Creative Power VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibit

January 6 to February 17, 2014

The arts invite people to leave familiar territory, to explore new answers and seek new questions. The arts offer a means to self-expression, communication, and independence. By learning through the arts, students become lifelong learners, experiencing the joy of discovery and exploration, and the value of each others ideas. The VSA asked local artists that have a disability to bring in some of their art work to be put on display with the other Traveling Exhibits. I submitted six pieces to the show. One of the pieces, “Mama’s Roses” was created for my mom who has helped keep my art supplies well stocked. She also mats and frames every piece that I sell.

Created for my Mom on an 8 ½ x 11 white paper using oil pastels. My mom used a double mat in this 11×14 frame. I wanted to try and see if I could blend the oil pastels. I found out I could but it took a lot of pressure to blend.
I used charcoal on a 8 1/2 x 11 white paper. I was trying to do an abstract drawing but with people instead of shapes. If you look closely at the Queen’s hair, it looks like a snake curled upon her head.
I used a 11 X 14 tan toned paper with Earth Toned Soft Pastels and Charcoal. I went on the internet to find how to draw different things and I found these funny little solar creatures. I took those ideas and created my own.
This piece was done on an 11 x 14 white canvas that I painted with black acrylic paint. Then I used white chalk to make the trees, bridge and water. My inspiration was the bridge that I walk over every time I head to town.
I used reds, browns, tans and black Soft Pastels on a folded 8 1/2 x 11 piece of white paper. The reason I folded it in half was because I didn’t know what size to start with. I was having a bad day, so I scribbled this piece and smeared the colors together. I didn’t care what the end result was and after I was done, I showed mom. My mom liked it and I was shocked. I really didn’t take my time on it but if you look closely you can see all the fine details, especially on the strokes of the tree trunks and branches.