Sunday, December 21, 2008

Painting a Day THE EXPERT

Duane Keiser is the ULTIMATE in painting a day!

Click above to view his latest oil paintings!

I have been painting...not EVERY day but wow what a GREAT challenge to do to get your creativity in motion!
Even if you do NOT meet your goal, it surely gets your creative juices flowing!

I got up the other night at 3:00 am and went down to the paint room...
blasted my tunes (the "big kids" are spending the holiday with their dad so I get full rule of the "creative space" with little complaint).

I cranked out two more and then slipped into bed as the sun was rising.

What a GREAT feeling!

I include the last of the painting a day's for Allison...
as tomorrow we take our little pumpkin, Ann Kathryn to
the world of Disney in Orlando...
for a fancy holiday "before her holiday"
which will begin on Dec. 26 when we pick up her sisters and brother
to begin our OWN Christmas EVE...

The sister's birthday too!
so Christmas here will last here all the rest of the year!

But the painting will end...maybe, unless I get a chance to do some
brushwork in South Florida, pool-side :)

Water Series continues....
Water glass
Swimmers (may have seen before, one of those I "worked on more")
The wine bottle and glass on abstract

And the painting I did of my sister for her birthday
(party TODAY) at my house so LET ME GET GOING HERE!

It came from a dream....

See you in 2009, as we embark on a new venture!

Crestline Seafood Company
HAPPYMESS ice cream
and a space in Crestline to showcase my artwork!
and watch for a booksigning for Birmingham Sketchbook in Homewood in February.

Paintings still at Wildflower Wax as well, so if you need a last minute gift..
grab one of their candles...they are amazing!



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Show this weekend

We are expecting SNOW tonight....
what a GREAT treat here right before Christmas!

I have been painting MADLY!

Here are two more special treats for you to view in the Painting a Day Series
for December! It has really been a great "TRICK" to play on myself.

I hope to see you at the art show in Homewood this weekend. It should be pretty Sat. and Sunday.

The second painting is a custom painting in the "girlfriends" series. She supplied a photo of them in New York.

Custom work still available in time for Christmas.
Just email at Chetti7 with questions.

Home paintings
City scape
Angel paintings with "hair color/style" specifications
Pet Portraits
Travel collage (will be after the holidays- you supply mementos)
Special Holiday Pricing:
Canvas with staples on back (wrapped sides- regular depth)
16X20- 175
24X36- 350
36X48 490
Gallery wrap 24X36- 595.

Blessings and may Santa bring you all your CREATIVE WISHES!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Ok, it is harder than it seems...
but I still persevere!

well, as my artist's friends point they look at me with dismay
when I tell them,
I decided to do a painting a day in December...


And ok, today is the I need 9 paintings to meet the overall "quota".


Here are 3 more....
actually the angel was just "tweaked"
so that makes 6?

but it is EARLY in the DAY! :)
(ok for you CPA types like my husband...
no I am NOT painting every day..
did you not see the blog about the cookie parties?
But doesn't painting with icing count?
oh, and the is STILL coming along between paintings I add
dots or stripes here and there....

These will be at the show this weekend!
Hope you can come!


I wrote earlier about HOME...I have such great memories of my home in Livingston...
roller skating in the house (my baby rides her bicycle in our house), riding our bikes for miles, building forts, playing outside on the trampoline until we had to come in because it was dark.

I love our street...there are always kids squealing up and down the block...on our trampoline, in the they rip-stick...we skateboarded.

And yesterday, my 12 year old daughter gave me the most awesome compliment.
She said, THANK YOU.

"Thank you mom for being one of those cookie moms (cookie that you eat...not KOOKIE, like coo-coo~ although she'd often like to call me that).

Monday she had her friends over for a cookie party. I wrote them an email and said, "hope you aren't too cool now...". They weren't and had a blast.

I have had this group over for about three years to study God's word after school. I listened to them talk about boys...correcting each other's "thoughts" about boys...
and I realized, "YES! THEY ARE STILL KIDS!"

I almost cry at how blessed I have been to have my children planted here on a rock.

No place is perfect...and challenges lie in EVERY COMMUNITY. But as I told them, Chad and I will be the ones in the back row of the movie theater clearing our throats and "expelling someone" if we see them do ANYTHING out of character becoming of a young lady who deserves to be respected. They sorta giggled and Shelton was appalled at the thought (she is waiting til college to "date"....she can "court"....:))

They can resist, but hopefully someday in the back of their mind, when they are in a questionable situation, they will remember their parent's comments, and then have some backup with "Mr. Chad will GET you!"

They have such huge hearts and again we plan to collect items for our favorite family the Gardners. (read in previous article-or in Southern Beauty Magazine~ have 14 children~ most adopted and special needs children)

I am so blessed that I can be home at 3, hear them come blaring in the door, backpacks and giggles...and watch them race to the stove for cookies....

These days will be gone way too soon...
as Brent begins to drive in a year....

And we don't have them here this year for Christmas..
they travel to the beach to celebrate Hanukah and Christmas with their dad's family.

