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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Man Shops Globe

This is an amazing little show with Keith Johnson shopping the globe for Anthropologie. (Sundance Channel) What a fantastic job!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hall Tree

I wanted to keep this myself...but no room. I finally got to use some old metal handles I bought a long time ago..saving for the right piece.

"Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience."

plastic to plaster

I had this plastic chandelier that needed a bit of a change. I covered it with plaster...and left it white...I loved how organic it looked bare with no paint.

Art for Adaliz

My sister Jenny gave birth to a healthy little girl-Adaliz Margarete(Adi). Congratulations Jenny and Ralph!!! I made this piece to go in her room.

Friday, August 14, 2009

a dresser do

"We are all special cases." Albert Camus

Monday, August 10, 2009

Walking the Plank

"Many fine things can be done in a day if you don't always make that day tomorrow."

old spoons

I finally got to tinkering around with the saudering gun/propane torch and some jewelry making. The three necklaces I gave as very late birthday gifts to some special ladies. The first necklace pendant came from the bottom of a spoon...Oscar helped a little with the drill press on this one. Necklace #2's pendant is a baby spoon I cut off. ....and necklace #3 's pendant is a serving spoon...I loved the roughness of it with the pretty beads. I did not make the necklaces just the pendants..I made this ring for myself-its an old brooch...I think it looks great except for underneath-Its a hot mess...I'll make sure no one looks too closely..hee, hee. Thanks to Michelle Beschen's jewerly making videos on DIY network!!!!!
"Don't Wait, The time will never be just right."-Napoleon Hill

Monday, August 3, 2009


I recently took this into Fremont.....Its heavier then heck.

Around the World

Sculptures from around the world! The students came up with this idea. I asked for some ideas with what we could create for our sculpture segment of art. My fifth graders agreed on around the world sculptures.....So here we have the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, the Sphinx, the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower.
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed. Frank Lloyd Wright

Auction Mural

This year the music teacher, tech teacher and myself sold a mural project at our school auction in the spring. First grade studens came in on a Sat. with us teachers and began painting our Keith Haring Mural. I will post the final pic soon(I haven't taken a picture of our final work with the black borders on). This mural is the hallway leading out to recess-we needed some liveliness in this space!

Fourt Grade T-shirt Design

My fourth grade art students were asked to come up with a t-shirt design for one of our many school fundraisers. To keep the cost low for making t-shirts, we were asked to keep the design simple. So...I hade students make a bike design on black with white pencil and on white with black pencil. One student's work was chosen while the rest of the student's work was displayed on posters throughout the school adverting our fundraiser.
A picture is a poem without words- Horace

A study of Matisse's "Polynesia"

My after school art workshop kiddos made two of these large scale(4x8) "Polynesia's." It was fun cutting paper with all of the kiddos in a sea of white.
-Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He's convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt. -Pablo Picasso

Kandinsky Art Workshop

A writer should write with his eyes, and a painter paint with his ears. Gertrude Stein

Robot Workshop

This was a fun afterschool workshop where students created one of a kind robot art. When students were finished I sprayed painted them with an aluminum silver.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Bright Space

Our school is creating a "Bright Space" within an already exsisting non-profit organization to sponsor. It's a place where teenage moms can live for awhile while they get help with job/school and childcare. Aubree, a fellow teacher at my school,(above in the pic next to me) was the coordinator of this fabulous project. She and my administrators asked me to come paint a tree mural Mon/Tues of this past week(while my school got a sub for me-whahooo!!!). The circles on the tree will later have families/students names who contribute to the "Bright Space." Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who helped paint the wooden circles!

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, May 18, 2009

Chalk Board Video

I love this video-Thank you Grace at Design Sponge for posting this amazing video!!! I'm going to show it to my fourth graders next week who are finishing up a chalk drawing unit.

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” -George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend 09

Sunshine and family this past weekend. We enjoyed hanging out in West Seattle for some yard sales and a nice picnic on Alki Beach.
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep