Friday, April 29, 2016

"The King and Queen Reminisce" - Dia pieces 2014

For the 2014 CHAC Art Show, I put together a king and queen Dia de los Muertos college set. It was inspired by the 3D crowns, which ended up not being the focal point of the pieces. I started with gluing some images into the background. I painted over them with white, but the 'ghost' image still shows through. I carved the letters and hearts out of wood. They were fun to do. They measure about 3' x 4'.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Teaching kids to paint owls

I almost never hang out with children. They make me nervous. But somehow I was talked into teaching a painting class for 8 kids (ages 5-7). In retrospect, it went fine, but it is true that kids do the darnedest things. The youngest kept falling off his chair.Anyhow, I taught them that paintings have at least seven layers of paint. I was thankful to Michael and other parents who used blow-dryers to dry the painting between each layer. The final touch was to sign your piece to make it an official painting. 

I have fond memories of my first "real" painting. Hopefully this group holds onto their creations throughout their lives to keep inspiring them to be creative.