Monday, December 10, 2007

I did this "ocean waves" half in the last art class I took and some at home and at the Harlow Gallery where I paint on Tuesdays.. This also is done in pastel chalks. I am about to embark on a new adventure with watercolor...babies faces..we'll see!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Newest member of the Harlow Gallery.

Well, I have done it now. I took a leap and joined the Kennebec Art Association through Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. With this membership, I will be allowed to do artwork with others on Tuesdays mornings and get some critiquing also. We just had a special event. Harlow Gallery wanted 80 8x10's and I was able to submit 12 of my paintings. Six of them were posted up. I was quite pleased with that. They were for sale by Harlow Gallery at $80 each, me getting half and Harlow Gallery getting half. Haven't heard yet whether I was that lucky or not.

These Sunflowers are another example of paper-piecing. Click on it and you can see the detail of the papers I used from a quilting catalog. I made this one for my neice, Laura Duburueil (sp?) It's great fun!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

midlife joy

This is going to be fun, I can tell. I have many "loves". The first one is children and I this I used as an at-home job of childcare for 29 years. It allowed me to stay home with my own children, brought extra money for the extras of braces, church missions, Christmas, trips and other little pleasures. By the time the last child left home, my daycare days finally came to an end. Towards the end of this career, my second love kicked in, Music. I started giving Piano lessons. Before long I had 20 students. One of my new piano students asked my why I didn't teach art classes to children after seeing some of my own artwork; love number 3. I started advertising and shortly after had 6 students. I have been teaching piano and art for 10+ years.
I even tried subbing for three years. That was quite an adventure too. The first year, I didn't do much. The second year I covered a lot of music and art, which I enjoyed. This last year I did quite a bit of ed-teching and discovered I didn't like it much. "Challenged" children don't like their routine changed or new people to deal with, so it made it difficult. There were a lot of negatives so when I got my paperwork this summer for the next year, I didn't send it back. I have enough going with home, art, piano, and grandchildren that I stay very busy. (besides, I am not as young as I used to be!) Each day is a joy because I love what I do. I have reasonable health now, free of most pain, and that has given me a new lease on life. Also, I have even enjoyed the seasons more this year. So, here I am, now in my midlife joy! I am currently taking a pastel art class through ed. These are the first two pictures I have done. I am finding that I love working with pastels except that my hands get very dirty and dried out. (Maybe rubber gloves may be in order?) So, as I make them, I will post them here to share with you all.