"Finnigan," 11" x 14", mixed media on bristol board, not for sale. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.
When I'm not doing pet portraits, chances are I'm doing something I call "creative journalling." Creative journals are today's equivalent of a diary, a combination of journalling, drawing, and painting - a means of collecting ideas that are both textually and visually based. I keep several journals which are places I can safely commit my ideas, without fear of reprimand or criticisms.
Creative journalling is especially keyed towards younger souls - those who don't yet have a total grasp of vocabulary or representational skills to completely express their ideas in one direction or the other (text vs visual). They are also a perfect match for those interested in expressing ideas exclusive of pure verbage. Creative journalling is the best platform to explore thoughts and direction in that there are absolutely no limitations whatsoever.
I am especially blessed in that I have multiple opportunities to work with students, exposing them with means to embrace their own voices and share ideas through journalling. (I'll be leading a Creative Journalling class at Little Monsters in the next two weeks - call them for information - 248-814-8697).
This week I am the visiting artist at an elementary school, working with 4th graders on identifying the visual elements in story telling. Specifically we will be creating collaged pet portraits like my Finnigan's (above), working at sharing our own stories through the use of visual and textual cues.
The workshop will culminate in a professional level exhibition encompassing the artwork created during our time together, complete with an opening party and press reviews.
And should the weather cooperate, all will begin tomorrow with a presentation outlining key details in building a portrait: positive vs negative space, patterning, cropping, color, text, material use, layers and edgework.
Want me to come to your school for a similar workshop? Send me an email!
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
PS Looking for Iris II? Stay tuned - I'll share it asap!!
SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
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COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
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