Painting #5 in the 30/90 Challenge

Madison Park
Madison Park

This beautiful building is Madison Park,

a personal care facility on Madison Avenue in the West End.

 My friend, Val, is the dietitian and assistant administrator there.

 The shared areas are gracious and elegant…really a lovely place.

Thanks for following along,

Linda

The 30/90 Challenge Continues…

I’ve painted quite a bit…

4 sunflower paintings…

I was working on a painting for the Uncork and Create Event for Maggie…

which has been postponed until November (I’ll keep  you posted)…

I showed  two of those on FB…

the other 2…well…let’s just say…

I’m not going to show you EVERY painting…

I’ve also painted…

my front porch,

the front door trim (where my husband replaced the storm door;),

the backyard swing,

my deck table and chairs…

OK…you get the picture…

I’ve had a lot on “my easel” so to speak…

Any who…

Finally, I had time to continue my challenge:

Places in Barboursville, Huntington, and Milton: 30 Paintings in 90 Days…

Yes, it initially was a 30/30 Challenge…but who cares…

I snapped a “During” picture…

Main St during

You may already recognize this house as the Barboursville house I love so much…

Main St
Main Street

Thanks for following along,

Linda

Art for the Soul was on the News

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An ‘Art for the Soul’ original necklace:)

I named my little business “Art for the Soul” for two reasons…

#1 reason: I wanted to create art because I KNOW my soul is meant to create art…and…

#2 reason: I wanted to create art that touched other people’s souls…

so I started making stamped metal necklaces with cool messages like you see above:)…

and I made a few other things…

but now I mainly just do decorated cookies and paintings…

but what I didn’t realize then (2 years ago) was…

how many blessings…

how much joy…

how many very cool experiences I would have…

because of my little business, Art for the Soul.

It is a great blessing to be doing cookie classes for Maggie, Kim, and Rob…

It gives me much joy to be helping them “fight, fight, fight” Maggie’s neuroblastoma…

…and it was cool to have our story told on “Traveling West Virginia”…

 which aired this week on WCHS Channel 8…

I hope Maggie’s Mermaids got some more donations…

…here’s the link…

http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/traveling-wv/stories/Art-For-The-Soul-43218.shtml#.VC9SUk10zIW

Cookie Decorating 101 with Brad Rice!!

Monday’s first Cookie Decorating 101 class was a blast…

I’ve told you all about it… except…

I haven’t told you about…

Brad Rice…

He’s the photojournalist from WCHS…

who came to our class to do a story…

for TONIGHT’S 5:30 broadcast on Channel 8 NEWS!!!…

for the feature story section called “Traveling West Virginia”.

Ok…back to Brad…

He’s as cute as this guy…

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You know him…

the model for romance novels…

but Brad is better…

Brad Rice

He’s just as cute…

(When I was in high school, we called it tough…

or in year book writing: “tuff”)…

But Brad is sooo much better…

BECAUSE…

He is a devoted husband…

and proud father to his college-age (MU!!) daughter..

AND…

he helped us all feel totally at ease in front of the camera…

he’s really a nice guy…

and that is sooo much better than just being tuff:)

Brad’s feature stories are archived here…

http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/traveling-wv/#.VC0uLk10zIU

Thanks for following along,

Linda

New Thoughts on Yesterday’s First Class

I couldn’t sleep last night…

Well, I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep…

And my thoughts were on yesterday’s Cookie Decorating 101 class…

and I realized something VERY cool about my students…

and their cookies…

I had given them basic information…techniques…cookie designs to try…and loaned them my equipment…

I gave them cookies to decorate and icing to pipe…

and they created cookie ART…

They “felt” it… just like I do…

That push to turn a cookie into canvas and icing into paint…

To create something edible that is also to be enjoyed visually…

How do I know?

Just look…

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Syndey's cook3

Syndey's cook1

 Cookie Art by Sydney Wait

Thanks for following along,

Linda

Cookie Decorating 101

My first cookie workshop was today…

and…

it was GREAT!!!

I really absolutely love teaching…

I even love the prep work…

Planning exactly WHAT to teach, HOW to teach it, and WHERE to bring in each idea.

I can spend HOURS…(many hours)… on handouts…trying to make them effective learning tools…

and today I LOVED getting to know my students…

sharing my knowledge and skills with them…

and watch them have a blast with cookie art.

BUT…

I did not take any pictures:(…

Now, of course, Brad Rice, from WCHS Channel 8 did, but…

I’ll tell you more about that in a later post…

Here are some cookies I made today to demonstrate techniques…

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Pumpkin Cookies!!

btw…Students, if you have photos of your cookies, I would LOVE for you to add them here)

Preparing for Cookie Decorating 101

I am thrilled…

I have over 60 people signed up for Cookie Decorating 101

I have VERY cool plans for my students…

And I needed pumpkin cookie cutters WITH leaves…

BUT…they are not for sale, even online…

so I bought a few large cutters to reshape…

including this one…

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I had NO CLUE what it was, but it had a lot metal…

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When I got home, I read the tag and turned it… a cheerleader;)

Oh, how funny…

I made this pumpkin cutter-with a leaf-a stem-and a vine…

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I know what you’re thinking…

that is one weird-looking pumpkin cookie cutter…

JUST WAIT!!!

I’ll be posting the cutest pumpkin cookies you have ever seen:)

Linda