Artlink Regional Artist Exhibition

Last night was the opening reception for the Regional Exhibition. An artist could submit 5 entries and one of mine was accepted, “From the Garden”.

Here is is on the far right. It looked pretty on the wall with the other two.

The next pieces are ones that I thought noteworthy. This one is called “Blacklist”. The subject matter is the Holocaust. Inside the little doors on black paper are names. Up close the children were very mesmerizing. Not a light picture but done very well.

This is called “View of Florence”. It is done with very thick oils. It took everything I had not to touch it. I was wondering if all the layers of oils were even dry.

This one is called “Fungal Bloom IV”. It is made with Fungus, gold leaf, birch plywood, spray paint.

“Moon Garden” on a 36 X 36 Canvas. All Acrylic Paint done beautifully.

You understand as well as I do. That’s all I know.

Beautifully done with Fabric.

“Twister” acrylic paint and PVC panel.

My husband renamed this piece-Mob taking their work home. It was just sitting on the floor…Quirky, but a definite conversation starter.

This is a woodcut, that was hand colored and glow paint was used for the light coming from the flying saucer. It is called “I want to believe”.

Burning – encaustic and mixed media. I thought these pieces were noteworthy and I feel honored that a painting I created is hanging with many other artists in a gallery.

Best Buttercream Frosting and Cat Shenanigans

The Christmas Baking is underway. I have used this cut out recipe for 37 years now. We received it along with others for a wedding gifts and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This is a triple batch. They are so good you could eat them without frosting and they do not need cooled before I roll them out.

This is the best tasting homemade buttercream frosting I have come across. It is not too sweet, it is smooth and I love the different flavorings that it calls for.

 

RECIPE: 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening… 4 cups powdered sugar… 5 Tablespoons water…. 1/2 t. salt…. 1 t. vanilla…. 1/2 t. almond flavoring…. 1/4 t. butter flavoring.  Mix it together until smooth and creamy.

I was trying out some torn paper flowers that I am going to use in a painting soon. They turned out fine and are fun to make too.

The next few pictures are the cat shenanigans that have happened this week. If you saw these on facebook, please bare with me.

 

She was stealth. Plugged in the iron, turned my back and turned back around, there she was. 

Look at me, look at me. Just keeping everyone company up there.

I pulled this from the archives. It’s amazing to me that this little kitten in June.

Has turned into this big guy a few short months later.

I love this picture! We have this tree in a box window that looks out over the front of the house. It’s a favorite of the cats.

This little guy is the cat above and below. They stay kittens such a short period of time.

I am invisible.

He needs to be careful, he is growing so fast he might not be able to get out!

Love to see this big tree it makes the room so warm. I have a time getting the angel on top though. I have to remember to attach her to the top first before we add the last set of branches. Yesterday watched the classics, Rudolph, Frosty and then Elf. That one always makes me laugh. I am going to put in : It’s a Wonderful Life today. Gotta get those cookies frosted! Hope your preparations are coming along well.

 

Katherine Hepburn

In Bar Harbor Maine this summer there was a second hand book store right next to the library. I spent a little time there and discovered some really good finds. This book is one of them- Me…Stories of my Life….by Katherine Hepburn. I find I am drawn to books about real people. After finishing the book I then decided I needed to revisit some of her movies.

So I rented The Philadelphia Story, which on a scale of 1-10 I give a 7. It kept my interest and was humorous and fun. I just didn’t finish it with, Boy that was good!!

The next I watched again was On Golden Pond. In fact we even had the DVD. This is always one of my favorites. More so now since Katherine wrote about the story and characters.

The last two I had watched with my Mom a long time ago, she has been gone 20 years! Guess Who’s coming to dinner with Spencer Tracy. He passed away a few weeks after the taping.

The African Queen which was an exciting movie. The leaches still stand out in my mind. She did so many different movies. She was such a strong women and I give the book a rating of a nine. I learned a lot and it kept my interest.

