Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We all wear many hats in life. Tonight, my hat is a pair of reading glasses, because I am an editor, helping my friend revise and edit an article that will be published soon. It's not unlike the work I do at school, helping my students to shape and mold their poems.
Tomorrow is "Poetry in your Pocket" day. In preparation, my class did some mixed media work with colorful tissue paper, stamps, and white polka dots. Tomorrow we'll cut 4 cards after they will glue their poems onto the back. Should look pretty cool!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
How lucky am I to be meeting all these wonderfully talented people right now in my life? Is it true what some wise person once said: "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." (Quote usually credited to Goethe, but perhaps should be ascribed to Anster. At any rate, a wonderful quote!)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
My 2nd Grade teammates are the best! Jennifer and Teresa snuck into the room after I left on Thursday. No wonder they were so impatient for me to go home on Thursday!
So, it was off for an art day with Deirdra! First stop, Blackbird Farms, the lovely home and farm of our new friend from Cloth and Clay Dolls, Nancy!
Although the farm is close in, with all these gorgeous views all around you feel like you're way out in the country.
Below, Nancy shares the secret of her birthday doll...
After visiting with Nancy we went back home in time to see Emily all dolled up for her senior prom. Lovely!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Cherry tree at 5:45 a.m. This is what it looks like when I take Shoobie out for her walk. The sky is prussian blue, dark and inky. The pale pink blooms glow golden by the light of the lampost. I set my tripod nearby. 15 second exposure.
A 30 second exposure converts the dark sky to artificial daylight, mimicking the summer sun.
Click on it to make the image larger. I find it somewhat eerie the way the long exposure has flattened the image, giving it an otherworldly postcard effect.
Same tree at 5:45 p.m. with a cloudy sky.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Day 1: LK Ludwig's class, The Poetic Eye
Finally, I wanted to share here something else in progress that I was intending to show in the gallery, but alas, I did not have enough time to finish it. This is another recycled bottle doll. She started her life as a vinegar bottle. Inspired by the sea monster theme, she blossomed into the creature that she is today. I look forward to finishing her.
"Re-entry" has been - not rough - but not smooth, either. I miss my art friends old and new. I think if I could stay home and immerse myself in the art is wouldn't be so hard. That's not the reality right now, but I am studying the maps to make it my reality.