Summer crazy

Isn’t summer supposed to be when life slows down a little? If so, I need to rethink my scheduling. I have a commissioned piece going (I can’t show you that one until after Christmas), my two everyday jobs, a donation piece in the works (more about that below), a HUGE pile of stuff I want to finish and get on my Etsy shop before the holiday shopping season starts and I’m trying to visit my kids one more time before their schools start up again. I’m running out of time!!

August garden

Top off that list with all the garden harvest that has to be canned (all those peas have to be shelled first) and I’m wondering when I will sleep in the next couple of weeks. I DO NOT look forward to winter, but am looking forward to eating all this food instead of growing it, hoeing it, picking and canning it.

Now, more about this…

Old Chair
Lovely isn’t it? Well, it probably was 35-40 years ago, but it has seen some life since then. I wish I had a photo of it before I painted it. Yes, I painted it. It was frayed and didn’t match anything I owned. It was a hand-me-down piece to begin with. It is solid and sturdy. In my mind, too good to get rid of but I didn’t have it in the budget to upholster it or even slip cover it. If only I had had my new sewing machine back then I might not have taken a paint brush to it.

So, why am I showing you my pitiful chair? Because now I am going to turn it into a beautiful art chair (I hope) to be auctioned off at a fundraiser for our local women’s shelter. I will keep you updated. Wish me luck!

What I did in November

Now that the holidays are over and the cards have gone out, I wanted to show you what I did in November.
Town Christmas

This was the artwork for the Town of Kernersville Christmas card this year.  Thank you TOK!!!

Those of you from around here will recognize the entrance to the town on Main Street and Cherry Street.  This was a challenge for several reasons.  First, it was a fairly short deadline.  I think it was less than three weeks including a sketch for approval. The horse and carriage are white metal that have white lights around the edges at night.  All these years of drawing and painting and this was the first night scene I’ve done.  I didn’t want it to be just a black background either so I had to work on some color that would still make sense.

When I went out after dark to photograph the entrance for reference I discovered something else.  The Kernersville sign is NOT illuminated at night!  Heck, I always thought it was!  I also had to do some “landscaping” to raise the sign above the horse and carriage.  I put that “Creative License” they gave me in college to use.  This was a fun assignment and I appreciate the opportunity to do it.  Yes, Town of Kernersville, I would love to do another one if you would like me to.

As a side note: I have written and scheduled this post ahead of time since I am probably recovering from some dental work today.  This has absolutely nothing to do with art, just a shameless plug for sympathy 😉

Christel