For the first time in the seven years that I have been teaching art classes, I'm hosting an art exhibit for my students to display their work! I've long thought that these endeavoring artists who work so hard to improve their skills, should have a place to display their triumphs with family and friends. I'm so excited to give them that opportunity this spring.
Since this show is about the student's work, I thought it would only be fitting for me to use elements that they have painted, and I put them together into a lively spring invitation.
I had my advanced Wednesday students each paint certain items that could go in a wreath. We decided on including watercolors of fruit, flowers, blossoms, eucalyptus, olives, feathers, and branches. Since Kerry Kisinger of the Orange Door Gift Boutique in Oviedo has been kind enough to allow us to display the art in her beautiful shop, I wanted oranges and citrus fruit to be the focal point/theme.
After we decided what we wanted the wreath to include, we picked who would paint what. In truth, I couldn't resist painting the fruit myself since you know I'm a sucker for painting food! The rest of the components were all done by 5 ladies who have painted with me for a few years now. I could not be more proud and amazed by their progress! A few of their paintings are featured below:
That week, each of us set to work painting our assigned wreath elements and brought the paintings back the following week to share in class. Now that we were together again, I scanned each painting and used Adobe Photoshop to remove the background paper color and clean the edges up around the watercolor art. Removing the backgrounds was the most time consuming part, because each piece needed to have no background so that they could overlap one another on the wreath and have what is underneath peak through.
Once that labor intensive part was finished, it was time for me to play in Photoshop. I got busy layering and moving around the different elements. This was fun work for me. I'm always grateful when my graphic design background collides with the watercolor world!
When we met again the following week, I had it almost finished placing everything into the wreath. We looked at it again together and the student's keen eyes helped us make decisions on final tweaks and adjustments.
Here is just the wreath alone that went behind the text in our lovely invitation.
I had the small invitations printed on card stock at my favorite local print shop: Whitney Printing in Oviedo. They do a great job on everything I send their way. I'm a big fan of printers who pay attention to detail. The guys at Whitney know I'm particular about the final output of my prints, and I appreciate that they're always looking out for me as their client.
You are welcome to come and join us on April 19th at the Orange Door Gift Boutique to see all of the great work that these local Oviedo and Winter Springs artists have been creating!
It is that time of year! Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer art camp. I know it seems early but I have learned that people much more organized then I, do plan out their summers out well in advance!
My favorite part about art camp is that each day we give one prize per table to those students displaying the character trait of the day. We will discuss the values of hard work, service, gratitude, patience and helpfulness. By the end of the week each child will have received a prize and a short little bit of instruction about living a life full of good fruits.
The camp will be held:
June 18th through June 22nd this year
Monday through Friday
Ages 6 through 12
Cost is $145 per camper with all materials and supplies provided. Great discounts are included for families with multiple campers.
The art camp is hosted by Caryn Dahm and Holli Luther and is held at Metro church (now called, The Foundry) in Winter Springs just off of the 417 overpass.
Read more about it and see photos of previous years on our summer camp page.
Registration closes June 4th.
All ready to sign up? Register Online Here
We can't wait to inspire and encourage your child's love of art in a fun-filled, comfortable learning environment! e-mail email@example.com or call 407-421-3198 with questions.
I enjoy drinking sparkling water, but something about San Pellegrino is my favorite! I think the bottle and label are what sells me. I've always been a sucker for good packaging. As a teenager, I used to hoard green glass bottles. I had a collection of it on my window sill for the light to shine through.
When my husband and I visited Italy this year, I thought I was in heaven. At every restaurant we dined in they asked if you wanted your water "still" or "frizzante." I of course would always opt for the crisp fizz. Most of the time I was served my favorite brand with a tall glass to pour it in.
So last week, when my art students and I worked on studying how to compose a still life, I selfishly set myself up a scene of limes and San Pellegrino.
By putting the subject in a box and shining a focussed light on it, you cut down on surrounding ambient light and get nice clean highlights and shadows.
I used a white background because I wanted that gorgeous green glow to show up behind the glass.
The clip on light was picked up at a garage sale years ago, and it has proven to be a great asset.
My first attempt was a bit of a disaster. I couldn't wait to get to the painting part so I rushed my drawing. The first bottle on the right was far from symmetrical. Not only that, but my paper was shredding along the edge of it from the water. I decided it was time to cut my losses and start again. Typically my second pass at a painting is better. I try to learn from my mistakes the first go around.
So happy to finally have painted a scene that reminds me of our trip to Italy, and a beverage I love.
I'm not sure where I heard that, but as soon as I did, it spoke to me. The idea is that we can be stymied by the need to have things perfect. Perfectly clean, perfectly pretty, even perfectly correct. It's easy for folks learning to paint to not want to continue because they don't find their artwork to be exactly as they expect it to turn out. I try to impress upon art students (and myself) that the process of learning is what we are after, not the perfect final piece.
At the beginning of 2017 I heard about the one word movement. It is the idea that rather then have a new year's resolution, you focus on one word that is meaningful to you.
My word for last year was RELEASE. I prayed about what that one word would be and that is what came to mind. Throughout the year I "released" many things. Much of which had to do with perfectionism. Others had to do with fears. Somehow I slowly began to realize how intricately both of these words were related. Perfectionism and fear go hand in hand.
When most people think of me, perfectionism would not be what comes to mind : ) I don't keep a perfectly tidy house and I certainly don't keep my calendar and schedule perfectly organized. If I've made appointments with you in the past you know what I'm talking about! I'm working on it : ) Even with those outward elements of a relaxed Caryn, inside I can be a control freak over many elements of my life.
This year I realized the need to release many ideals that I've put upon myself that are not necessarily of God. The need to have each day be supremely productive and full of crossing things off of my to-do lists. The need to teach and train my kids at every "teachable moment." The desire to have my house be looking exactly how I want it at any given moment.
I gave in a bit more to lingering in bed when I'm tired or sick, just listening to my kids talk and letting their issues take their course rather then trying to control them and being patient with house stuff (I still have drywall openings in my walls from a plumbing flood that happened during Irma.) Accepting that my eyes squish up in pictures when I smile naturally. Some of these items were released by choice and some by necessity.
My friend, Holli, who is often my cohort in artful endeavors reminds me of the refreshing words that God says in Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God." "Be still" could be translated to "cease striving."
Cease Striving ... Balm For a Weary Soul
For 2018 I've found the word, Renewal. I'm not exactly sure yet what that will mean, but it feels like it fits. I'm thinking it will have something to do with Mark 6:30-32. Here Jesus and His apostles had been busy working very hard. Jesus invited them to get away with Him so they could be renewed. He said, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." That same invitation is extended to you and me.
Come With Me ... Get Some Rest
When I was a little girl, I remember my mom taught me a song that came from Isaiah 40:31..."They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like the eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord to wait."
Hoping this next generation sees us taking time to love, be ourselves, yes... work hard but also making time to rest, truly connect and "cease striving."
Whether I am working with a client on their brand identity, teaching students or creating a custom watercolor piece, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...