Botanic Illustration of a Sunflower seed head...in progress

I am taking an ongoing Botanic Illustration course and have just begun my second year. It is the most amazing experience I have had since I am a nurse by trade and had not taken any art classes in my life until this one. I work primarily (almost exclusively to be honest) in colored pencil as I am "drawn" to this media for some reason. These are some photos of my current drawing in progress. I hope to have it finished in time to submit it to a local Nor Cal ASBA Exhibit for seed pods...we'll see how it takes shape over the next few weeks.

This is a close-up photograph of my subject: a sunflower seed head in various levels of decay.

This is a close-up photograph of my subject: a sunflower seed head in various levels of decay.

Origami After School Class Project: Skeletons in our Closets!

This week I put together our Skeletons in our Closets project by adding drawings of bones onto our folded friends! The doors to the closets were movable by pulling upwards on them from the top and then our skeleton friends were exposed beneath! Luckily, kids are too young to have "skeletons in their closets" but we had fun pretending we had them! Pictured below from left to right are our very own skeleton animals: cat, hamster, and rabbit!

Origami After School Class Project: Ship in a Bottle!

This week we are building our own Origami ships in a bottle! The ship and sails and crows are all my designs. I took a piece of transparency and drew the shape of a bottle on it and pre-cut them all out for my students. Then the fun begins!  Coincidentally, this same week was national "talk like a pirate" week so you know I totally went there!!

My design of an Origami Crow made very simply for the beginner levels of my students

My design of an Origami Crow made very simply for the beginner levels of my students

The first Origami After School Class project: "Boatloads of Fun"!

This is my first Origami class project of the year and we are going to build ourselves a sunken ship scene where a boat has been swallowed up by a gigantic whale! The boat is a traditional Origami model and the whale is my design.

The project appears to be complicated at first view but the Origami models are all simple and the rest of the time we will spend cutting and pasting graphic cut-out images onto our background! I put together a whale (with an Orca) coloring page for the children to use either for this project or they can take them home to add to their finished art pieces.

Each week there will be a new theme with new models to make and I haven't repeated a project in over 4 years! The world is full of so many wonderful subjects that it impossible to cover them all in my lifetime! Plus, I accept ideas from my biggest inspiration..the students themselves!

 

My "Wist-ear-ia" colored pencil Rabbit drawing is on the cover of an online member show advert!

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday morning when I opened my email and saw the image below to a Colored Pencil member show and noticed that my Rabbit drawing was on the front cover for the advert!  I had entered this drawing some time ago and honestly had forgotten about it so when I saw my own drawing staring me in the face I was like, "Cool!"

It has taken me a l-o-n-g time to get where I am today with my artwork. I am a self-taught artist so it has taken me hours and months and even years to find my path but I feel like I am starting to realize it on a deeper level these days. Thankfully, I discovered my current art teacher, Catherine Watters whose ongoing Botanic Illustration course I attend weekly and have been doing so for the past year. It was in that very class that I unleashed my passion for colored pencil and have spent every free moment I have trying to refine my skills. The only problem is that I don't have enough time (who does) to draw everything I want to. There is not a leaf or a flower or a weed or a seedpod which I pass (my kids will confirm this) which causes me to exclaim, "I want to draw this!" And so it goes...

   *****Yep, that's my famous Rabbit drawing in the upper left corner!   

 

*****Yep, that's my famous Rabbit drawing in the upper left corner!

 

It is available for purchase as an archival print, too right here in my shop!

It is available for purchase as an archival print, too right here in my shop!

Origami models I designed from the movie, "KUBO"!

I designed these models from the movie, "Kubo" thinking ahead to my upcoming year of Origami After School Enrichment classes.

Since I work with mainly Elementary school-aged children there is much freedom encouraged with the embellishing and decorating of the models.

I am not a "purist" by any means but I do try to stick to the traditional means of paper folding and avoid using scissors when possible. That being said, my Kubo Beetle model does use two snips with scissors so be forewarned! The Monkey uses a single sheet of paper and Kubo himself is a three-piece model (one for his hair, one for his head and one for his clothing). Oh, If you count his instrument, then that would make it four pieces.

Monkey, Kubo and Beetle!

Monkey, Kubo and Beetle!

Monkey and Beetle

Monkey and Beetle

Monkey   

Monkey

 

Beetle

Beetle

KUBO!

KUBO!