Friday, October 30, 2009

Latest portrait painting

This is my most recent portrait painting that I am entering in the TVAA exhibit on Monday at the Chicopee, MA Public Library. I just love this child's expression. I saw her sitting on her mom's lap at a wedding we attended and asked if I could take her picture. I don't even know her name, and I refer to her as "sweetie pie." I am hoping to be a winner, but either way, I will enjoy looking at her in my studio for inspiration!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Churchtown PA

Here are more photos from my PA trip. Today is a painting day. Need to finish for entry on Monday. Hope the paint dries!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

errands and spaghetti sauce and June

What a day! It flew by. I checked off a number of tasks on my list; however, did not get to paint as I had planned. Well, there will be a great meal tonight - my husband's favorite: pasta. He could eat it seven days a week. I'm off to my Artist's Association meeting tonight in Connecticut, so I invited one of my sons over to eat and to spend some time with his Dad. Here is a picture of June on the top of the cathedral ceiling ramp. She is "high in the sky" up amongst the clouds, snoozin away. She loves it because it is nice and warm (heat rises) and she can catch a really good view of the birds.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Jewelry Swap

These are sent from Emma, my jewelry swap partner from the UK. I was paired with her by Sam of "Incy Wincy Stitches" blog. It was a fun swap, using a button or buttons to create a piece of jewelry. Emma made me a "button bib" and sent along shortbread cookies as well. The hand cream and buttons were special extras. Thank you and big hugs to you Emma.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Squash Portraits

from the fence of Churchtown, PA. I love them all! What a wonderful idea. Which is your favorite?

It has been raining all day and a good day to spend in the art studio. I photographed many wood buttons in preparation for creating a program on wooden buttons to present for the MA Button Society Meeting next September. I have forgotten how to use the Keynote Program, and a friend is joining me on Thursday to help get me started. It is so good to have friends that are there for one when needed. The Patriots are playing the Titans currently on TV, and I am tempted to watch the game rather than go into my studio to paint. Hmmmmmm.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hyland Farm Brewery Party

On Sunday, October 11th, I made my way with my little Yaris to Sturbridge, MA to the Hyland Farm Brewery where my son, Buddy, played with his band "The Lobsterz From Marz". I met my granddaughter, Krystal, and her dear friend, Kelsey and spent the afternoon outdoors under a pavillion with many other people. It was a beautiful day, although a bit crisp, and children, dogs, adults, and farm animals were abundant. Here are some photos I took of the day. My cheeks got rosy and I developed an appetite as a result.

OOPs, guess I messed up on the photos. Just click on each one to get a full view.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fairy Doll Making

Friday afternoon, my God-child, Jasmine, called me, asking if she could visit and to sleep over. I can never refuse her, so I picked her up early that evening after dinner. After some conversation, snack, and reading books, she and I retired for the evening. Jasmine awoke early on Saturday morning and had to have breakfast immediately! Then, without a pause, said, "Can we paint?". I hadn't finished my coffee yet, and my eyes were not entirely focused on the new day; however, I said, "sure". In the interim, Jasmine had found the remains of 2 orchid blossoms that had fallen off and were laying on the tabletop in the sunporch. She then asked what happened to them, and then said, "They look like fairy wings. Can we make a fairy doll?" Of course she could, why not? We made a list of materials, and I gathered all from my art studio, placing the materials out on a large round table in the sunporch. For the next hour and a half, Jasmine chose what she wanted to use for the doll, and worked with me to create a fairy doll. The original fallen orchid blossoms were not used as wings as originally intended, but were glued to paper wings found previously at a tag sale for such a purpose as this! When nearly done, Jasmine told me that this fairy doll was for me, and that we could use it when we play with the dolls in her play space downstairs, and that I could fly it around when we play. I was quite honored, and thanked her for her gifting me the fairy doll. Here it is in all its splendor. It was a memorable morning with Jasmine.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Indian Summer is here

The sky is filled with great big fluffy clouds in a background of cerulean blue and all is well. I'd love to share some photos of the PA landscape of Churchtown with all of you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Return to blog

I have been away for some time~a few days spent in the Amish Country in PA, which was so beautiful and delightful. I went with 3 friends and we spent time in a little cottage (a parish house) right next to a very old church and a cemetery. What I enjoyed the most was simply the environment, and eating dinner with an Amish family in their home. It was quite an experience. After coming home, I had some surgery, so have not been blogging as usual. I am posting a picture of a button pin I made for a swap. It is the first time I have swapped button jewelry and this one went to the UK, along with a yummy chocolate bar! I will post some photos of my time in Churchtown, PA. I plan to use some of the photos for paintings.