Thursday, December 29, 2011

Commissioned work

Life has been so very busy and has left no time for a moment to sit and reflect or to pass away idle time.  This is a picture of a painting I recently finished which I was commissioned to do of a grand daughter, to be presented as a Christmas gift.  I don't know how I managed to get it done, having taken a week or so to complete just two days before Christmas eve.  Sam took many pictures of the painting inside minutes before it was collected and so without proper lighting this is the best of them.  No matter how successful I might find the work to be, I am always a bit nervous as to how the work will be received when showing the client. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Class 6- Tree Paintings

For this week the lesson was based on the theme of the week which was "Earthly Treasures," so we did paintings of trees, allowing students to make their own color choices.  We began by reading "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein, a complete classic to evoke a deeper appreciation for what trees/nature provides for us.  We named the many parts of the tree and embellished them with leaves and little details of nests, fruit or animals in the scene.  Here we get to see all the roots deep in the ground, a shade darker or tint lighter than the color of the tree above the ground depending on the color of the earth. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Art Camp Class 4: Modern Abstract Mandala's or Gobstoppers

 This weeks theme was patterns and I was given the day for painting and so I thought it would be fun to make these nifty Mandala inspired paintings that actually are more like gobstoppers because of their concentric circles of color.  The students were of ages 6-12 so as you can see by the work there is a diversity in the execution of the paintings but I think everyone did a really super job.  We worked on 16x16 inch canvas and used acrylics. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Origami Sets Now Available

Geograhic Origami Lanterns
Sam just added these neat little items to her shop which can be found at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Art Camp Class 3- Imaginary Animals in the Wild

 So this weeks theme was "art safari" and I had the day to do mixed media with the students and so came up with a neat idea to do imaginary animals with drawn textures in a Rousseau inspired setting.  Students were given a brief mini lesson about mythological creatures and the visiting of distant lands in the time before photographs when artists created elephants from their description.  We then created a drawn jungle or landscape scene which students could do as they chose with some Rousseau reproductions to inspire and some foliage brought in from my backyard.  With some watercolour added the scenes came to life around their animals which have been given raised from the picture surface by foam board squares glued on the back.  Students could also, if time permitted add other pop-out elements using scrap paper and foam board. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Monumental Structures

This weeks theme was "The Skies the Limit" and I had a day to do sculpture with the kids (ages 6-12) so using the Eiffel tower as a take-off point we designed our own tallest structures but with a amusement park theme added to it.  The students were given very lengthy pieces of cardboard for the walls of their structures to which they could draw in windows, doors and other entrance ways for me to cut out for them (some doors to open and close).  Students constructed their pieces themselves on a cardboard base using masking tape first and then gluing cardboard brackets to secure the work to the base.  We then added embellishments of paper strips and paint to complete our monumental structures. 

I love that each one is very unique from any other and that each student chose to take their own course in this
Haunted House structure with tombstone and broken front door which is falling off its hinges.

One of the eldest students made for herself a decorative castle tower.  If only we had more time I would have had them create a backdrop or a panorama to help create an environment for their work and give a greater sense of scale to their structures.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mischievous Mouse

Mischievous Mouse painting is a new work now available for purchase in my shop  This is an original oil painting on wood mounted nicely on a frame and ready for hanging.  The subject of the painting was from an earlier commissioned work in which I was given permission to the photographs for other paintings.  I did a bit of alteration in the look of the subject to give the boy a more sinister look and the costume colors are made up to suite the overall color scheme.