Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ninja Attack at Squadron Line School!

It wasn't really a ninja "attack" but I did do some ninja poses, like Wink, when I presented at the lovely Squadron Line Elementary School on Monday.

That's why I wear pants most of the time.

I had a great time!  I did two different presentations - one for Wink and one for Monkey Ono.  And I visited four wonderful first grade classes and taught them how to make collage ninjas.  Aren't these great?  (The first one just makes me so happy!)

The librarian, Jamie Sepa, was a wonderful host - even providing me with much appreciated chocolate.  The kids were great.  The library - where I did my presentations - was big and bright.  The PTO, which booked me, were so friendly and helpful, and they sold A LOT of books!

HUGE THANKS to all at Squadron Line!  You made me feel like I'd just one the Caldecott.  (Well, I'm assuming it feels something like that.  ;)

In other news:  I have a BUNCH of Skype visits coming up.  My first one is with a class in Mexico, tomorrow.  Then, I have 17 more scheduled over the next two weeks.  I'll be a Skype Pro by the end of it.

This is my door of Skype visits.  (I'm running out of door.)

THANKS so much for stopping in!  I hope everyone is staying warm!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hartford Sled Derby

I like to be inside.  I like outside too, but all my arts and crafts and couch and snacks and TV are inside, so I generally stay in.

But when I do go out, I'm usually glad I did.  And I was SO GLAD that I went out this past Saturday and participated in the Hartford Sled Derby!

Photo by Carl Lantz

My friend Stefanie and I went as two paint brushes and a palette to represent the WeHa Artists Emporium.  The sled was painted, but there wasn't a whole lot of "construction" to it.  Now that I've  seen some sleds, I understand that making a sled for this thing is all about the cardboard and duct tape.  I was glad we didn't wipe out, but wiping out is part of the fun.  I think next year, our design may be more built up and we will factor in helmets.
Photo by Steven Yau

See this one.  Very built up.  Very big wipe out.

These guys had a beautiful polar bear.  So lovely.  And then they all came tumbling down the hill.

Those were some of the best sleds, but there were simple ones too.  One guy tried to go down in nothing but an IKEA chair.  One lady went down on what looked like a sleeping bag banana peel.
Sideways garbage cans were very popular vehicles.  (But round sleds turn and roll.  No thanks.  No barrel rolls for my noodle.)

Everyone there was having a great time and was so supportive of everyone's sleds and wipe-outs.  It was thrilling and the hill was filled with a great positive energy.

We didn't get a trophy - which, I'll be honest, was a little disappointing. 
The Hartford Sled Derby is certainly not about getting a trophy.  But I firmly believe that if you want a trophy and you think you deserve a trophy, then - by golly - go ahead and make your own.

So I did.  I mounted a little clay sled on top of a metal canister filled with chocolate.  We were the only art supply sled there, so it's OK to say we were the Best.  We were!

Photo by Stefanie Marco

I awarded it to Stefanie.  So I got twice the fun - make a trophy and give a trophy.  And, of course, there was some leftover chocolate for me too.  :)

If you want to see more photos of all the great sleds, click here.  And if you're in the Hartford area next year, consider coming along.  It was a lot of fun for young and old.

In other news,
There's a lot of snow here, but we are surviving.
Boston has way more, so we moan, but I think we're all happy that we don't live in Boston right now.

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Be warm!

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Color Series: Animal Edition

Yesterday I finished the final piece in this Color Series.  Now I just have to mat them, frame them, and get them ready for the library in March.  I'm very happy with how they turned out.  They were so much fun to make!  I hope you like them too.

Red Rabbit a.k.a. My Bunny Valentine    2015    j. c. phillipps

Orange Fox Dancing         2015        j. c. phillipps

Yellow Lab with a Uke     2015     j. c. phillipps

Green Frog Waiting        2015       j. c. phillipps
Blue Cat at Sea        2015       j. c. phillipps

Purple Raven Sings             2015         j. c. phillipps

Black & White Bandit       2015       j. c. phillipps

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bunny Hunt

I have been making bunnies.
Lots of bunnies.

Finders Keepers - the town-wide rock hunt that the WeHa Artists Emporium did in December - went so well, that I had an idea to do a similar thing, but with bunnies.

This is sorta hush-hush, but I don't think anyone I know in town reads this blog, so I can share here.  Yay!  But if you are in town or know someone in town, no blabbin'.  M'kay?

Anyway ...

I'm making a lot of clay bunnies and Stefanie - my artist pal and the group's founder - is making flowers.  We're calling it BUNNIES AND BLOOMS and we're going to hide the goodies around town one day in April.  Only one day for this event.

We've invited a few other artists to play too, but ... who knows if they will.  Not everyone is into making stuff and giving it away for free.  That's cool.  But I love it.  And I love it because I have learned that what you put out there comes back to you. 

So I'm making bunnies.

In other news ...

I'm playing the waiting game with a publisher.  He has two of my projects that have both been revised just for him, based on his notes.  My agent doesn't want to nag, but it's HARD TO WAIT!

There's a lot of snow outside.  I'd say it's up to my knee.  And that's the untouched stuff.  The shoveled stuff is up to my waist.

I'm almost done with my newest collection of collages, The Color Series: Animal Edition.  I'm doing the series for an upcoming show at the library.  I'll post soon.

Hope you all are well and warm!
Thanks for stopping in!