Saxy Tulips!

Hey there! Welcome to my studio art blog! I have been painting for years, off and on, but am painting full time now and have started selling. I am going to take you through my first canvases (when I started painting full time) and then move you to my current projects. I am going to do about 3 canvases at a time and when I get you caught up, I will be posting one painting with the process and progress of that project.

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I painted this one for my daughter, Chelsea. She wanted a saxophone for her dorm room and this is what she got! (She studied music in college with an emphasis on the sax.)

This painting is done in acrylics. It is a 22″x28″ canvas. It was finished on July 29, 2016.

I painted this canvas for my husband. We lived in Washington for about 14 years and had tulips in our front yard. We just loved them! When we moved to Texas, he wanted tulips for his office.

This was my first time trying finger painting. I did it in an impressionist style and did some touch ups with brushes.

My aunt Ann gave me these brushes right before she died. So, every time I paint with brushes, I always try to paint with at least one of hers. I like her to be a part of my projects.

This is a 1’x3′ canvas and is painted in oils. It was finished on April 21st, 2017.

Continuing with finger painting and tulips, I decided to incorporate Bible verses in the title. I wanted to go back to my roots and give my paintings a deeper purpose. Unfortunately, I did not take any other photos of this canvas. This is my first canvas sold. It is living in Utah with a sweet couple.

Title- Strength: Isaiah 7:9b

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Oils (finished on May 23, 2017)

Next post, you will see some owls!!!! Look out!!! 👀 🦉

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Saying Goodbye!

I have enjoyed doing this blog and meeting all the people along the way, but it is time for me to pursue different interests and part with my alter ego. She served her purpose and helped me through many tough times by making me laugh and enjoy remembering a decade that brought so much joy to my life and yours. To all my many fans, thank you for following and bringing further joy to my life. I wish you all the best and ROCK ON!!!

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I will leave the blog up for you to enjoy the images and things. Enjoy! =)

80s Movies: The Year Was 1983! Part II

Now, where were we… (See Part I) Ah! Here are the cinema honorable mentions of this great year.

25. Twilight Zone — The Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow and Kathleen Quinlan. Fantasy-science fiction horror

I like a movie that makes me jump! This movie will make that happen for you! Remember the famous series episode with William Shatner? Here is John Lithgow’s take on that same sketch. Both men do an excellent job! =D
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28. The Outsiders (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Leif Garrett. Drama

I had to read this S.E. Hinton book in junior high. I did not like reading SCHOOL books and then seeing the movie, but I made an exception here. The all star cast is amazing in this film. One of my favorite 80s films.
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33. The Right Stuff (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Jane Dornacker, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum and Kim Stanley. Drama

A great astronaut movie about the Mercury Seven. If you like movies that are based upon true events, this is your film!
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34. Cujo (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter. Horror/thriller

Stephen King knows how to scare people out of their seats! He succeeded in making me jump out of mine with this rabid dog!
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35. Christine (Columbia Pictures) starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky and Harry Dean Stanton. Horror/thriller

Stephen King frightens us again, but this time with a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine! =O
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39. A Christmas Story (MGM) starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. Christmas comedy

Ralphie and his pursuit for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas is a riot! It has become a family favorite at my home. I highly recommend this film!!
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41. Valley Girl (Orion Pictures) starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink and Elizabeth Daily. Romantic Comedy

This beloved film had popular catch phrases as “Gag me with a spoon” and “Like totally!” The soundtrack is pretty awesome as well!
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42. All the Right Moves (20th Century Fox) starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson and Lea Thompson. Drama

As far as teen movies go, this high school football film is a must see! This is Tom Cruise at his best.
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45. Richard Pryor Here and Now (Columbia Pictures) stand up comedy

Richard Pryor is a comedian who is often vulgar and profane. If you like this kind of entertainment, he will not disappoint…
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48. Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (Paramount Pictures) starring Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong, Hans Van In’t Veld, Carol van Herwijnen and Shireen Strooker. Comedy/music