So often we are so eager to "get them back to school".
Nurture EVERY minute!

You can bet on Dec. 26 we will be CRANKIN UP THE COOKIE FACTORY and starting Christmas all over again!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008




My sweet friends, Jennifer and Dave Rankin
are opening on 2916 Linden Avenue in Homewood

Friday, Dec. 12th 10-9pm
Saturday, Dec. 13th 10-9
Sunday December 14th 12-5

They attend Church of the Highlands and their candles are

They have been shopping at market and have some fun things in
soap and body products, jewelry, purses, clothing, home decor, baby items,
and gifts for all ages.

I hope you will come by to check it out!

I will be there on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday from 1-4
Sunday 2-4

Small, medium and large paintings.

Can't wait to see you!

205-249-8280 is the phone number there.

Songwriting/ Play Production On the Horizon

Click on the bar at the bottom for YouTUBE Video of Brent's newest songs.

We will be recording this month,
a CD for him, one with he and his sister, Shelton singing Christmas Music
and some of my own originals....not all on the same CD :)

We also are looking forward to putting together a Christian collection of songs
written last semester at our house by our Songwriter's Group (in January)
and the songs will be performed in May in conjunction with a new play that
we wrote this semester through Church of the Highlands SMALL GROUPS that will incorporate singing, dance, and a play that teaches teens about making the right choices in life.
We can't wait to share it all with you!


Slide Show

Allison Puccetti Adams

Click on the photo to go to all photos in this blog!

Fun Paintings



Home/ A Place to Nurture your Soul

This morning I woke up with legs across me. It is cold above the covers but I am warm and snuggled against a figure in my bed. But the feet that wiggle beside me are not those of my husband. They are my daughter’s. She is almost three and sleeping in my bed.

This week I took all of the toys and things I trip on during my midnight trips to the bathroom and arranged them in her big girl room, yet still she lies spread sideways across the middle of our king sized domain.

It is not entirely her fault. Since birth, I have enjoyed having her near, perhaps for the convenience of not having to treck to the other end of the house to investigate strange wimpers heard over the monitor.

I breast fed all three of my children. My oldest son, now fifteen, was the one I fed the longest, which lasted six months as a result of my “first time mother” enthusiasm. My oldest daughter, who is eleven, I breast fed for three months. She stayed in my bed until she was five! And this one who lies peacefully across me, I fed for a month, with much effort, as my private time was greatly limited.

The first two were with my former husband who truthfully could have cared less whether we had kids, dogs or wild ponies lying between us. But I am forty-two now, and this is doing absolutely nothing for my love life, which happens to be in full swing with my husband of almost four years.

So I ponder the question, in order to entice my daughter, “What is it that makes a child love their room?”

I visited my own childhood room this weekend. My mom has lived in the same home since birth. The paint changes frequently, but home is the same, for her and for me as I return.

She has re-designed my room, removed the lime green shag of the seventies and placed the contents of my old high school bulletin board that covered one full wall in my room neatly into a hat box or two.

But the closets I played in remain exactly the same. The “secret attic corridor” to my sister’s room that was a haven for hide and seek is filled with my old records, every piece of fabric I have had in a room since college, and boxes of old photos. Even clay creations made at girl scout camp are here.

My office, oh, the office, is exactly as I left it. A cedar closet was where I put a file cabinet and a door across the top to create an official desk. In the drawers I found alphabetized folders of mailers from the center tear-out from another Southern magazine I would write to as a child to request travel information. I loved getting the mail and tearing in to see flyers and letters addressed to me begging me to visit places like Gatlinburg, Rock City or the Grand Old Opry, if only I could drive.

This place was a shrine, with trophies and old love letters, diaries, and my mom had even left old books that belonged to my dad when he taught English, before he left us. She must have realized how much this place meant to me. It is almost as I left it, except that on the floor are baskets and boxes of toys, legos and shiny cars for my children and my sister’s four that are under the age of 9.

The bedroom seemed bigger then. As I sat on the floor, surrounded by garbage bags of things that I was finally able to let go of, I realized just how rare it was for me to be able to actually step back in time.

It was even rarer, that I could pick up the phone and dial the exact same number that I dialed when I was eleven, over thirty years ago to reach my best friend’s grandmother, my aunt, the mom of my best friend who learned to ride a bike with me or even my old babysitter, who actually isn’t old, but only ten years older than me!

With the average person moving every …years, most people can not re-visit their old home, not to mention, walk in and have it just as it was. We all want to re-visit our past, if not for nostalgia, as a way to be able to move past something we’ve tucked away in the corners of our minds.

Even old photographs, boxes of treasures, or old letters can help satisfy this yearning we all have as human beings. There is something in us that searches for a sense of place. And when we dig deep within our souls, we find that every thread of our being begins to be woven when we are young.

So yesterday when I returned home, I vowed to make more effort, for myself, as well as for my daughter, to help make her room a place that is “hers”. We arranged doll furniture, set up a corner for her little kitchen, laid out some puzzles and fluffed her “princess” bed.

