January 25, 2021
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Scissors, box cutters, paper cutters, X-Acto Knives, rotary cutters...art people are all about the sharp things! They are essential for creating so many works of art. However, they often are a "supporting" player. They get used, abused, and aren't considered until they no longer do (or do well) what they were designed to do. I've had blades dull, rust, develop build up, bend, and break. I'll get so frustrated when "they" ruin paper, destroy a mat, or hack a piece of fabric to bits. However, was it really the cutting tool's fault for the issue? Not at all. If I clean, sharpen, store properly, and replace when necessary, there won't be an issue. I have to take responsibility, and look out for my tools. If I don't take care of them...they will not be able to take care of the jobs I have for them.
January 23, 2021
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Have you ever used a marker, crayon, or oil pastels and had an unexpected color/mark appear? These materials can often "pick up" color from use, misuse, and abuse. I always warn my student not to color marker over top of marker. This can cause a transfer of color onto the tip of the marker that may have unappealing results for whoever uses that color next. Crayons and oil pastels can easily pick up the "crumbs" of other colors while in use or storage. Just being together in a box is enough to cause a transfer of colors on to each other. If you are not careful, these seemingly harmless acts can affect a work of art.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:30
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
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As artists, we are influenced by a multitude of external sources. We may take from our family, community, affiliations, education, interests, emotions, attitudes, entertainment, travels, or even other artists/artwork. Not that we simply regurgitate those influences, but more so synthesize the information gathered through our own internal processes to produce works of art. Often influences manifest themselves in style, content, and/or meaning.
Van Gogh's fascination with Japanese art is extremely evident in many of his paintings. Carmen Lomas Garza's work centers on her own family, community, and culture. We see examples across time & place of movements in art, geographical proximity, and cultural changes impacting multiple artists in similar fashions. As much as we would like to think of ourselves as completely unique/original, we are impacted by our life & experiences.
January 06, 2021
As a "THANK YOU" for participating in a recent Webinar with Crayola, they sent me several products to try out. I received their Crayola creatED series! I have three children (ages 6, 9, and 11) are the target ages to try out these boxes by Crayola. For our first project I had them work together using the lesson found in the pre-K - 2nd box.
January 04, 2021
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Are you in an artistic rut? Are you bored or frustrated with yourself for doing the same thing over and over? Maybe you are comfortable with a medium, set of colors, style, or subject matter. Sometimes when we become comfortable we fear trying new things because we don't want to become uncomfortable. We fear not being successful. We fear being misunderstood. We fear the struggle. We fear starting over. These fears may be very real, but we should not let them keep us in the rut we find ourselves. Change is a natural part of the artistic journey. Picasso didn't pop out the Picasso you might think of artistically. In fact, the work you might closely associate with Picasso...I may not. He grew, developed...CHANGED! He wasn't afraid to try new things. Because of this, his body of work is prolific, interesting, and diverse. If he would have been unwilling to change, I doubt we would think of his impact on the art world the same way.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43: 18-19
Change has never been easy. We see here in Isaiah a reminder to God's people that they need to leave behind the things of the past. The writer is reminding them that God is "doing a new thing!" Do you ever find yourself clinging to the past? I COULD NEVER DO THAT. I'VE NEVER DONE THAT. I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. SOMEONE ELSE WOULD DO BETTER THAN I COULD. I'VE TRIED AND DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB. We look to our past/past experiences/lack there of experiences to move forward....or not. God is calling you out of what was into what is in Him. Our life of faith is all about change. We don't need to fear being uncomfortable, unsuccessful, misunderstood, or the struggle. God is with us as we face change. He desires us to trust Him. What change(s) are you having trouble trusting God with in your life?
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Artists are often portrayed as loners, outsiders, or not fitting into mainstream society. Though some artists may desire to be left to their own devices, it is more the exception than the rule. I would say most creatives desire to feel connected and that they are not alone. Artist communities, co-ops, and organizations provide opportunities for those involved in creative pursuits. They give a since of belonging while facilitating feedback, resources, inspiration, and often offering outlets to share one's work. Though some will forgo "formal" groups , they will still seek out connection so