Saturday, October 30, 2010


I told you I'm a teacher, right? I teach Art at a middle school and it really is my dream job, as far as hanging out with students all day making artwork and having unlimited access to materials to experiment with my own artwork. Yesterday, I played "The Nightmare before Christmas" during class while they were working on their one-point perspective drawings that I affectionately call "View from your window." It can be a view from ANY window they choose. Not surprisingly, by the end of class, there were tons of pumpkins and a few skeletons added to the drawings.

Tim Burton's artwork remains my favorite of all Halloween artwork because of the twists and turns and patterns and the way it fuels your imagination. I have resisted showing students this drawing before they start their perspective drawings, because I am teaching them the techniques of drawing realistically first. It's like learning boring Algebra before the more abstract lessons of geometry (with the pretty shapes). ""Did I just compare Art to Math???"" But, secretly, I prefer the style of imaginative "breaking of the rules for the sake of design." It's like a sassy sentence that starts with "So, I was thinking..." Not grammatically correct, but like an invitation into the writer's thoughts.

P.S. I think it's really fun to play up every holiday that you can and just be a full participant. So, here are this years' pumpkins. Brad carved the Bears logo and I was dreaming of Florida again and so that's where my palm tree comes from.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Yoga is one of life's treasures, for sure. But I was wondering today... yoga, for a way to quiet and relax the body, is very active. I guess it's similar to the way I need to be DOING something to be relaxing, like reading or chillen in a hot tub or walking my dog. I pretty much never sit and do nothing. I think that even though cultures can seem very different, humans are mostly similar, all of us. And I also think everyone's life would be enriched by a practice in yoga... and some time chillen in a hot tub.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Life's Treasures

I am an Artist, bookie, Art Teacher, world traveler and easily inspired by life's small treasures.

One treasure I thoroughly enjoyed this week was, "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan. I learned (well, quite a few things), but one of them being that our brains manufacture a THC-like chemical which triggers short term memory loss. It creates episodes, much like smoking pot would, to trigger short term memory rapidly on a daily basis... on purpose! It didn't seem to make sense until this statement. "Would you really like to remember the NYC subway this morning and every face you saw during the ride to work?"

There are so many things we take for granted, like the ability to quickly forget every tree, sign, and face we see during the day, never to return back to the thought, so that our brains are not constantly crammed and overstimulated.


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