Mona

Mona, Collage, watercolor, marker, color pencil, 2019.

I started this Mona Lisa homage years ago, as a magazine face collaged on to a black marker drawing. At that time, I was sorely missing the coastal parts of North Carolina, which had been our home state for eight years.

I just rediscovered this unfinished piece in my studio, and added the watercolor and color pencil this week.

South Dakota Landscape

South Dakota, Embroidery, acrylic paint, denim, pine needles, 2019.

Last summer, I enjoyed a week with family, just outside Rapid City, South Dakota. The porch offered a serene view of the Black Hills. I sat and meditatively stitched on the legs of my cut-off jeans, as my children, nieces, and nephews played.

PB & J

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PB & J, Embroidery, felted wool, acrylic paint, 2019. Chelsea Hayes.

I have been enjoying a different type of mixed media lately – embroidery, felting, and painting. If embroidery is like drawing with a needle and thread, then felting is like painting with roving and a needle. My son promptly claimed this art for his room.

Life has been hectic lately, as it always will be. I choose to keep myself busy, but this is a different level of busy. I am also prepping for a show in April, and so I have to really force myself to squeeze out more art making time.

Chicken Head

I am at a week-long class for TAB (teaching for artistic behaviors) art teachers in Boston – TAB summer institute at Mass Art. I am working alongside and learning from the pioneers of art education, every day for a week!

I’m listening, sharing, questioning, wrestling with ideas, and honing my favorite art form of all – teaching. It’s incredible.

What’s better than being around my teaching heroes all week?

The easy access to seafood? Almost.

Sight seeing in Boston? Almost.

For me, the creative conversations with other TAB art educators and the open studio time have been the most valuable.

I’ve been working on some fun art this week, things I’m actually jazzed about. It’s been a while since I felt this way about my own artwork – hence the down tick in the Postcard Project.