Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

Friday, March 17, 2023

Come to the Fair!

 You don't want to miss this!

Artists, crafters, and the debut of Home Away from Home!
Come to the Artful Gathering's Artisan Fair.
Jessica Blankenship is the wonderful owner and artist hosting all of us.
There will be food too!

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

From Our Chaos

My daughter, Maggie, made this beautiful piece of embroidered art.

I'm happy we share a love of fiber arts. 
When I create embroidered art, my box of floss has a
chaotic array of tangles, 
but when each strand is threaded through a needle
and applied to the fabric, a work of art emerges.

Art is chaos taking shape, much like life. 
God mends our broken strands, and 
He takes our loose threads and weaves beauty.
From our chaos, He creates a work of art.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Fall Findings Friday: Autumn Through the Eyes of a Child

As an elementary student, I loved kindergarten art. I remember the teacher giving us screens, construction paper, leaves, toothbrushes and cups of paint. We placed the leaves on the paper, dipped the brush in the paint and rubbed it over the screen. The red, yellow, and orange paint splattered over the leaves and left a delightful pattern. 

The other day, as I walked through the elementary where my daughter works, I noticed these colorful works of art on the kindergarten wall. How lovely for the children to express their vision of fall. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nonfiction Book Review: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art with a Faith-Filled Message by Cherie Burbach

Book Description:
In Art and Faith, Cherie Burbach shares original mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. There are times when a Bible verse you’ve read many times suddenly becomes clearer to you with a meaning and message you haven’t realized before. Many of the paintings in Art and Faith are inspired by a particular verse that stood out for a variety of reasons. Celebrate your faith with this collection of verses and art that represent hope and encourage belief.

My Review:
In reading through Art and Faith, I felt like I was having a conversation over a cup of coffee with Cherie. In her latest book, she writes about how her faith and the art she creates intersect and why this is such a joy. I've been an artist for many years but of late have been discouraged due to health issues. Yet, Cherie's gentle nudges to "use your creative gifts" encourages me. She says, "Creative gifts are all about God. He gives them to us, He likes to see what we do with them, and He gets satisfaction when we use them." I love that.

As much as I love Cherie's words about her faith, I am in awe of the artwork in this book. Page after page is filled with beautiful and inspiring mixed media. The colors pop from the pages. From her lovely bird paintings to the beautiful flowers, Cherie blends textures and words together to make a gorgeous array of artwork. My favorite print is on page 78. I guess you'll have to buy the book to find out which one that is. I received this book in exchange for a fair review.

You'll find more about Cherie at her website.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: Channing O'Banning and the Turquoise Trail by Angela Spady, Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Channing O'Banning loves to draw. No matter what she's doing, she's prepared to pull out her colored pencils and pad and sketch a picture. Author, Angela Spady has used her experience as an award winning teacher to create a delightful fourth grade character readers will love. In Turquoise Trail, Channing and her family head west to search for dinosaurs, learns about Native Americans, and solve a mystery. In the mean time, she learns more than she ever imagined.

How refreshing to read about a child who wants to learn about the world around them through art. Tammie Lyon's sweet illustrations bring Channing's imagination to life. I've given a copy to my granddaughter and highly recommend the series to any child who likes the Magic Tree House books. Channing's friends Maddy and Cooper make the story interesting for girls and boys. This is second in a series of chapter books and a winner of the gold Immy award.

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I received Channing O'Banning and the Turquoise Trail from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Renewed Interest

Recently, I've picked up my paintbrush again. It's been a long time since I created art on canvas. Hopefully I'll have more to share throughout the year. Finding the time is tough, but brushing the colors across the page is so relaxing.

Do you paint, draw or create other crafts?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Art Shop in Batavia

Under the Stars, at 97 East Main Street, opened this month. Vicki Watkins, owner, has invited talented artists from across the country to display and sell their work.

I browsed several rooms and discovered beautiful jewelry, colorful paintings, pallet word art, pottery and handpainted furniture. Vicki plans to have several art events this coming year. Stop by and enjoy the beautiful work.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Children and Art

In the movie Yours, Mine and Ours, single mom Rene Russo proclaims “Homes are for free expression, not for good impression” after her new husband Dennis Quaid tries to bring order to her organized chaos. As an artist, she encourages her children to explore and discover their creative abilities.

Van Gogh's Sunflower
by Dylan
We tried to raise our children in a home of free expression by providing them with fabric, thread, paper, paint and anything else we could find to create beauty. God made each person with different talents and I wanted them to find theirs. As a result they all have art as a part of their life. Through teaching, photography, writing, sewing, crocheting, painting and more they express their skills and creativity.

Now our grandchildren have found the joy of art. Our first grade granddaughter has discovered Van Gogh through the insight of her wonderful art teacher. The excitement she shared with me about her favorite artist reminded me about how important it is to introduce children to the great artists and encourage them to dabble in color.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art published two books for young children to introduce famous painters:

  Monet'sImpressions                                                                     Vincent'sColors


Both books offer colorful illustrations and easy to read stories of the artist’s lives.

I find joy in having the freedom to express myself through art. But, even more I appreciate sharing in my grandchildren’s handiwork.