Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Lots of Snow and Blue Skies

The sun finally popped out from behind the clouds around noon.

This is a street near my house. My dirt road wasn't plowed, so that made for some difficulties.

Some difficulties, yet such a gorgeous scene!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Tea with the Mad Hatter

This weeks ACEO challenge was "hat". I did "Tea with the Mad Hatter". My Mad Hatter is a dog. I like how the March Hare looks truly mad, and poor Alice is a little freaked at her circumstance.

I was reading about The Mad Hatter and found this interesting info. Did you know that Hatters really did go mad? Mercury was once used in the felting process of making hats. This caused some terrible effects, making them quite mad! Not sure what made the March Hare so mad.

It's always so much fun to draw Alice and her crazy encounters. So yes I hear "hat" and Lewis Carroll definately comes to my mind.

This is an ACEO.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

NibbleFest-Fairy Tales-Thumbelina

The NibbleFest theme this month is "Fairy Tales". My favorite fairy tale has to be "Thumbelina" or "Little Tiny" by Hans Christian Andersen. The first book I remember owning was "Thumbelina." It had a cover that was a venticular (3D looking picture). I hadn't thought of that book in a long time. I wish I had a copy of it now. I always loved the story and the Swallow is definately a favorite. So of course, I had to do this little rendering.

I listed my card, and then went to list Wesley's NibbleFest. Well, just by accident did I list mine first, I usually do his first. In between the 2 listings, eBay seems to be doing maintenance. Am I going crazy, or didn't they usually always do maintenance at 1am, not 11pm PST? That really messed me up. So I guess I'll have to put Wesley's on a 3 day auction. It will better than having an auction end at 1 am, I think.

I still seem to be fighting off the dreaded sickness. I am having minor symptoms though - nothing like what everyone else has. I'm still taking Airborne twice a day. I'm thinking good thoughts!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Long Fingerless Gloves

I was out of town for a few days. While at my mom's I was able to crochet these arm warmers/fingerless gloves. They look like candy stripes to me- for the girl who like bright colors or pink.
  • See them on Etsy, here.

  • We had to come home early since my son got sick. It's a real bummer to be sick when you've got the week off of school. We were planning on going to Disneyland yesterday too. He's got a fever and there's lots of germs at my house right now. My throat was a little scratchy on Monday, so I took some Airborne, and am taking it twice a day. So far, so good. We'll see in a few days if I get sick or not. If not, I'll probably have Airborne to thank for that!

    Saturday, February 17, 2007

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

    It's time for the Year Of The Pig! In honor of the Chinese New Year, we made dragons in my art class yesterday. This was in my son's 4th grade class, so of course, it was enjoyable. I talked a little about Chinese New Year and how the dragon is the most sacred animal in Chinese culture. They each were given 3 pieces of thick paper to draw and color the head, body and tail. I did a simple example of how to draw a dragon. Many did their own version and that was great. They were to also fold the body into an accordion fold (some did need help with this also). Along with my helpers, I helped them to attach the head, body and tail together using brads, or brass fasteners. I also took the extra time to add hole protectors, which was a good thing because the kids really were playing with them when they were done. We attached sticks with masking tape on the back. It was a fair amount of work for the adults to put the things together, but some kids could do it and they also helped.

    This example is from a very talented young lady. She's always one of the shining stars in the class. (Along with my own son-of course! Just my biased opinion!!)

    This was very age appropriate lesson. The kids really enjoyed it, no breakdowns, took the whole 55 minutes, and the teacher also agreed and thought it was a wonderful project. Yaaaayyyy!

    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    Happy Valentines Day

    These are my son's Valentines that he handed out this year. We printed one of his ACEOs onto paper and wrapped a chocolate bar with the print. He then sealed it with a sticker and wrote on the back. I thought they turned out great and unique.

    Most kids had the usual store bought Valentines. There's always a couple that make their Valentines - the same kids each year. I always appreciate the homemade varieties. I hope someone in the class can appreciate my son's as well. He's always made his also, since kindergarten.

    It was a very nice Valentines Day for us. I hope you all had a memorable day of Love, too!

    Art Lesson - Valentine Fairies

    This lesson was inspired by and wouldn't be possible without the pixies created by Laurie at Happy as a Lark Designs.

