Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How many mothers-in-law does it take to change a ight bulb?

I am going to be a mother-in-law. That sounds so strange to me but I am looking forward to it.

Our future son in law, Phil has been full of surprises! He started by enlisting the help of my friend, Sue to get us to a place where he could come and ask our permission. We were 2 hours from home having dinner at an Italian restaurant when all of a sudden Phil walked in with a boquet of flowers and a huge grin.

Need I say any more?  I love that he went to all the trouble of asking our permission. I love that he did lots of things to make the engagement special for Andi and I love that he makes her smile.

I spent last night with them and finally go to see her ring, checked out a couple possible wedding venues, discussed guest lists,  did some wedding idea brain storming, etc. It was lots of fun and Phil is so patient! Good thing there is plenty of planning time before next May!

That also gives me lots of time to research mother-in-law cliches; I plan on living up to every one of them!


How many mother in laws does it take to change a light bulb?
One - she just holds the light bulb up there and waits for the world to revolve around her!

I love it - watch out, Phil - I'm getting geared up :)

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, March 19, 2012

sometimes I get bored

Well it's Monday morning and I'm putting off running the vacuum, laundry and all the other fun Monday chores for a few minutes longer to write this post.

We had a wonderful, warm March weekend. Some years we are shoveling our way out from a blizzard and this year we were playing outside in our shirt sleeves. I much prefer the warm winter we've had this year but I guess if every winter was like this I would be bored with that too (maybe)!

Art works much the same for me. I like to collage for awhile, then I need to switch over to an art journal, and then I need to paint. This is probably why I feel like I have no signature style because I need to change things up so I don't feel repetitious.

My friend, Hope hosted a 'hand drawn faces' challenge and it was just the thing I needed after having been collaging for several weeks. This is the one I am entering for the challenge.

I admire the work of so many artists and one of my new favorites is J.J. Grandville (pseudonym) and his illustration work in Les fleurs animees. I love the way he drew faces, the long face with longish nose and unsmiling mouth and his attention to all the fine details just makes me drool. This next portrait is inspired by his face work.

A couple years ago I took an online class from Mystele called "gut art" in which she taught us to search the background of our painting and see what 'speaks' to us and let the story sort of tell itself. I have to say this approach works with collage also. In this next piece I had a scrap of paper with a great bunch of grapes that I used as part of the background. As I was adding the face I turned the paper a few times and those grapes became her hairdo on this next piece. Now that I look at her I'm reminded a little of Carmen Miranda too.

 Finally my last portrait postcard from the weekend. While I'm quite pleased with the background texture on this one it still needed a bit more visually. I found this text in the book I am altering and it just cracked me up. I always talk about how superficial I can be and it doesn't get much more shallow than to thank God for being desireable.

Whew, now i got the painting thing out of my system so can move back to collage for a few projects that are coming due soon.

As always, thank you for stopping by and have a great week!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bless This Hat Art Gallery

Hello and welcome. Come in, come in -  I have excting news to share...

There is a fabulous new art gallery in Sauk Centre, MN and I have been blessed in having 5 pieces on display there! I am so excited, this is a huge step for me and I feel so lucky to have been included.

The name of the gallery is "Bless This Hat" and you can read all about it on our Facebook page (feel free to 'like' us while you're there). 

Grand Opening was last night so this is all very fresh and new. We were privileged to have Minnesota artist, John Heckman join us for our grand opening with several of his amazing paintings. John paints in oils, pastels, and watercolors.  He has received honors and awards for his work, which are held in private and corporate collections. See more at and find out more about the Artist Guild of Central MN at their website

This is my wall section of wall - and a bio (that just crack me up)! I am still pretty excited, can you tell?

So, if you find yourself in the central Minnesota area please stop by, have a look and check out the 3 adjacent shops which are also unique and fun, fun, fun. Sauk Centre is also the childhood home of Sinclair Lewis so make sure to stop at the Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Center while you are here!

I will sign off with a couple other photos from the gallery.

Thanks for stopping by.