Monday, August 25, 2008


Here's what I've been up to the last 3 weeks:
This is my finished "Viva Mexico" charm

Front Back
On the 7th, My cousin Julie and I visited our 90 yr old Aunt Rose and scanned all of her family picture albums onto my computer. We had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed her stories. She was able to identify everyone in every picture - amazing! We were planning to meet with her and another 93yr old relative in a few weeks and record family history, but Aunt Rose fell two days ago and broke her hip. Please keep her in your prayers!
Here's a short slide show of a few of my favorite photos.

The next day I was privileged to attend Jesse Reno's workshop at Carol parks Studio.
Jesse emphasizes letting the painting tell you what it wants to become and advises painting with your fingers to open up and free your art.

This is the painting I did. This is just the first step. When I get back to Hawaii I will draw around the areas i like and block out the areas i don't and then paint some more. Stay tuned!
Kelly working on her paintings

This is the top of a wooden spool I found. Ahna, Kelly and I used it as a paint palate and just added to it whenever we felt like it. Jesse uses other boards, canvasses etc as his palates, and then uses them as backdrops for his next painting.

Carol Parks

Ahna's paintings - including a door!

My art friend Kelly Snelling was there. Look at all the wonderful fabulous "Art in a Carton" goodies Kelly gave me., including one of her hand painted notebooks, a pair of plexiglass earrings and one of her famous polymer birds - plus tons and tons more! Thank you Thank You Thank You Kelly!

...and check out Kelly's paintings! Go to her blog and see how she adapted her own style to Jesse's technique.WAY COOL!
The following weekend was my youngest sister Teresa's wedding. It was in Woodland, Calif. (near Sacramento). I flew in Sat morning and flew out Sunday night. It was a great fun - a beautiful wedding!

The bride (Teresa) and her Matron of Honor (Nicole, her daughter)
Look at that amazing dress - it was fully beaded!

My dad walking his baby daughter down the aisle....

The ring bearer tying his shoe and being careful not to lose the bribe money he was given to walk down the aisle.....(The bride's grandson Nathan)

Teresa, our sister Marianne (who married them) and the groom, Rick

On Tuesday my friend Joanne flew in from Michigan to see me and Kara. Joanne brought me beautiful presents! Look at this CROWN!

Joanne also gave me 2 eyeball paintings (you know me, I love eyeballs) that she had made. Click here to see them: eyeball paintings

She came and visited me on the set on Tues, and on Thursday I made her an extra in a scene.

Friday Joanne, Kara and I went shopping around Hollywood and LA. We went into the most fabulous button store - and of course spent a lot of money on vintage buttons.

I wore my crown all day -and at one restaurant a girl came up to us and wanted to buy it to wear to a design show in New York next month. She commissioned Joanne to make her one....

Scrumptious lemon cupcakes from "Joan's" - a fab bakery/deli.

Kara and Joanne "alley shopping" (or dumpster diving?)
Then we went to Kara's house for a delicious dinner and home baked cookies. Kara's DH and Son were adorable and charming.....Kara's whole house is filled with art and love!

On Saturday, Joanne and I visited the 3rd St Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice beach. We shopped, rode the Carousel and shopped some more. We were both exhausted, so we went back to her hotel and she taught me to needle felt.
Yes - Joanne and I rode the carousel -made me feel like I was a little kid again!
...and on Sunday, Joanne and I met Kara at the Santa Monica Antique Swap meet. I found a lovely strand of undyed branch coral and some antique cutwork and lace linens that I am going to use as canvasses.

I had a such a good time with my art friends. As Joanne says "Art friends make the BEST friends!"

Now I'm back to work and still reveling in all the memories that were created.


Joanne Huffman said...

Wow! Love the photos of the workshop and the wedding. Love the slide show of the great family photos. And, I totally enjoyed seeing the photos of one of the most fun weeks I've had. Oh, and you already know I love your charms (your many literal and figurative charms). Have a good three weeks until your return to Paradise.


Karen Owen said...

Boy, you have been busy! But it looks like you've been have a great time. Love your charms!


Kelly said...

whewweeee! and i thought i had been busy! i'm glad you liked your presents. and it sure was fun, fun having the day to paint together. and the wedding sure does look splendid. your sister looked gorgeous. and the crown! oh boy you girls had fun, cupcakes, carousels, and more!

kathy mc said...

You have been a busy lady. Lots of great pictures. Enjoy your last couple weeks in CA.

jackie said...

Connie, I always enjoy your blog updates! What a whirlwind of fun!!
Your dad looks so debonair and your sister looks radiant and happy - I have never seen such an unusual wedding gown - I love it!
It was so much fun reading about your arting and shopping with your art friends - that Miss Joanne certainly gets around, huh?! I look forward to seeing her on TV!
I know you look forward to getting back home and I bet your sweet hubby is counting the hours!

sammy said...

Connie, you have the most interesting life of anyone I know..l. I can travel with you thru your pictures of your blog and have such a good, creative time!
thank you for this experience...