Oftentimes we find birthday cakes covered in flora, or lace-like patterns unsuitable for the strong, bold, masculine eye. These nautical lines offer a warm, spring-summer solution to the dilemma. Bring out the sails!
Ah, the fleeting quality of life; things that do not last; change shape; are washed away by the rain and blown by the wind. All things contain this basic nature. I guess that's the buddha chatting. Why, I find food such a beautiful art form. It seems all of it goes anyway, why not consume it.
These chalk drawings exist today on the sidewalk. They are bright and colorful. They are like the Spring becoming Summer. They are a welcome presence after the long dark that was winter. They will not bore you, because you will not tire of their presence. They will leave before you have a chance to grow numb to them. I'm sorry you can't eat them.
In a way, it's sad they can't stick around. Who would not love some things to stick around. There are things I know that if they stuck around such love I would feel for them. That love would only grow. When these wash away, are they really gone?
These mandala drawings come from documented photographs of snowflake and ice crystal symmetry. Students choose color pallettes and draw using colored pencil. We'll finish with a wash of watercolor to bring out their life.
Photography; a means of communicating aside from etched letter-forms representing sound. Photography contains color, and form, can be read from up to down, left to right, right to left. Something to ease the eyes off of their scan-lines.
Easy transition... frosting cakes just like throwing on a wheel. Sculpting roses? just like working with wet clay. Patterns on cakes? Just like print-making and clay sculpture. The fine arts transfer over very well to the food arts. I see a smile cross each one of my customer's faces, and I know even if they're not when I give it to them, they're going to when they get home to share it with their friends and family. And you know what's even more awesome? It doesn't take up space in my closet or living room!
New section postings include: colored buttercream rose selection for placing on cake elegancies, baked and glazed rose-water and lemon polenta cookies. When I get some biscotti and/or cardamom orange vanilla honey madeliene cake dough configurations I'll photograph. Feel the art on your tastebuds. Feel the texture break in your mouth. Feel the colors dance across your iris.
Sophia, the reoccurring enigma. Ever-living, renewing undying moss green, pale spring yellow figure in the black darkest, or warm sunny valley, flowered meadows, or an orange midnight sun. She's alive!
Find her in these new works. At the Bottom of a Well; a dark chapter when Sophia's husband died with her, having come down to save her stranded in a pool of water and crawling things. Terror, where Sophia recollects her terror at all things related to death, her own death, others' death, hovering over a valley meadow of colored flowers in broad sunlight. A Smile on You; Sophia sends beaming rays of love and true happiness, to where you are, from afar into a rising sun, gentle warm breeze blows across her brow, face and hair.
Ah, the most important human emotion; without which there would be no movement, success or survival in life. Back to Sophia's world, the woman who died in Husband and the Trolls. Some believe her ending a nightmare, which she woke up from. Some see the drawings as recollections of her life. No one can tell whether her death at the beach with the trolls actually happened.
Anyway, maybe she did not wake up. Maybe she did die at the beach, and if that's the case, then we must accept the narrative. However, perhaps life, like a dream doesn't happen so simple; that there are pieces missing. No one could foresee the crystal she held could have been ice. If she did die, and all of the pieces afterward simply are recollections of her life, in love, and where she found herself at the beach, then did she not love? She loved before or afterward, dream or not. That's the lesson if there is any at all. That's what I'm trying to say to you; even if she did die at the beach she still loved, and that is what matters!
So, whether this new work is a recollection of her life, or her life after the nightmare it is still love, whether before or after the beach. It does not matter, that is what I'm trying to tell you. She did die out there at the beach, but it's up to you the viewer to decide if she came back. You see, it's up to you. Whose to say life, like a dream doesn't happen so simple.
1.) Choose a photograph. We're using Illinois, local, spring and summer related flora and fauna.
2.) Use a laminate plasticine paper to sketch the grid.
3.) Draw a grid, larger than the photograph onto a separate sheet of paper.
4.) Refer to the grid laminate and photograph to draw value and/or color onto the larger sheet of paper.
Simple. The psychology of it all? Basically, the grid blocks out sections so that you can maintain proportions, and focus on individual sections.
Choose a model. Sketch highlights and shadows. Use the color of the paper for mid-tones. Cut out and place on a scene or another media exploration. Use a limited color palette for a key, which will in turn emote a mood, like in music.
The things you walk by everyday.
Communicators and artists unfamiliar to the world of watercolor underestimate the power of a good paper. Checkout these amazing diffusions and bleeds of color you won't achieve with a low-quality paper. It's just not possible.