    I made these little Valentine Fairies with a second grader and her 3 year old sister yesterday. They were made with wooden bead and dowel, paper, felt, pipe cleaners, ric rack, glitter and pom pom. I had never used the sticky felt before. It really sticks well and sandwiches the legs and dowel very sturdy. I had to help the 3 year old cut and glue, but the second grader could make most of the whole thing herself. I mainly helped with the hat. The project was more crafty than artsy I think, but the girls loved it. Sometimes the project just has to be fun. Even if the adults think there should be some fancy, elaborate lesson on art, the kids just want it to be fun. I try to balance it and mix it up a bit. So I had to take advantage of Valentines day, and just make a cutesy, girly, heart fairy... just for fun.

    Monday, February 12, 2007

    W.C. Dog and Mae Kit West

    W.C. Dog is quite enchanted with Mae Kit West, giving her an elegant kiss on the hand. The eBay ACEO Enthusiasts group challenge for the week is "kiss". I had to do these two. Nothing cuter than a dog and cat in love!

    This is an ACEO - 2.5x3.5 inches, acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper.
    We got some rain yesterday, so I've been enjoying the freshly moistened aroma of the earth. I'm happy it was rain and not snow after our freezing January up here on the mountain. Now if we can get some more and hopefully not be in a drought, that would be wonderful. I'll live with the muddy footprints being tracked in by dogs, cats and kids (both little and big) in exchange for lots of water for the forest.

    Saturday, February 10, 2007

    Potted Plants-ACEO

    The ACEO challenge of the week was "pot". I came up with a more serious painting - "Potted Plants in a Row". I love when challenges force me to do a painting that has been in my mind for some time now. Most of these plants are long gone now, lost to freeze, or old age. They were sitting on my deck rail back in 1992. Only the first plant on the left, feverfew, still remains. That was my first feverfew. That plant later moved with me, and reseeded and spread throughout my present yard. But it does make a lovely addition in the summer, even with it's wild appearance.

    This is acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper. ACEO size - 2.5x3.5 inches.

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    Inspire Me Thursday - portrait

    This is my first "Inspire Me Thursday" -the theme being "portrait". I've done a lot of portraits through the years. For this portrait I wanted to do this stylized version of my Grandma, Kathryn. I've wanted to do a painting of this photo of her for a long time. So I made a little ACEO with her lovely face, using acrylics. The second drawing is one I did of my other Grandma, Bettie that I did a year ago. Both photos were taken around the same time, while in their 20s. I love vintage women, especially these two.

  • Find the ACEO here on etsy.
  • Sunday, February 04, 2007

    Illustration Friday - sprout

    Another entry for Illustration Friday, this week... sprout. This is "Little Miss Garlic Sprout". Everyday she wishes for someone to share her sunset and wine. She has a great personality, but maybe just a bit too much odor.

    This may be a bit of a stretch for "sprout". While I was thinking about the subject I saw this garlic going to sprout in my kitchen. What's sad is it was only bought a few days before. That's how fresh our market is up here in this small town. Sad huh?

    This is an ACEO, a small art card, 2.5x3.5 inches.
  • You can find it here on Etsy.
  • Saturday, February 03, 2007

    Art Lesson - Underwater

    I finally took some pictures of the art lesson from a couple of weeks ago. This was an underwater scene that a class of kindergartners did. First we drew a fish together with oil pastels. Then they added whatever underwater creatures that they wanted to. Of course we talked about what other creatures could be down underwater to spark their imagination. After the scene was drawn with the pastels, we had to switch over to water color. I breifly gave them a mini lesson on the ins and outs of watercolor- kindergartners must be reminded of certain things. They then painted right over the oil pastels with the watercolor, adding water for their creatures.

    You must make it clear to press down on the pastels, to give a good, and thick amount of color. And to go ahead and do a lot of coloring in before adding the water. They must also be reminded to not color the background with the pastel, that you will add water later. There seems to be at least one that will try to do that, even with a mention of it once.

    If I do this lesson with the first graders, I think I will have them do a larger fish and just a few of the other smaller elements. I think that will give a bolder finished product.

    If was a very successfull lesson and the little ones seemed to like it.