Moving Day Washington to California: Boo and Charlie Cats

 

“Is it time to go yet?” The cats said to their people in unison; they were done with this whole moving thing already. 

“First you pack up all the stuff and clean the whole place, you let all these strangers in and now this?!” They complained looking around the room that has been designated the ‘Cat Room’ for moving day. This area has everything they need but when will it be time to be let out already? 

  

Sir Charles, the male of the pair, sulks into the closet for some privacy. He throws himself down with a plop and begins to tear out the fur on his hind quarters. There is a hotspot on his hips where as a younger barn cat he got into a tussle with a raccoon and ended up with two broken legs. Somewhat crippled he tries to compensate or hide his pain from the others. 

  
Princess Boo Kitty is the most well adjusted. As a ragdoll Siamese cat she tends to have a more relaxed attitude in general. I wouldn’t say she is particularly thrilled but she hasn’t lost any sleep over the matter. Her eyes blink slowly and calmly as she lays out on the ground before her humans. 
“You better not forget us!” The cat says rolling onto her back like a kitten. 

Then every time I leave the room they get into position. Charles in the corner of the closet were he can get some secure shut eye and Boo in her crate. 

  
“I’m ready when you are.” She says each time you open the door. 

  
So far so good. Soon we will be on to other things guys. Just wait until you see the new house. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Progress on the Moving Process Washington to CaliforniaĀ 


So things are coming along quite well. Not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, there has been. Today our house in Washington closed, officially. Yay!

Packing is nearly done and we now have a U-Haul until Sunday. I’m hoping this week we will be attending church in Fairfield at Liberty Church for a second time. I really enjoyed the sermon and worship last time we went. The spirit was in the house.


Unfortunately I pinched a nerve in my neck but it seems to be healing some. Ouchy. What bad timing I always seem to have?! Perhaps it’s just stress. So I try to take a deep breath and slow down my heart.

Perhaps I’ll go draw some more. That always helps. I’ve been taking a bath everyday too since I hurt my neck. The warm water soothes the tension. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of moving!


I’ve made significant progress in the editing stage of my book. As far as spelling and grammar goes I do believe I am nearly there. I have sent out a few copies to friends and family for test reading already as well. The best word I could use to describe it is, “intense.” Looking forward I hope to receive some feedback on my work.


I captured this sequence over the course of my orchids bloom life. I love watching the circle of life unfolding before my eyes. If cared for properly this plant will continue to send up spikes of blooms for many years to come. I hope she survives the move. If they do all the plants will love the extra sunshine!

My neighbor guy gave me these beautiful lilacs. They smell so fragrantly! Maybe I will put a few flowers in my bath. I gifted him these bright sunny daffodils in return. I took pictures over the course of the bloom opening.

Ā Overall I have many mixed feelings about moving. As much as I’m scared and anxious I am also excited. It will be interesting to see what the next stage in life will bring. I pray to “Make new friends but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other is gold.” Also I pray that God will watch after us on our journey. I am so emotional today but I’m sure everything will be ok. Thankfully my hubby understands me so well, otherwise he might have decided to leave without me! Haha. Anyways, here is to new adventures! šŸø

-Dominique Barrentine

Barrentinedominique@gmail.com

Artist trading cards by Dominique BarrentineĀ 

  
Zentangles and Artist Trading Cards by Dominique Barrentine. 

Has anyone ever heard of artists trading cards? I only just recently learned about these but I can’t wait to start collecting. They basically work like any other trading card but you need to be an artist to make and trade them. Then you need to know other artists to trade with. Does anyone want to trade with me? 

   
I got into the artist trading cards around the same time I discovered zentangles thanks to a book my grandmother gave to me. I took to them immediately and even made a full size canvas “Zentangle” in full color. I hope you like it, I sure do! 

 
I feel like zentangles are great practice for my hand. The small projects likes these are perfect for art on the go or when you only have limited time. They have influenced my art in other ways and have an overall calming effect during stress ful times. I feel close to God when I sit and draw. 
-Dominique Barrentine 

Random Update on my Colorful PrimrosesĀ 

  
I don’t know if you remember how small these plants were when I first got them but they sure have grown since then. These have been wonderful flowers and I plan on getting more but I will leave these primroses for the new owners of our house as a gift. So when the new owners of our house move in they will have beautiful primroses on the patios. 

   
    
 
-Dominique Barrentine 

Leonid Afremov an Inspiring Resilient Artist with a Story

Please allow me to introduce the newest artist I have found online! This beautiful soul has survived so much and his background story I read hereĀ was so moving!
Originally from Belarus, Leonid is a impressionistic artist of Jewish, Russian, Israeli decent. I couldn’t even begin to tell his story as well as the bio on his personal art site could.

Mostly I want to share his bright, colorful paintings here on my blog. I love his use of color and practiced hand.

He had plenty of time to practice and hone is art with the eventful life he has lived. I really encourage you to click on the links to learn more about his story. I feel that he has overcome great struggle to provide us with these beautiful masterpieces.

He was forced to paint only what would sell for many years as a developing artist but that allowed him to come into his own so that now he has a very specific style. You can see a common theme in color and the subjects he chooses reflect things the artist has viewed himself.

I just love the way all of his pictures show his unique style. These hot air balloons bring back memories of my youth visiting my father in Wala Wala Washington when the Hot Air Balloon festival was in town. I’m sure many people identify with the subjects of his paintings. Others remind me of our travels to Europe.

