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Hand Painted Candles May 7, 2013

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I found these two plain candles and they were kind of blahhhhh.  I wanted to spruce them up a bit so that they would look pretty on my dining room table.  I love pansies this time of year.  They look so happy that they make me smile.  With that thought, I whipped out my paints and did a little decorating!

I just love the way that they turned out and they look great on my table!


Pansy Candles

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Antique Shop Find February 2, 2013

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I just love this picture that I found a few years ago at an antique shop on the east end of Long Island!


First Full Week of School in New York City September 14, 2012

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We just completed our first full week of school in New York City.  As the art teacher for 500 elementary school children, it was a hard week but a very productive one!  I love teaching the students art based on the work of famous artists.  Not only do they learn about the artist, but they feel connected to him/her as well.

The kindergarten and first grade children were introduced to portraits this week.  They learned what a portrait was and enjoyed creating their own self-portraits.

The second and third graders were introduced to the artist Salvador Dali.  They loved his “unique” style of painting and are currently working on a “Dali-inspired” autumn tree!

The fourth and fifth graders looked at the art work of Laurel Burch.  They loved her colors and patterns and have begun creating cats or owls based on her style.

I will be posting photos of the finished work as we continue through the year.  It is a wonderful thing to watch the children grow as artists as they continue their education in our school.  I am now teaching some children of former students of mine! (YIKES I am getting old!)

As I have a four-day weekend I am hoping to work on some of my own projects that I have been neglecting due to the start of school.  The fact that I get up at 5:30 in the morning during the week doesn’t help either!!!!


Watercolors August 21, 2012

Filed under: ART — lespetitesbouchees @ 2:31 pm

I decided to take a break from home improvements the past couple of days and devote some time to my watercolors.  Sometimes I just need to change things up a bit and work in a different medium and style!!!!!

Since I only have two more weeks left of my summer vacation I decided to whip out the watercolors.  I find that when I work in watercolor I need to be very calm and relaxed, so what better time to do it!!!!!

It is funny…..I have never hung any of my work in my home.  I usually give my work away or store it in a closet somewhere.  I have finally decided that my work is worthy of hanging in my own home.  I guess I have always been super critical of my own work.  With age comes a sense of acceptance that perfection does not exist and that I should just enjoy the beauty of what I create for myself.

Anyhow, I have already hung these two watercolors and find that I am not as critical of my own work as I was when I was y0unger and am enjoying looking at these paintings for what they are…….works that should be enjoyed!


Winter Landscape

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A winter landscape in greys and reds.


Watercolor Landscape

Filed under: ART — lespetitesbouchees @ 2:15 pm

A tree lined path using many shades of green, blue and purple.