Thursday, July 31, 2008

Burd Pendant by Jade Adams

Isn't this pendant just adorable? It is handmade by Jade Adams of Jade's Funki Junk. Check out her site for some awesome inspiration! She also has an Etsy store where you can purchase her amazing, handmade and custom made jewelry. Very cute!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Road Trip

July 19-22, 2008
Raul, Zach and Lola/Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Lola admiring the view on the way to Crater Lake

Hiking down to Enderts Beach near Crescent City, California

Brielle, Maya and Zach/Enderts Beach

Me and Raul/Enderts Beach

Maya combing the beach for treasures--she finds a crab claw!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer days....Art adventures...

I've been away for a while. Summer is finally here and I've been out enjoying every minute of it! :) It's nice to have summers off--I can't imagine having any other profession except being a full time, traveling/teaching artist! So these summer day have been filled with gardening in the back yard,

going out for evening strolls around the block, reading art magazines on the porch while Maya draws on the front steps with sidewalk chalk.

And art, of course!

Last month, I met with the Bay Area Art Sisters (a Yahoo group for Bay Area artists who've connected through Artfest) and we completed an amazing collage project by Julianna Coles from the book Kaleidoscope.

It was an awesome experience I highly recommend for every artist! This activity pushed me to try new techniques and the end result really surprised me! I used colors I never would've thought to use before. And there's that word: "thought". Sometimes over-thinking can be an artist's worst enemy!

Anyway, I was so excited, I shared the activity with some friends the next day and even shared some of the steps with my daughter. It sounds unbelievable, but even a child is sometimes blocked by what they've learned at school. As an art teacher, I see it all the time. Kids are afraid to do something "wrong", they're afraid to just scribble and doodle and use "weird" colors like they did as babies or toddlers (if they were even given any art materials at that age! I've seen that, too: parents too afraid to let their babies squish paint between their fingers or let their toddlers paint with their fingers or paint at all!) But it didn't take Maya very long before she could just make layer after layer. She wasn't afraid to paint over what she had just collaged. She was fearless! It was inspiring! She would make an incredible, layered, funky piece and then paint over the layers and then peel away some of the collage images to reveal other layers underneath.
(Maya's collage:)

(This is kind of turning into two different posts! Oh well...) ;) Back to our previously scheduled program:

Where was I? Oh! Summer...Every day we walk down to the nearby college campus for Maya's swim lessons. After only eight lessons, she's totally swimming now! Head under water, "big arm" strokes and everything. She's a lot more confident in the water and that makes me feel so proud and a little more relieved--one less thing I have to worry about as she grows up and away from my protective arms!

Most days this week, we've been escaping the heat and visiting grandma and grandpa Austin who have a lagoon-like pool complete with waterfall! It is our little oasis in this urban desert! (It's supposed to be cooling off the next few days--let's keep our fingers crossed! We've got Maya's birthday party on Saturday and Kelsi's baby shower on Sunday. And only shade trees and fans to keep us cool!) Here's to long summer days and cool summer nights, Popsicles (cherry and orange cream and rootbeer!), hopscotch, ice tea, fireworks, flip flops,

(bare feet--even better!)

cute summer dresses, ice cream trucks, bright summer flowers, sprinklers...couldn't summer be 6 months a year? ;)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Convenzione 2008!

I am super excited to be attending Convenzione 2008, August 22-24! I am registered for a full day class, "Gridlocked," with Lisa Kaus. I am totally looking forward to the class plus all of the other exciting events. On the first day, I'll lunch with other participants and teachers and after we'll attend the Bella Galleria, a gallery and botique walk in downtown Pleasanton (includes goodies and gift certificates!). That night, we'll attend The Convenzione Show where we'll get a chance to meet the evening's hostess, special guest
Michele Beschen of HGTV/DIY Channel's "B Original". The Convenzione Show includes songs, special presentations and a screening of the documentary 1,000 Journals (everyone registered for the event will receive a free journal! cool!) The next day starts off with breakfast and then a full-day or two half-day classes! After classes, everyone will meet for dinner at the Blue Agave in downtown Pleasanton. The event ends on Sunday with Art Paperie and Pleasantries, a vendor event of over 30 artists, craftspersons, and "purveyors of vintage goodies and fine arts supplies." For more info, visit:


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