DIY Clock Face Transformation

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Every summer, during the Hollins University Summer Graduate session there is a one day, student run conference called the Francelia Butler Conference. One of the ways they raise operating funds is by holding a silent auction.

This year I picked up this clock at a very good price and decided to “pimp” it for my lake cabin in Vermont. I liked the dark blue rim but the flag image was just not enough for me.

Normally, when I make little artworks for the cabin I work in watercolor

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But for the clock I used collage. I added all the things I love about living by a lake for part of the year.

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Honestly, does it need any numbers?

 

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Michelle Forsyth Pin and Paper Project

In conjunction with the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art at Hollins University, I did an art workshop for 7-12 year olds. The museum show is called Papercuts and there is a piece by Michelle Forsyth called February 4, 1999 that really appealed to me. She made it out of paper, watercolor, gouache, screenprint, felt, beads, pins.

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To help my students get the idea of pixelating images into abstract patterns, I reduced the size of this chameleon to see if its essential shape and colors could still be discerned. 049_pics

lizardpixelatedI thought it might be fun to try something in her style and medium with children, so we decided to use paper disks and flowers punched from multi colored paint chips, sequins, and pins, pressed into foam core.pinning_1

 

 

 

 

 

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pinning_2Every single piece was different and they were all charming and as intriguing as the original inspiration.Sadie_web

 

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Living in Color, and Out Loud!

The high ceilings are packed with industrial piping and fans, the overhead fluorescents cast a cold light and weathered, white painted walls of the Visual Art Center bristle with push pins.

So making a comfy and pretty office is a CHALLENGE.

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Luckily, Elizabeth Dulemba has such a great eye that she can toss a supply closet and come up with enough oddments of fabric and accents to furnish not only her own cool-palette-with-pops-of-orange office, but have ideas left over for her colleagues as well.

ProfSanderson_1Ruth Sanderson’s workspace is pretty in PINK/GOLD/COPPER/WHITE 

and mine is the three primaries: RED/BLUE/YELLOW

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Speaking of primaries, as well as secondaries and tertiaries, color, in the form of watercolor SAMPLER wheels is back.

colorwheel_3I am always amazed by the HUGE number of shades created by combining just red, yellow and blue.colorwheel

And FINALLY,  summer in Virginia would not be so GREEN if not for the daily thunderstorms that turn the swollen creek BROWN and the sky into a

RAINBOW!rainbow_2

Class begins!

After introductions, our 1st day of English 527/Creating Picture Books for Children began with a mini-book bang. We designed 8 page, accordian-fold books designed to live in up-cycled mint tins.

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The challenge was to create a micro story to fill the mini book- a beginning, middle and end with several characters, mood, action and story arc.minibook_6

We used rulers, scissors, glue and collage papers.minibook_5minibook_2

minibook_8 minibook_9 minibook_7 Minibook_7These looks interesting don’t they? I can’t wait to see what the students come up with!

Finished books to come…

Back at Hollins U!

The best part of summer, tied only with living by Lake Dunmore, is teaching in the Children’s Book Illustration Program at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

The drive down Interstate 81 from Front Royal as I gradually entered the embrace of the Appalachian chain, braiding strands of low peaks through Virginia, made my spirit lift.arrival

Arriving on campus, picking up my keys, and taking a quick selfie at the Children’s Literature signpost made me feel instantly immersed. How do you get to An Old House in Paris, Woodcock Pocket, or Roxaboxen? Why, in a children’s picture book, of course!

homeawayfromhomeNext, moving into my apartment, home away from home for 6, intense, summer weeks.

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Now, swimming Tula in Carvin Creek–swollen with recent thunderstorms.

lowsunThen walking the campus, so groomed and lovely, lying quietly on the evening of the last day before classes begin-waiting.

primarycolorsAnd finally, establishing my office in the Art Building-pimped out in a primary palette scrounged from the supply and prop closets, with help from decorator and friend: Professor Dulemba.

Let classes commence!