Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You Can Paint!

For the last two nights, I have had the honour of teaching 11 lovely ladies how I paint!

I have taught classes before, but as of late have made the decision to have at least one paint party per month.
This is the first one I had in Atlanta.
We had a beautiful hostess, MaryAnn, who opened her home to us.
No one knew each other!
Can you believe that?  So for the 6 hours we all spent together, not only is everyone an aspiring artist, they are now new friends!
How fun is that?
Unfortunately the first night, I had forgotten my camera chip so I don't have pics, but this is what the paintings looked like after the first night (three hours)

Everything was coming up angels!!!!
I love that all the paintings had taken on a personality of their own.  And their owners!

Now.  We started off the class last night looking at our paintings.  I wanted the ladies to carefully study their completely dry works of art!
Then we did a little thing that I called "Show and Fix"
This is where everyone brought their masterpiece up to the front of the class and the class collectively   discussed what we needed to do to the painting.
I love, love, loved this!  I learn SO much about what people see in a painting, and which direction I personally should go when painting my own paintings!
and, the class was so gracious and all handled constructive criticism like pros!
I was SO proud of them

 they all told me what they were worried about in their painting and together we fixed it!
Not sure what I'm pointing out here but that's an awful face!! haha!

this is the way you learn!
 taking a "bonding" break!

Finishing the painting.  Yikes!!!

yep, we covered that painting all up!

and then we wiped it down.

revealing some amazing paintings!

Can you believe these???

This was the best class EVER!!!

Thank you ladies for making my last two nights so special!!!

*if you are interested in a paint party, please contact me at

Have a great day y'all!

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Celebrate a Mermaid's 6th Birthday!

Evey is officially a "Mermaid"
yes.  I'm serious!
For her 6th birthday celebration, her dream in life has finally come true!

She wanted that mermaid tail SO bad, and she finally grew it.

I'll post directions on how to make below!
but first...the pics!

 she worked that tail y'all

Check out Evey's BRILLIANT idea for party favors!  Cheap and creative.  Evey came up with the idea, and Jordan made it happen.  (that's fish food attached)
(although they may end up being a #lifelesson for some of those little girls) if you know what I mean ;)

there were a few that missed the party....

that's the cutest lil butt I've ever seen.

she taunted us for an hour walking that ledge

I think it is safe to say that Evey's birthday was a huge success and she is officially a "Mermaid"!

Mermaid tail:

First you need a fin.  We got Evey's at Sports Authority,
but I found this one about 10.00 cheaper

Jordan made Evey lie down on top of a roll of paper with the fin on and she traced her body.  Then Evey and I took that pattern to Hancocks and found a Lycra fabric that she loved and that matched her swimsuit top.   (MUST be Lycra)

Then I just cut the fabric from the pattern that she traced from the waist down.  Right sides together, I sewed both sides and then sewed about 4" in on the tail leaving an opening to put the tail in.  This was like putting on a pair of full length Spanx so it's pretty tough to put on, but trust everyone who has endured wiggling into a pair of Spanx, it's worth it.

Once you get your Mermaid "Spanx" on, you put the fin on, pulling the fabric over the sides of the tail and the fabric just magically stayed in place!
Probably the easiest thing I've ever done.  And I'm serious.

Have a wonderful day all you "Mermaid wannabes"!!!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

MOCA, The Grand Opening, and a Wonderful Open House!

Last night was a terrific event!
It was the grand opening of MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art at Tula Art Center where my art studio is located.
Along with that, all of the artist's studios were open for folks to peruse through and study or buy art.
Lisa and I had so many people come through our studio!
I will admit, since I had heard that art critics would be there, um, well, ya know, I was nervous.
We got the most wonderful, gracious comments I've ever heard.
I was so blessed and felt so honored!

Of course, my camera was in tow!

our studio!

Lisa is as sweet as she is beautiful!

Paul Light

Love that aqua abstract!

now on to one of the most famous artists at TULA.
Alexi Torres

he's also not to hard on the eyes...

and I am really loving Alexi's brother Ernesto's work.

we have become great buds!

have a wonderful day y'all!!