Hello, Hello again..........Welcome to an other T-day post, a time for linking up with Altered Book Lover to be ever so nosey as to what other fellow bloggers are drinking. As is every morning my cup has coffee in it.....black if you please. You might want to get a "full" drink before continuing this post......it's a LONG one......so I will apologize in advance....but you have been warned!!
I must say, you just missed it last Tuesday! What???? Here in the San Joaquin Valley we felt the earth mover under our feet........Thank you Carole King!!
"A 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Wasco area of Kern County Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The temblor hit 22 miles outside of Bakersfield at 4:10 p.m."
Well, Wasco may have gotten the headlines because it happened in their city limits, but it was located about 6 miles west from MY house! Hadn't felt one in quite a while, so the first jerk and boom got my attention, the next second jerk and boom and I knew what it was! We don't always get the "boom"....just depends on how the earth is moving..........rolling style.....no sound. The only way I can describe the sound is like a sonic boom that hits the ground HARD!
It was a hard couple of jolts to the house, yet nothing fell off the walls, but I did go outside and walk around the house to see if there was any damage......they say it takes a 5 or better on the seismograph to do damage......but that's what THEY say. No damage, but earthquakes always make me nauseous....yet I don't get sea sick or air sick.......weird huh?
Onto happier things............It is time again to Shafter's
A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
That being said, I was asked again this year to help set up the art exhibit. It is a LOT of work, but fun at the same time. All I took with me was my phone, and only had chances to take pictures off and on.
The first thing to do was boss around a couple of young men as to how we wanted the display boards set up........took about an hour. I'm not going to describe every moment, decision and every piece of art that was hung......your welcome!
Janeen and I became kindred spirits and quick friends as I helped her hang her art.
There were so many artists that were in and out, these are the ones that I could catch for photos. There were also ceramic, children's book writer and a mosaic to be seen....but after 4 + hours I came home.......poooped!
This is where we were headed...........I've taken you here before..........
Sunday found be back at the Colours event. This time it was to paint......something like the "paint" nights" I've shared before.................only this was a bit more tricky..................
Van Gogh....there on the left was the intended inspiration......but we did not know that when we started. The instructor did not have a finished painting or even a copy of this picture (which took me all of one minute to find of the internet) for us to look at. She did have an outline already drawn on each canvas.......looked like a paint by number.....LOL!
She gave us ONE color at a time (?....yes really) I felt like I was back in grade school! She lead us through where the yellow background.......applied with a sponge, the orange went on the table AND the vase. Then the green to the areas that were supposed to be leaves. Now, not every outline was the same, she said she grew tired around 15 canvases so some were a little different..........really????
LOL! Mine was different than the ones to the left of me......so Barb and Margret had to figure out their own leaves and couldn't copy mine......LOL!!! Margret has painted before, but I don't think Barb has ever held a paint brush.......so there was a LOT of laughing going on!
Once we laid the blue in she said......and I quote: "The rest of the flowers are open for your interruption." Okkkkkaaaaayyy......just what is it that it should at least resemble??? Remember, we did not know what we was supposed to be our inspiration. I do know Van Gogh's work from all those art history classes .......way back in high school, and from visiting MOMA in New York........but come on lady there were people who had never painted before, sitting there with BIG question marks over their heads!!! I even had one....were those orange island, as we were calling them, the centers? "Oh no, those are just bits of color peeking through"......more question marks.........
Once she agave us white and purple....at the same time....gasp! I went my own way......this two hour painting had already taken three hours....and it you scroll back up to the instructor holding her painting up........she put parentheses around her background....NOT going to happen, I knew Van Gogh had NEVER done that in one single painting !! So I just had fun doing what ever I wanted with the purple and white.....I knew these were supposed to be Irises, but she had led us so far astray it was too late to recoup the Irises and just to be defiant I added splatters..........ROTHLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud).
I felt sorry for the people who had never painted before, this was NOT a beginner painting and the instructor was full of herself. She stated that she had been professionally painting for over 10 years, she did NOT mix colors and she had her friends over quite regularly to paint and sip wine.
I know two people that left what they had painted there, not even bothering to at least take their work home.......Cheryl was one of them. We PAID $40.00 to paint......yes it was a fundraiser of sorts and that doesn't bother me......but really?? She uses cheap brushes and very cheap paint for her "classes"!
Okay, I'm now officially off my "bash the instructor" soap box.....LOL! Can I do better? Probably.....would the paintings turn out better...........that would have to wait to be seen.....*grin*
So, if you have made it through the whole post you need to be patting yourself on the back. about now!! I told you it was a long one...*grin*
KrishaPS: By the way our colorful yellow t-shirts were provided by the Shafter Kiwanis, since the instructor didn't have aprons for us......and there were quite a few in their church clothes!