Dancers, landscapes, and flowers. Because of his unique history as an artist most of his time was spent painting things that sell. Popular subjects such as these were what allowed Leonid to become such a prolific artist.


I’m sure it must have been frustrating to the artist to limit himself to popular subjects. Unfortunately it seems that for the most part that is how artists are forced to make money off of their trade. Perhaps one day that will change? Perhaps it has already begun? Either way I love his ‘popular subjects.’

His flower images really highlight his fearless use of color. Generally I am not a fan of still life. The exception to that is Van Gough and artist that remind me of him with their still life. Leonid’s flowers remind me of Van Gough’s “Sunflowers.”


After all of the struggles this artist has been though in his life I was very happy to hear that he has retired to Mexico! His sons now head the business of selling his painting, prints and generally handing the art works.

I’m so glad that he did eventually sell his art on etsy, eBay and elsewhere.

To me he is an artist inspiration and a success story for modern artists everywhere.

Thank you for allowing me to share this art with you. If the artist happens to be reading this article thank you so much for touching my life with your painting. Your paintings are brilliant and inspiring. Please never stop painting and feel proud of your creations. I love you and your style!

God bless,

-Dominique BarrentineĀ 

DOMENECH, Anna Conner and Company: Motion Activated Art

  
I first saw a few paintings on Facebook by DOMENECH after she had her work featured in a gallery called New Tomorrow on Capitol Hill in Seattle. As I set out to write a blog post on her I quickly realized what a phenomenal artist she truly is. Her paintings are deeply moving and come from an inspired place. In sculpting and performance art I find her work both mildly disturbing and genius at the same time. The motion in her artwork travels from her work in dance, through her sculpting and into paintings encompassing all different mediums. 

  
It is my pleasure to introduce Anna Conner and Company, a dance and artistic movement group from Seattle Washington. I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing them in person however their WordPress has videos of their work. You can also access these videos on the groups Vimeo 
“Exercises for the unrested: The Kingmaker” 

Was preformed on October 9th, 2015 in Seattle WA at the Velocity Dance Center Founders Theater. The creator of the piece Anna Conner describes it as, “A meditative quintet teetering on the edge of chaos…plays with the idea of dynamic balance and the instability of human connection after traumatic experiences.” 

 

  
“We create art that is honest, intimate, and speaks to the human psyche. We do this while striving to guide and empower the audience through an artistic yet sometimes unpleasant journey. The goal is to arrive at the deeper awareness of ourselves and the world that surrounds us. As performers are tools are our bodies, our movement is beautiful and our power lies in taking risks.”

I have recently been inspired by this artist. Her profound use of abstract shapes and motions come through even in still photography. When watching her videos I am startled by the deeply moving emotional movements. I love how she portrays connection is these complicated movement pieces…

 I love these amazing photographs. Thank you Anna, for allowing me to use them and to write about you and your creative endeavors with your friends. 
Just look at the raw human emotion and beauty shown in these two photographs of the artist herself. 

  
I can’t wait to get an opportunity to meet Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. She is a brilliant artist and an inspiration. For more inspiration please visit Anna Conner and Co WordPress
  

The group Anna Conner and Company consists of Anna Conner the director and choreographer, Jenna Eady, Kayie Wyeth, Calie Swedberg, and Marlys Yvonne.

  

If you missed part one, Today Presenting unique Seattle artist DOMENECH, or part two, Today DOMENECH dynamic artist sculptor part 2 feel free to go back and check them out. Just click on the blue links through out this post to learn more. 

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this part 3 of 3 conclusion on the artist, Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. It has been a pleasure exploring her work and sharing it her on my blog that crazy life. 

-Dominique Barrentine


TODAY DOMENECH DYNAMIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, PART IIĀ 

  

This is Anna Conner, painter, sculptor, and movement artist. Yesterday on that crazy life I highlighted her remarkable skill as a painter. Today I want to give you a glimpse of her work as a sculptor. I didn’t feel like I could cover her variety of talents in one blog post so three parts it is! I am falling in love with the original, brilliant, and multifaceted artistic renditions of DOMENECH. 

  
Entitled, “The Kingmaker” these three photographs show parts of a larger installment. With ideas as unique as hair sculpture I can see DOMENECH going to unknown places with her sculpting. I love the attention to detail that went into this sculpted artistic experience. 

To quote the artist “There is so much turmoil that we go through in life so shedding away our hair and turning it into something beautiful is what I’m going for” -DOMENECH Aka Anna Conner

   

In this photograph you can see an even larger hair sculpture! This piece seems like the oversized version of the smaller “hair nests” I noticed around the room in other parts. Simply astonishing this piece reminds me of a nest but from the corner of my eye in the preifereal vision I almost see an oversized tarantula spider. Yuck but still cool huh? I love the composition of the piece with a model posing among her sculptures. 

The final piece of Anna Conner’s sculpture I wish to share it this… Cinder blocks with hair nests… Very peculiar but interesting in its own right. 
That concludes part 2 of my three part blog post on artist DOMENECH aka Anna Conner. For more information on her art check out her WordPress Blog IAMDOMENECH,  Facebook, and feel free to email her directly at domenechpaintings@gmail.com
Coming Tomorrow, 

PART III DOMENECH AKA ANNA CONNER CO MOTION ACTIVATED ART 

-Dominique Barrentine