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Friday:) Artist Friends, Fun, Food and Frolicking at Towne Creek

31 Jul

“Anyone who says that they can’t draw or paint or do any kind of art has never come to our art class at Towne Creek.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been volunteering sharing art and having fun with the seniors over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments for about 15 years now. We have the most fun, and we laugh and eat and play. That’s what art is… just playing with life. I find the toughest part for me is coming up with new and interesting projects to demonstrate and share.

One of our favorite activities is snack time.
Busy and having fun.
I showed Miss Kathy how to make a cute feather with markers.
The mark of a good art teacher is when the students are even better and more talented.

It was a long day. Helene was kind enough to meet me at the Honda dealer at 2, so I could get my car inspected, oil change, etc. We had to transfer all my bins and bags into her car and then drop me back after class at 6. Much better than sitting a few hours at the dealer just down the road from Towne Creek.

It was a fabulous Friday with friends. Cheers…..

Black Russian Friday!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Teeny Tiny Art Class

28 Jul

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

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You know what I love better than creating art? I love sharing ideas, techniques, and my love of art, writing, baking, cooking, singing, dancing, well, I can go on. I love a lot of things.

Yesterday, I met my good friend Helene and her granddaughter for lunch. Then, they came over to My studio (otherwise know as the crap room) to work on some painting and craft projects. The little 9 year old is very artistic, and was eager to learn some new techniques.

We made some butterflies by pouring blobs of paint on one side, then folding over and smooshing together to get a beautiful symmetrical pattern. Me Me (Helene) joined in on the fun. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished large butterflies. They took a long time to dry.)
One small 3-D butterfly was placed on a painted Jello Pudding box.
Kiera painted a small canvas with sky and clouds to put her other butterflies.
Then we painted some silk scarves with fabric markers. It was all playing and experimenting and fun.

We will play again on Friday when Helene and Kiera join me at Towne Creek for our monthly art group with the seniors.

“And what is done in love is well done.”

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video:) Horsing Around

23 Jun

Why did the horse go for a walk around the block? … He wanted to check out the “neigh”…. borhood. (I just made that up. Pretty cheesy, right?”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I was just horsing around upstairs in my art studio, formerly known as the crap room. So, I thought what better way to horse around than with a horse. Granted, these videos aren’t by any means fine art. They are just a way to demonstrate a few quick ideas and art techniques, hopefully to inspire or just amuse you.

https://youtube.com/shorts/x2aOenGkK2Q?feature=share

Happy Time-lapse Tuesday, my friends. 🤗

Sanctuary Sketch:) Adoration and Sketching Meditation

20 Jun

“A quiet sacred sanctuary is the perfect place to sketch for the soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yesterday, I went over to St. Gabriel for Adoration, to light a candle, and some quiet meditative sketching. This is my new favorite pastime. I started the sketch yesterday, and finished it today, referring to a photo.

I’ve been fascinated by my pencil sketches that I transfer into the Artisto app on my phone.
My favorite. It reminds me of a woodcut.

So, a few of my favorites….

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video:) Bluebonnet Variegated Vase

16 Jun

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.”
― William Cowper

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One of my favorite and signature things to paint are Bluebonnets. I live in Texas, after all. Gotta love Bluebonnets. When I paint on a vase, it’s usually a clear glass vase, but occasionally I like to mix it up and pre-paint a variegated background so the colors can pop out a little better.

I use FolkArt Enamel Paint, and with a makeup foam wedge, I start with royal blue on the bottom, although, I work upside down, so actually it’s the top. Then I dab softly about 1/3 the way down, then I add white to the middle and blend that softly to get light blue, then end with pure white and soften. You have to work fast so it doesn’t dry, but it makes a great variegated look. Then on to the Bluebonnets. (A quick 30 second video)

https://youtube.com/shorts/2dtA2KdovSk?feature=share

Very fun, fast, and fabulous… if I don’t say so myself…but I do.🤦‍♀️

Thankful Thursday:) Quiet Thoughts in Pencil

11 Jun

“ There is nothing more peaceful then quiet thoughts, an empty sanctuary, a sketch pad and a pencil.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A late night call to a friend going through a hard time, an early morning call about an old friend needing prayers, these are the the things that make you thankful and prayerful.

Last week when I went to St. Gabriel for Adoration, I decided to take a sketch pad and a pencil. I sat in the empty still sanctuary and sketched the large crucifix behind the alter. I thought this would be a great meditative and artistic endeavor. Indeed it was.

Today, I had some special prayers and thoughts that needed attention. I took my sketch pad after lunch, and went to the chapel for Adoration. Afterwards, I walked into the main sanctuary, but I was not alone, this time. Father Don was giving a tour to the new seminarian who will be joining our parish. Perfect timing. I interrupted Father’s description of the stained glass windows saying, “Father, last week I came to Adoration and sketched our crucifix. It’s a perfect form of meditation and talking to God. I would like you to have this.” Then, I presented him with my sketch.

It was a crude first attempt, and I’m not that great with the human form, but Father appreciates it, none the less.

After I lit my candle and said my prayers for my special intentions, I took out my sketch pad and started to pencil in one of the many gorgeous stained glass windows.

