Sunday, September 21, 2008

PleinAir_FirstTime


PleinAir_FirstTime
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
Here's me using the bad boy buggie as my easel! Very handy! Got in the basic color blocking in about 3 hours. For first time, I think that's pretty good! Very, very, very fun.


Morning_Farm_paintdaubs

Here's my farm house that I love. It's about 1 mile away from my in-laws and I dream of one day moving in and creating an artist haven. A place where people can come and relax, learn how to draw, paint, whatever art they love. Right now, I am just enjoying photographing and painting it. I will post a few more...


Friday, September 19, 2008

ReunionGirls_Sept08


ReunionGirls_Sept08
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
Here we all are at our first college roomie get-together! We met in Woodbury and my stomach muscles still hurt from all the laughing. Very, very fun! That's me, Ang, Shelley, Kathy, and Deb.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Back to painting


Back to painting
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
Jerry Yarnell has a series of books that Kara has been painting from. I watched on admiring her work and just could not get the interest to dig out my paints again. This weekend, we headed to Michaels and I bit the bullet and re-stocked up with some good acrylics. This is the result! About 4 hours of work off-and-on yesterday. It's actually a fairly big canvas18 x 24" probably...Now I am off to create a video of my in-laws trip to Africa.


K & G - The Boys


K & G - The Boys
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
Early August, we were at the lodge and went out to dinner at Kate & Gracies in Alma. Here are the boys posing for me.


Kitchen after


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Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
I used Scott's grandfather's table top he made and put two wooden boxes I had gotten on clearance from Target as the base. That is a story in itself! Oak is heavy and a circle is really awkward to get up the stairs from my basement! I love that I took the island out (now in the mudroom, where it is just as handy for storage.

Extra tip - I hated my trash sitting out by the island in the middle of the kitchen, but my pipe config under the sink was too weird to put in a standard waste basket. I sat and looked and looked at it and wah-la - a 5 gal rubbermaid tote would just fit if I did some creative hack-saw work on the sides and on one of the handles. I am still lovin' the openness 1 week later!!


Kitchen Before


Kitchen Before
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
This is the kitchen during the big clean...


Living Room After


Living Room After
Originally uploaded by maxi_fortend
This is the after - took down the the dining room table, re-configured the sofa - you don't see the lounger part of the sofa except on elittle forher, but that is up by my fireplace and it's a perfect spot for reading the paper and knitting! Breaking up the sofa made all the difference in being able to easily move around. Plus I moved the computer from my kitchen over to behind the couch - I have almost 5 times the wireless speed now! Yeah!!!


Cleaning means Chaos at Kelly's


Lving Room Before 2, originally uploaded by maxi_fortend.

Scott went Elk hunting and so I got busy! This is my living room before...