10.14.2013

welcome home



These small paintings are the beginning of a new series I'm creating especially for an upcoming art fair.  With my husband returning from a long work trip and the process of buying a house coming to a close, the thought of 'welcome home' has been on my mind a lot lately.   Plus, it was a great reason to use neon and paint confetti.  In college I had a pet goldfish that lived with a few other stragglers rescued from the bait tank at the local Wal-Mart...one was a tiny red betta named Ruby.  She lived happily with the goldfish and black molly in the tank, contrary to what the books say about them being solitary creatures.  It's funny that over all the years that I kept fish, I never once painted or drew them until they were gone.

We finally closed on our new home and got the keys on Friday afternoon!  After signing our lives away to the bank, we made a pilgrimage to Home Depot to pick up a lawnmower, paint and cleaning supplies.  For our first night as homeowners, we stayed on an air mattress with takeout pizza and watched the Goonies on DVD.  We've still got a month and a half on our lease, so it will be nice to move over slowly and unpack as we go, instead of living out of boxes for a month like the last move.  Our TV has been tuned in to my new favorite show, Property Brothers, filling my head with ideas for the house, ways to really make it feel like it's ours.   My studio will be relocated for the second time in a year and a half, and I'm ready for it...I feel like the new space will breathe some fresh air into my studio practice. 

10.06.2013

Pajamas & Pancakes

The art studio where I work, Painting with a Twist, was a part of the 'Pajamas & Pancakes' on Saturday at the Holiday Ole Market.  The special event was put on by the Junior League at the AT&T center here in San Antonio.   Kids came through with their families in pajamas to have pancakes and make some art with us!  My boss, coworkers and I arrived with coffee, 60 canvases and plenty of paint.  We gave some informal instruction to the young painters, but for the most part they had their own artistic visions in mind.  They got very creative, painting everything from pumpkins to cats, ghosts, one dinosaur, a pig and quite a few nonobjective images.  Even the babies got in on the fun-I painted the feet of two newborns to make stamped footprints on canvas.  I expected babies would be more ticklish, but they didn't seem to mind getting their feet coated in wet paint.
Steven and I close on our first home this week!  Among other things, we are looking forward to having trick-or-treaters in our new neighborhood!   There are a lot of families around, and we are right down the street from the elementary school.  I remember one Halloween in Ohio, my brothers and I trekked through a foot of snow to trick-or-treat...