I heard some of what Father Don was saying about this one…Adam and Eve, Creation, the lion and the lamb, but I didn’t catch it all. I was busy drawing. There was a lady sitting near the front of the church who came over to see what I was doing. We struck up a long conversation, so I didn’t get a lot of sketching done. I was busy showing her some of my many paintings, glassware, poems, etc. on my phone. She asked what I did, so I showed her. 🤦‍♀️ Ah, a captive audience. Miss Sherry was impressed. A while later, Helene came in from the chapel and was introduced to my new friend. They chatted and I continued to draw. I made sure to take a photo because I’d have to finish the drawing at home.
Here is the finished pencil rendering. The nice part of my pencil sketch is, I put the finished drawing into my Artisto app on my iPad and played with all the different cool options. Here are a few. I really need to make some notecards with a few of my favorites….
I can’t decide which one I like the most. I guess I like them all.

I am so thankful for my God given talents, and the time to be quiet and meditate with pencil and paper.

Toni’s Tuesday True-time Video:) Easy Painting red Roses on a Glass Vase

9 Jun

“Everything’s coming up roses. Well, at least on my glass vases. I love to paint roses, but not great at growing roses.”

“Handmade from the heart ❤️ is always the best.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My friend Miss Pat received some lovely flowers from her daughter for Mother’s Day. When they had all faded away, she was left with a nice clear glass vase. She asked me if I’d kindly paint some red roses on the vase so she could have a special remembrance. She already had a yellow rose and Bluebonnet vase , but no red roses. The vases would match her wine glasses that were a gift painted by yours truly a few years back.

This gave me an incentive to paint. While I was at it and the paint was handy, I decided to paint 10 vases all together. I also needed a birthday gift for Miss Linda today. A good time to build up my gift inventory.

Here’s a quick video demonstration…

https://youtu.be/SC9YhKpjs18

The finished products. There were many steps and many hours involved, but well worth the effort, as you can see.
I start out with a bunch of blank clear glass vases and ivy bowls. They get wiped down with alcohol to remove dust and fingerprints. I use FolkArt Enamel Paint that is made for glass. I paint one layer on all the vases, then by the time I get done with the tenth, the first is dry enough to add a second layer.
I let the paint dry at least overnight, sometimes a whole day. Then, I bake in a 350° oven (no preheat) for 30 minutes, turn off oven, but don’t open oven door for several hours so they can cool down slowly. This heat sets the paint.
(Miss Pat’s vase is the one front and center.)
For Miss Linda, I decided a nice ivy bowl with a flickering tea light would make a nice birthday gift.
I like unusual shaped glass vessels to paint on. It makes them unique, many of my glass items have been given to me by friends who know that they will be transformed into something special.
Aren’t these pretty! You can see why I love to take something ordinary, or a discarded thrift store find, and turn it into a lovely work of art.

Friday:) Friends, Food, Fun Art, and Miss Toni Being Foolish at Towne Creek

29 May

“If you can’t be silly with your old friends, where can you be silly? We are all old…it doesn’t matter.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Helene and I went and visited with our artist friends over at Towne Creek Apartments today. We worked on several watercolor book mark and note card projects. I brought them each a red rose that they could use for artistic inspiration. We painted, laughed and had a late lunch. Of course, I got up and did a little singing and dancing for half-time entertainment. Miss Dorothy was being sneaky and recorded a video of me being silly. She said she was going to post it on Facebook and embarrass me. I said, “Bring it, Girl,” and kept on dancing.

Here’s me being silly and singing “Proud Mary” and dancing and just being me.

We certainly do have fun.

Now, it’s getting late and it’s time for…. Black Russian Friday.

Cheers, my friends. Happy Friday!

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse:) Painting Blue Crab Wine Glasses

26 May

“I never realized why people are called crabby sometimes. Did you ever see a crab? Not very handsome.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My dear friend Joni asked me if I could paint some lobsters on some wine glasses for her, and I said I’d give it a try. She gave me a tea towel with the picture on it and she said, “Oh, I guess it’s a crab and not a lobster.” I wouldn’t know the difference. I don’t eat anything that swims in the water.

I always have to research, practice on paper and do a test sample on glass before I get to the real thing. It may look easy, but it takes several days to do a simple project. But, a challenge is a challenge.

https://youtube.com/shorts/pmudbOFpzdU?feature=share

After researching some clip art photos, I painted a repurposed vase with variegated blues and white to simulate the sea. This blue FolkArt Enamel glass paint is not very opaque, so it doesn’t show up well on clear glass. Thus, the white background. The practice vase turned out pretty good, so that will be an extra surprise for Joni. Surprise!

After a practice sample, I discovered it I base coated the crab first with a light blue combo blue/white, that the white paint would make the blue more opaque. Then, after it dried, the cobalt blue would stand out better on the glass. The tricky part is painting exactly on top of the previous layer. It takes a steady hand and nerves of steal. I laughed because I literally found myself holding my breath on the fine detailed parts. 🤦‍♀️

I think they turned out pretty darn good. Now, they need to dry over night and bake in the oven tomorrow.

Now, for a glass of wine. It’s National Wine Day. I’m running out of time, 11:40 pm. 🍷 Cheers!

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Drawing Video- My Mother’s Day Flowers

19 May

“Art is just an expression of love from your heart to your hands.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I wanted to do a quick and easy abstract drawing and rendering of my beautiful Mother’s Day flowers that I received from my son and family. Also, I’m always trying to come up with easy projects to do with my senior artist friends over at Towne Creek. Flowers are always fun.

Aren’t they lovely!

https://youtube.com/shorts/UQi2y6wHEEw?feature=share

A quick and easy abstract rendering using a black Sharpie, then Crayola washable markers with clear water to blend. Great for all ages. Have fun and play with your art.