6 months

growing fast

Well, tomorrow “little” Fergus will be 6 months old! Already he is nearly as big as Maggie and they are pretty evenly matched when they wrestle with each other. But soon he will pass her out as she has always been a petite miss. Fergus will be a big guy like his predecessor, Angus! He has settled into the family nicely and we couldn’t be happier with the way he and Maggie get along. Hopefully, they will enjoy a long life together!

lazy pals lounging in the library

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A great event…

Well, as March comes to an end, I am happy to report that the big educational event on Friday was outstanding in every way possible. It exceeded everyone’s expectations. I would be hard pressed to describe the feeling I got when I observed nearly 500 3rd graders listening with rapt attention as the guest of honor and her family were introduced to them. You could almost hear a pin drop!! I never saw such a well-behaved group of children in my life!! Divided into 5 large groups, they moved from station to station throughout the afternoon to learn something new about people with disabilities. There were adaptive devices and toys and a braille station for them to have some hands on experiences, worksheets and craft projects to do in between at their home base tables,a film and slide show, a nice bag lunch and a puppet show with handicapped puppets. Also a Q & A session with the Mom of our little guest of honor, Mikayla.  The day just flew by and the children all seemed to be having a great time. I think their favorite part was having their class pictures taken with Mikayla. They each made a picture frame and will get to have their very own photo as a  memento of the wonderful day. I can tell you that at then end of it all, when the last school bus pulled out of the parking lot, there was a very tired but happy group of women who were ready to celebrate the success of the day. And that we did as we met later for dinner and to recap the events of the day. And so, my creative life may have taken a back seat for the past month (or more) but believe me, it was well worth it to know that those students went back out into the world with a little more knowledge and a lot more compassion towards people with disabilities!! The book that was the catalyst for this whole event can be purchased at www.inclusionproject.org 

Life is so busy

My life is always so busy! I thought once I retired that I would have all this free time on my hands but that was not meant to be. And you know what?! It’s a good thing to be busy. I would prefer that to sitting around twiddling my thumbs any day!! Lately I have been busy working on a special project with the Arc of NEPA. It’s a special educational event that is just astronomical in its scope and reach with elementary school aged children. I cannot tell you how important I feel it is to teach our children about the handicaps that others may have and how to relate to people with these handicaps at an early age!! My Grandchildren already know about the importance of empathy, acceptance, inclusion and compassion in this regard as they have been exposed to it from an early age, but there are so many children that have not had that opportunity and I am so excited to be a  part of teaching other children about these things too!  Next Friday we will present  a program involving over 470 3rd grade students who will be treated to an entire day devoted to meeting a young girl who is multi handicapped and mainstreaming in her school system. The participating students have received a book written about this young girl by her classmates when she was a 3rd grader herself so they are all very excited to meet Mikayla and to participate in this ground breaking event. The day will include demonstrations of adaptive toys and devices, a photo shoot, hands on activities, a puppet show , lunch, a slide show and a Q & A session with our guest of honor and her Mom. I am very proud to be a part of this outstanding educational program and will update you as to how it went!!

On the creative home front, my website is in the “birthing” stages and is being constructed as I speak of it!! This is so exciting. Soon I will have my own on-line  Art Gallery and Shop to market my art and to offer other unique treasures and hadmade items for sale as well. My line of note cards and art prints will be available along with my original art by the end of April at the Edgewood Gallery and Boutique. Stay tuned for updates!!

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather and looking forward to a glorious Spring!!

Patio Bird Watcher

Bird Watcher

One little kitty is doing some bird watching on the patio while her friend just enjoys the sun.

Mini Collage

The Letter B

 

This mini collage tells a story that B is for bicycle, blue, brown, button, bird, blossom… 

I love the challenge of doing these minis because it is harder to get your artistic point across on a smaller canvas with fewer elements to tell the tale.

Pastel Sunset

Pastel Sunset

Watercolor of a  late winter sunset…just when the earth is getting ready to burst into glorious spring!!

A Picture Story

                           Forever Friends 
The participants of CED have, for the month of March, a challenge to use “story” as an optional theme for their artwork. I have posted this particular “story” previously on my blog but thought it was a good example of an instance where the elements of the collage make up a complete story…at least for the artist. The observer may see an entirely different story when they look at it and that’s okay. The point is, most art does tell a story…

This collage is typical of an instance where I was inspired by a picture. I found this old sepia toned picture amongst my stash of vintage photos. It’s two little girls all bundled up for the cold and they are standing inside a wrought iron,  fenced yard. The story that popped into my head was that they are in an orphanage and that they were always together for many years until one day one of them was adopted and they vowed, tearfully,  that no matter what distance separated them, they would always remain, in their hearts, “forever friends”.  The printed material behind and under the photo is in another language. Probably Russian or Polish. There is a little metal charm from a European hotel, a foreign postage stamp, a leaf and a key, which I love to use in my artwork because keys can represent so many things. What do you think it meant to these little orphans….

 

Plant your garden

Having fun creating these little watercolred/fine line marker drawings to be made into note cards…

Spring Sunset

 

I just finished this three dimensional collage. One good thing about cabin fever is that when I’m busy in my studio, I forget it’s a snowy white world outside! This is an acrylic painting of a spring sunset with two trees in the background. The other three trees were painted and cut out along with the individual maple leaves and some other details. They were then applied to the background painting with gel medium. The collage is mounted in a deep frame to accommodate the raised elements .

Birthday gift

Birthday Garden Party

This is the painting I did with the new acrylic technique. It was my friend’s birthday and I wanted to give her a little handmade gift so I did a collage using the pretty floral background as a foundation.

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