Friday, June 24, 2011

Going on a Trip!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!  What are you up to?  The family and I are going on a road trip!  I will be unable to post for the next couple of days but I promise I will be back soon to tell you all about my trip!  Have a fantastic weekend!  Talk soon:)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Seashore Life

Have I mentioned that I am totally in love with anything that has to do with the seashore?  I have always loved the idea of living on a little cottage near the shore.  I recently discovered the most amazing blog called A Beach Cottage.  It is all about a woman named Sarah's life on the sea in her little cottage in Australia.  Her decorating style is AMAZING!  I am a huge fan of everything white, clean and cozy.  Her cottage is my dream home:)  Check her out if you get a chance!

While going through an old poem book of mine I came across this lovely little poem:


Play on the seashore
And gather up shells,
Kneel in the damp sands
Digging wells

Run on the rocks
Where the seaweed slips,
Watch the waves
And the beautiful ships.

-Mary Britton Miller

Conjures up wonderful thoughts of the beach, doesn't it? 

Dr. Seuss on Love

Hello everyone!  Hope your week is going well!  Summer weeks seem to fly by for me.  I can't believe it is almost the end of June already!  Tomorrow is the husband and my 5 year anniversary!  This quote by Dr. Suess pretty much sums up the husband and I:

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."
Dr. Seuss

Gotta love Dr. Seuss...he really knows his stuff:)

Here is the husband and I five years ago on our wedding day:

And here is us 5 years later at Christmas with Little "I"

Wow...I just realized that we have not taken a family photo since Christmas!  I totally need to get on that! 

So I hope you have a lovely day!  It is rainy and gross outside here in Ohio.  I am staying inside all day with the air conditioning and going to do some incredibly fun things such as laundry, dusting and organizing.  Jealous?

Have a great one!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hello Summer Solstice!

Painting of a Michigan City Sunset completed in acrylic

Apparently today is the summer solstice for us here in the northern hemisphere.  Hooray!  The longest day of the year:)  Don't you just love how it stays so light out until like 9:30 at night?  Since little "I" gets up around 6 everyday it is equally as nice to have it so light out in the morning as well.  So what are your plans for today to celebrate the summer solstice?

Here are my plans that I hope I can do:

1.  Go for a run with Little "I". 
2.  PAINT.....anything.  It is really hard doing artwork with a little 6 month year old.  I have a feeling my painting will last about 10 minutes but that is ok as long as I get some painting done!  I have a feeling I will be bringing back my 10 minute sketches which are super fun!
3.  Organize art supplies and clothes.  For some reason these are the two items that never seem to stay organized!  I need my supplies and clothes to be organized like this!
4.  Listen to Little "I"'s favorite singer Elizabeth Mitchell.  Our favorite CD is You Are My Little Bird.  Seriously awesome music for kids and grown ups:)

Well have a lovely summer solstice day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Crazy Cool Creative Watercolor Self-Portraits

Yes...crazy cool creative.  Try saying that 5 times fast.   So, since I have been gone so long from the blog world (3 whole months!), I thought I would post some projects from my painting classes.  So here are their "crazy, cool and creative" self-portraits done in watercolor. 

Some close up ones:

I love this one because it totally fits his personality.....

And this one turned out pretty well:

To complete this project I took a high contrast picture of each student with my digital camera and then played around with it in my iphoto program to get the best contrasts.  I wanted the shadows to help define the students' faces.  Students then gridded their photographs and drew their faces on watercolor paper using the grid as a guide.  They then had to fracture their faces into different shapes and use at least 10 different watercolor techniques (rubbing alcohol, salt, wax resist, saran wrap, etc.)  I will have to post the watercolor technique chart in another blog post!  The students completed these portraits with my long-term sub while I was gone on maternity leave.  I was so lucky to have such a wonderful sub!

Well I hope you have a fantastic day today!  What are your plans?  This morning I have to take Little "I" in for her 6 month dr. appointment.  YUCK:(  She has to get another round of vaccines today.  Poor "I".  Other than that I think I am going to try and get some art done today and of course play with Little "I". 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Best Father Daughter Song....

Sooooo...I have been taking a break from blogging for a wee bit.  I am on summer vacation right now and am hoping to post a little more now that I have some time!  Little "I" just turned 6 months yesterday...time sure is flying like crazy!  She has developed quite the  personality these past couple of months... it is amazing!  She definitely understands the husband and my quirky sense of we got that going for us:)  Above is a picture of "I" and the husband.  So sweet!

So happy Father's Day to all of you wonderful fathers out there!  Here is one of my favorite Paul Simon songs that always makes me a little weepy:)