Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Student's Creations

I am now teaching a teengage art class and an adult beginners painting class! I just HAVE to share some of the pieces that my students have been working on:

The girl who created this piece below just turned 16. She's amazing! I only have two students in my teenage class right now which is perfect for a lot of one-on-one attention.

Here are some pieces from my children's drawing class:

This girl is 6 and did this all on her own by following my steps:

And a 5 year old:

Another 6 year old:

As for the adult class, here's what they've been doing:

This lady had only dabbled in abstract shapes before and didn't know any painting technqiues, such as blending two colors together. She's going to outline with black again but she's basically done:

This is actually my mom. :P I begged her to take the class too to curb my nerves teaching adults. My mom has never painted anything moderately realistic before and this was a huge stretch for her. She still has a lot of work to do on it but it's turning out great! And I'm not sure why everyone has chosen to do birds out of my pile of photos, but they all look great!

It's hard to see how this lady's piece is looking from the angle but it looks SO beautiful!

The lady who does abstract brought one of her old pieces in to fancy it up. She's now working on adding depth to it and outlining in black. It's already looking much more professional!

We have one more student that just started that I actually used to play softball with! Small world!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Alice & Artists in Wonderland

So here are some of the photos from the art show .I would have to say that it was a success. This is a 3-month event, with an online auction eventually being held on the website.  Many people dressed up, creating a very colorful and beautiful setting.  Anyway, onto the pics:

Crystal and I. Her piece is at the top and mine are on both sides.

Artist Kallee (holding up the Wonderland sign) and her sister:

Craig, Ruthie and their baby with David behind them:

Craig and one of his pieces (on the bottom):

My Queen of Hearts and Alice with two of my flower pots peeking through:


Another one of Craig's pieces:

This girl was helping pour the tea for the Mad Tea Party. She was Kallee's friend:

Saija's Mad Hatter and my fashionable Alice (wasn't intended for the show, but made it in anyway):

Two of Christina's pieces. She adds fabric to her paintings. It's so neat!

The artists:

Stella and Lucy showed up and brought me a bottle of French Maid wine! :P

Donna and her whole gang showed up:

It was hard to move in there most of the time. Definitely a good thing!

Eric checking out one of Darby's pieces:

This little 4-year-old is my future boyfriend. He is the cutest little guy around!

That's all!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Alice & Artists in Wonderland exhibition

For any San Diegans who read this, I am going to be in an Alice in Wonderland-themed art show this Saturday.  Click the photo for more details.  This is going to become a worldwide show though July-September, so if you or any artists you know would be interested in being part of this, hit the submission tab on the website.  All pieces will be part of an online, silent auction.  It's going to be a lot of fun!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lots of art going on in my life. For starters, about a month or so ago when the semester was coming to an end, my photo teacher encouraged me to submit some of my photos to the Del Mar Fair. I didn't want to but she insisted and then bribed me with a free ticket to the fair. Sold! pieces ended up getting first and second place!! That came completely unexpected, especially since BOTH prints did NOT turn out how they were supposed to.  One turned out underexposed and too small and the other's colors weren't nearly as vibrant as I had edited them to be. Oh well!

Where our photos were hung:

Last week I did an art walk on University ave. in Hillcrest. It was a block party to launch this new light system that they installed to create a light show in the trees. Well, to sum it up, I didn't sell anything and got towed. It cost me 280 fucking $$ to get my car out of the tow yard. I have many opinions about tow companies and the people who work for them but I don't feel like getting into it right now.

Here I am at the show. This picture is on Many photographers were there and newscasters.

I took this one of my show:

I think I need to stop painting portraits and start doing more landscapes. I always sell out of my landscapes quickly and have had many of these portraits for years!
Maybe a month ago I was commissioned to do a 6'X3' painting. It was by far the largest painting that I have ever done. It was for my friend's boyfriend who is a flight attendant. He paid me $80 for supplies and two free buddy passes to anywhere in the continential U.S. (that includes Puerto Rico and Costa Rica)! How exciting is that! The piece was to be mimicked by a piece that he had seen in a store. So here it is:

Here's the piece that I was basing it off of.  Not identical but whatevs:

He loves it and that's all that matters. The painting is completely textured too which you cannot tell in the photo.
I've helped two gallery owners set up websites over the past two weeks.  Make sure to check them out!

I'm going to be in shows at both of these galleries.  This one HERE, I'm actually in a show tomorrow!  Hopefully I will make it and take photos.

And I helped Hyacinthe put together a website for the Alice & Artists in Wonderland show.  This is a worldwide show so if any of you artists want to be part of this, let me know!  Here's her site:  We're still working on the site.  It's nowhere near done yet.