Sunday, January 29, 2012

Creativity in a life...Mission Statement and Goals

I believe I have come up with a Mission Statement for my "business". It goes like this... 
(Name of business) will share GOD's Word, my love of color and my desire to design by creating mixed media pieces. 

My goal is to become a full time artist, expressing myself through mixed media, sharing GOD's Word, creating a complete piece each week. 

My mom and dad!

Any ideas for a name???
   Thee and Me
Creativity In A Life
   Paint and Me
  My Day Brings...

Let me know if you can give me ideas!

 It is me...and hopefully at some point my kids and parents, and any other family members that may want to join me. I love teaching, but I so want to spend time with my "lover-ly" mom and dad. Aren't they cute? 

Come see me again!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A day in a life...on January 24th, 2012

A day of fun in my art class...began the day with a visit from Picasso. My second graders are making a portrait Picasso style. You eye looking at you, the other to the side and the nose...well that is a fun look! Kinder is working on snowmen. A bit hard to get those kids excited in Katy, Tx about snowmen...but they loved the book, THE SNOWMAN. Third is working on a Patriotic piece for their program next month. First grade is learning about Wayne Theibaud and creating colorful ice cream cones. Fourth and Fifth are working on pieces learning about Keith Haring. I love teaching art! There is seldom a time that I do not love being in my classroom! Who wouldn't! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

A day in a life...

My man and I in NYC!
I love days...good days, not so good days, even bad ones. Cause if I have a day...then I have had the joy of waking up next to a good man and with two great "adult" kids in our home. What more could a woman ask? 
What about being the daughter of two beautiful, very loved people? And the sister of two of the kindest, accepting, loving sisters. 
That is all...just wanted to say that. 
Sackett and Sage, siblings, my kids!
See you next time!

Monday, January 16, 2012

I have begun to move!

My newest addition to my studio
I have added a new piece to my studio, an antique kitchen cabinet. I am moving part of  my studio to my Quiet Room...a room with three walls of windows looking at our woods and pool. Love the view! So incredibly peaceful. There are various birds and animals that come and visit. A cardinal lets me know when there is no more food, he is very vocal. Cannot wait to show you some of my adventures that will be taking place in this room!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

And it is 5:30 again...

My sweet Jubalee!
I love my Jubal, but girl, 5:30...on Saturday! What a goober! I have had the opportunity to watch the sunrise quietly with a cup of coffee. That was nice. I have loved on all the four legged kids...except Piggers, too cold to go out in my jammies! I have even gotten to catch up on some reading and shows. It is have been a quiet those kind. Don't you? 
Today, I am getting rid of a few more "stacks". My honey told me the other evening that I have "stacks". Really, this from a funny guy that has had an office for 12 years who could not work in it for 9 because of the stacks on the desk, the table and the floor. It took getting new carpet for that office to take shape...of course now, our bedroom has a few of his "stacks". He moved from his office to our sweet parlor...for the past 5 years that has been his domain. Yes, I do have a studio, very primitive studio. It was started about 10 years ago in the third of our three car garage. Being that is has no closed in ceiling other than the garage one, I have visitors, routinely. So, when I want to work out there...I must clean flat areas. (You see, we live on three acres in the woods.) Our sweet little neck of the woods is such a wonderful spot to be creative and I don't fault our little field mice, they were here way before we were. 
The thing that is hard for me, all my books, magazines and papers have to stay inside causing "stacks"...because with the critters come paper eating vermin...bugs. I shared this with my honey last night. I would love to use my Quiet Room. My view, the woods. Wouldn't that be the most wonderful spot in the world? Oh, let me see how that might work. I will get back with you on this thought!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Too Pooped to Ponder....

Up since 5:30a.m., at school by 6:45. I hit my art room running...lots to do, new student, though. Got home at 4:30, hit the home running...took CHRISTMAS tree apart and "bagged" it.  Said good bye to my three sets of villages, while I loving put them away gently with bubble wrap. Put all six CHRISTMAS tubs away neatly in the garage. Kept a close eye on our new pup, Charlie...since her "mama" has not been here this afternoon and Charlie is still potty training. Cleaned the kitchen, including a  sink full of dishes that were not there when I went to bed last night or left this a.m....including two of my beautiful skillets that I needed to use Bar Maid cleanser to get all the stuff out of them. (Granted my daughter did fix breakfast for her friend, her brother and her dad...that was nice) Have folded one load of clothes, put one load of towels in the dryer, started another load of towels. Re-"decorated" our corner antique and the table in my "Quiet Room".  Finally sat down at 7:30...only to hear my honey say, "What is this pup chewing on? Someone's hooked rug? You really need to watch her." Really? So, I put all dogs in their kennels, changed my clothes and got in my truck to find FoOd at 8!
Well, so incredibly tired that I am close to tears. We just got home from dinner and nothing earn sounded good...crazy to be so tired. Showered and in bed. Night friends! Tomorrow is another day, wonder what it will hold?!
(By the way, I am thankful beyond words that I have my husband, children and pups to love, clean up times... and to say good night and good morning to...don't want anybody thinking that I don't.) :-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So, I Started a Workshop...

