Sunday, June 28, 2009

One Man's Trash...

I wasn't actually dumpster diving.
I was just taking out the trash
and found this in the dumpster.
It was clean and right on the top.
It was some sort of school math
cirriculum tote. I saw immediatey
there was potential for this cart.
It just needed someone to love it
and give it a new direction.
Kind of like us sometimes.This was going to be just right
for my traveling paint gear.
Sometimes I paint at a clients location
and my favorite -
to paint during worship.
I grabbed my paints and
embellised the top.
It is just the right size for my dropcloth,
a bin for brushes, a bin for paint,
a roll of paper towels, several containers
for water, and a pocket for
promotional materials.
It's just like it was made for me.

I covered the old logo with gesso
and a couple of coats of black.
A new look, a new purpose,
redeemed from the pit.
That will preach!!!

Be assured that if you are feeling like a
failure, feeling unappreciated,
tossed aside, or no longer useful -
it could be that you are at the
beginning of a new phase
and purpose for your life.
You may feel that people have
given up on you but
God never gives up on you!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone,
the new has come!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Memory Box

This morning after I had my coffee on the back
porch I decided to pull out the memory box and
take some photos of it. My mom had asked for the
"Lucky 13" newspaper article. So, here goes!
She made this box for me in the 70's.
There are some precious
momentos on this little box.


This photo is me helping Daddy with
I am evidently totally uninhibited and
getting into the paint was more important
than getting dressed. Hope you're not blushing!!!
I cropped the picture just for you!

Here's the article that Momma requested.
"13" Is Lucky Number For McKinney Girl".
Born 6/13, weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz.,
Room 313, Baby #13.
I am NOT superstisious (sp?).
I don't believe in luck-I believe in Jesus!


There is a newspaper article from the
Dallas Morning News,"Engineers With Curls".
Soozy and I helped Daddy survey the street in
front of our house. The city was extending it
to meet the highway and to build the Gibson store.
That was before Wal Mart. I also helped
Daddy survey the area for Lake Towakoni.
Then, there is a picture
of me and Soozy in our Easter bonnets,
ruffled dresses, and patent leather shoes.

The back of the "Station Wagon".
That's another story.
We are ready to go on vacation.
Probably to the beach,
and definitely camping.
I love the old (it was new then) metal cooler.
That's my baby brother, Kenney standing up.


We were McKinney Lions fans.
I don't think Daddy ever missed a
game, no matter how cold or rainy it was.
And we would travel across the state
for championship games. Every week during
football season Daddy drew school spirit cartoons
for the newspaper. Our school mascot was this
HUGE stuffed lion. I remember waking
up one morning and the lion was in Kenney's
baby bed in our room. It scared me at first then,
I felt proud and OOOH so priviledged.
"The Lion" was at our house!
How could one girl be so "lucky"?!?


Soozy, Kenney, and me in my with
my wanna be a hippie hair.
I wanted long, straight hair.
Oh well, I am not going to go there!

This side of the box has some of
my early handiwork, a painting
of a snow scene, an article about Daddy
and his portraits, and a day pass
and 10 cent ticket to Disneyland.
That was from 1955 or '56.
That was before Six Flags,
Orlando, Disney World.....

For some reason there are no articles
about Momma on this box.
It could be because she made the box
and left those things out.
She was and still is very involved in
anything and everything to do with
her family. She was most likely on the
other side of the camera when the
pictures were taken.
Here is the newspaper article about
Daddy and the portraits that he painted.

This has been a precious trip
this morning. As much fun as going on
vacation to the beach but without all the
sand and sunburns.
See Ya Later, Alligator!
* Sorry if you got this twice.
The picture of the back was missing
and I couldn't leave that out.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

West Texas Sunset or Sunrise - Last Panel

Here's the last panel or canvas. Sometimes the
family room feels a bit empty with these gone
to their new home.

This last panel looks to Snyder's future.
The wind turbines have been a boost to the West Texas economy.
Even though the church is an older church located in Fluvana,
I put it with the wind turbines as a reminder that we need God.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2009

West Texas Sunset or Sunrise - Middle Panel

The mural is a blending of the old and new.
So here's the old windmill. I took several
wonderful photos of old windmills. The wooden
ones are getting more dificult to find.
The barn is on Highway 84 here in Snyder.
I will be posting a little slide show with
instructions on painting the barn,
so check be sure and come back.
The cotton fields are so typical of Snyder.
When we first moved here there was a billboard
that said "Snyder, where the oil flows and the
cotton grows." Now they should add "and the
wind blows". The new economic boost is the
wind turbines. You will see those in the
distance on this panel.
Our horizon has completely changed.
Thanks for stopping by! See ya later!

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