Weekend warrior

Took the weekend off to take my creativity in a different direction.  I’m not so much a construction kind of person, but I have learned I can do what people tell me to do.  I worked hard in my backyard this weekend to create a lovely space for eating, socializing, enjoying the outdoors and of course— YOGA!

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After the deconstruction of the very bad deck. Before the greatness.
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Figuring out patterns.
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The tools of the trade– oh and a lot of dirt.
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Tarp, dirt, gloves, shovel — and a lot of human power, motivation, and a strong back doesn’t hurt either.
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Zen garden? I said we could leave it just like this! It didn’t go over very well.
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Laying it down.
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Love the tones, it’s going to be an awesome space.
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It’ll settle some, and we’ll probably fill in the gaps a bit. But it already has been danced on and yoga’d on.
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All set for some relaxing… just needs a fire pit.
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I’ve been enjoying seeing our home change. Yes, there are some quirks and blemishes, but their ours to enjoy.

News to share!

I’ve just been notified that I have received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.  I’m so excited! This means that I get to go back to India in 2016 to research a project with Art Educators in India.  I can’t even really take it all in yet!  It was a big process that all begin with a long application, writing pages about myself, what I believed about teaching, and how I would implement my project when I got back from India.  After I made it through the first cut, I waited some more.  And in early March I had a brief interview with a representative.  it’s been a long 6 weeks after that phone call.

I am so honored….and so excited!

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Spring Break art marathon

Being a teacher doesn’t allow for much time to work on my own work, but on the weekends and during breaks I try to make it a priority.  Here are some ideas I’m working on.  It’s hard for me to work small, so I may begin to do some multiples. I can see that happening.  I like big!  I think big! I will eventually get back to big!IMG_2980 IMG_2981 IMG_2982 IMG_2983 IMG_2984 IMG_2985 IMG_2986 IMG_2987 IMG_2988 IMG_2989 IMG_2990 IMG_2991 IMG_2992 IMG_2993 IMG_2994 IMG_2995 IMG_2996 IMG_3000

Bolt Explosion

I just came back from a quick trip to NYC.  It was cold.  On the way back I hopped aboard a BOLT bus.  This bus takes you straight from NYC to DC.  It’s a cheap alternative to driving and taking the train.  I was a little tired, but you never know when inspiration can strike.  Just looking out the window was all I needed.

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The reason behind the pictures. A piece of film attached to the surface of the window, and fading light.

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What inspires you?  How do you capture it?

Details– The little guys

I wish I had more time in this world to create art, but I’m really enjoying the “little guys” and I hope you do too.  It gives me some satisfaction to be able to create and finish a piece, instead of staring at it for months and thinking to myself, “When am I going to get to finish this?”.

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A little something I’m working on

What hiatus.  I hated not keeping up with this webpage for so long, but I’m back at it again. Hoping to continue the regular posts as I work on a new small series.  I picture a whole HUGE wall of these little guys.

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Detail.
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Picturing a whole wall of these.
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A little practice

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A busy day

Change is happening in many different ways and many different sizes.  After working in the detention center for 8 years I’ve finally seen some positive change come from the work I am doing in the detention center.  About 4 years ago I started a yoga program and began working with students after school as a volunteer.  I continue to run the program in 8 weeks session, offering about 3-4 sessions a school year.  If I’m lucky, I get to do more during the 11 month of school.

I’ve seen an impact on my students and it seems like it’s been a great way to bring some positive attention to all the work that is going on in school program in the detention center.

Today we had a visit.  It was a once in a life time kind of visit.  We had security detail all over the place and a host of journalists and photographers trying to capture the moments.  My students were able to speak about their personal experiences as students, not detainees, in the detention home school.  Because of this visit I was asked to be a guest blogger on the US Department of Education’s website: Painting a Different Picture of Education in the Juvenile Detention Center.

It’s short and sweet, but offers a take on what could happen in an institution where people work together, put the child first, and think outside the box.

I’m also beaming with pride as I write this because my students highlighted that yoga played a part in their education.  And I didn’t even prompt them to do that!!!!  I do hope that AG Holder and Secretary of Ed are taking some yoga classes.  Check out what our School District’s take on this morning’s event is.

So, I’d say for a Monday, that wasn’t too bad.

Art Short

My fantastically talented friend and fellow yogini came by to film me painting about a  month ago.  Here is her movie short of me painting.  Hope you enjoy it.  You can see more of her photography here.

Applying oneself.

This past week I completed an application to study and work in India.  I’m excited by the possibilities that lie on the horizon. It would be a chance of a life time to live and work with teachers in another country, sharing ideas, and hopefully creating something new. It’s never too late to dream and to take action.  Many times I have wondered and hoped and dreamed, but nothing can happen with out action.

In the meantime, it’s back to work in the studio.  I hope to have some things completed by the end of the weekend.  I’ll keep you posted.

more in process

With all the things going on, I needed a little time to work on some art.  It helps put things into perspective, and I get a lot of thinking done when I’m just in my studio working away.  It’s nice to put a lot out of the mind to just focus on what’s in front of you, but I do get caught up in thoughts every once in a while.  Sometimes I even get caught if I see or recognize a city on a piece of map.  I then think about why I know that place, or when I had visited.  Or if it’s a place I want to go my mind takes me to what it might be like if I go there.

The world is a big place, and I’d love to see a lot of it.  But sometimes the comfort of my own little studio is all I need to make me feel like I’ve actually gone somewhere.

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