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Sunday, October 25, 2009

park ave conquers storm king

On Friday, I took the entire 2nd grade class from the elementary school that I teach art at to Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY. This is my fourth trip to Storm King with my students/young artists. We so enjoyed our time out and about in the crisp fresh air.

All week was so beautiful and Friday's weather report had threatened to have showers but the clouds held the rain back until after we left and we thank Mother Nature for that gift. We always seem to time it right so that we can truly enjoy all of the majestic colors of the fall landscape around. As one of my students said, "It is a great time to admire the leaves with the sculptures."

Storm King is such an amazing sculpture garden realized over acres and acres of what used to be farm land. From Andy Goldsworthy's "Storm King Wall" to Mark Di Suevro's "Mother Peace" these sculptures really compliment the earth around them.

We walked and walked and stopped and rested on the cold fall ground while sketching the amazing structures around us. We walked under and around Alexander Calder's "The Arch" and the children guessed at what these masterpieces could be such as giraffes walking along the ground. 

Every year, without doubt, as the buses pull up the children stop in a quiet moment as they first spot the enormous artwork and then they begin calling out to me in sheer joy and excitement that they see the artwork and how excited they are. 

There is nothing like the awe of young children and art. None of the children said, "I don't get it." or "What is it?" or "I could do that." They all thoroughly enjoyed each and every second of it all. They are all inspired and excited about art.

By the time the trip was over, we were all worn out from the overwhelming excitement of being among such large scale great art and the crisp cool air that the bus ride home was a quiet time of reflection and rest.

I hope you will all take time to visit Storm King as it is so worth while. I spent a lot of time there in my undergraduate college days; sketching, photographing, writing poetry and just enjoying this amazing place. I like to go alone and with others but there is nothing like visiting with 80+ 7 year olds!

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Be Well and Enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

adventures in art studio land

 Today I am sharing some images of my studio and the goodies that surround me. 

The past few days I have found myself busy in my studio doing one of my favorite things, art making. I have just finished a commissioned piece and was keeping warm during these windy days through the good feelings of art making.

  I have to admit to being an extremely organized and neat individual but my studio is the one place where I find myself letting loose with colors of paints pouring out at every end. I love the marks that paint leaves behind on my tables and surfaces all around. 

I have photographed them and enjoy looking at what the painted marks make. 

All marks matter. There is such a great book that I would highly reccomend by Peter H. Reynolds' entitled, "The Dot." It is one of my favorites and a great read for young children and adults who claim, "I am not artistic." or "I cannot even draw a stick figure." Those are some of my least favorite things to hear from adults because it our job as adults to inspire and encourage our young people to do their best and try all things; also to not be afraid of making mistakes and that all things they make are important.

Marks matter. That is my message for the day. Check out what is left behind when you have painted or made a mess. Think about Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock and the marks he made by using a simple drip method or what he called, "action painting." 

Take some time to make doodles and marks even if you do not have a studio such as mine it is always important to make marks, free and release your inner imagination.

Be Well and Enjoy! 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

fall fun finds around

I always like to look for the little things. Just as Georgia O'Keeffe would have. As a photographer, I feel that I was trained to really look at things and see the beauty in what many would call ordinary. 

As I walk around my backyard there are so many beautiful shapes and colors just waiting to be noticed. I snapped some shots and here is what I have found. 

 In the woods behind my house there are many hidden treasures. I love all the fun finds. I saw a little rock chair. This rock was formed liked a throne for a little squirrel or chipmunk to come sit upon. It was veryintriguing

There were also so many beautiful colors budding around the lawn and trees surrounding my house. I love fall, it is my favorite season. The crispness of the air, the colors, the festivities. It is really enjoyable. 

 It is a great time to take a drive, go to a local orchard, and enjoy the fall because all this beauty will not last long and white flakes will cover the landscape before we know it.

Be Well and Enjoy!