Thursday, May 27, 2010

Latest Works, Art Magazines, Lochness and The Suburbs

Yikes! That was an unusualy long break between posts. The crazyness of ending a school year invades every part of your life! Yesterday was my last day of school, and today is my last of work. Since I'm an assistant art teacher I only work during the school year since no child (understandibly) wants to take classes during summer. I've found that I'll miss all those little kindergarteners and middle schoolers, they allways have you guessing, not to mention laughing.

I remeber one conversation between two little ones around the 7-8 age range, and it went like this..

Boy: Today I learned that dogs can only see in black in white.

Girl: Well how do you know that dogs can only see in black and white? You're not a dog.

Boy: Well how do you know I've never been a dog?

After that last line the whole class room exploded in laughter, I actualy had tears running from my eyes. I also remember a time when a small kindergartener was trying to tell a joke but the thought of it was so funny she couldn't get it out and collapsed in laughter, she cracked herself up. Not only were the kindergarteners a joy to teach, but the middle schoolers were so hard working and creative! Once we were making sculptures of houses with recylced boxes, egg cartoons, etc. and this one girl created a five story mansion compleate with hot tub, water slide, elevator. I can't believe she built so much in an hour.

For the Tumbleweed Art Studio's Student Show my boss asked me to make a poster

Here it is!

I also worked on a new painting of a cute octopus.
I've named him Wembley.

I love his baby-face.

A boy I know made this Dinosuar (Nessy) in my schools art class.

Can you believe he was going to throw it away?

I'm so glad I rescued him.

This is an amazing artist magazine called Esopus, and for 20 dollars you get a latest upcoming music CD, pull out posters and 12 different artist to inspire you.

Its like having a bit of the New York art sceen right in your hands

If your interested in them, which you should be, here is their site:

Well, that was a bit of my week, Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Camano Island for Memorial Day. I plan on taking lots of pictures, and perhapes I'll find time to paint.

Untill next time,


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mothers Day, Fishing and Hopes of Summer

Ahh, only two weeks left until summer vacation! Oh I can't wait for the Road trips to the beach house, swimming, the smell of sunscreen, drinking ice tea on the shaded porch, capturing the summer light in a painting, picking up a good book, going to art festivals, vintage car festivals, and camping on the Oregon coast. Sweet, sweet summer, full of tank tops, flip-flops and sprinklers how I've missed you!
A Snap-Shot of how my mother and I spent Mothers Day
tanning on our back lawn. Honestly my sister,
Mother and I can't get enough of the sun's warm rays.

Here is a painting I finished.
It's of a small Italian car driving down a row of ancient oaks.
I used pen and ink to outline, then I used watered down acrylics.
Sweet looking, no?

On Sunday, before Mothers Day, my family and I went fishing at Williams Lake.

It was gorgeous out, and I think I got a small tan!

Isn't this small yellow boat adorable?
I'm considering using it for my next painting.

A shot of the tough fishermen, braving the on-coming rain clouds.

This might end up becoming a painting too.
So that's what my week, and soon to-be-summer is looking like, what about yours?
Hope you all have fantastic warm-weathered summers,

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Only a month left of school, the sun is out, and I'm setting up shop!

Today my dad and I saved pictures of my paintings to a flash drive so orders for the soon-to-be Etsy shop can be stocked quickly. Today I'm also setting up a Paypal account for taking orders, after that my Etsy shop can be created. Oh, I cant wait to be in business, if all goes well I might not even need a summer job.. it's a high dream, but possible, after all, this is America!

Above is a photo of what a general Monday is like for me. Sipping a Choco-latte-frap-ah-whatever-sugar-bomb (I don't speak Starbucks) meeting people, and getting some much needed painting done. My weekly starbucks run kills the morning "blahs" during the school year. For summer I'd like to go paint in a park by the river because of the great natural light.

I don't know If I've mentioned this before, but I'm on my third year of Spanish. Learning another language is one of the best things I've ever done, it helps you see a larger world and be more sensitive about other cultures. I'm finally at the point were I'm going to try and read a novel completely in Espanol! It wont be easy, and yes, I'll have a Spanglish dictionary near by, but isn't it exciting? A friend from a bible study lent me "En el tiempo de las Mariposas" or "In the Time of the Butterflies". I heard that it was a made into a movie, or that the movie became a book, whichever it was, I hear it is very good. So far, I humbly admit I'm only on the second paragraph, but so far so good. If any of you have seen the movie, let me know what you think, I'd love to hear some opinions.

Write you all later,