Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Sketchin' Around

As an art teacher my favorite way to keep kids busy and out of trouble is art making. This is true in and out of the art room.

Case in point, my current "job" is not as an art teacher. It is as an office manager at a music school where kids come for lessons everyday. Some days these kids can be a little rowdy, especially in the summer and especially when they come with friends because mom is babysitting. This was the case last week. Some very sweet and angelic on their own girls were getting a little antsy being inside on a warm summer day. Initially, I gave them all blank copy paper on clipboards and encouraged them to make some drawings of instruments. The girls had a better idea. They were going to draw each other. "Portraits! How wonderful!" I thought. Then suddenly they all decided to draw me.

Well, if they were drawing me then I was going to draw them. There was not much time, but I did manage a quick sketch of the youngest of the girls who sat near the window and very seriously worked on her own drawing. Here is that sketch:

"Lauren" Copyright Margaurita Spear, July 2014, Graphite on Copier Paper

Sunday, July 20, 2014

June Art Journal Exchange: Wild Rabbits!

The art teacher journal exchange has sadly lost some of its momentum. Several members have delayed completing and forwarding their journal entries, but life happens, so what can be done. The "May" journal did not arrive to me until late June, so it was not completed until almost July and then I forgot to post about it. So here it is.

For this journal entry I decided to share a little story involving two wild brown rabbits that were spotted on the side of the road. This painting is a two-page spread completed in Acrylic.

"Two Brown Rabbits: A True Story" Copyright Margaurita Spear, June 2014, Acrylic on Paper, Private Collection of: Lisa Blitstein-Beynon

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Printmaking Project Was A Hoot To Make: "Owl"

Since I had pulled out my lino-cutting/printing supplies for the collaborative print, I decided to try another reductive block print on my own. This particular print series isn't exactly a straight forward block print though because the backgrounds are all monoprints so there is definite variation.

Here are the backgrounds before the image was begun:


And here is one of the finished prints. I pulled four artist proofs and ten finished prints.

"Owl" 2/10 Limited Edition Print, Copyright Margaurita Spear 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Collaborative Print Project

My gosh! I am behind on post updates, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Maybe just a little forgetful.

Back in June, I created an alphabet lino-cut for a collaborative print project. This is the print being pulled (photo: The Museum of Printing, North Andover, MA); mine was the letter "I".


And here is the block and a test proof that I pulled before sending it along.