Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa's Workshop.....

Hey all, I'm sorry it's been so long, we've had so much going on- first with computer problems, and then my daughter had her sweet sixteen last week and it was party, party, PARTY time around here!  This weeks I've been focused on getting the house back in shape, shopping and working on presents for my family.
I always do a pencil portrait for my Mom and this year I'm doing two.
 This one is of my little guy, back when he was little!  He just turned 12 this past Summer.....
 Another of Garrett as Groucho Marx, it's still in progress, but you can at least get an idea.....

Last but not least is a HUGE (at least for me ;)) portrait of my Dad and my girls- it's from one of my all time favorite pictures of us on our way home from getting the Christmas tree- and the Atlanta skyline is in the background as well as some Christmas tree branches.  I've got a ways to go on this one, but I have until Sunday afternoon, so I'm crossing my fingers and toes to get it done in time.

Now, I'm off to finish prepping for today's Christmas art camp.....we'll be singing "Oh Christmas Tree" and making a landscape of decorated evergreens as well as Picasso-ish Peace doves surrounded by Klimt-ish swirls of color.  I'l try to get back to share.
I sure have missed you guys in blog land!

Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm still here......

Hello people in bloglandia-  I just wanted to pop my head in for a minute and let you all know I'm still around!  My computer is in hard-drive-intensive-care and so I haven't been able to post pictures like I usually do. Since I'm using my husband's computer, I've not been taking nearly as many pics as usual- I don't want to get in trouble for being a space hog and I take a LOT of pictures!
My November classes are winding down and since they were out on Holiday for Thanksgiving, we're just now finishing our "Sky Watchers" pieces.  They are my favorite project to date- I LOVE them all!  And of course I have TONS of snaps on the other computer that I can't get to, but I can share where we were on it yesterday....
We started by sketching mountains and discussing the way the colors change as they recede into the distance.  They drew their mountains and worked to blend the colors to have a realistic appearance and then painted a sunrise/sunset using wide horizontal brush strokes and water color bleeds- gorgeous!  Then yesterday, we drew and painted Native Americans clad in patterned robes which we'll glue down next week to complete the pieces.
And I must admit that it's been so long since I posted about class, I just realized that I never shared the results of our Warm and Cool Color projects- they turned out really well too!
 I've been brainstorming ideas for my Christmas ART Jam camps- I'm super excited about this- more on that later!