Pina Colada Ice Pops Healthy Recipe I am on a mission to find ice cream and popsicles that I can eat and still maintain a low sugar/low calorie diet. These popsicles only have 117 calories and are made with coconut milk. I plan on making these as well as blueberry and strawberry ones too. Found the recipe at allrecipes.com and http://therealityofskinny.tumblr.com/foodrecipes, wooohoooo!
Blend and freeze the following ingredients (don’t forget the sticks!): (Makes 6 servings)
1 can pineapple chunks, in juice 1 banana 1 can coconut milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Calories: 117 per pop :)
Totally Freaking Amazing Video of Art, Video, and Music called "I Paint" by Thijme Termaat! Not sure how I haven't seen this before but the more the video evolved the more my jaw kept hitting the floor. His paintings are wonderful but the addition of the video editing and music takes this experience to an entirely other dimension. Great way to end the evening for me!
Oh, Pinterest, I do love the humor you share with me each morning, especially the laughs that make me choke on my Lucky Charms as I laugh out loud....like this one. I would so love this on a T-Shirt! #geek #starwars
Love the Dots! My students and I read the book, "The Dot' a few weeks back and each one created their own version of the most spectacular dot. With almost 250 of them, we decided to gift our principal with a bouquet of flowers on her birthday. I think they turned out swell!
Creamy, Blackberry Frozen Yogurt altering the recipe? I am totally intrigued by this frozen yogurt recipe....blackberry. Looks yummy, but I am wondering what I might substitute for the sweetened condensed milk to save on calories but not taste. Coconut Milk maybe? Here is the link to the recipe, any ideas? http://www.kitchencorners.com/2009/08/creamy-blackberry-frozen-yogurt.html
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Recipe Just because it's my birthday month and just because I want to 'practice' before Thanksgiving, I shall make this sinfully delicious cheesecake. Thanks to Katrina for the recipe and photo as well, oh my word, total food porn!
A HUGE Thank You to Secret Santa! For all the Secret Santa's who have sent art supplies and items to my students they wanted to say THANK YOU! I teach almost 250 kids each week and this is one class who has benefited from the neon oil pastels we received each week! They were so excited, especially learning about how strangers are gifting one another from around the world! Such a beautiful learning experience for them! I am quite grateful! #gplussanta#santagift
Best Art Room Ever! I so love being blessed enough to teach in this space every day, with the most amazing little ones. We had Open House tonight so we got it all dolled up! #gratefulliving#artclassroom
Meet Nikki Our New Family Member Ever since we lost our beloved Skippy DaFlippy my hubs has been itching to get a new dog and early in the week that came to fruition. I was hesitant at first because we have had our share of difficult dogs, but Little Miss Nikki has proven herself to be a total charmer. She loves to ride in the car, take long naps, and doesn't have puppy breathe that will peel paint from the walls. My kind of dog.
In Search of a Soulmate Working in a 3 foot wide format just lends itself to linear subjects and my Bird on a Wire series just called out to me this week. I had tinkered with this canvas for 2 years, it was an albatross around my neck and spent many a night under the bed, but this week, I just felt the birds needed a home and it fit here. This is one of those joyful pieces, makes me smile, makes others smile. Those does the artist heart good.
Chapel Commission I so love working on a commission that has a personal connection and this painting did just that. St. Paul's Chapel is at the heart of our community and school and when a coworker asked me to paint it with a village setting and bright color palette I jumped at the chance. My students were able to watch the entire process from sketch, layering, values, and change which turned out to be a unique teaching opportunity for me. Totally blessed to have been able to paint this! "Chapel On The Hill" 3' by 3' acrylic on canvas.
Thank You Secret Santa! Holy Cow! The past two weeks have been so exciting for my art students thanks to Secret Santa's from Google+! Today, we have been making ceramic ornaments with the rubber stamps we received, tomorrow my 6th graders are beginning to work on their end of term watercolor paintings on the 140lb. watercolor paper we received, and I also can't wait to show my students these NEON oil pastels that arrived today. They will be thrilled! I am going to let one of my classes preview the Secret Santa lists and help me pick out a few gifts to pay it forward as well! We are so, so grateful and I do wish there was a way we could thank whoever it was that sent these items! For today #wethankyou#secretsanta#gplussanta#santagift
Wow.....I find words difficult to express my reaction to this other than awe...Here is some background for all of you though.
Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened. ~Zen Garage~
Celebrating My Born Day Wow! Totally blessed birthday today! I'll say this for FB, they are one up on Google+ for helping share the love on a birthday day. As much as I hate to get older, I totally felt surrounded by much love and friendship, for that I am blessed. My best friend baked me the best birthday cake ever, two loaves of homemade sourdough bread. It's gifts like these, made at home with simple ingredients, that mean the most to me. I carved our a hole and we lit a candle, such a fun way to celebrate my "born day." Just now coming up for air and I see I missed the roll out of brand pages and lots of juicy fun stuff here. After Friday, which is the day we celebrate our First Anniversary for our gallery, Art(ology), I will come up for air and be able to hang out in the Googlesphere. I have missed YOU, the conversation, the friendship, and so grateful that this social network is still my favorite place to call home. Peace friends, be blessed and loved tonight!
Chair of Dreams I have been fascinated by the structure, function, and importance of chairs for a long time and have finally decided to express that fascination through my art. Today's chair, "Chair of Dreams" is one I would love to have in my own studio, full of color, life, and potential but comfy. I may have to build one like it. Mixed Media collage 10" by 20" on canvas
The Illusion of Beauty Reworked I totally shifted the look and feel of this piece to be a much more figurative abstract and am quite pleased with the changes. Although I will keep the name the same, the illusion will be that the beauty lies from within, not from without, so it works. You can see the previous versions of this painting, drastic changes were made. http://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-illusion-of-beauty-painting.html
Tiny Tree Frog This has got to be the tiniest frog I have seen. I picked it up on on a piece of bark because if you can tell, it is smaller than my thumbnail pictured at the bottom of the pic. I have no clue what type it is, but I am always amazed about the beauty and variety in nature, especially on a miniature scale.
Playing around with some smaller torn paper collages in preparation for our Christmas Artwalk this week. Not sure if I am quite done but decided to let this one rest in the Googlesphere a bit. Hope your day is blessed and filled with Peace today!
The 40ish Curse On Eyesight Friends and family told me that when I turned 40 my eyes would go to pot. The one thing I had going for me was that my eyesight was 20/15, and I counted on that to continue all the while shaking my head at their warnings. Guess the denial caught up to me and although I made it well past the 40 year mark, my eyesight went to pot within 2 months so I have now gone from no glasses to bifocals. I guess if one has to age, one can age with cute bifocals. Sigh.....#agingwoes
The Black Frame Curriculum After 10 years, 26 surgeries, countless hurdles and struggles, I am coming off of disability to once again teach the young. Words can't really express how grateful I am to be well enough to make this change, and to be honest, it is a complete miracle that I can do it. Tomorrow starts my journey, teaching grades 3-8 art, at a phenomenal school, and I am humbled today with gratitude. The artist and the survivor in me thought long and hard about some of the lessons I hope my students learn from me outside of the course of study and I hope the main one is that they learn the power of determination and optimism. If you know of an art teacher who is looking for poster ideas you might consider sharing this blog with them. Some of the posters area bit different, but all of them seek to inspire the young. http://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-black-frame-curriculum.html
The Call of the Sea Living along the Gulf Coast just gets in the blood and no matter how far away from home I am the colors, patterns, and textures the coast always call me home. I have been working in a mixed media collage series showcasing my love of the coast for an upcoming show. Really loving the walk down memory lane. Each piece in the series has a meditative text written on the canvas. Here is the words for this piece: "What is the call of the ocean on our hearts? Is it the ebb and flow of the spirit between love and connection? Is it the fluidity of the movement between coming forth and drawing back? For so many the ocean calls out to us, touching a place deep within, grounding us by water, life, and the beauty bound not only by its surface but also its depths. When one experiences the call of the deep along the coast we become part of it in a way that is difficult to pen. It is who we become, our way of life, our knowing between the land and the sea. Our families are shaped by it, contained by it, and impacted by it, as it was meant to be. May our longing for the coast remain in our hearts, be protected by our actions, and may we be the stewards of the tide. May we forever love and honor its beauty and the gifts it offers us. " The Call of the Sea" 22" by 28" collage on canvas" #mixedmediaartwork#collageart
I missed the local Sketchcrawl yesterday because I was in bed with my back but I chose to sketch and paint just the same. This is an image of the Cathedral in the heart of downtown Mobile which sits across from our art gallery. I adore our jewel of a city, there is so much to see, sketch, paint, and do if you are a creative. Can't imagine not living near a place without access to artists. Hope you all had a blessed weekend! #sketchbook#watercolorpainting
Follower Counts Do Not Equate To Celebrity Status Lately I have been getting feedback from newbies that they feel intimidated here on Google+ for several reasons but one in particular has stuck out to me as more of an issue than others. The perception from some is that "If someone has a high follower count here they will never take the time to engage with those of us who are new." I can only speak for myself but will let you in on a little secret about that crazy follower count and go out on a limb to shed some light on it. For me, it is a total crock. (ducks head) I am no celebrity and I LOVE to engage with anyone who wants to engage with me. I sit at home, in Alabama, most days in pajamas, and paint, or write, or cook, and simply take photos of things I love and I share them here. I study and work hard at posting well written/knowledgeable posts, but that doesn't make me in of need to the Google+ paparazzi. Some days I even deal with nightmare chronic pain but that's ok too. What I need for you to know is that I am an ordinary person her on Google+ who chooses to 1. Be Myself, 2. Be Kind, and 3. Reach out to strangers.
