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23 posts from June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Artists' Specials Series

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When I find something educational and entertaining, I'll be the first to share it with you here.  After yesterday's post, I had several readers ask about a Winslow Homer movie after a reply I had made to my friend Beth in the comments.  We have a set of movies called The Artists' Specials Series that we have enjoyed time and time again.  Whenever I want inspiration, I pull out one or two of the movies.  I originally saw these specials on HBO about 4 years ago and immediately went online to purchase the movies.  They were that good.  Here are the movies that are in the Artists' Specials Series ... 

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Summertime and Edward Potthast

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I don't know what it is about summertime, but every summer, I get all wrapped up in the paintings of Edward Henry Potthast.  I love his work.  I can't stop looking at it and studying his brushstrokes.  My own work has been greatly influenced by this artist.  His paintings make me happy.  There is a brightness and joy that can be felt from his paintings. Although my favorite artists were the impressionists - Renoir, Monet, Manet, Cassatt, Degas - it is the work of this American Impressionist, Edward Potthast, that I believe has had one of the greatest impacts on my own body of work.  And so, I would like to tell you a bit about this artist whom I love ...

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Phantom is Mesmerizing

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For over 20 years I have wanted to see "The Phantom of the Opera" at the theatre.  And Sarah was just as anxious to see the play after seeing the movie and falling in love with the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  So, a couple of months ago, we purchased 3 tickets for an afternoon at the Belks Blumenthal Performing Arts Theatre in Charlotte, and Sarah, Matthew, and I spent several hours being completely mesmerized by the performance.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Take A Look At Yourself
And Then Make A Change

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AN UNPRECEDENTED PHENOMENON HAS OCCURRED ACROSS AMERICA!!! Apparently thousands of 40-60 year olds have been admitted to hospitals from coast to coast in Cardiac Arrest due to a night long dance tribute to Michael Jackson. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Delicious Lasagna Roll Ups & Emile Henry Ruffled Bakerware

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We've got a WINNER!  Look at the bottom of this post for the lucky Reader!

Oh Man does this ever look delicious!  Nothing makes my stomach growl with joy like getting a recipe from Beth in my inbox.  I am definitely in the mood for this tonight for the family dinner.  How about you?  And, to celebrate this wonderful Italian dish, I've got a French surprise for you at the end.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hello, I Must Be Going

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I just finished reading the book "Hello, I Must Be Going" by Christie Hodgen, and as much as I enjoyed the book, I found it to be, at times, puzzling.  The young narrator is Frankie Hawthorne, who is growing up in a lower-income family with a younger brother, Teddy who can be difficult at times, a mother, Gerry, who is a waitress at a Friendly's Restaurant and a chain smoker, and a father, Randall, who was a Vietnam Veteran and an amputee, who masks his depression through his comedy.  The book is supposed to be set in the year 1980, but I sense it more to be set in the early 1970s as the family is suffering from a detached appreciation for Vietnam Vets as a result of a very unpopular war.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

We Need Fathers to Step Up

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By President Barack Obama

(And a tribute to my own father at the end)

As the father of two young girls who have shown such poise, humor, and patience in the unconventional life into which they have been thrust, I mark this Father’s Day—our first in the White House—with a deep sense of gratitude. One of the greatest benefits of being President is that I now live right above the office. I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night. It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Rusting Away" 11x14 Oil on Canvas

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"Rusting Away" 11x14 Oil on Canvas.

$320.00 (unframed)

I took a little more time on this little fella and I enjoyed working on the detail.  I also mixed my own greens rather than use them right out of the tube.  I mixed Ivory Black with Lemon Yellow in different variations to achieve the different green hues.  I think in this painting, the dulled-out greens look more natural in this barn setting. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Peek Into My Studio

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I did not paint today.  I did not do laundry today either (although I probably should have).  I didn't take a nap either (and I usually do that!).  Instead, I cleaned and organized my studio, cleaned my brushes, and looked through my reference material to prepare for my next painting. 

