Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I'm having a bit of Fridayidis today. Have so much to do at this desk-in-town. But am just day dreaming about the weekend. I'm looking forward to relaxing in my ART studio and just Playing ART as long and as much as I can.
Do your remember this piece. There are Morning ART Videos of it. I painted this piece especially to donate to a most worthy project that Renee Troy has put together as a fundraiser for A Place To Bark. It is now up on Ebay for bidding. You might enjoy popping over to her blog to see a slide show of all the pages and then to the Ebay site. Enjoy and if you decide to bid, good luck.
Back to the desk now. Only four hours to go. TGIF
Thursday, June 24, 2010
My Faces in Technicolor class is kicking my butt. The most talented and willing group of students have assembled and from what I can tell, they are totally immersed in the technicolor process.
My painting classes include a Gallery for Critique inside the class room and after a quiet weekend of them watching videos, they very quickly begin to show me in the gallery.
Then it is my tern to tell....critique.
For example here is a snip from one critique, ".......well done and fine just the way it is. But, if you want to perfect it just a little, I wish for you to study where the lights and darks are in your models nostril area of her nose. Do you see how the flare of the nostril creates a hard shadow line that defines the upper side of the hole......."
or here's another,
"♥ The end of the nose/nostril area it beautiful. This is the hardest part of the nose for me and you were so brave to get that beautiful shadow of her nose right out there on her face. So good!"
"I'm so proud that you challenge yourself to do real known people portraits. And you do have a gift of getting the likeness.
♥ You captured the likeness of her mouth but you could set the corners down with your darkest dark. Study that area in your model.
♥ I know you can be brave with color. (LOL) And you can be more brave on her with color....but only if you would like it...."
You see, it is kicking my butt because this is my favorite part of the class even though it is very time consuming. It is like we are all in the same room and I'm teaching and everybody gets to read the critiques and learn from them. They will be the first to tell you how helpful it is.
The little peeper in the photo above with the golden squash is work-in-progress. I intentionally held up the video of the third face demonstration until the Faces in Technicolor class started. I wanted it to be fresh and maybe address some of the classroom issues. This third face starts with Lesson eleven and will be up Friday, July 2nd (ha that's my birthday).
My desk in town calls....
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I could tell you the best part of the weekend was that I took Friday off from the desk-in-town. But it wasn't. I could tell you the best part of the weekend was seeing my friend Deryn's Planning and Plotting journal for her beautiful jewelry. But it wasn't. The best part of the weekend was welcoming my friend to my studio where we Played ART Together. Yes, the weekend was to be about planning and plotting. However, after making that silly little video in the next post down, the excitement took over. We couldn't stop ourselves. You know how it is. You want something and you want it NOW.
That is what it felt like.
We have to start NOW!
We did.We didn't expect to get past the planning stage of our great collaboration adventure. But you know how I believe, "nothing ever happens before it is time and one thing leads to another". We felt some little nudges from the universe and we felt our own excitement building and we knew...It is time!
Maybe you have guessed that yes we are going to collaborate on an out-of-this-world, blow-your-socks-off, over-the-moon, jewelry and mixed media on-line workshop that will be presented at my All Norah'S ART Ning site. We have already set up the group. Oh, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Deryn showed up with her full bag of tricks and tools and supplies. We proceeded to begin the video process of our collaboration. We've already videoed hours of lessons and I'm telling you it really really is going to blow-your-socks-off. Before she left, I took a picture of her taking a picture of my bezel.
The images are from my Castle Tower series from exactly one year ago.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
For lunch today here at my desk, I'm serving this.
Cut the squash in half and slice off a tiny bit of the end.
That is so it will sit up straight.
Scoop out the seeds.
Add a spoon of margarine and season to taste.
Use press and seal wrap (love that stuff) to seal.
Microwave on high 4 minutes.
And then maybe a little more.
Unwrap and fork around in the meat so the margarine will soak in.
ummm ....so good!
PS....on the way out the door, I fed the seeds to my flock.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Emelie was the one who mentioned plum sauce. She motivated me to do it. I was on the verge of letting them all go to waste and yes with huge amounts of guilt at that. She sent me her recipe and I did a little research on the net but in the end, I do what I always do. A little bit of this and a little bit of that and taste and add more of this and some of that and taste. I simply can't follow a recipe.
Sunday morning while making the plum sauce, I just kept thinking about my grandmother who lived to be 96 and spent many an hour picking, cooking, and canning from her garden. I thought about how she surely never would let one plum go to waste. And I thought about how she did all this many years of her life in a home without air conditioning. Heck, when I was just a young one, she didn't even have running water, not to mention other very important modern conveniences. When I finished, I was wiped out. Exhausted. And I only ended up with 8 jars. That sure wouldn't be enough to carry a family through the winter. All of this thinking sure didn't help the guilt I was already heaping on that silver platter that I always carry for such special guilt. I carried the silver platter outside to have another look at all the plums that I was letting go to waste. You know, I needed some kind of affirmation that, "yep, I should feel really really guilty about letting so many plums go to waste".
