THE TEACHING ARTIST

I'M AN ARTIST AND AN ART TEACHER.    I WILL SHARE MY ARTWORK ON THIS BLOG AS WELL AS ANECDOTES OF MY 17 YEARS OF TEACHING KIDS.  DRAWING WAS ALWAYS A PART OF MY LIFE FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.  I LEARNED TO DRAW OBJECTS WELL, AND I APPRECIATED GOOD DRAFTING AND REALISTIC REPRESENTATION.  I TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO DRAW NOT HOW TO MAKE MASKS OUT OF FEATHERS AND GLITTER.  TEACHING OTHERS TO "DRAW WHAT THEY SEE" HAS HELPED ME HONE MY OWN DRAWING SKILLS.  IT SOMETIMES TAKES US ARTISTS A WHILE TO CALL OURSELVES "ARTISTS", BUT OVER TIME, I'VE BECOME COMFORTABLE LABELING MYSELF AS SUCH, WHICH FEELS WONDERFUL.  I'M PROUD OF THIS GIFT AND FOR THE ABILITY TO TEACH THAT SKILL TO OTHERS.

 

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Updated: Sep 22, 2018



Occasionally, if you can believe this, I actually like to venture out of the rabbit hole of creating floral repeat patterns. I've always enjoyed drawing portraits, because I'm naturally good at capturing faces. I really enjoyed this one because Marilyn Monroe's face is so amazing. This drawing was a "demo" for my high school art students. The project is called "Big Hair". The students select from a stack of photos of famous faces, then draw them by gridding or drafting them to scale, then shading the face with a colored pencil. The crazy hair is where their originality is revealed. The results are really cool and it's fun. Of course I picked the most wonderful face ever created. I selected this black and white photo, then photoshopped her without hair and added a blue tint. I am pleased with her likeness, and, I mean, how can you not stare at that perfect face?

Updated: Sep 22, 2018


After painting these warm-toned flowers, I designed them into a pattern on Photoshop. The background was originally white, and it was cute, enough, but I switched the background to black and, as they say, the crowd went wild.

The white one has it's place, though. Somewhere in the kitchen, maybe?

Updated: Sep 22, 2018


These flowers were originally painted in watercolor last year while attempting to teach an unruly bunch of high schoolers. It wasn't a good day, and after I got the students steered in the right direction, I decided to de-stress a little with some student-grade Prang watercolor paints and paint me something pretty and frivolous. For some reason, the execution was effortless to me. It was as if something greater than me was guiding my hand. Flowers and leaves just appeared on the page. This became the foundation of my first "collection" of watercolor floral repeat patterns called "Southern Belles". The color and placement of the motifs were tweaked a little in this version, but I fell for this, too...maybe even a little more. I'm simply calling her, "Belle". Below is the original collection.