Friday, December 18, 2015

Moss Covered Boxes for a Beautiful Centerpiece!

Hey guys!!!

Man, I've been busy!  Way too busy to blog, so I'm posting a....


Here ya go!

How to make moss covered boxes for a beautiful centerpiece!

You will need:
Blocks of Floral foam (the green soft kind)
Bags of moss
floral upick thingys (lots of them)
long skewers
hot glue gun
a variety of fruit
ribbon of choice

make the foam rectangles in to a box using the wooden skewers

push the skewers in like pictured and break off the end

this is the type of floral pick you will need

you are going to cover the box with moss and attach with the picks.

like this until it is completely covered!  I also secured the box at the crease with the picks

now, let's make the bow!

add the fruit!

note:  To make the small boxes you will use 4 pieces of foam.  For the large box you will use 6 pieces of foam!
Have a wonderful day y'all!!!

Monday, November 30, 2015



I just received my new shipment of giclee prints.

And once again, my printer did not disappoint.

I will be doing a signed and numbered series of 1000 of one of my favorite paintings


The original hangs in my daughter's home
(and I can't steal it back from her ;)

so, I decided to have prints made to share!

So,,,,I am giving away a signed and numbered print.
This print is a total size of 15 x 15 with a 1 1/2 white border.  It is unframed just waiting for you to frame!

Here's how this works:

1) Comment once for one chance to win

2)  Comment twice if you share on FB, twitter, or instagram (be sure to send them to my blog) for two chances to win

3) Comment three times if you share this on my blog

I will be choosing a random winner on Friday, December 4 at 7 a.m. EST
Good luck guys!!!!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mark One Off My Bucket List!!! Cynthia Packard Workshop!

This weekend I took a workshop from the AMAZiNG
Cynthia Packard

She's kind of a big deal y'all.

For me to go "outside" my box and train with a painter who's work is world renowned is REALLY a big deal for me.

Now.  With that being said, we painted figures.
Nudes, to be exact (and had a live model)

I have to be true to myself however.
I don't like painting figures.
Never have!
I doubt I will ever like painting figures
but....I will never say never.
I like painting whatever feels right to me at the time.
Right or wrong?
 who is to say what is good and what is not.

Cynthia's class was based on the fundamentals.
How the technical part works.  How you start a painting based on the fundamentals of painting.
What you do to get started.  Keeping yourself accountable to what goes on the canvas.
Being real to your work.

Very powerful learning experience.

Many times I throw stuff on a canvas and hope it sticks.  Not lying here!
I do.
Many times it sticks.  Sometimes it doesn't.
When it doesn't?  It get's painted over.

But really.  What makes a good painting?
I say whoever loves my work and wants to pay good money for it.

I paint emotional.  I want to connect to my clients.
Is that right? Well it works for me.  And if folks want to pay upwards of 3,500.00 for a painting that makes them happy.  I'm happy for them!  I seriously am! (and I'm happy for me) (wink)
I want people to love my work, look at it, make it mean something to them.
I really, really do.  That is simply what makes me happy as a professional painter.
Am I going to be a known artist one day?
Heck I don't know.
But you know what?  I really enjoy what I do.  I enjoy making people happy when they look at my work.  
That is my passion.  That is what works for me.
To be famous?  I could honestly care less.
(I'm famous in my own right, haha!!! - or my own brain....)

So, I LOVED taking my first professional art workshop.
Not going to lie....
I got frustrated at times (this was a spur of the moment thing and I didn't have all the correct materials)
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I HAVE to have the correct materials or I literally fall apart.

So, here are a few of the pics from the workshop!

I loved this piece

this was one of mine.  I will continue to work on it.  Lighten it up.

Our model was just amazing.  Of course, she didn't have that robe on.  Her poses were just a thing of beauty.

another on of mine that I will work on.

Lisa Moores sketch work

my sketch work

and more of Lisa's

This is what I loved most about this class.
Believe it or not there was a scarey similarity in how Cynthia teaches and how I teach.
(she of course is like WAYyyy over my head as far as experience.
I have 3 classes that I'm teaching in the next 3 weeks.  30 people.
So much of what I saw in her class, I teach in mine!
That really, really validated me as a teacher.


Now.  This is speaking of me, not Cynthia. (because I'm not sure she connected with me.  I hope so though)!

I really, really connected with her.
I mean, like in a friend way.
(but then again, I have this problem where I think everyone likes me...hum) (does that make me a narcissist?)
I felt like she understood me and what my goal as an artist is.

If she lived here, I would try to be her best friend. Or atleast bug her to death until she agreed to be my bestie.....
Not in an artist way.  I just think she'd be fun to hang out with!
I think she and I are kinda in the same stage in life where ya know.
I'm 56 she's 57.
It's kinda like, hell, if you don't like what I do, it really doesn't matter to me.
I'm secure in my life and what I am doing!
Pettiness is SUCH something I'm not interested it.

I'm at the age where family matters, friends matter.
I really love for people to oooh and ahhhh over my work, but if they don't?
It's not going to throw me into a deep depression.
ya know?

Any way, THANK YOU Cynthia Packard for teaching me so much more about the fundamentals of art!!! 
but most of all....about life!
You are wonderful!!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

WE ARE LIVE!!! UFanCards!!!

Today could possibly be one of the happiest and most exciting days for my family.

We have all formed together to create....



What is it?


It is the ONE and ONLY collegiate gift card in the country!

First college out of the bag (or rather in it if you want to buy....wink)  is

wait for it....

The University of ALABAMA

(Roll Tide Y'all)

We have about 15 other colleges around the country that we will be unveiling around the first of the year so stay tuned for your favorite college...

Hey guys, it's time to:

"Fan Up"


"Game Day is Just a Swipe Away"!!!

Have a terrific day y'all!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's BOOT Time!!!

oh, be still my boot lovin heart

Bear with me friends as I scoured the internet looking for some of my favorites for the year!!!
(only found on Zappos)


I'm a sucker for a red sole.  Sorel again...

and a must have token umbrella.
I love the umbrellas that completely cover up your perfectly coiffed hair....



Christian I said, I love a red sole....



Eileen Fisher's the deal....I bought these Tory Burch boots about 4 years ago. Love them.  Like love them so much that if my house caught on fire I would probably grab them first....well after my husband...The problem?  The lining has completely ripped out of them and they are just worn completely out.
Ebay has them for 199.00.  I've made an offer.....

My new favorite boot company....BedStu
Not your ordinary boot company...

yum. Bed Stu

yes, made this purchase...Bed Stu

Bed Stu

I should be a spokesperson for BedStu...again

and yes, again....BedStu.

Have a great boot loving day y'all!!!