Monday after school

August 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

This evening, to beat the back-to-school blues I prioritized painting. This is NOT to say I am not enjoying the chaos and excitement of being back in my library with all the new students and returning students… just that I need this part of my day to keep me sane and to recharge.

Dragon was enjoying her favorite window ledge snoozing spot and I enjoyed listening to the rain coming down as I painted. My best friend from high school entrusted me with her precious yellow tea cup years ago and it is my watercolor painting vessel.

Dragon yawns

Dragon yawns

Palette and watercolor tea cup

Palette and watercolor tea cup

How far I got today

How far I got today, second session with this piece

Close up working

Close up working

Fancy angle close up

Fancy angle close up

Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog

Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog

The Austin Art Day

August 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

The day after the reading summit I hiked with Luce (video in a previous post), visited the amazing Art Science Gallery, Women Printmakers of Austin (WPA) studio, Big Medium and finished the day at Painting with a Twist just for fun.

At the WPA studio I met artist Jo Lagattuta. Jo had to complete a pre-requisite course in Albuquerque in order to pursue her Art Therapy program in Santa Fe. Never did she realize she was going to fall deeply in love with this medium and make it her own for years and years to come. Check out her art on the WPA website.

Here is Jo using sun exposure as part of her printmaking process…

Jo Lagattuta at work in Austin, Texas

Jo Lagattuta at work in Austin, Texas

Using the sunlight to make art!

Using the sunlight to make art!

Here is some footage of the Painting with a Twist event. Basically the idea is bring your own booze, (I did not and there were many others who weren’t drinking either) listen to music, follow the lead painter and leave with a 16 x 20 acrylic painting! It was a LOT of fun and I think it would be the best couples date idea too.

Painting with a Twist studio

Painting with a Twist studio

hard at work

hard at work

when in Texas you must choose the apron with Texas painted on it

when in Texas you must choose the apron with Texas painted on it

Princess Bubblegum

Princess Bubblegum

This guy...

This guy…

Ta da! It's done. It is called "Tranquil Buddha"

Ta da! It’s done. It is called “Tranquil Buddha”

The Reading Summit!

August 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

So the whole reason I headed on this big road trip by myself to Austin Texas was to attend the Scholastic Reading Summit. It was one day and it was full of inspiration, delicious food (why didn’t I take photos of it?!?) excellent keynote speakers and amazing workshops. The highlights for me were meeting and attending workshops by the book whisperer herself, Donalyn Miller. She was a teacher in Texas before making the move to Scholastic this year to reach more children and change them all into independent readers. Basically, my hero. Here we are:

Donalyn Miller at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Austin, TX.

Donalyn Miller and I at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Austin, TX.

Austin Texas continued…

August 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

More adventures in Austin Texas from Jess and Luce.

Whole Foods… the land of excitement

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Luce and I walk to Whole Foods the grocery store full of organic and alternative well-sourced foodstuffs. We couldn’t be happier!

Feeling tired…

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here is an early dog-walk hello taken just before I left the hotel for the reading summit this morning.

En route…

July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Luce and I ponder very briefly where in Texas we might be at this point, decide we don’t know, forget about that and just keep driving.

Luce and I take a break from driving and I get bitten by a fire ant… but I don’t catch that bit on camera. The video is much more boring than what occurred thirty seconds after I stopped recording. You can use your imagination.

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