Creating a club of artists educates and enhances creativity

Years ago I started a club for my artist friends called “ARTISTIC CHICKS”. AT first it was a larger group and I found that many artists cannot commit to even 6 meetings a year. The rules are: Each artist hosts in turn at their studio or house and plans what art medium to do, procures supplies or each member brings appropriate supplies. It has been amazing working with other artists and learning different skills.
I have found that keeping your group small is best. The last two years have been just 4 of us. Deb Mckinney is an excellent illustrator, painter and porcelain sculptor. Lisa Woodruff is an amazing clay artist. Peggy Paschal is an actress, dancer and her art form is primarily working with recycled things and making fun and interesting decor. I am primarily a painter.

I love the days we spend in Lisa’s clay studio. She is such a great instructor and usually our projects take several meetings to complete because of two firings, painting glazes and drinking tequila.

Some of the other meetings have included fish signs and linoleum block carving. We did one second meeting to print but not all of the members could attend so we will finish another time with the printing.

Mosaics!!!

Our last meeting was in my studio and we had fun beading and making windchimes and mobiles. As you can see, each artist brought materials to do unique pieces. Peggy did a lampshade for the yard that will hold a solar light. Deb used old keys, feathers and beads on driftwood. Lisa, being a clay artist of course had made beads and clay rings that she had formed, fired,painted with glazes and fired again before the meeting so was happy to create something beautiful with her handmade clay beads. I made mine from a wooden fish that I had painted, drilled screw eyes into the wood and used precious jewelry form my childhood along with beads and wire.
It also inspired me to do a little jewelry on my own.
My advice to all artists is to form a small group and have monthly gatherings. It will really bring out the inspiration and also allow you to learn new forms of art. You cannot use “Artistic Chicks” as a name because we copyrighted the website name.
The best part is the friendships that get tighter and the fun. Artists generally work in solitary conditions. Its what we like and need to really create and allow ourselves to explore. Having 30 years in corporate advertising and art direction helped prepare me for having my own business and understanding the value of advertising. This part of my life (in my mid sixties) is so wonderful and I fell so blessed to be a professional artist. Thank you all for checking into my blog.
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Painting my patio cement

Years ago I painted my patio cement and even though it gets a protective varnish when completed, the elements seem to fade and chip off some of the paint. SO ….every few years, I clean and retouch all of the colors and even add additional colors. I used exterior enamel paints from the hardware store and have the guy mix custom colors in those 4.99 sample jars. Living in Florida its very humid and it took me two days to retouch all the colors. Then I let it dry for a couple days before putting a cement top coat.

18 day Trek in California: From San Diego to Santa Cruz

Even though traveling can be tiring and uncomfortable at times, my recent trip to visit family in California, do a road trip discovering old and new paths, seeing old friends from the 70’s, hugging tight my sweet family members, hiking and exploring….amazing! California is the greenest I have ever seen and even the Pacific Ocean was clear and beautiful. Because the Big Sur road is under construction from the heavy rains and also had a recent huge landslide, my sister CIndy and I discovered some alternate paths through Cambria and HWY 46…which was so beautiful, on our way to Carmel to visit old friends. We did a lot of hiking and took our time to enjoy each day. Sometimes, we would set off to our next destination which should have been an hour and by the time we stopped to take photos, put our toes in the sand and enjoy discovering new little towns…it would take about 3-4 hours. If anyone wants more details of some cool discoveries, just write.

My brother-in law Hugo has ALS and wanted his bathtub painted with fish. I was happy to do this for him.

Donated art prints for a good cause

Recently I donated about 50 of my fine art prints to the Beaches Fine Art Series. Every year they have a very big and well attended Triathalon Event to raise monies to bring international musicians for spectacular concerts that are free to the beaches public. They framed the prints and used them as awards for the athletes. I have donated for the last decade of events. They are a great promoters of the arts in our community.
Recently I donated about 50 of my fine art prints to the Beaches Fine Art Series. Every year they have a very big and well attended Triathalon Event to raise monies to bring international musicians for spectacular concerts that are free to the beaches public. They framed the prints and used them as awards for the athletes. I have donated for the last decade of events. They are a great promoters of the arts in our community.

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Busy with Halloween Decor

I look forward to our annual Halloween Party and have been creating new props for a while. I created the banner by designing triangular flags with lace and vintage illustrations. Then, sewed the paper flags together with double fold seam binding and tied ribbons between each flag. The heads were painted on cheap styrophone  heads and then I am adding wigs. They will hang on black poles in the back yard so they look like severed heads floating. The one tall zombie is not done but he will be about 7 feet tall. Cathy Andorfer helped create the white skeleton with cheesecloth and glue and I added the crows. I had some girlfriends come over last Saturday for a Halloween craft party where the skeleton candle holders and awards for best costumes were done. More fun to come
I look forward to our annual Halloween Party and have been creating new props for a while. I created the banner by designing triangular flags with lace and vintage illustrations. Then, sewed the paper flags together with double fold seam binding and tied ribbons between each flag. The heads were painted on cheap styrophone heads and then I am adding wigs. They will hang on black poles in the back yard so they look like severed heads floating. The one tall zombie is not done but he will be about 7 feet tall. Cathy Andorfer helped create the white skeleton with cheesecloth and glue and I added the crows. I had some girlfriends come over last Saturday for a Halloween craft party where the skeleton candle holders and awards for best costumes were done. More fun to come

Illustrations digitally produced have a slightly different look

These two illustrations were done on my ipad and even though I used digital brushes to simulate watercolor, pen and ink and color pencil, there is an interesting difference... The background remains clean, and there are opportunities to erase to total white. Also, there is no mess from water, paints and tools. Its rather fun while waiting idyll.
These two illustrations were done on my ipad and even though I used digital brushes to simulate watercolor, pen and ink and color pencil, there is an interesting difference… The background remains clean, and there are opportunities to erase to total white. Also, there is no mess from water, paints and tools. Its rather fun while waiting idyll.

paper fish

A beautiful Sunday in Palatka with friends

A group of our friends spent the afternoon at Peg and Tim's "farm" in Palatka, Florida. They have been creatively building a beautiful space through hard weekend days carving out paths, planting trees, flowers, vegetables, grapes and fruit. Peggy is an artist and actor and does recycle art from old furniture she finds on the street and hand paints it. Eventually they will build a vacation home on the property and install a bath house so you don't have to go in the forest. There were baby cardinals born that very morning, the birds were singing and a summer breeze blew as we relaxed, watched the dogs romp and play and had some wine and dinner. Great soiree!
A group of our friends spent the afternoon at Peg and Tim’s “farm” in Palatka, Florida. They have been creatively building a beautiful space through hard weekend days carving out paths, planting trees, flowers, vegetables, grapes and fruit. Peggy is an artist and actor and does recycle art from old furniture she finds on the street and hand paints it. Eventually they will build a vacation home on the property and install a bath house so you don’t have to go in the forest. There were baby cardinals born that very morning, the birds were singing and a summer breeze blew as we relaxed, watched the dogs romp and play and had some wine and dinner. Great soiree!

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