Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SMocKin' with the Thetas....


It seems like forever since the last post and many SMocK parties ago, but SMocKin' is still going strong!
Just recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out and paint with some great ladies who a part of the same sorority, from across the midwest region.
Long time sisters get together once a month to catch up, reminisce and take care of some Theta business.
Being the Theta pansies, their paintings reflected their dedication and support of their sorority.


Thank you Thetas!
xoxo, SMocK you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My SMocKing Self

What's a girl to do for her birthday?  Invite her friends over for brunch and painting!

It was a rather dreary Memorial Day, but that did not stop the party.  
The theme was self-portraits and we did our best in the two hours we had to create paintings that represented our unique personalities....even if they were "-ish".

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

A SMocKing Good Time....

Blooms and Blooms of Spring in Chicago.....
 The latest SMocK party celebrated and rounded off one year of SMocKing. 
Seasoned SMocKers and their BFFs spent a sunny, warm Saturday painting fanciful, expressive blooms of flowers.  This theme really offered the flexibility to just enjoy the process of painting and relax with friends.  In the end, all participants went home with something they were proud of!

 see you soon!
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xoxo, SMocK you.

Monday, March 25, 2013

SMocKing for the ART badge....

A couple of weeks ago I had a wonderful experience of helping out a Girl Scout troop earn their art badge!  It was a abbreviated SMocK session but in the end 11 Girl Scouts created still life-ish paintings of flowers in a vase.  I mention "ish" because although we are amazing artists, sometimes enjoying the process is more important than painting 'flowers in a vase'.  So, we swirled, we twirled, we scooped and even painted with twigs!

This wonderful organization has been inspiring young girls for over 100 years, building courage, self-esteem and pride for who they are as young ladies.  It was my own special treat to SMocK 'em and be a part of their journey.

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see you soon!

xoxo, SMocK you.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SMocKing on a snowy day in Chicago....


It's a snowy day in Chicago and the schools declared a snow day.  After sippin' on some coffee and catching up on some school work, I decided to declare a painting day.  Aside from the blizzard outside my windows, I know spring is just around the corner...or corners.  To get into the spirit the, slowly, upcoming season, of bright blooms, fanciful colors and a Spring SMocK Party, I decided to pull out some smaller canvases and paint blooms in simple vases.
These little paintings are 8x10 canvas done with acrylic paint and compeleted in order of sequence.

make something.

xoxo, SMocK you.

Monday, March 4, 2013

SMocK on Craft Gossip

It has been almost a year and thanks to a wonderful friend, 
SMocK Chicago is coming into spring on a full swing!
Check out SMocK on the Craft Gossip website and book your next party with SMocK!

inspiration, Jim Dine's hearts

and get it on.

xoxo, SMocK you.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SMocK Challenge!

A Creative Challenge

Part of what stumps people from creating something is what to do.  As an art teacher I hear this quite often in my art room. "I don't know what do to!!!!", said, of course with a passionate whine.  Currently, my 6th grade students are designing and executing independent projects.  A bit of a selfish act, I must confess.  After 6 years of teaching them all they need to know about art (well, as much as can be squeezed into an hour a week), I decided to put myself in "time out".  I declared my students' independence in their art making and my liberation of telling them what do to.  Incredibly enough, 6th grade students do not like either option. 

For the amount of work they are responsible for completing, they are taking this creative challenge quite well.  Even expressing enthusiasm and personal investment.

Now, I challenge you, your students, your children and your friends....
make something everyday.

Step ONE: One sketch, doodle, drawing a day.....spend 10 minutes, 30 minutes...5 hours.  Just draw....on a napkin, on a piece of paper, in you daily a calendar, in a meeting ;-)

Step TWO: take a snapshot

Step THREE: share your drawing.  Post your artwork on the SMocK Facebook page

Take the challenge and see what you discover.
xoxo, SMocK you.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The tree of life.....or something close...

SMocK Party
Theme:  Trees

In the middle of January a friend decided to have a SMocK party just for the fun of it!  It was a splendid idea to help ward off the winter blues and just do something different on a weekend.  There were about eight friends who gathered in the basement, drinking wine, eating appetizers and gossiping about who did what.  OH! and they did a little bit of painting!

The theme was trees and every SMocKer used their own abilities and infused their own character into their interpretation of a tree.  It was really awesome to see everyone's personalities come through in the branches of a tree!

What is really interesting is capturing the progress of each SMocKer.  The featured SMocKer started off incredibly hesitant, with the "I can't paint a tree" attitude.  As the evening progressed, she was the only one who really became invested in the process.  You didn't hear a peep.  All along, she was 'playing' around with the paint and even flipped her canvas over.

There were two techniques that I demonstrated.  The most popular was applying a background was of color, to simulate a sky and then adding the shadowy tree.  The most challenging part of painting a tree was controlling the brush to achieve those tiny branches at the end of a limb.  I termed the technique "twiddling" the brush.

In the end, a tree is a tree is a tree is a tree.  
Beautiful and unique.

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xoxo, SMocK you.

Saturday, January 26, 2013