Bottles

Like I said in a previous post, I have a love and fascination with shiny surfaces and have always enjoyed the reflective surfaces of glassware. Here are a few examples of work done in oil (star lantern)  and acrylics (Pellegrino). I had a few more of these because I was doing a painting a day during my study at Boston University, but someone stole them from the painting room. I had one that I absolutely loved of mason jars filled with different items and that one was unfortunately stolen. At least I still have a couple of them!

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Leaves

Here are a few little leaf charcoal drawings. I like that they are small and simple.

4th Grade Kicks

Here is an amazing observational drawing from one of my 4th grade students this week. I mean, c’mon, really? This child is super-talented, but also draws all the time. I think art is like most things, the more you do it, the better you get. Some people believe in natural born talent, I think it is something that is developed at a young age and built upon- like most other things. Anyone can be a good drawer, if they took a lesson, spent some time, did a little research. I am tired of adults saying, “I can’t even draw a stick figure!” Of the 350 students I have, including 4 Kindergarten classes, not one of those kids has ever said that to me.

Filament Lightbulbs

I’ve been working on this for a couple months- I pick it up, I put it down, but I’m glad I finished it. I have a real obsession with reflective surfaces as well as anything mechanical or shiny. These lightbulbs fulfilled all of my drawing fantasies! I will definitely be drawing lightbulbs again.

Charcoal

This week has been busy- but productive in other ways besides my own personal artwork- and that happens. I have about 6 major items on my New Years Resolution list, and probably 5/6 are daily items- which is currently presenting a challenge. I don’t think I will ever be a “daily painter”, but for now I am glad to hold the role of “daily inspirer” to my classes of creative kids. Since I haven’t been sharing my work, ideas, or stories in art education, I am a little backlogged with things to share.

I always try to work with paint, because I do love color, but I have to say, the easiest and most relaxing medium for me to work with is straight charcoal and a white pencil. My obsession with these materials happened in college and I put the pencils away, trying to work with other mediums that are faster, but as soon as I get the charcoal in my hand, I can’t stop. I wanted to write this blog about my daily experience with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint- but I should just start from the beginning and show you my love of charcoal. I suppose I should just show the journey of a busy person, trying to make time for something that I feel essential to my almost-everyday life.

I watched a film today, too, called Mother Nature’s Child, which is essentially about how the new generation of kids spend less than 40 minutes a week outside. It made me so grateful to grow up in a neighborhood with other children where we would spend hours and hours a week outside. I am going to try to inspire my students to spend more time outside- so an Andy Goldsworthy project is in line for the next month.

Fruit Salad

Lately, I have been dreaming up paintings of colorful fruits and just hit that time of year for my Kindergarten students- painting fruit salads. It’s basic- mix the secondary colors using the primary colors and think of a fruit that corresponds with each color- add it to the paper. I am going to have to make my 27 year old version of this tonight, but I thought I would share with you a couple of gems from my little friends. I am truly an inspired artist when I am teaching, I just have to be better about making time when I am not at work to work on my own craft. I have so many ideas I just have trouble finding the time to execute them. New Years resolutions- maybe if I blog about it, it will force me to follow through with my words.