Sunday, July 03, 2022

"Diversity Rocks" 6 x 6 acrylic on canvas


Each teacher at the South Shore Charter Public School teaches their content area (middle school Math in my case) and also teaches a project.  The projects are service learning-based, meaning the students learn skills necessary to fulfill a need of the local or greater community.  This year, my art project was asked if we would like to create a mural for the back wall of the school library with the theme "Celebrating Diversity".  My project students were enthused, and we embarked on a series of design discussions, division into teams, design sessions followed by group critique to refine their ideas.  The space measures 6 x 6 feet.  We decided to create the mural on canvas rather than the wall itself in case the library was ever reconfigured.  Our discussions resulted in a decision to show religious, racial, cultural, and global diversity.  The students arranged themselves into teams, and began working.  They chose a globe as the unifying element in the center of the mural. What did they learn?

Giving and receiving constructive criticism, scaling up, color mixing, perspective, vibrating color within a value range, teamwork, among other things. 

 This is the finished product.  The students are thrilled with their effort, as they should be.  The mural was assigned a new home behind the front desk in the entryway of the school where it is seen every day as the students enter.  See our process photos below.

 Thanks for looking.  You know I appreciate your comments

Adding hand prints to racial diversity quadrant

painting flesh tones

global and gender diversity

scaling up the racial diversity quadrant

measuring where the central globe will fit

Sunday, May 01, 2022

"Sunny Day" 8 x 8 oil on board

The Girls Just Wanna Paint theme for April is "festive". This is my interpretation.  Throughout the months, especially during winter, I will often bring a bundle of sunflowers home from the local grocery and put them in the window.  Each time I pass through the room, I get a little festive zing from their angles, the sun bouncing off the petals, and the reflected light inside and/or beneath them.  Each flower has its own personality.  

I used a photo reference of sunflowers on my porch for this painting; taking what I needed for the design.  Here are some process photos:

Reference photo: you can see how I adjusted the design for this square

Blocking in, laying down the lightest and darkest notes

Added in the background, a cooler, neutralized green; good time to carve out the edges of each sunflower; making sure nothing was too symmetrical

More modeling in the darks, the leaves.  I softened a bunch of edges, added dappled sunlight onto the flower below and the leaves, implying depth.  Looked for areas to push elements behind other elements to create depth, and vibrated color into the center of the top right flower.

As always, thanks for looking. You know I love your comments.  

Saturday, March 26, 2022

San Miguel de Allende

I spent this year's February vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. with my friends Kelley Macdonald and Paula Villanova who were running their "San Miguel Painting Adventure with Kelley and Paula" workshop.  It was magical.  A month later, my senses are still activated by the sights, colors, sounds, tastes, and the feel of the air.  I loved this week spent with my daughter and with friends old and new.

Can't wait to go again.

"At Le Jardin" watercolor & ink 11 x 14 - sitting in the canopy of shade trees, this view of La Parroquia is mesmerizing, changing colors as the sun moves.

"Looking Up" ink and watercolor - watching people while sitting in the garden outside Templo de San Francisco.
"Cafe y Churros" ink and watercolor - lovely spot for a cafe, people watching and naturally, churros

"Back Patio" ink & watercolor - rooftops from our hotel's rooftop deck

"Lavaderos del Chorro" ink & watercolor - lovely historic spot where women would gather to wash the clothes.