Here is what I discovered. The plum tree was buzzing with hundred of butterflies, wasp and one great big red headed woodpecker. Sure enough there were many many more plums to be had. All of a sudden, the sliver platter slipped out of my hands and all the guilt just fell right to the ground along with over ripe plums. Sometimes, it is just about the big picture. Made me wonder if my Grandmother left some on the tree for ....................
Monday, June 14, 2010
Did you know you can collapse the comments and then just print the names in a list. I know. So smart. Anyway, I did and then I folded and then I drew and the winner for the second free spot in my Faces in Technicolor online e-course is.................
Congratulations Rina, I look forward to having you in my class. Watch for the group invite in you email.
If you haven't signed up for the class, I hope you will. It is so much fun to start with the first wave of ARTIST. There is so much energy and encouragement and good vibes bouncing around. I love love love it.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
I have a "feeling stretched" remedy for you. A friend told me this a long long time ago. She said when feeling overwhelmed with all the many task at hand, just pick one and do it. So, I did. The task that I managed was to update my sweet grandson's COTAforRyanT website. That was the most important task.
But I also have my own remedy that works. I made a list of the many task that were building up in my head and getting all crowded and pushed around and causing me to "feel stretched".
And then I managed to actualize and mark off several things. One of which was to get the Lesson Schedule posted over in the classroom of the Faces in Technicolor class. Here is the opening day:
JUNE 18, 2010
LESSON ONE (11:55): ♥About the class ♥Canvas preparation ♥Finding a model
LESSON TWO (13:47): ♥Sketch discussion ♥Value discussion ♥Sketch demonstration
LESSON THREE (9:37): ♥Color value exercise
( those aren't times....that is the length of each video)
I can't tell you just how excited I am about the class. It is a good class with great lessons to be learned; but the exciting part is getting to see all the students paintings and feeling their enthusiasm and seeing their pride with painting. Some of my students are painting for the first time and it just gives me such a warm feeling inside.
Remember there is a second free spot drawing. Read all about it in this post. The thing to remember is, if you have already paid for the class and you are the winner, I will refund your class fee.
So, I'm feeling not so stretched now.
PS: I have updated the Cloth to Cloth page. See tabs at the top, just under the header.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
I am doing this and day dreaming about doing this and that is that!
I only showed one person...in person and he just rolled his eyes. Did you? I didn't really show him. I just passed by with a black marker in my hand baiting him. Sure enough he ask, "what are you writing?" I flashed my leg; he rolled his eyes; and that was that. Then the next day, yesterday, I had guts to begin to make the day dream happen. Maybe. It could. Then this morning I needed to tell U (Universe).
ABOUT YOU: You guys are thrilling me with your comments and posting about my new workshop. I chuckle with delight reading what Wendy said"....Your message is being broadcast to all readers of Craft Dinner". Dolls with Destiny who is just now starting a blog said she has told her sister. Joeanns who is a new student in the Faces: All Norah'S workshop said she has told three people. Lynne from the UK doesn't have a blog but she has emailed the link to a bunch of people. And I ♥ ♥ ♥ all you guys who put up a button in your sidebar. Don't worry about multiply comments on that post, I am writing the names down as we go so I and draw from the hat. I'm so happy that I thought to make it clear to the ARTIST who don't yet have a blog.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Class Name: Faces in Technicolor
Start Date: June 18, 2010
My new class is now open for registration. The class is about painting faces with a wild and crazy palette of Technicolors.
I am so excited to share with you the fun of non-traditional flesh colors in faces as well as the how and why of it. In this class we will start with a blank white canvas, go on a model search, discuss the importance of values when painting faces, do an exercise to better see values, discuss the color wheel, go on a search for background inspiration and learn how to incorporate the colors in the background.
I will demonstrate using a few Golden heavy body paints and mediums. However, you do not have to use the same brand or colors that I will be using.
Registration is now open. The class Start Date is June 18th. There are 10 lessons of over 4 hours of video. I have not worked out the exact class schedule yet but the videos will be presented over a course of several weeks. I'm thinking 3.
As always, this class will not have an end date. It will be available for you at your leisure, dressed or not.
It makes me so happy to offer this because you know what? I love the "teacher love" that I have received.
You can visit my Ning network here. Sign up if you haven't already. I'll pass you through. There is a paypal button for the class there as well as here.
Sharon Pendergraft, the winner of the first free spot is already over there in the classroom along with a few others. Nothing is up yet on the blackboard but I will be posting the class schedule and supplies and stuff asap. In the meantime, it is a fun place to meet and visit while waiting for the teacher.
I'm so thrilled with the excitement about the new class. Thank you.
hello hello...are you still here?
Thursday, June 03, 2010
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Oh my goodnes....OH MY GOODNESS....how awesome! How can I pick a favorite? But if I MUST....it would be the colors used in LUSCIOUS LIPS! You are SO talented! Sharon Pendergraft WINNER!!!!!