First Day of Teaching – Quite Peachy Actually

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I don’t know if I admitted it this past summer, but I didn’t really enjoy the classes I had been teaching.  I felt frazzled prepping for them and bored while there.  This left me a little gun-shy on pulling the trigger for teaching more art classes.

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Well let’s just say I’m glad I tried again. I had a blast this time!

The previous sketchbook class I taught was a 3 hour class once a week.  I planned three different projects for each class.  In a nutshell, I was dragging 6 boxes of materials in and up 3 stories and the kids didn’t have the stamina to do art for 3 hours… nor did I!

So, for this class I kept it simple.  Paints, brushes, canvases. And I made the class 1 1/2 hours long.

Just changing the amount of time worked better for my own personal fast paced energy.  Somehow, in the matter of 1 1/2 hours I got kids age 10-14 to add five different layers to these paintings.  Well the hair-dryers helped!  WE CRANKED which left no time for boredom or dilly-dallying and the kids were so astounded at what they’d done they were smiling ear to ear.

Ahhh, so that’s why you do it.  To see those faces.  Yeah, It was pretty cool.

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I also got to be a proud mama because I forced my daughter to take the class!  Look at her painting.  She’s only 10 years old!!!! What can I say, I’m her mom and a very proud one at that :)

Can’t wait to see what we do next week!

Thank you Universe :)

Dia de Muertos Skulls

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I have a girlfriend that is going to help me start up an Etsy store.  She thought it would be fun to start with a Day of a Dead theme.  I think most of us color loving folk can’t get enough of the Dia de Muertos motifs.  They are just so fun, whimsical and cheery.  Also celebrating our loved ones that have left this earth has a lot of beauty to it.  Pretty cool tradition.  To read more about Dia de Muertos, check out this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

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I just got the skulls to the final glaze fire.  They should come out very bright and playful…I’ll post their completion.

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I’m also still plugging away at these tiles.  I haven’t shared what they are for yet, but it’s a great idea…just wait and see!

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I start teaching acrylic painting today – Ages 10-14…I’m a little nervous…I’ll share how that goes…

I’ve started a new painting too. When I get far enough into it, I’ll let you see :)

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So I went from being snow struck with two bouts of flu, to dusting myself off and getting back into the world.

Feels good. I dare say!!!

A Valentine Breakfast

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I want to tell you about a tradition my mother started when we were little kids.

My mom worked full-time in another state and somehow with the very small amount of free time she was given always created a special home.

Most Valentines Days land during the week.  Single woman? Two little girls?  Yeah that’s romantic!

Out of necessity my mom created a very special Valentine tradition.

The night before she would pull EVERYTHING RED out of the cabinets.  Soup cans, cereal boxes, cups, dishes, scarves, pretty table clothe, you name it.  She found what she had and smeared all over our kitchen table. Then she would sprinkle candy hearts everywhere.

Somehow she took a regular old morning and made it MAGICAL.

This is what I carry in my heart.  You can create magic with very little and create memories that last a life time.  Thus the tradition continues!

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My heart was warmed to find these two extra table settings on Facebook this morning.  One was my little sister who has carried on the tradition with her kids and the other is my best friend from childhood who remarked how my mother had rubbed off on her to.

Ahhh….Amore. Sweet and Simple.

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Next, I am sharing with you the one treasure that was handed down to me from my departed grandparents. I have no idea why my mother, filled with the challenge of sorting through an entire home of 70 years of their life together handed me this. Maybe because she knew that as tiny a memento as it is, it would not go overlooked.  My grandfather was incredibly romantic.  He made cards for my grandmother every morning with her breakfast.  He drew heartfelt images on every one of his employees paycheck envelopes every Friday.  He was an amazing lover of people and life.

My thought on this little chipped porcelain trinket box with it’s cracked lid is that it must have been one of a thousand tokens of love my grandmother received.  Why was this one kept?  What about it allowed it to be glued back together and put back on the shelf?

I then go into detective mode. Was this piece of sea glass from a special trip?  Was it given on a special day?  Were they old then? Were they young? Where did the box come from?  What was it’s life story?

I keep it in my bathroom and every morning I think of my grandparents.  I think of my grandmother’s special little bunny collection in her shower window.  Their house, their time with all of us.

It’s strange how such little things can have lives of their own.  I hope my home is loaded with similar treasures and my kids have to sort through them when I go and carefully contemplate those who have come before them.

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I leave you with this image.  It sort of sums up this month for me.  Like this little bike stuck in the snow, I too have been stuck.  I’ve been sick with respiratory illnesses tied into two bouts of flu.  My energy has been zapped. All my dreams and aspirations put on hold as I wait to heal. I’m sort of frozen.  As I write the snow is coming down.  By tomorrow morning the little tricycle seat will have disappeared and there will not be much to show for this little bicycle.

Some day soon the light will shine, the earth will warm, and I too like this little bicycle will resurface.

Until then, I will rest up and embrace my dormancy.

Tis the season.

Happy Valentines Day Everybody.

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