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To be a Tree

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Two of my ‘how to draw a tree’ handouts that I give to my students. And an unfinished painting of a tree in blue. I never tire of drawing trees!

4-Kirkwood-Gnarled Blue Tree

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in acrylics, drawings, miscellaneous, publicity

 

Colour-Pillars

How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine. came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. For the secondary colours they put the two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it!How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine and I came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. Colour, then skip a shape, colour, skip… For the secondary colours they put two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it! This image is a montage of the works into one.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in miscellaneous, mixed media, watercolours

 

Heart Flower

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1 valentine flowerArt with the 5-7 year olds today was all about making a heart flower as a gift for Valentines Day. A design I came up with. Really happy with how it turned out. Kids loved it! Afterwards we wrapped them in tissue paper and secured it with a sticker just like at a real flower shop. Hope I always keep young at heART.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in miscellaneous, mixed media, publicity

 

Art for Lunch

Placemat CompleteIn preparation for the Art for Lunch talk at Place des Arts earlier in the month I created an art place-mat with the tools one needs to create art (brush, palette, colour wheel….) pictured in place of fork, plate, etc. Many of the words from my talk are woven together to create a border for the place-mat image.

Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever.” Julie Andrews

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in miscellaneous, mixed media, publicity

 

Get Well Card

flower get wellJanuary. Time of colds, flu, and winter weather. Making a virtual get well card for a friend I picked a cheery image and paired it with an upbeat message; an inspirational quote by Chagall that is a favourite of mine. Nothing particular to do with getting well but everything to do with living life well.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in miscellaneous, watercolours

 

Velveteen Rabbit

Black Rabbit signedBlack Rabbit portraitAs a change of pace this Christmas one of my homemade gifts for someone dear to me was a toy rabbit that stands about 18″ tall (to tip of ears). Not exactly “The” Velveteen Rabbit (which would be much smaller and a different colour) but a variation on the idea.

Its been a long time since I made a toy and I really enjoyed it. Used material from a black plush zipper jacket that had seen better days. Various scraps of suede I had on hand worked well for eyes, nose, and bow. It was a joy to work on. I like the idea of recycling, re-purposing material to use for making a gift and have a few other toy ideas in mind to make for the new year.

Wishing a Happy, Creative New Year to everyone!

“Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – quote by the skin horse from the book “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, 1922

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in art dolls, fibre art, miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs

 

Subtle Beauty

Leaf prints half and half with words Merry Christmas everybody and in this coming year may our eyes be wide open to the beauty, in all its subtle forms, that is all around us.

Image came from a walk looking for prints made by nature on the sidewalk.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs