Bird Watchers are cute

      Equipped with binoculars and our Audubon book, we enjoyed seeking ducks on a frozen pond today. Our favorite thing to watch was the ducks landing on the frozen water and sliding across the ice on their feathers. Only two kinds of ducks today. I guess their ducky friends went for warmer...

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Knitting Trio

  The Knitting trio: we take turns using the knitting loom, the needles or the weaving loom. Love seeing the girls using yarn...

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Building a tide pool

For this artwork, I thought I would share a little poem written by D: My family is like a tide pool. My sister A is like a starfish; always sticking up for people and brightening up their day. My sister K is like a sea snail; making a pathway for others to follow. My brother C is like a crab; always picking up stuff and trying it out. My Dad is like a sea anemone;...

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Time to Teach

12/28/12: I forgot to share with you all that I have been doing these last many months! As a mom, teacher, artist and musician, I spread myself across many interests, but not all at once! Before and after musical numbers at church and doing homework with the kids, I have been teaching a lot of art this year. From 5 year olds to 18 year olds, I have been discussing the...

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Color Study

 4/16/12: Sometimes my spiral notebooks have studies that are very expressive. I think I am willing to take more risks with color and design in my sketchbooks before I move to the “nice paper”. Working out the possiblities in these preliminary studies helps take some of the fear out of staring at a fresh sheet of watercolor paper or canvas. In this color...

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Sketchbooks

4/16/12: I had a request to see some of my sketches. I have a number of watercolor pads and sketchbooks that I fill with ideas or use to practice drawing. The next two posts feature a few of these color studies or drawings. I have actually quite a few stashed in drawers and stacked on...

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Learning through art play

4/12/12: Spring Break inspired me to create texture and color in new ways. We took a trip to the coast and the children awakened my eyes to the beautiful colors and textures of tide pools, surf and sand. Amazing how some time with children can put your own creativity into hyperdrive! As soon as we came home there were so many new ideas in my head. I see several projects...

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“Cockatiel Condos” ready for auction!

3/17/12: “Cockatiel Condos” a collaboration between Janet and 26 2nd graders. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. 24″ x 48″. This was a lot of work and planning. It required a carefully drawn “map” that assigns birdhouse space for each young artist. I love the whimsical and colorful result. I am so intrigued by the possiblities of mod...

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Birdhouses and Cockatiels

3/16/12: Currently I am working on a collaborative art piece. This artwork displays the painting of my daughter’s second grade class in an arrangement that I designed and finished. The artwork “Cockatiel Condos” features birdhouses that I drew and the children painted with their own colorful patterns. They are arranged on an “inside out...

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Painting in progress…

 2/28/2012: People often ask me, “when do you have time to paint?” and truly I don’t know how to answer them. There is never a set time – I can’t plan on regular evenings, mornings are unpredictable and really my schedule is run by lots of little people. Yet somehow I get the practice time in. I run into the time and seize it more often than...

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Oregon Landscape

1/14/2012: Today it feels like winter is really here to stay awhile. It is rainy, cloudy, a bit dark and there is a possibility of snow. The darkness and dampness of Oregon winter is something I actually quite enjoy. There were many people out walking today and they didn’t look a bit grumpy. I decided I wanted to feel winter too but not get cold and wet so i worked...

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A new year for painting!

1/5/2012: Preparing for a successful year of painting does not mean sending away my family to paint every day, (Although there are times when I need to be alone! Ever tried to paint a delicate wash with a four year old asking for a drink?? ) What I am learning from artists who have painted for many decades is that there are many activities that support your painting...

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Welcome to my new site!

12/13/2011: Finally I have a place to share what I am learning through painting! Painting has given me a chance to rethink, rediscover and recreate all sorts of memories and feelings. I hope you visit often to see how my techniques and creativity evolve and grow over time. I have so many images I want to record and so much to say that without art and music – I think...

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