art is all around us. here i will share my personal experiences and passion for all things art! thanks for stopping by, feel free to share a post and check in again! xo

Monday, August 31, 2009

the art of going back to school

Another school year is upon us. To quote my favorite movie, "You've Got Mail," "Don't you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies." And yes I do want to buy school supplies and lots of them. As you make your way around any store today there is an array of colorful goodies that today's children will be cramming into their backpacks. 

It is exciting to go back to school. Being a teacher, you get to rest and have a semi-retirement summer from the previous school year and just as you feel rested it is time to gear up for another exciting school year. I feel extremely fortunate because teaching art to children in grades K-5 is a treasure of a job. To see all of the young smiling faces just ready to jump right back into art brings me joy. 

I have seen many excited students over the past few weeks out and about with their back to school shopping and getting ready with their own "bouquets of sharpened pencils" ready to attack each assignment. 

I have so many new and exciting ideas and lessons to share and explore with my students in art as another fun and art inspiring school year begins. This year is especially exciting as I have a student teacher working with me until the end of October. She has already shared many great ideas with me and I know the students will enjoy her as much as I already do. In a way, she is a mini- me and appreciates an organized art room! 

My classroom is neat and ready to be used and painted upon each and every day. So bring on the young artists and another fun year of art!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

jewels of the ocean

I just returned from a great summer finale getaway with my husband to Manasquan, NJ. My family has a beach house there and we reaped the benefits of the house and the beach this week. 

We found ourselves absorbed by the beauty of the beach just as we do every summer. There are so many jewels to be found at any beach. The footprints left in the sand, each as unique as the person who left them, the pebbles and shells beneath our toes, the waves crashing around us, the water still at points, the barnacles, moss and so much more. 

We walked each night holding hands along the water's edge of low tide looking for the jewels of the ocean, sea glass. We were very lucky this year to find over 100 pieces, our most successful find ever! Even though sea glass begins as man's pollution and trash it becomes something so beautiful. It is a little piece of irony. Here are a few of our jewels and other fun finds. 

There are so many textures, colors, shapes and more at the beach. It is like Mother Nature just painted us a real painting that we can jump into. The beach has so many artful things for us to appreciate from the colors of the sunset to the softness of the sand between our toes.

It is so great when we can appreciate the little things in life and beauties left by nature. I hope you too can enjoy the beauties of the beach and even your own back yard! Check out Manasquan, NJ, it is a great little town and just maybe you will walk away with a few jewels of the ocean yourself. 

Be Well and Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

woodstock treasures

There are so many happenings "Woodstock" these days with the recent 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music Festival. Today I was invited on a short road trip about an hour north to the town of Woodstock, NY with a friend of mine, Michelle. What a great town it is! I would highly recommend a day trip there.

There are so many treasures and findings within this great town. Small towns are so fun. Walking down the street you will see smiling faces, colorful store fronts, art, and much, much more. 

I so often find myself turning to the great artists we all know and love for inspiration but we can never forget the treasures that our local artists hold. I am a local artist myself and I feel so fortunate to make a living teaching art simultaneously while making art that pleases me. There are so many great artists hidden in great towns like Woodstock and I invite you all to go out and support such great art venues.

In today's current economic status, we all want to try to conserve our funds but there are some great deals in Woodstock. I found a great "aged" coffee table in a punchy aqua color for only $18! Just what I was looking for the updating of my formal living room! I picked up a cute gift for a good friend of mine and just loved seeing all the unique jewelry.

Michelle and I selected Oriole 9 for lunch. This was a great cafe that had AMAZING food. They had a diverse body of art on display there and I wanted to take each and every piece home with me. The colors were so inspiring and the feeling of energy in the cafe was pleasant. The beautiful flowers that danced across the tables smelled fresh and complimented the delightfulness of the food!

Art is all around. The way the food was placed on our plates, the way the store windows were artfully organized and most of all the architecture of the shops we browsed. Appreciate art in the little places and find some time to treasure art today!

Be Well and Enjoy!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

new beginnings

Good Morning!

This is my first official blog and I am very excited. I woke up this morning to find the clock precisely at 7:13am. This is a special time for me since my birthday is July 13 and I believe that this time has special qualities. We all can find greatness in the little things that can make us smile. Try to find some little thing today that will make you smile and make you enjoy life.

I wanted to start my first blog by sharing  some information about my favorite artist of all time, Georgia O'Keeffe. She is an American painter who found joy in the little things in life, flowers. She wanted to paint them so largely so that even "busy New Yorkers would stop and notice them." A flower can be so small and yet can be so beautiful and hold such great meaning. 

My husband Brian and I recently got a puppy. We named her O'Keeffe. I have severe allergies and we could not keep her. We just parted with her yesterday to a great family with the sweetest little girl. She handed me a flower when she saw me crying. That little yellow dandelion really made me smile. She had picked it from the lawn beneath our feet. It was so tiny and yet so significant. I will remember this moment forever. This tiny flower had so much meaning. It really made me smile during a tough time.

Children know and understand about these great things. That have such insight.

So, in close, take some time today to appreciate the little things, the flowers, the time, anything that can make you smile. 

Check out Georgia O'Keeffe's Museum website as well. There are so many great pieces there that are sure to put some color in your day!  You can click on the title of today's post, "new beginnings" and it will take you there!

Be Well and Enjoy!