Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reasons to Wear an Acorn Bead!



It's fall and time to make glass acorn beads.  I love the look and the legends.  Here are a few.  I'm heading to my torch.  Keep an eye on my shop for even more acorns!

The acorn has also been considered to be magical for centuries. The Roman Goddess Diana is very often shown wearing a string of acorns around her neck. The Norse God Thor is said to have taken shelter under an oak tree from a thunderstorm. This led to the belief that if one places an acorn on their windowsill, the house will be protected from lightening strikes.

There is an old legend in Great Britain that the acorn can deter aging. All one has to do is carry an acorn somewhere on their person. This is thought to keep that person young forever. This probably has something to do with the fact that oak trees have a very long life.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bead Embroidery


This is almost a blast from the past.  Except I 'semi' finished this cuff yesterday. It's not totally finished yet, needing the edge work done.   I used to do all kinds of bead embroidery, especially around pieces of fused glass.  Pins, pendants, and cuffs.  But life changes, and other interests in jewelry making came to the forefront.  Whenever I see a bead embroidered cuff, it just looks so beautiful.  I like the swirls one can create using the same color of bead to add a new dimension to the look of the bracelet.  

This is a blast from the past for more than one reason.  It's what I 'used' to do, ages ago, it seems, and I started this piece probably 4 or 5 years ago. Once in a while I would work on it and every time I saw a bead embroidered cuff, I'd thinkof how beautiful they are, and of this one,  half finished in a little container. 

Yesterday I decided to finish it.  Working on it, I remembered 'why' bead embroidery is so fun.  It is a 'soothing' activity.  It was raining outside, the dog was at my feet, and I stitched and planned the next cuff to make.  The next cuff will feature some of my lampwork discs.  Bright?  Earthy?  I don't know yet.  But I do know there 'is' a next one.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Etsy Gift Cards


Etsy Gift Cards are coming soon!

This fall Etsy is launching Etsy Gift Cards. They'll be accepted at all shops that offer direct checkout. That's great! You can give a gift to your favorite people to be able to shop in any
of their favorite Etsy shops.
I love Christmas shopping on Etsy. Handmade gifts, vintage too, and you can find just about anything you like.
Hand knits, pictures, bags, furniture, and of course, very cool jewelry!
I'll post here when it goes live. :-)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Finding Your Artistic Voice

Where have I been?   Just too busy to think of blogging.  We've been on a few trips this summer and so enjoyed them. The Outer Banks for our Anniversary, and then later, to New Hampshire camping with family. I'm ready to stay home for a while!
In the meantime, I'm working up new jewelry for fall Art Shows, and enjoying that.
A friend and I had a little discussion about what direction our work takes.  It was good to think about.  Do you ever do that?  Just sit and think, what 'is' my style, what do I like to make the most?  I love color.  So I am trying to follow that path for a while. The brighter the better.  Looking through magazines is great inspiration. Don't look at the pictures, just look at the colors.  Pretend it's blurry.  Squint your eyes.  What color and design and balance are being used?   You could use this technique for design ideas too.  Shapes and how they interact are well done oftentimes in publications.
It's been a lot of fun following these ideas and I have plans for other ideas using combinations that please me.
I just have to add  a picture of Sparky the Wonder Dog Rat Terrier (and me)  on our vacation to the Outer Banks.  He loved running along the shore and digging in the sand.   I did too.  ;-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recycled Tins into Beads

Now isn't this cute?   I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Austin of the Glass Onion Bead Company.  Her husband taught this wonderful pewter casting class, and Debbie was there to help.  She had taught the night before, this type of recycled bead.   I couldn't resist pawing through all her tin and materials and beads. Here's the link to their shop.

Old tins fascinate me.  Maybe it's the colors and patterns and metal.  (haha probably!)
After many different experiments, Debbie has a very nice technique for using these tins for making beads.
I bought a kit and materials for making these beads, with some other ideas in mind.  But in the meantime, also bought a cute 'Candy Land' necklace for my daughter since it was such a favorite game from her childhood.  Go figure.  Candy Land is such an easy game, but I also loved it as a kid.  Is it the candy?

