Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kids Art Class at the library

Last Thursday I taught a kids' art class at the library as part of a Fallbrook Art Association project.

We made a Thanksgiving leaf banner.  They could hang it in their house...or around their necks as one of them chose to do. And then they all followed.

I collected and dried the leaves for the turkey's tail. They colored the turkey and then glued it and the leaves to the colored paper. 

I don't think they learned much art but they sure had fun! 

 This was the happiest little girl I've ever met. 
Her name was Eden and she seems to perpetually live there.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Zentangle Afternoon gathering

 Nancy made a wonderful spread.

 Nancy and Don talking about Zentangles (or something!)

Peg and Diane concentrate on Zentangles. (and their drinks)

Fallbrook Art Association 2014 Show

 Gaspar Vacarro- Best of Show

Noreen Ring-2nd prize Mixed Media

 Doris Wilke- 3rd- Mixed Media

 Penny Fedorchak- Hon. Mention Water Media

Barbara Finwall- Pomegranates

Plein Air Show at Mrytle Creek

Latino Art Show at the Library

 Nancy with one of the artists.
Beth dancing to the beat of the wonderful Musica Sin Fronteras.

I don't know what this was all about but Penny looks a lot like the painting in the background.
Mariana and Nancy in the foreground.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cat Napping

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Art Classes

Watercolor journaling with Helen Shafer Garcia:

Here's a sample of Helen's journal art-

Our first class assignment- Dropped In Watercolor and Intro To Collage-

Second class-
A trip to the library. As we walked along we wrote down words from signs on the way-
then chose some of these words to put together into a short poem. We chose a plant to draw at the library and then drew something inside the library. Our colors were limited to a Triade- 3 colors.
I chose yellow, green and purple and wish I hadn't. There was a yoga class going on in the library which I drew for the background- also wish I hadn't. Not at all happy with the results. Oh well!
I kind of like the poem, tho.

Third class- Buena Creek Gardens. This was a wonderful nursery that was also full of entertaining animals, which I wrote about in an earlier blog.

 Our assignment was to choose things to paint including an architectural element and to paint across two pages of the journal. I didn't finish this one.

Fourth class- We worked at the school. We painted succulents gathered from around the school and added elements of white gouache. we also added a pocket to include 3-dimensional elements.

Fifth class- We met at Ron Chisum's succulent- filled garden in Escondido.
He was a very interesting man who is a retired dentist and a wonderful watercolor artist. He's obsessed with succulents-
grows them, studies them, propagates new ones, knows all their complicated names and just generally loves them. Unfortunately, I don't share his love but I did enjoy drawing them.

 Margery and Ron.

 Ellie and Lois
 Lois photographing fruit from the Cereus peruvianus, which goes so nicely with her shirt and camera (phone?)

 Helen in the greenhouse. 

 Lois in the garden.

 The plants I drew.

We were supposed to add a poem (notice the empty space). I just couldn't do it. I'm definitely not a poet. Everyone else did brilliantly. Besides not being very fond of succulents, I don't like poetry, either. Everyone I know likes poetry AND succulents. What's wrong with me? (I did enjoy writing the poem in the previous class where we started with the words we found on signs.)

Sixth class-
We met at the school and went over everything we had done. Then went to Myrtle Creek to paint and have lunch. It was a wonderful lunch. I haven't finished my painting, yet.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Birthday coincidences

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago.- but the coincidences keep coming...
Nancy found this in her book stash the day after my birthday. She probably would have given it to me if she had found it on my birthday.

This was one of the candies in the bunch The Bottom Shelf Girls gave me.

And this is the movie we're going to see tomorrow at the No. County Film Club.



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