Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5th grade Realistic Animal Portraits

My fifth graders are wrapping up their last year of elementary school and I sure will miss them.  One of their last projects of the year was to paint a portrait of an animal.  We used several layers of watercolors to get a realistic effect.  First, they chose one color for a background wash.  Then, they painted the shadows using a dark blue.  Finally, they used realistic colors to complete the painting.  I think they turned out great!

Have a great week,

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Friday fine (art)

I'm really digging the art of Holly Farrell for her simple and delicate paintings of ordinary objects.  The objects she paints (chairs, books, dolls, furniture) are familiar enough for the viewer to apply their own narrative or memory to the painting.  I love that.

One of my goals for this year is to support more artists by purchasing prints or originals of their work.  If I had the moola I would totally buy this couch painting because it takes me back to my college days.  This couch looks EXACTLY like the one my best roommates and I had junior and senior year in college.  AHhhh, it makes me happy.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nat Geo's photo of the day

If the following url isn't already on your daily feed then it needs to be stat.  Every day, National Geographic posts an amazing photo -go here to view the photos and to bookmark the site.  

Here is today's photo....

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

I can't believe places like this exist, 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

where am i?

(i've been busy).  but the bright side is school's almost out for summer and I can't think of a better way to get me motivated than to view this image of exploding Playdoh!  Don't you love still frame action shots?

Source: flickr.com via Sha on Pinterest


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I've been so busy with life and work that I haven't had time to post in a while, BUT today is an exception because it....is....Mother's Day!  Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and to my Mom-in-law, and to all the other Mom's out there!  

 enjoy your sunday,