After I finished, I thought I would give you a tour of my studio.  It's nothing fancy.  This would normally be the living room of our home, but we believe that each room should be useful.  No "pretty" rooms in our house.  We use them all, and fortunately, our home has the space we need for all of our activities.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Quiet Morning Walk

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I don't know what got into me this morning.  I actually got up at 6:15 and decided to take a walk with Adolf.  I rarely ever go for a walk, and I realize that I desperately need to change my ways.  I am not getting enough exercise.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Delicious Vanilla French Toast

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Yeah baby!  This is what I call "breakfast" and thanks to my friend, Beth, I've got the recipe to share with you.  Woohoo! 

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Cow in Field" 8x16 Oil on Panel

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Today's new artwork:

"Cow in Field" 8x16 Oil on Panel.

$250.00 (unframed)

Here is a close up of our friendly cow ...

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Church Steeples in Oil - A Tutorial

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I enjoy painting different subjects.  Still, I have some favorites - Barns, landscapes, horses, cityscapes, and churches.  There is something about these subjects that draw me into the painting process.  Today, I decided to paint at least 1 small oil painting, and thought it would be a good opportunity to teach those of you who are interested, how I go about preparing a canvas from sketch to completed painting.  In this case, it was a very small painting - 5x7 inches, and it took me 2 hours from start to finish. Well, almost finished anyway.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Click click Here, Click click There

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This is my good friend, Liz.  Her hair is a bit of a mess, but she drove to Atlanta and back to Charlotte on Sunday and by the time she got to our house she was tired.  Still beautiful, but tired.  She didn't want me taking her picture.  She smiled for this one though.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Child Abduction Emergency in North Carolina?

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You've got to be kidding, right?  Everyone is in bed sleeping and Matthew was spending the night with his best friend next door.  They are always having sleepovers.  Well, at almost 1:00am the phone rings and it is Matthew crying and wanting to come home.  "Sure bud, I'll meet you outside.  Is everything alright?"  I asked.  "I don't feel good, Mom.  I want to come home."  So, I ran outside in the drizzle and met my little boy in the driveway.  He ran into my arms and we walked inside.  He was shaking and really upset.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Bit of Heart & Soul on the Homefront

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Sunday was a great day.  Big Bear turned 50 and he can no longer call me his "old lady."  Yep, I'm 6 weeks older than Bob.  Big deal.  My gpa was higher than his when we graduated from high school too.  ha ha.  Okay, time to get back to the music ...

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Remember Me

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This video was created by a 15 year old girl - Lizzie Palmer.  It is absolutely beautiful and I had to share it with my readers.  Enjoy...

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The Adventures of Gregory

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Sunday was Big Bear's 50th Birthday and we were ready to celebrate.  We invited 20 of our close friends and neighbors over for the celebration.  I, however, had my sights on the cutest fella at the party - Gregory.

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Bright Beautiful Flowers

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We've all had a tough week, so while I cleaned the house with the kids, preparing for Big Bear's 50th Birthday bash tomorrow evening, he ran some errands. 

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Time Has a Way

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I woke up this morning reflecting on the fact that time has a way of healing all wounds - well, maybe not all wounds and not all the time.  When the wounds concern your children, whether they are self-inflicted wounds, inflicted by your children, or inflicted by others - they still hurt.  There is always a grieving process.

In that process, there is always some lowlife out in the world who wants to rub your nose in it, make you hurt more, kick you while you're down.  Yes, there are some seriously sick individuals out in the world as I have unfortunately come to learn as a result of having this online journal.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Storyboards & Photoshop CS4

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I've been wanting to learn how to create storyboards in Photoshop for some time now, but today, I actually took the time to figure it out and it's really easy and fun too!

Before I learned how to do this myself, though, I picked up a few actions and storyboards that were free online and have been using them. 

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

You Can Lead a Horse To Water

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We've all heard the adage "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink."  Well, this horse has walked away from the water entirely.  That horse being Kathleen.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Injured Toes, Bunny Ears, and Nice Folks

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Two days ago, while playing at his best friend's house next door, Matthew rammed his little toe of his right foot into a chest of drawers.  Ouch.  He came home and put ice on it and he seemed to be okay.  He even slept well that night. 

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