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!

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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?

a solution of sorts

April 14, 2008

Spent some time with the little apprentices this weekend.  We celebrated Spring with these tiny birdhouses…and enjoyed some great outdoor weather for painting…I was warned before we began this little adventure, that a large black snake, similar to the one mentioned here, had been spotted in their yard.  Ever the prepared hostess, Gricell had her hands on this, thus easing my nerves, and making me wonder why this solution was not suggested to me sooner.

Spent the morning making felt puppets with three of my favorite apprentices, Lia, Emma, and Maia.  Their lovely Grandma Libby, gave us some inspiration in the form of The Quiltmaker’s Gift.

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Lia’s Quiltmaker with her quilt.

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Two expertly crafted Kings by Lia and Maia.

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Emma’s imagination conjured up jump-roping puppets.

The crafty bug lingered well past this morning session…and by early evening I actually had the urge to cook…(those of you who know me best, know that cooking is not one of my strong points…and it has been on VERY rare occasions that I have actually wanted to attempt a recipe…)

So inspired was I by the asparagus recipe found here, that I went to great lengths to prepare it…and by jolly it actually turned out like the picture…see below…

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Life is good…

how lucky am I?

January 20, 2008

I was reunited today with three of my little “apprentices”.  Today’s project of choice: bean collage…(one of my favorites as a kid and a great lesson in both color and texture)…

While the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy today’s project, the highlight of my visit was finally getting to meet Libby DuBois Pettit, a nationally recognized and award-winning quilter from Montana,  affectionately referred to by the girls as “Grandma Libby”.  I have admired her work since I started lessons with the girls several months ago. The following two expertly pieced quilts hang in their living room:

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(photos do these no justice…the surface texture is amazing in person)

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Aside from her beautiful compositions, each quilt tells a story or evokes an underlying theme.  The quilt featured above (with the heart) represents our nation’s soldiers, a common theme for Libby.  Other popular threads in her work include stories of justice, women’s rights, historical events, and landscapes.

It was truly an honor to speak with her about her art…(Libby if you’re reading this…thanks a million for the inspiration, I soooooo needed it)…and I’m more than thrilled to hear she’s hanging around town long enough to possibly teach me a trick or two when it comes to fabric.

Oh and not to brag or anything…but check out the Libby Tote I received for Christmas….

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE her fabric of choice…and will cherish it forever…

(Special note to the Medley’s…I apologize for not having sent a “thank you” note for this gem…I think I inhaled too many paint fumes and lost sight of my Southern manners for bit…)

October 27, 2007

I’ve been running very low on time here lately…so here’s the run down on the past 24 hours:

  • Shopped for art supplies
  • ate half a slice of pizza
  • Girl runs stop sign…wrecks Nick’s car…(he’s fine, car is not…)
  • Thankfully still had time to visit the Hair Princess
  • Left a Brunette (with some blond streaks) and much much shorter
  • Roughed out a HUGE mahi mahi for my latest mural endeavor
  • Ate pizza for dinner
  • Met with my 3 new apprentices for 1st art class (I soooo Adore the whole family)
  • Tiramasu for breakfast

Goal for the day:  Clean wrecked studio…talk Nick into Pumpkin Carving Contest