Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: dry pastels

See T'Hed: Pencil outline for previous reflections... I was really uncertain of the colour pallet I wanted to land on and felt the need to play with options and finishes at the same time. I really just wanted a glimpse of what colour might do. I've been experimenting with dry and oil pastels throughout the … Continue reading Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: dry pastels

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty

See T'Hed Nineteen for previous reflections... As mentioned in the previous post, I am pursuing the answer to my question: can I make mature art with children's materials? The challenges of using crayons on card stock don't seem to be prohibitive. I'm starting to think that it might be in my head. Of course I … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty

Community Rhythms – Teaching how to make a soundscape

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Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

youtube.com/watch A good friend sent me this and I have already added it to my art resource library for teaching. As a bonus, the journalist mentions how much money this amazingly skilled artist can make, which would probably incentivize some of my more cynical teen students. But the teaching magic comes in the way she … Continue reading Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen

Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi

youtube.com/watch A few nights ago, in one of our long, winding, and intellectually indulgent conversations, my good friend Marcel and I were dreaming out loud about possible work relocations. I eventually came around to discussing Barcelona as a place I could see my family being right now and staying into retirement. I gave some practical … Continue reading Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi

A little good news — the joy of about finding purpose

This heartwarming story goes beyond prison reform, prisoner rehabilitation, or even giving back to society; it demonstrates the value of making meaningful art and how it can build and/or change communities. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/prison-inmates-learned-to-quilt-and-now-make-foster-kid-gifts/

A Creative Block Project – Day 2

It seems I still have an obsession with faces... even when I start with abstract work. To be fair to myself, I am still preoccupied with other work that is in progress. I need to allow myself to be mindful and let the work speak to me. I forced this one a little. I started … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 2

A little good news — about amazing art

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/animal-sculptures-trash-art-stephanie-hongo/ I love found object art and almost any artwork that transforms recycled materials. Check out @sugarfox_art

A little good news — about tree-friendly wood substitutes

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/wood-alternative-sustainably-made-from-kombucha-waste-dyson/ This is simply amazing!!! For me, the beauty of wood has always been in its imperfections. Raw edge planks, burls, knots... all add amazing effects to the wood when oiled and stained. Now this wood made from the waste product of a currently popular beverage can be configured into all sorts of strange possibilities... … Continue reading A little good news — about tree-friendly wood substitutes

Violet Temptations

My plantain Lillies (hostas) infestation began with only a couple of plants from my father's garden; now there are so many that I can use them as ground cover for my entire lawn... well almost. The strange purple flowers that jut out of them on impossibly long stems waver in the wind as if vibrating … Continue reading Violet Temptations