You might like to purchase a bead or a kit from Debbie.  She is one of the nicest people, as is her husband.  I would love to live near their bead store so I could shop there and visit with them upon occasion.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Back from the Bead and Button Show

It was a great time in Milwaukee! The Bead and Button show is every year in June. Always that last weekend between school getting out and the teacher work week.  Being unable to take the last week of school with students off when I was teaching made  this show one I was not attending.  One year I was lucky enough to have a schedule that allowed it.  Now.. as a retired teacher, I can go.  Woo Hoo!   Off I went early this week to Milwaukee and took a class in pewter casting.  That was great.  really great.  The instructor did a super job and with my background in lost wax casting, this appears to be do-able in my own studio.  I saw some good friends, enjoyed time with them, and then trained to Chicago (Amtrak!)   to see my daughter and her husband, and my son and his wife.  What great times.  We walked all  over the place and had a bunch of fun, and baked cookies too! 
Back to Milwaukee on Friday to shop the show.  The colored metals above are from 'Metal Me This'  and I just can't wait to make some jewelry with the pieces.  I also was able to buy a nifty new kit from the Glass Onion Bead store.  You just HAVE to see it.  In my next post!
It's nice to be home filled with new plans.  In the meantime, I opened my Etsy shop back up.  Anyone need beads?

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thank a Teacher. Please!





It is so strange, to not be working in a school in May, anticipating the year's end. This year is the best May EVER. (except for May 1982 when our son was born)   It's not that I didn't love teaching, but May always dragged on for ages, and I always called it the month from hell. It was always so hard to keep the kids on task at school, and I wanted to teach until the last minute.That's what they pay me for, right?  The students, on the other hand, wanted to be done with the school year, and if there was misbehavior  in their mind, they would go for it. Stir in nice weather and more extra programs and activities than will fit on your calendar.  Then add in testing. report cards, class celebrations, inventory, budgets,  ACK!! Oh right... and yearbook!  which was the ultimate in stress.  The students have their own stress.  Testing, doing those end of year programs in every activity they are involved in, and their stress showed also. If a kid might misbehave, May is the month that is best for the picking.  It's weird to see if there might be pushing or hitting or arguing, it can escalate more quickly in May, leading to suspensions.
Most of the end of year jobs had to be done when there were no students in the room, of course, so May was a lot of stress, long nights, not enough sleep, and trying very very hard not to be cranky. I remember one very hot Friday afternoon, sitting in a storage room sorting out 400 yearbooks, after everyone had left for the weekend.  (ok...  I had a little pity party that time and cried as I sorted them, and was more organized the next year.. and  the tears were, of course, just from all kinds of stress. )
 Let's add here, that my husband also teaches, and living with a stressed out spouse is a challenge also when you are stressed yourself.  WHEW  how many times did I say STRESS in this!??
I had my first nightmare about being in a classroom... about a week ago, and it was 'May in the classroom' 
This year, I have a garden, and go for walks, and work in my studio, and enjoy my part time job, and think my husband is a sweetheart, admiring how he can get through this last month of school. I always wondered what life was like without teaching and can say, May certainly is better!!  I went to school every year since I was 4,  so this is a new kind of world.  :-)
If you have kids in school, please please remember to thank their special teachers. It means so very much, and makes it all worth it.  Believe me. You just can't imagine how much it means to someone.  And even better, a little treat.  maybe a flower from your garden, a certificate for a cup of coffee, a snack and a soda, a thank you note (I kept them all).  They do so much for their classes and a thank you means the world to them.
If you aren't a teacher, enjoy this beautiful month.  If you do teach, stay with it my friends, the kids need people like  you.   XXXOOO   from me, and a big THANK YOU!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Artsplosure Raleigh

Next weekend I am lucky to participate in Raleigh's Artsplosure which is a marvelous Arts Festival.  Great music all weekend, and great art work.
So my head has been down over the work table in the studio working, working!   If you are around Raleigh stop and see me.  I'm in booth 147. My usual spot, not far from Rum Runner's  (which my husband thinks is so convenient!)
Maybe I'll see you there!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

SpringFest on Saturday!


What have I been up to?   Getting ready for a show or two.  This coming Saturday, I will have my torch set up as a demo at Sweet Peas Unique Boutique here in Mount Holly.  I'll have my jewelry there too.   Maybe you can stop by!  It's SpringFest in Mount Holly Saturday, so  there is also an annual  5k .



