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

My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

I wasn't sure how much they could do with this today, because we are in the middle of a Montreal heat wave and it's boiling in our classroom, but I figured abstract art would give them the freedom to play with colours and not worry too much about the outcome... especially since the heat was … Continue reading My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

Abstract Flower Bouquet – a spontaneous Mother’s Day Gift for Grade One students

I had just inherited my grade one class from their much loved teacher who was retiring a mere few days before Mother's Day. She was winding things down and didn't plan anything for Mother's Day. No problem, I'm an art teacher after all! I had already given the idea of doing Matisse style cut-out still … Continue reading Abstract Flower Bouquet – a spontaneous Mother’s Day Gift for Grade One students

Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

For those who don't know, one of my recent art practices has been to keep a small canvas hanging near whatever I'm painting and to apply any extra paint onto it from my pallet... I became disgusted with how much paint I was wasting. Because I've been having so much fun doing faces, that is … Continue reading Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Six – Is There Such A thing As Too Much Miles Davis?

I know it's been only two days since posting the last update on this piece, but it's been five days in real-life... and what a five days they've been!!! I've been procrastinating from this piece -- unusual for me, I know, but I've been av riding the final brush strokes nonetheless. I wanted to add … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Six – Is There Such A thing As Too Much Miles Davis?

Damn! I might be on fire… again!

Making these spontaneous-ish portraits is really fun. I'm finding the use of extra paints from other projects to be a stimulating challenge. I've been deep into portraits lately and so I am not surprised this one became a face. It started with yellow and I didn't feel any flames until I added the light blue. … Continue reading Damn! I might be on fire… again!

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Five – A Single Note to Punctuate the Blue

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. I stepped away for a few days... well, not exactly stepped away, as I do all my work in my studio-office and spend a good three hours or more each day staring it this composition... even while working on papers. Hey! It's nor procrastination, … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Five – A Single Note to Punctuate the Blue

A Passing Thought In The Middle of my Chaotic Mind

There is so much going one right now that I'm surprised I remember how to breathe. I do believe this is what my passing thoughts look like these days: a quiet blur in a single direction. I continued to play with the extra paints from a massive, blue abstract I'm working on and just let … Continue reading A Passing Thought In The Middle of my Chaotic Mind

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Four – The Impact of Live Music

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. After yesterday, I needed to let the paint dry a bit and life came in to distract me with other priorities... two mornings latter and following another sleepless night of over thinking my To Do list, I hoped on a live version of Kind … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Four – The Impact of Live Music

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Three – In Come The Solos

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. The first solo, a blast of dark blue sound, pouring down over the composition with the force of a tsunami, but never indulgent enough to obliterate the other musicians... as with this application of paint, we can still hear/see the other components of the … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Three – In Come The Solos