Monday, April 18, 2016

Hummingbirds of Paradise and other Flower Adventures

With this artwork, I experimented with a different medium, drawing and painting on wood. Art is a journey and it is fun to take different paths of trying a new style, medium, or theme, and just "play"- this work was very relaxing and fun to create. I enjoy sharing the journey with my students in guiding them to dive in and try new things, take inspiration from many resources and spontaneously apply that in a lesson, and create an environment where my students feel free to create and "play" through their own journey of art making to discover new possibilities.This piece  expresses an appreciation for nature and it's beauty. It highlights the playfulness and magic of the hummingbird,  and symbolizes the co-evolution between plants and animals. I am still experimenting with more flower/animal pieces but  this final piece "Hummingbirds of Paradise" will show in the What Those Who Teach Can Do art show at the Art Institutes of Southern California in Costa Mesa in May 2016. Come check it out!

11x17" Colored Pencil and Watercolor on Wood $350.00
                                           


ferns
ferns



even the pencil shavings are pretty!

process 1

process 2

nasturtium beauty

start of nasturtium piece



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cartoonist's Lunch- March

Had a great time at the OC Cartoonist meeting today, such a great group of guys and gays that love reading, writing, and drawing comics!

From back left clockwise: Bob Singer, Marilyn Scott-Waters, Joyce Farmer, Alec Guarino, Roberta Baird, Jeff Guarino, Heather Soodak, Andy Mitchell.

Friday, February 26, 2016

OC Youth Art Month Reception 2016

As many of you know, I am not only an illustrator but an art teacher and one of the events I look forward to the most is the CAEA Youth Art Month student show where we get to celebrate our student artists! Our school, Fairmont Preparatory Academy was well represented at the Orange County Youth Art Month Student Art Reception on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 taking home 3 awards. Youth Art Month is an  annual national celebration of the arts to emphasize the value of art education for all children. Please join us in the month of March to celebrate the #PowerofArt and be creative!! Here is how our show turned out:


before
After
With the Young Artists


High School Section (Our students at Fairmont won 3 awards!)
Parents, Students, and Teacher enjoying the exhibit
The Art dynamic duo teacher team
Amberleigh, Hiep, Linda, and I

Speeches
Our guest speaker, Hiep Nguyen








Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year from the Monkeys!


And also a special request by monkey friends, Jeremy and Kristin. Enjoy your year of the monkey!


6x8" Watercolor "Year of the Monkey" 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Catster Magazine Interview

I am in print! Thanks to editor and cat lover Annie Sherrifs of Catster Magazine that I met at the 100Cats art  show.

Scanned from Magazine

portrait of Annie as cat

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/catster-holiday-obsessions-gift-suggestions-from-print-editors

Friday, December 18, 2015