You could run or walk in it!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Plastic Bottles? or Handmade Soap? Easy Decision




Most liquid soap comes in nonrenewable plastic packaging. Substituting one bottle with a bar in each U.S. home would keep 2.5 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.

Being respectful of our environment is something important to me. Possibly it is because of being brought up in farm land. Walking fields with my friends, riding in wagons filled with grain, ice skating on the river that went through my friend's farm, it made me, as a child notice the environmental impact on the land. That river that went through the farm was always being fished. My Dad told me that we couldn't eat the fish from that river because it was too dirty. That was in the 1960's and industrial waste was coming from where? Or was it from farm fertilizers? But to a kid, it's a sad thing to know that . I know kids swam in that river too, and once my brother and I found the rope swing that went over the river. I fell from the rope swing (thus learning what 'lost your grip means') and when I got home, my Mom made me go straight to the shower. I've wondered why that river was considered dirty, and do know that it has been cleaned up.

As I've written before, I was also brought up with a family that grew most of their food, and recycled just about everything. When I went to college, and then 'out in the world' it was a big surprise to me to see what people throw away.

Lately a discussion has been going on that I am involved in. We've been talking about the environmental impact of plastics. A friend told me she feels plastics are the major problem we have created for the planet, and potentially the most damaging to our children's and grandchildren's health and well-being. One thing she mentions is using bar soap instead of bottled soap as it would make a huge different to the amount of plastic in the environment.

Did you know that the soft soaps you buy in pump bottles have a negative impact on our environment? That never has crossed my mind. Maybe I have never considered it because I like a good bar of soap. Something that is creamy and smells good. Handmade soaps are at many groceries, farm markets, and on line. They smell good. Did I already say that? They have no chemicals in them. You can get all kinds of soaps with different types of base oils. They last a long time. They cost less money than the soap in a plastic bottle.

When looking on Etsy for handmade soaps, I found a local crafter here in Mount Holly, NC.

Kali at the Etsy shop Love Toast and Jelly has some handmade soap in her shop. Her soap is pictured here and if you click on it, it will take you to her listing. It's a nice olive oil based soap. Doesn't that sound just naturally good?

Or maybe you are hooked on liquid soap. Make your own and pour it into a ceramic or glass soap dispenser or reuse that plastic one you have sitting by your sink. I'm going to try it.

Here is a recipe from Frugal Living:

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes of hands-on time

Here's How:

  1. Grate or finely chop a bar of soap (about four ounces of soap).
  2. Bring four cups of water to a boil.
  3. Turn off the heat, and add the soap. Stir to melt the soap. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully combined. At this point the mixture will be very liquidy.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes. Then, stir again. At this point, the soap should be slightly thicker.
  5. Allow to cool for another several hours or overnight.
  6. Stir to check the consistency. If it seems too liquidy, reheat and add more soap. If it seems too thick; reheat and add more water.
  7. Once you're satisfied with your soap, add a few drops of essential oil and coloring, if desired.
  8. Then, pour your soap into dispensers, and enjoy.

Tips:

  1. Want to make a bigger or smaller batch? Just use one cup of water for every ounce of soap.
  2. This recipe stores well. Make up a big batch, a few times a year.
  3. Results will vary depending on the type of soap used. Tweak the recipe until it meets your needs.
  4. For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap through a blender before pouring into dispensers.








Friday, March 16, 2012

How To Clean Your Silver


Did I ever tell you how to clean silver? This is a snap! Being close to running out of our favorite laundry detergent, I picked some up in the grocery. The new pods for laundry look great. In my opinion, they will be real helpful since we (ahem... my husband) won't use too much laundry soap in each load. These are pre-measured. In trying them out, they are working great and smell wonderful. But then, I thought it's a good idea to take the rest of the powder we have and put it in a storage jar. Why? Because Tide is great for cleaning silver, and before art shows, there are times I use it for getting some nice bright silver pieces back to their shiny state.
I've seen this done with boiling water and baking soda also, but this technique is super easy. Take a plastic container or a glass pan and line it with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Add some Tide. (maybe 1/4 c liquid or powder) Pour hot water over it and dissolve the soap. Then you just put your silver into it. In moments the tarnish is gone. Weird huh? I rinse the silver and wipe it with a soft cloth (or it will feel sticky) and the laundry soap itself... it can be thrown in with a batch of jeans. No yuck in the soapy water. It's on the foil.
Voila! Make yourself a pin that says 'GENIUS' !!
I have also tested this by leaving a chain maille bracelet in the pocket of my jeans and washing them in Tide. hahaha it worked..............but maybe that's not the best technique.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How I learned the Easter Bunny wasn't real


