Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sweet Summer

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Today's slice of life comes to you in three sweet-summer parts.

Part one, project get organized. The studio reorganization project is complete. Cleaning out the clutter was a week long process, but boy it feels good to create in a clean, well-organized space. My son was a great help moving books and organizing Goodwill donations. We share the big desk and work (or play) across from each other. Admittedly he had much less "stuff" in the room than I did, but now it's cleared out and his work space is ready for high school.

Part two, project create. One goal for my summer is to create more. Write more. Paint more. Create more. I scheduled several weeks of writing camp (they were fantastic) and got the studio organized, so I've made good progress there. I have several art pieces in the works--a "school," a herd, some zen tangle-ish cards I've had fun sketching, several animal collages.

Part  three, rework the art of analysis project. I wrote a bit about this during my time at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. It became part of my problem of practice (number 12 in this post). I've done a lot of thinking about the project and how I give feedback.

I've also thought about and started to create additional models to use next year. One is an altered book of poems about poetry where I interpret the poem through the stylistic lens of an art movement. The other are two stand up words in the style of pop artist, Romero Britto. I will use the models to introduce key ideas and artists from the movement to build students' background knowledge and engage them in creative work. I love the art play and time I have to indulge in it now.

Daisy, now three,  curls up under my painting table. 

Work in progress, I will add layers and coats of color as well as outlines soon.

Happy summer, Slicers! Sweet isn't it?


  1. we are having similar summers! love your photos---you have accomplished a lot. Summer is so very sweet--enjoy!

  2. Summer, the time to get the real work done. Kudos to you that you found order and creative endeavors and outlets.

  3. I'm still cleaning, but I can now see most of the floor in my library room! Love all your projects, Lee Ann. Your early workshop sounded wonderfully inspiring! I like seeing all those little pieces and the way you're exploring, for yourself, & for your future students too. Great stuff!

  4. Lee Ann, I am really loving your studio and so impressed with the space and the declutter. My world is still topsy turvy. The clutter I said would be gone has been whittled down but it is not in neat piles. I am involved in a K12 Art Challenge at #TERPart that you might be interested in and I invite you to peruse Spring's Symphony Gallery with your thoughts on writing for the Summer Splashings Gallery. (http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2015/07/springs-symphony-unveiled.html) Lastly, I missed your postings about the Highlights retreat. Can you please send me the link?

  5. What an impressive clean up, and I love your colorful letters! Enjoy the rest of your summer!