Thursday, February 28, 2008

Reaching my Goal ??

It's finally time for the art show that I've been thinking about for so long. When I set this up, it seemed as though the time would never arrive. Well, the nails are now empty in the studio that I share with my granddaughter and her toys.... It looks deserted, and the livingroom floor is an obstacle course of canvas. Here is the accumulation of over one years work, all in one place, which is kind of fun for me. I didn't quite meet my goal (to create 100 portraits), but I guess that was a bit unrealistic, anyway. There seems to be over 50, though, and hopefully the faces that are "in" the show have all somehow been notified, either by email, phone or postcard. Even though this has taken up so much of my life for the past year, I will miss it. It gave me purpose, and heaven only knows, we artists NEED purpose and direction....... Or I do, anyway.
The ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTION will be held on Sunday, March 2, from 2:00-4:00 at the MONDAY CLUB in Webster Groves, at 37 S. Maple Ave.
IF you would like to see the show, but can't make the opening , the gallery at the Monday Club is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9:00-11:30 AM. and also open Sundays, from 1:30-4:00. All the portraits are for sale, also.

I think I gave myself this challenge, first to SEE if I could do it. If I COULD get a likeness in an oil portrait, and also, to provide a destination to work towards. I've certainly loved every minute of the process !

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hangin' Out for Breakfast

My daughter and I were just "hangin out" this morning for breakfast in the Soda Fountain cafe in Soulard. They weren't very busy when we got there, but soon after they were innundated with RED HAT ladies, which I had heard of, but never seen before... quite a sight, I must say. Anywho, we enjoyed coffee and an omelet and some fun together. I think I'd like to make it a weekly thing, and try different restaurants around town for fun...... Next week we are going to Soulard Coffee Garden, on Geyer Ave. ( sounds kinda fun ) Soda Fountain's food was tasty, but a bit too greasy, we thought.

Tracey is working on her photography website, so that she can have a good example of her work to show to potential clients. She is a fabulous photographer, if I do say so myself. If any of you out there are in need of a great photographer, PLEASE contact me, and I'll pass it along to her ! sanso 46 [@] yahoo [.] com

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Antiques, collectibles, and treasured junque !!

I've been trying my hand at ebay lately. It's fun, and it excites me to look at see if someone has bid on one of my things. It's fun to see if you can make a "find" that someone in the internet community will find interesting, and be willing to purchase. It takes a little "fine tuning" to get the system down. Not charge too much, but make low enough in price to get the some bidding started. Then, there's shipping, which is another whole challenge.... It does take time, but if you are looking for something to do, and maybe make a little money, give it a try....

Here are some of the pictures that I've posted for my items. (Good, concise pictures are a MUST when selling on ebay)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Literally, "back to the ole Drawing Board !!"

Well............. after a long break, I've finally gotten back to the easel (what with holidays, and our little venture into Antique Mall "gathering", and keeping up with ebay listings and mailings) Anywho... These will be the last two posted before I get ready for the art show on March 2nd.

The opening will be on the 2nd, but, I'll talk more about that later, for now, here's the finished Amanda, and the finished Lacey.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Sacred Heart's "Arts Day" in Eureka, MO.

Lin and I were part of Sacred Heart's Art Day, where students participate in the Arts for the entire day at school. They attended hour long classes in dance, drawing, painting, cooking, poetry writing, and lots of other wonderful activities. Our friend, Connie Bachmann, who is a terrific art teacher and organizer, brings the whole idea into a reality. Connie is part of the Monday Night Ladies, a group of 6 art teachers who have been meeting and creating weekly for a number of years in the Eureka area. Sue Hinkel, another Monday Night Lady ,was present also, to teach a lesson on drawing to the Sacred Heart students.

Lin and I shared the art room. Linda taught a watercolored moveable figure, and I had 4 groups that worked in clay. They learned the pinch method, and made rattles by joining 2 pinchpots, and adding clay pieces to the inside of the rattle, to make the noise after they are fired. It was fun to work with young people for a day, and share in their enthusiasm..... They were truly delightful, and very respectiful ! During the lunch hour, I had a group work on drawings, and they are holding up their final drawings for you to see. I felt they all did very well...... Hope to go back and do this again next year....