Well, Maybe it was already evident there really wasn't an Easter Bunny, but due to my fondness for spiced jelly beans,even at age 4, I wasn't telling. LOL But one day my Mother and Grandmother wanted to go to a local greenhouse for a visit with the Easter Bunny. There was a long line, and that greenhouse 'smell' The damp floral kind of mossy smell. We waited in line and I got to go up and see the Easter Bunny. Somewhere in this world possibly a picture like this exists with me on the lap of a bunny who looked exactly like this. Isn't that the strangest thing to recognize the costume? Unless he really was real............... If so, I wonder why when he moved his arm, a watch became visible next to where that paw (glove) stopped and the sweater started.
"Mom! He's not real. He has a watch on!"
"Yes, Susie, he has to get his baskets done on time" translates as.... Yes, Susie, adults can lie when necessary. LOL!! (My parents still call me Susie, and I love it)
The neat thing was he also gave me a rose. A single rose that went into a pretty vase. Could that be when I discovered how beautiful a cut rose is? That was a decent trade.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Fun Bead Day


Today was a fun day. A friend, Carla, had an extra ticket to the Intergalactic Bead show which is in Charlotte this weekend. There was a good mix of vendors, and a nice crowd today. The weather was beautiful, so I'm glad we went in the morning. We were there several hours and found stones and cast jewelry components, and beads. Lots of nice people were selling their work and it was fun to visit with them if they weren't swamped with customers. The tables with stones, especially, had a many customers.
I found some colorful little beads that will look super with discs in jewelry. You know how I love to make lampwork discs!
And this disc? I finally took some pictures and posted on Etsy. My laptop has been in the shop so I used my husband's new desktop computer. Ok. I like it a whole lot better! The display is nicer with color and it was easier to use my Adobe program. Poor guy... now he'll have to share!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Favorite Bread Recipe


Recently a friend mentioned the book 'Make the Bread, Buy the Butter' so, I picked up the book and have found it quite worthy. I can't tell you how many times in my life, I've decided to not ever buy bread, but to always bake it. There are times that happens, but much less than it should. A friend, Char, back in Michigan, always has baked all the bread that they use. I worked with her husband and he had the best looking sandwiches in the lunch room, that's for sure. Char has a recipe that she consistently uses and has it down to a science. She uses some whole wheat flour and oatmeal in it for a hearty healthy bread. She always bakes on one day a week, which I think is Tuesdays. Sometimes she makes a mini loaf also with some of the dough and takes it to a friend. (yummmm!!)
My favorite recipe doesn't have whole wheat flour, although it could, and upon occasion I'll toss a cup or so of whole wheat in , but this is just so good with just regular flour. Not a real light bread, it's been my 'go to' recipe for a very long time. From a bread cookbook published by Farm Journal. Remember that magazine? If you lived in an agricultural area, you probably do. Published in 1969, this book is well worn, and not shiny or with awesome pictures. Just good bread recipes from country kitchens. The page with this recipe looking like it's gotten hit with some baking debris over the years. HAH!
I made a batch today to enjoy with my son and daughter in law when they come to visit (tomorrow!!) as I said, it's good for toast. Actually my recipe book says 'This bread makes superlative toast'. Easy to make, so don't hesitate to try if you've never baked bread, what do you have to lose? Right? I am altering the recipe instructions to make them more 'modern' since they didn't have microwaves then.

