Tuesday, September 4, 2007

eraser stamps

surprisingly easy...adult carves block erasers with a craft knife

kids cover cardstock or paper with colorful markers, any design

Stamp eraser in black ink from ordinary inkpad in rows across the paper. Use for greeting cards, stationary, collage material, anything!

Monday, September 3, 2007

almost fall

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand this not knowing has its charms."
Joe Fox in You've Got Mail, 1998.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

backyard studio

Here is a tour of my tiny cottage studio.

make art

Making art with children leaves me feeling both energized and content. Observing open minds with the willingness to dive wholeheartedly into any task is inspiring. Put that together with a beautiful environment and great music and you have a group energy that fills any space with a dynamic, creative buzz. I am so fortunate to do what I love.

Summer in Williamstown

My husband and I spent wonderful days in Western Mass. The Williamstown Theater Festival was excellent as was the cozy cottage we rented. This is a shot of the babbling brook in the backyard. Paradise... green hills, small farms, and an amazing brunch experience at Blantyre in Lenox. There are no words to describe this boutique hotel with the most extraordinary setting and view.

kids LOVE tickets

A wonderful art project for kids and adults invented by one of my mentors, Pacific Oaks Professor L. Garf. Rolls of tickets from the office supply store, scotch tape, and scissors. That's it! You wouldn't believe what my fellow students created...

Camera Ready!

Our house was dolled up and dressed to the nines with fake baby roses and a white picket fence for an NBC sitcom pilot that was shot, but never aired. They left us the trellis so that we could grow our own pink roses.

before the sun

5 am and all is well. My favorite time to think and play and be with our cat. She is wonderful to photograph.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Seeing With New Eyes

Even though it is September 1, it feels like a new year! This summer has been filled with wonderful children (my own and my students), travel with my husband, art making, museum education, and writing a thesis proposal for my long awaited MA. Our wonderful old home continues to be a source of inspiration to me and for the first time in the eight years we've lived here my backyard art studio has become fully alive. Little ones have been creating original works of art all summer long and I look forward to making more art as the season changes and the weather cools. Of course in Pasadena that won't happen till November...