do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving: my holiday

Most people just can't accept the way I choose to celebrate Thanksgiving.  For some it's nearly painful for them to hear my plans for the day.  I receive many offers to join others who are celebrating in a more "traditional" manner and always have people offer to "bring a plate over".

But I have NO interest in the traditional turkey day fare unless it includes THIS:

1. stay in pjs
2. listen to Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant
3. play and craft
4. watch the dog show
5. sip mimosa
4. later in the afternoon: excellent cheese and wine + an assortment of my favorite foods
5. more afternoon play + craft
6. favorite holiday movies

Perfect holiday tradition (for me).  It's THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY to kick off the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,  I am already squealing with delight in anticipation.

ENJOY yours!

etsy sale

If you have been entertaining the idea of owning any of these particular pieces, I'd LOVE to offer you a holiday treat.  With a little social media attention, these pieces won't stick around for very long.  Use the code 20OFFTREASURES in my etsy shop and receive 20% off through November 30, 2014.  Please reserve this discount only for the items pictured below.  Happy Holidays!  Thanksgiving is my favorite...

Monday, November 24, 2014

geometry in art: marcus oakley + agnes martin

Glue sticks and cardboard shapes were the first materials we put our hands on yesterday.  It was our last class in the Geometry of Art series (for now).  This particular activity was inspired by the living artist, Marcus Oakley.  I cut out cardboard shapes prior to class and the children chose the shapes they wanted to use and assemble.

Once our cardboard collages were complete, we took our work one step further and also experimented with printmaking (wish I had photos!)

I also introduced the artist, Agnes Martin.  We looked at many of her images and the children noticed her use of lines, grids and patterns.  They used a ruler to create their own lines and designs, embellishing these pieces with soft pastel and white paint.

Some of the children created boxes using the cube patterns again.

Others played with more shapes.

All experimented with printing their own designs on large pieces of paper.  
More wrapping paper for the holidays, perhaps?

I remember wrapping up our map making series and thinking we could create art based on this topic for an entire year.  I feel the same about Geometry in Art.  
More classes on this topic will surely pop up again.

Agnes Martin had some inspiring words to say about young children. This is a photograph taken directly from the book, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher. 

Read more Agnes Martin quotes here.

I will see some of you this coming Wednesday for
our WEEKDAY WORKSHOP (9am-noon).
Happy Thanksgiving Holiday to ALL!

And, as a side note: It seems as if parents are much more interested in WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS (these classes are full) in December than Saturday and Sunday afternoon classes.  If you are still considering the classes announced below, will you let me know?
This will help me make a decision on how to move forward.
Thank you!

I also have 2 more seats available in this Saturday afternoon workshop!

Friday, November 21, 2014

$7 original 6X6 works

I don't know how long I have participated in a November studio cleanse but it has probably been at least 10 years.  I love having this time and opportunity.  I love starting the year in a fresh and free space.  In honor of this studio cleanse today, I am selling these original, 6X6 paintings for $7 each.  Payments can be made via paypal.  Email me, here, with the corresponding number of the piece(s) that speaks to you (as well as your mailing address) and I will send you my paypal information. I will package and ship after the Thanksgiving holiday.


more words by agnes martin

Inspiration is there all the time for anyone whose mind is not covered over with thoughts and concerns...

Adults are very busy, taught to run all the time.  You can not run and be very aware of your inspirations.

I am saying wake up to your inspirations and nothing at all about what you should do in this life.

If you are an artist the intellectual way has to be given up.

I want to emphasize this point.  An inspired work of art is not like the artist.  If inspiration is only possible when we are not functioning - and it is - then it really is like a gift and not of our experience, best of all it is not like us.

If your sensibilities (your response to higher feelings) respond, THAT'S IT.

If your sensibilities are awake, you will respond,  It will be a pleasant experience recalling happy times.  You must see that no talking will help and that no defense is necessary...

...they can tell just where you are in your work by looking at you without seeing your work.  When they come to see the work it is not to judge it but to enjoy it.  They already know what the quality of it will be by having met you.

With it's changing trends, (the art scene) bears very little relation to ART...I particularly don't want to be on the art scene.  If you come on with the scene, you go off with the scene.

excerpts from the book, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher

And just in case you didn't see this.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

geometry in art: 3

We kicked off our third class yesterday of Geometry in Art with "building".
The students used large legos to print designs or structures on their paper.

While setting aside their compositions to dry,
students used india ink and a paint brush to experiment with 
different ways of creating lines.

Each student traced a pattern for building a cube.

We used our line drawings and traced patterns to create boxes.    
Even though I had presented the process, there was still a round of spontaneous excitement 
when they witnessed their boxes taking shape.

We used our scraps from our line drawings to cut out shapes, 
creating or "building" a collage on paper.

During our snack break, we had some, fun, interactive 
time with the book, I Spy Shapes in Art.  

We finished class by using soft pastels to complete our initial lego printed compositions.
Hint: this may be the start of some beautiful alternatives to holiday gift wrap over the next few weeks!

Everyone had some Tucker time too.

We'll see you next week for our last class of Geometry in Art (for now).
And we'll see some of you for the upcoming WEEKDAY WORKSHOP on November 26.

There are still a few seats available in these December classes.  Mix and match.

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