Sunday, October 31, 2010

More Art Work

Cambria Heights Elementary School

I had a wonderful residency with Holly Stanek, a fantastic and energetic art teacher at Cambria Heights Elementary School. Rick and I went to the slag piles at Youghigheny Glass about a month ago and scrounged up lots of glass for the mosaic pieces. My core group consisted of 24 selected fifth grade students. They were divided into teams of four and each team worked in a drawing/template to be laid under the glass to help guide them in their design.

Students learned how to cut and place glass as well as teamwork and the dynamics of a good design. The only negative in this residency was that time was super tight. I only had the opportunity to see them for about 30 minutes a day. However, we did take an afternoon and worked like crazy artists for 2.5 hours after school. Holly and I provided them with much deserved healthy snacks and the kids did an amazing job.

The completed works, once hung at the school will be posted in the next two weeks on the blog. The sense of pride and accomplishment for the students was really wonderful to see and to be a part of their work was also an honor.

Holly Stanek is one of the finest art teacher's I have ever worked with at this time. She is friendly and energetic with the students and provides an excellent art program serving 650 students each week. The watercolor project also shown here is the work of second grade students......really unbelievable pieces coming from the artistic minds of such young people.

Come join us at the High School for their Christmas concert so you can see what an excellent job their music department provides also......THE ARTS are ALIVE despite budget cuts and constraints!

Happy Halloween 2010

We had a great time with Rick's grandchildren, son and daughter in law this week. A dinner of pizza and carving of pumpkins filled our evening. The head witch (that would be me) enjoyed a little dress up in a hat and a gooey evening of cleaning out pumpkins~!

Arts for Healing Artists Statements


I hope to activate the creative side of my brain and venture into a world I never fully understood and rarely visited.


The praying hand bookends represent what I believe in as a Christian. “To always be in an attitude of prayer can help everyone who is sick, or the loss of a loved one or even help people who may have gotten laid off from a job.


I have had a difficult but interesting life. I’m extremely spiritual and feel I have been greatly blessed and protected by God. After two near death experiences and serious health problems, I decided to retire from Wal-Mart and enjoy life. I have always loved nature and all God has given to us.

A friend told me about the Arts for Healing class and convinced me to come. My husband decided to come and see what I was doing and he stayed. I have enjoyed meeting people, learning about color and styles etc and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to create my visions.


Hoka Hey! My name is Many Feathers. I am Metis or mixed blood. My paper name is James W. Wherry.

I am a pipe carrier and I have a medicine partner. Her name is Clear Bear. We both do Native American Ceremonies. I sometimes get my ideas during Dream Time when I am sleeping. Sometimes Spirit shows or gives me a vision or picture of what I am to make and what ceremony is needed.

I only create or work when I am in a positive good way. I do most of my work at home when the time is right and always with ceremony. I construct, make and create all my own Regala used in ceremony. I also do bead work, feathers, dream nets, medicine bags and other work for individuals. I do my arts for the good of all people. Mitakuy Osin Wiaka Ota (Many Feathers)


Art has always been a part of my life. In my early years, I drew pictures; finger painted and connected the dots. As I grew older I was aware that others could do more with paint, pencils and clay. I also discovered baseball but once again others played better than me. That’s when I discovered words.

As newspaper man and newscaster, I found I could make people see a combination of what I saw and also use their own imagination. The neat thing about doing a live sportscast is that you are painting a different picture for everyone who hears your voice. My greatest thrill and challenge as an artist is my words can create thousands of pictures by all who read or hear them.


Art is an event of wonder. In my life of many years, I’ve never drawn or painted as a youngster or grown up. Arts for Healing has introduced me to this great experience. Many words can describe how I feel from joining this class. It’s educating, exciting, fascinating and mostly relaxing that makes it so enjoyable. Not to mention, all the many friends you make and keep over the years. It’s mending mentally and physically to my soul as well as my body.


Art is about enjoyment and excitement with God’s help. The disappointments and anger from past experiences are best expressed through art.


I was hard because of what life had handed me. Then I was handed my wife, Vicki, so art and writing helped me have a healthy outlet.


I used to draw when I was younger. I always enjoyed art classes. I have learned so much since come to Arts for Healing. I like to draw hummingbirds and other birds too. My mother and sister have a green thumb and have all kinds of plants and flowers. I also like to paint flowers and plants.


I retired in 1996 as a Pennsylvania Electric Company’s Safety and Equipment Inspector. I experienced the changes and challenges of women in the workplace for more than twenty five years. Taking early retirement has allowed my real passion for writing, poetry and photography. At the present time I am taking classed through Arts for Healing. I feel everyone should see nature expressed in every way possible.


Painting is relaxing and helps decrease my pain. My only other experience with drawing and painting was a junior high art class. I began Arts for Healing after a disabling injury. It has opened a wonderful creative outlet for me. I like to reproduce the beauty of nature. Inspiration comes from my garden and farm. I try to create more realistic pieces and enjoy experimenting with color and learning more techniques. Painting brings me enjoyment and pride in accomplishment.


To me art is the creative action of the mind and senses molded into form. Whatever canvas we choose painting, writing, music, sculpture or sewing expresses the inner spirit of who we are. My artistic flare is not perfection however the imperfection is its beauty.

When illness struck, I had a deep sense of loss. I lost my physical ability and the loss of how I defined myself. Creativeness helps me live in the present and open to new possibilities. It transcends my inner spirit into something concrete so I can continue to share with others.


For me, painting is more than the simple action of applying paint to a surface. Painting provides me with relief from a great sadness, sadness about pain, about anxiety and about abandonment. Thinking about, preparing for, then actually painting keeps me focused, keeps me in the present moment.

