“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Ronald Dahl
Another FULL week!
The grass is greener, the trees are sprouting! We are all celebrating the start of a beautiful, warm, spring in Bozeman, MT! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait to get outside to paint! I am almost set-up, so expect some paintings en plein air next blog!
This past week I started a few new paintings, finished one Monument, and had a great time collaborating with students at Hawthorne Elementary to paint their Cornhole boards for the Celebration of the Arts! To top the week off, we had a sun-filled class at Dry Hills Distilleries’ Sip and Paint night (call them to sign up for our next one on June 1st)!
Enjoy the gallery!
Don’t forget to get your mini-artists signed up for summer camp!
Until next week!
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” -Pericles
What a busy week!
New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!
Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week. I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.
It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see. I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer. These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.
We’ll see what happens as this series progresses… I am grateful to have this time at my easel.
So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!
- We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday! At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them. They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways. There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear. Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
- Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday! These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present. I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
- Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes! Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring. We are better together! They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!
Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!
Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!
Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it. You’ll thank yourself afterwards.
Until next week!
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The sun is out, days are longer, and color is returning to our lives! What a fresh breath of air.
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The arts help to expand cognitive abilities and develop creative thinking skills at a young age that will carry over through the process of education and into adulthood. Creative problem solvers will be the next engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovative individuals. We must train our students to succeed in education. This means teaching to all of the various intelligences and allowing the most authentic voice of each individual to be heard. Everything is possible in our lives, and art showcases the bewilderment of the great unknown more than any other subject matter.
School Art Programs
As a Montana State Certified K-12 Art Educator, the possibilities of school residencies are endless! I have taught year-long drawing classes, collaborated with entire schools to create murals, connected art projects to a local gallery, art history, and national exhibits in addition to having a great amount of practice creating specialized projects. I have experience combining technology with education, and I have taught art to a K-grey audience. I would love to connect art to your current school curriculum and standards or design an independent project specific to your needs. Though my personal love is paint, I teach a variety of media. Please contact me for questions, a list of project ideas, or for a referral from one of my current residencies.
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Lamotte Elementary school, Bear canyon, Mt
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I offer a variety of art-making offerings depending on populations as well as their goals, needs and abilities. Focus will be on art as a process of self-discovery, fun, and practice. I work with therapists and other professionals as the “art guide on the side” helping to use art to heal and bring about happiness.
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Welcome to my Weekly Art Blog Update!
Tonight is the night!
Art Reception at Holter Art Museum in Helena, MT
Join me, I’d love to see you!
With that in mind, I would love to take a moment of pause to sincerely thank every single person who has helped me to be where I am at this moment.
I’m not even near the top of my field and I have plenty of room to learn and grow… But I am proud to be filled daily with work I love to do.
I am proud, and exceedingly grateful to be here. Now.
Helena has a special place in my heart, I grew up there. This small little town in Montana is full of inspirational people and landscapes. A perfect place to grow up dreaming.
One of my high school art teachers sent me this picture, below. It is his invitation to my Holter opening tonight with a cattle marker piece I did almost 20 years ago (I had to triple check that as I wrote it, wow…that’s a few days ago).
Twenty years ago I threw that artwork away. He grabbed it out the garbage and it’s been on the wall of his art room for all this time. Thinking about who I was when I created that piece, and the full circle that is today…fills me with a crazy sense of time, emotion, and appreciation.
The presence of the full moon in all of these artworks (both old and new) seems like something I should pay attention to.
So I looked it up, thank you google.
A Time of Opportunity.
A Full Moon is a lunar phase that happens when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun…
The full moon is a time of positive opportunity , wholeness and strength, illumination, and energy.
If these last 20 years are a full lunar cycle in art-time, I really enjoy seeing the full moon again for whatever symbolic meaning there is.
“Dear Universe” my latest series of artwork continues…
And the words behind the wet paint…
If you are interested in more ponderings and information, check out my latest newsletter!
For now, enjoy your weekend. Jep (studio pup) and I will do our best to do the same.
Art Reception tonight at the Holter, 5-8pm
“There is something beautiful and revitalizing about autumn. When the leaves fall the world is surrendering. Letting go of the pieces and parts that can no longer serve in a positive way. Trees hold strong to their core and survive the storms; but every good tree knows that as time goes by, the leaves will come back and we all get to start again.”
This time of year forces a slowing down; shorter days, cooler temperatures, and change on the horizon.
Autumn is a season of transition in many ways. For me, it’s a chance to remember to live on purpose (and not to get swept away in a hamster wheel of motion). Slow Down, find the flow, focus on the sweetness of the present.
Refine, refresh, refocus…
This holiday season I will be putting SUPER Allison effort into both holiday shows and giving as many amazing holiday deals as I can muster to you. Make sure you’re on my newsletter and I hope you find some new art to start off your (or your loved one’s) 2017.
In the Studio:
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Happy November. 🙂 Let us all seek out gratitude and flow this season. xo-Allison
A sneak peak of life in the studio.
Layers of Flow
Original Oil on Canvas