AWESOME Senior Student Art Show at Brush High School

Rose next to ceramic piece by China

Rose next to ceramic piece by China

On April 24 my family attended the Brush High School Senior Student Art Show awards reception in South Euclid/Lyndhurst. My husband’s cousin, Sarah Roche, had a wall of photography in the show and we were excited to bring the whole family to show our support. It was my first time at the school and I was extremely impressed to learn about the great art program they had there at the school. Not only does Brush have standard art classes, but they teach ceramics and photography processes as well! My old high school only taught standard Art (I had to go to a Career Center to take my AP Art classes), so I was thrilled to see that my kids will have the opportunity to go to a public school with such an advanced art program. I think it’s a good bet to judge the quality of a school by what kind of art program they have, because art is always the first program to suffer in public schools.

I took some pictures of Sarah’s great photography (she received a Judges’ Choice Award for one of her pieces), and I also took some photos of some of the other art in the show that impressed me.

My favorite pieces of Sarah’s were the ones she took of her brother. I loved the contemplative quality of those pieces. I could also see Sarah is gifted with an eye for composition. I could tell she enjoyed photography. The reproductions of work shown here are very poor due to my low-quality camera – the pieces were much clearer in person!

I was awestruck by another student’s work, Erica Woodrum. When I saw two of her paintings I seriously thought, “Are they exhibiting faculty work in here as well?” Again, my photographs do not do this girl’s work justice. Apparently she is moving on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (I almost decided to go there, but Divine Guidance brought me to the Cleveland Institute of Art instead). I asked her if she was going to art school, knowing full well that was where this girl belonged. I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors – not that she’ll need it.

I also should note the ceramics at the show was very impressive, especially the work of a girl named China (still need to get her last name).

It sure was fun – and the punch was delicious!


Meditation Group in Lyndhurst, OH

grow, grow, grow!This past Monday night I attended a meditation group led by Carol Adams at the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church. It was a wonderful experience and I felt motivated today to scribble down a fun image that illustrates one of the experiences I had while meditating. This was fun to draw today.

I won’t go into the actual meaning of it – will leave it to you to get your own message from it.

Blessings to you today!

Caricatures at the Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party ’09

Elect O'Reilly/Beck for '12!

Elect O'Reilly/Beck for '12!

Well, my stand didn’t do a lot of business – only made fifteen bucks. But my display board sure did get a lot of attention from the passing crowd (apparently we had an attendance of over 5,000 people). Many pictures were taken, so at least I got some exposure from it. You never know which events will be profitable. You just have to try them out and see. It was cold and windy, but at least we didn’t have rain!

Regardless, I got to try my hand of drawing some of my favorite political commentators: Glenn Beck, O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity. I stuck Abe Lincoln in there as well just because he’s just too fun to draw!

I also designed the Cleveland Tea Party banner which was temporarily lost for a while causing some serious dismay (HOW COULD WE LOSE A FIFTEEN FOOT BANNER?). Anyway, I was thrilled when the banner was found and they were able to use it. It’ll be saved and displayed for future Cleveland Tea Parties – I’ll probably have my hand in making sure there is a way to display it next time. Lyndhurst’s Fastsigns did a great job printing it!

Anyway, here are the caricatures I did for the Tea Party — I still have several fine quality prints for sale! You can contact me at if you’re interested! They fit an 8×10 frame – $10 each (+ shipping). Originals available as well (prices vary). Each piece has my official “Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party 2009” stamp on backside for historical documentation.

Collage Therapy

My Trial of Collage Therapy

Trying Out Collage Therapy

A couple weeks ago I was feeling REALLY down in the dumps (that’s putting it mildly). Even my little giggling baby couldn’t make me smile. I knew there was something wrong with me. I woke up in tears that morning.

Then I took action.

I had just received my latest catalog from Femail Creations – one of those catalogs that I just love flipping through. That catalog has the greatest word messages used across their products and product descriptions. I grabbed my scissors and went to town, cutting out from the pages every sentance or image that made me feel happy.

Then I grabbed a postcard-sized piece of watercolor paper, filled an empty applesauce cup with water and ran upstairs to find some glue. The first one I found was really old. I’m not sure how it happened, but half way back down the stairs the thing exploded in my hands. Glue went all over my carpeted stairs! Somehow I didn’t flip out. I was determined to get back to my project, so I cleaned up the mess and proceeded to look for a less explosive glue bottle.

Found one.

I mixed the glue and water, dipped the clippings into it, and created a nice messy collage of words. The final result is what you see in the image above.

I got this idea initially from a woman who gave a lecture at a Dress For Success seminar hosted by Traci McBride, and I guess hanging out with Jenny Rohrs (Craft Therapist) has been a great influential force for me lately!

It’s amazing what playing with a little paper and glue can do for the soul!