Kat''s Nature

Kat's Nature Is To Be Creative - I Love Paint and Stuff

Thursday, May 3, 2012

There's no place like home at the Abbey

Now THAT's a Ruby Slipper !

Happy Friday everyone
This is a special post about my latest painting 
and also
a bit about my family
I'm the one drinking milk...and a dash of Kahlua

here is my latest art work in progress

I think I'll call it..." Pears "

 soon to be added to my growing art shop at
Fine Art America.com 
  > HERE
 yes that is my unabashed, self promotion of this post 

still a bit more finishing touches to do
 after this layer dries a bit 
I am using oils of the water soluble type
which I use exclusively  now !
no chemicals needed for cleaning and thinning.
They dry much faster than traditional oils -for sure!
These paints are very similar in
  performance to  traditional oil paint.
 Pinned Image
Next -  I plan to go back
 to some architectural, impressionist painting
perhaps the old  St Bede Monastery 
will be next
or my Home Church of St Columban
I have been feeling more like it is my home
the place to find strength,  love, and inspirations
I think we all have those special places

Places that will always be with you and give you
 a peaceful yet powerfully joyous state of mind.

I have been doing some traveling
  visiting with  my Dad in Peru  IL
at the Benedictine Monastery where he now lives 
with his fellow monks

The Monastery and school

Church building

A sculpture of the child Mary by a St Bede monk

the Monastery pond out back is lovely

I went to an auction/ Dinner/ Fundraiser
for St Bede's Abbey and Academy

St Benedict and his Arch Angels

Five of my six sisters arrived on Friday
 also two of my three brothers !
Dad was there to greet us all at the doors of 
St Bebe Abbey
And now my  "Confession "
We love to steal our dad away from his Abbey home
and treat him to lunches and dinners while we are visiting him
we go to Starved Rock State Park and soak in the scenery 
or we go to a local winery and do a wine tasting
I found a wine I absolutely loved
Rhubarb wine !
 I have almost drained one whole bottle this week Oh MY!
Dad (Brother Anthony) and some of us
 ate lunch at Duffy's Tavern 
  He enjoyed his time with us there 
and a deliciously overflowing corned beef sandwich.
do you see the  image of a clover in the foam?
 At first I thought that clover image was
 some kind of miracle
...but they do that to all the Guinness's
neat trick of ole Duffy
My Littlest brother Danny Shaughnessy

Duffy's Tavern for lunch

Now for the photos from the auction
The Theme
"There's No Place Like Home"
which is true - isn't it ?

buckets of beer ? There IS no place like home

 The art students made the decorations 
and many of them entertained us all night long

The tornado as we entered The Auction

A  student at St Bede Academy dressed as the cowardly lion

Brother George, now 90 yrs old has a fun time at the auction

We Will Be Back Again - Soon - Love and hugs - KAT

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TexWisGirl said...

love that you get to steal your dad away for some nature and pub time. :) and love that slipper and the tornado. :)

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful time you must have had, you have a very goodlooking family, all have such beautiful eyes, its so nice to spend toime together isn't it, you Dad is a lucky man, and you too , great to have so much family,
that wines sounds really good, my mum made that when I was young, you look so pretty in your photos, thanks for sharing

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post- from the pears in progress to the pub and ruby slipper and family. Love it all and I am so glad that you feel like you have a special "home". xo Diana

Jen said...

This was a great post--I love when your write about your family!

Heather said...

What a great post this was. I love the big Ruby slipper. Love those center pieces. So cute! So glad you got to see your Dad. Love your pear painting! Happy PPF!

Ayala Art said...

Those pears are amazing!
Your dad lives with the monks? Wow
... Thanks for sharing the great photos!

Debbie said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time. What a beautiful place. Your pear painting is looking really good. Your soft colors are very pretty.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those pears are beautiful - it's unusual to see oils (and refreshing!).
We toured the Guiness factory in Dublin, and they did the shamrock trick in the bar at the top of the building.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Great post... sounds as though it was a great event, and that pond at the back of the abbey is lovely... thanks for sharing this post with us...xx

Giggles said...

Wow colorful post!! Love love love your yellow and green pears!! Just wonderful! I want to try the rhubarb wine, sounds so yummy!! I love the table decor and your ruby slipper...
Happy weekend to you!!

Hugs Giggles

Anne said...

Love your "Pears", so luminous and luscious! <3

Netty said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful photographs. Loving the way those pears are looking. Happy PPF, Annette x

La Abela said...

Magnificent pears, and a great post. Saludos

Molly said...

I love the beautiful yellows and greens on your pear painting. The buildings you photographed are beautiful. I can't wait to see how you capture them. Looks like a great time was had by all!

wednesday said...

Dang, this looks like so much fun. Makes me wish I'd been there.

Love that new painting of the pears, the color combination is gorgeous.

NatashaMay said...

Looks like fun! Great photos and those pears look fantastic! :)

Carolyn Dube said...

Never apologize for sharing such good news like adding to your art shop! The pears are fabulous! That ruby slipper is so amazing- whomever bought that has one great conversation piece!

Helen Campbell said...

Beautiful painting! Looks like you had a fabulous time at the abbey! Thanks for sharing the fun! Happy PPF!

Ginny said...

What a great post from start to finish. There really is no place like home and noone I would rather be with than family.

Love the colors in your pear painting.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Fabulous pears! Great photos. Happy PPF

kristin maynes said...

Love the pears! Your paintings are wonderful. Wow, you have lots of siblings, sounds like you made some great memories.

mx said...

What a fun post! From pears all the way to Oz. Much fun.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely painting and awesome event and photos ~ you seem to like the watersoluable oils? ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

WrightStuff said...

What a great post - I do love those pears - they look really juicy!

pat said...

What a wonderful story and the pictures are great!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing family you have! Love all of the fun decorations and of course your art is outstanding! This one is my favorite now!

Gloria said...

Thanks for the fun photo journey with your fundraiser and family. I am straight North of your Dad in Lake Zurich, IL. I love your impressionistic pears. how do you like FASO? I tried to do a blog there about 2 years ago and couldn't figure it out. But many fine artists on it. Have a great week, and Happy PPF!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

You must have some interesting story about your dad becoming a monk! Love all the decor! patsy