Friday, January 17, 2014

A Messanger


This week we're working in our Altered Books on a project that I am calling A Messenger. We painted two pages in our books a beautiful sky blue and softly painted realistic Cumulus clouds. (Thank you Saturnina!) We then did a study of a small branch and a bird, focusing on highlights and shadows, again trying to capture realism. Each table had a cage of live canaries from our aviary so that we could really study their charms!


Lark posing for a close-up. (Photo by Jacob)

 Welcome to the studio Isabel!

 Lauren working on her stick

  Ellie's finished piece


The sun helped dry our pieces

 Izzi using her dry brush technique to create an almost transparent cloud!


Jacobs finished work!

Anissa's stick and bird studies! So lovely...


We then cut out the separate pieces and assembled them to create a actual size bird on a small perch. We used hemp twine glued directly on the painting to give the illusion of a swing!

The birds chirped and sang quite loudly while we worked!


Jonah (above) chose to paint a Toucan! Wow, he captured it!


Malika's bird study (above). It shows wonderful proportion and delicacy!


Saturnina loved all the canaries and chose the Red Factor canaries to paint!


 A few assembled works, above.


Frances chose to paint Alma, a hen that is Red Factor with black spots. I love the way it turned out!


Abe adding shadows on his bird.

There are a few spots open in the Wednesday & Thursday afternoon classes. Call Patrice at 510.522.3494 for more information or to sign up!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Back in the studio!




It was a wonderful first week of 2014 in the studio! While the rest of the country was suffering with the cold, many of the kids came dressed in shorts, dresses and short sleeves! In sympathy we created our own "Winter Worlds" with this amazing snow globe project. Using colored pencils and techniques to show distance, perspective, shadows and reflections, we created perfectly quiet little "Winter Worlds!" Here are a few samples.













The warmest welcome to Shay, Desi, Farah, Jacob, Veronica, and Maricela.











Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wow! Take a look at this!


Kristin Sherman Olnes, my dear friend, artistic colleague and fellow home school mom has created this beautiful video profile about me and my work here at Alameda StudioTime.  I'm so touched by her talents and by her loving perspective. You can follow the link above to her blog above and or see the video below;

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Show of Shows!

Was that fun or what? Even if no one had showed up, the work hanging on the walls was enough to thrill me! And then, one-by-one, you all showed up and with your friends and families to create such an exciting event! I counted almost 140 familiar faces. Thank you all for making it a true celebration. For those of you who couldn't make it, the show hangs for two weeks so go and take a look!



I think the "Word" paintings might have been the highlight of the show! They looked amazing covering one long wall of the cafe.



Here's Lukas pointing out the paintings he recognized.

The Green's proudly showed off their Altered Book's.

Every artist had a Special Mention or Special Acknowledgement tucked into their book. (Your yellow card is here waiting for you if you didn't already get yours at the show.) 


What perfect Summer-like weather to enjoy the day with!


The bugs looked fantastic and creepy crawling up the wall!

Ellie brought her whole family plus a friend. Here she is with her father David, who's also an artist.

The Cityscape's got a ton of comments from many people visiting the cafe.


Here's Charlotte and her friend Mike. I wish the cafe was even bigger so I could of put up all the work that I had!


Did you notice that the Warhol Cats were all hanging around and begging for a little cream and sugar from the cafes shelf?

I love the design and color that Aoife's chose for her book cover. Very striking!

Your colorful flock of parrots created quite a squawk!


And to the delight of everyone who knows her Serena (the fabulous StudioTime assistant 2012) made a surprise visit! So wonderful to see her!


I LOVE how the portrait wall looks! So beautiful,
unique and individual! Thank you for all the joy you bring to my life!