Friday, July 2, 2010

Pink Saturday Wax Painting…thank goodness for good teachers…

Last year Tina Wright taught a wonderful solder class where I made this sweet glass and silver wall ornament. I had never soldered until I met Tina at “Paper Cowgirl”, but that didn’t slow us down. No, sir, in true Cowgirl fashion she had me jump right in! And without slowing down or looking back, we used glass and vintage dictionary entries, a sweet phrase, “Home is Where You Roost” and solder to create a special little house023

It hangs in my bedroom and it reminds me of her dedication to Paper Cowgirl Altered Art Retreat. Her vision of women coming together to share their talents and to learn from one another was shared by Cindy Mayfield who has carried on that dream. We just celebrated the third annual Paper Cowgirl Retreat in Waxahachie, Texas. We remembered Tina and toasted to her and thought of her and missed her. But we didn’t let her vision dim or her dream go by the way side…

And in true Cowgirl spirit I took another class that had me in over my head and swimming in uncharted waters. Sandra Feazel taught a class using hot wax. She had us create background details in Pink and cream and coffee-chocolate.Then we added creamy old sheet music scraps; incorporated color and pattern with bits of paper…We were chatting and visiting… Smooth sailing…until she lowered the boom and explained that we would be painting the next elements…a TREE…a NEST…and a BIRD!  That’s right! PAINTING!…not cutting and pasting, but PAINTING!  And so we did (except for Judy J. who cut the sample nest and the bird from the instructions sheet). Here’s mine…

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The Pink flowers and the Pink swirls reminded me of Pink Saturday while I painted and the nest and little bluebird made me think of my project from the year before. And like our class with Tina, Sandra was patient and encouraging, and she put us so at ease that we painted those canvases just like we knew what we were doing. And then she taught us how to cover them with a beautiful blanket of beeswax.   

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Now that sweet little bluebird sings to her nest and her two eggs.

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And I smile when I look at both those pieces…not because either is great art, but because I am still alive enough to take a plunge and because I have been fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful Pink women who do such wonderful things for the hearts and arts of each other. Pink Blessings to you all week. Now head over to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog She has a big ol’ list of Pink Saturday ladies just waiting to share their Pink  spirit with you today.

4 comments:

Candy said...

More great projects from PC. I haven't done either mediums...yet.
I posted a little more from your class and more. Come see...

My Crafty Little Page said...

It looks great! I really enjoyed this class but I'm altering my bird! xoxo Nancy

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love your painting. It's so sweet and whimsical! You go girl!

Apron Senorita said...

LaVerne, it is so nice to meet you. I'm also from New Braunfels. We love it here!!! I got a job transfer in Dec 2009. We used to live in Weslaco. I'm still learning my way around and tyring to discover local treasures. I like the antique amll downtown by the square and I leave near Gruene. God has put us in a beautiful place. Please keep in touch, my email is apronsenorita@yahoo.com (Yoli Kalkofen).

Yoli :)

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.