Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wind, Kites and CQ

The wind, you always love the wind blowing in your hair and feeling so good.   Sometimes when we lived in West Texas the wind is a little, no a lot, excessive and if your hair isn't glued on by roots it might be flying by in the sky.  I chuckle at that sight, a hair wig flying by and you thinking that was an odd looking bird.   Sorry I picture some of these silly things I write about.  I have a friend we have tells us "skirt alert" when it is really blowing.   Good good alert. 

Down here in Rockport they get what they call Coastal Winds.   To us it is a little breeze but still feels good.  We have found out there is not enough humidity here to shake a stick at EXCEPT when the winds come from the water aka Gulf of Mexico.  Here it is the East, we are so turned around in our directions North, South, East and West.  Whew, we are glad that the sun still comes up in the East and sets in the West but it feels North and South to us.    We have also been educated that when the dew point gets above 60  humidity here it comes.  West Texas is dry dry dry so it is some getting use to with the humidity down here.  BUT------ we have refrigerated air and that is a good time to stay in and paint and read and just enjoy it all.

I can't remember if this event was the last of April or first of May but they have started a little kite fest here now.  So we did go check some of the kites out.

There is a large area by the bay and little beach that has no telephone lines and a great place for the kites.  The first part of the morning, of course, there was not much wind but then it picked up for the kites.   One side was designated for the professional kite flyers and the other area for the kids and non professional participants.   A line was marked all around the area so you wouldn't get tangled in palm trees or the one electric line on the area.  We did see a grown up get his kite wrapped around a line so good.  I mean really good but a lady came up to them and knew what she was doing about untangling the kite.  That was interesting to watch. 

Here are a few that had gotten up in the air while we were there and was a pretty site and the clouds did cooperate and came up to play also.   Not West Texas thunder  heads but pretty fluffies none the lest.





The wind did get up enough so this giant shrimp could fly around.



Now this whirly gig kite was pretty up but really needed  a strong wind to make it play good.  Behind the scenes is one of the motels in Rockport that is still not being repaired.  They have started to gut it now but will take time to get up to standards.



There were two of these turtles up in the sky and on the non pro side, pretty colorful 




This jelly fish was pretty easy to get up and the little boy below did an awesome job with a little help from Mom.   




I have been doing some beach theme Crazy Quilt blocks also  and thought the two would go hand in hand today.  This is the last one I have done and now to put a book together with the 6 blocks .


Of course I had to add seagulls and a turtle, well two turtles one a charm and one a little stitched one. this is a vintage image in the center that I got off the internet.  No reason to do these just something fun to do while watching the ball games.  This one took 4 ball games in time to do.   

I have been painting but keeping what I just finished a secret until the owner gets to see it. 

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.  

                                                   xoxoxoxo
                                                    Annette

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Sand Fest WARNING LOTS OF PICS

Hello out there, well poor April it got totally ignored this year.  Maybe I can make it up this month.   We are trying to take in some goings on around here.  I do have to say they have Fiestas in this area-- a lot.  We don't really go to them we are not crowd people.  Now at a football or baseball game the crowds are suppose to kind of sit in place but the crowds that mill around and dilly dally ( they are enjoying themselves though and that is why they came to the party) and push and shove are not for us.  Is there such a thing as hermit crowd goers?   Well we are that I guess.   It is good people watching though.  Do any of y'all like to do that?  People watch?   Sometimes Eldon will be in the car while I pop into a store and he will be laughing and would say oh you missed a good one today.    Maybe that is our hobby? 

This weekend we did venture out to Port Aransas, a ferry ride away.   We were told to go later Sunday afternoon  for the Sand Fest event,  so we did go then but don't think we waited late enough.  Now before the weekend, I think last Wednesday we ventured over to see the beginnings of the Sand Fest with the carving and setting up, just being nosy and   see what we could see. 

