Thursday, June 9, 2011

This Colorful Life of Mine

We had another very busy weekend which started last Thursday with a very upbeat, productive art meeting. I did something I have never done before... I painted a colorful background on canvas using the left over paint technique Cindy taught me. It was done in yellow, oranges & reds. It was to represent fire. So I called it "Fire & Brimstone". I never really got a good pic of it, but I simply laid it on the table for Bobby, the other abstract artist to hopefully paint one of his abstract roosters on it. I could see one in cool blue tones... I just handed over my art! That is trust. That is unselfishness. Often I find it hard to give up my art. After all, I gave birth to it so it is my baby. For the old patterns I gave Bobby, he traded me some colorful buttons. He asked me what I wanted him to do with it. I told him to do whatever he wants to do with it. Really into collaborative art.

Our meeting was about a special meeting on the 26th to create mini art. I was one step ahead of everyone as I pulled my V canvas out of my multicolored bag Ms Lisa made me out of plastic bags. Everyone loved it and thought it would sell well. I went home that night and made another piece of art to fit a 2x3 frame! So LauraLeah inspired me which made her smile. I have since sketched 8 initials on varying sized canvases crying out to be painted.

Friday night was my BFF church friend Nancy's daughter's Tiffany's graduation party. Got that? I had so much fun getting gifts for her. I wanted to get her a special ring, but couldn't find what I was looking for especially for the price of my budget. Instead I found a beautiful multicolored glass heart pendant on sale. When I bought it, I didn't know it was THE most beautiful blue on the background. I knew I had to go back to get me one like it. When I did go back to Hobby Lobby, it was marked down even more so I bought the rest to give as gifts. I bought some black ribbon by the yard to use to as the necklace part. I figured it could be tied around the neck. This was also cheaper than buying a roll of ribbon. I got a special heart shaped chipboard box that had raised areas of design on it. I knew I could go over the raised areas with a stamp pad and did. This had a special note that said, "This is a dream box to place your dreams inside in hopes they will come true." It held the multicolored glass heart pendant as well as a very inexpensive fad ring. I had a cute rubber elephant stamp for her and a frame for everyone to sign at the party. I lost the rooster stencil which I knew I could give her later. They raise chickens and roosters. I thought she could stencil it on a t-shirt.

Nancy's sister Sue is crazy. Towards the end of the party, when we were taking group pictures, she had me posing this way and that, turning my head this way then another. I was laughing so hard I was crying. Don & I have not laughed that hard in a long time. It is good to laugh like that. Can't wait to see those pics!

Tiffany graduation was the next morning. Tiff has been home schooled her whole life. I have never been to a home school graduation before, but it was one of THE best graduations I have ever attended. Probably because it was Bible based. The parents go up on stage with their child. A description is told about the graduate, their interests, etc. Most want to continue to serve the Lord in some way. They each had their favorite Bible verse. I admit I was teary eyed as I snapped pictures. It was as if my daughter was graduating. Little did I know there were tissues underneath the seats. I wish all graduations could be like this one. So proud of our Tiffany.

Afterwards Nancy & Tiffany left with Sue's family for Florida. We went to pay bills, grabbed a tiny bite of shared mini burgers at Steak & Shake as we had a mixed bridal shower to attend later. We didn't want to have a heavy lunch, but did want a shake. So good.

I'd bought a beautiful card for Leah & Andrew. It was mostly cream colored. It showed a couple from the back. The gown was gorgeous. The bride & groom's hair was not colored in. I couldn't stand it. I had to paint it! I painted his dark brown and mixed colors to match Leah's red hair. Sometimes an artist must do what an artist feels need to be done or painted! LOL I gave them an 8x10 photo of some of my artwork that I changed the colors in Microsoft. It changed blues to greens. Leah said their house was mostly green which is her favorite color. Don got him some screwdrivers. She loved my gift. Later I asked Don how much he spent on the screwdrivers. When he told me, I said mine was cheaper than your's. He told me I was always cheap! LOL

Mom gave me the silent treatment when I went to my parents after the shower. I guess she was mad because we had all these events to go to and felt I was neglecting them. I just cannot please everyone although I try. I cannot worry if someone is mad at me because I did not do something for them they think I should have. I am only one person even though I know I am their world as they are now shut-ins.

Sunday night we worked some more on VBS. I admit I get mad. I bring in an SUV load of my supplies, but people just go in my bags and take whatever maker or bottle of paint they want to use without asking. Some paints I had not even opened. I know I shouldn't take it all in so I am partly to blame. So I bite my tongue. That night I got home early for me. I'd really missed my BFF Nancy so I had to call her. I told her I'd never take her for granted again. We talked for about 30 minutes well spent.

We only have one more thing to paint for VBS before this Sunday night which is when it begins. Unlike everyone else, Nancy & I have all of our stuff done. I don't think the art work is going to be as much as it normally is for VBS. What if there are only two things up front in the auditorium and that is the only artwork? It is something I did and no one else. I cannot work this Saturday to help as I plan to do market days & take an art class. It would be late evening when I am through. I just cannot worry about everyone else.

This week I discovered you CAN use a black super Sharpie to make zebra stripes on red fingernail polish! LOL I also discovered a new home cooking place to eat but it is expensive so I cannot eat there every day. My friend David's dad passed away. I will be lucky enough to see David this evening at the memorial.

I re-worked a heart piece of artwork and I like it much better. Sometimes it is better to let art sit then come back to it with a fresh eye. I gave our preacher more pictures of some of my colorful artwork as well as the clouds he pointed out to me on last Sunday evening. I know this adds color to his life and he loves color as much as I do.

Last night in Rhett's Bible class, I stressed for the kids to not change; to remain as they are now. To not become like the Lindsay Lohan's of the world.

I am thankful for our busy life. I am thankful for all the colors and art in my life in case you cannot tell. LOL I am thankful for the colors I can add to other's. I am thankful for friends and family. I am thankful for the small blessings like finding Rhett a new pair of swim trunks when I least expected it at a very reasonable price. What are you thankful for this Thankful Thursday? Care to share? Then join us at the following...

as my good friend Darryl so aptly wrote this week...
"Continuing to do God's work which has its own rewards",

P. S. I have added some new blogs to my blog list.


Denise said...

Hello sweet friend, I have missed you. You are a busy little bee, buzz buzz.

becky aka theRAV said...

Denise! I am so glad to "hear" from you!!! I have missed you too. Yes, I am a very busy bee. Loved the buzz buzz. This must mean you are feeling better! So glad; so thankful.

becky aka theRAV said...

Denise, you inspired me yesterday with your words. As an artist, I just cannot leave something blank like the back of an envelope. I discovered a new stamping technique by accident which formed flower petals. I just happen to have a bee stamp with me at all times. I stamped the bee above the petals & put your "buzz buzz" beside the bee! LOL So thanks for the inspiration.