Monday, February 27, 2012


Assorted sea creatures:
The shadow of a woman paddling on a surfboard (view from underwater):
 The sun setting over the mountains:
(some recent art club creations)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Babies everywhere

Sanya and Joe were in town for the weekend and we had a little celebratory gathering at our house.

There was lots to celebrate, as Sanya is 6 months pregnant with our future niece, and ALSO makes awesome faces like this:
There were some little ones in attendance....
So we did some art...
And took pictures of the cuteness...
There were three pregnant ladies in attendance, so there is about to be a lot more cuteness around here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

And now, a nap

 The "I Heart Art" event was last night and brought an awesome crowd to Motorco to bid on art, eat cupcakes and beer, and support the Art Therapy Institute. It was a good time and hopefully raised a bunch of moola. Now i'm off to nap and regroup before a busy week!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Barn wood siding

I passed this house today with a tin roof and what looks like reclaimed barn wood siding. So pretty, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Printing canvas bags (an "I Heart Art" adventure)

Why yes, it's true! On this lovely Valentine's Day, I printed a hundred canvas bags for the Art Therapy Institute's "I Heart Art" fundraiser this weekend. I don't have printmaking equipment - not even silk screens - so I just sort of used what I had and made it work. They're not perfect, but they're sweet and handmade and I think they'll be cute at the fundraiser.
It took a lot of time to make so many, but the process was actually really easy. And I took a bunch of pictures so you can see how to do it, too. 
Here are the materials:
Acrylic paint
Contact paper
X-acto knife
Foam brush
Canvas bag (or whatever you want to print on)
A piece of cardboard (not pictured)
First, cut a heart (I did it free-hand, but you could trace one if you want it to be more precise) out of a piece of contact paper using an X-acto knife (do this on a cutting mat or piece of cardboard to protect your surfaces). Then peel the backing off the contact paper and place the stencil on a canvas bag.
Place the piece of cardboard inside the bag so paint doesn't leak through the back. Using a foam brush,  fill in the heart with a layer of acrylic paint.
Gently peel off the stencil, remove cardboard, and set aside to dry.
Repeat 100 times (I used the same stencil for all 100 - it got less sticky but still did the trick!).
(This project has been approved by Darby)

Happy love day

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dad and Darby

Darby and my dad spent a lot of quality time together this weekend. They seem to have some sort of deep spiritual understanding. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

There are three primary colors

Next time I teach color mixing I'm showing this video.

Friday, February 10, 2012

No room for humanfolk

"What -- YOU wanted to sit here? Well... This is awkward." - Darby 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flowers for everywhere

Eli brought home a bunch of white flowers the other day - there were so many that I split them into two bouquets, one for the dining room table and one for the bedroom.
He picked white because he thought they looked crisp and clean and calm.
And they really do, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Since I'm on a roll with posting today, here are some of my submissions for the Spaces & Places project, which launches on Monday.
My first internship site during a collaborative knit/crochet installation (Artworks Community Arts and Culture Center, Chicago, IL): 
 The "welcome station" at Artworks (Chicago, IL):
 My home studio space (Durham, NC):
 My art therapy space at my second internship site, Nettelhorst Elementary School (Chicago, IL):
 Colored Pencils - A favorite material to use with clients: 
 Watercolor - A favorite material to use with clients:
Journal making - A favorite technique for working with adolescents:
Torn paper collage - A favorite technique for working with exceptional needs children:

I Heart Art

We're less than two weeks away from the Art Therapy Institute's annual fundraiser, "I Heart Art"! There will be live music, food trucks, beer, and a super awesome silent art auction. You can click here to get more info and donate (or, if you're local, to buy your tickets!!!). Here is some artwork I'll be donating for the silent auction:

1) "Energy Reserves", mixed media painting (11"x13", Framed): 
 2) "Specimen Collection", cut paper collage (11"x14", Framed):
3) "Wild Reverie", mixed media painting (12"x14", Matted and framed):
Hopefully they will help raise a bunch of money so we can continue our work with refugee children,  hospital patients, children with special needs, and many others. I'll also be hand printing some tote bags later in the week (more on that later). Fun stuff!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Places for things

Have I posted a shot of our not-so-new-anymore shelves we got for the living room? It took about 30 seconds for them to be completely full of stuff. 
We have a lot of stuff, I guess. Mostly books, though, so I don't feel too bad about it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thought for today: This is what you shall do

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” -- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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