October 19, 2017



I'm truly honored to be entrusted with leading six super sessions for the state conference! We'll be having fun with kindergarten unit ideas, discussing books/literature in the art room, and a whole lot more!!  We're going to have such an amazing time together.  For those of you attending the conference...keep checking back on my blog & social media...there might be some give-a-ways that you'll have to be "in the know" about!!! ha ha  

(If you are interesting in me coming to your state conference...please have your state president or conference planner e-mail me!!  Never too early to start planning for next year!)

October 18, 2017




I was able to attend the print making workshop with my former professor who is in charge of the print making at BGSU.  Funny thing is...out of the four classes I had with her...none of them were print making!!??!? ha ha  It was a blast to spend time with her and the print making students!

We were also treated with the opportunity to go to a metal smithing workshop!!  HOW FUN IS THAT!!!  I did not have any metal/jewelry classes while at BGSU...so this was a wonderful experience for me!

Ok...this is terrible?!!?!? I went to speak to the Art Education students & faculty....and all I got was a picture of my chili & napkin?!?!! ha ha  I'M SO SORRY GANG!!! I had such a wonderful time spending time with these amazing women!!!  The faculty is completely different than when I was there...but they are all awesome!!! The students I was privileged to interact with were AMAZING! I'm excited for the world of art education to be getting such quality teachers!!  (They made soup & salad for my visit....and it was SOOOO GOOD!!!  But still...I should have taken more pictures than this! ha ha) 

Here is the art building...my home away from home while I was at BGSU.  When I started..this new section was only a year old.  Now it is...OH MY GOODNESS...22 yrs old!!! AHH!! Gosh that makes me feel ancient. ha ha

This is the new Wolf Center for the Arts.  It is on the old location of our student service building(which looked like a slide projector!! RIP).  

The building on the left is the library which is right beside the art building...a lot of time spent there as well.  The green space was awesome place to hang out, build snowmen, etc!

The building on the left is the education building!  Another building I spent a lot of time in!!!  Not just for my education classes(my degree was kind of set up like an education degree & BFA), but also because Campus Crusade for Christ had their weekly meeting in the education building.  So many good memories!!  The building on the left was the basketball gymnasium, but I've heard it is re-purposed....just not sure for what?

These are some of the oldest buildings on campus(1918 I think?), but they have been pretty much gutted and re-purposed. I had a few classes in them back in the day!  

This is Prout Chapel!  LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I'm not exactly sure why the chapel is even on our campus...I guess I should look the history up.  I just know that every Friday we had PGIF(Praise God It's Friday)...and it was such a wonderful way to end the week!  My junior & senior year I helped lead singing...and it was always such a special time to me!

A couple of my friends came to support me!!!  Carmone & Amanda graduated with me Dec. 1996! I feel that time & distance has only grown our friendship!!  I had not seen either of them since graduation...and we didn't miss a beat!!  

We had to go down memory lane by eating at a fav place in Bowling Green... CAMPUS POLYEYES!  The best bread sticks in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!


I know this might seem a bit ridiculous...but every time I saw this image in a building on campus...I took a picture(except for one).  Why?  This is the announcement for the Milestones Alumni Art Show, and they used one of my paintings to flank the sides of it!!  I was so excited.  I've never had work hang in a "real" gallery space before...so this whole experience was just wonderful for me.

Here are my three pieces that were in the alumni show!  They asked 10 people from each of the different art majors (art ed, graphic design, painting, etc) that had made significant contributions to their field of study.  It really was a huge honor for me!  And it marked the first time my work hung in the BGSU galleries.  I was received a BS in Art Education..which did not require a senior show.

Here are closer up views of my work. 

This is Janet Ballweg (google her...beautiful art!!!!).  She was a professor I had for 4 classes while I was at BGSU(you also saw her up the beginning doing the print making workshop).  She is everything a great art teacher(and just any teacher) should be!  She is tough with high expectations.  She is an amazing artist herself.  She is amazing at instructing/motivating/challenging in the visual arts.  She is compassionate/caring.  I have so much respect for her.  She's also just a whole lot of fun to spend time with!!!  Blessed to know her.

(This is just a fraction of the art work contained in this exhibit!)

The balloons...ARE MADE OUT OF QUARTS!!!! WHAT?!?!?

These piggy banks are just awesome...they are clay!!! 

October 16, 2017

The Best #ArtEd PLN: #K12ArtChat

In this digital world we live in...there is no reason to feel isolated & alone!  One of the greatest groups of art teachers out there can be found in the virtual world of #k12artchat.

The group is such an amazing resource!  It is VERY VERY active on Twitter with weekly chats (every Thursday!!) covering amazing topics that are important to all art educators.  They also have Facebook & a website you can connect with!!  I'm so thankful for the Grundlers(husband and wife team!) for all they do to keep us connected & current!  CHECK THEM OUT TODAY!!!

