Dragons, Babies, and Collages... Oh My!

Dragons, Babies, and Collages... Oh My!

Time sure crawls when you are not having fun.

Okay, so there has been some great fun in my life since I last blogged, but the past 14 weeks were miserably filled with a temporary but good hardship of nausea. Yep, you have guessed correctly: I am happy to announce that our family will be having a third (and final) baby towards the end of July. With all my pregnancies comes great morning all-waking-hour sickness.

So, I am glad to be back in the art world writing about my classroom and what is going on rather than camping out on my couch feeling sorry for myself. {Seriously, my couch has a booty indent on it from me sitting so much on it!

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Painted Skies

Painted Skies

My cousin, Jade, was always a creative guy. When we were kids it was well known that he had artistic talents. As we grew up, his skills continued to grow. On a bit of a whim, he decided to enroll himself in various digital classes on media creation. His tool chest of skills now includes a range of technology capabilities. The results are dramatic and amazing.

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Digital Recycling of Your Emotions

Digital Recycling of Your Emotions

 

How often have you seen a video on YouTube and thought about how cool it is, but simultaneously realized that you've seen the images on the screen countless times before? But, for some reason, you have a different reaction to this particular video with the same images you've seen countless times before.

Using a combination of previously created assets in conjunction to make something brand new – and in the process, changing how one actually feels and reacts to it – is a process I call “Digital Recycling.”

 

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Progress

An early morning meeting had me across the island of Manhattan.  After a nasty subway ride into New Jersey, filled with the worst of the city's stereotypes of grit and grunge, I emerged on the waterfront park in Jersey City.  The sun was just rising beyond the horizon, and the water of the Hudson was still.  The contrast of the clouds, sunlight, and silhouette of the skyline was a moment I wanted to capture. 

I grabbed my iPhone-5, and quickly captured the moment.  I had to run to my meeting and I really didn't have the time to take in the photo.  But, when I was reflecting on how easy it was to take the picture it reminded me of the blog Cori had written, The Creative Process Using Technology.   It's amazing what technology can do - it can even allow a person who is a non-creative (me) to become more creative than they might have ever imagined.

 

Running and Coloring Outside the Lines

Running and Coloring Outside the Lines

Nothing beats a fun run with a great group of people. I love to run, and I love bright bold colors. So, when my pal asked me to join her running team for the local "Color Run" I...was..in! Not only was it fun to wake up super early on a Saturday morning {um not}, get pegged with bright color bombs, throw colors at others, but it was a very low key run.

I usually train for my runs, but this run wasn't even timed. I decided to just go have fun and get colored up.

 

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Gotham at Night

It's pretty rare when the Empire State Building, or ESB as it's known to locals, is light up with just plain white lights rather than colored lighting to represent a particular event or celebration. 

Combined with the ominous dark skies of a coming storm, and the street lights that were reflecting a yellow hue; the stark contrasts reminded me of a childhood comic scene. 

It was a brief moment, when I looked up while walking down the street, and I was taken back to a childhood memory that was both powerful and poignant. 

 

Last Minute = Creativity!

Last Minute = Creativity!

The other day I completely forgot to plan a homeroom activity for my group of junior high students. {Ah, confession feels good!} So, I frantically racked my brain for a last minute, creative idea which would allow all students to feel successful and have a good time creating it. I guess I should say that my most inspirational/creative time is from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. So, I thought for sure I would have to go beg an idea from a team partner because an idea just wasn't going to happen. {Yes, I am a slacker at times}

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Falling Up

Falling Up

I think it's safe to say that many people welcome the arrival of Fall like a tall, cold drink of water after a long, hot summer. It starts with the night air that is just a little cooler requiring a blanket to be brought out from the closet. Soon, the colors of the leaves change, beckoning us to get outside one last time before Old Man Winter arrives at my doorstep (and usually overstays his welcome).

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Bountiful Thanks

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I have just gotten back into watercolor painting--difficult but challenging and fun to "play" with. 

This is simply a piece I can use to inspire and instruct my young painters.  At first I will not point out the flaws, but the following week I will show them and then remind them of two things;  artists are their own worst critics, and never do that with your work! 

Hopefully they will remember those two things.

Created by My Art to Inspire Guest Contributor: Jeanne

Eye Tree

I did this painting using coffee, water color, and ink. I had not given myself the space or time to paint for a while  and tried not to have too much of an idea about the images that I wanted to create.

Also, I allowed the coffee to drip all over the place so that the blank paper did not seem as intimidating. Sometimes I have to mess things up first so that I can let myself create without being too critical or analytical about what I am doing.

 

Created by My Art to Inspire Guest Contributor: Tennis Anyone