Gifts

My wonderful Dad has Alzheimer’s. Like my Dad,  I tend to look back a lot at scattered moments.  One I will never forget is opening my birthday gift this year, from my Dad.  With the help of his caregiver and my Mom, my Dad was able and proud to gather, wash and paint ordinary rocks.  They […]

Our Owl Mascot

Otis symbolizes many good memories of our kid’s elementary school.  It was then, a small neighborhood school which was warm, diverse and caring, under the leadership of a terrific principal who greeted each child and parent every morning and at dismissal by name. An owl is still the school mascot.  My husband  carved this one […]

BIG KIDS Magazine:Rachel and Me

My  artist friend Rachel is seventeen years old.  It’s difficult to assign a chronological age to this young woman because she is both wise beyond her years and as uninhibited in her creativity as a pre-schooler.  That’s how I knew she was the perfect candidate to collaborate with me on this illustration for BIG KIDS Magazine. […]

BIG KIDS Magazine: Interview

Last post was an introduction to the fabulous Big Kids’s Magazine.  This link connects you to the homepage of the BIG blog. You might say that BIG KIDS Magazine discovered my blog for young artists called  Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.  Lily (one of the creators),  left a wonderful comment and requested that I take […]

BIG KIDS Magazine!

Exciting stuff.  Lots of excitement…where to begin…..Big Kids Magazine.   Go on, have a click on the link, then come on back. Back?    Did the animation alone take you to the most magical of creative places?    It literally takes me to a place where my creative energies start a-jumping.  Now imagine riding that creative […]

Snort

Ok, this carving is quite ridiculous.  It’s name is Snort Snort Brain. Yes, really. My husband agreed to share his Christmas tree stump carvings with our youngest’s first grade class. This prompted a brainstorm; why not ask the class to give a name to the most recent carving?  My husband promised the class that whatever […]

Brutus The Brave

This Christmas tree stump carving pays homage to the brave little salamander on loan from our eldest’s fifth grade classroom… Brutus was a popular class pet and in great demand, so students signed up for the honor of  bringing the little guy home on weekends to salamander sit.   Brutus spent one VERY LONG weekend […]

Our Sketchbook Project 2012

Saturday I mailed out our sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project 2012 ‘s  January 31 deadline-whew. It’s a project I’ll always remember because it’s a collaboration with my son Julian.  Julian inspired the concept, and we worked together truly as a team. While I will forever treasure the memories of being a mom for my children when […]

Christmas Tree Rabbit

Because so many responded to my husband’s beautiful practice of  Christmas tree  stump carving, I’ve decided to post an image of one of his mini sculptures each week for all of the twenty-eight carvings in our collection.  Above is the first, from 1982.  This is Abbot the rabbit.  The muse?  The Velveteen Rabbit.