Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summertime Fun!

I've been enjoying my summer vacation, and ignoring my blog. Here are a few images from my recent trip to Maine.

Sunset at Drake's Island Beach jetty, Wells, Maine

 Marginal Way in Ogunquit

Kennebunkport Harbor

The buoys I painted for my friend's new beach house

A quick sandpiper block print

 On the last day, we squeezed in a few hours of beach-combing at the lovely Goose Neck Beach, where I found a sand dollar and other treasures. Good bye Maine!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dad's Day

Enjoyed having my parents up to our house for Father's Day. My sister and my girls were also able to be there, and we had a delicious lunch and a fun time together. Here is the card I made for my dad.

I have lots of happy memories of fun times with my dad. Our family did a lot of outdoor activities when we were growing up--camping, hiking, going to the beach. I am blessed!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Skate" Illustration Friday

It's been a busy time as the current school year winds down. Final exams and major room cleaning have kept me occupied this week! I managed to squeeze in a little time to draw a piece for this week's Illustration Friday prompt, "skate." I used to enjoy roller skating when I was a child. We had strap-on skates that didn't allow for the smoothest ride, but were fun to cruising up and down the street, although we didn't wear helmets back in the day! Fortunately I survived without major damage!

Castle in the Clouds Art Show

I was excited to be invited to show three prints at the Castle in the Clouds, "Finding Place on Paper" exhibit. It was also exciting to see that they used one of my prints on their promotional postcard. It's the one on the left. The show runs through October 22, so if anyone is heading up that way, I hope you'll get to see it.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Student Art Work

I thought I would post a few examples of my students' work. The school year is coming to a close, and we have been displaying a lot of their art work. Here are a few examples:


                             Pastel  landscapes in a glassed-in case (sorry about the reflections)

                                          The original photo and the finished pastel drawing
colored pencil drawing (trompe l'oeil style)

These are from my Drawing 1 classes. I have them everyday for a full school year, and it's always amazing how their skills progress. The top photo was done by a senior in the AP Studio Art class.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Illustration Friday, "Mother"

This is the card I made for my mom on Mother's Day. This is also the theme for this week's Illustration Friday drawing.

After weeks of dreary weather, there is finally a row of suns on the 10 day forecast. Today was beautiful with nice May temperatures in the 70s. It may even hit 90 on Thursday, which is a little much, but no complaints after all the rain of the last month.

Including a photo of Wiley, just because she is so cute!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Illustration Friday "Resist"

Here is my image for this week's Illustration Friday theme.


It's May and all the flowering trees are in bloom! The daffodils and tulips are out, as well as the lilacs. We've had a cool wet Spring so far, but everything is green, and the drought is over!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rattlesnake Mt. Print

With a deadline of May 1st, I was happy to finish the "View from Rattlesnake Mountain" block print this week. I printed the last layers on Friday and Saturday, and framed it on Monday. This print and two others are going to be included in the Castle in the Clouds Exhibit, May through October in Moultonborough, NH. The show is called "Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains."

Here are a few recents steps in finishing this print.

                  The block and the print at this stage

Carving away
The final stage (I went back in and carved out my leaves in the darker area and printed the rocks a bit lighter for the remainder of the edition)

The finished print behind glass

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

These cards are variations of the same printing block. I used an old block that had textures from an earlier print.

I carved new designs on the other side of the block, and cut out the bunny's silhouette, so I could print different colors and create variations on the original.

I hope everyone has a lovely Easter! 
"He has risen!"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beach Girl

I haven't been able to keep up with Illustration Friday lately--too many other projects! This drawing was for last week's topic "hot."

The last time I posted here on April 1st, we had just had a big snowstorm. Yesterday the high temperature was 87 degrees. Everyone was running around in shorts and flip flops celebrating the "summer" weather. A little more seasonable today, but still nice!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's!

When we was little, our parents used to try and fool us on April 1st by telling us, "Wake up, it's snowing!" or "Look, there's a robin outside!" Today, there were both, and it was not an April Fool's Day joke!

March came in like a lamb, and definitely went out like a lion! Fortunately, I had plenty to do around the house. I printed another layer of ink on a new block print, matted and framed a piece for an upcoming art show, and organized my studio area. A bit of shoveling, laundry, and picking up, rounded out the day. Being stuck at home has its benefits! Now if we can get some sunshine, and warmer weather to melt the twelve inches of new snow before Easter.

     This is layer #2 for a block print that will eventually be "The View From Rattlesnake Mt."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day!

Snow Day

Hopefully this is the last big storm of the season! One more week to the official start of Spring, and we are getting a March blizzard. Enjoyed staying home and working on my latest block print. Not so excited to head outside to do some shoveling this evening. Looks like we will get about a foot of snow out this mess, but we are hardy New Englanders, and this kind of weather is nothing new!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Working on a new print--Ogunquit Crow

I haven't posted to Illustration Friday in a while, but I have been working on a new block print. I took pictures last summer while visiting the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. It was a rainy morning, and I saw this crow hanging out on the rocks by the ocean. I did a few sketches to figure out the layout and colors for a reduction print, and chose a  Gomuban plate for this piece. The advantage of this plate is that it can go through the press, but is softer than linoleum.

After six colors it is almost done. I have to finish carving away the gray layer, and then the final layer of ink will be black.

The Big Apple

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Art Education Association Convention, held this year in NYC. Fortunately, the dates of the convention fell on my February break from work, so my colleague, Lori, and I were able to stay Tuesday through Saturday, and really enjoy a little extra time in the city. We joined up with a group of other NH art teachers, as well as thousands of others from every state, and many other countries.

                                 Central Park

               Keynote speaker Jeff Koons and his iconic balloon animal sculptures

  We visited the 9/11 Museum, which was incredibly moving. I was especially drawn to the exhibition of artworks inspired by the tragedy.

  Paintings above by Ejay Weiss

Next to the museum is the new entrance to the subway called the Oculus.

In addition to the workshops and speakers at the convention, we managed to visit seven art museums, took a field trip to an NBC prop studio, saw the Broadway show "Waitress", and had some truly delicious meals. It was a great break from the normal routine!

Inside and outside the Guggenheim

Finishing up at the Met after visiting El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of NY, the Cooper Hewitt, and the Guggenheim! All in one day!!
Making my own wallpaper pattern at an interactive exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt!