I have been reading a fascinating book called, How Children Make Art: Lessons in Creativity from Home to School by George Szekely. There is a fascinating section in the book about pre-service teachers making home visits to document and discuss their students’ collections in their bedrooms, as a way to help future teachers balance theContinue reading “Under the Bed Kid Curated Art”
I hate artificial smells & perfumes and anything too heavily scented, even if it is natural. Overly strong smells make me twitchy and sneezy. So when I grabbed a couple of these amber glass spray bottles, I decided to try out my own natural cleaning concoction. I started with a large glass jar and filledContinue reading “DIY Vinegar Cleaning Spray”
Sea Change, mixed media, 18×24″, 2010. This combination of painting, collage, and drawing came about as a result of a weird dream I had where this woman was sailing away on a Viking ship. I added in surreal details to add to the dream-like idea. It recently found a new home, in a friend’s newContinue reading “Sea Change”
Garbage Landscape, 12 x 16″, mixed media, 2019. Pretty self-explanatory image. The clouds are tissue paper with paint thickly applied. The ground is corrugated cardboard with the top layer peeled off, and painted.
Hockey Chicken, 12 x 18″, Mixed Media, 2018. Last summer I spent a fabulous week with other TAB (teaching for artistic behaviors) art teachers in Boston for a week-long grad class. We shared ideas, listened to guest speakers, and had glorious studio time. This artwork began with the just the chicken head. It is aContinue reading “Hockey Chicken”
Ayeka, Mixed media, 9 x 12″, 2019. Ayeka? Where are you? The inspiration for the artwork comes from various things- my love for all things science and the art of diagrams, for one. The idea of skin and a barrier to outside forces, and a sermon on Ayeka, delivered via video conferencing, due to aContinue reading “Ayeka?”
Tropical Cat, Mixed Media – collage, Gelli printing, ink drawing, watercolor, 2018. I have gotten so far behind on documenting completed artworks – there will be a spree of posts coming up. This one I completed when I was in Boston last summer for the TAB (Teaching Artistic Behaviors) art teacher grad class extraordinary weekContinue reading “Tropical Cat”
Mona, Collage, watercolor, marker, color pencil, 2019. I started this Mona Lisa homage years ago, as a magazine face collaged on to a black marker drawing. At that time, I was sorely missing the coastal parts of North Carolina, which had been our home state for eight years. I just rediscovered this unfinished piece inContinue reading “Mona”
South Dakota, Embroidery, acrylic paint, denim, pine needles, 2019. Last summer, I enjoyed a week with family, just outside Rapid City, South Dakota. The porch offered a serene view of the Black Hills. I sat and meditatively stitched on the legs of my cut-off jeans, as my children, nieces, and nephews played.
PB & J, Embroidery, felted wool, acrylic paint, 2019. Chelsea Hayes. I have been enjoying a different type of mixed media lately – embroidery, felting, and painting. If embroidery is like drawing with a needle and thread, then felting is like painting with roving and a needle. My son promptly claimed this art for hisContinue reading “PB & J”