Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer School



I started a new job three years ago. (Yes, that explains my blog slacking.) I am teaching elementary art to about 500 students a week in Bedford, New Hampshire. I am totally loving it. I do, however, miss creating my own work. 

Summer is a good chance to make time to create. Last summer I enrolled in Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells. It was intense, extremely challenging, but amazing! 

This summer I enrolled in Make it in Design Summer School. Beth Kempton and Rachael Taylor of Make it in Design are offering this free on-line course.  I will get my first creative brief on July 28--my birthday! Time to create is a sweet gift to myself. I cannot wait to get started!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sweet Squares 3

Sweet Squares is getting me to blog again! If you want to know about it, click the image on the sidebar. Maybe this will help me start the Sketchbook Project 2013. The sketchbook has been sitting on my desk in it's blank state since summer. Putting it out there for some help from the universe. Thank you in advance, universe

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sweet Squares 2

Ok so I haven't been doing it on a daily basis, but I will confess that I have done a few and just didn't want to post them. So I decided that today, no matter what, I would post.
So here you go.
It was done in Sharpie.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sweet Squares Day One

Inspired by a 30-day challenge from Diandra Mae, I finally have posted something. Ok, so I don't love it and I'm feeling rusty, but it's a start.

The challenge is to create a 3"x 3" experiment each day for 30 days. Diandra calls them "Sweet Squares" after Melissa Sweet.

I pulled out my gouache paint and a lot of it was dried up--oh no! That means it's been just too long. Grateful to be painting again, though. Grateful for all the good things in life.

Friday, July 15, 2011

IF - Stay


The first thing I thought of when I saw the Illustration Friday prompt, "stay," was my son in pre-school. At one point, he was having a hard time coping with his Dad being in the hospital and he did not want to be at school. I will never forget the look that stopped me in my tracks and those heart wrenching words, "Mom, stay." I guess we were both having a difficult time.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IF - Shadows

It's been a while since I have posted to Illustration Friday. And I'm sorry that I've been a bit too preoccupied to be a good blog visitor these days. I am looking forward to getting back to posting and visiting. Well, one bit of news to share is that my website is up...hooray! I've also finally joined twitter (still learning about it), and I have designed a new blog header for my group blog, Smells Like Crayons . I also just yesterday finished a six-week weaving workshop with fifth and sixth graders which I will soon be posting about on my Mrs. P's Art Blog. Right now you can see the Famous Americans project I did with second graders in March.

So that's what's new. The image above, however, is not so new. But I do like finding images from the past that fit the theme. And if there is a witch involved, even better!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Ways of Working

This is the blog header I recently finished for my group blog Smells Like Crayons. We are an SCBWI illustrator critique group. We meet once a month to share work, ideas, advice, and usually food, too!

This started as a drawing and some gouache experiments, but it ended up being mostly Photoshop. I'm thinking about my work in new ways...more like collaged layers where I can use painted and drawn elements--organic and imprecise--combined with the precision and efficiency of Photoshop. It's a cool combination!