Sunday, October 13, 2013

Via Arte 2013 Completed

A folk art angel came into my mind for this years project. She took 17 hours and when finished I almost felt sad to know that she would be power washed off the pavement after just a day. Always a special weekend...  I may need to recreate her on canvas.

Artist at work :)  

Quote of the Day : Live the Law of Love now and forever more. Give everything require nothing. Avoid the mundane.  Do not accept the unacceptable.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Via Arte 2013

Coming up this weekend ! So worth it to come on in to town and check it out. I'm taking it to the wire and still working on my original image for the street fair. My indecisiveness is getting me right now but by Friday night a choice will be made...folk angel or hot air balloons over central valley (still finishing the original on this one).

Quote of the Day: “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” 
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Preparing for Via Arte

Well I didn't meet my goal of finishing those three paintings before school started but one of them is at the midway point. Although untitled right now, it is a view of farmland with a balloon race passing overhead. One of my very favorite subject matter to paint is hot air balloons. I think that comes from the many years I lived in Reno, Nevada and the annual balloon race held in that great city. The patchwork of farmland was inspired by that drop down off the Grapevine (Interstate 5) as you are going north out of LA. If you are blessed with a clear day, coming off of that mountain and looking over the massive miles of farmland can look just like a patchwork quilt. By next weekend, this painting will be done and it will be the one that I will be duplicating this year at Via Arte, Bakersfield's street painting festival.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Vacation Ends

As usual I find myself with mixed emotions as summer vacation comes to an end. I love teaching so going back to school is exciting. I absolutely love painting and sadly I'm leaving three paintings undone in my studio. Like old friends, they will wait to meet up again and maybe later in the year I will finish them.
The second photo here is an old "friend", Serenity in the Storm. I just shipped it out to the east coast to a new home and I feel like this particular painting has been with me just waiting for this particular buyer. Sometimes I feel that my paintings have a predestined home long before the paint dries.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Five in the Works

With only a couple of weeks until school starts again I have been on a painting frenzy to make up for lost time. Five paintings are scattered about my studio right now. I have a Rufus Porter replica and another in the angel series in the workings. More on those later this week. Just finished a fun little ocean scene. Would love to say it was a plein air piece but it was painted from memory.  I'm almost finished with a vintage Volkswagen van in a modern folk art setting. It is very similar to the one I posted on here some months back. Those sweet little vans showing up in paintings are always in demand. And finally, I touched up an older mixed media painting of a dancing angel. The customer had a small request that I was able to accommodate and the updated painting came out beautifully.
I'm posting photos of the angel and the ocean. More to come later this week.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

James Audubon Watercolor

Our salute to James Audubon was wonderful. My 4th grade class had the privilege of using the top notch supplies donated through Donors Choose and the Lily Sarah Grace Fund. After a brief study of James Audubon, students were told to draw a simple bird shape but to have fun with the colors. We used watercolor paper and watercolor pencils.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

California Mission Art

 I had been looking for an art project to do as we finish up the unit on California Missions. I couldn't find anything that I wanted to try with my class so I came up with this one. Very easy. We finished it in two class periods. The first class period we painted a sunset with tempera. I told the kids to paint yellow over the lower half of the page then orange, red, purple and blue to the top. The next class, I showed them photos of California Missions noting the architectural details that were common among all of them. They were told to draw the facade of a typical California Mission, cut it out and glue it to the sunset.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wildly Successful Abstract Art

I can count the number of what I would call Wildly Successful Art Projects for the classroom on two hands. These are the projects where EVERYONE is successful. This is one of those projects. Like so many great ideas, it is not original to me, as a matter of fact, I owe a thanks to the teacher whose class I had the honor of judging for an art show. I took her examples of work and tweaked it a little to work for me and this is the result.
Materials Needed:  Black Sharpie, pencil, erasure, 8 1/2 x 11 white construction paper
Procedure:  After a brief lesson on what abstract art is, students are told to draw any design on their paper. The only rule to follow is that they can't draw recognizable objects, no trees, houses, people,... Repetition of design is good. Detail is okay but not tiny detail. When the student is happy with their design, they take a black Sharpie and trace over their pencil marks. Next, they will take the Sharpie and color in different sections of the design. They may need to be reminded that they can not color in two black sections side by side. This project can be completed in about 45 minutes but I encourage students to take their time, work on it in sections when they have a little free time.

Quote of the day:  "If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos"  ~ Robert Brault