Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Discovering a New Balance

When you look at the last photo of this project you will see that it felt our of balance. It bothered me for days that I couldn't figure out what was off and frankly, I'm still not sure. I felt I needed to bring the striations of horizontal colours more inline with each other. Part … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Discovering a New Balance

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

While I feel the window that separates the halves of the composition turned out remarkably well, I realize that it completely restated the figure. Is he inside a room, or outside one? What kind of space is he sitting in? Do I need to continue the glass across the back of the composition to further … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Let me start with the persistent questions of authenticity, originality, inspiration, and appropriation I beat myself up with on almost every new painting. They are all versions of "what is the line between inspiration and plagiarism?" AND they all fuel my self-doubt, my impostor syndrome! I don't know how to be rid of this feeling, … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Hiding – the little devil in me

I had too much time on my hands during a workday, as my team decided we had done enough for the day, and I wasn't sure what to do with myself. We were basically told to go and hide until the day was done. I wandered around the school I'm working in and found the … Continue reading Hiding – the little devil in me

Lunchtime

I've taken a summer job that allows me to have some extended breaks in the day. While not ideal for me, as I like to get stuff finished before starting something new, I'm learning to adapt. I've decided to challenge myself to paint some things during my breaks. I have a new watercolour set that … Continue reading Lunchtime

A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

I finished this well over a week ago, but wasn't sure of the sky. I finally moved it out of my studio onto a sunlit wall and I like it... I think. To be honest, I'm often unsure if I stop because something is finished, or if because I have other ideas screaming in my … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

To all my fellow teachers, you will understand when I say that this was performed on a day that required... well, flexibility. All sorts of stuff kept modifying my plans and I had to make spontaneous changes. I think I'd been keeping Mondrian in my back pocket to teach a lesson on complimentary colours, but … Continue reading A Grade One Experiencing of Minimalism & Mondrian

Cutting it up with Matisse – A First Graders’ Art Exploration

Time for a little fine-motor exercise... let's give them another material to play with. Well, if I'm being honest, they already use construction paper to decorate various holiday projects. In fact, it is a frequent request by my first graders. So, who better to demonstrate composition possibilities using cut-outs than Henri Matisse??? The kids came … Continue reading Cutting it up with Matisse – A First Graders’ Art Exploration

Exploring ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Landscapes with my first graders

Crayola washable markers are the most ubiquitous art medium available in all the classrooms I've taught in, and yet all the kids ask for them as if they were something super magical. Well, I can resist only so much, so I decided to give them a project to use them. Following the music teacher's lessons … Continue reading Exploring ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Landscapes with my first graders

Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders

Father's Day was fast approaching and I felt the some of my kids needed additional gifts for their dad's. As usual, I de-emphasize that it ion for Dads, as some of my students don't have one and emphasized instead that it be a portrait of a family member, but could be for Father's Day if … Continue reading Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders