Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Kitty

Halloween kitty on our new front porch.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Turnovers and Fog

Last week, homemade apple turnovers in our Monday classes= YUUUM-MMEEE! This week we began a video cooking series that had a fascinating experiment using the 5 types of tastes and how to combine them in cooking.

On the way home, a bit of evening fog.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Work and Play

With partner/brother Glenn laid up with back surgery recovery, these three had to get the beans in by themselves. They did a great job and finished last week. Now on to the corn. The weather has been very advantageous for harvest, and seem to be holding.
Also last week we  spent a beautiful evening with Mike and Mary at their acreage. We enjoyed steaks and supper, a bonfire and sunset with them and our H. friends.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pat Myself

I'm reposting three of these pictures. I am a member of the FB group Ornation Creation, and the founder of the group, who is a graphic artist from CA, very kindly "cleaned up" the background color and contrast for these three. I really makes them look great! He also was kind enough to leave me a comment on the sea horses.
Ben Kwok This is already a great picture. But I wanted to see it cleaned up with high contrast on a bright white background. I think it looks professional. Good job!

Monday, October 20, 2014


One of my orchids is starting to bloom again. Cool.
My dad gave me a dozen roses this week because he likes me. Cool.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ornate Creations

I am really enjoying these animal templates by Ben Kwok. I decide on and draw the designs over the templates. My favorite of these is the giraffe.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beautiful Fall

Daughter A. posted these two lovely pictures on FB. Her cat, Tattoo, loves the sun and fresh air in the window of her new apartment. The weather has been so perfect, that we have become catlike and make any excuse to be on the porch in the sun while doing school.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ornate Owl

I tried something new. The FB page" Ornation Creation" has more of this type of art. It is also called zentangle. The owl is a template done by artist Ben Kwok, then I draw the patterns with a black sharpie pen. It was fun to do and I think it is really cool!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Art Girls-Fall Frames

At the beginning of the school year I had a flattering request from a homeschool friend to teach art to her young daughter. I taught art for 9-10 years in our homeschool group, and enjoyed it very much. This year our homeschool situation has moved away from the formal co-op, and I only have two in school, so I felt that I could manage a small class of interested girls. It would also give W. a chance to be with some friends she would not see regularly otherwise. I am so proud of myself that I actually got it planned and executed! I am good at the teaching, not so good at the actual setting up of dates and places. We are meeting twice a month and had our first class on Friday with six girls! It was great fun. We began with a Fall theme and a lesson from www.artprojectsforkids. The results were really good. (The first one is W's.)
We used larger sheets of paper (12 x 18 sheets of finger painting paper-use the less shiny side), black Sharpies, straight edges, pencils and oil pastels. Since rulers were too short, I cut pizza box backs into 2" wide straight edges so the girls could use them to section off their papers. We started together with me telling the girls to use their straight edge and a pencil to make a line from top to bottom about 1/3 in from one side of their vertical paper. I told them to avoid putting the line right at the exact center of the page.
Then they were to turn their straight edge horizontally and divide the narrow vertical space about 1/3 from the top or bottom. (One girl did hers twice which was fine.) Then we used the straight edge to horizontally mark off a space about 1/3 from the top or bottom of the wider vertical column. I demonstrated on my own page. Then I handed out a few reference sheets (search "fall clip art") of fall themed pictures and told them to choose one "Fall" figure for each frame and draw it in pencil without too much small detail. They were to think of coloring page illustrations and make them in a similar style. If they wanted to reference something else, we looked it up on the internet.
One girl wanted to use words in one frame, which was fine, as long as they were large and simple letters. I allow for variance from the "rules" of the lesson if it makes sense and seems to work with our end goal. After each frame of their sheet was drawn in with pencil, they traced all lines with a black permanent marker. Remember to trace the frame lines too! Then they colored in with bright oil pastels. I told them before coloring to consider how colors next to each other would look together.

Because everyone works at a different pace, each week I plan to have a second, simple, related project that the girls can do if they finish the main project early. This week their second option was a graphic tree. It seems to be hard for kids to draw tapering branches, so this was a good chance to practice. Most kids love to draw trees once they are shown how to make them look realistic. This project with its filled-in background spaces makes a satisfyingly dramatic statement. (also found at
by W.
We used the same 12 x 18" finger painting paper. The shiny finished side worked better with markers. First, (see tutorial below) we drew a trunk line starting a little above half way from the bottom of the paper, then drew 5 "finger" branches from the trunk out to the top edges. The trunk line should be widened by drawing a line on each side of the original line, and then the "finger" lines are widened with special attention given to making them wider near the trunk and tapering to narrow at the edge of the paper. A few twigs can be randomly added to each "finger" branch, then widened to taper away again. Fill each large space with a different color (we used washable markers) for a simple and dramatic finished piece.
Two girls finished their tree picture, and others took paper home to try it there. I think Art Girls is going to be fun! Here is tree drawing tutorial. I drew it with a marker for clarity, but students should use pencil and then adjust the shapes until they are happy with the shape, then outline and color in with black marker. Finish your picture by coloring in the large spaces with different blocks of colors.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall, Fall, Fall

Postcards from God: In God's plan, even death has beauty.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our Country Coop

This school year we have classes and tea each week with our H. friends. M is doing math with Ann, and we are all doing Masterpieces of the Louvre and Kitchen Science.
How do you manage different ages all together? Like this: Math in the kitchen, reading history (7th grader) and psychology (12th grader) in the front room. Some science and art together.

 In kitchen science we are currently studying emulsions, colloids, and emulsifiers, so we have made apple fritters...

 finger jello...
and homemade cheese with cherries inside!