Author Archives: Terri

Sweet Little Snow Scene

I wanted to get a wintry art project in before Christmas break. And we had already painted in acrylic so I wanted to use watercolor. In one quick lesson I wanted to go over the fluidity of the medium, blocking, … Continue reading

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Folk Art Houses

I wanted every inch of the canvas painted (hopefully brightly) and I was going for a folk art look so no rulers allowed! And then they worked on 11″ X 14″ canvases in acrylic and tempera. Acrylic and tempera wash up … Continue reading

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The Nautical Art of Scrimshaw

What did he think I was a teaching addict or something? I began my teaching, uhh career, the very September week that my 5th child (first son!) was born; finally after 23- TWENTY-THREE!! twenty-three years, I was retiring from teaching. … Continue reading

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The Rent Collector and Two Others

Nonsense  was hyped as a book for those, like me, who like Malcolm Gladwell’s writing so I was enticed. And it is like Gladwell’s books in that Jamie Holmes includes a lot of examples that draw the reader in and allow … Continue reading

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Laurel Burch Cat Art

This artist almost begs to be a kids’ art lesson; the colors, the detail, the subject are perfect. Laurel Burch had a very sad stormy homelike and left at the age of 14 with a paper bag full of her … Continue reading

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Manilla Tag Art

I was sent 1000- that is one- THOUSAND! manila tags to review. (Here they are .04/each… but you do end up with one THOUSAND) Office supplies excite me. I am not even kidding, “My name is Terri and I am … Continue reading

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Because human life and “what’s your favorite color?” are both opinions

Artists and writers rock the world. Sure, ideas begin in academia but ultimately we are firmly shaped by the books we read, the music we listen to, the movies we see, the art we ponder- image, story, symbol. WARNING: THERE … Continue reading

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The Art of Relieving Stress

I have received requests to review adult coloring books; so as we sat waiting for our lunch at Multnomah Falls, I was not surprised to see a grown woman pull out her colored pencils and coloring book and while away … Continue reading

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…And Certain Women

Okay, I just loved the pink-ness of this poster and the little teapot, well, the sentiment too, actually.  I wish there were a way to make this look like a more scintillating read, but alas, many Bible verses. Here’s the thing … Continue reading

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Pre MIL Sparkle

“Human beings fail the way all complex systems fail: randomly and gradually. As engineers have long recognized, simple devices typically do not age. They function reliably until a critical component fails, and the whole thing dies in and instant. A … Continue reading

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The Old Becomes New

  Paintings, paintings everywhere. I did a class recently and ended up with two of the same painting so I decided to paint over one of them. In the end, it was so much fun resurrecting old canvases into new … Continue reading

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Acrylic Painting- Summer Art #3

   

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Mimosa and Masterpieces in the Morning

Perhaps you’ve heard of the classes that combine wine and a painting lesson. I was asked to teach such a class but the catch was that it began at 9:30 AM and unless you want to appear questionable in your … Continue reading

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Wassily Kandinsky- Week #2 Summer Art

Kandinsky- one of the first purely abstract artists has an intriguing style full of tension, interplay and color. You can see a lot more of his work here. He was our muse for art week #2 this summer. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Gyotaku- First Art Class for the Summer

Gyotaku -Japanese 魚拓, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing” Bascially the art of gyotaku involves a dead fish, ink and a sheet of paper or a piece of cloth. ” Credit is given to an emperor for having an image of a large … Continue reading

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Uh, Do You Want to See Our Summer So Far? Oh, Wait, It’s Not Summer Yet

Our family is all over the map this summer. Allow me to share some links, photos and video. Jarrett just got back from successful presentation at a glass research seminar where the finest glass engineers gathered. When he got home … Continue reading

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The Receiving End of Help

Too often we really don’t care until it touches us, our own heart, our own life. In some God-thing circuitous way, I was talking to Diane at Seattle Children’s Hospital; I don’t even know how the telephone-transfer-train delivered me to … Continue reading

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Modesty Police, Halt!

So… it’s getting to be summer and you know what that mean, swimsuits! And you know what that means, the summer modesty police! Yes, you know, those posts that go up right around this time of year to tell you … Continue reading

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Glamorous Camping?

Andrew was working 12 hour shifts all weekend and Matthias was sick; so Taite and I abandoned them for Mother’s Day weekend. If you have not heard of “Glamping” it is “glamorous camping.” Oh, no, Taite and I didn’t do … Continue reading

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A Good Wife Always Knows Her Place

“When you live overseas, it becomes easy to mythologize your native life: all the things you imagine you’d be doing if you weren’t an expat in a foreign land, all the ways you could be thriving.” Tracy Slater, although not … Continue reading

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