Tuesday, July 31, 2012

a painting a day #10

There is a certain happiness
in being silly and ridiculous.
I so agree...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

a painting a day #1

I have been spending lots of time painting this summer for
an upcoming show in October.
The plan is to post a painting a day until I am caught up.
I have 10 new ones compete and I am working on 7 more so here goes
at least 17 days worth of art posts - I hope...
Cherries for sale

Friday, July 13, 2012

boldness has genius, power, and magic...

Engage, and the mind grows heated.
Begin, and the work will be completed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

So go ahead and bloom today!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

an interview with me

I was honored to be 
interviewed by Alyice
over at empty easel.
Please check out the interview 
And read some of the other interviews - 
she has found some very talented artists.
And this beautiful rose blooms only once a year with one blossom.
I don't have the heart to rip out this tiny struggling plant
when it gives its all to produce such beauty.
Nor will I pick it -
do believe I will just let it be.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Seattle's Great Wheel adventure continues - the saga of the seagull mama

you may remember this post
about our adventures flying high in the sky
and my bonding with the mama seagull and her brood -
as seen at the end of the yellow arrow below.
i was thrilled to receive the closeup 
(taken by a fellow passenger in our gondola)
of her nest today and
wanted to share the view with you.
you can't really see the baby, 
but there is one right underneath her. 
and she is encouraging the second hatchling
to ignore the big dizzy wheel turning above their heads and 
just hatch!
Isn't life grand?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

on my desk today

in progress,
a stencil that looks like a firework,
 a card for a very special wedding,
 and the steps,
 trays made for someone,
 very funky candlesticks made from balusters
(will share the process from start to finish later),
and 45 of these waiting to come alive with paint.
must take a deep breath and dive right in...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

foiled again

I still have art projects to share from last spring.
Here is a fun project that will bring a grin to any child's face.
 First make a design with very heavy bead of glue 
onto the back of a cereal box.  
Recoat if necessary so it is very thick
(as in the sample below on the left).
After it is dry,
glue stick a piece of aluminum foil 
onto the board and fold over the edges onto the back.
Now comes the fun -
First take the eraser end of a pencil
(see the first photo)
and rub over the entire piece.
Be sure to press hard against the glue lines.
Then repeat with the pencil tip to get really crisp edges.
Finally coat the whole piece with black shoe polish.  
Let dry and rub until it shines
and your dog emerges,
or your flowers bloom,
or your garden comes alive.
The above samples are from the after school artists
and the following pieces are from our 1-2 split.
We wanted a fun project for the students to learn about the continents in a creative way.
We followed the same process as above,
but added watered down acrylic paint as the final step.
I just love these as you can see waves,whales, fishing boats and more sea life.
I do believe I would have loved learning about the continents this way.
How about you?
What do you want to teach your kids this summer?
Have some fun and let me know what you try.