Protecting your Creativity

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I was editing my photos this morning for a post on watercolor and paper bouquets when this piece caught my eye. I try to photograph the variety of art that results from a lesson and I remember pausing to remember the girl who created this piece. It was so different from my example and different from anyone at her table, which for a fourth grade girl is unusual. Many girls … Read More →

New Year. New Challenges. New Joy

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The only thing better than celebrating the holidays with my family is clearing out the decorations. Sounds a bit “Grinchy” but the truth is, I love the normal days as much as the special ones. My beautiful, 12 foot-pine cone and nature inspired tree made an early departure as it didn’t quite survive the hot California weather. I’ve never had a crunchier tree. Honestly, it feels great to have the … Read More →

My Creative Summer

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My month long summer hiatus has come to an end. In many ways, I can’t wait for September as it means that I get to see my students again and begin the planning process for an artful year. I love all that, but it’s important to switch gears once in a while. I got my creative boost in June when my sister asked me to whip up some driving directions … Read More →

Archiving Childhood Artwork

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Any artwork that I did in elementary school art class is long gone. I remember a few projects very well, mostly the 3-D cities and marshmallow covered grapefruits that resembled igloos rather accurately, but there is no tangible evidence that either ever existed. Drawings that I did on my own at my kitchen table, however, were saved. As a child, I drew all the time. There was nothing I wanted … Read More →

Studio updates

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I’m taking a break from posting another art lesson (don’t worry, I have lots in the pipeline) to update you all on the goings-on with Deep Space Sparkle… I’m not going to lie, DSS has been keeping me very busy. I’m in the second week of Teaching Art 101 and I’m thoroughly it.  Although none of the lessons are live, the forum and our Flickr page keeps everyone connected. There are … Read More →

October Inspirations

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Lately, my bucket has been brimming over with ideas. I love Pinterest not just to discover cute and clever art lessons, but for ideas to create them.  I’m in the business of creating my own content so I look to my surroundings (and Pinterest!) for my daily fix. Here’s what’s inspiring me lately… A simple image often spurs the brain into action. I adore these illustrations of the double-decker bus … Read More →

Art Books for Children

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A summer day without any specific plans turned into a delightful stroll along Santa Barbara’s State Street with my daughter, Elly. First stop? The Santa Barbara Museum of Art bookstore. I love this place. It’s a treasure trove of delightful inspiration, not to mention the best selection of art books in Santa Barbara. I have visited this store a few times before and each time I discover a few new … Read More →