August 21, 2016

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Recently we went to the Pearl-Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Spring Texas. a very nice little place. It operates on sponsors and donations. It was originally the Barbara Bush Library, but they built on and moved the library into a bigger area and the empty space became the Art Museum.

Current exhibit  - The National Parks, images by Mark Burns, Vital, Margaret Smithers-Crump, and Transcendental Inspirations by Islamic Arts Society of Houston, closes September 3rd. The Museum will be closed for a couple weeks during the take out and take in of new art that will open September 23, 2016.

This is one of my favorites pieces by Margaret. Each little piece is attached individually to the wall, so it will never be exactly like it is pictured again. Margaret works with Plexiglas and acrylic paints. They have great dept and you really want to touch them. . . no I didn't because that would be rude. . . but I wanted too lol. And did I mention how Cool these pieces are . . . they really are!

I will be going back & if y'all are in the area I suggest that you drop by if possible

Happy Art'in Y'all

August 4, 2016

It's been a year

We continue to go in for tests and have had a few rounds of chemo over the past year. As of right now it is stable . . . there but stable.

As usual we still see not only the oncologist, but other doctors down at MD Anderson to keep an eye on all his systems.

Yes we still request prayers, without you we couldn't have done this well and come this far. This time of year brings extra stress for us as I'm sure it may do for you . . . the changing of medical insurance season. The hospital only accepts insurance that covers at least 60%, they do NOT take any HMO's. As some of you may have found out the insurances offered through the government exchange is ONLY HMOs.

Please pray that we continue to have adequate medical insurance that MD Anderson will accept

thank you so much for all your prayers and positive energy on our behalf, may God bless you all with abundant good health, financial support along with love, joy and harmony in all that you do.

Richmond Texas

July 3, 2016

Creative Circle

The past couple of Wednesdays in our creative circle we have been playing in alcohol inks. They are interesting. I used them mainly on old photograph paper cut into small'ish sizes. . . they have become fun and unique greeting cards, that I hope to offer for sale at the Gallery at the Madeley come August and perhaps in November / December as well. Why yes of course there will be video, this coming Friday on my YouTube Channell - APG Jamie, if the editing and voice over'ing work out. ah who am I kidding we know it will come out {cross fingers & toes}

I also had an article accepted to a new online magazine, I will of course share more of that information as I can . . . more good news the piece I recently finished, Direction was used on Conroe Art League 's monthly Exhibit and reception announcement for July. Which y'all are welcome to attend

Happy Art'in Y'all

June 10, 2016

Mural Collaboration - Texas Children's Hospital

I was asked to join in a collaboration project, one in which we all would be painting various images. To benefit the new TexasChildren’s Hospital in The Woodlands, expected to open in 2017. So yeah, during a brief gathering of some fellow artist and the spear head, Vickie McMillan, I was persuaded that I was capable of doing this.

Yes I say persuaded, I mean like many artist I’m not always sure that I can paint something. . . really me paint a real flower or a butterfly! My cohorts from Conroe Art League were all pretty sure and jumped at the chance. I lingered, maybe it was my need to be boosted up, you know make myself the center of attention and I’m not saying it wasn’t. But a bit of influence was needed for me to say Okay, I’ll give it a try. Vickie assured me us that if anything needed tweaking she would handle it. In fact we should more or less expect it as this is what would bring cohesion to the piece, whose parts were being painted by professional artist and children alike.

We were to choose an image from a group she had for us of native Texas plants, birds and butterflies. We were to paint using acrylics, in a very basic style – no details, no background. She would scan our painted image, digitally size and perhaps add a paint stroke or enhance the colors and then stich the images together into a 65 foot mural. This mural would be not only for beauty, but to help distract ill children from pains and such during long stays at the hospital or physical therapy. Within the woodsey / fieldy nature scene there would be hidden objects, a sort of I spy or seek and find, to have things like balls or see-saws or other playground images.

Our canvas to use was a plastic wallpaper of sorts . . . highly textured, the background was to remain white and depending the size of the piece you chose you could fit one, two or even three of the same image on it. I picked two different butterflies, I mean why not I had not painted one before – A C K – what was I thinking! Oh you want to see, here is the video.

Mexican Bluewing

Pipevine Swallowtail

Now mind you during the filming I had a few issues, not just staying in camera frame but while actually filming my laptop decided it was time to install windows 10, NO MATTER how many times I had said no before, it was going to install. So after the 3-4 hour installation, I moved my lap top into the house . . . my power cord that had been love bitten over a year ago, that I had fixed and then Johnny had fixed more better decided that it had had enough . . . it broke completely in two. And nonetheless it’s all working again, thank God.

Participating artist are to invited to the opening / unveiling of the mural and {cross fingers} I’ll be there and more crossing of fingers I’ll do a post about that and remember to come back to add that link here. And without further ado

Happy Art’ing Y’all

May 27, 2016

Art'along with Barb & Shannon

it's true, I did this a week ago during Barb Owen, of How to Get Creative, Live YouTube Stream. . . she was interviewing Shannon Green, of  by Shannon Green, and those of us that were there were asked to participate if we wanted. . .

Sooooooooooo I did and some other peoples did too.  What fun it was, I also recorded and that video is up today over Here. 

Thanks Barb'vark & Shannon for the fun'age

Happy Art'ing Y'all

May 24, 2016

I had a WINNER

Y'all I'm so blessed to have reached 750 subscribers on my YouTube Channel. I had previously said when I reached that goal I would have a Give a Way. . . and by I did just that. . . Video here


please note if winner does not get back with me by June 7, 2016 I'll re-visit - Le Sigh

Happy Art'ing Y'all

May 11, 2016

um WoW

not to be confused with sham. Did anyone notice I haven't posted in a while? Me either.

lets see, been doing stuff around the house, doing stuffs at the gallery, doing art, making videos, ignoring the blog'ages. Le Sigh

It's like I can only focus on a couple / three things at a time and not all the things I want to need to do. Like I hardly get on the twitter or facebook when I'm filming videos and I miss my online Arting community . . . the chat'age and whatnot'age

it feels like I'm doing so much and then it feels like I got nothing done. . . time is just so confusing

so um WoW

Happy Art'ing Y'all
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