Rich White Bread
1 c milk
2 T sugar
2 t salt
2 T butter (or margarine)
2 pkg yeast
1/2 c warm water
2 eggs
5 1/2 to 6 c flour

instead of milk, I usually bake with powdered milk. It's less fat, you can add extra for calcium, and you don't have to use the last cup of milk in the refrigerator.
warm the milk in the microwave to lukewarm. (if you are using powdered milk, warm water to lukewarm and put the powdered milk in the bowl, pouring the water over it. Use water you have boiled (from the tea kettle?) if you have it. The chlorine in city water is detrimental for your yeast although it still rises, it's better to have water that isn't chlorinated. boiling water takes the chlorine out)
Pour the milk into the mixing bowl. and add sugar, salt, and butter.
in another cup put 1/2 c warm water and the yeast, stirring to dissolve.
Let it rise a bit in the cup and then add to the milk mixture. Add 2.5 c flour and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs. Blend in . Add remaining flour a little at a time until the dough leaves the side of the bowl as it is mixed. You probably won't add all the flour. You don't want the dough to stick to your hands, that's how you know you have enough flour. By this time you are stirring by hand, or using a stand mixer with a dough hook.
Let the dough sit for 10 minutes. Then knead it adding flour as needed until the dough is soft and elastic. About 8 to 10 minutes (stand mixer makes this again, so much easier) The dough will be smooth
put the dough into a bowl you greased lightly (Pam) and cover with a nice clean dish towel you run hot water over and then wring the water out of. (I use a smooth flour sack type dish towel for bread rising)
Let rise until doubled about an hour
punch down (that's the fun part... push your fist into the dough over and over to press it back down. My kids loved to do that job) Let it rise again. It's that second rise that makes bread nicer. And this rise is about 30 minutes.
Cut the dough in half and shape into loaves. Put in loaf pans that are greased. Cover and rise until dough reaches top of pan (a tad higher than that) bake 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Keep an eye on it and when it looks like it's pretty, golden brown, rap the top of the bread with your knuckle. Does it sound hollow? Then it's done.

My friend Barb mentioned her bread machine. Right..... I should have mentioned, you can cut this recipe in half for a bread machine. Put the ingredients into the machine, dry ingredients first.
also, the best bread machine bread, is when you use it to mix, knead, and rise. Then form the dough into a loaf, put it in a loaf pan, rise, and bake in the oven.

A good thing about this recipe is if you want a slice of warm bread, and so does everyone else in the house, you still have a second loaf for sandwiches etc.
The bad thing about baking bread is you have to plan your day around when you need to bake it. It's easy to run to the grocery or go for a walk when the bread is rising, but you can't go to the mall or something. So I bake on days that I know we'll be around the house.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Life is Good


The t-shirts that say 'life is good' always make me smile. They have stick figures, which are always fun, and the stick figures do some pretty fun things too.
If I could make a 'life is good' shirt for dogs, it would be something like this picture. Sparky, our 5 month old rat terrier puppy, discovered an open door. In that closet is a box of milkbones. Yah! He was pawing at the box, so how could I resist letting him take one (or two)
Here he is, in his favorite spot under the dining room table, (it must feel like a den) by his favorite toy, the rubber chicken, chomping on the first milk bone, with one in reserve.
Instead of 'life is good' should I have written 'it's a dog's life'???? :-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Gift

Don't you love surprises?

Here's my little surprise this week. A cold! Isn't that cute picture? I love the colors!

How can this be the second cold in a month, you say? My husband works at the school and brings surprises home. ;-)

Sometimes it's chocolate. yah! (not from school unless he bought some over priced box of turtles from a fund raiser, which are usually, surprisingly good) The frozen cookie dough I can do without. (two are in the freezer now. Maybe I should bake some for Bunco--hmmmm good idea)

Sometimes it's other surprises. He caught a cold no doubt from one of the gazillion middle school kids he works with. And... passed it on. It's part of the blessings of marriage. sharing! LOL

He's a sweetie. Really truly he is. And I've brought home a few viruses (virii??) myself when teaching. This is inspiring enough to send me to the torch. Which it did. We'll see how the beads turn out.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hearts


This is a great month for bead making. It's fun to make hearts. So coming out of my kiln this past few weeks have been many hearts. Florals, stitched, plain colors, shards, frits, just all kinds of melted glass shaped in the flame.

I love the symbolism that is involved with so many types. One example is a Purple Heart. Traditionally they signify a heroic act.

