I volunteered to take the Valentine's photos for my son Mack's first grade class at Top of the World Elementary School in town, and I had this vision that turned into a bit of a nightmare. I wanted to paint a board black w/ chalkboard paint and I thought the kids could write their names on it or draw hearts, etc. and then they'd stand in front of it holding festive, valentine-y items. Well, I had to buy a board that I could carry, and the only thing at Home Depot that seemed light enough was 3/8" plywood. That was mistake number 1, b/c the grain of the plywood showed thru the paint. And then the kids weren't dressed in valentiney clothes, so I couldn't decide how to deal w/ that. Finally it dawned on me that I could minimize the ugly plywood grain by making the photos black and white and just making the x's and o's red. Selective color hasn't been my thing, but i think in this instance, it works. It took me forever to trace the outline between red and black, ugh. I'm sure Mrs. Mattson thinks I'm nuts b/c I turned this simple little photo shoot into my life's work, ha! To further complicate matters, I edited 4 or 5 photos of each kid, ha!! Oh well, live and learn.
I LOVE designing arrangements of framed art or canvases on the walls, I've been doing it for years....this particular client has sooo many blank walls in her house, I've been dying to fill them with photos for the 3 years we've been working together. It's nice to use my architecture skills, which were getting rusty. These photos are shown to scale on the walls, so you can really see what the photos will look like. I can even design a master plan, if you will, allowing space for future artwork.
The five year olds in my son's Montessori class went to Tanaka Farms yesterday. We went on a hay ride and learned all about organic farming and the fruits and vegetables they grow on the farm. We tasted vegetables right out of the ground too - there were green onions, bok choy, spinach, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Then the kids each picked their own basket of strawberries, and we were all able to eat as many as we liked as we picked them! What a great day - thank you Mrs. Somasundaram and Mrs. Sadaat for such a fabulous field trip, we'll cherish the memories forever...Scroll past the slideshow for a few of my favorite photos from the trip.