Thursday, May 31, 2007
I thought of something really great for my blog entry last night as I was falling asleep. Now I can't remember what it was. That is the state of my mind right now. School is officially over next Friday but tomorrow is our unofficial last day-- before the Hofmanns arrive for a few days of catching up and sight-seeing. And I might even get to see my sister's family from Orlando in another week...yipeeee!!! I get "homesick" for my friends and family pretty often, but I don't really need to go there, as long as they come here to see me :)) Maybe I will remember what I found... I am contemplating doing an "Every day in June" like French Toast Girl--drawing every day. But tomorrow is the first and with company coming, it might not happen...we'll see.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Willard was humiliated as a child, due to his severe dyslexia; to this day he still cannot read or write well. Told on numerous occasions that he would amount to nothing, Willard retreated to a world where his work could not be seen and therefore could not be criticised. He began building small homes for ants and insects, eventually developing an ability to sculpt in an unprecedented and truly remarkable way.
To create his works, Willard has developed a method of placing himself into a meditative state, slowing his heartbeat, sculpting between beats, in the knowledge that the mere pulse in his finger could destroy his work.
Willard’s work is an accomplishment of total harmony of body and mind; showing that if one person can create the impossible, then we can all transcend our limiting beliefs of what we are capable of.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
These are war posters from WWII. It's hard to picture this propaganda being done today. Maybe that's why Bush has so little support. But Americans didn't necessarily want to go to war in the 1940's either. I find the gasoline ones particularly interesting during these times of high gas prices!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I just love Carley's new fabric prints... they are inspiring me to have the students do something with animals in their printmaking. Abstract them and play with patterns. I love the orange giraffes! You can see more of her work on her blog Moopy & Me...
I also discovered that the Dick Blick Art Supplies Website has lesson plans for all kinds of art projects, so the kids and I want to explore some of these this summer:
Light capturing paper projects: this reminds me of my foundation classes in graphic design... totally Bauhaus... totally cool.
The kids learned how to ice a cake last night. I bought little strawberry shortcakes the other day but forgot the whipped cream. I had chocolate icing in the cupboard so we improvised and made layered strawberry and chocolate cakes. They looked more like doll cakes but they were rich, so we didn't eat half of them!!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I had said in college that if I ever had a daughter, I would call her Caroline. The rest is history.
So I hope Caroline is having a wonderful 40th birthday today. I figure when we're 60 or something (kids all grown and gone), I might steal her away for a weekend and we can really celebrate: make art, go to a museum, eat good food and laugh and laugh!!!!
Happy Birthday Best Friend! We Love You!!!!!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Next week I should have some printmaking samples to show you (I don't know who YOU are but if you do read this blog, then you might see them! I teach relief printmaking to Kindergarten through eighth grade on Tuesday.) And I was offered the Lancaster Site Coordinator position for the Blended Ages Program next year...yeah! I will teach in Lancaster and York. Though my kids are going back to Neff Elementary and are very excited about that. It is a great school with exceptionally good teachers. I'm all for school choice...in fact, Agora went to the capital in Harrisburg this morning to speak on school choice in Pennsylvania. I wish I could have gone.
Off to make dinner, then soccer practice, then Ellie's last puppy class! Cheerio!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Craig and I have been busy trying to decide on what we'd like to do with our landscaping. After much mulling around of ideas, we decided to bring in an expert! I found a landscaper who specializes in Early American and Colonial landscape design and he came over today to give us some ideas and sketch out a plan for the front yard, to start with. I just love working with artists, no matter what their field of expertise is! Jim Keener is his name (Jim's Landscaping)and he has a beautiful house off of Harrisburg Pike, near to where we used to live. His home has been used by local photography studios and by Hallmark because the landscaping is gorgeous. His work has also been featured in magazines like "Country Home", "Organic Gardening", "Early American Homes", among others. So we'll see what he comes up with! He already gave us some good advice for our deck plan which we had never thought of. Sometimes it takes another's eye to see things differently... I think I used to teach that in art... creative problem solving!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
I was explaining to Caroline about the pop we used to drink when I was a little girl: Barq's Cream Soda, Barq's Orange Pop or Barq's Root Beer...or even Barq's Lemon Lime Pop! In glass bottles, of course! I did a quick search online and realized that they had been bought out by Coca-cola and of course do not make the bottled version nor all the fun flavors anymore. But then... I found it: The site for people like me-- homesick for good old Cincinnati cheese coneys and Graeter's Ice Cream (one of my part-time jobs in college!). And I had to post it for anyone else who is missing Cincinnati food (Becky?, Susan?, Terrill?).