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Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Apr

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

~Georgia O’Keeffe


I’m glad I checked my calendar on my phone before I went to bed last night. Well, actually, it was around 2 in the morning. I thought, I can just sleep in, nothing till karaoke at night. Wrongo! I had forgotten about The Art Club of Mckinney April meeting at 9:30. This meant setting the alarm for 7:30 so I could walk the dog before I left. Yikes, scramble.

Then, I got half way to the meeting when I realized that I left my phone on the kitchen counter. Panic! I think I said a cuss word out loud. I was going to turn around when I said to myself, “You can do this. You can go three or four hours without your phone,” it was scary, but I did it, I’m so proud of myself. When I got tomArt Club, I felt empowered. A little vulnerable, naked, and scared, but empowered.

You know what is the best part of the monthly meetings? Seeing all of my talented friends and going to lunch afterwards. Ha!

Our guest artist was Noriko Dewitt, an extremely talented colored pencil artist.

I borrowed Sherry Joplin’s phone to take some pictures. Thanks for sharing Miss Sherry.

Noriko demonstrated many informative techniques and explained her intricate drawing process. Personally, colored pencil is WAY TOO labor intensive for me. I don’t have the patience or the talent. Noriko is blessed with both.


Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

9 Mar

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

― Kurt Vonnegut


The Art Club of McKinney meets the second Thursday of the month at the Heard Craig Carriage House in beautiful historic downtown McKinney.

Our March guest speaker and artist was Gary Williamson. Gary is an extremely talented paper mache artist, who not only performs magic with his paper sculpting skills, but has invented, created, or basically scraped together gigantic machinery and tools to create his own recipe for paper mache in his studio, Big Slurry Mountain.

The art club members enjoyed the comical and informative presentation of Mr. Williamson’s innovative sculpting process from start to finish.

I purchased a little starter kit, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be sucked into yet another creative art form that I have no space for. But, as every artist knows, you can never have too many art supplies or ideas. You never stop learning or creating. It’s in the blood.

This is not your everyday third grade art class paper mache, but rather a sophisticated process that turns recycled paper into wonderful works of art. These pieces might replicate wood, stone or metal sculptures without the heavy weight or the costly materials.

It was a fun creative day. And NO, I didn’t go home and play with my paper mache. But, I did make a hundred mini cupcakes and a batch of brownies. Sometimes I have to create in chocolate.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

12 Jan

“A good teacher inspires while a good student perspires.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was our monthly Art Club of McKinney at the Heard Craig Carriage House. Our guest speaker was my good friend and wonderful watercolor artist, Lynda Kingsley. Now, there’s a big difference between a good artist and a wonderful artist. The difference is, a good artist can create and produce good art pieces. A wonderful artist inspires others through their work and by sharing their techniques by teaching. Lynda, and many of our local artists, fit that last category.

Lynda gave a thorough and fascinating demonstration on various watercolor techniques, ranging from basic color theory and design principals, to the materials and supplies available for various projects.

We were all busy taking notes, snapping pictures, and asking questions. When an entire room of artists are intrigued with an art demonstration, you know the artist is an exceptional teacher. I’ve actually been to demonstrations in the past where I started nodding off. Not today.

Lynda used fun materials like waxed paper, netting, gauze, plastic wrap, and salt to add interesting textures and dimensional effects.

Lynda Kingsley also teaches classes from her beautiful art studio next to her home in the McKinney historic district. You can find more information on her website at https://www.ldkingsley.com

Thanks Lynda for a wonderful presentation. I’ve been inspired. Now, I just need to perspire and work at painting again. It’s been a while.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Oct

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
~ (Guillaume Apollinaire)


This morning, the Art Club of McKinney met at the Heard Craig Carriage House. We were greeted at the door by the lovely gardens and manicured landscape.

The club meets the third Thursday of each month, August through May. The Art Club of McKinney is the oldest art club in the great state of Texas.

After our initial meeting and minutes, we take a short break for a yummy brunch provided by volunteer members.

After the break, voting on artist of the month, and raffle drawing, a fabulous guest speaker and artists shares an informative demonstration. Today’s guest was the multi-talented award winning, Michael Holter. His demo was an impressionistic oil painting that he guided step by step techniques.

Another great monthly meeting. Friends, artists, learning and sharing.

Thursday:) THE Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

The artists who work with alcohol ink

Are so creative, and more than you’d think

They splash and they splatter yellows and pink

Having such fun, without taking a drink.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


The Art Club of McKinney had their monthly meeting this morning at the Heard Craig Carriage house. Maribeth Jagger was our featured artist. She demonstrated the magic techniques, tips, and tricks to working with alcohol inks. I’d have to say the majority of the people at the meeting have already taken a class or workshop with Maribeth, and those who haven’t will be signing up for her next class. It’s so much fun!

After a checklist of supplies and materials needed, she walked us through several steps of creating this beautiful fall pumpkin scene, from sketch to various techniques and steps.

The At Club of McKinney is a wonderful group of people who are with fine artists in their own right, or who want to learn more about art, or just plain ol’ appreciate art. 

And then…there’s always lunch with new friends and old friends afterwards.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

11 Aug

“Artists never get old. They just slap on a new coat of paint.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Active art associations create a dynamic atmosphere that positively influence artists as well as the viewing community.

~ (Karen Honaker)


Today was our first Art Club of McKinney meeting for the year after our summer break. We meet the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 am. I actually got there on time, a first for me. It was good to see all my old artist friends. And yes…most of us are pretty old. Just kidding. Artists never get old, they just they just slap on a new coat of paint.

Our first Fall meeting in August is always my favorite. I like to call it Show and Tell day. After the general meeting with minutes and business, then a short break for coffee and wonderful snacks, members have the opportunity to go up to the front and talk about what they’ve been working on lately, bringing examples, this show and tell. 

You can see everyone’s eyes light up because they are getting ideas for their own projects. That’s what’s cool about the club, everyone is always happy to share ideas and many offer classes and workshops to teach others their techniques, tips, and secrets.

Here are just a few artist friends.

Lynne Weinberger is normally a textile artist, but she has been going crazy with alcohol inks and other mediums.

Maribeth Jagger has taught alcohol ink classes to the majority of the city of McKinney, yours truly included. 

Kim Guthrie has such a funky style. She has a studio space at Orison’s Gallery on the square and teaches some cool workshops.

Here are a few more talented friends.

You don’t have to be an artist to join the Art Club of McKinney. You don’t have to be artistic or talented. Heck, they let me in! But, if you like art, you like people, you like learning about different art mediums, this is the place to start.


Theme Song Thursday:) Clean Up Crew

12 May

It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content. 

~Maria Sharapova


The Art Club of McKinney had their end of the year luncheon and new officers installation today. The program was at the historic Heard Craig House. The setting, food, and friends were fabulous. ( You know I love alliteration.)

This year’s officers.

Next year’s officers. Many returning to continue making the oldest art club in Texas the best art club in Texas.

After the meeting and lunch, I’m always amazed at how many people just pick up and leave the table without even picking up their own dishes and cups. My sweet mother always taught her girls to always stay and help clean up. I think these girls had the same kind of momma. This is the clean up crew.

The clean up crew treated themselves to a glass of wine at Landon Winery on the square afterwards. It was a great day with friends.

Here’s a cute song that says it all. It’s a lot easier to do anything if everyone pitches in.