If a friend has been battling cancer, it is very special to gift them with a purple heart. When they finish treatment, or go through a tough time, I'll slip one in the mail for them, or on their desk or somehow get that gift to them. It's a talisman that I give them to help them remember, 'You are brave' and hopefully they will never have to be 'brave' in that way again. Sometimes a friend will ask to buy one, and I give it to them for whoever they wanted it for. Sometimes at an art show, someone will be in my booth that needs that purple heart, and it again, is a gift to them. In a small way, that glass can maybe help make at least that moment better.

Another place my beads go to is Beads of Courage, which is a marvelous program for children with cancer. The kids can pick out a bead for milestones in their treatment. It may be for a test, or a treatment, an act of courage. Hopefully, the strand of beads a child puts together, each marking some moment in their cancer journey, will be a short strand. Unfortunately there are times the strand is long. Sometimes a very long marking of a journey no child should have to take.

Purple hearts are often made by lampworkers and donated to the program, in addition to any other beads one might send. The beads can be 'any' bead, not just a heart. So maybe a bead is red and polka dotted. A kid might love that bead and can pick it out of a pile, and hopefully it takes their mind off their big problem for even a moment.

As we know, sadly, a cancer journey can end with dying. The strand of beads a child had showing their courage, is something for their family to save. Beads of Courage also gives a butterfly bead to the family who has lost their loved one. I hate to think of a strand of beads with a final butterfly at the end of it, yet know that each of the beads on the strand 'does' show a moment in time and a reflection of the child's personality in color and design, with hope and some happiness tossed in.

Beads of Courage is a wonderful program. You can read more about it here. And you can also donate if you like, not just beads, but financial support to augment the handmade beads. I hope one day to see this program end because no one needs beads anymore. But in the meantime, hopefully more and more purple hearts will be made and will mark the SUCCESSFUL end of treatment for a child with cancer.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elements and Principles of Art


What defines your own tastes in art work? Can you put it into words? Is it "I just like it!" ? Or do you have a clear reason? If you put a collection of your work out in front of you, how can you sum up your style?

Finding your own voice in Art actually can take some studying. As an art student, I just figured, things would happen naturally, and if someone was 'famous' it was because they had massive talent, or in this world today, great self promotion. Many people who have no formal art training, do very well with their work already. Although there is usually room in anyone's work for some fine tuning.

As an Art teacher, I found the most success in student's work came from insisting the students used the elements and principles of design. No matter how I taught it, it didn't come easily for the students to really think about this when working, but when a student said to me 'Mrs. Lambert, I used complementary colors and look what happened! That's when they see the magic of using what they were taught. Comments like that would just make my day. Teaching can be a tough, tough job, but the rewards like this keep the teachers coming back every August and September.

One year, the final exam in my Art 1 class was to work in their altered book and to use a specific list of design elements. Two hours of work, two pages. Students mentioned to me 'this was the most fun exam I have ever taken' (who says an exam has to be brutal?) and 'this is the best page in my altered book. I should have done this before'
Which taught me something too. Insist on students listing what elements/principles they have used or that they have a plan before starting. This led to me learning also, that a 'block' of 'I can't think of something to draw/paint/whatever' doesn't happen to someone if they decide what their plan for elements is.

Did it happen naturally for the master painters? Did DaVinci say, 'I'm going to use line and color to balance this painting' ? Does a child think that? Who knows about DaVinci, but I do know a child thinks, 'the sky looks empty. I'll put a big sun there' already with a taste for balance in their drawing. Very possibly, my thoughts as an art student were correct. It's natural thing to have a good design. But extremely possible, is your own work will flourish with a bit of studying and planning. My own work changed drastically when I decided (I hate at an age of at least over 40 ) to practice what I preach. (duh!) After this revelation, not only did my work change, but so did my teaching! Lucky, to learn from my students success. :-)

Check back to this blog for some 'lessons' and exercises in the elements and principals of art. I'm not teaching school anymore, and have some time to put a few things on my blog for anyone interested in stretching their personal art zone.
Intrigued? Ask yourself. What is it about the picture posted that I like? Possibly you clicked on this post because of that picture. It doesn't matter why because there is no right answer. (isn't art the coolest?) But keep it in mind and try to carry one of those reasons into your own work for at least one piece. ( Look at my piece in the previous post. Can you see something similar? )

Monday, January 2, 2012