2017-The Year of the Cat

Revisiting the year….Way back in April, Mama had a litter,somewhere but we didn’t know where. She must have shown up very soon after she had them because she was still showing signs of birth,and she was so, so hungry. I knew she had to be in one of the neighbors bushes and she would make her way over briefly 3 or 4 times a day to eat. Then one day we found the group in the hole by the automatic pool cover. It was dangerous there and one of the kittens got caught in the rope. We were very broken up about that. She took them away again somewhere. Then one morning they all were laying on top of her in the porch chair, all four of them. She looked like a possum. They stayed in our bushes after that. See the little guy in the back, I was never able to catch him so I couldn’t find a home for him.

Here are the three, the one who is missing is in the bushes. I front two I found homes for and the back one became part of our clan.

This is the big guy as of this morning. He is six months old and just got neutered yesterday. He is doing fantastic. His name is Miggy and he has a voracious appetite. We kept his claws because he goes in and out to be with his brother Pookey, who finally came out of the bushes and can be cuddled and loved, but can still be skittish and scared.

This is Pookey’s place that Kevin built. It is on our covered porch. The roof is on hinges so I can open it.

It is insulated and it also has an electric heated pad, that warms up with their body temperature. We made it large enough so that Pookey, Miggy and Mama can fit in. I am sorry I don’t have a picture of Pookey, he is big and handsome like his brother and he also yesterday became neutered and received all of his necessary shots. I have a swinging door for it but I am afraid he won’t go in if it is on. We have to tighten it up a little more with spray in insulation and glue some on the roof too. But he is getting used to it. If it gets too cold, he can come in the house but he seems happier outside. BTW, the black spots on the heated pad cover are little tiny burrs that will not come up easily.

So I wasn’t fast enough to get Mama spayed after that litter and she got pregnant again. I put her in the sunroom near the end of July so we would know where the kittens were at. She was not happy about this the first week. But then she became accustomed to the Bed and Breakfast. She had the kittens August 10th and it was an awesome experience for me. We now have a very special bond. She has come such a long way since January when I first met her on my front porch. She was skittish and scared and kept looking behind her like something was chasing her.

Here is Mama and the kittens maybe 3 days old.

Here they are at 3 weeks old. They were as much of a joy as the first litter. Easier because I knew where they were at.

From 7 weeks on I have been introducing you to the people who have given the kittens their forever homes. The last two left on November third they went together to my friend Joan. She has named this little boy Dooley.

This little girl is name Lacey. They are so funny because they do everything together, sleep, eat, play, poop. If one does it then the other does it. They have a wonderful home as all of the kittens do. I am so grateful that our friends, family and friends of family have given them their forever homes. I am also happy to say that Mama has been spayed. That woman had a workout this year and we are taking care of her, she can go inside or out and gets lots of love and food.

So we had our sunroom empty for two days and this little lady is occupying it for a couple of weeks. She can’t be more than four months old and she was found in the neighborhood. One of our neighbors who loves cats was fostering her then they couldn’t keep her anymore. We found a wonderful family that will be moving into a new home soon and they are giving her a forever home. She is a sweetie! Such a happy story.

So I made this painting this year and it says it all. I have seen Pookey eating a frog, Miggy with a mouse and a Vole and who knows whatever else they find in the surrounding yards. They are a treat and we love them. By the way, this print can be purchased in my Etsy Shop.

 

The beauty of Maine

Here it is, August 2nd and I have hardly shown my pictures. We returned home on Saturday the 22nd and boom, we have been trying to catch up since. We had a great time on vacation, so many good memories, and I brought back tons of inspiration. This picture is the beauty of Acadia.

I woke up at 4:15 one morning and thought I should see if there is a sunrise. No filters, this is actual.  It was breathtaking.

The moon and something. Could it be the International Space Station??

The shine on the water is fantastic.

We took a scenic nature boat ride and started out with mallard ducks. Not so different from Indiana.

I loved this schooner raising the sails to take off. 

Can you tell I am quite taken with the sun? We had so much fog for the first three days here and seeing the sun was a treat..

