I need to catch up on blogging...I am very behind... this June I went to Nashville to teach, then Memphis to set up the Downtown Pres Gallery show and teach a workshop, then back to Nashville for more teaching, Memphis again for the Opening Night at Downtown Pres Gallery, back to Nashville for another week, home to Atlanta & my first Atlanta opening... then of course more traveling in July -back to Memphis for a workshop & picking up all my artwork, back to Nashville to teach for two weeks, to Dickson to set up a show, teaching one last week, to Dickson for Opening Night
and then finally... home. I am realizing I am not really a traveler at heart. but it was a wonderful Summer, but I am delighted to be back in my tiny apartment sitting with my coffee and yogurt with fruit and granola at my coffee table hard at work.
During the Summer, I teach at Watkins College of Art's Summer of the Arts program for children and I also teach at Cheekwood Museum's Summer Camp. I really enjoy the time outside of my studio teaching the little ones- I usually teach 5-6 year olds and occassionally 7-9 or 10-12... their boldness with color and how quickly they work and just everything about it inspires me in ways I don't think I really fully realize while I am there.
and while I am there, I am "Mrs Um... Diane? Diana? Deena? Danielle? Dana? ....Mrs Um.. Dee?" Deeann is a hard name for children, Dee is much easier to remember. Usually if I say for them to call me Dee, it is the one class that actually remembers Deeann.
Here are a few of my favorite projects from the Summer...
trying to teach the children to work on two things at once, make them work together, and work in layers. paint the backgrounds, draw a grid, paint rectangles, limit your palette, emphasize the geometric lines with oil and chalk pastels, add collage papers and pieces of prints