Journal: “Docendo Discimus”

This is from my summer journal; this page is from a while ago, but I finished it recently.  I got these great markers that have brushes for the ends, and they are great!  Before the school year ended, I traced the hands of my students, and then colored them in.  I like how it turned out.  I called it “docendo discumus” which is latin for “in teaching we learn”– which coincidentally is a tattoo I have.

I’ve been trying to think of what I could do for the background, but I ended up leaving it white.  I might add to it later.


Art of another kind

I spent my weekend on an art of another kind.

On a trip to an out of town flea market, we dug around and found this loom.  It was broken and missing a piece, but we bought it anyways.  The best thing I’ve found about doing art almost everyday, is that I am always full of ideas on how to make and/or fix things.

To fix this, I made another arm out of a yardstick and some dowels I had left over from making canvasses.  And it worked!    So now I’m using some wool and weaving a scarf out of it.  Wearable art!  I love the colors of this wool, and how its working up in the weaving.

I am still working in my journal, layering away.  Nothing that I think is finished enough to show… Soon though!


Street Art: Hamilton Tunnel Mural

At MacNab Street Tunnel

I was on a walk with my partner D, and I took him to my favorite mural in the city.  I can’t believe  forgot to take him here until now:  The art I take for granted!  Well, I made that right yesterday, and showed him.  It is amazing work!  This tunnel was just gray for the longest time.  There was some graffiti, mostly tagging which is not my favorite unless it is really cool.  Now its a great (and colorful) rep of the city.  I think my favorite part is when you are coming up the stairs out of the tunnel, and there are arrows showing you to all the great parts of Hamilton.  The project was completed July, 2010 by two Hamilton artists, Laura Zajacz and Becky Katz, and about 30 youth volunteers.

Journal: “More fun than a barrel of monsters”

I bought these really cheap watercolors (you know the dry kind kids use?) at the dollar store for my students, and I had one at home.  I decided to try them out on a bunch of doodles I did in my journal. They were pretty ok, actually!  I like how muted the colors are, it let me use as many colors as I want without it looking really busy.  I am torn for which my favorite monster is… I think I like the flying toast dude the best.  Especially because he ha duck feet.

Painting: Heart Hommage

8"x 8", mixed media on canvas

I found out that I have high blood pressure.  Apparently, I don’t handle stress well- but does anybody?

I thought it would be nice for me to paint something that showed my heart that I do care about it; and I hope it won’t crap out on me because I’ve been stressy.  This painting kinda grosses my partner out.  But I like it.  I like that if you look closely, you can see that there is an image of a heart under all the veins and stuff.