Thursday, May 23, 2013

In the gARTen




Here's a little film of my students' exhibit this year. The theme was the garden, so the kids named the show 'In the gARTen'. Watch til the end, there's a stopmo of the show going up and coming down much too quickly...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Inspiration: Faith Ringgold and mother's day

 Faith Ringgold is one of my favorites. She is most well known for her storyquilts. And her children's books. Here's the cover of her first kids' book, Tar Beach, below, which won the Coretta Scott King award for illustration. She has written seventeen kids' books!

 I first saw her work at the UC Art Museum here in Berkeley, way back in the 1990s, when I went to hear her lecture about her art. She's a fabulous storyteller, and incredibly funny. She had been painting on canvas for years, but was having trouble getting her work into galleries. After seeing an exhibit of Tibetan Thangkas, paintings on fabric, she decided to try painting on fabric, making quilted borders or frames around the paintings. She had learned to sew from her mother, a fashion designer. Faith wrote stories to go with her paintings. Easy to roll up and mail cheaply, she started getting exhibits around the country, first at university galleries, then larger venues.

And the rest is history. I love to show my students a film about her work. She tells of having an art teacher in college who told her her work was lousy. She got mad and worked harder than ever. She sings a little rap about how anyone can DO IT if they try.
Great words to hear from a very successful artist!
You can read more about her at her website:

and some youtube videos of her below:


Here's my Mother's Day bouquet below, which I meant to show you LAST week. Oops.

And breakfast in bed... my daughter calls this 'breakfast salad.' YUM!

I learned to sew from my mother, as Faith had. And so much more from her. Thanks Mom!
Hope all you moms out there had a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In the gARTen

Here's what I've been up to...
 Transforming this mess above...
 Into this garden full of art, 
a gARTen, as one of our students aptly named it.
Waterfall, pond...
trees, flowers, fruit, birds chirping, fish and frogs jumping.
 So much fun to make this garden-themed art exhibit.
I"ll be sad to take it down on friday.