Rooster going to his new home
Rooster in original state
Rooster with Gesso
Yesterday Lynne and her very funny hubby, Michael, came by The Studio to pick up their Rooster-a commissioned piece she asked me to do. (You might remember that Lynne is my friend who went to the Pioneers and Primitives Retreat at Sassafras Farm with me last September. You can read more about that here. Lynne is the first one on the left on the second row from the bottom in the photo.)
She purchased this large cut-out of a rooster and wanted it painted. It was a little bit of a challenge as it had the grooves cut in it but in the end that made it really interesting.
I started by painting it with a coat of Gesso. Then it was a matter of laying in a variety of colors to make him have some depth. In the end, it turned out great. I liked it and I think Lynne and Michael were happy with the result.
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Sweatshirt Jacket with Embellishments
Felt Flowers & Leaves with cotton stems
One thing I seldom do anymore is have the time to create a project that is just for me. I am always creating but generally it is commissions for other people or painting lessons for classes or Paint Parties. This past week I spent two glorious mornings working on something for me!
My friend, Sandra, who is an amazing seamstress and fabric artist, met me at The Studio for a couple of mornings of sewing and gabbing. We had soooo much fun! And we made super cute jackets with lovely embellishment. I had found this McCall’s pattern not long ago and wanted to try it and when I mentioned it to Sandra she was all in. It is made by using two sweatshirts! But of course, the embellishment is what makes it so personal. I am sure you are not surprised to see a dog on mine. (I will try to get a photo of Sandra’s to post soon. Her’s has a Paris theme.)
What fun it is to make something while chatting with someone who has similar interests. The time just flew by. And it was such a delight that we decided we need to do it more so we will hopefully do something else next week. :-)
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Bella Playing with her boyfriend Truman. She loved to stand over him!
I am asking for prayers of healing and comfort for my friend Carol Ann’s Great Dane Bella. She is such a wonderful and gentle dog. I have known her since her first day home with Carol Ann as a puppy just a few months old. I had never been around Danes before and she was so fun to get to know.
Bella and Truman watching the world go by…
Bella and Rosie – Two Pretty Girls
Bella as a puppy with Rosie and Jeffie
Bella and Truman out on a date!
Painting of Bella as a Pup
She, of course, was big even as a puppy…she is a Great Dane after all. And she LOVED to play with my basset hound Truman. And they were the funniest pair. She towered over him even as a puppy. But they liked to play together and we loved watching it.
She is having some spine and back issues that is making it difficult for her to stand and walk. I am so hoping that the treatment they are pursuing will help relieve her pain and discomfort. She will be 10 in March – a long life for a Dane.
She is a beautiful girl and her “Aunt Treat” loves her very much. Feel well Bella! We love you so much.
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Kathy with her Llama painting in Wednesday morning class
Leah’s first painting in the Thursday evening class
The adult classes have students producing terrific art every week. Each person works on the subject matter of their choice. I don’t always remember to get a good photo of their finished products but from time to time I do. Kathy and Leah both did really nice paintings in this week’s classes.
Adult Art Classes are Wednesday from 10:30-Noon or 5:30-7 or Thursday from 5:30-7. Come join us!
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We had a super class of kids painting yesterday at The Studio. We were tired of painting winter so we did a little garden shed painting with flowers.
And didn’t they ALL do a great job?! These kids love to paint.
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A few weeks ago we had a visitor for a week – Daisy. (You can read more about her here.) While she was here I made her a little sweater and a friend in Kentucky saw it and wanted one for her Daisy. I just finished it up and will be getting it off in the mail soon. Crocheting dog sweaters is fun and if you crochet you can click the Crochet tab above and give this pattern a try. Have fun.
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Several years ago I wrote about a little book that is one of my favorites. It still is. And yesterday while speaking with some friends it came to me that I needed to review it since I haven’t read it in a year or so. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a small, simple book with a really big message.
This amazing little book if taken to heart will change you forever. You can read my first post about it here.
As an artist Agreement #2 is important. If you take personally everything anyone says about your work will destroy you. Their opinion about your work is NOT about you but all about them. I have to keep that in mind – all the time!
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