I don't sell a brand, could give a rats arse about numbers, and really want you to know that on a hunch, the MAJORITY of us that have what appears to be a large follower count to you who are new, most likely are just like me and enjoy interacting with YOU......and we are not celebrities. So, please, ignore the follower counts. Be yourself, be kind, share what you love, and engage with others about what they love....that is my recipe for having a great Google+ experience here. (And if it helps, picture us all nekkid with hairy chests or something lol), just don't be intimidated in the least.
Work In Progress I have been working on this 4' by 3' acrylic and graphite piece as a commission this week. Because of its size I have had to create a set up where I can sit on a stool and get up close and personal with this canvas, which has turned out to be a great experience. The closeness, within inches, of my face to the canvas has allowed me to play with the juicy tidbits to the square inch. Although more layers are to come, the journey and process are what enthralls me here. #lovetopaint
The Freedom of an Art Journal The more I journal the more I long to create in small snippets rather than long, drawn out paintings. Although the practice of fine tuning one's craft on a well developed piece is essential over time, I simply love the process of creating through my intuition in small format based on what lessons I seem to be needing at the time. There are no rules with an art journal, no voices saying "I'm doing it wrong," just the exquisite freedom to record, make marks, and express myself. #blissfulgratitudehttp://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2013/09/tree-spirit-art-journal-page.html
Gosh, I So Love My Job! Every morning I walk into my classroom I get to see beautiful art like this. It does my soul and heart good! These pieces were created by my 3rd and 5th graders and I was so proud of them. Love having a job that makes me swoon!
Happy Halloween! I had "A Bad Case of the Stripes" today for Halloween and it was so much fun with the students. They know they have to eat their Lima beans now! David Shannon's picture book is a visual delight for sure!
200 Yard Work In Progress My 3rd - 8th graders are helping me create this year long, 200 yard, mixed media painting. I mounted the roll of paper in our classroom and students and visitors add to is with graphite, markers, crayons, paint, and pastels. I can't tell you how excited I am about the potential of this activity. Next May we will 'unroll' it on the football field. That will be exciting! http://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2013/08/week-two-with-kandinsky-and-art-centers.html
Alcohol Ink on Yupo I am playing with 91% rubbing alcohol dropped into wet acrylic on Yupo paper today. Loving the organic feel to this. What creative endeavors do you have on your platters today? #mixedmediatechniques
Wooooohoooo! This painting of Stewartfield sold today to a lady who 'secretly' purchased it for her husband on their 10th anniversary! I love it when one of my pieces connects with a couple that way. Totally excited for them!
New Liquitex Acrylic Paint Markers Tested out my markers using Golden fluid acrylics, water soluble graphite, and ink. Although my rough paper choice wasn't the best substrate, the markers worked quite well. My blog has more reviews along with the steps in progress pics. I am looking forward to tinkering with these markers a great deal! "Practice Time" 9" by 12" acrylic on paper. http://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-liquitex-paint-markers.html
First Layers When I start a new abstract I often start with collage. Never have I worked with this palette before but I must say, there is something about the turquoise and orange that has captivated my attention. Letting it rest for the night but am enjoying the freshness of it. 22" by 30" collage on canvas, so far. Hope your Friday has been filled with beauty!
Totally had a change of pace with this abstract as I started out with my two least favorite colors, brown and grey. What I discovered was that they helped mellow my other colors into a more mature palette and gave me the confidence to embrace their potential. Looking forward to seeing it framed in my show!
