Sunday, October 28, 2012

NC Wyeth - Robin Hood and Maid Marion ... and burning brush

Robin Hood and Maid Marion, original painting by NC Wyeth

copy of original
Every autumn I work with my students and staff to create a mural for the school. I feel this is a great way to show our learning community working together to make great things happen. This year I invited parents and community members to join in. I love the colors of this year's mural (see older posts for other murals). I chose to do an illustration by NC Wyeth as a way to acknowledge the students who will be writing and illustrating their own stories over the course of the school year: 2nd, 3rd, and 6th graders. These students will illustrate in art class with me and ultimately have their creation printed as a hardcover book! All in all a very exciting project. I am anxious to share my knowledge of illustration with my students.

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

... who's your llama?

A day off from school is a day in my studio. I finally got my new Epson printer hooked up. Now I can start adding prints of my artwork to my Etsy shop - wahoo!  ... Which pieces of art to choose? I always go for the slightly quirky and silly. I am currently painting a small work entitled "The Starry Knight" - see what I mean? And I  wonder if my Etsy shop 'identity' will hold together or suffer by adding artwork. Mittens, knitting patterns and art prints are sort of an odd grouping. I'll give it a go and see what happens. Happy autumn! (this llama illustration is from my collection of attempts for a local fair poster contest - it was submitted without the words...)