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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Yay, @mejheath , you won! Luckily I know where you work, so I will hand-deliver this painting 😊 Thank you for everyone who entered! For all you local folks, I'll be at Greene Street Holiday Market tomorrow from 9 to 1 with about 20 originals and lots of prints. Dress warmly and come see me!
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
I am so excited and humbled to have my good high school friend Lauren of @dept_of_agra_culture post this mini tour of my house! It all started back when Lauren helped me rearrange my living room furniture. Since then she has helped design my patio and advise me on things to buy--as well as kept me from making terrible purchases, right Lauren?? She also saw my home through new eyes and helped me feel confident in what I have. Her styling and @laurentomasella 's photography have made our house look like a million bucks. I am so grateful. The link to the tour is in my profile! #Repost @dept_of_agra_culture with @repostapp ・・・ | Home Tour | New on the blog! Come tour the layered and light filled home of illustrator @sarah_robins_powell. Isn't her gallery wall to die for? Link in profile. 📸 by @laurentomasella
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
GIVEAWAY! I'm so excited to offer this little painting in my latest series: Angel and child, gouache and pastel on kraft paper, 4x6". To enter the giveaway, 1. Follow my account on Instagram. 2. Comment below and tag three friends. Share this post for an additional entry! I'll announce the winner on Friday morning!
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Monday, December 5, 2016
Make it: Paper Marbling. Key concepts: color, line, shape. Materials: Large sheet of heavy white paper, shaving cream, food coloring, baking sheet, spatula or credit card for scraping and tools for marbling (such as a butter knife or toothpick). 1. Spread shaving cream into baking sheet. 2. Put drops of food coloring all over the shaving cream, and start marbling! Use your toothpick or knife to make lots of swirls and lines in the shaving cream. 3. Lay the paper gently on the shaving cream and press. Leave for about 30 seconds and pull off. 4. Lay paper flat, with shaving cream side facing up, and scrape off excess shaving cream with spatula. Use a paper towel to get remaining spots if needed. 5. Voila! Use your marbled paper to make a bookmark, book cover, or to cut shapes for another project! // Project idea from happyhooligans.ca.
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LEARN THE ELEMENTS. I’ve posted on seeing our world and the importance of process; this week let’s talk about some fundamentals by which all art and design is made--things you can look for when you look around you. I’m talking about the elements of design: line, color, shape, form, space, value, and texture. Start looking for these things when you observe the world, and observe the world with your children: notice the arch of your baby’s mouth (that’s line); the purple of the mountains as the sun sets (color); quilt squares (shape); the rounded curve of an egg (form); birds flying (positive space) against the sky (negative space); the white of the sun on a tin roof or the darkness of a shadow (value); or the smoothness of silk (texture). Everything we see can be deconstructed into these elements, and they are your tools for communication and expression--the language of art and design. Talk about these things when your child is creating. Explore different line quality: organic, geometric, thick, thin, broken, continuous, sharp, broken. See what you can find that is a line--a stick is a good example--and see what you can “draw” by putting many of them together. Practice exploring shape by making compositions with cut paper. When you start viewing the world as the elements of design, you are on your way to expressing what you see--and think and feel--through art.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Allow time for process! Was cleaning out my studio and found a lot of media exploration from the beginning stages of my senior design project. Because of the concept and direction of my project, this step was especially crucial. Check in tomorrow for #mixedmediamonday and #mixedmediamusings--we'll be learning the language of art!
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Friday, December 2, 2016
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Monday, November 28, 2016
Make it: Paper Weaving. // Key concepts: Media discovery and exploration, shape, symmetry, pattern. // Materials: Watercolor set, 2-3 brushes in varying sizes; 2 large sheets of watercolor paper or white drawing paper (around 9x12; you can tear a big sheet of paper into smaller pieces if you need); glue stick; oil pastels or crayons. Remember: Break up this project into two or three sessions if you need to! Allow time for art appreciation, discussion, thought, and discovery. // 1. Spend some time looking at textiles, discussing different lines, shapes, motifs (such as diamonds, triangles, squares, stars, flowers, houses, etc.) and symmetry. An easy place to start would be a quick web search of “folk quilts,” “quilts of Gee’s bend” or “Native American textiles.” If you’re doing this project with your child, remember you can tailor it to his/her interests. 2. Using 2 or 3 different brushes, paint both sheets of paper, experimenting with washes, linear marks, and splatters, and let dry. 3. Take one sheet and cut it into strips width-wise. Take the other and cut it nearly into strips length-wise, stopping the cuts a couple of inches before you reach the end of the paper. 4. Use your pastels to draw some of the shapes and motifs you found in your quilt study onto the shorter loose strips. [Note: You might decide to do this after step 5 if it bothers your child that some of the drawing will be covered up by the weaving.] 5. Weave the short strips into the long ones and use a dab of glue on the ends to keep in place. Notice how the watercolor and pastel sections now interact with each other in different ways. Hang your paper “textile” on the wall and admire it!
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ENJOY THE PROCESS. Want to know what takes the life out of art? It’s setting a goal and then hating your project until it’s finally done--and til it’s GOOD, by golly. Listen, unfortunately, this is often my experience when I’m designing, and I think it’s the same way for many other creatives. Of course we shouldn’t lose sight of a goal, but I consciously try to get away from the fear of failure and come back home to the excitement of exploration. This is especially important if you are just starting to learn about art and design. Give yourself--and your child--time to discover and explore media (the materials with which you create) without the pressure of a perfect end product. See what layering that watercolor and crayon can do! Try drawing lines, making splatters, smudging and smearing and blending. Then cut it into shapes and see what happens when you make it into a pattern! Then change one piece and create an unexpected aberration in the pattern! Allowing time for process is crucial for creating work that is successful and vibrant. If you have paper, a watercolor palette and a box of pastels, you have three words with which to communicate. But if you have explored, stretched and transformed that media, you have hundreds. For three good children’s books that communicate the importance of process, potential of media and joy of spontaneity, I’d recommend Beautiful Oops; Swatch: the girl who loved color (introduced to me by @cpcfam); and Mix It Up!
