Saturday, December 20, 2008
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
Art is about saying something with color, line, space, shape, form, etc. Something you can't say with words. Georgia Okeefe, said this in a quote. I love her pieces. I love to paint close up florals also.
I love to paint and experiment with color, paper, collage, etc. I don't know what I want to say yet. Is that strange? I don't know what to say. Do you really need a cause? Do you really have to say something with your art? Can you just paint for the pure pleasure of painting? I had this same question when I wanted to write books and articles. I had to read a book for work one year. It was an Ayn Rand book. To me, her books have such a statement of her philosophy, I was sure that she saw writing with that in mind. She wanted to pursuade others to her point of view through her art of writing. I loved her style, but not always what she believed it. I enjoyed her book for her style of writing. But "having" to read it for work turned me off to her ideas even.
I think in art that you should be able to paint for the pleasure of painting, like a child. Children paint and draw because it is fun. They want to succeed in drawing a picture. They LOVE to draw and paint. They have no motive or purpose. They have to theme unless you impose it on them.
I believe I paint as a child, just because it is pleasurable. I don't want to paint for any reason. I don't want to paint for a cause. I want to paint because it is fun and beautiful when I am finished. I don't want to have to think about saying something with my art.
What do you think? Should I try to say something with my art? It is such a great opportunity to do so.
Do you say things with your paintings? Do you have an agenda?
I don't want one. I want to paint because my art room calls out to me from the murky basement, beakoning me to leave the world of responsibility and to dive into the world of the unknown. How will this painting turn out? What will this one say? I do start out with a saying sometimes. Maybe that is painting around a meaning. Maybe I am all mixed up about this meaning thing.
Well, these are things to think about. Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hahnakah, Nice Passover, or Happy Kwanza.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I tell the students stories about their artwork right before they leave class. The whole class is quiet and listening. I start with "What if . . ." and then tell the story, putting in random students as I go. It is so fun. Their artwork usually comes to life and hides in their desks or goes sailing around their room until their teacher comes in and tells all artwork that they must return to their respective places and counts down. The artwork is always obedient. Perhaps I will let one escape next week. The students are all quiet and ready to go when their teacher comes to get them. It is awesome.
Halloween was very fun . . .
The election is over (Yay!!!)
My great hope is that Obama getting elected will heal wounds we have had in our country for ever so long.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So, Helena tagged me and I've never done this before, but it looks like I have to list 6 things you normally wouldn't know about me.
So, here goes:
1 - I love watermelon
2 - I love to feel the air, wind, and breezes that float by to touch my face!
3 - I have an 88 year old grandmother who taught me how to make gnocchi (yum!)
4 - My son plays with my ear all the time - he has an ear fetish!
5 - I am a grandmother to one little baby and a step grandmother to another little baby and to two wonderful little ones.
6 - I wore casts on my legs when I was a baby, I believe it gave me ADD! But I completed a crawling program from the book Stopping ADHD and now I am more organized, remember things better, etc. But I still have a problem keeping my room organized!
I will list the blogs I tag in my next post because I must go tuck my son in bed! He is 11 and still loves me to tuck him in. I hope it lasts until he is 22! (Well, maybe not that long, but he is my baby!!!)
Monday, September 8, 2008
I have had a great time so far in art classes. I hope that my students feel the same way!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here is an example of the prints I have for sale there:
They come on a 12" x 12" sheet like these, but I cut them up before shipping:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
His art web page is www.garyreef.com
TEXTURE TEXTURE TEXTURE!
Here is one in which he tries out a marble effect. It is so cool.
I want to try this marbling with my art classes this coming year! It looks so cool!
And here is one about a dream he had. It was really interesting to see his art and how he is affected by some of the same artists I love. I loved his dream! To summarize if you don't want to listen to the whole thing, he had a dream where an art critic came to his studio and wanted to buy a really simple green balloon with a face on it! He asked what we thought the dream meant. I love the whole idea that an art critic would want the simplest form of art expression in his studio. I think that on ebay I get lots of reaction sometimes from my simplest watercolors. Maybe this is telling me something too!
And wow! How fun is this!!? He invited friends over for an art scanner party! All the images he shows in the major part of the video are made from a scanner! It is so cool!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Well, that's it for now. I am going to be posting new art soon. It is taking longer than I thought!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Anyway, I'm going to be posting some art to ebay soon. And I have decided to put up some prints on etsy. They will be prints that I embellish with acrylic, shimmering, shiny, stuff. I hope that they turn out. They are really small, so I am wondering if I offer them at a small price if it will be worth it to put them on etsy, because I read that I have to post each individually. Perhaps I can sell them as a sheet, (they are printed on a large sheet). What do you think, Etsy people?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Do you like this one? She is similar to the other girl holding stars and moons, etc.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I really like the peacefulness of this one. I wondered if I should change the lettering to be more serious, like a cursive type. What do you think?
I read so many blogs in which people post such important things. I feel like I am lucky to get my artwork posted. Oh, well. I am off to a new day and I feel good that I have some art to share.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I am amazed and happy. I know that God has given me this wonderful gift of teaching art this next year and I am sooo grateful.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I loved how she turned out. . . .
Monday, July 14, 2008
She had a sad experience which was the inspiration for this piece. A friend from school's mother died in her sleep over the summer. It was shocking and sad. I didn't know this girl's mother. I guess she had been sick for quite a while, but, still, it was unexpected. My dd asked me to paint a picture for her friend to give her after the funeral. She chose this quote and it turned out very nice. I never scanned that painting, so it is not here in my blog, but I did another one, larger, with the same quote. This is the result. My dd loves it and so she claimed it.
Well, I just love her. She is wood burned into wood and watercolored and painted with acrylics. I also collaged the background with scrapbook paper. I used pencil for the quote. I beeswaxed it also. :) Very happy painting for a very sad time for my daughter and her friend.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Mistie so generously nominated me for this award. THANKS!!
So here are my blog nominees. I love art blogging! I've only done it for a little while so I don't have many to choose from. My apologies if you have been nominated already. But the more the merrier, right?!
The rules of accepting are as follows:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
So my nominees are:
CraBBy GaBBy dolls
piece of work
pink crayon studio
Carol B's Design Studio
girl gone thread wild
Whew! I can't believe it took me that long to decide. I tried to choose blogs that have not yet received this award, but some may have and I might have missed that.
Anyway, it's fun to see other artists' work and to connect like this. Thanks again, Mistie!!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
First, from my art journal!
This is the first page. I love the way the girl turned out. I relate these first three pages of my journal to my dear husband. He loves me and loves me. What more can I say?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I'm going to be posting some new work soon and on ebay too!!
Yeah for summer!
Monday, June 23, 2008
And here is the youtube video!!! It was a blast making this!
See you soon with more!!