Dance With Me

You dip me for the world to watch.

How you never let me fall so far.

That you can’t catch me effortlessly.

You sway me.

Sometimes I can’t catch my breath.

So I close my eyes

And let your caress consume me,

To lift me.

To heights I can’t touch

Then you bring me back from heaven.

Back down to this cold earth.

It’s still me

Good Evening Wonderers.

Boy have I been busy. I had to put everyone down just so I can tell you about the last couple of days.

Yesterday Brent and I went to a 5 and Dime store. It goes to show how time changes because he asked me before we went in if everything cost five dollars and ten cents. Of course I laughed no not like everything costs a dollar at the Dollar Tree. It is a thrift store. I went in looking for a desk for the office. One I would lock my things away when I wasn’t in there. It was the first time I went to this store and OMG. I was in thrift store heaven! It seemed as if the place never ended. I would turn and there would be another whole section of treasure. There was so much stuff I was taking mental notes to come back and look at this and that. My husband wasn’t with me so I was in no rush. I was free to browse and I did. Here is what I found. A painting by Armando for the foyer. I love the colors. It matches my new drapes

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Now back to my desk. Well I didn’t see one! I did see something that caught my eye and I contemplated how I would get it home. I envisioned flattening all my tires and needing new shocks and started to walk away when I heard from a distant, “We deliver!” OMG! OMG! OMG! I love this store. If you are ever in the area and you like thrift stores, junking or treasure hunting you have to add this store to your list:
5 & Dime Thrift Store
1464 E. Main Street
Rock Hill, SC

Here is what I found for my office. Note: my husband is going to kill me when he sees it. It’s here now and it’s Minnnnneeeeesssss!

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My new office/art/craft center!

It fits all of my criteria. Drawers for storage and filing, easy access and I can lock it. Bonus: when I’m not using it I can close it up and the office will be none the wiser of the mess that is inside. Want to see the insides wonderers?

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The Big Art Show Announcement

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Drumroll please. My first art show!

Dear wonderers,

Wish you could all be here to see what my classmates and I have been up to but you know I will post the show. I have three pieces gallery wrapped and ready to go. This Friday I get to help with setting up And I am excited to support Catawba River Art Guild and Dr. S.

I have two pieces for sale

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“Easy Breezy” and “Recovery”

This one is not for sale. It’s priceless!
To me any way. It’s my first finished portrait.

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“Cheese”

I started two new classes. Multi medium drawing and another beginner painting. I’m looking forward to what I come up with in both classes.

Well until next time, thanks for perusing and always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. E.B. White

The Anniversary Giveaway

Good Day Wonders.

In honor of my first year blogging and a full year of you encouraging me to pursue the arts I am giving away a package of art supplies used to create this painting.

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As much as I tried, Dr. S says it is not finished enough to give to someone and for once I agree.

The package will include
12 piece Reeves acrylic paint set
Canvas
Paintbrush set
And something special that I have yet to determine.

All you have to do to enter is to critique my painting. I can take it! I will draw a winner on Friday at 6 p.m.

Until next time, thanks for perusing and keep wondering!

Putting up the easel – The Giveaway Project!

Good mornings wonders.

I’m feeling inspired this cold rainy morning and I’m putting up the easel. At least after someone else wakes up and brings it and all my paints up stairs, I’ll be putting up the easel. But in the meantime, I’ve been sketching a layout for the first selection of my first giveaway. I plan on announcing it for my anniversary blogging date January 20, 2013. The rain inspired me to this sketchy sketch. As much as I would love to free style, I have learned sometimes that is not the best way to go. Tell me what you think?

It’s 1:11 p.m. Time to take a nap!

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Got the foundation in. Now comes the hard part – texture!

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Artful Oven Mitts

Hello wonderers!

You guys know I have been searching for a craft to make for the middle schoolers. Well, thanks to stitchinggrandma for blogging about this site. I have found the coolest oven mitts at http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/11/10/artful-oven-mitts/

You have to go over and take a peek! They are gorgeous. You know how I love colorful things.
Thanks Maria for sharing.

