Evita’s Updates October 2021

Hi Art friends and Family,

Here’s what’s been going on inside of my life.

I have been doing artwork this year in my new art studio with a large North window which looks out at my wonderful garden! Besides herbs and flowers I watch birds coming to visit. You may notice that there are more birds in this year’s paintings! They are up for sale this year. I had to zoom for my art classes with Interact, but I start back in person soon. My art mentor Cami and I visited New artsy places, like the Franconia Sculptures and of course the St Paul Art Crawl. They inspired me.

Next I want to tell you my new passion is poetry. Here is a poem, because last week, I saw an eagle outside of my work. It swooped down and snapped up a squirrel.

Wings of Grace

She comes gracefully, silently
Flying through skies of blue
With wispy clouds of gray hues.

She spreads her wings far and wide
As though a messenger
From way up high
Looking down at us as if to say
Tomorrow will be a brand new day.

Full of opportunities for us to find
As we go on our way
Throughout the day.

An eagle flying through the skies
As we know that when its seen
Is a promise of good things yet to be.

alt text = 4 women standing outdoors by Wild Rice Festival Banner
Wild Rice Festival with good friends Laura, Chelsey and Ona

I have kept fit with my great friend Alexis and by lots of walking with my friend Paula! I also got to do Special Olympics Track and Field in the spring. In summertime my Unified partner Katie and I enjoyed each other’s company and learned new techniques at Loggers Golf Course. Some of the Flames athletes are also in our church group at Centennial. We zoomed our lessons. And had some picnics. We went to Gibbs Farm and we went to the Wild Rice Festival in Roseville, since we are learning about Native Americans and how other Cultures have different names for God and ways to worship.

When I went up to the cabin in Aitkin Minnesota I put my own worms onto my hook on my Zebco 33 fishing rod. We caught some sunnies and crappies, which we ate for breakfast. I also got to kayak.

Even though we’ve had a pandemic going on, I’m doing my best to keep positive vibes. I hope that my Artwork will give you good vibes and make you smile.
Evita (Eve)

Update November 2020

Hello Art loving friends!
I wish you good health and safety and delight in the things that make you happy during the Pandemics in our lives at this time. While you are at home, I have several new pieces of ART WORK for you to look and to consider buying.

These are many of the activities that I have been doing this year.

Alt text=Eve Alexis doing sit upsDoing Virtual Special Olympics with my friend and unified partner Alexis. We also lift weights every Thursday on Facetime. Sometimes her dog joins us.
alt text = Sunrise reflects on lakeGoing up to Dan and Kristin’s cabin in Aitkin in the woods. We went kayaking and hiking. We also played games with Shaun and Katarina and Jessa – including a silly string fight! I took a few photos at sunrise with my new iPad.
Gardening with my mother inside of our raised garden bed. The animals ate us out of much of our foods. But I got a lot of chocolate mint and we had plenty of kale and ground cherries.
Taking Zoom ART classes with Interact Art Center teachers and friends. Another thing I have been working on is writing in Calligraphy!
alt text= 3 people outside holding puppetsHaving Zoom Sunday school classes. We also socially distanced with Flames friends, while helping out side of our church – like mulching and weeding. We had a retreat at a park, where we worked on our puppets and practiced for a show.

These are Blessings in my life at this time during the Pandemic.

  • Watching a lot of birds outside of my living room window eating from my bird feeder. Along with chipmunks and squirrels.
  • Working on drawing birds using my own step by steps ways of teaching how to draw them when their perched on a tree branch or on a rock or on the birdfeeder’s medal cardinal. These birds would include Cardinals, Black Capped Chickadees, Robins, Grosbeak, Crows, Sparrows, Woodpeckers (my least favorite) and Hawks. Now I am working on how to draw the Blue Jays that I am watching out at my square bird feeder.
  • Another Blessing is that I have had time to work on drawing and painting angels with different mixed media, on rocks paper, canvas and cards.
  • Another blessing in my life has been going on walks with my mom and my PCA Paula and my friend Chesley and her small dog Ozzie and my friend Ona.

    I have been doing yoga, eating healthy and tracking my meals in a fitbook. Next time, I will share a recipe with you.
    Sincerely,
    Your Friend Evita (Eve)

Update November 2019

November 2019

Hi Art Friends,

I have a Christmas card all ready for you to see on art page of my website. The painting was inspired from going to all the drumming circles in Sarasota, Florida. It is Snow Men drumming in a circle! The words came  from my Uncle David’s favorite Christmas song, Little Drummer Boy. He is in heaven and may hear you singing it.
I am continuing researching and learning about birds. I have been asked to teach a class about birds at InterAct Arts Center. It will be how to draw and paint the birds. The first few birds I will teach about are Black Capped Chickadees and then Cardinals. I already taught about Cedar Wax Wings at TSE. I have also gotten back into working with pottery, and I made a vase last week. It is in the kiln.
With the rest of my life, here is what is going on. I am working out at the YMCA and at home. I have therapy swim every Tuesday with Jared at Courage Center in Stillwater. Sometimes I have O.T. there with Alisa. I am also doing chair yoga at Fairview with an instructor named Margaret. She is teaching me and my mother and other people very good stretches and how to balance better. I am going bowling every Sunday. The state tournament is later this month. I am also working on centering and meditating as much as I can remember to be doing every day. My niece Katarina has recommended books for me to read. I get them from the Roseville Library. I read fiction about Al Capone and now I am reading Tracker by Gary Paulson.
Some of my family and friends will get surprises from my garden and my mother’s garden for Christmas.
Thank you,
Evita

