Goldie’s Quilt, a set on Flickr.
I’m proud to say that I’ve finally completed my very first quilting project—a baby quilt for Goldie Sheridan Levin, my daughter who is due to arrive December 15th, 2014. The quilting process was long and tedious, and would have been impossible without crafty bloggers and informative YouTube videos along the way. Here are some links that I found particularly helpful throughout this project:
Obsessive Quilter’s tutorial on basting a large quilt
Finishing A Quilt Parts 1, 2, and 3 by Jessica of Anita Goodesign
Another great source has been a book called Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal. But the most invaluable component of all was the sewing lessons that were bestowed upon me by my friend and colleague, Yvonne Taylor. She is a fellow teacher who started me sewing with some after school tutorials that have gone on intermittently over the past 5 or 6 years.
1:02 pm • 1 August 2014 • 3 notes
Horse Themed Paintings by Wise Women, a set on Flickr.
this blog entry was co-written by Edy Pickens Levin and Aimee Wise
The image of the horse can be traced through historical references and artistic interpretations as early as prehistoric cave art. More modern celebrations of the horse can fall under many categories – reverence of a war horse, appreciation of horse-drawn transportation, or understanding of the animal’s anatomy. Edythe’s depictions of equines might be filed specifically under the significant symbolism of the horse in the American west. These paintings by Aimee Wise, Edy Pickens Levin, Edythe S. Wise, and Nellie Brewer Wilson are by a lineage of women painters stemming from early pioneers and successful cattle ranchers, Nellie Brewer Wilson (1868-1920.) and Robert Wilson(1864-1942) of Campbell County Wyoming. The four ancestors chose to represent the horse in iconic and sentimental ways. The human/equine bond evoked in Nellie’s depiction of her beloved Dan is a common bond between human and animal that is empathized across generations. Perhaps Aimee tapped into that feeling when she completed Coach Horse, a commission she received from Edy, who curated Semler Brossy’s recent acquisition of work for their Los Angeles offices. Both Aimee and Edy chose graphic elements that reflect one another and resonate together in Coach Horse, Four Humours, and Blue Appaloosa. The multiple horse compositions in Somatic, Wyoming, and 8 Horses are reminiscent of one another. The vibrant complementary palette choices are also evident throughout these generations of painters.
9:32 pm • 5 April 2014
broken hearted bit progression, a set on Flickr.Via Flickr:
At the beginning of the process, I focus on working directly from the still-life set up in my studio. Then, I photograph the still-life and fine tune the composition while working from observation and photograph simultaneously. Towards the end of the painting, I work from observation only. And finally, I let the painting dictate my actions.
9:31 pm • 5 April 2014 • 1 note
Drawing Dreams Foundation
Drawing Dreams Foundation’s Artists-Helping-Children gallery five, Drawing Dreams Foundation donates art supplies to hospitalized children.
I am now a featured artist on the Drawing Dreams Foundation’s website!
1:05 pm • 1 March 2014
Third Graders learned about the “Twelve Symbols” used on the emperor’s robes, which were present every imperial dynasty from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) to the Ming (AD 1368-1644). The Ch’ing or Qing Dynasty(AD1644-1911), also known as the “Dragon Throne”, elevated the symbol of a dragon, which was part of the “Twelve Symbols” as the main symbol used on imperial robes. Symbols were copied from lesson plans found at http://mrkellysclass.net/asian_studies_6th_grade%20folder/ancient_chinese_symbolism.htm The students’ favorite symbols to feature on their robes were the axe, the dragon, the pheasant, the fu, and the geometric and water themed designs on the borders. To see these robes and more student work, visit our Flickr Sets at http://www.flickr.com/photos/miss_pickens/sets/
9:20 am • 3 December 2013
What Does the Fox Say?
Our First Graders couldn’t quit singing the fox song by Ylvis, so we made an art project about it….if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. To see more of the foxes and other art projects by K-6th Grade classes, go to our Flickr sets at http://www.flickr.com/photos/miss_pickens/sets.
9:16 am • 25 November 2013
Fifth Grade Tree Silhouettes
Fifth Graders learned about negative space and how to draw trees by observing the shapes between branches and leaves rather than drawing the tree itself. By arranging the negative spaces appropriately, students created tree silhouettes on their papers. Each student filled in their negative spaces with opaque oil pastels, making sure to create smooth fades from one color to the next. When their oil pastel spaces were filled in, they painted the tree silhouettes with black paint. To see more of these beautiful Tree Silhouettes and other art projects, visit the Levin+Shapiro Flickr sets.
2:10 pm • 22 November 2013 • 1 note
How to use an iPad or other screened device to enhance your still-life painting process:
1. Set up your still-life.
2. Choose a composition, use your device (iPad, laptop, or digital camera) to help you.
3. Lightly sketch your composition. I used graphite on a panel primed with light blue house paint.
4. Analyze the placement of lines and planes on the picture plane. Use the iPad or digital photograph to correctly assess the composition you are producing.
5. Next, look at the actual still-life to gather information about subtle shifts in color and tone.
6. Balance how you absorb the information, going back and forth between the iPad and the still-life itself. Remember to use information about composition and linear perspective from the iPad while using your own observations to capture the most subtle details of the still-life.
12:55 pm • 6 October 2013
Select Comfort by Edy Pickens Levin on Flickr.
I began this piece about Select Comfort, the manufacturers of Sleep Number beds, by imagining myself reclining and immersed in clouds. From a horizontal position, I photographed my left hand and both feet in front of me. I merged the picture of my extended limbs with a digitally contrived imaginary cloudscape. After conceiving of the idea in this format, I began to work with acrylics on canvas. I painted blue-gray layers of opaque cloud formations using varying tones of cerulean and ultramarine blue. Once the initial concept was blocked in, the painting became about playing with layers of color. I used translucent glazes on top of the opaque layers to achieve luminosity. The warm glazes I added in the foreground reference a sunset happening in the nearby stratosphere. As verified by the digital reading on the remote, the reclining figure/viewer is enjoying a Sleep Number setting of thirty-five as she drifts into slumber. Some Sleep Number settings, which occur in multiples of five, are dreamily floating through the sky and are also printed on the blue blanket from which the recliner’s feet are peeking.
7:04 am • 27 September 2013
Danny’s table project, a set on Flickr.
We got Hilary of PInk Pianos to refinish this table for Danny’s birthday this year—what an amazing transformation! Thanks, Hilary!!
7:10 am • 9 September 2013