I know you remember I am a little challenged on the sewing machine but Prettyladybaby is coming to visit her mommy soon and you guys know how she loves to guilt. She can get me started and I’ll have plenty of time to get enough for atleast a class. What, I’ve got until the end of May. ;-). And I can make them feminine or masculine. How cool is that!

And there’s a bonus to all of this. Kerrie will be elated I’m sewing!

I’m accepting my own challenge. A new year. A new project. I’m so excited!!!!

Mom’s Christmas Gift

Hey Wonders:

Today I feel like a first string draft pick and the first thing I’m going to do is get my mom a house. Except I’m a beginner artist and the first picture I painted to give away belongs to my mommy. This abstract picture is my grandmother’s house. I know my mom misses her especially around the holidays and since we sold grandmom’s house she can no longer visit. I’ll share it with you Wonders, Mom is not a blogger.

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Until next time keep wondering and thanks for perusing.

Following instructions

Good Morning Wonderers.

Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree is an expression my mother likes to use often. I realize the possibility is true more than I care to admit.

The fruit:

The other day I told you I was at an audition with Alex for a visual arts program. Before the audition, I spoke to him about NOT drawing cartoon characters for the observation piece. Realism I said, realism. The instructor gave them a statue to draw. They were to create a scene using the statue. He drew a museum display. Paintings on walls, guide ropes around the statue, a fully realistic museum with what? Cartoon people. Not just cartoons. His superhero cartoon characters. The instructor said he had a great imagination. I hope the judges are looking for that!

The tree:

I really planned on doing a portrait on my next installment for art class. I had my model poised. (I took a picture of J sleeping.). I drew out the picture but before I started, I got to thinking I would not be able to see the guide. So what did I use? Permanent marker of course! Funny how after finishing the drawing I remembered Mr. S telling us NOT to use permanent marker. I’ve spent the last five days trying to cover over the lines. This painting went from a realistic approach to something totaling different from what I wanted to do. But my instructor also says there are no accidents in art. So I finished it. I’m proud of it. It’s the level I’m on.

It went from J’s poise

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To

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So Mom your saying may hold some truth but as far as following directions goes, I like Mr. S’s statement. Remember that Alex.

THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS IN ART!

Thanks for perusing and have a great day.

You were born with it!

Hello wonders:

I am sitting with Alex awaiting his turn to audition for a place in the ST-arts Program for visual arts. There are about 200 6th to 8th graders here trying to secure one of the 40 slots in fields of drama, visual arts, music, voice, and dance. The program is sponsored through Winthrop University . He could only bring three pieces of art that represents his ability and methods. He entered his self portrait as his observation piece. He also had to have a landscape piece and a still life. If you haven’t seen his portrait ……

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He is a little nervous because he has to be personally interviewed also. I asked him a few question about his drawings and his methods. When I asked him did he think he was a good artist he simply replied, “I was born with it!”

We must be doing something right. This kid knows what direction he wants to go and works hard at it. He wants to be a cartoonist and also develop video games.

I wish I knew what I wanted to do at 11. Instead of being a municipal court judge, I could have been a Supreme Court Justice. I suppose I wasn’t born with it.

Crafty Update

Hey Wonderers!

I thought you would like to see what I’ve been up to and update you on my art classes. While I was down we got a new computer that I don’t know how to work. Luckily for me, my husband did get some Geek Squad package from Best Buy, my new best friends. (Guys your on my Christmas cookie list. :-). I promise!). I’ll have to tell you guys about what I learned another day but since I’m posting over my iPhone I’ll save that lesson for my first computer post.

My figurative drawing class is challenging but so far so good. Here are some samples

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trying not to do the muppet face

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Working on action drawing. I’m need to look at some other men. If I’m not trying to draw my husband, my man looks female.

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Trying to draw my granddaughter.

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This woman is in my head. I think it’s my aunt. I may be channeling into her artistic nature.

Crafts for the Christmas auction made from Dollar Tree wine glasses.

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Candle holders. Only 20 more original designs to go! How’s that for a $1.00 gift? Candle sold separately.