Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I Remember


Sunny wanted to write a song for the Reflections program sponsered by the PTA.  They have a different theme every year, this year it was "Magic of the Moment".  She discovered the tune on her ukelele, and was struggling with the words.  We were looking at some old photos and found pictures of her and Peggy at an aquarium walking around, having lunch together and we couldn't believe that was her, and not that long ago.  Inspired, she wrote these words and developed the chorus and melody into this heartfelt son.  Her Dad and friend Scott Bennett recorded her at his studio an my long life friend Barbie turned it into a video, and here it is...I Remember by Sunny Rae Keller.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Fall Leaves

I'm from the Midwest and really miss fall this time of year, so I made up this project to bring the fall color into our California lives.  These are really fun to make and then you can decorate the house or Thanksgiving table with them.


Fall Leaves with oil pastels and grocery bags!
Recycle/Re-use/ Make ART!






The concept is to make a real leaf, not a drawing of a leaf.
Almost like a sculpture with paper.
This is kind of hard to grasp.
If they draw or trace the leaf,
 help them tear it out or give kids small torn pieces, to start. 
Tear a leaf shape
Can crumple for added texture
Draw veins, have lots of real leaves around for reference
Encourage mixing colors together and layering on top of each other.
Encourage to color all the way to the very edges,
and both sides!



Scrape in some veining with a colored pencil.
That's awesome Gidget!



Are these real Autumn Leaves?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Workman Family Portrait

Music, traveling, animals, writing, the ocean, family....

Life is in the details

I am as happy as they are!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Family Portraits


These two paintings were a really fun commission, thanks Geena for giving me artistic license to interpret your cute family!  Oil on canvas...order a custom one of a kind portrait now for the holidays!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Debates

VP Debate
Paul Ryan and his glass of water...


The first Presidential Debate 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Creating life on the blacktop


Here are some fun pictures of the transformation of a small abandoned area on campus at Carpenter Community Charter Elementary.  This "lovely" area was locked up and deserted.  Our beautification team with some help from parents cleaned this area up and we painted and planted and now the kids are making it their own.  Butterflies and Hummingbirds kinda like it too. :) 
before...
Can you find the Hummingbird?

Watering
Butterfly

Planting

Painting

mural in progress 

Inviting!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recognizing Those Affected with Alzheimer’s Disease and Celebrating a Call To Action | The White House

Recognizing Those Affected with Alzheimer’s Disease and Celebrating a Call To Action | The White House

Peggy and her granddaughters...10 years after her diagnosis.
There are many issues this election, creating serious rifts between parties, friends and even family.  You can argue, send me links, rants, or opposing views but hands down this is the number one reason I am voting for Obama.  Too much government?  Not when it comes to research and a cure.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cardboard Farm

Sometime in LA it gets so hot, it actually reminds me of a snow day.  Instead of being too cold to go outside, it's too darn hot. So we stay inside and... make stuff.  When Gidget woke up today she wanted to draw a cow, and so one thing led to another.
Cardboard barn ala Herman Miller!


Figuring out how to hang up the sun, moon and rain


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Blue Cats


Illustration Friday- IDENTICAL

My mom and her twin sister in the 1930's, acrylic on canvas.

Lois and Margaret (Peggy) high school

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Daily Sketch- Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill made it up the hill.
Ever since our trip and being on Central time, I've been waking up early, NOT CHECKING E-MAIL and working in my sketch book.  The best thing, is that anything can happen there, if I let it.