We did think we were in the twilight zone though when we went Wednesday, usually the ferry wait is quite lengthy, no other way to put it.  There was maybe a 5 minute wait to get loaded on one of the ferries.   Then we were waiting and thought oh no they tricked us we have a wait, the Ferry revenge.   No just a ship coming thru the waters and it is always interesting to see them and sometimes you even see people and proves the ship is not being run by robots.   I have thought of that you know. 





We did go in ole paint, it seems to be the fun vehicle and probably tells the steel stallion what a good time it has.  Do you name your vehicles? 

We wandered on the beach, I couldn't find a stick but did say Hi to y'all.  It was a beautiful day and we brought chairs and just felt good to be on our mini vacation.  Even brought some Granola Bars, semi healthy snack and of course water and wore hats.  I always cover up like a mummy when I go.  I do wish I would have started that practice when I was 14 and did the cotton chopping in the fields with no sun screen or anything.  BUT that was before they figured out the Sun was not our very best friend.  Oh but it is, it would be pretty cold here if it didn't share it's warmth.     


 We went to the part of the beach  where the carvings would be and here it is Wednesday mind you and they had already started this giant sand carving.  Seems like people come from all over the world to enter this event because the sand is so fine.  Now to us when you play in the sand and being that fine means it gets into every crook and cranny of your body but I guess that is part of the beach.   Right?   



They did have a "dump tractor" as grandson use to call them pushing the sand around for another sand creation.   I wish now we would have gone back before Saturday that the showing opened.  We will remember that next year.  


 After we scouted out the beach we went to Virginia's by the Bay to eat.  We had forgotten that we have eaten there several times before we moved down here but we just didn't know the name.  It was ok but like Moby Dicks better, just our taste I guess.   Now the ferry line was longer than on the Aranasas  Pass side.  This is what we call the double back side of the line after you get to the part where the workers wave you on.  I think you can see the end where it doubles back.  


                                      This was behind us, one of  my fancy side mirror shots.   


Now you remember the image when we first went over to Port A, well here it is finished.  Seems like they just had to do some carving and pretty up things to it.  It was mainly lots of sponsor ads the best I could tell but still very impressive.  The day was beautiful and a slight breeze which is good.  There were soooooooooo many vendors, we didnt check them out but I am talking a double row of the tents that went forever plus some more by the sand carvings.   

















They said the woman carved her side and the man carved his side and I think they met like last year and and have been together.  It might have been longer than that , it was interesting thought that the two carved these together and apart.


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This little guy was on part of this castle protecting it or not, maybe it was hunting for the cat?

                                                          
                                                       The backside of the castle

                              


                                                   The car from Back to the Future is below


 


                                                      The backside of the angel above




Oh I almost forgot the Ferry waiting on Sunday.  OMG  There are two ways you can get to the beach after you get off of the Ferry.  One thru town and the other a little bypass road.  Well the town line was horrible and so was the bypass road.  There is a turning lane you drive in for the Ferry only.  The line backed up FOREVER  and I am not kidding, took well over an hour and a half and finally made it to the staging area.  The poor traffic policeman  did not look very happy but did the best he could with a million and one cars waiting.  

There you go the Sand Fest, I took a pic of the pile of sand from above but guess it just melted away on the camera in never land?   

                       Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.

Annette
XOXO

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31 Bunny Trails

Hello and Happy last day of March.   I always forget how many days are in a month and I always have to recite the little saying I learned at least a million years ago.  30 days has September, April, June and November all the rest have 31 except for February has 28  except in a leap year and it has 29.   Where I learned it I don't have a clue and the fact that I remember it is almost an earth shattering event.  Really!!

It is funny little things you remember from growing up. Some are good and some are not as good but put those out of your head and just remember the good memories, like having mud fights and playing hide and seek when you are dressed up like an Indian or a Cowboy.  You never knew who the Indians were or the Cowboys until we started playing.  Sometimes I was an Indian and sometimes a Cowboy.  No planning we just played.    I know you all have a wonderful story to tell  and if you want to share it here that is good and if not it is good also.  Little things in life just pop into your head with no warning at all.   I guess I should write them down but then that might be work.