The state of Washington recently passed the marijuana law… I can’t help but think these guys would be so proud! LOL
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49. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (Universal Pictures) starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Musical/sketch comedy

This movie is hysterical, but I grossed out at this scene. The look on this guys face was comparable to mine! This sketch stood out for me. How could it not?
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50. Educating Rita (Columbia Pictures) starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Drama/comedy

This is about a working class girl wanting to better herself with the help of this professor. Who ends up helping who in this award winning film?
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70. The Man With Two Brains (Warner Brothers) starring Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner. Science fiction comedy

Steve Martin is an absolute riot in this film! With a name like Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, how could it not be FUNNY? =D
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77. Strange Brew (MGM) starring Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley and Lynne Griffin. Comedy

The Canadian McKenzie brothers will have you saying, “Eh!” and laughing out loud before this film is done! Cheech & Chong are smokin’, but Bob and Doug are all about the beer! Eh!
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I hope you have enjoyed this preview into some of the great films of 1983. Get your popcorn, candy and soda ready. Pick some of these wonderful classics and have yourself a movie night. Enjoy!

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TEACHING OUR CHILDREN THAT SOME RULES ARE DUMB

This frustrated me DEEPLY! What do you think about this?

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I’m not a very happy father right now.  When I got home from work today I learned that my daughter’s campaign for school treasurer hit a snag.  Here is the problem.

She is running for treasurer, so she and her mother thought that her campaign should do something comical with money.  So, they went down to the dollar store and bought bags of fake money.  51315dc4c1bf11e2a25d22000a9e5e2e_7Then, right over the middle of phoney money where the president’s picture would be they taped candy to it.  On the back of the phoney money they would hand write–“Vote for Phoebe for  Treasurer.”  Today and tomorrow she planned to hand them out to the students in the hallways and in class.1fe9d6ecc1bf11e2851d22000a1fb71f_7

She came home from school visibly upset because she was told that her campaign was inappropriate.  Wait for it, wait for it . . . you would think that they objected to the…

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80s Movies: The Year Was 1983! Part I

Are you ready for another round of great movies from the 80s? Here are the top Box Office SMASHES and their ranking for the year, 1983.

1. Return of the Jedi (20th Century Fox) starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Frank Oz. Science Fiction

This is my ALL TIME FAVE Star Wars movie!
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2. Terms of Endearment (Paramount Pictures) starring Shirley MacLaine (she won the best actress Oscar for her role in this film, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson (best supporting actor Oscar for him), Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow. Drama

This movie won the Oscar for best picture.
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3. Flashdance (Paramount Pictures) starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. Romantic drama

This is an iconic 80s movie. Alex is a stong woman, but shows a very vulnerable side. The character is intriguing as well as the movie. Highly recommend this one.
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4. Trading Places (Paramount Pictures) starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis. Comedy

If you want to belly laugh, this is the movie to see. Dan and Eddie make a great team and you will not be disappointed. Fun film!
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5. War Games (MGM) starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood and Ally Sheedy. Science Fiction

I loved this movie as an 80s teen! It is a fun ride and yes, the teen gets to save the day. I won’t mention that the teen starts the problem…
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6. Octopussy (MGM) starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Steven Berkoff, Desmond Llewelyn and Kristina Wayborn. Spy-action

Roger Moore’s 6th James Bond film with a mildly suggestive title… HA!
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7. Sudden Impact (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. Thriller

This is the 4th film in the Dirty Harry series. Do you remember the famous catchphrase?
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8. Staying Alive (Paramount Pictures) starring John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes and Finola Hughes. Drama

This is the sequel to Saturday Night Fever which came out in 1977. Who is the famous band that the title originates from?
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9. Mr. Mom (20th Century Fox) starring Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull. Comedy-drama

This is another movie that will have you in stitches. If you have ever wanted to see a man take on the role of mom, this is your movie! Hysterical!!
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10. Risky Business (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano. Teen comedy-drama

This movie put Tom Cruise on the map. It is considered the best teen movie of the year and one of the top teen movies of all time.
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11. National Lampoon’s Vacation (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid and Imogene Coca. Comedy

