Good ol' Pet Rocks!

Who doesn't love making one of these? I am sharing the work of some very imaginative kindergarteners. We had a lot of fun making these last week. There should be a few more but I think they are still drying. Never give a child too much paint. lol

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MAM Art Truck!

So one of my part time gigs is teaching at the local art museum and yesterday I did an event at the Montclair Public Library where we made a craft project on the plaza. My friend Bruce drove the MAM Art truck but it was only when we were leaving that it dawned on me that this was a converted ice cream truck!!!!!! We drove through the streets with that classic chiming music playing and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Want a Fudgesicle© kiddo? Sorry, only art supplies! But we can help you create something cool! ;)

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teaching...

I just finished teaching my illustration class for the MILL. I really love this group of women! We worked on everything from food and floral to people and for our last class...SHOES! So much fun. It's so nice to work in such a bright room too-overlooking the pond at Edgemont Park. 

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Snapped this pic of the ladies working...

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We had a lot of fun. I sometimes forget how much I enjoy teaching. I've been told numerous times how I got someone excited about art. That means a lot to me. I was sad to part ways with all these great women. We had so much fun. Already miss them. 

Matisse Workshop!

Taught a workshop last weekend called "Painting with Scissors"-which ties into the wonderful show going on now at the Montclair Art Museum. If you are a Matisse fan, you MUST go! In addition to many originals, the show also has numerous works of artists who were inspired by Matisse. So gorgeous! 

We had a great group and I was so impressed with what each person created! And of course, I just had to take a group pic! :)

Watercolors, teaching, Stevie Wonder and a bit of Lovey...

Fall has busy. That's for sure. I've been lucky to be a part of Sharon Pitt's watercolor class. She is such a sweetheart and talent. It's an honor to study with her. As a result I have become a huge fan of watercolor. It is like a metaphor for life...patience, focus and letting things be. I always enjoy going there and spending hours just painting and chatting. No deadlines, no restrictions. Just fun.

One of my classmates lent me these great pepper pods to paint. I love my new Windsor & Newton paints. A far cry from the student grade i used for years!

One of my classmates lent me these great pepper pods to paint. I love my new Windsor & Newton paints. A far cry from the student grade i used for years!

Here is another one in progress...fall has the most beautiful colors. I just love leaves! Can't stop looking at them-especially this year...

I was struggling with a  somewhat monotone look here when Sharon suggested a pop of turquoise. love it!

I was struggling with a  somewhat monotone look here when Sharon suggested a pop of turquoise. love it!

Earlier this month, we celebrated my long running "Writing & Illustrating Picture Books" class at the Montclair Museum of Art. Was SO proud of all my students. Not everyone partook in exhibiting, but I toasted to them as well. So much talent. Got very few photos of the reception but here a few. :)

Todd and Maureen. Cutest couple ever. Seen here by Maureen's toast character.

Todd and Maureen. Cutest couple ever. Seen here by Maureen's toast character.

My friend Karen surprised me with tickets to Stevie Wonder! What a fun night. Such a legend.

Such a talent!   

Such a talent!

 

And finally, I did one last event for Lovey in October in Madison, NJ.  In last minute attempt to drum up more customers, I grabbed some chalk and created a sign for the sidewalk board. See? An author's job is never done. promote promote! GG Collins--soon to be author herself took this plc of me reading.

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Short Stories Madison, NJ

Bonus pic! Took this of friends Yuko and Allyn at Il Bastardo, NYC during a decadent afternoon drinking and laughing on the perfect fall day. Carpe Diem!!!  xo, k

love my friends so much. they make me laugh!

love my friends so much. they make me laugh!