Yet still, this morning I woke up to a child who wandered my direction in the night. For now I have to say, I enjoy her snuggles, for the two older ones are almost past the point of snuggling. And I hope that someday she will either visit or remember her room as a place that she cherished, a place that nurtured her creativity, that gave her a place to rest her body, a place to feed her spirit, and most of all, a place that nurtured her soul.

Allison Puccetti Adams @2008

Friday, December 5, 2008


I absolutely LOVE Christmas...
it is my FAVORITE time of year...
Christmas music has been playing through the house since Nov. 1...
the first year Chad and I married, it was on October 31 that we decorated...

(Halloween would be the LEAST favorite)

I share some decoration ideas...
from the living room...

But even a Charlie Brown Christmas tree (which is what we had the first year we moved here....because all of my LIFE was in storage)
or any decoration looks great with cookie dough and sprinkles being scattered beside's all about the smell...and a mix of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla on the stove is just as good.

We put ornaments on that tree with paper chains listing what my daughter, son and I were thankful for...including the ONE bathroom apartment we used to be in that made us appreciate "not standing in line" for the toilet...HA

But I must say LAST year we had a tree that went floor to ceiling in our two story space....we had to trim the top...took so much testosterone from the neighborhood...
I felt like Tim whatever his name was here from Home Improvement...
chain saws were blaring..and when we cut the net...limbs spread across the room like my old favorite movie..Christmas Vacation...
The kids did acrobatics from the rails to decorate the top..
I'll add a copy of that photo...

I pray that this Christmas has special meaning for you and your family.

I know it does for us, even though the kids go to their dad's this Christmas..
we are NEVER deterred...we just begin Christmas on Dec. 26...



Ok, there are some people who might look like they are defeated
(I have been known to be one of these)
and then OUT OF THE BLUE...they round the corner...
So I present to you..
PAINTING NO. 3 AND 4 of the PAINTING A DAY challenge I have given to myself.
So, on December 5 (began the second)....I am at 4 paintings...and CAUGHT UP!

I began the TUSCAN PATH painting a few weeks ago, with my Creative Call group
click on the link below for Highland Artists to see that website if you need inspiration ~

We all meet at my house every Wednesday to share tips, techniques...
read about THEM on the blog...
they have shown me the true value of friendship.

Then the angels...
AHHHHHHH, I am back to a place, with angels.
in 2007 I wrote a book about angels, illustrated by Donna Jones.
It is in a vault as I now understand why the Christian stores didn't take the book..
it was a creative "worldly look" at Angels on Earth....
we all have ideas of heaven, God and earth...
some more quirky than others..
but the truth is, Jesus is the ONLY way.
I know that now and pray every day for protection from God's angels against
the darkness of this world.
My prayer is that everyone will come to know HIS love....

Look for more angels on E-bay...I have sold out...
so today, as I add 2 more due to my "challenge" I am MOVING FORWARD...

but let me tell you...staying in my PJ's by a fire all day yesterday,
having cookies baking for my babies after school was


Painting a Day

So the goal has been to do a painting a DECEMBER,
based on inspiration from an innovative artist who said he would paint 365 paintings in a year...
and he proclaimed that he he only did about 350 (don't quote me on the number...but get the idea)

And as an artist....

This week has been SO funny as I keep in my mind,
that EACH day I will be working on a painting...

so I include the above two, that I must admit, I had started earlier and not finished, earlier in the year and now they are FINISHED.

(Actually the one with flowers in the girl's hair I began as a sketch for my sweet husband after we went to France...sorta like the one I started for him of poppies in still lies on the floor...almost complete, a collage of tickets and maps from places we have been together...I just kept adding things to looking for THAT one too on this "painting a day" journey.

The other is one on paper of an angel.

Maybe, as artists, we only need BIG deadlines to meet the smaller ones we seem to drop to the side.

The great thing is...
instead of leaving things unfinished, I am completing works "started"...
to me already a success, as it is now December the 5th...
and I came up with this idea on the 2nd....

So as an ENTJ...I feel pretty sure that I will have 25 (I said til Christmas in my original proclamation!) finished paintings....some might be finished just before my art show next week. I can no longer promise the PAINTING A DAY THOUGH, as I started painting a BIRDHOUSE yesterday for my painting of that day...
and I have a frame in line next....

So whatever goal you set for yourself, DON'T get locked into "what if I fail",
plan to succeed and if you fall short, you may just have done 350 paintings in a year!:) or a birdhouse or two!

Blessings this Christmas for CREATIVITY galore!


Monday, December 1, 2008

A Photo Says a Thousand Words

A Photo says a thousand words...
but it also gets the mind of a creative person FLOWING!

I ran across this site and had to share it on my blog..

some of the most interesting photography I have seen in quite some time!

Hope the holidays find you creating memories with your loved ones...
and that this week brings CREATIVITY to you ARTISTS!


Click here if the link above does not work to go to the site