I told my loving husband that everyday I was coming home and working on Traci Bautista's workshops...two of them. So far, I have printed the first part of the first workshop. Some would say I failed. But I am not going to claim that. I am just gearing up and savoring every morsel of word and color. She is such an interesting being! 
FRIEND...a chipboard book

Now the above a fun scrap/photo book I made for a dear friend at school...nothing to do with the workshop. Since I had nothing from the workshop to show you, thought I would show you this. It was fun putting the colors together...and then of course, the embellishments! (Don't you just think that those things make it!) I am not a scrapbooker...I did make one for a precious friend that moved and one for my daughter's graduation....but that is  my limit.) Doing things for other folks, I love it!

Sage...the human...and Charlie
Do you remember I shared that we had to put our daughter's (Sage) ol' yellow lab Jesse down due to congestive heart failure? Well, this is Charlie. A labradoodle that came to live with us New Year's Eve. She is a gorgeous pup with, almost, beige eyes. They are beautiful. She loves our big dogs, Jubal...the chocolate and Shoeless Joe, the black. Shoeless has adopted her as his own. (The same way Jubal did him when he came to us a year ago last November.) So fun to watch them all together. Charlie is learning her place...and the others are sweetly teaching her. I am sure as time goes on, there will be more photos. 
Oh, goodness, best close to hit the hay. Come and join me again!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Full Day!

Day four! But this day there was no art done at home. I did draw a snowman and paint him with my Kindergarteners today. I also drew a snowman in a globe with first. So, let me show you something I made for my niece right before CHRISTMAS. 
Today I hit the floor running. I knew after my duty this a.m. I would get to my class and be able to do a bit of things to prepare...nope. Instead, got caught around every corner. I am not complaining...the folks I work with are the greatest of great folks. Stayed at school and completed my lesson plans...then went to church. I love seeing my dad at church and, oh my, the cookies that Mrs. Bunch makes! Wonderful!!! 
Now, it is 10:45 and I am doing my first load of laundry. Mercy! But, tomorrow, my daughter is cleaning house...woo-hoo!!!

Tonight Maddie may be able to get a new liver, lets pray for her and her family. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Three days posting...on a roll, girl! A fun day for me, as I was with 5 other art teachers and we got to "create". What a wonderful job I have!
I drew a bit and used some "water soluble crayons"...what a great invention. Color a bit and use a paint brush to carry the color. The crayons are so creamy. A fun media.
The scripture that I used is Hebrews 11:1...FAITH IS THE ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE CONVICTION OF THINGS NOT SEEN. GOD is so good! All HE asks for is our faith, and it is as a simple as a child. Why cannot was as adults have that kind of faith!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome day 2!

Today is day two of my posting in a row! Woo-hoo! I did a bit of "sketching" with a plan for a grade level these next couple of weeks.We get no snow in Katy, Tx...or I should say we very, very seldom get snow in Katy. So, I think a snow globe would be fun. A couple of years ago I found a CD that that shows a snow globe from various angles with or without music. I also have a few little snow globes to show them. I think that it will be a fun activity.

This was the first day back to school...a work day...of the new year. So much to do! I am going to have my first Student Teacher this year. In 23 years I have never had one. I believe it will be a learning experience for us both!

Christmas was packed today until next December, well really, Thanksgiving. It is rather bittersweet to me. I love the decorations and yet, it is nice to have it put up. I decorate my "Quiet Room"...a room my husband built with large windows on every side...seasonally. So, my snowmen are calling to come out! AND my bed is calling for me to come I will close.

Hope that you will join me again, at the house in the woods.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My New's Year Resolution of 2012...

I seldom have New's Year Resolutions, but this year I have decided to make one. My resolution is to create a bit of something everyday. Today I just doodled, it was relaxing. It is very simple, but I know I must do this each day. I want to see where this may take me. My desire is to have a Quiet Time everyday. I hope that whatever I do, it will be a time of growth.
Another thing I am planning is a will have my Quiet Time thoughts, my sketches/doodles, etc and my business ideas. I plan on posting a bit about it...whether scriptures and what they mean to me or my art and doodles...or maybe both. 
I look forward to 2012, have no idea what is ahead, but I know that my Heavenly Father is in control. I am excited to see what is ahead. 
This is my doodle today. Just lines and shapes put together. But my first doodle of the New Year.