Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Busy, busy as the School Year Ends

As the school year ends, nothing gives me as much pleasure as teaching art to kids. I've been at my favourite school teaching cartooning to grade 7, painting to grade 5 and mosaics to grade 6! I am often given the freedom to prepare for the class and teach my own lesson. It is my giving back to my profession and to the kids especially when they love what they are doing! My favourite tool is my sketchbook. Many students love flipping through a little part of my life and art. I hope it inspires these young artists.
I've been busy with entries, street festivals and year end guild meetings. It was a pleasure but hard work to program for the Oakville Stitchery Guild. Last night was our annual general meeting with a potluck dinner, silent auction and slideshow of the Onartio Network of Needleworkers Meeting and show. We had a great year and I look forward to planning next year's program with the theme: 'Celebrating with Stitch'.

I am looking forward to future art endeavours this summer, starting with a declutterization of my house or studio. Which is which? My bookcase is put together and the first job is to gather my collection of books next to an easy chair and out of my sewing area! Then to tackle the dining room or paint studio as I refer to it. I want to camoflage the many supplies behind a standing screen. Finally my sewing studio in the basement, to make it more user friendly!

I wish to spend more time stitching at the cottage with Oatie, who loves to play with stings and threads. On the weekend, I was sitting on the deck watching the robins, feeling the breeze and sun. I was stitching my first Dotee doll for the Cloth, Paper Studio Swap. The photos above are from our back deck looking at our neighbour's yard in Turkey Point on Lake Erie. I manipulated then glorious green and red colours on my HP camera. Who knew what that little camera could do!
Last of all, my 'Beach Symbols' finalist piece is on its way home from Cloth Paper Scissors with a complimentary copy of the magazine. I am anxious to see if it is in the magazine! I received a felted picture from Scotland today from Aileen. Thank you Aileen, it is beautiful! A photo is coming soon! Until next time, keep stitching!


maggi said...

Love what you did with the green and red image - definitely asking to be stitched. Have a good time tidying, it's a great sense of achievement when it is done and somehow seems to beg for creativity to begin afresh. Maggi

Pam said...

lovely photos. Good luck with your organization of home and studio. I think that is a constant struggle for the "creative soul".