Today Karylynn, Jessalynn, and I all moved art into the Brownsville Art Gallery. We have card holders and a display for tiarras on their way, but otherwise it went smoothly. The wonderful ladies that run the gallery were extremely helpful and kind. I think we will love it there.
The following is the link to Susan Hill's web site contest.
I found out about the contest this morning and thought it sounded like too much fun, not to play. Also, when given the words that had to be included this rough draft almost wrote itself. Please note this is the first version and that I had to include certain words and could only have 100 words plus a title. See the site for full rules. Also, I am an illustrator. What fun this will be to paint!
My idea stems from my day job as the EL teacher in Florence, OR. I work with students from all different cultures and we usually have conversations in October about the differences between Day of the Dead and Halloween. This story is more about Dia de Muertos, because my students need more children's stories for them. Part of my job is teaching them to write, and I love encouraging them to write stories about their traditions. Someday I hope several of them will write children's books from their perspective.
In the mean time here is my attempt:
On Halloween Night
We’ve been preparing,
for Day of the Dead isn’t for scaring.
They’ve tricked or treated gathering candy
but, I’m spending November second with Granddaddy.
Our celebration has no monsters it’s true
though, I also like scary parties with you.
There’s a picnic with sugar skulls treats,
not just candy corn but traditional sweets.
My families in the cemetery to play, to dance,
to honor relatives this is our chance.
After weeks planning our altar display,
we’ll gather around it, tell stories, or pray.
Dias de Muertos isn’t a shadowy meeting,
instead it’s a remembrance though too fleeting.
I am so lucky to get to show my work alongside my daughters beautiful trees. We are the featured artists for October, at the Studios Jayne Smolley Gallery in Florence, OR. These pictures are of the day we were setting up. The artist reception is Saturday during Florences' gallery walk.
I am having fun with pastels again this week. I have multiple more layers to go on this picture, but love the movement so far.
This week, my youngest daughter and I started our exhibit at The Studios Jayne Smolley Gallery in Florence, OR. I have my illustrations, and she gets to present her wire trees. It is so exciting to have two generations showing for the month of October.
These are not our dressed up for the show pictures, but still fun.
Next month I start at the Brownsville Gallery, and two of my daughters have been accepted there as well.
Ruth Sanderson issued a challenge, for students that have been in her program, for August and September. Those who chose to play would produce a finished 6 by 12 double page board book design. By the first of September the concept sketches were due, and then the finished piece was due no later than today.
My original sketches included dragons. Ruth, in her helpful critique, mentioned that a board book is generally for children 0-2. So, fantasy is out and things they actually see are a better choice. So, my final now has kittens.
Whoever wins this challenge will win a one month independent study.
Congratulations- Deanne Sander! She is the winner!