This is a beautiful picture!

Egg Island Lighthouse. No one except the Coast Guard is allowed on this island. Beside the little building on the right is a solar panel. The seabirds and seals are the real owners of the island.

The sea lions rest and bask in the sun during low tide and swim and eat at high tide. They have to keep their body fat up because the water at its highest is 55 degrees.

Our boat threw a fish in the water to get the eagle to come down and I was just clicking my camera hoping to get one good shot. You don’t get to see an eagle like this but once in a lifetime.

The wings in flight are so impressive. It will end up in a painting.

A close up, love the ripple effect on the water. I have so much more to show, along with the treasures I brought with me. Please stop back again.

 

 

Some favorites

The day has been pretty foggy mostly with peeks of sun. It is supposed to be more sunny tomorrow. I would like to see farther out to sea.

The loons were right in front and it was fun to hear them and watch them dive and pop up in another area.

This seagull was doing a flyby and had something in his beak, possibly a crab? I liked how I was able to capture his wings in flight.

Just a pretty planted yard in Bar Harbor.

A stone fence is beautiful.

Just a different view.

Lobster boat heading out.

A hotel had this planted, such a wonderful array of posies.

Foxglove

A yard full of lobster traps.

Window boxes full of geraniums. We are having a great time and having some R and R. We will see what tomorrow brings and I will share.Thanks for checking in.

It’s Been a Great Day

I buy only Bath and Body works hand soap because I find it doesn’t dry my hands out and the scents I just love. I usually buy 8 to 10 at a time so I don’t have to run to the store often. I just opened this one and I highly recommend it, Sweet Mint Mimosa. It makes hand washing a pleasure, not just something you have to do.

The day wasn’t too hot or too humid and the skys tonight are just gorgeous!

The sunset through the tree, pretty! It was even brighter than this.

I have two pretty burgundy hollyhocks that grace the back of my garage. I love how dark they are.

I never get tired of the daylilies. Each year they keep putting on a better show. These are Betsy Ross’s.

I have a show coming up this weekend in Fort Wayne, at Freiman Square. I have this new piece finished to add to my booth. I was thinking one day how many cats we have loved and lost because that’s the way it is. I put in all different patterns to represent them. They all held a special place in my heart.

This pool brings such pleasure for me. I had to take a picture because it was so blue and nice. We swam in it and just enjoyed the day off. I hope you had a great 4th of July too. God Bless America, Land That I Love!

New Listing up in Shop

My newest painting “For You” has been added to my online shop. I have been diligently working to get all my work ready for the art show “For the Love of Art” in South Bend on March 4th at the Century Center. This painting was fun to do. I really enjoyed the line art over the grey background. Here is the link to my shop if you would like to look around.

 

New Painting

A painting I started a few weeks ago. I pictured rows of hearts with a neutral background.

The words were added first before the details.

I have added a lot of fun elements along with outlining the hearts.

A flying bird

flowers

The bottom hearts are indigo.

Added some violets and a caterpillar.

The profile needs some decorations.

A cat stretching with a butterfly on it’s nose. This was a fun painting to create. It will be up in my shop this week to purchase prints. I haven’t picked a name yet.

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

This book was the sequel to “Me Before You” the earlier book review. It picked up Louisa in Paris and her trying to live the life that Will wanted and provided for her to live. She tried to do this but was very sad. Maybe if she would have waited after she knew she was ready to move on it would have worked out better. She really just needed to heal first. She had an accident, reunited with her family, started eventually dating the ambulance driver and had unknown daughter of Will come into her life.

As my friend Theresa tells me, ” I am glad I read the book, but it wasn’t as good as the first”. I feel the same way and from other reviews that is the same sentiment.
So I have now watched the movie “Me Before You” and read the sequel “After You”, I feel I have now gotten it out of my system and can move on.
Don’t hesitate to read the book because it has a good story, just don’t expect the tear jerking feeling that the first book brought on.
Thanks for stopping!