I am an art teacher, a mixed-mixed media artist, an observer, a collector, and a dabbler in all kinds of art. Teaching art and sharing my love of creativity is my passion. Young children are uninhibited and have the spontaneity and the playfulness we all desire.
My teaching blog which chronicles my adventures teaching elementary school art is called Art is Basic. I host a group to bring together artists who blog: Artists in Blogland. It's a fun group that shares artwork each week. I invite you to join us! I am also proud to be a contributing editor to a print magazine called Featuring. We have just published our third issue and it is a fabulous mixed media art magazine. The articles are meaty and the artwork is superb.
I create paintings that are joyful and strong. I use colors that are animated, spirited, dynamic... colors that inspire. I incorporate repetitive shapes, curves, swirls, arches and organic doodles in my collages. I enjoy creating funky lettering and drawings that are bright, playful and ALIVE! I use a free form and loose style of watercolor painting that I like to call "watercolor doodling." The colors, textures and patterns evokes the nature of fruit, leaves and flowers. I am inspired by maps, animals, patterns and shapes in my day-to-day life. I create art journal pages that are fresh from my subconscious and record the joyfulness of living, the wanderings of life and the wonderings we all have.
My favorite media are watercolor paints, paint pens, markers, patterned papers and ephemera found in my day-to-day life.
I live an ARTFUL life, trying to be creative every day. Drawing with my daughter, art journaling, snapping photos on our excursions and teaching art in my day-to-day job allows me to stay in touch with my expressive side constantly.
I am open to guest blogging (both on my blog and others), sponsorships, collaborative art projects and other teaching opportunities. Email me if you want to talk with me!
I've been seen here:
Tell All Tuesday-- JennieBellie Studio
Love that Arty Mama
The Altered Page
Balzer Designs-- Art Journal Every Day
Balzer Designs-- Flickr Inspiration
Dangerous Lee interview
Scat n Style interview
April Cole's Studio
The Answer is Chocolate
It's a Hodge Podge Life
Paint Party Friday Featured Artist
Random Journal Day
Inspire Me Monday
Songbirds and Buttons
Some of the places my artwork/articles have been published are:
Art Journaling Exposed by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine
Art Journaling Exposed 2 by Cloth Paper Scissors
Somerset Studio magazine
Scholastic Art magazine (teacher's edition)
Doodler's Anonymous Coloring Book
Artist Trading Cards (An Anthology of ATCs)
Let's Take It Outside!: Teacher-Created Activities for Outdoor Learning
Art Journaling magazine
Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children