Monday, March 26, 2012

Fiona and her flamingo

I am so excited to be linking up with Amy.  She has invited fellow artists to create together and learn about each other at the same time.  Technically, I have until May 18th to have this post done, but I got so excited I couldn't wait.  When I sat down to paint something for the challenge, I really didn't have any specific idea set in my mind.  I just started working on the girl and the rest evolved from there.  The one part of the challenge that I am not very comfortable with is the "tooting of one's own horn."  We are supposed to talk about how awesome we are and other things about ourselves.  So, in keeping with the I go!

A little about me:

I grew up here in Houston, Texas.  I was adopted from North Carolina at 6 weeks old.  I was quite the rebellious teenager, although I couldn't hold a candle to my older brother!  It took me a long time to realize or even accept how cool of a person I am....What is awesome about me? 

I am smart.  Way smarter than I ever thought I was in school.  It just took awhile to get there. :)

I am very accepting.  As long as you are nice to me, then I will be nice to you.  Don't care what size, color, age, sexual orientation, whatever.  Be my friend and I'll be yours!

I'm adventurous and spontaneous.  Not adventurous like go hiking up Mt. Everest...but like grab the kids and hubby and just go somewhere fun for the day without planning it. 

Well, that was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I'm glad we were pushed to share.  I can't wait to see what others do. 

Here's the art part of the challenge :)
This is Fiona.  She has a sweet little pet flamingo that loves being held.  This is a mixed-media painting on a medium weight 15 x 20 piece of illustrator board.  I used colored pencil, water color, and acrylic paint to make this piece.  She will be given away at the end of this challenge.  If you want to join in, just click on Amy's name at the top of this post or the All together now button on my page and sign up!  Easy, peasy!

Oh....I forgot to mention in order to win her just leave a comment and join in with Amy and the all together group and I will choose randomly!  Thanks!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weight Watchers Update here's a quick little update on how I'm doing with my whole weight watcher's goal.
Drum roll please...........I have now lost 10 lbs!!!!  I know it's not a whole lot, but I am thrilled.  My jeans are finally starting to fit loosely. 

I'm really excited!  I am ten pounds closer to my shopping spree!

Also, in the Foshee Family News....Avery made Varsity Cheer for her Senior year!  Yay Avery!

Now we just have to wait to see if Addison will be picked for all year Art class for next year.  It doesn't sound like it, but it's a really big deal.....especially for this little artist.  We had to submit three pieces of her artwork.  They said we will get them back, but it was still hard to part with them. 

Fingers crossed!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Chips, dips, chains, whips.

It's amazing what you can get done when you are rested and have a day off!  This week is both of my daughter's spring breaks.  I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for Friday to get a cortizone shot in my elbow.  My right elbow.  So I knew I wouldn't be able to do much Saturday or Sunday.

I heard all kinds of horror stories about getting the shot.  I was so worked up that I almost got up and left while I was waiting to see the doctor.  But I didn't.  And it wasn't so bad.  The shot has a numbing agent in it, so by the time you notice the pain, "Poof!", it's gone.

Saturday morning was a different story!  I woke up with my arm aching.  It felt like someone stabbed me repeatedly in the elbow.  I spent most of Saturday doing nothing....keeping myself loaded with motrin and icing my elbow.  But by Monday I was feeling almost no pain!  I was so excited that I jumped right into my art journal that I made a few posts back.

It's hard to see, but this one says, "Step a little closer.  I want to see the color of your eyes."

After sleeping in, I joined my littlest daughter in the playroom/studio and painted to the sounds of Sponge Bob and Adventure Time.  It was nice.  While she drew My Little Ponies, I painted, inked, scrapped, and all other kinds of multi-media adjectives.

Both of my girls think that I should make some of these into postcards.  What do you think?  I could use them for Postcrossing.

Not sure what this one will say.  I'm still thinking.

This was definitely a highly productive day off.  OH, we also went to the park and then took my oldest to the gym to work on her back hand springs.  Then we finished the day all together on the couch watching Weird Science.  "Chips, dips, chains, and whips.  You're typical teenage party."

I also linked up with The Butterfly Effect.  Go check it out!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

You've got mail!

Over at Inspiration Avenue the weekly challenge was your own interpretation of "You've got mail." I immediately thought of how post crossing has changed the way I look at mail.

When I was young, I always had a pen pal.  When my best friend from Kindergarten moved in the 5th grade to Taiwan, letters were the only way that we could keep in touch, since calling was too expensive.  We wrote to each other often.  I remember the first time my dad told me that I had a letter from Maggie.  I screamed and raced down the stairs.  It was so cool that it had air mail written all over it!

Now that we have the internet, email, and texting, it seems that we don't need letters to keep in touch.  We just go on facebook and see what's happening in real time.  I love the convenience of it, but I feel sad that my children don't know what it's like to send and receive letters.  Then a friend told me about postcrossing. It's a cool project that connects people from all over the world through postcards!  Since I signed myself and my daughter up, we have received cards from Poland, Russia, China, The Netherlands, Taiwan, India, Latvia, Spain, and Australia, just to name a few.  Each postcard is tracked on their website and we can see how many miles it traveled and how long it took to get to us.  We have really enjoyed looking forward to checking the mail.

In honor of one of my new hobbies, I decided to create a piece of artwork about postcrossing on top of a letter that I received from my parents the other day.  I used the large envelope as my canvas.  Hope you like it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The light at the end of the tunnel

I haven't blogged much or painted much.  My life has been consumed with cheerleading and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This weekend is our last competition.  We go to San Antonio for the American Spirit Championships.  Hopefully we will come back undefeated.  I checked out our competition and they are really good!

I got the team a super cute cookie cake for practice Wednesday.  Not because I love cookie cakes and am constantly trying to find a way to incorporate a cookie cake into our lives, but because I'm sure that every kid loves cookie cakes and just made sense.

My daughter pointed out that three of the cheerleaders only have one arm!

Anyway, here's a picture of a painting I've worked on this week.  Not really sure what I am going to do with it, but it's definitely not finished.

 And here's a picture of my daughter that will make you cringe!