Problem #1: ITS EARLY SPRING. Prepare the gardens for planting. Summer squash, tomatoes and vibrant annual flowers. Trimming back climbing ivy. More time spent outdoors than indoors. “Mmm. I’ll have to do art later. Then I can post it on my blog.”
Problem #2: ITS LATE SPRING. Roasting peanuts. Fighting garden slugs and weeds in the garden. Lots of rain keeps the grass growing. First family vacation in 7 years. Visiting our favorite coastal Georgia island. “Great! I’ll do some sketches. They will make great studies for a finished piece. Then I can post it on my blog.”
Problem #3: ITS SUMMER. Finding great mark-downs on produce. Put away several pints of peach preserves. Harvest 14 quarts of squash. Blanched and frozen. Picking horn worms off tomatoes struggling through neglect and scorching summer heat. Time for planting okra. “Ahh! Maybe the garden will inspire me to make art. Then I can post it on my blog.”
I know you are still waiting to see all those sketches.
Found this short video about artist Clare Carver of Big Table Farm in Gaston, Oregon. Carver’s work on the farm is what inspires her creations. Great idea. Now if I can set aside some time for art…
Ceramicist Ester Lipscomb’s contemporary pieces were featured in a previous post. However she is also noted for her functional work. Here’s a video of Ester demonstrating use of a potter’s wheel at the Mark of the Potter in Clarksville Georgia. Her website lists the weekend dates for upcoming events at the shop. Just in case you find yourself in northeast Georgia….
Thanks to Matt Cardoza for posting this video on YouTube. (Time: 2:46)
Still trying to understand the surging popularity of Manga art among teens? Here is the first of a two-part video interview with 17 year old Manga artist Lilly Cernak. Produced by the crew at Blank Canvas and posted on-line by the folks at Ebru Channel.
Enjoy. The second segment will feature Lilly working in her studio!
Video Length: 3:51
Featured Image Credit: Freeimages.com/Daniel Mooney
Looking to inspire older art students? Share this short instructional video on printmaking. Villa Duchesne High School students created original prints using linoleum blocks. High school senior, Miss. Anderson, does an excellent job of narrating. Enjoy!
Featured Image Credit: Freeimages.com/Myles Davidson
“See, it says right here on the Internet ad, It’s FUN art, not FINE art!” I was trying to convince her to go to one of those painting classes that have become popular lately.
“But, I can’t paint!” she exclaimed.
It doesn’t matter. Right here it says, step by step instructions. Anyone can do it. They provide the canvas, paint and brushes. All we have to do is paint.”
“I’ve heard of those places,” she said, “but I’ve never been to one.” She still wasn’t sure, but she agreed to try it. I had never been before either.
We dutifully showed up at the art shop at our appointment time with our suggested bottle of wine. My sister uncorked and poured the wine. I tried to set mine down where I would not mistake it for water…
(This is a follow-up to my last post about drawing with Cora.)
Cora’s friend sent her a drawing of her baby chickens last week. It was sweet and simple. I suggested she send a drawing of our girls in return.
She dictated a message and I wrote it for her. She proceeded to make marks on the paper with glitter glue talking her way through. In the end, she had a collection of blobs haphazardly scattered around the page.
After some discussion, I convinced her to give it another try. Afterall, she was trying to communicate an important message to her friend.
“Amelia…If you see a hawk put your hens away in the henhouse.”
We talked about where the chickens would be standing and where the hawk would be flying and she made lines for earth and sky. That seemed to be all she needed. Something to break through the…