We did take a little mini vacation yesterday and went to the beach over at Port Aransas Texas.  The hardest part of that is waiting inline for the ferry to take us over to the island.  We thought we were almost in the twilight zone we only had to wait maybe 10 minutes and usually it is 1 1/2 hours or more, depending on the traffic.  They do have another giant ferry they have added and that helps also.     We usually are semi patient to wait though we just love watching the waves and just hearing it with all the energy in that water.   The wind was blowing, not the West Texas strength but blowing about 15 to 20 miles an hour, just a gentle breeze.  There were quite a few people at the beach  being as it was Good Friday and the Easter weekend. It is always interesting to see all the "set ups" people have at the beach, with tents and umbrellas ans what have you.   We just, after walking the beach, sat in the back of our SUV and had a nice non wind relaxing time.   We are bums now you remember.

We did take a picture of the waves and I had to write a little note to a sweet and strong friend.  I left an e out of her name but she didn't care.   Just felt good to do this and hear the gulls and watch the little "chicken birds" as our daughters use to call the little birds that ran around on the beach.   I have no idea what kind of birds they are so "chicken birds" are good for us.  Now the sun was so strong I could not see the edges of the words on the screen of my little fun camera  ( I do not take my ancient good camera to the beach ) so Eldon placed his foot on one side, I zeroed in on that spot  and then he went to the other side and his foot came with him, to mark the other side of the name.  We just laughed, he has done, in the photography world, different things than that for me to get the right camera framed image.   Thank you Eldon, you are the best helper ever.


While on the subject of Eldon helping me, he was a good sport about it all.   I had started photographing airplanes at night and he helped me with these also.  It was always interesting what we did in photography and certainly a fun adventure in my life.  Once he went up with me in a small plane while I was photographing something.   He was looking thru a camera also and said he didn't know how I did it for so long.  I always got funny feeling in the head for the rest of the day but it was still fun.   I wouldn't have traded those years for anything, meeting a great group of clients and today most of them I am still in contact with. That is a blessing.     Here is one of the planes we photographed with nothing but a flash.



Now this is the back of a painting.  A lot of the studio samples I just turned around and  used gesso and  then a painting surface for me.


Here is now the front of the painting, a reflection on the glass but if you remember I used this and two others as a back splash in our kitchen.

Now Eldon gets to see the finished images of my paintings.  He is my inspiration and best cheerleader joined by many cheerleaders for me on Facebook.   I am a lucky lady.

I just finished a painting and I did so stray from the inspiration photo I had to go by.  Man alive did I stray but it was some collage and painting and when it is collage to me that means add stuff Annette.  A little strong for some but you have to have fun with your painting or you just will burn out.  I mean all the paintings I create now are for fun and the stack of the paintings are growing.  I have sold some and some prints but just painting to keep me out of trouble.  I have added more white highlights on this Carmen Miranda inspired lady.   I just had to add goodies to her hat.  I guess my Texas bling just had to shine.




Now I did have a calmer self last week and did this Madonna and am using her also for Ciggies in my crazy quilting and even sold a few for other Crazy Quilters.


Well there you go my end of March shout out to you my readers.    Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.

