artist. It was so interesting to see her studio and learn about her inspirations. She has been working with several natural and organic painting mediums, including coffee, beets, and other plant based sources. Every artist has so many creative tips and techniques.

Our next stop was the home studio of Alex and Sandy Forbes. Their home is like a walk in museum with paintings everywhere on every wall and every space, there were dozens of paintings from trips and travels and several collaborations of paintings.

I got home in time to take a nice long walk and enjoy the rest of my evening before it got dark.

Tomorrow is another artsy day. After church, there are so many more artists to visit on the MAST TOUR.

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Friday:) Cooking Frenzy, St. Gabriel’s, Towne Creek Artist Friends, and My Firemen

9 Nov

“I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Earl of Chesterfield

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I hit the ground running this morning, a busy day planned. I walked the dog around the pond and enjoyed the morning sun shimmering on the water and all the American flags displayed for Veteran’s Day.

As soon as I got home, I started baking the brownies, boiling the mostaccioli noodles, and working on the Italian sausage pasta sauce. I also put together some snack bags and candy mason jars for my senior artist friends. I sure can make a mess.

I spent a couple of days gathering the right art supplies, finding paints, glassware, glitter, brushes, jewels, glues, and other Christmas crafts for our projects. I decided to bring a variety for them to choose from. Everything got packed up in the car. My first stop was Fire Station 9. I hadn’t been there in three weeks. I wonder if they missed me,

The other brownies were for the St. Gabriel bake sale. Tomorrow is their annual Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale. That was my next stop. Then, a quick stop at The Sanctuary for a prayer.

The ladies from the Women’s Club were busy all day decorating, packaging and pricing baked goods, and setting up for tomorrow. Wow! So many wonderful yummy things.

Off to Towne Creek for our monthly art group. It took four trips from the car, with all the bins and bags.

Everyone did such a great job making beautiful holiday gifts for friends and family.

While all the paint and glue dried, we had our feast. Pasta, salad, drinks, and Helene’s amazing Snicker pie. Oh my!

It was a fine Friday with friends, cooking, baking, sharing, caring, and creating.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Talking About McKinney Creative Community

16 Oct

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” –

~Coretta Scott King

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The second Monday of every month, a wonderful group of talented artists, writers, musicians, and local creative people gather at The Cove for a potluck gathering and meeting of the minds.

What a fabulous group of people, and the potluck dinner is always over the top. Some people bring wine, teas and beverages, and there are all kinds of yummy food, snacks and desserts. (I bring brownies every time. I’d be kicked out if I didn’t bring my brownies.)

We always have a fascinating guest speaker. Our speaker yesterday was Colleen Hartley who spoke to the group about how to promote their artistic endeavors through Brand Identity.

Colleen gave us some interesting insight into the importance of websites and creating our personal branding. She works with clients to promote their business, but she also shared many tips, free websites, and ways that we can all promote our artistic endeavors. As artists and creatives, we usually don’t know the best way to promote our work. Colleen gave us some great ideas on how to accomplish this.

McKinney Creative Community is open to anyone interested in meeting other like-minded people, sharing ideas, learning, and making new friends. You can find more info on Facebook.

We have a great community and compassionate members who take action to make it so.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

14 Oct

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s twelve thousand words. Saves me a lot of time writing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Here’s my week in a peek… wonderful art and artists, friends, food, and family.

Saturday:) Some More Amazing Artwork- Anne ROYER

13 Oct

“Artists do not create to make a living, but rather are living to create.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Have you been down to The Cove this weekend to see Miss Annie Royer’s beautiful watercolors? Well, drop what you’re doing and get over there NOW! The show is today 6-9:30. Plus, its Second Saturday on the Square. The weather is cool and refreshing, and the atmosphere will be warm and inviting.

Anne Royer is a quiet, behind the scenes legend in the McKinney artists community. Her artistic style is as unique and versatile as her life. She is admired and respected by all who know her.

We stopped by The Cove last night after my volunteer artist group at Towne Creek. The gallery was packed with friends, fellow artists, neighbors, and art aficionados.

These impromptu painting were just delightful. And so is Miss Annie. 🤗

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

11 Oct

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

― Oscar Wilde

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This morning was our monthly Art Club of McKinney meeting. After our general meeting, we have our raffle, and artist of the month presentation. Artists are encouraged to bring artwork and members vote on their favorite. It’s always interesting to see what other artists are working on.

After the “show and tell,” we break for refreshments. Members take turns setting up and providing the most amazing table of refreshments and brunch. It seems like every month is better than the last. The hostesses for October out did themselves.

Our guest speaker and demonstrator today was the fabulous Jeni Tomlinson. Her presentation was informative, funny, and inspirational. After a brief PowerPoint history of famous artists and masters, Jeni explained her personal techniques on oil painting tips, and tricks of the trade.

The Tomlinson technique consists of under painting with a series of soft layers of glazing. Her humorous tips of “cheap” ways to cut costs on expensive art materials and paints had us all giggling, but at the same time, taking notes for future reference. She brought all kinds of samples and booklets to share with the group, and answered dozens of questions. Personally, I never cared for working with oil paints because of the powerful and irritating smell of the solvents and mediums. Jeni had products that had no annoying odors. I just may give it another try. Thanks Jeni.

You can see more of Jeni’s work at http://www.jenitomlinsonstudios.com

Beside oil painting, Jeni and her husband Charlie work miracles with refinishing furniture and creative and decorative painting.

We are very fortunate to have such talented and inspirational artists right here in our own community. The Art Club of McKinney is not only the oldest art club in the state of Texas, but, in my opinion, it is the best art club on the planet.

A big thank you to all the artists, volunteers, and members who make it all possible.