Monday, June 22, 2015

Creating Yourself

 A journal page I put together quickly after stumbling upon the quote. The page had leftover paints brushed over it. I spritzed Dylusions After Midnight ink spray thru a circles stencil and then a bit over the page. Hand carved circle images and an alphabet stamp (Earth Tone Images) were repeatedly stamped using gesso. Mini Silhouettes stencil (Balzer Designs) was applied using black acrylic paint. It looked way too busy so I painted it in completely with the black paint, outlined it with both a Deco Color paint marker and then a charcoal pencil, smudged.

 Linking to Art Journal Journey (theme is masculine/feminine); Mix It Monthly (theme is the facial profile); and the Simon Monday Challenge blog (theme is stamp and mist).

 We spent a FUN Saturday evening in town again  but at a place we hadn't been to before because our "renaissance man" Lorenzo was playing there. SO glad we went because this wine bar oozed with charm! Here are some pics:

           The Artisan Wine and Cheese Cellars. Gorgeous bar and a glass encased room which holds the bottles!

           There are numerous cozy sitting areas and the walls are adorned with art for sale by local artists.

    I LOVE this vintage cabinet! Isn't that table with inlays filled with corks fabulous? And a very comfy love seat to relax in too:)

   Above the spiral staircase is another cozy nook, and yes on the right is another! Through the windows you can see the former train depot which now houses The Wooden Match which is a restaurant/cigar bar/ craft beer bar. The owners manage that place along with this artisan wine bar which was a former freight house.

 We did enjoy a nice wine selected by the knowledgeable bartender after I told him what I was looking for in a wine. We also had a lovely cheese platter to accompany our selection. This is a photo from the website because I forgot to take a pic:


  And this is Lorenzo at his best!:

 He plays so many instruments I lost count! And in addition he is a sculptor, painter and wood crafter!

 Linking to my peeps at T Stands For Tuesday. Thank you to our wonderful hostess Elizabeth!
See you in a few days with my next Summer Of Color Challenge project. It's almost complete-but let me tell you - these colors were a TRUE challenge for me this week!

 Have a great week everyone!

                    " If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul."       Clifton Fadiman


  1. Looks like you had a great evening out! Your journal page is gorgeous, thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

  2. That's a beautiful spread in your journal. I've never heard of that ink spray, but it makes a beautiful background.

    What a fun night out you had. Lovely wine bar and various areas to sit and appreciate the beauty of the establishment. We really don't have places like that in Wichita. You are so lucky to have such lovely places where you can enjoy wine and cheese, then sit and watch a favorite musical artist.

    Live music in Wichita is served in bars that sell beer. Wine is not sold because there's some liquor license problem. Did you know that for many, many years, if you were on an airplane flying over Kansas, you could not be served alcohol until you were out of Kansas airspace? It's insane how rigid our liquor laws are.

    Thanks for sharing this fun experience with us for T this Tuesday. I really enjoyed your trip to this fun wine bar.

  3. I forgot to mention, I'm having trouble with this week's SOC colors, too. I've started three different designs and all have been abandoned. Can't seem to get anything to work. Hope you are doing better than I.

  4. Your page turned out fabulous Linda, I am happy you linked another time to Art Journal Journey! Super! Seems to be a fabulous place this Artisan Wine and Cheese Cellars- and I am sure it is a delight to hear him making music!
    Happy T-Day as well dear Linda!
    from rainy cloudy Austria


  5. I love this quote, lovely job on the journal page.that bar looks lovely, glad you had a great night.

  6. I absolutely agree with that quote. Developing character is hard work!

    That restaurant looks like a lovely place to spend an evening. Happy T-Day!

  7. Turning the face into a silhouette worked out beautifully Linda!
    Lorenzo sounds like a true renaissance man and oh so talented.
    Great place to sit and unwind with so much charm and beauty...I enjoyed the peek out the window at the old train station too.
    Happy T Day my friend.

  8. That's a great quote!! The wine and cheese place looks like a fun time!
    Happy T day!

  9. Really great work, and nice photos!

  10. I'm wanting to go there. It looks like the perfect place for a night out. :)

  11. Always a 'heartfully inspired' creations here and so glad you had a 'night on the town' at that very elegantly looking space! Delish, too I bet ~ not to mention the great music!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  12. A beautiful quotation, very close to my heart too. Your art does it proud.