Evita’s notes October 2018

Greetings art friends

I have been creating art work to share with you in my kitchen/artist studio and at InterAct  Art Center (1860 Minnehaha, St Paul). They are open most weekdays. In mid-November, you can find my artwork at Art Start (1459 St Clair, near Snelling Avenue, St Paul). You can also find new paintings and cards at Artwork on this website.

I have been studying birds and learning how to draw wings and the birds’ bodies.  A few favorite bird paintings are for sale, such as the owl that’s been in my neighborhood this summer. Another fun style I’ve been playing with is abstract art that came out of my zen tangle work. Take a look at this year’s Christmas cards. One has snow people and the other includes Gabriel the angel. There are also some new thank you cards. Pretty soon you’ll see a winter scene. I have some commissions I’m working on for my friends Paula and Kayla.

This summer, we gardened. My shade garden had surprises like a volunteer squash and toads. The chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and voles got a lot of our food, but my mom and I grew lots of herbs, which will become Christmas presents. Please don’t tell my sisters or sister in laws! My Special Olympics unified partner Katie and I got a bronze medal at the State Golf Tournament.

I hope this has been a really great year for all of you.   Evita

Alt Text = Evita in orange top, holding a sunflower, standing by sunflower painting
People liked my sunflower painting at the Birchwood Cafe

 

June News from Eve

Hanging with my cousin Cheryl at the family reunion we just had.

Hello!

Whew life has been busy!  Check out the Artwork because I have new artwork up.  Right now I am working on 2 paintings one is a pink angel with yellow feathers, she represents all of the good things going on in my family life, my church life and my artwork life.  At Interact I am working on a painting of an angel standing on a table of food it’s name is “Savor of Life” and will be part of Interacts upcoming play called “House of Fools”  I am trying to get art work displayed at Ginkgo Coffeehouse and looking for other places to display at.  I am planning to bring an angel to the headquarters of The Upper Room which is a magazine of daily devotions.  I hope that they will publish it in an issue.   I went on a Florida vacation where I got to hang out on the beach, see alligators, birds and dolphins.  This gave me so many ideas for beach artwork.

I have the Special Olympics Track and Field State Meet this weekend then I start SO Golf right away.  I’m pretty tired out because I’ve been spending a lot of time babysitting my nephews Shaun, Jack and Henry.  Luckily with the help of a deck of yoga cards I’ve started practicing yoga and meditation almost everyday focusing on the 3 things I want to work on each day.  I love it.  I will update you soon.

Bye for now

Evita

A Rainbow in My Head Updates

March 2017 by Evita

Hi Friends,

Thank you for looking at A Rainbow in my Head. We recently added new art. Please visit the ART PAGE if you want to see my newest paintings. Some days I wake up at dawn because I am so excited to finish in time for the St Paul Art Crawl!

The Art Crawl will be April 28, 29 and 30.

I will have some art work at the Show Gallery – 346 North Sibley . . . and at
InterAct Art Center on Minnehaha, just east of Fairview.

First I am heading to Florida with Amanda, Shawn and Katarina.  Then I will drive back with my mom and Cliff. I might get to stay at my cousin Stephanie’s (she has lots of dogs and lives in the country).  This winter was interesting. Paula, Sarah, Cami and even my aunt Patti took turns hanging out with me. I’ve been to Como, plays, movies, restaurants and of course art galleries. To stay in shape for Special Olympics, Sarah and I have been going to the Y and my mom and I are into yoga. One of my favorite things this winter was a SPA weekend with Ventures Travel. Hope to see you or hear from  you soon. Evita

alt text= Sarah Eve and David hold a painting
David Proposes to Sarah

Winter 2016

This picture is a commissioned painting of a wedding proposal. It was one of the hardest paintings I’ve done because I had to keep it a secret from Sarah.
What do you think her answer was!?!

Other things happening in my life are that we went to Florida to see Star and Gerald for Thanksgiving. We have been having fun babysitting the twins Jack and Henry and I bowled in Special Olympics this fall and have been swimming at Courage Center and doing Yoga. Paula and I put together a poster board of what’s important to me with old magazines so I try to get some of my goals done every day. I still get ideas for my art in dreams.

I had my Healing Journey art show at Centennial United Methodist Church. You can see it at the top of this page with people who came from all over the country for a meeting. 10 happy people in yellow shirts The experience was exciting and it made me feel more like a real artist. I have an art mentor named Cami who helps me meet other artists. I sold “The City of Angels” to a really nice family with 3 daughters and the painting is hanging inside of their bedroom. 

Happy Holidays,
Evita

Contact Evita at DebbyAndEve@gmail