Sunday, May 31, 2009

Week 3 Graffiti Lettering

Was just to flat so I added marker and a bit of paint.

Marker and color pencil sketch.
I realize it needs highlights for some reason the white paint marker wasn't working.

I like this off center view

I even included a "TAG" for my piece.

Week three of my Graffiti class was all about LETTERING.
The objective; create my own funky type font to use for a painting next week.
After choosing a font I liked, the next step was to come-up with a theme. I was very moved by the Brazilian artist, C215. He creates incredible portraits of homeless people hoping to draw attention to the problem.
"Inspire Hope" would be the theme for my next painting.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Graffiti Art By the White Women

This week I bought two cans of spray paint and did I have FUN.
The under painting is from week one. I noticed a crown shape and decided to go with a theme.
Can you guess what it is?
Another artist from the Graffiti Chic class posted a clip on YouTube.
Please check it out. C215-StreetArt-Artist Profile from an artist in Brazil that uses stencils to create street art about the homeless. I thought it was wonderful.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Beauty and the Beast

Luciano is on the right side third down from the top

Babbette, Luciano and Lumiere

Belle and Luciano

The Beast and Luciano


It is always bitter sweet for Luciano at the end of the show. He is usually pretty tired of evening and weekend rehearsals and this time he will be catching up on lots of school work. He missed four days of school due to week day productions. But I think if the photographs are any indication of how he felt after the last show.... He's loving every minute of it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meet the Whimsical Nature Artist

Finally my first Whimsical Women is completed.
Think it is pretty safe to say she should be titled
"The Nature Artist".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

White Woman in the Suburbs

For the next five weeks I will be learning the art of Graffiti.
As a high school art teacher I'm always looking for ways to connect with my students. As good fortune would have it, Alisa Burke was offering her Graffiti Chic online class.
What a great way to use up paint, get messy and have fun as the school year comes to an end.
Last week I started Alisa's class and explained to my students what I was up to. They have been watching my attempts at urban art and especially enjoy critiquing my process. Really what does a white woman from the suburbs know about graffiti? Not much so I even did some research on the history of Graffiti. Would you believe it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
Hope you enjoy my endeavors from Week One.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Every Adventurer Needs a Side Kick

Meet my constant companion, Lync. He is a German Shepherd and believe it or not is just seven months old.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Proud Parents

Jessie with her guy, Dustin

Luciano, Jessie and Gian-Patrick

Proud Dad with his bambinos.

Gotta have one with the Mom.

Great Aunt Georgia and Grandma flew in from Florida to celebrate.

It has been a very busy two weeks, we have enjoyed many milestones in our children's' lives. Last week our daughter, Jessie graduated with honors from Nazareth College. Yesterday our oldest son, Gian-Patrick turned eighteen, and our youngest son, Luciano performed in his first professional production of "Beauty and the Beast" with The Rochester Children's Theater.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Never Throw Anything Away

Last week I started Alisa Burke’s online class "Whimsical Women." Making a "funky, wild, three dimensional character out of mixed media." This morning I grabbed my coffee and headed for the studio. I needed to be prepared before Alisa posted her lesson for week #4. I had painted some fabric, gathered junk from around the house, kind of had an idea what I wanted to do and started to sketch-out my woman. Did I have enough fabric?

Thank goodness over the years I’ve kept scraps of fabric, unfinished works of art and all my sketchbooks. Within the hour I had plenty of fabric that went along with the pieces I had painted, and then sketched out my Adventurer Woman from ideas of past sketchbooks. She looks something like an acorn with butterfly wings. For those of you who don’t know me well; I love acorns and being outdoors.

U-whoo! This just might work. I have to stitch some pieces together and I'll be anxiously awaiting this week’s instructions.


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