My painting reveals my story, my inner emotions to storms as well as t sunny days, as I continue to grow into the person I have been created to be. I do this by loving as well as I am capable of loving, encouraging and supporting the persons in my life at the moment.

Come share with me the richness of my life’s journey through the colors, hues and blending of my palette as I adjust to the broken pieces of my life discovering freedom, peace and joy that only comes from feeling the pain and ultimately letting go.


This is my first experience with drawing. My two year old cat recently died unexpectedly and I decided to do a picture as a tribute to his life. He was very unique and I think of myself an eccentric. This drawing is a product of some unexpressed grief and my attempt to avoid “art” in the traditional sense.


I am an individual who has lived through many situations. Some were happy and lift me with many good memories. Some were sad and not so easy to live through.

Because of all these ups and downs in the path way of life I became a person feeling gratitude and thankfulness. I create my art work with images of flowers because they represent life, color and happy memories.

I do most of my work in my craft room at times I can be alone and listen to comforting music. I like to do tole painting especially using flowers because flowers represent beauty and individual creations given to us by God.


My drawing and painting reflect my love of my family and the natural world. My favorite subjects are landscapes and figures done in a realistic style with a particular focus on how different light sources fall on objects. Having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for mort than 20 years, my perspective of beauty has changed.

I am more used to working in oil paints but have recently begun using watercolor and acrylic paints. Though initially wary of the transition, I have enjoying the challenge of incorporating new textures, colors and techniques in my paintings.

Taking part in the Arts for Healing class has motivated me to return to painting after a number of years. Arts for Healing provides me an opportunity to produce and discuss artwork under the direction of an encouraging and knowledgeable instructor.


I have had a love of art since I was a young child. I am always looking at the various possibilities of anything that might catch my eye and allow me to reproduce it on paper using watercolors, colored pencil and acrylics.

I have a love of color and the various numbers of ways it can be used. When I begin to immerse myself into a work of art my mind is constantly thinking of what I am working on and I become lost in time. Being able to reproduce the beauty of what we see and what we put on paper so others can share the beauty that I see. To me, that is what art is about and why I love it so much.


When I work with my hands, I am reminded that I am capable of what I love tot do best. I begin a piece by what I see, feel and what inspires me at that moment. The beauty of the day and brightness of the sky inspire me the most. I know a piece is finished when I see that no more can be accomplished. When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of pride, joy, happiness and self fulfillment. When people see my work, I’d like them to feel what I feel, see what I see, and perhaps allow them insight to what type of artist I am.


I like to paint. I could not paint before. I like to concentrate on the picture and think about the painting. When my painting is going well I am filled with a sense of happiness and contentment. When people see my work I want them to see what I am seeing.


My name is Rose Marie, I could not do the watercolors before these classes and I learned what to do and put it on paper the way I wanted.


Arts for Healing helps me appreciate the beauty all around me. Stop, sit back, be refreshed! Watch natural talent and enthusiasm be born and develop into true artistic skill.

As rocks and minerals found in rough form in nature can be polished and transformed into beautiful gems and jewels…..i see new acquaintances become friends that are friends that are refined into true, caring and lasting relationships.

Through our love and appreciation of nature and mankind we can share a true love and communion with the Creator of all…….

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Latrobe High School Critique of Impressionism

Ms. Ross also worked on a non-Impressionist piece that is viewed here on the blog. This piece is based on a photo taken by a biologist from Powdermill Nature Reserve while in New Guinea.

Latrobe High School Critique Work

Ms. Ross's piece of her natives is based on a photograpy taken by a biologist at Powdermill Nature is the one that does not look Impressionist!

More Work from Latrobe High School

I always conduct a constructive critique before I leave. We put our pieces up against the wall and since we have such a brief amount of time I conduct the critique myself. With more time permitting, I would do each piece individually and also have student critique....five days is sometimes too short, but the students do get a lot of information from me in five days!

Latrobe High School Residency Continued

The images to follow will not show any student individually. This is a privacy act that I follow at all my schools. You will see though that some students are right or left handed. I actually ask them on one day to paint with their non-dominant hand!

Latrobe High School Impressionist Residency

It is always an honor to be asked to conduct a residency at Latrobe High School in Latrobe, PA. This will be my 6th residency if I remember correctly.....but my memory is not always correct! The result of this brief residency is that I have only 5 days to teach some color and painting techniques to students. The class period ends up being about 40 minutes of working time. I am ALWAYS impressed at the willingness and effort of these students and they are like sponges and end up with really good pieces.

Our first day is spent using only primary colors to have the students learn to use these colors to mix all other colors. They have a warm and cool blue, warm and cool red and warm and cool yellow plus white and sometimes a little bit of black. We usually choose Impressionism as this is a great era of art that reflects in the use of light, brush strokes and color. The students are allowed to choose an artist in this era to exemplify. I am not looking for a copy but rather a strong use of color and insight into what an underpainting does in the final process of a finished work.

Lydia Ross, the art teacher, also paints as do I although not during the class period. The students can then watch a work in process also. Because I am there only a short time, the photos shown right now show the beginning stages and our last day of critique before I leave. I will be sure to post finished works when Ms. Ross has time to catch up with me!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Moses is growing up

Our Moses is really growing up! He is not quite 4 months old and weighs in now at a hefty 41 pounds. He sure is delightful and smart. This morning at 5 am, while showering, I felt something licking my ankles. He was happily in the shower drinking the water as it rained from my elbow! After a great morning at The Country Market, we spent a glorious day at the barn with the horses and the dogs. The simple reminder of life is Enjoy the Moment....create as many precious moments as you can! Thank you today for such a wonderful time:)