Monday, March 29, 2010

The Perfect Gift

This past weekend my dear friend Karen and I finally got to see " Alice In Wonderland". It was an artist's delight, visually stunning with breathtaking color, amazing sets and costuming. After the movie she gifted me with this charming book.

She knows that I have been following the workshop from the wonderful book by Shona Cole, "The Artistic Mother" with my four year old granddaughter Kate. I absolutely adore this book and love sharing it and making art with my little artist Kate.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunshine By Kate

We've been working on many projects none of which are ready for blogging. I thought a little music might do for Artistic Mother followers. You will want to disable the music at the bottom to hear this.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Artistic (grand) Mother :
Project #1

The studio is finally dried out after all the rain we've had. I couldn't wait to get started following the workshop section of Shona Cole's book: "The Artistic Mother". I am taking my granddaughter Kate along with me on this fabulous journey. She is my little artist. The journal is to keep track of her artful journey. She is already a little crafty diva and wants to try everything. Yeah Kate!

My daughter and her two children have moved in with us after a rough divorce and we've been trying to fit three more people into our little house. My studio has been split in half so that she could have her own room. This week the wall between the two rooms has finally gone up so that I now have a dedicated space of my own again.

As you can see I have a real issue with being organized. I can't function without it. This isn't even the half of it. Maybe someday we'll go on a tour. Like I said, I have issues.

I had so much fun with the background papers. It was different to just play. It's something I've been working on for a while. Hopefully I'll find more time to play again.

Little by little the more that I worked on Kate's journal the deeper into supplies I got. This kind of chaos I like!

This is my finished project. A journal to keep Kate's progress as an artist from the very beginning and a record to help her remember when she made art with her Nana.

I would love to hear feedback on this project. Is it done? Is it too cute? I tend to stray to the cute side. On to project two.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A New Artistic Adventure

Artist Shona Cole has just released her long awaited book for busy moms trying to combine motherhood and the need to be creative. Fellow artist Trudy Callan has been inspired by this wonderful book to bring together a group of artists to follow the 12 week workshop and relate their experiences trying to combine motherhood and art. If you would like to join or follow these artists on their journey you can find all the info you need on Trudy's website. I am thrilled to be the only ,so far, grandmother in the group. There are many grandmothers out there caring full time for their grandchildren. It's the same work as moms with a different dynamic and lifetime of experiences involved. A different perspective. I am looking forward to this exciting adventure. Hope that you can join us. I am off now to play with paint etc. and start my backgrounds.