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Wednesday:) When Artsy is in Your Blood

7 Nov

“When you’re an artist, there’s no such thing as free time. If you’re not creating something, you’re busy thinking about the next creation.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My last day back home visiting with my sister, I asked her if there was anything I could paint or make for her before I left. She loves my hand painted notecards, and loves giving them to her friends. So, I went down in her basement, where she has been kind enough to store all kinds of art supplies, paints, and brushes for me. I have several designated shelves with my art supplies.

She had some blank notecards and envelopes that were just perfect for painting. I took over half of her dining room and started my assembly line painting. There are several steps, and I always paint the envelopes too. A couple of hours later, a dozen notecards were painted and ready for distribution.

I think handmade or hand painted things are the best. Don’t you?

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni

9 May

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

~Neil Gaiman

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Well, usually I’m baking up a storm or cooking massive quantities of something or other. Last night, I decided to do a little painting. I didn’t go up to my studio/”crap” room until 11 pm or so. By the time I finished playing around with my projects, it was close to 1:30am. That’s just me. I’m a night 🦉 owl.

My friend and neighbor, Allison, had shown me a huge tall clear glass cylinder that she was going to turn into a bird bath or some such yard decoration the other day. I said, “Wow! That would be so cool painted with flowers.” I can’t look at clear glass without envisioning it painted. I love glass. She was just going to fill it with pebbles and things, so I offered to paint it if she liked.

She sent me a photo of a blue flowered dinner plate that she thought made a nice design, so I played around with the colors and flowers on a much smaller glass vase that I had, just to see how it might look. This is my prototype. I think it turned out pretty well. I haven’t shown her yet. Hope it works.

When I was finished, and as not to waste perfectly good glass paint, I painted a couple of 4×4 projects that I needed to work on.

So, that’s what I do in the wee hours of the night/morning.

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…………..!

Saturday:) Settling In and Some Painting Projects

8 Dec

“I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.”

~Michael Jordan

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I had a wonderful week visiting with my little grand-daughter, oh yes, and my son and his wife. Did I mention them? She’s just so darn cute that I forget to mention anyone else. Last night, we all went to dinner. My sister came to visit and pick me up so I could spend some time at her house.

Somebody loves French fries.

While I had some free time during the week, I spent some quiet time painting some of my ornaments for my Chicago friends and family. I’m very lucky that Auntie Debbie found me a few boxes of the frosted ornaments because hey aren’t making them or selling them anymore at Hobby Lobby…bummer. Because I wasn’t at home with all my supplies, I had to bring my blank white boxes and some paint in my suitcase, and made a last minute trip to Hobby Lobby for hooks and glue and glitter. So, the difficult part was trying to figure out a way to suspend each ornament while the paint was drying. I scoured the house and found some coat hangers and turned baby Belle’s little doll stroller upside down to hang things four at a time. Then, I hung them in the closet on the wire racks as they continued drying. “Inventions are the necessity of motherhood.”

I may be settling in, getting used to the cold and different surroundings, but I can’t settle. I’ll settle in, but never settle down. Life is too short.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney- Portrait Painting

12 Oct

“When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music, I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.”

~Billy Joel

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The October monthly meeting of the Art Club of McKinney was an inspirational one. Our guest speaker and demonstrator is our own local artist, Rachel Reitan. Rachel has a charming studio on the square, located at 109 E. Virginia. All are welcome to go on up and visit her studio when her sign on the sidewalk is out, revealing artist at work.

Rachel started us off with the absolute basics of roughing in the outline and sections of the face, giving proportion and direction.

I was just amazed at how she could demonstrate and talk at the same. A difficult task.

Rachel prefers to work with live models and spends a lot of time talking to the “sitter” or model, getting to know them and get the feeling for that person’s character before even picking up a brush.

She brought a nearly completed painting to demonstrate different techniques of underpainting, shadows, skin tone, etc. Rachel is an amazing artist.

I’ll have to admit that I was very inspired and even contemplated running home to attempt a portrait. But, the mood passed after walking around the square a while. I’m not a portrait artist, although, I did paint one portrait of my mother quite a few years ago, and I’ll “never have that recipe again.”

Miss you Mom!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRw0z3Ja9MU

You can find Rachel on Facebook at rachelreitanfinearts

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.

Tuesday:) Toni Takes After Trini~ Like Mother, Like Daughter

20 Dec

As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.     

Kristin Hannah

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I always tell my sweet mother, “The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.” She always tries to correct me and says, “It’s supposed to be the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I tell her, “No, you’re a nut.” Mom and I were working on some cutesy crafty things today, and I thought how much I am like Mom. Just a couple of nuts.

Later in the day, my sister and I went over to the Gail Borden Library, and when we were just about to leave, I asked, “Is Mom’s mural still hanging here in the library?” She said it was upstairs. So, we went up so I could take some pictures. Mom is a very talented artist. She hasn’t been able to paint much these last few years, but she has quite the portfolio and stockpile of paintings and drawings. Trini Armenta didn’t even start painting until she retired in her 60’s. Can you imagine if she had the opportunity to utilize her talent when she was younger?

This will show you how large this painting is.

I am honored to be one of the nuts fallen from the family tree.