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
SEE. Welcome to the pilot post of our Mixed Media Musings series! // Let me start with a disclaimer that I am not an art educator; however, I grew up with one as my mother. I received my BFA in Graphic Design, so I’ve had plenty of fine arts and design classes. These thoughts are based on things I have learned in school, in work, and in sharing what I do with my children. It’s a bit of a journal, so that you can see some of the things I think about when I explore art with my kids. Each will will include a directive, and starting next week, a project idea so that you can better put these thoughts into practice. // SEE. It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? When we communicate or express through art and design, we have an incredible platform for reaching others. We have to be informed by our own experiences as well as the commonality of our world and the human experience. So I’d like to challenge each of us to train our eyes to start seeing more clearly the world around us. Observe the branches on your child’s favorite climbing tree; how do they curve? Notice the green of the grass; it’s probably a lot more muted than you thought it was. Notice the rhythm of the street lights as they get smaller toward a vanishing point. Start to observe and articulate your own thoughts and feelings, and help your children do the same; notice the way that people around you interact. Think about literature or architecture that moves you. These are all things that inform what we create. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting about specific elements and principles of design that you can be looking for when you explore the world. In so doing, you will learn the language of art. Stay tuned! // I mean for this series to be interactive and the experience shared, so questions are welcome, and I’d love to hear what you think, see and create along the way! Please tag me and #mixedmediamonday!
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Hi everyone! I want to announce something I'm really excited about! Ever since I started chronicling #mixedmediamonday several years ago, I've had requests for more information on how to make this a bigger part of life and how to approach creating art with children. Well, #mixedmediamonday is going public! Over the next few months, I plan to post weekly a series of thoughts which I hope will serve as a guide for making art and design an integral part of the way you experience our world. Stay tuned! There's a colorful future ahead of us!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The election is over, and I've found myself in the pediatric ER with Farris in the wee hours of the morning. She's being treated for croup, and I am feeling tired and grateful to take care of her here in the quiet after such a whirlwind of media flurry. We had such a fun day together, made better by her pleasant demeanor. In this photo, she's holding her painting of the red ocean and the little green space where the mermaids hide. #mixedmediamonday #Farrisofthemall
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Monday, November 7, 2016
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Headed down today for @dixie_design open house! If you're in the area, drop by! #Repost @dixie_design with @repostapp ・・・ Save the date! Next Tuesday, November 1 we are having a Holiday Open House at @mhjinteriors in Mountain Brook Village. Come preview our holiday collection and begin your shopping with @susangordonpottery @made_by_ak and @katherinebramlett
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Monday, October 31, 2016
Best Halloween yet! Three butterflies, many friends on our trick-or-treating route, and lots of walking, chicken burritos, and laughs with our great neighbors! #dancecostumes #timeless #versatile
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
At exactly this time in the afternoon six years ago, we became parents: that phenomenon where you heart's capacity grows beyond what you could have imagined, to hold joy, delight, prayer, fear, worry, hope, pain, and mostly love, all surrounding your child. In the midst of our celebration this weekend, I am thinking of those friends who are fearful or grieving because of circumstances surrounding their children or their desires for children: loss, absence, waiting. We taste heaven on earth, but it's not til we get there that all the tears are wiped away.
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Charlotte's rounding up to 10 now! Happy birthday to our brand new 6-year-old! We love and admire her kindness, generosity, and diligence in everything she does. Her beautiful spirit blesses others, and we are better for it. #shiningchar
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
#Repost @dixie_design with @repostapp ・・・ Our birthday celebration continues with a GIVEAWAY! 🎉 We're giving away 100 flat cards of your choice, matching return address envelopes and two packs of gift tags! Here are the details for entering: 1. Follow dixie_design on Instagram 2. Comment on this image and mention 3 friends 3. To be entered TWICE, repost this image on your Instagram account (make sure you tag or mention us in the post) The contest starts now and ends Friday at 5 pm CT. Good luck!
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Monday, October 17, 2016
I've been working a few new children's illustrations, including this one called "Becoming a Fairy." This was inspired by Charlotte and explores that magical blurred line between reality and the world of imagination. 11 x 14" | $42. Link in profile.
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Had so much fun doing this animal friends invitation. I started using gouache a lot more about two years ago, and I have really enjoyed it as a medium! Head over to @dixie_design to get this piece, available as a first birthday party invitation or baby shower invitation. Styling by @augusta_cole and photography by @mandy_busby
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
You'll be seeing red at @dixie_design ! Early bird special going on for just a couple more days. Head over now to see all the new holiday pieces and save 20% on your order! Swedish oval design by yours truly, and red toile crest by @gina.langford.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Thank the Lord that by knowing others, we learn the qualities we have and those we sorely lack. Sometimes Luke and I joke that only about 5% of our thinking overlaps. We scratch against each other like rusty nails--iron, the verse says--and wonder what vast thoughts occupy the other 95% of each other's brain. The truth is that I'd be drowning in a sea of creative melancholy and perfectionism if it weren't for Luke constantly pulling me into the boat and reminding me of the glorious sunset. He lives with integrity, faithfulness and always hope, and we love him. Happy birthday, @lukejpowell !
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