10.01.2016

"Studio Mojo" mention

A big "thank you" goes to my friend and fellow polymer clay artist, Debbie Jackson, who let me know that my work was mentioned on Cynthia Tinapple's "Studio Mojo" blog today (see below)!  As I told her, I'm glad that I spent time revamping my online Square Market store last week, since that's the link used in the blog. 

 

Thank you too, Cynthia...you have a new subscriber...me!

 
 

Studio Mojo mention


A big "thank you" goes to my friend and fellow polymer clay artist, Debbie Jackson, who let me know that my work was mentioned on Cynthia Tinapple's "Studio Mojo" blog today (see below)!  As I told her, I'm glad that I spent time revamping my online Square Market store last week, since that's the link used in the blog. 

 

Thank you too, Cynthia...you have a new subscriber...me!

 
 

9.16.2016

Kindred Spirit Studios at AACF 2016 video!

 
Here's a video Stan shot of our booth at the 7th annual African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, NC.  It was our 5th year at this local show, and we welcomed some new collectors to the Kindred Spirit Studios family, and connected with some previous collectors who came by to tell us how they're enjoying their pieces from years past. 

Curious about anything you see?  Drop me a comment below, or check out my Kindred Spirit Studios Square Market Store for more information. 

Enjoy!

6.16.2016

Workshop project: "I am"

Last night, I taught an art workshop during the NC Youth Leadership Forum (NCYLF), at NC State University.  The NCYLF is led by "a dedicated group of people of all ages and abilities, which seeks to promote independence, peer relations, and advocacy among today's generation."  Because of my work with Arts Access, making art accessible to people with disabilities, I was asked to provide a workshop which would enhance the delegates' experience by offering them an opportunity to express themselves creatively through art. 

I chose a project called "I am," which involves drawing, painting, writing, and a bit of doodling.  The drawing and painting came first (since maximum drying time was needed), and each person chose his or her color palette for sections they'd drawn on watercolor paper. Everyone's top section would contain the words "I am," and the bottom section would contain the artist's name.  In between, there were any number of sections (the most was 8!), which would contain one descriptive word or phrase. 

The young artists had a great time drawing ("Can my lines be really wavy?" Of course.), and an even better time painting. ("See, I mixed the colors!" Very cool.) Then, it was on to the writing.  I started them off by reading some index cards I'd prepared, and asking who was:  "confident" or "brave" or "musical" or "kind" or "successful," or "awesome," and I gave a card to the person who raised a hand for each attribute.  After my prepared cards ran out, I gave each participant blank ones, to write his or her own ideas.  Once everyone had words to fill each section, and their paintings were dry, they used Sharpies to write and doodle or embellish the words they'd chosen. 

Here are the finished projects.  Aren't they great?  The smiling, proud faces tell the story of a great time had by all (me included!). 
Thanks to Josh, Della, Daniel and the rest of the NCYLF staff for a fantastic evening. 

 
 


5.15.2016

Share the wonder

"I teach to share the wonder of my discoveries and to exchange with my students the wonder of theirs."  ~Michele Cooper


'Wish I had said that!  Teaching art gives me the opportunity to share what I love.  I am fortunate to be able to interact with a number of unique groups, and each allows me to learn and grow as a teacher.  In my work with very young children, I love watching them discover paint, color, and patterns; seeing them make connections for the first time.  In my classes with 3-to5-year olds, it's their wonder-filled expressions as they work with clay, markers, oil pastels and paints to create what they've heard about in the stories we read.  And with older children, I love watching them include things they already know about the world into the art they make. 

In my work with adults with disabilities, all of the experiences I've mentioned above occur as well.  I encourage everyone to participate without judgment, and meet them where they are in terms of their skills.  The pride with which my students show off their finished work is fantastic, and my hope is that they enjoy the brief time I get to spend with them creating something beautiful. 

Here are some images of recent classes, with my proud students and their work.  Enjoy! 


2.22.2016

Azad, Talisman of Freedom

I've just finished the newest piece in my Talisman Series.  This one's a bit different; it's on canvas instead of MDF.  The polymer elements have been colored with acrylic paints and inks, and a guinea hen feather completes the talisman. I have plans for two more canvas pieces in this series.  I'm also in the midst of applications for summer outdoor shows, and preparing for spring gallery shows (yes, good "problems" to have!), so...back to work!


2.20.2016

Halle Cultural Arts Center show

I'm pleased to announce that I am the featured artist
 in the Spotlight Gallery at the
Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, North Carolina.
 
My show includes 24 pieces from my "Adornment" and "Talisman" series.
 
The opening reception is on Friday, February 26th, from 6 to 8 pm. 
 
If you're in the area, please drop by to say hello--I'd love to see you.
 
The show runs through March 18th.
 
Photos to come...stay tuned.