Tuesday, October 28, 2008
First of all, you see pencil drawings that were completed shortly after my high school years in Mr. Flanery's art classes and during my first year of college.
Next, you have a sneak peak into the beginnings of my current pen and ink drawing styles.
Finally, take a look at one of my first 'formal,' (although a sketchbook is usually informal,) attempts at adding color to my pen and ink designs.
As I mentioned, a sketchbook can be like a journal as the artist records history through visual representations. Not all these drawings are dated, but I remember basically and sometimes specifically where I was and what I was doing when I drew the sketches... such as relaxing at home on a weekend or summer break from college, visiting relatives for holidays, sitting with my great aunt during a chemotherapy treatment, or sitting around at the pool with friends...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here you see me dressed as Renoir's painting, "Le Moulin de la Galette,"
during my fall festival role as a face painter.
(My portrait was courtesy of a fellow facepainter, pictured below.)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I was excited to be named Best of Show in the Fine Arts Department for my pen and ink drawing.
(Photo courtesy of my husband)
I also ventured into the crafts and cooking category.
I won 9 ribbons out of 11 entries.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This weekend, we visited Western North Carolina to visit some friends. We drove near Grandfather Mountain and detoured slightly onto the Blueridge Parkway. The fall trees and colors were painted their annual reds, oranges, and yellows, but the weather was unusually warm, which made traveling and photography very comfortable and enjoyable.
Some of our Friends, and Fellow Photographers
Light, Shadow & Reflections
Framing the Fall Colors
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
The portraits reflect some modern and contemporary styles in traditional places. They also contrast the clothing and the environment as well as the pose, facial expression, and layout.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Paths of Arts & Crafts
Webster's Dictionary defines art as "skill acquired by experience, study, or observation" and "decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter." Craft is defined as "skill in planning, making, or executing" and connects craft to a trade or group of tradesmen.
From my experience and research, art is more 'open-ended' and requires the artist to make decisions and incorporate his or her own ideas. Craft often uses a 'recipe,' formula, or set of instructions. Crafts are often able to be reproduced in exact copies while art lends itself to being unique originals.
This discussion has come up in art and craft circles for ages. I have discussed this subject as an art student in college as well as with fellow teachers not in the art department. Just today, a friend and I considered this issue when discussing fair contest results and judging criteria...
1st Place: Pen & Ink Drawing
4th Place: Black & White Photo
An overall view of my student exhibit...
Ribbons include 1-1st place, 2-2nd place, 1-3rd place, 2-Honorable Mention!
Friday, October 3, 2008
I am an art teacher in my 5th year of teaching. (I also teach math and reading to gifted students.)
On this blog, you will find examples of my own work, which I complete to enhance my abilities for teaching as well as to decorate and sometimes give as gifts.
Also, I am appreciative of my God-given talent. Matthew 25:15 says "And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey." (This parable is discussing money but can apply literally in my case.)
Enjoy the art... Leave comments; offer critiques... Perhaps you will even be inspired to DESIGN! ADD COLOR! CREATE!