Monday, September 20, 2010

Nature Photograpy

Yesterday I brought my camera along on my walk through the woods. I rock hopped down the middle of Naaman's creek stopping here and there to take pictures of the water.

I didn't bring a tripod so I steadied the camera against my face or knee as best as I could.

I love how you can see bits of blue sky reflected in the water.









Since art imitates nature, this is what I worked on when I got home.


This is painted fabric that I then spray painted with rocks as resists.


The top half of this shot is a painting on plexiglass, I'm holding it up so the light from the window is coming through. This is something I'd love to work on scaling up for the gallery.


Another piece of fabric I worked on. And now I have some really cool spray painted rocks.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Kids Are Artists Too

People often ask me if my kids aged 12 and 15 are artists too. My answer is “hell yeah!”. I’m really proud of their work but sometimes I wish they weren’t so busy all the time and would learn to clean up a little once in a while. They wrote, directed, acted, filmed and edited their own movie this summer. I love how my kids can make their own entertainment out of the dress up bin. I hope they never outgrow this. Will the finished piece be a masterpiece? I think probably not, but what a great experience. I bite my tongue when I see the incredible messes that are left in the wake of their creative flurry.

Here are a few pictures of what they’ve been up to this summer.

Delaney's abstract paintings


Delaney's art portfolio from summer camp


Savannah's watercolors from summer camp


This was actually Delaney's lunch one day, that's Larry Cat checking it out


Delaney helped me make wrapping paper with some left over paint and newsprint


Delaney has to wear collared shirts to school and she's not going to wear boring solids every day so she splatter painted her shirt


Here's a shirt I made for her with fabric she chose


Fabric she painted to make a pillow for her room


I painted the wall purple in her bedroom to surprise her for her birthday and together with a friend we painted the spiral. Here she's gluing pompoms to her lamp shades.

Delaney also made cute animals out of plastic eggs, paper flowers from a tracing of her hand and cool jewelry out of buttons. Today they were off to their friend's house dressed as cats.

When I was a kid, the neighborhood kids were always at my house where my sister’s and I were allowed to make costumes out of old clothes and odds and ends and we wrote scripts and put on plays all the time. Our Christmas gifts were always craft kits like a pottery wheel or glass cutting kit. My mother sewed and my father had a wood shop in the basement. I was always making things, and still am. My craft room is a mess! I cleaned my studio this week though and can't wait to get in there and start making messes!