Sunday, January 08, 2006

favorite support for art work

Beth asked what my favorite support for oil pastels is ? Well...i have to say, this is one of the first times i used them and i used the canvas paper cause i found it at a scrap place. i do have some from Micheals but i was afraid to "ruin" it...i know, i shouldn't think that way but now that i have worked with the "scrap" stuff i feel confident enough to cut and color, paint, collage away on the "good" stuff...LOL. So you will see more oil pastels on cavas paper along with other techniques with this very cool support!

As for other favorite supports, here is what i use -

Support for collages - i use water color paper (120 to 400 lb), canvas panels, mat board and cardboard that has been covered in gesso.

Oil Paintings - i use stretched canvas covered in 3 coats of gesso.

i have a tendency to buy stuff then hang on to it cause i think my art work isn't good enough to do on something that is a bit expensive. So i have decided to just get out that canvas paper and try some different techniques on it....i am thinking, i will try some things on canvas panels too. Who knows maybe i will find the perfect technique!!

have to mention here that i get all my art supplies at they have the best prices on canvas and paint that i have seen. not affiliated just a very happy, long time customer.

happy creating!

January 7 and 8, 2006

Saturday -
Well i spent the day in CPR training. Boy what a long day....I needed to get adult, child, infant CPR along with the new AED training and First Aid. Then to top off the day, we had tickets to a comedy show with Heywood Banks at the school last night. The show was a great success!!

So this brings me to the art for the day....nothing, zilch, nada, but i did get the CPR cards so that i can now have my records sent in to make me an official art teacher!! WOO HOO!! never thought i would get this far. i started taking classes 2 years after i graduated high school paying for them as i got the money or could get finiacial aid. Of course i was working full time so i could only take night classes - took me 20 years to get my AA. Then, of course by now i am married and have 2 kids, well you know what happens then, anyway when my youngest started into first grade, i started back to college full time in the education program. Took me 2 1/2 years to finish my BA in Education with a Visual Arts major going to school in the summer too. i am now officially graduated and applied for my teaching certificate from Michigan. i will get to walk in May for the graduation ceremony, i am looking forward to it.

Sunday -
well today, i am working on the computer. Later this afternoon, we will be going to a Student Ambassador program meeting, my son Sam is 11 and going to Europe in the summer. i am so excited for him and he is too. We still are not sure how they go his name....we think through his MEAP scores, cause none of his teachers seemed to know about the program. But anyway, we attend a meeting every other month until June so that we (parents) and the kids can get to know other members of the group. There are about 30 - 35 kids that will be going along with 2 teachers. They will be going to Paris and London on the Tale of Two Cities tour.

So that brings me to art for Sunday - nothing yet but i am holding out for after 8 pm when the kids go to bed....