Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Hey Everyone! I need a bit of your help. I am in the midst of submitting some of my lessons for a local contest. I was wondering if you could tell me which of the following three art projects you find most innovative?
Claes Oldenberg-Inspired Happy Meal
Eric Carle Mr. Seashorse
Saturday, February 12, 2011
L-R Cyrus, friend Gershom, Ann, Rebecca, and Monti on our hotel's back porch.
Maybe you're over hearing about my travels?! I did have such an amazing time, and took tons of photos. During one day, I did go into one of the Kenyan National Parks (cost for 1 non-Kenyan is $75 USD!!) and took some amazing animal photos. I also have tons of photos of the kiddos and everything we did.
But, rather than drive you crazy about all of that here, I'm going to link you to where you can view them online: My Facebook profile. My profile is private, but all of these pictures are public for viewing, so you can see them and get more of a feel for what Kenya looks like (incredible beauty with horrific poverty). If you like, feel free to friend me!
Cyrus at Lake Nakuru
One of the Kenyan Schools KEYS investigated prior to selecting British Greensted's.
Cyrus outside a doorway in Lodwar, Kenya. He wanted me to take this picture so I could show "our Mum" how the converse she sent fit him well. :) Isn't he cute! He bought that shirt himself.
The art building at Greensted's. It overlooks the Rift Valley! Can you imaging teaching landscape painting while looking at the Rift Valley?!
Ann and Cyrus outside the Admissions building at Greensteds. It was about 85 degrees in the shade that day so they were cold. For real. Hence their sweatshirts. I, went sleeveless.
Ann and Cyrus decided what to eat at a restaurant in Nakuru, Kenya. I though they just liked the same foods as me, but later Ann told me: "We didn't understand what the dishes were, so we always just ordered what your ordered." LOL.
Students at House of Hope orphanage hold up the Greensted's pamphlet. Rebecca is in the purple flip-flops.
A photo Monti took of my Mom, Cyrus and Ann in the van.
My Master's graduation. About 2 weeks before I left for Kenya.
Me with the daughter of my heart, Consolata. She lives at House of Hope. Her story is another post. I hope to get her into the KEYS program during the next year or so.
Me in front of a Jen's new house outside Kisumu, Kenya. Everyone in this picture except me will live in the new house.
Drawing in Kisumu
Friday, February 11, 2011
My students are all in-process for their projects right now. And, I am excited to share with you their creations. Until that time, I thought I might share with you a little bit about how I create.
Step 1 Inspiration: Life inspires me! I'm fortunate in that I rarely get blocked on creating. In fact, my crutch is that I have a hard time limiting myself. Typically, during this phase I'll work and re-work an idea/concept/item inside my head.
Step 2 Gather Data: During this phase I will take pictures and gather "evidence" of what I want to accomplish and/or gather images from the internet. I love having different angles and viewpoints. I try to stay away from other artistic interpretations of my topic at this point as I am highly influenced by the work of others and I want to keep my work sacred. I usually end up with at least 20 images.
Step 3 Sketch and Re-sketch: If I haven't draw an item before, I'll draw it from different angles to get a feel for the structure. Once I feel I have this "nailed," I'll begin a raw sketch of my concept. I don't worry about composition at all about composition during this phase. I tend to give myself a lot of "rules" when I draw, so I try to use this time and give myself free reign.
Step 4 Composition: I will work and re-work a composition until I am so. far. past. bored. I'm a nut about EXACT composition. I cut items up, scan them, print, move, tape, remove etc. etc.
Finished (I think) composition. Note all the tape!
Step 4 Color Palette: I paint in gouache. Gouache is a water-based paint that is in the watercolor family. But, where watercolor seeps into the paper, gouache stays on top. When you try to layer gouache paint, each following layer "melts" into the layer below. This means, there is very little margin for color error. So, during this phase, I scan the finished composition sketch and develop a color palette. I *might* look at colourlovers.com for some ideas and/or design my own palette there. I print the finished palette and tape it and the composition to my wall for easy viewing.
color palette example from a book cover I'm currently working on.
Step 5 Transfer: I transfer my sketch to smooth Bristol paper.
Step 6 Paint: I paint with gouache. This takes a long time because I'm nuts for details.
Step 7 Scan: I scan my finished image. I do rarely "tweak it" as I like to use my original work for scans for commercial items.
Step 8: Store: I store all my work in a drawer, in a closet, away from UV light. I store each piece between two pieces of archival tracing paper.
I'm always curious to know how others work. What is YOUR creative method?
Francis playing with pipe-cleaners at House of Hope Orphanage
Part of the playground at House of Hope Orphanage
Seeing balloons for the first time. You can sick how sick the little guy in the chair is.
Tiny Obama showing off his newly learned "self-portrait" skills outside Kisumu, Kenya.
Rebecca at House of Hope Orphanage.
My Dad with Monti at House of Hope Orphanage (Monti loves my Dad so much).
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I returned from Kenya and had the opportunity a scant 14 days later to RETURN! So, I've waited to post here until I had the full story down. I will be begin posting it -with awesome pictures- later this evening.
Basically, the entire trajectory of my life has been changed. :)