Tag Archive | Art

My Lifetime Dream/Goal Reached! (Sunday Grateful) 7-4-13

I’ve had to pinch myself a few times!

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Ask myself, “Did I really get that phone call?”…

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Talk about it… so that I know it’s for real..

Keep thinking about it and smilingk6688524

Saying “Thank You” hundreds of times to my Lordk9513818

You see… I finally got the job I’ve wanted ever since I was a little girl

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My dream…

My hope…

My talent put to use…

and just perfectly fits my life at this time…

God is good!… and when the time is rightprayers are indeed answered

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I had taken a painting class about two months ago… and while there… I happened to ask the owners, “Do you need someone to teach the painting classes?”…

and they said, “As a matter of fact we will need someone!… in a month or two when we move to a larger location”…

What was so surprising… they were quite impressed with my “natural” talent… and took my phone numbercha0005

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Painting class I took with daughter-in-law…

The new location was only a store over from their immediate shop… so the location was ideal for me… less than 15 minutes away from my home…

I was elated!…k6437384 that they seemed interested

and this past week the owner called and wanted to now if I was still interested…

YES!… I wanted to shout!… Yes, indeed!

I bet I was grinning from ear to ear!…k7098880

She wanted me to come in for a class and just paint again along with the customers that had signed up… taking some mental notes as to how they did things…

I had been one other time for a class with a friend of mine… so I was learning their ways already… and liked what I saw…

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We painted a Lake Scene… and I talked to all of the customers just to get a feel of what that would be like…

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I love that part of course!… I love people… listening to them… and connecting…

I do think I have a natural teaching ability too…

I’ve never had the opportunity for college… but, the jobs that I have had… have prepared me well…

This company will also be opening a new shop in Elizabethtown, KY… not too far from Louisville… So, I feel I am getting in on the ground floor as to speak…

( There was a movie calledElizabethtown out a few years back… filmed in this small town)

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The company called KOCH and CO. … have become busier since I first painted with my daughter-in-law over two months ago…

That’s a good thing for sure!

So it will be part-time… Money is good k9179637… will have a helper and all I have to do is teach the class…

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I will have a couple of practice class sessions to begin with… being critiqued as to where I might need some help…

but, then will be on my own

My goal / dream k8377680being reached in my lifetime…

How blessed I feel!  k1589151

Daily Prompt: Back To School

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MASTERY.

I would like to take classes in Art Therapy

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The following statements pretty much sum up why I would like to do this…

The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, and personal growth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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“Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practised by qualified, registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

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I worked with mentally handicapped children for 30 + years… and in doing so … I would often use my natural talent of Art  to work with these “special” kids

I saw that through the process of art which can include drawing, painting, coloring, creatingmoods/behaviors changed… self-confidence was built… and a calmness came into the bodies of these children…

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A feeling of pride emerged… and I… in turn… learned about them

their needs…

their desires…

their wants…

their talents…

Being able to contribute to these changes… by doing something I loved to begin with… was so rewarding and fulfilled a small part of my dream…

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Going back to school and mastering the techniques needed to fulfill this wish… would make my life pretty complete!

http://youtu.be/exRRwiIFNUU               Video: Wonderful info on what ART THERAPIST do all over the world!

Daily Prompt: The Artist’s Eye

Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ART.

Art has been a part of my life forever

My coloring books k12009578x19421219 when I was young were my best friends… and don’t touch my crayons

They were almost sacred to me…bn261027

It seemed when someone used them… they always ended up broken

I really hated to have anyone else color in my books… but, I did… to be nice…

I remember coloring the girls in my books with blue hairmy favorite color

I just said recently, “I must have foreseen the future of dyeing hair!”…

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I later started drawing… then paintingk0338309 crafting and decorating

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I still get excited with color… textures… unique art workk7295399

Something that speaks to me…

New paint… brushes… materials… draw me to them all of the time…

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That section of the store is so me!…

I thought I would share some of the art in my house… not, expensive art… just things that make me happy

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This rustic blue chair… loved its color and story of being there now… just to hold flowers… not sturdy enough to hold a person any longer…

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My blue again… Blackberry Pickers… Family… Children… out on a summer’s day…

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Kind of a retro look… of kitchen items… and my color blue

says to me… come and sit a spell…

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I painted this one… Have just now started hanging some of my paintings…

The pear and colors match my Wallpaper Border in my kitchen…

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These are a few of the Cardinal Birds I framed… for my computer room… Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky’s State Bird… Just funky and cheerful… for a place I use a lot!

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Loved the bright pink and black accents for my Paris Themed Bathroom…

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Metal Wall Hanging… Paris theme… Just too cute!

