My chickens finally started laying EGGS! Wa-hoo. The first eggs are always so much fun because they are so little. Omelet anyone?
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
We held a small and lovely service for my mother-in-law on Thanksgiving morning - just family. It was quite fitting to celebrate her life on Thanksgiving as her life focus was about providing and caring for others. We shared stories and memories at the dinner table - it was a good way to process her passing. On one card we received was this Irish Blessing... I think it is lovely: "May the blessings of love be on you, live with you and all around you. May it be your shelter in the storming hours, and your warming fire when chill winds blow. May love make soft your path, that your steps never falter, and wide your path, that friends may always walk beside you. May love shine out of the soul of you like a welcoming light so that when others speak your name, it will be to say here is one whose heart has never cared too little." ... and I'll add, may you always feel loved.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I have been awake for hours. My mother-in-law passed away yesterday evening. This was not unexpected, and as they say... her time had come. For hours I have been thinking of all that I learned from her about cooking, organic gardening, canning and how to burp a baby. She taught me to vote for who and what you believe in, even when you know they won't win. My mother-in-law was an opinionated woman, but she never criticized me, seriously - not once. She was a very intelligent, hard working, joyous and generous person who devoted herself to others. Truly a great role model for me and others, and a 'salt of the earth' woman. I will miss her deeply.
My love to all.
My love to all.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|Robin Hood and Maid Marion, original painting by NC Wyeth|
|copy of original|
We finally burned the brush piles in the lower field. These piles have been building for a couple years, and it's nice to have them gone.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
|Carrots from my garden|
My garden is done for the season. I dug up my carrots in the rain yesterday. Digging carrots is fun. We had a stir fry last night with fresh carrots - they are so sweet! I will plant garlic in a few weeks and then dream of next summer.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I'm feeling like I work for the coolest school district. We have each been given a copy of Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. I find this book to be truly inspirational. I'm not done with it yet, but the big idea is that with the right mindset we can all learn how to fulfill our potential - and coach our students to reach theirs. We also read Inevitable over the summer. This book introduced us to the concept of 'mass customized learning' - essentially each learner learns at their own rate and in their own way. With technology and creative planning, we can uniquely educate each and every student and help them become life long learners. We are doing our part to be the best teachers we can be in this age of change!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
It's been a good summer - lots of time in my studio for painting and designing knitting patterns. I just published a new Fingerless Mitten knitting pattern. This pattern comes with Fancy Appliques to add on the mittens. The appliques took a while to test knit - I am happy with the results. These include leaves, flowers, butterflies and a lady bug.
Back to school this week! I've rearranged my art room, and I can't wait to try it out. I swapped my desktop computer for a laptop - just think of all the room I will now have on my desk! I also created a 'focus' area with some new tables. Everywhere I turn I find little reminders of my students. Why, even my chickens - who have grown so much this summer! - remind me of my 7th Graders. They like to do everything together - no wandering from the pack for long. They like you nearby - but they will pretend to ignore you, and they'll eat just about anything!
It feels like it's going to be a great school year... let the classes begin!
Friday, August 3, 2012
Five days of drawing, examining, painting, and EATING! My week on Burnt Island was an intensive one. We worked in several mediums, both indoors and out. Carolyn Nichols was our talented illustration/art teacher. Elaine Jones was our science teacher. I highly recommend these courses for Maine teachers.
Here are some of my sketches and experiments. There was a wonderful book on Beatrix Potter that I also used for inspiration - I love her work.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
|an art teacher's kitchen sink in summer|
I'm working on several paintings right now which is such a luxury ... no, not a luxury, it's essential. I am enjoying this time immensely. When I need a studio break, I slip into the role of 'Summer Time Art Teacher' which translates to restoring Elmer's glue bottles. Did you know that I could probably sculpt an Elmer's Glue bottle with my eyes closed in the dark - a scary thought.
Next week I'll be heading off to Burnt Island for a week of Scientific Illustration through the Department of Marine Resources - I can't wait!
Here's another summer time pic. We have been in 'this old house' for 22 years and we are siding the LAST WALL! - WAHOOO! When you are capable and hardworking you do the work yourself... it just takes a while...
|Fingerless Monkey Mitten Pattern ~ Snow Day Artist Design|
Saturday, June 30, 2012
|'OHD - Visual Meditation'|
I took the route of being inspired by 'Old Hallowell Day' - can you SEE the 'OHD' in my piece?
The opening is Friday July 6th, 5-8pm - see you there!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|Poppyville - my flower garden|
|Wanda, Fonda, Cindy, and Mindy - interchangeable names|
My studio is cleaned up and I have been working on a watercolor I will call 'Visual Meditation - OHD' - for the Harlow Gallery's summer member's show. The 'OHD' stands for Old Hallowell Days. I'll post the piece when it is done.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
|Me and my Dad, 1962|
..next door at Mrs. Havemeyer's swimming pool, Irvington, NY
I spent the day cleaning my studio and checking in on the baby chicks I got a few days ago. The 4 Barred Rock chicks spent the first two nights in my studio, I moved them to the coop yesterday.
School is out for the summer! - just a bit more cleaning and I'll be ready to paint!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
|Where did my sculpture go? ... time to weed the yard!|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
|Robbi & Genevieve|
We DO know how to have FUN at school!
The Librarian and I were dominoes!!
School is flying by with just 5 weeks left until summer
break - and so much to do!
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." - Dr. Seuss
|Cat and The Hat and Me!|
The NESCBWI conference last month was wonderful. Much to ponder over!
Friday, April 20, 2012
I am at the NESCBWI annual conference. This year it's in Springfield, MA. This is home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden - yeah, I had fun there today!
|'A Whole New World' - G.Keller 2012|
Here is my poster for the conference contest. I decided (actually family members convinced me) to go with this illustration. This year's theme is "A Whole New World". I have a full weekend of workshops ahead of me and I'm psyched.
|here's the 'real' building... what's with the clocks?|
I even have a cool view out my 10th floor window!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
|GM Keller, 2012|
|GM Keller, 2012|
The New England chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference is April 20-22. Here are my two takes for this year's theme: A Whole New World. (They aren't quite done).
Here are mittens I donated to this year's 'Fun Fair' at school. They are a simple variation on my fingerless pattern.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Olympia Snowe announced her retirement yesterday. I basically can't stand politics. It deeply bothers me that our country, which was founded on such profound and open minded principles, has become this two-sided mud flinging, debased, rooster fight. Our thinking has not advanced. We have lost sight of our objective(s). That said, Olympia has been a truly great politician. Perhaps she is not really 'retiring' and has other plans? Only time will tell.