Plus One Collection 2012 for Charity One of the things I love and adore about our Google+ community is the willingness from our members to collaboratively use our talents to serve others and give back. The Plus One Collection is a book created from images submitted by Google+ photographers and the sales of the book go towards helping charity. +Ivan Makarov is the brainchild of this project and has worked so hard organizing it. You can learn more about the Plus One Collection by watching this video: http://youtu.be/Q3HNSuUkSXI or by visiting the website: http://plusonecollection.com/ You can also read and follow Ivan's thread here on Google+: http://bit.ly/UoM1R4
What I also love about this project is that photographers at any level can submit a photo. I am purely an amateur photographer who just loves to capture a unique image of life through the lens. My submission, Honor Creation, is a tribute to the love I have for our planet and the fragility that comes with her protection. I have no clue if I will be selected or not, but for me, that is not the point. The point is that I can participate, I can give to this cause to help charity, and most importantly I can join with my fellow Google+ members to give back to a world in need. That is my kind of project.
It isn't too late to submit your own photo as the deadline is January 16, 11:59pm California time.
RESHARE: I adore this image by Louise Williams, "Blind Faith" graphite and acrylic.
Reshared text: Blind Faith by Louise Williams Graphite with Acrylic When I saw this image in a mixed media group on FB I was stopped cold in my tracks. Rarely will an image stir emotion, immediate emotion in me but "Blind Faith" by Louise Williams did just that. On her FB page, she shares the steps she made to create this masterpiece, by combining layers of graphite with acrylics. I so thought all of you would want to see it as well. I think the graphite lends to the mood of this piece with its shadows and contrast. I could really look at this all day and am a big fan of Louise's work. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louise-Williams-Heartistry/286297614758552?ref=hl
Rarely does it happen that my brother and two sisters are together at the same time for us to get a picture made so tonight, this was a great treat for us. We celebrated Christmas together with the family and had a grand time, and the evening leaves me realizing just how outrageously loved I am by my family. #blessedandsmiling
Sweet and Sour Grapes I saw this recipe floating on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to try for Easter! All it takes are washed green grapes, a ziploc bag, and one box Lime Jell-O. Shake them up and serve. Yes, I could have served them fresh but for a special treat they were yummy today. For an alternative you could use red grapes and raspberry jello too!
Simple Gifts For Kids I absolutely love finding simple gifts for kids that I know they will love. It takes me back to the days where a rake and pile of pine straw was the best way ever to build forts. This toy caught my eye on the website Haute Nature and it was created by designer Małgosia Wesolowska out of an old tire, plywood, and paint etc. I can imagine if I had this when I was growing up it would have been so much fun. I am on the hunt this year to share ideas like this. Reuse, Reduce, Recylce in our gifts! My kind of gift giving!
I have been reorganizing my photos today and the more I get used to Picasa the more I like it. This album contains many of my watercolor paintings from when I first started painting to more recent ones. I really love seeing how my style changes over time. I also realize that I don't spend a lot of time looking through albums here on Google+ but think I might do some of that today. Hope yours is a blessed one.
Quick Paint With Recycled Paper and Paint I teach art to 3rd-8th graders and I just refuse to throw any paint away. One way I recycle is to take left over acrylic that is on its last leg and scrape it onto butcher paper with credit cards. This paper is then torn into pieces for collage or used as practice sketch paper. I have also come to love it for my Quick Paint session where I take 15-30 min to begin and end a painting. Here is another in that series, " "He Plays Jazz on King Street" is 5" by 11" ($75) acrylic on paper. Makes me happy to know I kept the paint out of the watershed, :)
Half way through my altered book and am totally loving this journey. This book has given me insight into artists from the 60's, allowed me the space to test out new techniques, and totally transformed my daily sketch practice. Can't imagine working through a series any other way. The album here shows the pages and works in progress and the link here is the finished pages on my website. Each image has a link to the blog post describing the process if their was one. Hope you might take a peek if you are an art journal fan. https://ardith-goodwin.squarespace.com/art-journal-sketchbook/
It's a standoff! Two things are going on in this pic....beside the obvious. #1....this is not our turtle, he just happened upon my front walkway and #2 Yodaman either has the patience of Job or is contemplating the most clever way to go ninja on the poor turtle. Either way, it added to an odd and eventful afternoon to say the least.
