My Art

Its cold in Ohio and I have been busy. The local Aquarius Art show opens February 1. The award reception is January 31 from 1 to 3 pm at our local library.

This year I was having a hard time figuring out what to submit. Everything I attempted just didn’t seem right.

I ended up going for what worked last year. Figure out something to submit that is fun to make and everything will come together.

The main thing for me is to be part of the show. Last year there were 126 pieces entered.

My pieces were there and looked good.

My brother shared some of our grandpa’s art while I was at his house for the wedding. I narrowed now the choice to two, and Ron gave me this one.

My guess is it’s the last big art project he completed. It’s a carved picture of a bear. Grandma Graves loved it. She had it in a place of honor.

Grandpa dated his pictures. This one was done in the late  60’s.


I think this was the last big art project my grandpa made.

I think this was the last big art project my grandpa made.


My first finished piece I named Grandpa’s bear. I would like to think Grandpa and Grandma Graves would really like

Grandpa's bear

Grandpa’s bear

Grandpa’s bear is a pastel. I had the frame and mat.

Dick's cat

Dick’s cat


My family laughs at me drawing a cat. I was taking pictures of the neighbors cat in hope to draw some of her beautiful flowers.

Dasher their cat came up to me, let me pet him. The poor cat was skin and bones. Two weeks later he died of lung cancer.

Dick’s cat is for all the pets we said good-by to last year. Is a pastel. I have yet to sell any picture. Dick’s cat could change that.



I have been busy finishing up a couple of pictures for the upcoming art show.

Animals again this year. Every year I have to learn have fun making the pictures.

The more fun a picture is to make the better it turns out.

The first picture is a bear.

My brother gave me a picture my grandpa had made of a bear and I thought this would go good with his.

I think both he and my grandma would really like that.

I finished the second one yesterday.

The second picture is our neighbors cat. While I was taking pictures of her flowers the cat came by me.

Dasher mewed wanted me to pet him. The poor cat was skin and bones.

Dasher passed away about a week later. He was a rescue.

So I did his picture to remember any pets that passed away in 2014.

It turned out really good. This weekend we plan on framing the pictures. Take in day for the art show is January 27th.

So I will post the pictures after take in day.

My next doctors appointment is my yearly CT scan because of colon cancer the middle of March.

A week after I see the oncologist to go over the results.

The skin doctor is at the end of March. So far I go twice a year and he removes something.

I have a new pulmonary hypertension doctor. He had never heard of Cowden’s, but is willing to learn.

I have an upcoming echo, blood word and six-minute walk when I see him in June.

He wants to talk about doing a right side heart cauterization again, so he has beginning numbers,

and to see if the adcirca is helping my pulmonary hypertension.  I have had two cauterizations since 2007.

Lately my fingers have been getting really cold. This starts around four pm.

Yes I know its January and  I live in Ohio so I should be cold. But My fingers get so cold they hurt.

I have started wearing gloves inside, taking them off right before bed. It seems to help.

My next art project is to make something for the twitter art exhibit.

I will post the finished project.

How I volunteer!

  I have been attending the local county art meetings.  The first part of the meeting is art league business.

Every year the art league  puts on Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an event where artists come from around the country to sell their art.

This show helps the art league to give scholarships to local graduating high school seniors to study art.

Along with helping the run the other art league events.

Every meeting I have attended they have asked for volunteers.  I finally found how I can help.

Social Medina! Who knew!

I can volunteer at home on the computer when I have the time.

 I started  Medina County Art League Twitter account. Follows us @medina_art_leag

So far I have found one other art club member on Twitter. Currently we have five followers.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Twitter @tamiarnold1

Every day I am finding something new. While tweeting for the art league, I found #TwitterArtExhibit.

#TwitterArtExhibit is an art exhibit put on by twitter followers. Any artist can donate a postcard size picture. They display the pictures and sell them to a local charity.

This year the local charity is in Moss Norway. It’s a charity that helps families. Artists send in original postcard size original works that are sold for charity.

Check out the website and all the good art Twitter art Exhibit os on Facebook too. I am still thinking about what to submit

The second part of the meeting is an art demonstration.

Last month someone talked about his drawings for Highlight magazine.

Another Art Show



The pictures are down from the library Art Show. Tomorrow the award winners are displayed at a local bank for two months.

The bank show will have the award winners plus two extra pictures.

My award-winning pictures are in February’s post.

Begging is my sister’s dog. Its Thanksgiving day right before all the food goes to the table.

Emma was attempting to get a treat. She didn’t care who gave it to her. I think it came out really good.

This time when asked I will have a price for this picture.

I’m still in shock

I joined the Medina County Art League. So far I have only been to one meeting and the fall workshop.

ITs mostly ladies who are really good at what they do. Every February anyone who is a member can put two pieces  in the art show.

The show is on the third floor of the county’s main library.

My goal was to show two pieces enjoy the show, not spent lots of money on framing and see what I can do for next year.

This past Tuesday was time to turn in the pieces. My first piece was really easy. I had done a pastel of our sheepdog mix Martha.

She was covered in hair, her eyes looked good.

Martha pastel

Martha pastel

I liked the expression on her face. Not to bad of a picture.

Dave likes the Martha picture. So far so good.

I ended up doing a pastel of Daisy our current dog. She is a rescued Boxer mix. Our front room has lots of windows.

Daisy’s favorite thing is to look outside for anything to bark at. We have had anything from 8 deer at one time to cats and skunks.

I used an older picture of Daisy and my new Christmas pastels. This was the third time I drew her by the window, but the first time in pastels.

Part of turning in the pictures was setting a price for them. I had no idea.

So I turn in my pictures ten minutes short of the deadline. Thinking that they will be hidden somewhere in the middle of this great art.

We get to the show. The place looks great. The boxer mix picture is the first one we find. It looks really good, has a tag beside it with my name spelled right,

and the title of the picture. Same thing with the picture of Martha the sheepdog. Even the refreshments were good.

I found a seat, talked a little and the awards started. Friday night someone call and suggested I come to the awards.

Now I was coming anyway. It was really nice to invite family and friends to this instead of telling them my latest health update.

There were four honorable mention awards. You get a small check and a nice ribbon. That sounded really good. A whole lot more than I even expected.

But  I didn’t get an honorable mention. The president went through third place, second place and first place.

These people are really good. I have seen their work at summer art shows. The second place winner is giving a demonstration in May at her studio.

I am really looking forward to going.

I had been kidding Dave that the president needed people for the clean up afterwards. We should pack the broom.

Right before the best in show was announced the president read the judges requirements for awards. She had five different requirements.

Her main requirement good media technique and the picture to speak to her.

So….I WON BEST IN SHOW. I’m still in shock. My last art show I entered was high school.

I got a pretty ribbon and a cash award. Who knew. Someone took pictures of my shocked face.

I have no picture of Waiting for Critters, the title of my picture. Just wanted to get it to the show.

I will post Waiting for Critters soon.