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I painted this little Parisian Artist… design taken from wallpaper…

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I liked the simple lines of this Painting I did…

I even hung it… in my hallway…

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The colors grabbed me for my spare bedroomLavender and green

Peaceful… relaxing… but, cheerful too…

The metal sculpted Iris was so unique and seemed to go with this picture…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love kitties… so this was MINE!… and went with my  feminine theme in my spare bedroom too…

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Another painting I did… trying to tie in all of the bright colors I had chosen for my bigger bathroom…

pink/peach/salmon/orange/yellow/red/teal blue…

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Flower plate that I just had to have… matches my ideas for my brightly flowered bathroom…

As you can see… I surround myself with color/art…

Daily Prompt: The Zone

Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LOST.

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Just give me something creative to do…

writing… u12882501

painting… k0338309

crafting…k11598777

I painted the walls of an Elementary School one summerk5152690

I mean… two whole hallways… both sides… upstairs and down… and then extra areasu21668522

I would start early… as soon as someone could let me in the building… k8647724

With my paint… brushes… k3697316water… paper towels… pencils… ruler… yardstick… k3960253and my ideas from books… ti087a0016drawingsk12346743 , etc…

I like working alone and I was in “my zone”!

I painted all day… sometimes having to make myself grab a drink or eat a snackx12764076

I am most contenthappiness oozes from mecfr0257 … my eyes I know… must be sparklingalc0021 … my mind is at peace

The colorsk13016995 … the way the paint flows… the designsk10946276

… ideas popping into my mind… u27638589

The awe at times that “I can do this!” …

Someone coming by to make a comment or two… and knowing I’m bringing joy4136R-126 to others by the look on their facek6136535

Smiles… grins… an oo and an ah…

Yes, I’ll take this “zone” anytime..k10415617 k13647617

Daily Prompt: Personal Space

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

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and the “icing on the cake” is that have some followers who evidently like to read some of what I writek8727140

I am the one getting something from my blogging…

It gives me a feeling of being freecfr0020

a place to find comfort…cfr0246

a place to let my own thoughts and ideas flow…k11889305

a place to try new thingsIS098RJ1X

a place to make new friendsnri0123

a place to learn of other homelands… be it another country… state… city…MAP0084

a place to learn of other’s heritage and traditionsk13605188

a place to feel someone’s joy or heartachecfr0017

It’s a place to find out that we all are quite similark3019137

So here I am… expressing myself… and letting my creative juices flow

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Vase of Flowers

Another painting class… This time with a friend I made at the YMCA… She picked a picture of a vase with flowers to paint… The store… KOCH’S Painting… lists several different choices to pick from… on a monthly calendar

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I always like the choices but, usually end up making it my own… in some way… The flowers in the picture were all pink

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This was the one we were to copy…

I made them the colors I have in my bathroom… I had the same picture up for so long… I decided I needed a change

I’ve painted a long time… so I’ve learned from trial and error as I go… but, can always learn a new technique… a new way of doing things…

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My friend painted hers pretty much like the picture offered… It was really nice… It takes about 3 hours to complete… By using acrylic paint … the paintings dry pretty quick with the aid of a hair dryeru10800296 …

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The girl who owns the store and her partner have said they would like me to teach some of the classesI would jump at the chanceyta0013 It would be ideal!… A few days a week… teaching what I love… doing what I love… Talking to people and seeing the joy on their faces as they make something with their own hands… So when their new store opens… I hope to be working again… Retirement is good… but, having a job like this would be right up my alley!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

I escape to my backyard… with my flowers…birds…squirrels…

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My morning “escape” is my computer time with my blog writing… reading… drinking my first cup of coffee… and listening to my “easy” music…

Probably, my favorite part of the day

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I have to admit… I do “escape ” through food sometimes… trying new recipes… and giving in to “sweet” escapes…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I love escaping to the beach with my little family… usually once a year…

fun times… and all worries disappear!

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I also escape through making things… sometimes sewing… crafting…painting…

I usually have some kind of project going on…

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Celebrations give me escape… whether it be birthdays… graduations or just a cook out…

good times with family…

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I can actually lose myself when painting… so freeing… so relaxing…”escape” for sure!

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My little girl… Jill, my cat… gives me an escape as I play with her… watch her…

as she follows me everywhere… she makes me happy…

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I love escape get-a-ways…

a night or two away with my favorite guy… (my husband) is an escape for sure… from the every day hustle bustle… and a chance for us to reconnect… a good practice for sure!

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Whatever your escape… do it often… Make it an every day occurence…

Painting for Fun!

