Paint Some Sunflowers

Everybody loves sunflowers. They are bold, simple, and colorful. Inspire students by showing them a reproduction of a sunflower painting by Vincent Van Gogh (he did several), and then set up a couple of vases with real, or artificial blooms for your students to draw. They can work in tissue collage, tempera, or crayon. It is a winning project for artists of all ages.

Emergence

A couple of years ago, I cut individual words from magazine pages and put them in a plastic bag. I pulled one out at the beginning of each work session. This painting was inspired by the word "Emergence".

It is filled with mysterious images and intricate passages with subtle color interactions. The original painting is 16 x 20" and was done in acrylic on canvas. The print is available on several different kinds of paper, and also on canvas.

Electricity in Blue

I love this series of expressionist works. I begin each one with a random element, such as a word chosen from a printed source, background music, or a brushstroke contributed by an onlooker. I then add more thick paint, or a glaze and see what the canvas has to tell me.

This particular piece was featured in a beautiful short film called “Lumenis” by Brazilian composer and filmmaker Bernardo Uzeda. (http://bernardouzeda.kinghost.net/)