                                                              OXOXOX
                                                                Annette

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A March This and That

 Hello there, March 1st, the first day of the month and shockingly the sun is shining and feels so good and taking in some Vitamin D.   It has been a cloudy and grey February.  Hummm if I remember correctly it was the same in January also.  The fog has been thick as pea soup, not green like the soup but pretty thick fog.  You could see it rolling inland.  Luckily we did get some Northern winds and that certainly helps blow the fog back out into the water.  We get lots of fronts with the weather here, we didn't realize that but just an adventure and learning all sorts of things.   Now I know things are a little different here in South Texas, they call it the Coastal Bend but South Texas to hubby and I.   When in West Texas it was Fall and Fall color and then Winter with Snow.   In January we got 3 inches of snow here in Rockport Tx,  it never really snows down here and I honestly think weather follows Hubby and I.  Really !!!! When we lived outside of Houston in 1972-3 in Katy, when Katy was a small town ( it has been gobbled up by Houston now ), we got snow.    It had not snowed in that area the paper said in 50 years.   Is this a pattern do you suppose?  Weather following us?   We found out the Hurricane had 9 tornadoes in it also.    Well we got the snow in January which finished snowing by 10 AM and was melted and gone by 3 PM. the good snow,  not like what is it they say, company and fish begin to smell after 3 days?   Well this snow didn't over stay it's visit for sure.  I took photos of the snow but they are in hiding from me.  Guess they are playing hide and seek and if they ever turn up I will share.   Then in February we got this :



The prettiest fall colors ever and was across the street so we could enjoy it for a few days.   Sadly the people who live there didn't get to enjoy it as much as we did, they were still not living in their home because of Hurricane damages.    A little color sprinkled here and there and was just a beautiful color.  I have come to the conclusion that  Mother Nature does what she wants to do down here or anywhere.  When she wants to clear her throat, she does it.  I will not complain though, weather just makes life interesting and I do like some seasons during the year.

I had to share what also happened in our Neighborhood.  The city came and it was our turn for round 1 of the clean up. Right now I think round 3 of clean up with the big trucks is going on.  It was a wonderful site to us all, the trucks and "diggers" as grandson use to call them.   We sat in the garage and watched this, gave the workmen thumbs us and we looked around and neighbors all along the street had their lawn chairs just watching it all get cleared up.  It felt so good to see the rubble go off to the meridian on Highway 35. That is the only place they have to put so much debris and it was for miles also but now the meridian  is getting cleared and that is such a good site.   I cannot imaging how much mold and not the best things for you was in the rubble. Silly us we didn't think to wear a mask so it did choke us up later but we lived and no complaints from us.


I do like the way his safety stabilizer was down on the "digger:    



We saw where they dumped the tree trunks and cuttings and they were making mulch, piles and piles of mulch.  Good to recycle and we are talking big mounds and piles of mulch.

Now we have not been as busy as the workers here but I have been painting portraits like a wild woman.   I don't know what I am going to do with them but the stack of paintings are growing.

Here are a couple of new paintings I have just finished, there are lots more but I won't bore you with them all.   I saw this one on the internet and it just spoke to me and kind of reminds me of the little girl on Golden Compass, I loved that movie so of course I had to paint this.  It is mixed media and sitting on my stack of pretties.   I like the way the owl and the girl are connecting and the colors just spoke to me.



One more painting Frida Kahol and I wanted to make her softer than the stern paintings and photos I have seen of her.   I did take some liberties with her but isn't that an artist's licence?     Again it is a mixed media painting. 



Now I have not been idle with my Crazy Quilting.   This is a beautiful heart a friend let me embellish for her.   I love to embellish but not the sewing part.  I laugh sometimes I have a rule that if the piece doesn't weigh 100 pounds it just isn't finished.   This is a relaxing art form of art for me to do while watching TV and  and and Baseball is fixin to start.    


I did have a pretty pin I added to this and the sweet Faerie someone sent to me.  I sadly don't remember who sent the faerie but a giant thank you for thinking of me.  

Well this is what happening in my world today and thank you for stopping by  

OXOXXO
Annette

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Grey Day in January and some CQ

Hello there, well as the title says it is a grey day in January.   Now it is Winter in our part of the world, I know Summer in other parts of the world, but the sun could shine and still be nippy outside.   We are getting a tiny bit of rain, always can use the wet stuff.   To me the grey days mean sacking in and watching a movie or six, cooking something yummy and just full of calories or taking a nap or something useful like that.   So I am fixin' to start another painting and then put some beads on a piece of CQ or something like that.   That should take care of my grey day in January.

