Paint and Sip party 1-27-17

Photos from last night’s Paint and Sip party at Dunedin RV Resort & Blue Moon Inn. An awesome group of gals and a ton of fun! Looking forward to next month’s class with ya’ll!!!

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Happy birthday, Shermie

Remembering Shermie on his birthday today. The Sherminator was my original Big Black “Dog” when I first started pet portraits. He would come when called like one of the dogs. Better than the dogs, actually. Philphil trained him well.

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Paint and Sip class – Winter in Florida

Paint & Sip with BigBlackDogStudio at Grand Bay Mobile Home Park’s Club House: Wednesday, December 7 from 7-9pm. Door opens at 6:30 (arrive no later than 6:45 to claim your seat and get settled).

Painting: “Winter in Florida” – Monochromatic study background—you choose your main colour (see samples in photo). On top, we layer on bokeh style bubbles or lights and dangle decorative beads. And since this is Florida and nearing the holidays, our featured ornament is a stylized orange.

Samples shown are a grouping of three oranges or one large ornament, eh, orange.

BYOB, adult party. Feel free to bring snacks. Please RSVP to hold your seat. Must arrive no later than 6:45 to claim your spot, otherwise, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Looking forward to this fun night with you!

Your background can be any base colour. Some possibilities are……

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Finished Orange Grove mural

Finished up the Orange Grove storefront mural at SJ’s International Food Market at 1108 Overcash Drive in Dunedin, Florida over Thanksgiving weekend.This area of town used to be part of a large orange grove back in the day. Dunedin is known as a very walkable and bike-able town, hence the nod to the  antique bike with market baskets. The town is also the spring training base for the Toronto Blue Jays. Since SJ’s IFM is family owned and operated, the Blue Jay are represented as a family of birds. The faux wood signs pointing around the corner to the patio with picnic benches and herb garden tie in to the recycled pallets used for the fresh herbs the store’s owner, Som, uses in her fresh Thai cuisine made to order and available for dining in or taking out. Find them on Facebook or @SJSINTERNATIONALMARKET.

65 painting hours went into laying down multiple primer layers for a thick, almost vinyl-like base, followed by the actual mural painting, then finished up with multiple layers of clear polyacrylic to protect the design from scratches and curious fingernails. Here are some highlights of the design, including the antique bicycle, faux wood signs and a Blue Jay family.

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Starting new mural

SJ International Food Market has opened in Dunedin, Florida and the owner, Som, has asked me to paint a mural on the front windows. There is an orange grove going across the entire front and then a few other key focal points. I had painted the windows of her other business two years ago. Was working this past week on the antique bicycle and filling up the market baskets, adding metallics and glitter. Progress shot to date:

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Sparkly supernova of glittery awesomeness

I have a lot of sparkly friends that this is for. Please continue shining on.

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Diva flashback

Oh my goodness. One of the annoying things about having gone through being the recipient of toxic chemicals being pumped directly into your heart (aka chemotherapy) is the memory loss, or rather memory vagueness of my past self. I mean, I can still sit down and type 99 words per minute and Grammar Cop the heck out of anything written, but remembering that I used to sing in a three octave range is sketchy.

Don’t remember what I started looking for on YouTube, but one of my old videos popped up in the search section, which then reminded me I had an old Caffeinated Music YT page (formerly under suzysunshineobx) with music videos I had done to either post songs I liked whilst playing with MovieMaker or to teach my past choirs songs we needed to learn. Anyway. I came across this Mozart piece that I have sung for years and recorded quickly for someone who called me from far away and who needed to learn it quickly so would I please record it for them. Talk about long ago and far away.

Try not to laugh.