Last Thursday Night my daughter-in-law and I went to a painting classk0338309

Painting classes have become very popular in Louisville in the last year…

Some classes are held in restaurants… some at their own business sites

They might serve wine cheeses/fruitcrackerssfo0818

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I’ve been to three…. so far…

I love to paint!… but, having never had professional training…  I dare not say that I’m a true painter

I have painted murals on walls at several schools… wall murals in people’s homes… and just for my own pleasure… to sell at craft bazaars

I guess you can say I’m self-taught… and have God-given talent

Some find my work quite good

This painting class was not far from where I live…

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They do framingk2983089 … display and sell art of different artists… and have painting classes for all ages… Parties may be on their agenda as well as the pre-set classes for any age…

They were painting an interpretation of the Louisville skyline for a booth they were setting up for a fair… “Louisville Independent Business Alliance” …when we were there…

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Painting still wet …

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Painting at the fair with our Louisville Mayor… that weekend…

There are many designs to choose from on their monthly calendar

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My daughter-in-law chose the artwork we were to paint… I wanted to treat her… since she was excited about the fact that she would be painting something she could actually hang in her new home

It was called “Magical Tree”… I called it “whimsical”… and it was fun to do…

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You could follow along and do just as taught… or change it up a bit to make it your own

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This photo was posted on their Facebook Page… how neat!

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The swirly lines for tree branches were so fun to make…

and leaves were just depicted by dots…

Melanie has already hung hers and mine is still sitting there… waiting for me to decide on an appropriate place… or I might even give as a gift k7390209

I am going to another class next Wednesday… with a friend from the YMCA… She chose the subject also… as this was new to her…

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Looks like fun to me!

Some day I will pick a subject… but, for now… I’m enjoying seeing my friends paint who never thought they could…

I knew they would love it!…

Awards Lately…

Three Awards I’ve won in the past couple of months…

Thanks so much to :

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terry1954

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http://klling.wordpress.com/author/klling/

liebster-award

quirkybooks.wordpress.com

My 11 questions are:

  1. Do you prefer black or white and why?… love black for accenting in decorating…and for it’s ability to make me look smaller…
  2. What do you like most about rain?… Makes me slow down… and do things I put off…
  3. If you could publish any one book that you are currently writing, which one would it be and why?… It would be my experiences with “My Special Kids”…which might also be the title…
  4. If you weren’t a writer, what other job would you be doing and why?… anything to do with art… painting… drawing… decorating…
  5. Do you prefer poetry or prose?… prose I guess…Let me look up that definition???… yes, the everyday language… that’s for me!
  6. What is your greatest writing moment to date and why? Every time someone has a comment… Evidently they have read what I wrote… Isn’t that grand!
  7. What is your favourite genre to read and why? OK… let me look that up too… Mysteries and true stories…
  8. What is you favourite animated film? Bambi… and any Christmas
  9. Do you prefer How to or self-help books and why?… “How to” definitely… let me get my hands on it!
  10. How would you like people to remember you?… A person with a good heart…
  11. What are your three most positive words… Simplify… Try… Love

To all of my fellow bloggers… I find you all quite worthy of any of these awards…

No WINE!… I’ll paint anyway!

I posted on a painting I did with others at

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I went to another class with “Wine and Canvas” last night…

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Doesn’t compare… sorry to say…

The people were very nice no problem there..

The surroundings were OK

It was held at Mimi’s Cafe here in Louisville

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This group holds classes at different restaurants in the area… on different dates

Faults I found…

Crowded

No wine or snacks as their name indicates…BUMMER!… you could order and pay for your own…

They didn’t provide all colors of paint… Only the colors of the painting that the instructor had chosen…

I came to paint an Eiffel Tower for my bathroom…pinks…gray…black…

No red…or pink to be had… Only black, blue, green, white and yellow…

See why I was disappointed??? …Both my friend and I needed the pink or at least some red/white to make our own pink… to finish our painting…

So… I finished it at home this morning… and she is doing the same…

As I said …It’s a great idea… and holding it at restaurants is OK too… but, not what I expected!…

I love to paint and being with my friend I used to work with was great!…

I also had gotten a coupon off of the internet for 1/2 off … So instead of $70 for the two of us… it was $35 for us… and sharing that… made it $17.50 each…

That should have nothing to do with the wrongs I found… They had done the advertising and deal…

So… it helps to check out these things…

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Just starting to paint black paint all over canvas…”night scene”…

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Starting to get design of “Eiffel Tower” on canvas…

My friend in black and me in stripe shirt…

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Andrea starting to put in lights of city in background…

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Finished work… If I had some pink I could have been finished too…

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Young girl named Beverly sat next to me… I thought she did a great job!

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Andrea with her painting… She needs to finish as me…

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We had a great time anyway… Nothing can keep us from that!

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We had to turn our paintings upside-down to paint bottom edge…

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I left with just black…gray…white…

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It now sparkles with bright pink lights… Much better!