Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back to School

Its back to school this week, and I'm starting the spring off with a bunch of new students, and a few returning. Today at Independence Charter, my returning students created these bird collages using textures - created and found. We used ideas from Eric Carle's "Animals, Animals" book of poetry for examples.

This little group is a challenge because I never know how many will show up for class (they are home schooled) and the ages vary from kindergarten to 8th grade. But we always seem to find something fun to do!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Is it really winter?

We haven't had much of a winter yet, here in Modesto. And spring is just around the corner. Almost time for daffodils and camellias and tulips.

I'm not very good at thinking ahead... so when I got a hold of an entry form who's due date was Jan. 6, I said, geez I'm not going to miss that deadline AGAIN. So this week I painted this pretty watercolor to enter into Ironstone Vineyard's themed competition. Don't know if it'll even get accepted, but I like it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Portraits Make a Great Gift

Happy New Year! The holidays are done. I had a fun time at all the markets and craft fairs I attended. Sold quite a few prints, books and various little things. I did quite a few portraits this year, and I have a couple more in the works.

The first portrait I ever did of my daughter (above), I think is still one of my best.  I'm challenging myself to stay loose -- not too much unnecessary detail. Thanks to everyone who allowed me to portray their family, friends and pets!