Monday, November 30, 2009
as i wrote last month, i've been working with ceramics for the first time. and i have really been happy with the results. i did this decorative plate for thanksgiving that i just love. it is the same hand print turkey we've all seen for years, but now it's a fantastic keepsake that can be displayed year after year.i like to display mine on a metal easel on the counter in my kitchen. then i can just change the piece to fit each season. gobble, gobble!
here is my newest plate for christmas. the hand print christmas tree is my favorite design of all! i could also just as easily do a footprint angel or a hand print reindeer. so many possibilities!
these plates are decorative only because the paint is on the surface of the plate where the food would touch.i f you would like something that can be used for serving as well, then we can do a piece where the paint goes on the outside. i made these thumbprint coffee mugs for my in laws for christmas. so delicious!
and of course, i still do my classic canvas pieces, which also look great on display easels. i pull mine out every year for christmas and display them on my piano. i think the canvas elevates the simple print into a work of art.
there is something else new at jaeartworks as well- my new bag tags. i started making these for my own boys to go on their bags for school and church. i can make any theme and any name and can put whatever information you need on the back. so cute and so handy! and a great stocking stuffer for only $6. To see more bagtags go here!
Monday, September 28, 2009
jaeartworks always has at least one new project for grandparents day. this year, my favorite is this great canvas tote bag, where i used the little girl's hand print as the "o" in "love." it's just fantastic, and i just know her grandmother will love carrying her stuff around in it!
i also did some experimenting with painting on ceramics.t his can be very tricky if you are not a professional ceramicist with a kiln. but, i finally found a paint i liked that was able to produce the quality i demand. and, the end result is this fabulous painted porcelain plate. what a great gift idea!
in the meantime, zane started his first year of t-ball with his good buddy, nolan. we went to the first practice with a little bit of hesitation, remembering our soccer experience the year before. we still laugh because omar got more exercise those first few practices for soccer than zane did. and then, when zane did go out on the field without omar, many times he was picking grass or off on the wrong side of the field by himself. so, you can imagine our joy when zane ran out onto the t-ball practice field and never looked back. he did everything the coach said, and more importantly, had a great time.
little zac had a great time playing in the dirt as well.
we can't wait to see how the season plays out. go thunder!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
even with the (insert eye roll here) flash, you can see that the painting was a success. being my first full-fledged painting where I didn't fall back on mixed media or drawing media to complete it, of course I must say that there are some things that I know could be better. there are also certain steps that i would do differently if i did another one. but that is all part of the learning process. so, i will say i feel good about this painting, and that i look forward to painting some more in a looser style, because let's face it, this is every bit as tight and controlled as my portrait work. as van gogh once said, "if you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." oh yes, and peace to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. amen.
Monday, May 4, 2009
here are a couple of other designs i drew up. let me know if you are interested. any of these designs can be modified for any given project!
Monday, April 27, 2009
after opening easter baskets in the morning, we went to church. i have to include a picture of my boys because they all looked so handsome. as usual, zachary was uncooperative in taking the picture. thankfully, when your 1 1/2 you tend to look cute anyways.
the easter egg hunt came later that afternoon. the really fun part was that my husband insisted that it be outside even though it was chilly and had been raining all night (insert eye roll here.) but, i must admit that he was right, because the boys had a lot of fun. zachary was at a disadvantage though, as he didn't know what to do. zane has a full basket of eggs before he had even one!
zachary found one with Elmo on it, and spent 5 minutes studying it and chanting, "elmo!"
the boys also spent the weeks before easter using their thumbprints to make gifts for family members. here are some of the projects we did through jaeartworks... need a personalized gift for someone? let me know! the possibilities are endless!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
this next one is also on canvas. it's a mixed media piece using a plaster technique i picked up from an artist friend who teaches at texas tech. the sticker is the "create."
Monday, April 13, 2009
nice, right?! i know, it looks like a heart. yes, he's very talented for 17 months. this next piece was an easter present for us and is on the window ledge of the big window in my living room.
fantastic. nice use of color and gesture and it looks like a rainbow (insert eye roll here.) some of his earlier works, on my leather couch, the front door and the wall of the studio were not photographed.
that face pretty much says it all, doesn't it!
Now, don't you just want to paint something?!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
graphite on paper
graphite on paper
once our sons were old enough to hold a brush, gosh, as early as 5 months, omar and i both had them making art. trying to keep things fresh and always needing gifts and milestone markers, i began coming up with more and more art projects for my own kids. that led me to start thinking about expanding out to doing art for kids. i have done all kinds of art with kids of all ages and needs, from oilstick paintings in the style of Vassily Kandinsky with 4th graders to gesture painting with babies. i even headed up a collage for ed cody elementary school in san antonio in conjunction with an art grant from the city of san antonio. want your child to take art lessons? no problem. i've got everything here already. you can see more about art lessons here.
Zane, 3, and Hannah, 7, working in the studio
some of the most popular kids projects i do are using handprints and footprints on canvas. i've done them for all different occasions, and have even created custom ones for people. for more examples, go here!
if you have an idea of something you want, but aren't really sure about how to do it, let me know. i'll come up with something. this piece was done for a little boy who loves baseball.
uppercase living sticker on acrylic underpainting on canvas
peace, love and art!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
anyways, i thought it would be interesting to show some of my earlier work from art school, stepping stones on the pathway to jaeartworks studio...
"once upon a ...(nevermind)" 1997
36" x 57"
oil, pastel and mixed media on fabric
"portrait of a fairytale" 1997
zachary is almost 1 1/2 now. he is a never-ending ball of energy. if he is not sleeping or eating (and by this I mean physically strapped into his high chair) then he is running, climbing, and/or jumping off of something. he loves to play with cars and trucks, and he constantly follows his dad and me around trying to "help" us do everything from fixing things to loading the dryer. he also is an avid music lover. he loves to play on the piano and the harmonica. and at least once a day, he demands to listen to his music on my mp3 player.