Saturday, February 22, 2014
We have a great view out our front window of the sun setting behind the hills over the Hudson River. In February the sunsets are particularly glorious (I'm not sure why exactly). One day will be deep turquoise and viridian green, and the next an unbelievable rainbow- violet, indigo, blue, green, then fiery yellow, orange, red, and magenta.
Millie and I have been eating dinner early then setting up our watercolors on the table in anticipation of this nightly show. The thing is, you can't tell if it's going to be hidden by clouds or rain until the last minutes when the colors shoot up into the sky, so we have to move fast! When it starts we run to the window to watch, then back to the table to paint (we leave the curtain open and can see it from our chairs). Sometimes it's only 60 seconds before the colors shift and blend into new combinations, so we have to paint fast! It's a lot of excitement and SO much fun. Millie really looks up from her painting to keep checking the sunset, then continues to paint saying "wow... WOW".
Here are some of our paintings:
Friday, February 21, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,
Millie and I are collecting interesting open-ended materials for our art projects, and we need your help! We are looking for what we in the biz call “found objects”. These are items that might otherwise be recycled or discarded such as colorful bottle caps, textured packing material, broken jewelry, etc. In other words, things that you either already have around the house or are able to start collecting- we are not asking you to buy anything new from a store.
Here is a list I compiled to get your wheels turning about the possibilities:
1. Found Objects:
-interesting paper scraps: envelopes, junk mail, nature photos, cut up shopping bags, sandpaper, cardboard
- fabric scraps: wool, felt, corduroy, lace, velvet, leather, burlap, cotton (we already cleaned out Nana’s quilting supply!)
- wine corks
- beads; jewelry that can be taken apart
- small wood scraps
- mosaic tiles
- bottle caps, lids
- Styrofoam trays
- small mirrors
- leftover/extra craft supplies (that you don’t plan to use again): colored tape, shaped paper-punchers, stickers, stamps, watercolor or other painting paper
2. Natural Objects:
- seed pods,
- dried/pressed leaves and flowers
- tree bark
- smooth beach glass
- real feathers
- pine cones
- roots; vines; twigs
- dried fruit peels
- pure beeswax (pellets, blocks, crayons)
Keep in mind that this will be process based art, so you don’t need to have any idea of what the end product will become (we won’t!). Just think #1. Is it clean and safe? (No sharp edges, food stuck on etc), and #2. What interesting properties does it hold? Think: texture, color, shape and form, pattern.
Here are a few other things we are looking for that you may have lying around. And yes, you get Bonus Points for donating these to toddler land!
- -small containers or dishes to store supplies (baskets, ceramic, wood, enamel, glass, stainless steel) - divided containers are a double bonus
- - sponges
- -nature/science tools: magnifying glasses, field guides, eye-droppers, small flashlight, binoculars, white or clear trays
Any amount of stuff you can collect, big or small, will be greatly appreciated. This is just the beginning of an ongoing adventure, so please feel free to send us stuff whenever you can! If you need our address just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We have some very exciting projects in the works, both for Millie and for the Mama-Teacher, so stay tuned!
Thank you in advance,
Millie, Helen, and Brady
And now without further ado here is a tour of Millie's Art Studio... or as they say in Reggio Emilia: Mini Atelier :)
Windowsill and shelf, top to bottom = paint brushes, glass jars for liquid watercolors, wooden caddy with various drawing materials, paper, homemade playdough (dyed with blueberry!) and tools, pan watercolors, paint/clean-up rags, various trays. The blue boxes to the left of the shelf hold jars of finger paints and tools for print-making:
Above: a couple of special decorations include the 3-d paper shapes rainbow mobile I made while pregnant (originally hung above her baby changing table), and the ceramic mouse that is part of a Beatrix Potter collection (a gift from Nana).
We hope you enjoyed the tour! Come back soon to see some of the artwork Millie has been creating, and our Big Plans for future projects.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Yo! Brady got me a fancy new iPhone 5S! Here is proof. I am posting this FROM THE PHONE. Can you believe that? I thought maybe now I'll just turn the blog into selfies and rambling. Is that cool?
ps: the baby refused to have her picture taken for this post because she's too busy putting a tiny blue dog to bed.