We have had a different 2017 and now being 2018 not sure what we are doing, I know you kind of have a life plan but Hubby and I just go with the flow of doing whatever happens and deal with it..  Have you ever thought ok we are going to do this adventure, but then at the same time you and Hubby say the same thing and then you wonder if the adventure you are planning is the right thing? The timing is right? Just hold off til later, maybe? Is this what we are suppose to do right now?  I think this time we will listen to our Angles, yes gasp, we will listen to them.  We did ask them to lead us, I guess by the hand we are such hard heads and don't listen like we should.   We are both Taurus and that may explain why we are hard headed.  Well that just certainly sounded like ramblings but Grandson did say my blogs are like Bunny Trails and go all over the place.

CQ is still in my world and I think it and my painting is winning for the privileged of getting to stay in my jumbled up and everything has it's place, but looks like a unneat mess.  Well I know the ones that are artsy can certainly understand that sentence.   I figure if my art room is neat I am not creating a thing, so I had rather have it jumbled.   I will be getting rid of a lot of the unpainting and un CQ pretties.


I did this CQ pouch forever ago and just purchased a NEW phone.   Yes our old one was at least 6 years old but so cute and little. It would not give all of the text messages we got from Grandkids so out it went.   That is important to a Grandparent.  So we keep it as our night light so we don't step on the furbabies at night when we have to get up.  The old phone has not gone to phone heaven.   The NEW phone is bigger and I found the pouch and lo and behold it fit and now the NEW phone has a cute little coat when it goes out.  The other pretty on the phone is my credit card holder and holds all my "old people" cards Eldon says I have to have with me.  The pouch has a little pocket on the back so it holds everything I need.



A sweet little front of a bigger pouch, so love embellishing these and the more "stuff" I can get on them the better I like it. Not sure what the section above the faerie is, looks like two bunnies but  I don't have any bunny things.    I guess we can call it what we want.   Shapes, right?  Funny story, we were going to a nearby town to get the dogs food and I said you know that shape looks like a Kangaroo.  Well off at a distance it did,  it was a black plastic bag wrapped around a tree and I swear it had a tail and all the Kangaroo things.   Remember we were 4 lanes and part of a field and a very large media away and I am an artist and have sort of an imagination. Shapes.


This is one of my newer portraits, and I have named her Yellow Rose, one sweet lady has already purchased her and I cannot see what she creates with Yellow Rose.


I have been doing more portraits, almost like a mad woman, obsessed with them.  Learning the different techniques on Let's Face it 2018.  You do still have time to go sign up and would enjoy learning a lot of techniques and then when you like one just jump on it and play to your heart's content.    This month we are studying the Renaissance movement.   So learning a little, I don't think that will ruin my brain, and just enjoying it all .


I started doing these paintings and they were all girls, so I thought lets do a guy.  I looked and looked and found this one.  Well it was Joan of Arc so I thought she cannot look like a guy.  She was a strong woman but still a woman.  So I just took my artistic license and made her a girl.  I think she will approve.  


Now this young lady is not a Renaissance lady but she had a mind of her own and just appeared.  Now as you can tell I was going to add a flower but it turned into a white feather.  When white feathers appear Angels are around. A sign from beyond to offer hope and encouragement Spirituality,faith, protection, purification and hope. Looks like I am sending this to all who want to look at it.  I liked that  meaning.  




Another Renaissance lady, she was a modern day lady but then I just painted her in the Sepia/Umber tones.   I am loving doing these studies.


Now this lady is a Renaissance figure for sure, I did modernize her some.  I guess it is just in this Texas gal to make them look a little modern.  To me all the men and ladies of that time period all look alike in the paintings, but then it was in the 1400s to 1500s, I do have to remember that .



Alright last painting in this style, I cannot imagine all that hair, how hot it would be and the washing of it but they were use to it, whew she was fun to create.

                  These are my takes on the Renaissance period for right now.

               Well thanks for coming to see what is going on in my world today.

                                                      Annette
                                                       xoxoxo