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 […]

Book Trailer!

Apart from the cringing ache of hearing my voice in the voiceover, the trailer for Portrait of a Girl and Her Art was a joy to make. Many thanks to the artists for their vibrant contributions and thanks to my son Julian for his music. If you don’t already know about my book and are […]

The Shadow Knows..

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Kid’s Art/Bold Linoleum Block Prints

Rachel ‘s block prints are clean, graphic and really cool!    Rachel is a featured artist in my new, soon to be released book, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.

New “Practical” Inspiration Page

I’ve just added a new page on my Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog, which supports my soon to be available book, of the same name.  I’ve included printable guides for your sketchbook and portrait work, along with some general basics about making art.  If you’ve never tried working in a sketchbook or […]

New Project Ideas!

Art teachers, parents, grandparents, uncles, friends and aunties, new projects with “how to’s” for artsy young people on Portrait of a Girl and Her Art Blog.    Subscribe! Many more projects to come.

Sneak Peak/New Book- Cover!

VERY soon now, Portrait of a Girl and Her Art will be available in hardcover, paperback and PDF . I’m working on additional electronic formats. Very soon I’ll have purchase info ready for one step clicking. Portrait of a Girl and Her Art  already has a dedicated blog where art tips, exciting interviews with young […]

ALMOST…My new book is COMING

My brandy new book, PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AND HER ART  is in the final stages of production!   Hopefully, all typos and misspellings have been identified, and the many gorgeous images have been perfectly  placed. What’s it about?  Quite simply, it’s all about young female visual artists and their work.  It’s a labor of love that has taken […]

Another New Digital Painting

“The Rescue” also employs a scanned textural item. Obviously it’s the net.  The oranges that came wrapped in it were delicious.

Cordoned Off/KiDs aRT

Anna, an elementary school student and burgeoning artist, rose to the challenge in this cordon off  assignment.  Essentially, I ask a student to take a paper frame and zero in on anything she finds interesting in the room.  The task is to cordon off a section of a 3D object, focusing in on any part […]

KiDs aRT:sTiLl LiFE

Any memories of  a pear, a Chianti bottle, and a bicycle wheel propped, draped, lit, and placed  in front of you on a rainy Monday morning?  Ring any bells?  Art class and the mandatory still life. What I think makes this time-honored and very useful drawing exercise somewhat more interesting, is the freedom to choose […]

Imaginary Vacations/Beautiful Creations

Can’t get away this weekend ?  How about taking a little vacation via Kate and Audrey.  They have generously allowed us to follow them to exclusive places. Take a deep breath (go ahead), now make room in your busy mind for a beautiful respite. Exhale now and view Kate’s self-portrait. Kate takes on a stroll […]

Creative Kids

Were you the kid who  got lost in your paint, glue, and other art materials?   I mean it literally.   Maybe you know a child who sees her own body as an extension of her paper or canvas or sculpture.  While her peers are relatively neat and disciplined about their creative work, this child jumps […]

kIDS arT

Jonathan O. kept the energy flowing with this gorgeous triptych.   He began organically, and his imagination ruled the concept and design of the paintings.  Jonathan completed the “Bison”canvas first.  This painting set the design for the other two creatures and canvases.   I think they work almost as well separately as they do together. […]

KIDs ArT

As promised earlier in the month, here is Samantha’s completed acrylic painting.  Clearly, Samantha is not afraid of rendering her darks and lights.  She’s a natural with values. However, translating black and white into color is a little tricky.  This is not a problem for Samantha. She dove right in with complementary colors.  They pop with […]

KIds aRT

The title of Callie’s piece is “Tortured Fruit”.   A really fine acrylic painting that beautifully depicts the actual unfortunate fruit.  Callie achieved the realistic effects in this work through a series of acrylic washes.  This is a time-honored technique of the “Old Masters” tweaked for the materials we use in 2011.   I think […]