October 15, 2017

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Humble Materials

When I was working on my graduate degree, my focus was on creating visual texture in my watercolor  through different(and sometimes unusual) means.  I experimented with countless methods & materials.  I found one of my favorite things to use was plastic grocery bags.  They created interesting & unpredictable texture.  Once finished with a given piece...you could wash the plastic bag or just reuse it allowing the previous color to transfer on to the new work.  This humble material  can unfortunately find its way to a landfills, be used to dispose of animal waste, or be recycled (best option of the three).  In the hands of someone skilled, inspired, and willing to take a risk....a plastic bag can be as powerful a tool as the most expensive brush, masking fluid, or other tricks of the trade.  I often find myself looking at the "everyday" object & imagining its re-purposed potential.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written:  "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord."  
1 Corinthians 1: 26-31

I am a people person.  I talk to anyone, anywhere, about anything!  I'm also a "student" of people, personalities, and perspective.  I find so many people that either think too lowly of themselves or too highly of themselves.  I won't get into the deeper meaning & reasons behind such things(that would be a very long post!), but do want to say that both result in a similar situation. People that are unable to be & do what they are meant to because there "stuff" gets in the way. We all come from a humbled state of sin.  We must recognize this, but not live in it.  That is a defeated life.  Right thinking starts with: realizing where we come from, who God is, what He has done for us, who we now are in Him.  This keeps us from living a defeated life & prevents us from thinking we're better than we are.  This place of "humble potential" allows us to be in a place to hear more clearly, step out in faith, trust in Him, and leave the results in His hands.  Our responsibility is to be available.  Are you?

October 10, 2017

Those Who Inspire

After many years of not having an art educator art show.....

It was a smashing success!! We are truly thankful for our new visual art coordinator for her amazing  hard work to coordinate, organize, and transport art  & our former visual & performing arts coordinator for the amazing spread of food!!!  I also want to thank Nashville State for allowing us to have our show in their gallery space...and all they did to organize & hang the show!  We are so blessed with people that care & believe in us as art educators.

 I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures.

...and if you didn't see my earlier post of my work for the show..

October 08, 2017

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: COMFORT

Most adults know the American artist Bob Ross that was featured on the PBS show THE JOY OF PAINTING.  Even if they were not avid watchers of his program, they could probably tell you that he had a big afro, a soft voice, and that he liked to make "happy little trees".  Many people who've never picked up a paint brush will admit to watching Ross because there was something about his program that captivated them.  Though his show went off the air in 1994 & he passed away a year later...Bob Ross is very much a part of popular culture today.  Not only has Netflix released Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere, but there are now bobble heads, t-shirts, and a board game featuring Ross. What was it about Ross that garnered such a place/relevance in our culture?  I see that he met a need.  People long for peace & comfort in a world full of noise, stress, and chaos. For a few minutes while getting lost in the world of Bob Ross, people feel a sense of calm from his voice, order from the process he demonstrated in painting, and that mistakes are only opportunities for new direction.  There is comfort...if only for a moment.

 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.  Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.  My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.  The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law.  I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.
Psalm 119: 48-52

Many struggle with what is going on in our world today.  There is so much pain, conflicts, confusion, distractions, destruction, and hopelessness.  Globally, nationally, locally, and personally people are feeling as if things are crumbling around them.  They grasp at things that will provide only momentary comfort. God offers us comfort that is eternal.  It does not come when our lives are free from all the pain & "junk"...but as the Psalmist writes "My comfort IN my suffering..."  Our hope is not that the world will get it's act together, but in God alone!!  When we truly comprehend this truth...we will experience His comfort in the good times & in the bad times.  Even if the world or just our world feels like it is crumbling around us....we can experience comfort...we can experience peace.  His Word provides us with the truth we need to make it through each & every situation we face.  We can bring our pain, conflicts, confusion, distractions, destruction, and hopelessness to God.  He will not be shocked by what we are going through.  He will not shake His head at what you are going through.  He will stand there with outstretched arms waiting for you to fall into His embrace.  He is waiting to comfort you.  Come.

October 06, 2017

Collaborative Fall Bulletin Board(The Pieces)

It is that weird time of year where we are finishing a nine weeks & fall break is about to start.  However, I have a day that is out of sink with this schedule.  Sometimes it is two or three days(around Christmas)....so I almost always have my out of sink day(s) help me create the large bulletin board at the front of the school.  
Kindergarten created these full page (12x18) leaf paintings for the background of the bulletin board.  They loved working with tempera, but some where rather colorful by the end of class(the artwork & THE STUDENTS!! ha ha

I don't feel I captured the beauty of these leaves my 4th graders painted.  We reviewed color mixing & blending colors.  The picture just don't do them justice...they are very pretty up close!! (tempera)

My other students created pattern leaves using marker.  
Some are super fun & whimsical.  

Stay tuned to see what the finished board looks like(after break).