Summer Abstract Series

Here’s the birth story to my first painting collection and Etsy shop:

Back in the beginning of May I had a streak of inspiration. An artist I follow on Instagram shared a series she started based on the desert. They were simple abstracted paintings of desert things and they really caught my attention. It got me thinking about composition and how to be better at it. As an art teacher it has been a hard concept to teach to middle schoolers. It’s difficult to explain why one arrangement of shapes looks better than another arrangement of shapes to thirteen year olds. Hell, you might be lost at the concept.

How I attempt to explain it is composition is just the arrangement of elements. Those elements are or some combination of shapes, colors, textures, and forms. For example, a banana, an orange, and an apple and where you place them on the table.

One day when I was watching students in ISS (in school suspension, yep, that’s right) I started sketching.

Prior to this sketching, I had taken a Skillshare class exploring the elements of art and illustration style. I didn’t expect that little class to be groundbreaking for me but I did realize I am drawn to combinations of warm and cool colors where one accentuates the other. Thus, my color palette for the series.

The shapes and colors together reminded me of summer. The first painting I made reminded me of a sunset at Big Sur which then reminded me of my trip last summer. So I titled it “Summer Forever Because Everything Else Sucks.” And put it on Etsy. If you would like to purchase any of these paintings (I would love you forever) they are $30 and that includes shipping!

After that one, I decided to do 10 in the series and give each a name that made me laugh or roll my eyes about summer.

Want to Come Over and Sit in the Air Conditioning?

Let’s Go On A Hike in the Desert But Not Too Far **SOLD**

The Good Bands Start Past My Bedtime

This Humidity Really Works Wonders On My Hair

I Buy Expensive Sunscreen **SOLD**

I Need To Tell You Mosquitos Love Me

It’s a Pool Party, BYOB, Preferably Local Craft Beer

Red Wine and Blue… Berries

Since We’re On Vacation We Should Definitely Ride Bikes

NYC in 2 Seasons Part 1

I’ve officially visited NYC in all four seasons. I know, where’s my badge?! In 2016 I experienced The City in both it’s glorious extremes: July and December.

In July, Greg and I decided we hadn’t traveled enough this summer (ha!) so we loaded up the car and drove 14 hours north to Brooklyn. Luckily, we always have a place to stay with his brother and sister-in-law – thanks Scott and Meredith!

The first two days we were there it was PERFECT weather. I wore jeans and a tank top and never sweated. Things then took a dramatic turn to HEAT and HUMIDITY.

Despite the weather conspiring against us we go out there and suffered I mean… had fun.

Sites: 9/11 Memorial, Washington Square Park, The Whitney, The Met, Chelsea Market, random art galleries, Prospect Park, Strand Bookstore, DUMBO, Transit Museum, Oculus, random pent house open house (G’s SIL had artwork in it)

Places: Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Manhattan, Bed-Stuy, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Chinatown

Food: Katz’s Deli, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, The Meatball Shop, Dough Donuts, Morgenstern’s Ice Cream, El Rey, Grumpy’s, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Those are the exact places I could remember the names. We ate a super authentic ramen place in Chinatown that was a real experience. We went to a whiskey tasting and a chocolate tasting in Red Hook. And in between everything we had a lot of coffee, pizza, and bagels.

Now the pictures:

And if you made it all the way to here, bless you! You get a badge too! Stay tuned for part 2…

 
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