Thursday, November 20, 2008

Landscape Escape

Current project for my art classes. Create a landscape, then punch a hole in it and create another world in the window. Work for contrasts, i.e. warm colors vs. cool colors, inorganic vs. organic, mechanical vs. natural, living vs. dead, landscape vs. cityscape, exterior vs. interior, aerial vs. linear perspective, day vs. night etc.. This is my sketch, they're working 12x18". I'll post the good ones.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I had to go to a charter school convention today and I was bored. The lady on my left had a craby look on her face. The key note speaker wore stripes and seemed very stern. There were a lot of spot lights in the convention center. Some guy raised his hand to ask a question. There was a cowboy painting on the wall. I started to feel like the guy in the middle.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pocket Change

Here's my middle school percussion group performing at their first assembly (mine too!). That's Jose, Tanner, Tristan, Bryan, Logan, Nick, Carlos, and Bryce and they did a fantastic job. It's funny how you can get just as much satisfaction from watching a group of your students perform as from performing yourself, especially when they perform one of your own compostions. They played a piece that I wrote called "Pocket Change". I had as much fun as they did.

Notice the "bass bucket" on the right side of the photograph. I found that at a local pool supply store. It still smells like chlorine shock but it sounds great when hit with a bass mallet.