Sunday, December 27, 2009


Merry Christmas! I was really pampered and showered with lovely things from my wonderful family. I got lots of gifts that are soothing, great for recovery from surgery. Thanks to my guys who really made me feel special! My husband made me a handmade card that was so sweet it made me cry Jeff you are the best!

Kellie and Cooper loved their new toys that Santa brought!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Another GREAT Rubyclaire tutorial!!

Arm Chair Adventures

December has been a difficult month...... I had foot surgery on December 1st and am still coping with all the issues that have developed afterwards. Blood clot, daily heparin shots, coumadin, pin removal, all not much fun. I have really learned how wonderful my friends and family truly are. They have rallied around me to provide support, meals, rides, cards, emails, phone calls, home visits and I want everyone to know how BLESSED I feel to have all of you in my life!!! I could not have made it through all this without you!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Window Shopping

This is a really cool stencil spray paint store window that I shot in Lawrence, Ks. I LOVE stencil graffiti. My friend, Kim has a tutorial on her blog. Click here to see it:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art/JCCC Aberrant Abstraction Show:

I went to see the Aberrant Abstraction exhibit at the Nerman last night. I loved most of the show, and felt that the choice of artwork was a great representation of Contemporary Abstraction. I went specifically to look at Keltie Ferris's work. I am in love with the new book The Art of the Map, by Katharine Harmon; and Keltie's work reminds me of abstract maps. I loved her work up close and personal, but as a public speaker, I felt she was not very effective. At the show I discovered and was most impressed with the work of Agathe Snow. Pictured above is one of her pieces entitled "Hey, It's Payday". She had 5 of these large hanging recycled art "dreamcatchers" in the exhibit. I love the way they moved and twirled in the room. Go see the exhibit and also check out Cordy Ryman's "Green Wave".

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I picked up this "Haute Doll" at Mission Road Antique Mall. She looks very.... aloof.  Check out some art from the Palmer Museum at PSU:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One of my favorite artists: Jesse Reno!

Wonderful sketches..... kinda reminds me of R Crumb's work.

Monday, November 9, 2009

SMART Meeting

Shawnee Mission art teachers took a field trip to the wonderful shop Asiatica in Kansas City. What a treat!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Check out this cool Moleskin journal clip. Keep watching.... it's long!

Monday, August 10, 2009

My new favorite book!Check out Fun think by C. Ray Frigard. It contains wonderful information about how to teach creative problem solving skills. I plan to incorporate many of these techniques in my art classroom this year.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New features!

Check out my new additions: Art Education Blogs on the left menu tabs. I found some really cool blogs that you might find interesting. If you do, let me know!

Back to School!!

I am just enjoying my last few days of freedom, chilling around the backyard water garden and playing with my dogs, Kellie & Cooper.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My girlfriends and I attended the June First Friday in the Crossroads District. We happened upon this most unusual show by the artist Jennifer Angus. Her medium seems to be BUGS! How strange. I cannot imagine the time involved when displaying all of the bugs she had spread throughout the large gallery space. We also viewed the recycled art of El Anatsiu, an artist from West Africa who uses discarded metal to create a "fabric" that from a distance seems alive! Cool!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A cool YART sale in Lawrence, Kansas. My friend Lynn & I cruised around town, window shopping and generally drifting around town. While downtown we spotted a few cool store manikins and a groovy hanging light fixture, made from dolls, as well as a "Art-o-Mat" art dispenser! What fun!

Monday, May 25, 2009

On a tour of Lawrence today, we drove past an "artwork in progress". This "stick" installation appeared to be a swirling beehive from a distance. Upon closer inspection, we realized that the entire structure was created from branches attached with a weaving like application and no twine or wire. After getting out & talking with one of the workers, we discovered that the work is meant for temporary display for about a year. The underlying tree was scheduled for removal, but the artist, Patrick Dougherty, gave it a year's reprieve!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Here are two of my Humanities students who TOTALY got into the protective masks & goggles they wore while working on their mosaics. They did not want to take them off! Perhaps it might have something to do with this whole swine flu stuff going on.....
I went to Lawrence today with a girlfriend to tour my son's fraternity that he just joined. What a guy place it is! We went downtown for dinner and shopping. I could not resist snapping this picture of storefront stencil graffiti!
This weekend I went to Steve Hess'es Spring Garden sale this weekend. He really has an amazing garden and yard. My husband & I own several of Steve's pieces and have them around our yard and we love them. His cool sculptures are made from concrete and paper pulp. Check out this really cool totem sculpture that he made:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day

I got to spend the afternoon with my
beautiful son's today. What more
could a mom ask for??????

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Today I wandered around the backyard marveling at the new signs of spring. This tree blooms once a year for 1 week. Too bad it does not last longer. This iris is from my grandparents garden. I transplanted it many years ago after a trip to Pennsylvania. Every spring when it blooms I think of my grandparents and how much they loved to garden.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

NOTICE: I am off hiatus & blogging again......
Minneapolis Road Trip: I recently attended the National Art Education Conference in Minneapolis. I road tripped it up north and arrived after a 6 hour drive. I had a great time at the conference, making new friends, hanging out with old friends, seeing museums, making my FIRST trip to IKEA, and learning new things. I snapped this picture at a wig shop across from my hotel. I don't know why, but these heads make me smile.......