Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Here you can read Cheryl's blog about us all going to a Rockie's game earlier this summer.
Here you can read Betty (my mother in law) write about taking my kids to the Uncle Wilbur fountain.
Here Betty talks about her granddaughters (including Roxanne) and their dollies.
Here Sarah B. (my sis-in-law) writes about our camping trip together. You can view a great picture of me embracing my manly side with an axe. Interesting fact: two thirds of my sister-in-laws are named Sarah. The other third are named Becca.
Here you can view a video of my kids and niece being very dirty while singing Happy Birthday to their beloved cousin, Elias, who so tragically lives very very far away.
Maybe I will just hire other people to blog for me from now on.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This painting has been my baby for he last 6 months (not the top painting- that was Raphael's baby... or atleast part of his baby. But the bottom painting is mine). I just delivered this painting to a man named "The Buddha" so that it can be exhibited in an art show in Denver that opens on July 4th. This is a first for me- being in a real art show (because college shows and coffee shop shows don't count). So I am now officially a "real" artist (but my criterium for that changes constantly, and I can never seem to keep up). Each artist in the show has chosen a classic peice of artwork to rework in a "low brow" style. I can't wait to see all the other creations! I have been staring at this peice of artwork endlessly, especially in the last week, as I nit pick every part of it. So I can't stand to look at it anymore. Giving it away has givin me a sense of relief, because it is literally out of my hands now (and in the hands of Buddha).
Meaning (skip this paragraph if you dont care about the meaning):
The meaning of the piece is pretty simple. As the title implies, this painting takes place 500 years after the renaissance (when the original was created) and that roughly calculates out to be around the current date. Ofcourse, the angels have died and their flesh has deteriorated, symbolizing the end of the renaissance. But an baundance of life and color has bloomed surrounding the carcusses, symbolizing the rebirth that still continues today because of the artistic revolution 500 years ago known as the renaissance, which, in fact, means "rebirth". The painting also should bring to mind the great dichotomy of all time that death is a gateway to life.
Spiders are one of my favorite living things, so I included one. I also always put butterflies in my paintings. Seahorses are my favorite too, but there was no way to include one. There is a total of 11 living creatures in the painting (the skelectons are not living).
Friday, June 20, 2008
The third child in these pics is Chloe. She is our neighbor whom we seem to have adopted for the summer.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My drawings can be viewed at this link (contains nudity)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here are some images painted in the "enchanted forest":
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- Goop: In a large mixing bowl mix together one bottle of elmers glue, like 2-4 cups of flour and enough water to give it a very running pancake batter consistency. This measurements of these ingrediants doesn't need to be exact at all.
- Blow up balloons to approximately the size of the mask-makers head. Set the ballon in a bowl (to keep it from rolling around).
- Tear up strips of newspaper and dip them in the goop and then smooth them onto the balloon in a criss crossing pattern. As soon as the top half of the balloon is covered, turn it upside down and cover the other half. But don't cover the "belly button" of the balloon. The more layers of goopy newspaper you use, the more sturdy your mask will be. The more patient kids usually have a better mask.
- When the whole balloon is covered in 3-4 layers of goopy newspaper, hang the balloon upside down by its "belly button" with a clothespin on a clothes line.
- Spray all the kids off with a hose.
- Let the balloons dry over night. In the morning they should be as hard as a rock.
- Cut the "belly button" off of the ballon with scissors. This is the funnest part. You will hear the balloon shrivle up inside, while the dried paper mache maintains the shape of the balloon.
- Cut the balloon shape in half starting at the hole where the belly button stuck out. Now you have two masks to make- one for the kid and one for a mom or dad.
- Measure the distance between the inner corners of the mask-makers eyes and then mark that distance on the mask (it is closer than you would guess it to be). Then draw the eyes on and cut them out.
- To make the features on the face, we used play dough. Smush the playdough onto the mask to make the nose, lips, eye brows, cheek bones, chin, pimples, worts, or whatever else will protrude from the face of the mask.
- Put the entire mask (with the playdough smushed onto it) in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes to dry and harden the playdough. Don't put it in for too long or it will puff up (I don't know why).
- Then we painted white primer onto the entire mask. This step might be skippable if you don't have primer.
- Then paint the mask. I used my nice acrylic paints because that's just what I had. You could probably use cheaper craft paints though too.
- Decorate the mask with embellishments, if desired. I just let the kids use what I had on hand- beads, rope, gemstones, glitter. You could use feathers too, but I think they make them look tacky.
- Trim the edges of the mask to make them smooth.
- After the kids were all done, I painted over all of their masks with a polyurathane to make them shiny. This is something I had on hand, but if you don't have it, it's not neccessary.
Friday, June 06, 2008
This is "The Emo Dude" by Juliana who is in constant pursuit of a real hot emo dude to get freaky with.... but for the record, I absolutely don't condone that.
This is "Honey Collogen Lips Anisten" by Traci whom I love because she did this with me even though she's not a kid!
And lastly, this is "Missy Star Pimpleton" by ME who is an amazingly crafty, kid-loving, rockstar of a mama... but don't say you heard that from me.