My First Still Life I was fortunate to be spending a few days at the Gulf with two artist friends and finally decided to take the bold step of painting my first still life. I usually paint from a photograph and because I am self taught haven't pushed myself into still life painting despite painting tons. Have to admit....I loved it. I am still not quite finished with this yet but the day is closing so I am letting it rest. We also tried Absinthe for the first time to really get into the historical painting groove and that was a hoot in itself. Great few days just chilling and feeling blessed.
I saw this posted on my friends FB page and laughed out loud because it seems lately all I see over there are quotes about life....and the random cat. So, in honor of Caturday here on Google+, I leave you with this quote.....and a cat, ;)
Love This Rocking Chair! The design of this rocking chair by artist marija cvetinovic is brilliant. It not only looks beautiful, but it encourages conversation and connection, two of my musts for a happy family. I might consider a different fabric, but overall, would love to hang out in this. You can find info about it at the link below. http://www.houzz.com/pro/anturija/marija-cvetinovic
Can you tell? Can you tell my day has been filled with life, creativity, color, and love? Yes! Breathing deeply, soaking it all in and slinging paint, my idea of blissful serenity! Hope your day was filled with tons of contentment as well!
Done, Done, Done! Miniature Abstract Collage Squares Despite having the horrid crud this week, my hubs stepped up to the plate and helped me finish constructing these miniature abstract squares. Each little painting is only one to two inches set onto a 4 inch by 4 inch canvas. I need to name these the "Under The Bed" series because they are made up entirely of paintings that I had under my bed and was ready to discard. I am pleased with the process of cutting them up, it was a bit cathartic and taught me that even though I may consider a painting not marketable, as long as there is bold color, line, or texture, there is always the potential for a work of art! Here is a link to their album where there are close up shots. https://plus.google.com/photos/108112557629934458248/albums/5734305189012069905
For The Love Of Google+ Just for the record....all you people in my Googlesphere create the most hilarious, intellectual, artistic, and beautiful content of any social network I use.....THANK YOU for doing so! ( AND DONT FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD FRIENDS!)
I have no clue who wrote it, have seen it popping up in my world every which and way, so that usually tells me I am to pay attention. So tonight, I head to bed meditating on this, and writing it passionately on my heart as well. Peace to all of you friends!
Wow, it has been a rough week. One of the challenges of living with a body with chronic pain or illness is that some days can be unpredictable. I can go to bed feeling pretty swell, and due to a change in the weather, or for no reason at all, getting up the next day makes me feel like a Mack Truck rolled over me. For me, there are always two decisions I have to make on mornings like this. Will I give in to the pain or will I do my damnedest to fight it? Today, I chose to fight it. I don't always do it successfully, at least I was able to chase the Mullygrubbies away for the most part. That is a catapult in the right direction!
I love my dad. Today, I spent most of the day watching the Alabama Football game with him, cringing when he disagreed with a call and laughing at him hoop and holler. During half time, a commercial came on about 9/11 and I silently watched his whole demeanor change. You see, he holds this event sacred, because his love of country and of sacrifice runs deep. What occurred to me, but I didn't share with him, was the realization that many don't have this opportunity anymore. They can't watch a game with their dad, talk to him, or relish at his passion for football because so many dads were lost that day. I am the lucky one, and though I realize I won't always have my dad to share football days with, I am grateful that today I do. This is one of my favorite pics of him, with his grandson. It shows his strength and mirrors that with his boyish love for life. Tonight I will spend time saying prayers of gratitude, and prayers of peace for those who miss their dads tonight.
Thank YOU Secret Santa! What a Thanksgiving it was! I came home to find not one but two packages from my Secret Santa wishlist and have been over the moon excited by the kindness and generosity of strangers. I added items for my art classroom which would benefit my students and I just can't say enough how grateful I am. Can't wait until Monday to share them with the kids! Whoever you are, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Can't wait to pay it forward! #secretsanta#gplussanta
Dearborn Commission One of my most favorite types or paintings to complete is a commission for someone's home, childhood home, or historic home. This painting, which was one of two I completed for my client, combines the image of his home in the early 60's (painted in black and white) with the house now (painted in color.) The band is The Excelsior Band, which is quintessentially Mobile, and for those who know the significance of this house, the image is timeless.
This is how I spent my afternoon, getting my new bridge put in! Can't get over the relief of not being embarrassed to open my mouth and smile. When the swelling goes down I will post a pic of my new smile tomorrow.
