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Le artiste chat by MommySpike
Le artiste chat
One of the interesting side perks of being a Grumbacher instructor is every so often they do little artist projects. I managed to get added to a traveling art book project where two Clearprint vellum books get sent to you -- one to keep and one to add a picture to. This is my page in the book -- I had a photo of this cat in my art morgue and thought he'd make an uppity artist cat.


Sakura micron pens, Copic markers, and white Grumbacher acrylic paint on Clearprint vellum.

Bonus: Here's a link to the pic on the Clear Print page!!cr…
Susan by MommySpike
It's been a tough week here -- last Saturday, my husband :iconwdh61: 's mother, Susan, died after being in poor health for a long time.  One of the options they had at the funeral home was to have a photo 'painted on canvas'  --- a good idea but one they vetoed as they already had an artist in residence.

It was a tough portrait to paint -- I really wanted to paint her with the auburn hair she'd always had until her chemo but since then it changed color. It's really hard to paint someone that you've known for so long because the image in your head is nothing like the reference photo you're working from, especially when life has changed them so much. I think the family will be pleased  and I really hope they like it.

Grumbacher acrylic on 12"x15" canvas board
Back again at the Flying Horse Cafe by MommySpike
Back again at the Flying Horse Cafe
....and this is the second display wall at the Flying Horse Cafe. This is located next to the door going directly into the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel. For those of you not familiar with Dallas, my gallery show is taking place in the historic Magnolia building… . It's a familiar landmark of the Dallas skyline noted for the giant red neon Pegasus on top of the building.
Live at the Flying Horse Cafe by MommySpike
Live at the Flying Horse Cafe
As requested, here's a shot of my display at the Flying Horse Cafe located in the historic Magnolia building in downtown Dallas. During the gallery opening, we watched a herd of Sedgeways whiz by on a tour of downtown, talked to people about various paintings, and had the strange experience of overhearing a woman dictate part of a book (at least we hope so -- otherwise she was REALLY off her meds!). This is the main display and there's another smaller wall around the corner with my "Maiko", "Swedish Lake," and "Lotus" paintings on it.
Baden by MommySpike
This was a bit of an experiment. We had just started selling black canvas so I did a demo in the store using a lion pic I'd saved in my pic morgue. Typically, I did paint off the top of the canvas but it was sort of interesting bringing the painting out into the light.

The name "Baden" comes from Boys Scouts founder Lord Baden-Powell. *L* He was an old lion himself.
Yes, I know... I haven't posted in forever. I was just waiting for something interesting to say.


I have been discovered!

As many of you know, I teach an acrylic painting class at Michael's Arts & Crafts. One of my paintings was on display on the framing counter where the assistant manager of the Flying Horse Cafe saw it and asked if how she could contact me. It turns out that she books artists to display their work in the cafe for a month at a time. I get to be the featured artist for August and I'll be having my gallery opening on Saturday, August 9th from 9am to 12 noon.

Flying Horse Cafe
 The Hotel Magnolia
1401 A Commerce St

Dallas, TX 75201  
  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: dryer running
  • Watching: Face Off season 7
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper


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Christi Smith Hayden
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United States
Current Residence: D/FW, Texas
Favourite genre of music: Eclectic, really....
Shell of choice: Seashell
Personal Quote: "One must first learn to draw the natural before one can draw the UNnatural."

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May God light your path and I wish the best for you :smooch:
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May beauty and wisdom surround and enrich you every day of the year.  May you laugh as often as you learn, may you know love and give love, may you see beauty and know it beautiful, may you dance instead of sigh, laugh instead of weep, and see the wonder of creation swirling always around you.  Might joyous memories and happy encounters leave you with a smile the normal wear and tear of life can never banish for long.  May you relish and surpass every new challenge, and seek adventure bravely.  Have the happiest of birthdays, and thank you for the gifts you gave US!  
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