Thursday, May 15, 2008

Art stroll update

I was told yesterday that I do need to spend more time keeping this blog site current and I am obviously a little late on my blog entry since it has been about a week...So I am now back on the wagon of blogging and will do my best to stay more current.

The Art Stroll was a great experience. Sold 9 pieces of art....Yeah! and from what I heard from the lovely fellow artists up and down the block...that is a good thing. I think having a reasonable price point in this economy is the way to go. I may only support my addiction to buying fun supplies at this point, but that is okay. The weather wasn't the very best, but there was a good turn out despite the weather. Seattle weather has not been on it's best behavior and I believe we all would appreciate being reacquainted with Mr. Sunshine.

Our little town of Burien, or B-Town as it has been more recently referred to is really shaping up. Being a life long Burienite, this is refreshing to see and get to experience. We are getting a new town square in about a year, and it should be quite nice. Now we just need a turnaround on the gas and money deal that we all seem to have going on. I have just added a new site to my blogroll and it is called Burien Undressed, so check it out. Local Realtor Danita Jolly is doing a great job keeping up her Blog and the info is great even for the locals. She spends time on local hot spots, retail, and real estate...Undressing Burien is actually pretty cool. Great photos of our little town, good foodie options and shopping ideas. Yes, the coffee really is that good at the 909 Cafe as I was reminded this morning. So I'm striving to also be a better photographer and now carrying my camera with me at all times.

My next excitement/challenge is entering the Burien Bird House competition. Entries due by June 1st, Yikes! and I will see how well the encaustic wax can meld with the other materials I choose for my birdhouse. This one will be an indoor house so it doesn't melt in the mass amount of how weather we will be getting this summer...(yes, very optimistic about this one)

Until next time....Lory

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fire anyone???

Yesterday was the deadline to get all of my art done, signed, and backs prepared....Shouldn't be such a big deal one would think since I had most of the day. I started off by adding wax to the sides of 4 of my larger pieces. After the wax was dry I slapped on a layer of shellac, yes I'm on my way and time to light it on fire to burn off some off some of the shellac and get that aged look I love so much. Let's just say that fire and I really shouldn't be in the same room especially alone. I torched the first and largest piece and as it flamed away I came to a startling discovery...I had left the can of open shellac, paint brush and all on the counter a bit too close. Holy Cow! I am now having a barrel fire right there in my work space. Apparently fire can jump when another source of petroleum is near by, who knew? Well, water is not the thing to put out fire and yes, I have seen all the fire safety videos, been on the fire station field trips and even been to safety kids day at the station. When under duress, all that goes out the door. Needless to say, I did put out the fire in the can, my sink and the trash can near by...Whew! Now fully wiped out and only being 9am, things needed to look up. Yes, I do need a fire extinguisher in my work space.

Well, all went well the rest of the day. I was able to finish in time, get all the art and set up supplies up to the Art Stroll location on time. The staging went well, Roxanne was awesome in the help department, all is good.

Today, the sun is out....Bonus vitamin D! It's Grandparents Day at school and my son is not only reading at Mass, but also playing the "Big" drum in the show but also doing a square dance demo too....Wow, those grandparents are in for a thrill.

Have a great weekend and Mother's Day,

Peace, Lory

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Website is now up and running

Well, now that I have changed the color combo on my blog site about 10 times...I think I may like it now. Website News: It is up and running, links to my blog and the blog links back....very give and take the way that works, just lovely.

So, the Art Stoll is only 4 days away and I still have several projects underway. I mailed out the email reminder with all the info on it and links to all sites. The goal today was to finish 3 in full...this may not totally happen because life just gets in the way. Dog needed a bath, my mom needed a lunch date, getting a massage at 6pm (no worries, it is not a pampering kind of massage) this one will hurt and my body will be twisted into shapes that only a a gummy worm should go, but it must be done. Too many hours over the hot wax and way too hard of a work on at the club on Sat. Yes, I did say Sat. and yes, I am still in pain, but going back tomorrow in the AM.

Yesterday I played with adding some fun vintage beads to my work with wire and it is amazing how pleasing just one change can make. Very fun. Hope to show you a picture soon of my cool beads.

Thursday is really the big deadline for getting it all done since the display goes up that evening. Thank God that my dear Roxanne will be helping with the display set up. This is where I tend to go over the edge and think maybe I have a slight bit of a O.C.D...but with her there, none of that nonsense will be happening, no sir...serious business , chop chop, very nice looking display door to the Tin Room for two very parched girls....The best is always yet to come.

OK, time to sign off and get something done before heading off to the torture chamber, oops, I mean the relaxing massage place.

Until we meet again, or whenever I make some time to write.

Hope to see you all Saturday at the Burien Art Stroll...Lory