*Acrylic Abstract Painting* In an abstract from of mind tonight. "Fragments" acrylic on canvas, is a piece that I labored over between ideas, thoughts, concepts, and motivation. If there ever was a fragmented piece to match my psyche today, this is it. #abstractarteveryday #abstractart
Parenting and Kid Network on Google+ I am really excited that our parenting network on Google+ is growing. If you are a parent of young ones through pre-teens, or if you spend time with that age group this is a circle of resources here on Google+ that you might be interested in. These people and pages share creative, hands on activities, as well as educational aids, How To's, and home school lessons. There are also pages here that share great children's books, games, toys, etc. As always, adding a large circle is handy, but weed through and see exactly who fits your needs and let the rest go. I love the entire circle but you might find that a handful are right for you. If you know of other parenting resources on Google+ that are not included, please let me know so I can add them!
Lavender Infused Blueberry Pink Lemonade With Memorial Day tomorrow and summer upon us finding a cool, refreshing drink can make the difference in a hot day and a spectacular, grand day....despite the heat. For my parents 50th Anniversary Party I made Lavender Infused Blueberry Pink Lemonade and topped it off with champagne. The lavender infused simple syrup made this lemonade way beyond anything expected and it was a big hit. If you are on the hunt for a great punch recipe this summer, look no further, this one is delicious! You can read the details about it on my website, and if you prefer not to have a pink drink you can even change the color to purple as well! Stay cool tomorrow friends! http://www.ardithgoodwin.com/lavender-infused-blueberry-pink-lemonade-recipe
Have my blue crab about 95% finished and he and my fish will ship off to Pennsylvania this week to live in a beach house on the New Jersery Shore. Creating these collages are some of my most fun, totally out of magazine scraps, which makes me feel like I am not only creating art, but recycling as well, ;)
Finally, in Wellington, New Zealand, as I type, my dress is part of the finals for the World of Wearable Art International Designers show. I was not allowed to post my pic previously with the name of the show for judging reasons, but tonight's the night. "Tribute To Kandinsky" is in the Centerport Illumination section, which showcases glow in the dark dress designs. Sadly, I missed out on the chance of a lifetime to attend due to my surgeries but to even have a dress in this show is a remarkable achievement. Raise a glass with me, whether I win or not, I am raising the roof tonight with glee! www.worldofwearableart.com
Total Rant Before I Implode I go back to visit FB, to remove access to my private phone numbers, only to get caught up in what I thought was a 'simple' discussion about FB privacy. Within about 4 posts I realize there must be at least a 50 point deficit of IQ from here to there because it was like trying to talk paint off the wall. No debate skills, no manners, just total diarrhea of the mouth from the majority of those posting. My first thought was, this wouldn't happen here. Then I knew, my days there are numbered. I just can't stomach, not only the lack of privacy, but the lack of social skills found there.
Whew, rant over. Now, back to my beautiful stream filled with art, writing, knowledge, intellect, and most of all, people who welcome a different point of view.
RESHARE: Thank You Secret Santa! I can't tell you how grateful I have been for the treats arriving from Secret Santa. Last week I received some rubber stamps for my art students and today we made clay ornaments using those stamps. The students were soooooo excited to use them and know they were a gift! I came home to find these Spiderman socks in the mail and am swooning as well! Why Spidey socks? As an art teacher I wear colorful, patterned socks every day and use those as a teaching tool. Believe it or not, even super hero socks make it easy to teach the concepts of graphic arts, line, logos, and inspirations. THANK YOU to whoever it was that felt inclined to send these. I can't wait for my students to see them and discuss this! #beyondblessed and looking forward to #payingitforward#secretsanta#santagift
RESHARE: The geek in me just had to share this one! Happy New Year dear friends! I do hope we are all here tomorrow, because friends, this place just wouldn't be the same without YOU....be safe tonight!
Merry Christmas to all of you friends! I am chilling out at the beach with the family getting my sketch on this morning. Blessed with much love and beautiful weather and sending you all (((((((big hugs)))))))!
Art Journal - Letting The Colors Flow One of the things I love to do on a day when I am 'having to rest' is to sit out by the lake and play around with watercolor washes and ideas. It's quite relaxing, just letting the colors flow without the pressure of getting something finished or 'just right' for a commission and today, with it being Caturday of course, I decided to go with blues and purples. Here is my version of "Blue Cat At Rest." This is only a 5" by 7", I may keep it as is or cut it up, but the process of letting the colors flow along with letting the day flow gently was the main point. Some days it's good just to let go of control and go with the flow.