Bekah came across a card, addressed to me, from say 3 or 4 years ago.

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I remember Miss Joy quite well, and this just warms my heart!

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Little finds like this remind me of how much I enjoyed teaching art.  I think we are all born with a full supply of creativity, that sadly, whittles away the older we  get.  Working with the little ones (white at times exhausting) proved a constant source of inspiration…maybe one day, I’ll sign up again.

Graduation

July 7, 2009

My three little apprentices and I shared our final art lesson together a few days ago.  They are moving out of state, and while I’ll miss them greatly, I’m so happy to have had a few years getting to know this family.

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I decided the girls had graduated from watercolor and needed to paint on real canvas.  It was a perfect sunny day, and we all had a blast.  They really put the extra effort forth and came out with some lovely pieces to hang on the walls of their new house.

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Lia

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Emma

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Maia

I wish you all the best of luck in your new adventure, and know that you will be sorely missed around Savannah.  xo

spring in savannah…

March 8, 2009

The azaleas are starting to bloom…the cold snap has passed…and St. Pat’s is fast approaching.  There’s nothing quite like Savannah in the spring.  I so look forward to painting outdoors with my three little apprentices!  Yesterday, I introduced the girls to Mr. Roy G. Biv, and we had a grand time painting rainbows with pots of gold at the end…and chatting about spring showers, leprachauns, and the like.  Here’s a sampling of their work…

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lia – 3rd grade

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emma – 1st grade

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maia – 4 yrs.

Such little gems to work with!

Have a lovely Sunday!

I meant to post these lovely paintings yesterday.  Executed in watercolor pencil, the effect is quite similiar to the flowing colors and design on the scarf they gave me.

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Does anyone remember the coloring books, where all you had to do was run a wet brush over the lines, and they magically turned into paint?  This technique so brings me back to those days.   My Granny J, would have a stash of these books for anytime we came to visit…the girls tell me they’re still in existence.  I might have to get my hands on one for a good sick day.

I’m a collector of sorts.  Little odds and ends that might inspire are good to have around.  My three little apprentice girls presented me with quite the gem this weekend.

hand-painted scarf from Bulgaria

detail of hand-painted scarf from Bulgaria, artist Dani Iliev

Isn’t it amazing?  I love that it is wearable art, but I must say Nick and I are tempted to frame it.  This, by the way, is only a small detail of the scarf, which measures nearly 6 feet in length.

I love the variety, the patterns, the uniqueness of each one.  I rarely wear them, but I can’t help myself from picking them up here and there.  Here’s the collection…

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My favorites are vintage Vera and Liberty of London prints.  I also draw heavily from the ones with sentimental value.  And there you have it…a little eye candy for your Monday morning blues.

Tis the season!

December 2, 2008

For scattered blog posts, shop shop shopping, and the best arts and crafts projects of the year.  I spent some time with my little apprentices this past weekend, and they conjured up some imaginative garland for their holiday decor.

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Thanks for all your hard work girls!

I love LOVE love collage.  It’s fun to teach the little ones, fun to use all those old scraps I can’t bare to throw away, and fun to see just how imaginative you can get with it.  When I was teaching art (to the masses)…this was a real treat for the kids.  They earned “free-create” or collage days with good behavior.  They thought of it as a treasure hunt, and the ideas they would come up with never ceased to amaze me.  They appreciated and learned more from these activities than they ever did with the costly kits, that came with all the pieces cut to size, and color choices laid out.  So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to inspire creativity with your kids or grandkids…I highly recommend.

Armed with several old Anthropologie catalogs (I just can’t throw them away they’re so beautiful), scraps of old paper and fabric, and a few tools for embellishments…my three apprentices came up with some clever collage work…

Artist:  Lia, 3rd Grade – love those blue boots and fashionable dress

Artist:  Maia, just barely 4yrs. – two dogs for Miss Maia

Artist:  Emma, 1st Gradetake note of the expertly crafted squirrel in the tree

Had my Thursday morning art lesson with a few extra apprentices today.  Joining the girls, were Raymond (an almost eighth grader) and Willy…(who will be entering 6th grade this year.)  Ray and Willy taught me how to distress paper like old documents…see Ray’s notes below…

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The possibilities for which this trick could be implemented are endless…and clearly it is of interest to the “cool kids” so, we’ll file it away for safe keeping.  (boys if you’re reading this, it was a true pleasure meeting you, have a wonderful trip)

In other news, things are a bit hectic as of late…aside from weekends away, here’s the line up:

1.  Finish Pirate’s House Mural (note that it is barely started)

2.  Sell old car, buy new one…peachy I tell you!

3.  A few stray pen & inks

4.  Finish building David’s website…(golly gee)

5.  Scan / Prep / Order new prints for Etsy store...(this list is getting long…)

6. Scan Caty and Mary portraits…(been waiting for paint to dry for days)

7.  And open a new Etsy store…

…you get the idea….

Well, off to the races!  Happy Thursday!

toying…

June 26, 2008

with the idea of abstraction…it’s been rather consuming as of late.

a rough pencil sketch…

hoping to bring this into paint today, along with some others.  Oh and a fabulous art lesson with my little apprentices today.  We studied flowers like the late Georgia O’Keeffe.

It’s been a wild ride this week.  Monday I blew a tire on I95….Mom came to town on Tuesday…Computer desk arrived on Wednesday…(in about 2 million parts)…Yesterday the rains came, and my internet was down…and today, well today is Great-Grandmother Liz’s 90th birthday.  That’s just the short run of things, but thankfully, I’ve had some time this morning to get the studio reorganized, and haul some things up to the attic…and I’m starting to feel the creative drive return…slowly but surely.

I’ve got many a project in the works for you…but first take a look at my three little apprentices.

Lia, Maia, and Emma worked on pop art portraits yesterday.  Didn’t they do a fabulous job?