"I found that I could say things with color and shapes
that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
                                           - Georgia O'Keeffe

What is artworks?

This blog is a place for me to not only display my current artwork, but has also become a setting that allows me to interact with others.  It is an ongoing and growing gallery of work which displays challenges and successes I have found in painting and creating art.  If viewers would like to make comments or have questions about techniques, there is a location for guests to interact by adding posts.  Through the ongoing documentation of the blog, I am able to record a history of growth and changes in my work over time.  I am also able to share not just my artwork and thoughts, but also links to my favorite artists, websites, and fellow bloggers.  As a growing artist and in an effort to connect and become a part of a community of other artists, I launched the blog in August of 2008 to share my work with others.

As a result…

Because of this blog and website, and the ability to display my work publicly, Sandra R Williams, NCAEA President Elect and Conference Chair, saw a link to my site while visiting New Bern in preparation for the art educators conference this fall and invited me to present a plein air painting workshop at the North Carolina Art Educator’s Association Conference in September of 2010.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to share and teach painting techniques with fellow art educators.  Another result from creating this blog is the understanding I have gained about technology in the 21st century.  In addition to discovering a familiarity of other artists with blogs, I have gained such an awareness about art and marketing from so many wonderful artists.  Mike Rooney, V.... Vaughan, Karin Jurick, and Carol Marine are just a few of my favorite bloggers, and their sites have links to many more!

New Aspirations…

My goal is to post more often now that I am completing my masters in art education.  I am hoping to have more time to devote to painting and adding my artwork to this ever-changing gallery.  I would also like to create a blog for my elementary students to share their artwork with friends and family members around the globe as we connect technology to art inside and outside of the classroom.