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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

more Wayne Thiebaud: cakes and gum machines

Wayne Thiebaud was the artist of study again and our art warm up consisted of drawing slices of cake.  We painted them to our liking.  The children mentioned that the paint looked "yummy" like frosting.  Interestingly enough, Thiebaud had thought the same!

 A few years ago, I took a tutorial by Carla Sonheim on how to transform  junk mail into art paper.  I liked the results and wanted to introduce the children to this idea.  I treated the junk mail with gesso (using a textured roller) before class and the children chose a watercolor finish.  Gesso can pretty much transform any surface into a painting surface but what I like the most about this approach is the look of the watercolor wash on top (with the text and pictures from the junk mail adding more interest and dimension).

The children used a sharpee to draw their gumball machine (Thiebaud refers to them as "Gum Machine"s), used a brush to paint additional white gesso inside the interior lines of their drawing and then pasted large, hole punch pieces from found paper and magazine pages to represent the gumballs. 

Even though the Copper Hen is just as close as the MIA, this particular walk proved to be filled with many more points of interest.

When we arrived, we sat down to draw in our sketchbooks at the Copper Hen.  When these sketchbooks finally make it home, you may notice drawings of vases with evergreens (our centerpiece), deer, pheasants and horses (seen on the wallpaper), chairs, strings of lights, and sliver ware or place settings.

We tried a bit of bruschetta and potatoes.

When the cupcakes arrived, we drew these in our sketchbooks as well.  
I sliced eat cupcake into six pieces for the children to sample.

We had pretreated our clay tiles with red paint before our visit to the Copper Hen.
When we returned, we used chalk pastels to draw our composition and acrylic paints for our cupcakes.  Each child used a chopstick to scratch in other designs.  After being treated, these pieces can be used as coasters.  

To learn more about Create Everyday art classes for children visit this link.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

Let's create a MOVEment.  
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, let's DO something.  

For those of you who are experiencing winter and shorter days, this is for you.  
For those of you who feel like there isn't room for the slightest adjustment in your schedule, this is for you.  
For those of you who are beginning to feel any possible "negative effects" of the upcoming holiday season, this is for you.  

And, of course, if you aren't experiencing any of these things, THIS CAN STILL BE for you.  
We'd love to see your spin on things.

Similar to any of my challenges, anyone can benefit.  

This is for anyone who wants to set an intention to slow down (just a bit) and to experience being present for a few minutes every day.  

It's amazing how straying off course for just a few minutes a day can add more sunshine and warmth (and time) to life.

How it works:

1. Let me know you are interested in playing along.  Email me
2. I will email you a list of 12 items (everyone will receive the same 12 items).
3. Decide when your 12 days is going to start.
4. On DAY 1, choose an item to do on the list.
5. Continue in this manner until you have completed all 12 items.

Those of you who know me, know I am sucker for "documentation".  The easiest way I know how to do this is to take a photo.  You may have others.  If you choose to use social media use the hashtags #12daysofchristmas #createeveryday #kickinyourstep or the like (you've got the drift).  Let us know you are out there documenting so that we can join in on the fun.

Put a kick in your (creative) step.

This is not for artists (but it can be).  There is nothing artistic about this (so there).

Now, come on, who wants to play?
Grab a friend (if this helps) and let's go!

Monday, December 8, 2014

paper cows

This is my fourth round of studio cleansing.  Little by little I am making progress.
Each cow is an original work and offered at a 50-75% discount.
Details are located below.  Sizes and mediums vary.
And, true to form, these pieces will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Contact me here for the cow of your choice.  Your payment via paypal guarantees your cow and shipments will be made within the week.  Shipping included (within the US).

Thank you for playing along!

1. 18X12, oil pastel and acrylic on paper, 55.
2. 15X11, acrylic on paper, 45.
3. 15X11, acrylic and pastel, 25.
4. 11X15, pastel and watercolor,  35.
5. 12X18, acrylic and pastel, 40.
6. 24X24, acrylic and india ink, 65.
7. 15X11, acrylic, 25.

Wondering why do I do this?  Read here.

View the previous rounds here and here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

$10 print sale

Give an art print instead of a greeting card this holiday.  
These prints are $10/each, printed on #80 paper.

First come.  First serve.

Contact me here with your choice.
US shipping included.
payment made via paypal.

Thank you!

fox, 11X8.5

guinea fowl, 10X8

living scapes, printed on 11X8.5 paper

her gift was acorns, 6X6

green robin, 7X5

premonitions of daisy, 9X8.5

flower girl, printed on 11X8.5 paper

sly eye rabbit, 6X6

7x5 collage print, matted to 10X8

Just to clarify: these are not the same quality prints I sell via my etsy shop.

To view recent sales visit these links:
6X6 original works (on milkweed)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

more work (from the left)

DOG, 15X11, mixed media (pen, pastel, ink, acrylic)
on heavy weight cotton, wheat colored paper, 45.
My left hand is my non-dominant hand and these drawings were solely created by only using my left.  My husband asked me what I am learning from this process last night.  I don't quite know yet.  Initially, I thought it would be a great exercise in loosening up my process but I still don't feel like this approach is working.  I notice that I am definitely working more slowly and I am less attached to the outcome, that the outcome has even more freedom to become what it needs to be.  But I just don't know.  I will continue until I am finished, though.  And I won't know when I am finished until I am.  For right now, I have exclusively created with my left hand for one week.
FOX, 15X11, mixed media (pen, pastel, ink, acrylic)
on heavy weight cotton, wheat colored paper, 45.

