Friday, March 30, 2012
I have really been enjoying teaching these classes. I am constantly reminding myself of "do-s" and "Don't-s" of basic painting. And when doing the example paintings, it is like I am giving myself color exercises and practice with drawing with the paint, rather than drawing out the painting in pencil before. It is also a great experience teaching students of all ages who have a strong interest in art and painting. Otherwise I guess they wouldn't be spending their money on the classes.
I had one student who came who was 12 years old. It was so interesting watching him mix his paint so precisely and carefully. I loved seeing his face at the end of 2 hours. He was so impressed with himself, and his mother was so happy she had bought the kit and class for a birthday gift for him.
Another student I have right now is an older lady. As I got to talking with her, I found out that she used to live 3 blocks away from my grandparents in Pittsburgh, Pa (3.5 hours from where I am now). Not only that, but her daughter used to be friends with my aunt and uncle. Such a small world! She has taken many of the classes now, and every time she is getting better, and quicker at picking up on what to work on next. She may not know it, but she is playing with different styles too. Some times she paints very heavy, other times she uses the acrylic paint like water color and waters the paint down a lot to paint in layers.
Most of all these classes are keeping me active and motivated to keep painting, even though my main incomes are not art related at the moment. I am constantly reminded why I went to art school. Because nothing beats working on something that makes you happy while you do it. Sometimes it is even the best part of my week (other than spending time with family and Caleb). At least, if I am having a bad end to my night after work, I can draw or paint those bad thoughts into good thoughts. I only think about things that make me happy when I am creating something :)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I found the suit jacket my father, Jeff, wore in his senior photo in 1979 (Plaid of course). Naturally I try it on. First I see the enormous size difference between us. It came down to just above my knees. And it took a while to find my hands in the sleeves where his forearms would have been. Doesn't he look handsome?
Then I find a piece of paper while digging around in all of the pockets wondering if there is anything in them. On one side it looks to be a recite, $2.50 was paid to the class treasurer for something and the date was 3/9/79.
On the other side was a hand written note which says "Hello there Jeff, how are you doing. I sure am awful sleepy, Is that why you are writing to yourself. Yes, I figured it would keep me awake."
After laughing hysterically at this.... I realize where I get it from. ♥ Gotta love it.
Oh! And today is my grandmother's (Jeff's Mother) birthday. Happy birthday Grammy!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Earlier my dad, who I call by his first name, Jeff, which probably sounds more like "Juff", was helping me find a board for me to paint on. My mom, Tina, asked what it was for. Jeff said, before I could speak, "SHHHHH! She's going to do art for once and I don't want to discourage her!"
I laughed at this and realized that it's true. So I'm not going to work on the project intended tonight (which was a painting for someone else). Instead I will work on something more difficult that I haven't done in a while... a portrait of someone.... I just need to decide who the lucky (or not so lucky if it turns out bad) the person will be.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Here is the little boy from my newest children's book named, Johnnie Green. You can see that he enjoys catching butterflies and does not like when he has to do chores or when it is raining. I'm getting more comfortable with the tablet. I'm slowly making my tablet drawings look similar to my real drawing, at least with similar cross hatching and things like that.