Christmas Vacation is the best, but this film is an amusing and wild ride as well.
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12. Superman III (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn and Margot Kidder. Superhero action comedy

The first two movies are the best, but who doesn’t enjoy watching Christopher Reeve in this heroic role? We will see how Henry Cavill does, but I bet he can’t beat Reeve.
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13. The Big Chill (Columbia Pictures) starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams and Don Galloway. Comedy-drama

The movie is about Baby Boomer friends coming together after the suicide of a college classmate. It was not a favorite of mine as a teen, but the all star cast work well together and make an interesting film.
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14. Never Say Never Again (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Bernie Casey and Rowan Atkinson. Spy-action

This is Sean Connery’s last Bond film. Recognize the Bond girl? It is the first time that two Bond movies make an appearance in one year a.k.a. The “Dueling Bonds.”
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15. Jaws 3-D (Universal Pictures) starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Putch and Simon MacCorkindale. Horror

If you have seen a 3-D movie today and compare it with this… there is no comparison. Remember those awful glasses we had to wear? I thought I was seeing double most of the time…
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16. Scarface (Universal Pictures) starring Al Pacino. Crime

Roger Ebert wrote “DePalma and his writer, Oliver Stone, have created a gallery of specific individuals, and one of the fascinations of the movie is that we aren’t watching crime-movie clichés, we’re watching people who are criminals.” He later added it to his “Great Movies” list. This is an extremely violent film. If you are into that kind of drama, then this is your movie.
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17. Blue Thunder (Columbia Pictures) starring Roy Scheider, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Candy Clark and Daniel Stern. Action

I loved this movie! It has Roy Scheider, action and helicopters! Excitement at it’s best!
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18. Yentl (MGM) starring Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving. Romantic musical drama

The movie is about a Jewish girl disguising herself as a boy, so she can be religiously trained. Barbara Streisand acts and directs this film.
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19. Silkwood (20th Century Fox) starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson and Fred Ward. Drama

Based on a true story, the film is a mystery that leaves you guessing right to the end.
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20. Psycho II (Universal Pictures) starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly. Psychological horror

Psycho is a stand alone movie. I do not think a sequel is necessary, but here it is…
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To be continued…

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80s Earrings: When Fashion Doubled as Fishing Lures!

What is one of the major accessories that accentuates your wardrobe? Earrings! For the 80s gal, your outfit was not complete until you had the BIGGEST and BOLDEST pair on your ears. One of my FAVE 80s sites,Like Totally 80s, said it best about this fashion statement:

You know how cute Christmas ornaments look on a tree? During the 80s we thought the same would apply to our ears. Huge earrings from various costume jewelry collections were all the rage and if your earrings didn’t touch your shoulder, they weren’t big enough.

With that sentiment in mind, here is a peek into some of these awesome accessories:

Are you shocked that Madonna was one of the inspirations behind the HUGE earrings? NOT!
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LARGE loops were all the rage as well.
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Neon Colors were an ample part of the 80s wardrobe.
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Guys wore earrings as well. Remember this guy?
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How about this REBEL Rocker?
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Remember when Claire gave Bender the earring at the end of The Breakfast Club? Not only did it symbolize a change in their relationship, up until this point, girls did not really give guys jewelry, that was mainly a gesture by boys.
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Here are a pair of feather earrings.
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Black and white jewelry was a prominent style as well.
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Remember this lady? You should! She was a major fashion expert for the 80s. What show is she from?
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Enamel earrings were very popular as well.
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Wooden jewelry was trendy too!
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Clip on earrings were worn, but not by me!!
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Earrings! Earrings! They are everywhere!
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If you were an 80s gal, you wore some of these earring styles. They were so much fun! I have several pairs that I kept for nostalgia’s sake. My kids have taken off with some of them, so those may be destroyed… Do you still have your earrings? What were your favorite pair? If you are having an 80s themed party, don’t forget to put on the earrings! Wear them LOUD and PROUD!

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