Original post was featured on IHSD’s blog.
My first season with IHSD started in the fall of 2008 in a coastal town with a one classroom preschool site next to a pumpkin patch. After two years of teaching, I continued to stay engaged with IHSD as a volunteer, an advocate, a member of the growth committee, and most recently a staff member. My seasons with IHSD have been nothing short of mission-driven with the growing belief that all children should have access to quality early childhood education.
As a staff member, I recently had an opportunity to be back in the classroom and lead an art project. Ahead of the 35th-anniversary event and IHSD’s inaugural fundraiser, I was inspired by my seasons with IHSD to lead a painting project for the live auction.
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There’s a big white space above our living room bar cabinet that we’ve been wanting to fill for a while now. My intention was to paint something, but nothing came to mind.
Then sometime in May, we picked up our newest member of our family, Pork Chop! He’s a straight and shaggy coat Goldendoodle, and he took up much of the living room space by the bar cabinet and became my creative muse!
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This weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a painting project with the nephews. We created circle lines and explored how they intersected to create new shapes that we painted.
Continue reading “Circles and…a Pokeball?”
I finally put up paintings for the dining room that I started to work on last month! It’s a set of 2 18×24 canvas acrylic paintings inspired by graffiti art and the Chinese word “吃” that means “to eat”.
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After crafting a lot of cute green rhinos, I wanted to explore more a sophisticated design with patterns and doodles. Of course, I had to start the evolving process with bright colors and crayons. :)
A Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle Method. – How to Make a Zentangle
Unlike doodling, I found that drawing patterns is very intentional and more challenging than I had first thought. The possibilities of lines and shapes were endless. I couldn’t even come up with 10 distinct patterns in one sitting. I also found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.
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Inspired by Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, I documented the process for my 20×20 painting. While I sorted through my life’s direction (#emo), this was an experimental piece where I explored different techniques including using blue tape, mixing colors, adding textures, and adding a splatter effect.
1. Materials, say hello!
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