Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Busy Time of Year... usually at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year.  That is the case this year, as well, but it never really seemed to slow down all year long!  It has been a very busy school year, so it has gone by very quickly!  Only a few more weeks until summer break and I plan to spend many days in the studio! I do plan to relax and recuperate from the school year too. But I have several projects already lined up for this summer and want to try out some new ideas as well.

We just had the district wide 'All That Jazz' art show, so I have been busy working to get student artwork ready for that.  I haven't had the time or the energy to work on anything except that.

For a class demonstration, I created this 3D Owl out of newspaper and plaster strips earlier in this semester, as an example for my students, who were creating their own sculptures.

For more information about this art class project, click here:
Working with Plastercraft on my Art Class Blog

This was the first owl that I created. After I did this one, I decided to start painting some owls on canvas that I have shown here in previous posts.  I've also made a couple of little clay owls that are not complete yet.

So, I'll be pretty busy with the end of school activities over the next few weeks.  I'll post something if I have time. But if not, you'll know I'm overwhelmed with end of the year paperwork!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Mixed Media and Countdown to Summer Break

Summer break is coming much faster than I realized! Last week I counted the weeks and thought that we still had 7 weeks, but last week I was told it was 5 1/2 weeks (not counting this past week)! Last year we went to school into June because of snow days that we had to make up. This year we started school a little earlier and had no snow days...obviously, because we had little, if any, winter weather.  So it won't be long before I will have more time at home to create!

Today I just thought I would share a mixed media project that I created as an example for a student project at school.  We did a mixed media collage, using magazines and acrylic paints.  Since I create my little clay houses and clay house tiles, I decided to create a house with a fence and tree.  I used a stack of my favorite Arkansas magazines (At Home in Arkansas) to cut out Arkansas details, words, maps, and colors to put together to create my image.  I included a tree and since I have been doing owls, I had to include a little owl.  I painted a little mini owl and cut it out and put it into the tree.

At Home in Arkansas published some of my little clay houses a couple of years ago (June 2009). You can see it here: Cottage Industry in At Home in Arkansas. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Becoming a night owl...

'Night Owl...almost finished'
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Well, actually I've been a Night Owl all my life. I enjoy staying up late and I used to be able to sleep in late, but now I just can't seem to sleep in anymore.  But I was referring to all of the owls that I've been enjoying painting lately. I recently painted a picture for my niece for her new baby's nursery which included a woodland theme. So looking for ideas for woodland animals, I came across many owls. So I put some owls in her painting and have done several additional owls, because they are so fun to do!  I do love whimsical style art, so naturally I love doing the whimsical owls.  I have plans to do more whimsical animals.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Time and Clay Time

A few colorful clay houses to go along with the Spring Bloom photos from last week.  Spring came early this year. The weather has been warm for awhile so the azaleas and dogwoods already started blooming. I took a drive around some neighborhoods with pretty blooms.  I just wish some of these were in my yard!


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