Impressions of Nature

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle

Category: Drawings

Last Spread!

I finished the last spread of Night Owl! Now its time to go back and do some editing…..


Perceptual Drawing 1 & 2


This is a handful of the trois crayon and conte crayon assignments that my drawing class completed. We had the critique on Thursday and some of the students hung up the finished works. The Drawing 1 students had a more geometric still life and the drawing 2 students worked from a (Georgia O’Keefeish) still life with bones, rope and bottles. Both classes had to deal with textural elements and mark making, using conte crayon.

I think that they all turned out so interesting. Each student interpreted the still life in an interesting way. They are all so different! I think they did a great job.

He Sleeps….

A quick sketch of my tired babe. Happy Saturday.


A Collaboration…of Sorts

My daughter and I just finished this collaborative piece. She started the acrylic painting several months ago. Today we pulled it out to add a little oil pastel on top. She directed me every step of the way. For example I was told to, “Add some pink grass at the bottom of the tree. Now add some dark blue.” In the end, she felt that my tree was a little too representational for her liking. I suggested that maybe it was finished and she told me that we were “not finished” as she pulled up her black stool and made the necessary changes to the tree. The marks do add a little more movement. 😉 I am fascinated by the way that her “artistic eye” has started changing. She really likes to draw circles with dots of color in the center (see the details to the right).

They remind me of Chuck Close’s technique, used in his contemporary work. Do you think that he was inspired by a 3 year old?


Who knows?! Maybe she will end up being the next Chuck Close. Either way, I’m having a lot of fun watching her creative side grow.

New Spread

Just finished the latest spread for Night Owl today! Just keep painting…


A Case of the Mondays

Night Owl is taking flight! Here is a detail of what’s on the drawing table. So far today has been pretty productive since my little man decided to take a nap for an hour and a half. 😉 Happy Monday! IMG_4490

Art Blast 2016

I just wanted to share a few of the Picasso inspired “Blue Guitars” that my 4-7 year olds completed today, at the Mobile Museum of Art. These three were my favorite. They are a lively bunch but very creative! If your children did not get to participate in Art Blast this summer, be sure to check it out next year. We have a lot of fun!


This is Brandon’s (4 years old). He cut out his shapes all by himself. 😉


This is Jayden’s (4 years old!). I love the expressive lines that she incorporated.


Ella (7 years old) did a great job adding monochromatic tints and shades of blue.

Art Camp 2016

This week I had a group of 9-11 year olds for 2 hours (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). They were so polite, focused and prolific. I love the work that came out of this group! Here are a few shots of the girls working and some of their pastel paintings.







Night Owl Sneak Peek

“Serenade us,” Wood Thrush suggested…


In honor of Mother’s Day….I thought that I would share a photo of this little firecracker creating her very first painting. Thanks for making me a Mom sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back. IMG_6848