BUNNY, just short of 13X10, mixed media
(ink, pencil, white charcoal) on paper, 25.

bah bah BLACK SHEEP, just short of 13X10,
mixed media (acrylic, pencil, pastel) on paper, 35.

Peace, just short of 13X10, mixed media
(acrylic, pen, ink, pastel) on paper, 35.

I am continuing to do a studio cleanse with hopes of finishing by the end of the year.  In my first attempt at spontaneously selling work that I had "found", each piece sold out within a matter of minutes.  THAT was fun and it was so fun for me to think of sending this work out into the world, especially to people I knew would appreciate it.  

I love creating so much I would do it for free.  I know I am not alone.  When I went to the post office with the first round of shipments, my postage bill was a bit larger than I had figured (good to have clarity).  For the second round, I had to bump up my prices a bit, especially considering size.

These pieces aren't part of my studio cleanse, however.  These are originals too, fresh off the press and created with a new process in mind.  They are listed here for at least 25% less in an effort to continue moving my work in a consistent manner.  

If you LOVE one of these, email me for purchase information.  Paypal is the easiest way I have found to do this.  These prices also include US shipping.  If you know of someone who would LOVE one of these, forward this to them.

I love this quote by renown museum administrator and director, Juliana Force:

I am also selling these original, left hand drawings for 30. each

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

studio cleanse #2, original work

From left to right and top to bottom:

us shipping included
first come, first serve

paypal payment secures your purchase
email me here with your choice

to view images with more detail, visit this flickr album.

View the first cleanse of the season here.

revisiting the benefits of visual journaling

"Visual journals are places to play with ideas, 
to contain emotions and life's dramas, 
and to serve as a source of self-care..."  Cathy Malchiodi

visual journal entries by young children
in the Create Everyday Classroom

 " an actual diary, they are meant to document day-to-day experiences, activities, and emotions and are often autobiographical in nature. Although they are defined as an art form, visual journals have been used for centuries as records of ideas and imagination...the regular practice of creating via an art journal can reduce your heart rate, increase serotonin flow and immune cells, and decrease stress responses."
- Psychology Today

In art classes with the topic of Visual Journaling, we create entries based on prompts like this:

more benefits of visual journaling from Rich Goidel:

Friday, November 28, 2014

mixing it up: creating from the left

sly eye, original drawing on 9X12 art paper

I am so inspired by children's art.  This isn't new news to any of you, I know.  I wish, so much, I could create as they do, completely uninhibited and free.  Children are full of inspiration.  I love what I recently read by Agnes Martin.  She said, and I am paraphrasing here, that children have an easier ability to "respond to higher feelings".

I LOVE Thanksgiving.  It's my favorite holiday and a perfect way for me to begin, what can be, the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday season.  One of my traditions on Thanksgiving is creating solely for the pleasure of creating.  

Yesterday, I decided to draw, color and paint exclusively with my left hand (my nondominant hand).  This was evident at the end of the day when my left hand became cramped (I was using muscles I wasn't used to using) and I could feel the start of a callus forming on my middle finger (yes, I had been clutching my creative utensils too tightly, for sure). 

Over the course of my creative sessions, I still noticed my need to control.  I hope to continue this process.  In fact, I am contemplating creating a painting series on canvas using the same method.  For now, I hope to loosen up, even more, letting go of the critical mind and my strong urge to stay in control.

squatty strut (with determination), original drawing on 10X8 art paper
These two original drawings can be found in my etsy shop.

Hope you all had a LOVEly holiday!

See other works created yesterday here and here.

Read this post to view current art sales.

Weekday Workshop: November 26

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our subject of study on Wednesday morning was the turkey.  We referenced several images of turkeys, noticing their distinct characteristics.  We also spent some time looking at images by the living artist Karlee Rawkins.  The children used white charcoal, soft pastel, found papers and paint to create their turkeys.  

Our walk to the museum took a bit longer than we'd planned.  
The snow was too much fun.  

When we returned from the MIA, the children referenced their sketch pads to create drawings/paintings while using charcoal and watercolors.

Thank you, Parents, for enrolling your children!  
And thank you to Maxine's Mom for recommending I schedule a class on this date.

We'll see some of you on Saturday, December 13 from 1:30-4:30.
We're going to be taking our painting practice one step further and creating coasters, paintings on clay tiles.  With your child's permission, these can be given as gifts.  

Our Weekday Workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays, December 22+23 and December 29+30 from 9am-noon are full.  I will have assistants for both Tuesdays we travel to the MIA.  Thank you to Harper's Mom for recommending I add additional dates!

I hope you had a beautiful holiday and that it can continue in some way
today as well as through the weekend.

I am very grateful to all of you for supporting and valuing what I do.
Thank you!

View more photos from this Weekday Workshop on 
the Create Everyday Classroom's page on facebook.

Read more about art classes for children here.

View photos from other WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS and our visits to the MIA.

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!