Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012 - my goodness, I have been on summer "vacation" since June7th...and have not painted anything. I have done "home" kind of stuff. Things that have been put off with school. But one weekend before school was over I painted three 6x6" canvas boards using mixed-media. What a fantastically exciting time! I love mix-media!!!!! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Glad to be back!

It is hard to believe that it has been a bit over three months since I have blogged. Life just keeps on going, whether we blog or not. *In these three months I have started a boot fact, I finished my 12th week! I am loving it. October will see me at 55, and this ol' girl would like some part of her in some kind of nice shape. (My honey is proud of me going, I can tell!)
*Three months has brought a new art teacher to our school for next year. The coolest part is that she was my student teacher from January to March. It is truly a GOD thing...but that can posted later!
*Also these three months have seen my honey and I celebrate 25 years of marriage. Wow! And you know what, I love the man more today than when we first married. (It has not been all easy and cozy, nope, but when you know GOD is the one who brought you together, you stick with it, cause it can only get better!)
*These three months also saw one grandson turn 2 and another turn 6...but on a sad note, it has not brought our families together. But, that too is for another blog...maybe.
*Within these three months I have been commissioned to paint a little something for town. What a fun thing to do!
*Included in these three months my son and his fiance' set their wedding date...12/21/12. That should be a fun day! Plans are being made, $ being planned, excitment, anticipation, know the gammet!

And now, in just 10 1/2 days I will be on summer break. My list of what I need/want to do is getting rather large. I am hoping for a bit of a trip to delve into some art. I have been a part of wonderful Mary Engelbreit's workshops the past two years...but this year my neice and I are waiting until fall. If you ever get a chane, GO! Mary is delightful as are all of her staff.

For the final projects in school I am trying to do many things in one piece...see my dog. George Rodrigue's Blue Dog started my mind going on well as the fun "Zentangles" ( . In this project my class discussed cool/warm colors and chose one set to paint the upper left corner. We then discussed "mono-chromatic" painting and worked with one color using black and white to shade and tine in the upper right hand corner. Neutrals were another area that I wanted my students to know...and many did not! we painted the bottom left corner. They had brown, sepia, white and black and made many new neutral colors mixing. Last, but certainly not least, was the Zentangles. I have introduced these to three grade levels and I am inveriable stopped in the hall to be shown a slip of paper with four or five "tangles". The kids are loving them and coming up with some great ones themselves!
All in all, I believe this one of the most fun projects and a project that keeps those "end of year" sillies at bay.

Well, come join me again another day...

P.S. I forgot to tell you, but those three months also saw me get voted Teacher of the Year at my school. I was humbled and surprised. My teaching friends have blessed me beyond words!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Creativity in a Life...finished first piece!

The Lord is my Shepherd...oops, I took the picture with my computer and it is backward here!!!!

I have completed my first multimedia piece! I began it on February 4, has taken more than a week. Longer than I thought it would. I must work on being better at setting away time each day for that amount time to paint. It is important to me...but family must come first.
I am creating these paintings using God's Word. It is my way to share my testimony. Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Creativity in a life...a day to party!

We have a couple of wonderful celebrations today! One is our beautiful Shoeless is home with his boy. The surgery was not as bad as earlier thought! No pins or accessories were needed, no drilling a hole in his leg recovery is cut in half. Recovery will be 4-6 weeks instead of 8-12! So good. Still, there is going to be a lot of work ahead. (In fact, after this bit of blog, Shoeless and I will do some rehab.) 

Another reason to celebrate is our sweet niece Amanda's birthday. We are hosting it at our home. I still have snowmen out! Eek! Gotta get the my Valentines out! We have heated the pool, but are going to wait until only the big kids are here to swim. Little ones have bad ears. :-( 

I will swing back by with some photos! Have a great day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Creativity in a life...our boy is doing well!

Shoeless Joe has come out of surgery doing really well. When the Doc got in, saw it was not as bad as first thought. Thank goodness! No pins! No bone drilling! No rubber things! Recoup time is going to be 4-6 weeks instead of 8-12 weeks!!! He will still have a lamp shade on his head...poor baby. He will still need to stay low key, but it will be better all around. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creativity in a life...February 8, 2012

Our sweet Shoeless Joe is at the Orthopedic specially vets tonight. He is having knee surgery tomorrow. Poor boy, has  a birth defect that at a little over a year, has shown its ugly head. We will pick him up on Friday. There is so much in the recuperating  period of 8 to 12 weeks. I will keep you posted...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

creativity in a life...this super bowl Sunday!

Yesterday I began an artistic mess in my "Corner Studio", in my Quiet Room. I am working on a mixed media piece about Psalm 23...THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. Did you know in that scripture it says HE leadeth me beside still waters...sheep will not drink from water that is moving. A shepherd would never lead his sheep to a place that is uncomfortable, or worrisome. GOD will not lead us to those places either...we do that ourselves. Listen, do you hear that still small voice? If not, listen, HE is here!