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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A New BoHo Girl...


Today it was 103ยบ and I'm exhausted from the heat. But I do have a drawing to share with you. I sat down the night before the art show and sketched out a new BoHo Girl. My plan was to ink in part of it and then work on it at the show. But I almost finished it that evening! I took it along anyway, and started another BoHo Girl.

This is #8...



I really enjoy doing these girls. It's relaxing to sketch them while I'm "watching" TV.  I'll most likely finish #9 tonight.

Here's a close-up of #8...


And while I have you here, send ice cubes! It's too darn hot!!
This weather cycle is lasting through Friday...
and we're getting some humidity later in the week.
What fun!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Art Show!!

Things have been crazy around here. Our city had an art show last night and I was part of it. The art show was held at Legacy Commons in conjunction with Thursday Night on the Square, which is a weekly summer event with music and booths for crafts, etc. The park where the event is held is just one block from Legacy Commons so LC was the perfect place for the art show. It wasn't just for seniors...anyone in the area could submit their art for approval. We had artists of all ages including some children and young teens. It was fun seeing all the different styles and mediums.

Here is my display...


I had lots of positive feedback on my art. How can you keep from smiling when you see all those bright, happy colors!!

Everyone got a 6' table and a tablecloth and then we had to provide whatever we wanted to use for display. Luckily I had four easels and I used HB's camera case to lean the fifth picture against. It worked out good.

I was one of the first tables to be seen as you walked in the door...and I was right next to Juanita and Jeanette which made it lots of fun.

Here we are altogether along with my daughter, Molly, who was able to come up for the show.


You probably think I never wear anything but that black tunic! It is one of my favorite pieces and I wanted to be comfortable. We also lucked out and the weather wasn't too hot so that brought out lots of people.

It was a fun night and I met lots of talented artists from the area...plus made a few interesting contacts for the future.

Monday, July 07, 2014

A Graphic Art Journal Spread...

Yesterday I got out one of my art journals and found an unfinished spread. I sat in the afternoon sun filtering through the blinds and worked on it. It's been very hot but inside it was cool and comfortable and I finished the spread in no time at all.

Sometimes the Muse is with me! This is the journal spread before I started work...



And here is what I did...


First I added lots of straight lines going each and every way.


This spread was made from magazine clippings, Mod Podge, a Sharpie pen, and one black and one white paint pen. I love it when I can make something with very little in the way of supplies.

This is the left page close-up...

and this is the right page close-up.

I have been using Pic Monkey to edit my photos and I had a little fun with one of the photos...


I used something called "clouds" to alter this photo. I like how it came out. You may have to click on it to see it better. Since it was a beautiful day with very few clouds in the sky I decided that I needed to add a few clouds to my art journal spread.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Another Fashion Show...

Did everyone have a fun 4th of July? HB and I were tired from all the activities of the day before so we just stayed home and watched fireworks from the backyard.

Legacy Commons had their second annual fashion show on July 3. This year HB and I decided not to model but we helped out. HB did a lot of photography and I helped set up and tear down plus I manned the doors and handed out programs. Here I am at my position...


And as always my big ol' glass of water is front and center! I had already taken off my corsage by this time...it's the red, white, and blue one on the right.

Here's a glamour shot of my friend, Juanita...

She used to model in Chicago...and she organized and put on the entire fashion show this year. Besides the models there were dancers and a couple of singers. It was a very well-done program.

This is a group pic of just about everyone that was involved in the show...minus HB who was behind the camera.


It was a fun day and everyone seemed to have a good time. The woman in front with the bright red wig kept everyone entertained! She was a hoot!! 

After everything was cleaned up several of us went out for a late lunch/early dinner and continued the fun. HB and I came home after that and just zoned out for the rest of the evening.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Gift for a Friend...

Today was a bittersweet day. When HB and I first checked out Legacy Commons, our local senior center, CC was the first person we met. She took us all around and basically told us all about the activities available. From the first moment I met her, I was hooked. She is such a beautiful person, warm and friendly and helpful. And today was her last day on the job. She retired today and the center gave her a big party.

Because I know CC likes bright colors I painted this 12" x 12" piece for her...


And here we are together (she has the painting upside down!)...
Isn't she gorgeous!

and what a surprise...I'm wearing purple!

This is the card I did for her...

There were lots of tears and smiles and laughter today. I'll miss CC but we've promised to stay in touch. When you find a good friend it's good to hold on to them.