  13. Love your journal page and looks like you had a grand time out at a really neat spot! With great entertainment too ♥

  14. Found this on The Straight Dope blog:

    Kansas did something similar in the 70s. From the wiki on Kansas liquor laws:
    In the 1970s, Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller, who served from 1971 to 1975, brought a new bout of enforcement of Kansas's prohibition, even raiding Amtrak trains traveling through Kansas to stop illegal liquor sales. He also forced airlines to stop serving liquor while traveling through Kansas airspace. Today, it is likely that these restrictions would be found unconstitutional under the Supreme Court's decision in Granholm v. Heald, 544 U.S. 460 (2005).

    In a more recent case (2009), also quoted from the same web site: There was this case where it was decided that USAirways cannot serve alcoholic beverages while over New Mexico airspace or while on the ground in that state:

    See how backward KS still is? Vern Miller ran for Governor of KS in 2010. Thankfully he lost, but not by much.

  15. Hit publish too soon. From Wikipedia and it shows why there are no wine bars in KS:

    Kansas had statewide prohibition from 1881 to 1948, longer than any other state, and continued to prohibit general on-premises liquor sales until 1987. Kansas's strict and highly regulated approach to alcohol stems from lingering vestiges of its long era of prohibition. As of December 2012, Kansas had 13 dry counties, where on-premises liquor sales are prohibited, but the sale of 3.2% beer is permitted. As of April 2013, Kansas still has not ratified the 21st Amendment, which ended nationwide prohibition in 1933.

    Note the last sentence. BTW, there is NO, none, nada beer or liquor sales (liquor is sold in strictly regulated and licensed stand alone stores) on Sunday. Grocery stores are still prohibited from selling any liquor or wine. In 1965, KS changed the law permitting the sale of liquor in private clubs. They justified it by saying they were not public places, because a membership was required. Since there are several small family wineries in eastern KS (none in western, since all that grows there is wheat), Kansas has defined its wine as "one that has at least 30 percent of ingredients grown in-state."

    Now you know why you will never see me in a wine bar in KS. They simply don't exist.

  16. Great quote. Love that local establishments adorn their wall with local art for sale. There should be more of them.

  17. Your journal page turned out great! I never thought of stamping with gesso before. Thanks for the idea; I hope to try it soon.

    That wine bar looks so cozy. If I went there, I think I'd curl up in one of those comfy corners and never want to leave (even though I'm not much of a wine drinker).

    I'm eager to see what you come up with for this week's SOC. I am intimidated by this week's color combo, but I think I have an idea for what to do...I just hope it will work! :)

  18. That bar definitely oozes with charm, for sure! Wow! Sounds like a great night!
    Happy T-Day! :)

  19. I really love the quote and your gorgeous piece! Its full of yummy contrast and fun colorbubbles....and it seems you have had a wonderful time!
    ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

  20. Just love how the black silhouette looks against your pretty colorful background. I say we just keep creating ourselves because I love how you can keep becoming something better! And looks like a great place you discovered when you went to hear Lorenzo. Glad you had a fun night out.

  21. Lovely journal page. And it sounds like a fun evening out : )

  22. Wow, Linda, what a great place to unwind! I love all the nooks and corners, and the artwork on the walls is a great way to help local artists. I really like your journal page this week--quotes often inspire my pages rather than the other way around.

    I did manage to get in before it stormed--we have watches until 9 pm tonight also.

  23. I loVe your journal page! Your cheese and wine look great and such a lovely place to sit and enjoy it! Sorry for being so late - yesterday turned out to be a bit hectic! Chrisx

  24. What a wonderful and charming place to sit and sip some good wine., after exploring all the nooks and crannies first....*grin*

    Love the way your journal page turned out.

    Thanks for the T-day visit.....and the lovely comments you always leave. Yes, the girls are having almost as much fun as I am.

  25. Well that place looks wonderful!! I'm so glad you shared . I'm so sorry for the late T Tuesday flyby! Hugs! deb

  26. I love your journal page Linda, so rich! The quote is wonderful...

  27. Your journal page is just amazing, thanks for sharing your fun photos too!

  28. Fab journal page.... love that quote. Looks like a lovely place that you visited :)

    Karen x

  29. I simply love your post.The spiral staircase is fabulous!Love your art, my friend!Sorry for the belated T day.

  30. Lovely journal page! The sentiment is wonderful and lovely silhouette over the striking background. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


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