So, my student especially middle-school love dragons. And I have to think back on my OWN childhood and experiences to remember what it is about these things! They pop-up in my class-room over and over in conversation AND art. What is it?
Could be a couple of things. They're primordial, symbols, or just old, old, old and fascinating. Think about it; who hasn't loved DINOSAURS. And aren't dinosaurs just dragons without the wings? Smile and nod please.
So, some of my students are SO into dragons even their bears look like dragons. Solution? Don't shame them into getting off the dragon-kick. No, what you need to do in order to quell this thirst is show them the full myriad of dragons. No one is more lost, attracted or found in a myriad. What better way to do this than stretch out the very basics of what a dragon looks like. You don't need to go far enough to include crocodiles and lizards. Most won't be able to take that leap. Stick with dragons, but offer up stretches. By that, I mean dragons that are still dragons but frog and pineapple and hummingbird.
What better than Graeme Base? Illustrator, book-writer. Amazing. Show the dragon-possessed this book and they will be off onto things like pineapple and birds. No, they may not stay there, your dragon-lover may always, always love dragons so much it comes out in their work for the rest of their life, but THAT IS OKAY! What else makes style than consistencies! You'd never recognize an artist's work if they looked different enough every single time.
1.) Prep the kids with a little primer in the elements of art and design; line, form, color, value, pattern, etc. Provide this as a visual aid and ask them to include these. They might not get them now, but as they become more and more familiar with them, they'll be able to communicate and use what they're learning. Re-expose, re-expose, re-expose. Also, known as reinforcement. Re-expose is a less aggressive term, and allows for more free-will.
2.) Play with pattern because that is going to be the most tedious part. We drew pineapples and experiments with variations and stretches on a repeated square shape.
3.) All right, so now that we have some confidence, let's sketch a little dragon out of geometric shape. Use triangles, squares, and circles; all very welcoming and easy. Build from simplicity to complexity. Your kids whether elementary, middle-school, or high school will love you for it.
4.) Now we get to the dragon. Their attention and flow should be pretty focused and steady by now depending on how much time they have for you. Twenty? Forty minutes? An hour? Either way, pick back up where you left off. Please, please, please ask them how their week is going. If they're an an autistic spectrum, pay close attention to their state using kinesthetic signs. These students won't always verbalize or emote. That doesn't mean they're not feeling something.
5.) Use color on this fine dragon piece. Go big. Don't do it for them. They should have enough confidence after all that prep to get to the big dragon.
6.) Tell a story using four to five squares. Place these around the dragon. 4-D work tells a story. Tell a good one for those who still yet need the confidence and experience to do it themselves. Many will duplicate the story you told, so tell a good one. It can be funny, or silly. We brought a knight into the frame. The dragon ate the knight. You can tell by the red flag on his head sticking out of the dragon's mouth. Your students, like you, want to see their loved ones smile and laugh.
Oh, and one more thing, let the kids no matter how young or old tell their story in any direction they want. Just because we write from left to write doesn't mean a story can't be told from right to left, or in a circle! There's no reason to keep them in one direction, this is their story.
So, as a non-Christian I celebrate other things. I don't object to sharing a meal with a Christian, obviously. That would just be anti-social. So, my eggs come from a more earthy pagan place, with some shades of the East in there. Hanamatsuri being one of my favorites. I first started celebrating Hanamatsuri during my time in Monterey, California for four years. I participated with the Monterey Buddhist Temple for two years in a row to assemble the hanamido. I made cascarones this year in the midwest to celebrate the lengthening of days and myriad of biological life that is taking place right now as the weather warms.
1.) You're gonna need eggs, and a bowl. You will also need a screw-driver. Get some colored tissue paper, glue, rice, crystals, very small candies, seeds, and gold-leaf too. Read on, all will be explained.
2.) Pop a hole in the top and bottom of each egg. Do this to as many eggs as you have time for to compose. Keep them in their carton, it's easier to pop holes in them. Be quick and precise. You have to distribute the pressure evenly. Hit the very top of the egg. You might screw up a couple of times. THAT IS OKAY.
3.) After you have holes in the bottom and top of theses babies, you're going to need to blow the egg out into a bowl. Use the egg white and yolk mixture for frittata, omelette, or quiche.
4.) Next, time to fill them with things! Place lots of confetti inside to fall out when you crack these over your friend's and family's head. Include rice, crystals, or even small candies!
5.) Use glue and the remaining tissue paper, gold-leaf, and glue (or wax for the brave) to make texture and color!
6.) Finally, CRACK THEM over the top of your friend's and family's head. They will love it, and you will too.