That Rainy Day in Paris

I have new art to share with you on this Mother’s Day weekend.

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That Rainy Day in Paris

16 x 20, Not for Sale

This painting is my gift to myself.  No, I did not intentionally paint myself a Mother’s Day present, but when you paint a memory as sweet as this, you are not going to sell it.

This is from my most recent trip to Paris with my girls.  It is a collection of several photos combined into the memory, sealed in my head.  Yes, I do paint from photos. But only my own and never an exact copy of the photo – if I wanted that I would just print it.

This was our second day in Paris –  it rained the entire week. We visited the L”Orangerie that morning and we were walking through the Tuileries garden in search of a cafe for lunch, when the Eiffel Tower peaked out from behind the trees.

We were all wet and cold, but my girls insisted they were from Seattle and thus did not carry umbrellas.  I did have an umbrella and they constantly complained about me poking them with it.

Alyssa had on her favorite coat with the fur collar, when she reached up on tippy toes and gave Alex a squeeze.  And Alex, she had on her favorite green plaid pants. That tender moment stays with me and that is the memory I painted.

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With much love,

Jamie

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Flori Spring Workshop

We had so much fun last night at the Spring Posy Workshop presented by Lori Poliski of Flori flowers.

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First, the flowers!  Oh my goodness so much beauty.

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And Lori is an expert on flower meaning and symbolism.

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And she is so creative!

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Everyone left with beautiful arrangements.

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What a fun night!   Be sure and check out Lori’s work for your next event.

Elementary Silk Paintings

The Elementary Art Class has been working on silk paintings and I am so impressed by the art that my youngest students, some of them only seven years old, create.

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Silk painting involves a lot of patience and flexibility as the paint does not always go where you want, but as you can tell, students excelled and created beautiful paintings anyways.

 

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I was very inspired by the use of color and creativity that the students displayed in their paintings, and hope these images brighten up your day.

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Slab Built Ceramic Heart Boxes

February’s theme was hearts and clay at PFA Studio.  The Wednesday Elementary Art class made slab built ceramic heart boxes.

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IMG_1311First we learned about clay and using the slab roller.  We used my Shimpo Slab Roller that I absolutely love!

Then everyone rolled out their own slabs.

Cut the top and bottoms of the ceramics boxes with heart-shaped cookie cutters.

Built walls.

Attached it all together – not as easy as it may seem.

 

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After they were fired, the students painted them with three coats of ceramic paint.

Then they were fired again.

You can see the results!  I just love them.

And one photo of my super cute Pottery Barn.  Yes, I literally have a Pottery Barn!

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Day 3 – Shooting on Manual

For our last day of photo camp, we put the concepts from the days before together and shot in Manual Mode.  All photos in this post are by students of the photo camp.

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We ventured out on this very cold today into the beautiful neighborhood of Hollywood Hill.

 

And visited the farm and floral studio of Flori Flowers.

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Thank you Flori Flowers for sharing your beautiful animals, space and talent with us.

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Thank you for sharing the last three days with me.

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I hope that you learned something about using your camera in manual mode and, most importantly, had fun!

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XO, Jamie

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“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

Day Two – Photo Camp Shutter Speed

Today we braved the cold and ventured to Kenmore Air to practice Shutter Speed.  All photos in this post were taken today by students.

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SHUTTER SPEED:  Controls how long your shutter stays open for, and so also controls how much light reaches the sensor.

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Leaving your shutter open a long time, smaller number, will let in lots of light and will capture motion as it moves – meaning you will see it as a blur.  Anything under 1/60 requires a tripod.

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A short shutter speed, a faster number like a quick blink, freezes a moment in time without blur. You would use this if you want to freeze a fast-moving bird, animal, or car in your photo. A shutter speed of anything faster than 1/500th of a second is considered ideal for freezing an object, but this may vary depending on the speed of the subject.

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Thank you Kenmore Air for hosting us!

 

 

Aperture – Day 1 Photo Camp

Today was the beginning of our three day mini photo 101 camp.  As we are learning to take our camera’s off auto, we focused on Aperture Today.

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The photos in this post were taken by students during the workshop today.

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APERTURE:  The aperture of a lens is how wide the lenses opens when you take a photo and ranges from wide to narrow, and is measured in f/stops, such as f/4 (wide aperture) to f/22 (narrow aperture). AV

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  • The smaller the number, the wider the aperture, the more light is let in  and the smaller the depth of field.   So, for a portrait, you want the subject in focus but the background to be blurred.  You would use a low aperture.  I love a shallow depth of field so I shot a lot of my photos on the lowest aperture that I can.

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  • The opposite of this is true as well.  The narrower the aperture, the less light is let in, darkening your shots an resulting in a larger the depth of field.  While shooting landscapes or citys capes, you might want to have both the foreground and the background in focus.  For this you would want a high aperture value, f/16 or f/22 to get deep depth of field.

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  • We shot in  Aperture Priority mode today which allows you to take control of the aperture, leavingthe shutter speed and ISO to be controlled controlled by the camera.   We practiced adjusting the amount of light entering into the camera through the lens and setting our depth of field.

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Tomorrow we will explore shutter speed.

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Olympic Tributes

The youngest elementary art students completed some mixed media tributes to the 2018 Olympics.

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The figures were designed after the Olympic Pictograms.

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They were harder to assemble than you might think – requiring measuring and placement of body parts.

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We also learned a little about the Olympics.

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And as always, had V05A3774a lot of fun.

Teen Landscape Watercolors

The teens completed their landscape watercolor paintings.

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There were a lot of lessons wrapped up into this project.

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We started with an introduction to watercolor painting and all of the different types of marks you can make with watercolor.

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We learned about color mixing and painted our own colorwheels.

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We also had an in depth lesson on one point perspective.

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We then completed mini-sketches of our paintings to check the overall composition.

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And then our larger landscapes.

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Watercolor is a very hard medium and they did a great job; had fun and learned a lot.

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