Summer vacation!!!

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Jake is ready for Summer and so am I!

The time is finally here, SUMMER VACATION!!  I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t ready for a break.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore all my students.  Really, truly, honestly I do!  There comes a time every year though, when I need a break to collect myself and regain my strength.  I need a little time to miss them and then I will be already to start a new year with fresh ideas and new energy!

What am I saying!  I don’t actually get a vacation….I work all summer at our school day camp!  Bahhh, what a short lived dream I just had.  I do get to work with the kids in a different way.  At camp it is a little more relaxed and I have WAY more fun because I get to be a bit more silly and build some wonderful friendships that being a “teacher” doesn’t always allow.

I have a few goals for the summer that go beyond my usual reading list, weekend get-aways, and family get togethers.  I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to focus on getting myself into a “create my own artwork” mode!  I keep having this great dream where I am selling my own work and getting lots and lots of requests for artwork!  It makes me smile just thinking about it.  I also have this dream that one day I will have my own studio where I can teach private art groups during the summer.  I think a two week summer camp style class in my studio through out the summer would be great!  What you do you think?  I am not sure if I could get enough kids/parents interested in this, but I am gonna keep investigating and dreaming about it!

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Some more catching up

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Journal Entry on weather

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Journal: Patterns made with various markers and pens and ink pads

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Journal entry with black pens and watercolor crayons

Catch up is what i have been playing these last few weeks.  May is always so busy for me and I often times have to put my own creative explorations away while I take care of my day job responsibilities.

I have heard many Art Teachers say that they get so caught up in teaching, they forget to make his or her own art.   I discovered this was happening to me.  So, last year, I decided to make an effort to carve away time to make my own art.  It has been a lot of fun to find the creative juices again.  It has also been a huge struggle to motivate myself and figure out what to do.   Jeez, I can motivate and inspire children, but not myself!

So I have been digging to find something that I want to draw or paint.  Patterns and line are always fun for me to draw but lately I have been feeling like I need to stretch beyond that and find something new.  I also want to one day find my own signature style.  I feel like my work is all over the place.

Dreams for the future:  I want to open a studio so I can teach summer classes to children and adults.  I think it would be a fun challenge and would allow me to have a space to personally create too.  We will see……

Sunday River Night light

I know I say this at the end of every school year, but this year I can honestly say was by far the busiest for me!  Usually I have a clear idea of what I am going to paint on my ARTirondak chair for the Mahoosuc Arts Coucnil.  It took me forever to decide this time around.

Any form of idea was lost to me.  I pondered long and hard about it.  I knew I wanted it to be a winter theme but when you live in a ski area you don’t want it to be to much of a cliche or too cheesy.  I love winter as you probably know by now.  I wanted my idea to clearly demonstrate what Winter and snow mean to me.

I think a lot of why I had such a hard time starting the project was because I had taken on a lot of new projects this year.  My annual art show was a new format and proved to be a success.  It was an exciting challenge that seemed to occupy most of my creative mind.  I think that is why I spent an month staring at my chair wondering what to do and how to do it.

As you can see, I finally figured out what to paint on the wooden canvas.  It was a scary endeavor that left me worried it wouldn’t look right.  When you spend half your life at a paticular place, decidng to paint it is scary.  I was so afraid I wouldn’t capture the mountain accurately or would offend someone.  As much as it is clearly Sunday River, I tried to add a little bit of whimsical features to it also.  The snowflakes on the arms were so fun to add and it stays true to my love for adding illustrative patterns.  My last two chairs have the same type of element on the arms.

I am so proud of these chairs.  I miss them but know they are being enjoyed by wonderful supporters of the Mahoosuc Arts Council.    I wonder who will be the lucky winner of the newest additon to my collection.

Loonie 2008

Height of Land 2009

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