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Dozens

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I thought it would be fun to create trompe l’oeil donuts.  We made them from an armature of aluminum foil, paper towels and masking tape.

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Students then applied Mod Podge with a brush to paper towel bits, adhering them to the armature.  They really looked like glazed donuts – so cool!

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Cell-u-clay was next.  It is a paper pulp that is applied wet in a sort of oatmeal consistency.  This was the frosting.

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Each student (in two of my 8th grade art classes) created a dozen donuts.  Because I didn’t think six was enough, lol.  They painted the Cell-u-clay with acrylics and added decorative details.

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Some students glued their finished pieces to foamboard and others placed them in boxes provided by the local Dunkin’ Donuts.  The projects are currently on display in the library at Chittenango Middle School, Chittenango, New York.

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I just loved this project.  I think everyone loved it!  Students in the 9th period B day class even came in during their study hall to become “donut fairies” – they helped the A day group!  Everyone helped each other and it was truly magical.  So fun! ❤

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2018 Fashion Finale

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Rebecca Taylor top, French Connection skirt, Calvin Klein booties
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Talitha top, Banana Republic pants, Nine West booties
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Saks Fifth Avenue sweater, BCBGMaxAzria skirt, Eliffete tights, Marc Jacobs booties

Here are my #ootd pics from December 2018.  A few new pieces are in the mix, like the lace tights and my first Milly top.  OMG, I love stretch silk, which is a silk blend with a bit of spandex in it.  You can tell that I am a huge fan of silk, cashmere and leather.

I wear two smocks while painting and using Mod Podge, which is my new go-to instead of using Plaster of Paris for sculpture.  I’m doing a form of papier mache instead and it is amazing.  Can’t wait to share my donut project!

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Aqua Cashmere cardigan, Trina Turk skirt, BCBGeneration booties
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Rachel Zoe dress, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

The other big project is…Artist Books!  My Studio in Art students are creating these very cool books using sports equipment, lunch boxes, ceramic bowls and musical instruments.  They will be done by the end of the semester.  Then we will start watercolor!

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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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C by Bloomindales cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Nine West boots
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Milly top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs booties

I will eventually clean off the back counter and prepare for new students in February.  Art – 8 only meets every other day for one semester.  I am able to do about three or four projects in that time – a drawing, a painting, a sculpture and a clay project or some combination of those things.  Right now we are finishing up sculptures in the five classes and drawing in the other two.

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C by Bloomingdales cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and leggings, Ugg boots

I did not get any clothes for Christmas, lol.  Or did I?  Santa was good to me.  I know him!  (I really do!) ❤

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Rachel Zoe dress, Coach clutch
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BCBGMaxAzria top, pants, and belt, Nine West boots

Best in Silk

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Trina Turk silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Nine West boots

Here are my #ootd pictures from November 2018.  The black cropped leg BCBGMaxAzria  pants go with everything!  I ended up getting a second pair because they are so spectacular.  Not sure why they were not made in other colors.  I love silk as well, and silk velvet is soooo amazing!  I’m sure my dry cleaner loves that I wear it too, lol.

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Cinq a Sept silk dress, Via Spiga tights, Sorel boots

I was able to incorporate my Wonder Woman boots (above) in this one! They are Sorel – I think I paid one third of the retail asking price for them, maybe less!

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Ulla Johnson silk dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

It is fun keeping track of fashion because I can see what combinations I have done with separates – what items go with what, and as a result, I can assess what one new thing I may bring into the mix that will serve me best.  The morning I put this look together (above), I was, like, how do these two things match? – that is so cool! That Kobi Halperin top is embroidered cotton – very wonderful texture in person.  There is a version of it in all white hiding somewhere in the universe for me to find.

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Rebecca Taylor silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk-velvet pants, Joie sandals

Rebecca Taylor has a new concept right now where you can pay a monthly fee and rent up to four garments at a time to wear until you want to give them back and then get more.  I have my eye on a few pieces from her holiday collection right now.  Go to www.rebeccataylor.com for more information.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Nine West booties
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Rebecca Taylor silk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Trina Turk silk-spandex top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs booties

This top (above) is from 1999!  It is my first Trina Turk, the reason I fell in love with her work!  Mine is a size Medium, which is a bit large for me now but I still love it and wear it often.

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Free People cardigan and leather skirt, JCrew T-shirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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Akemi + Kim for Anthropologie dress, Via Spiga tights, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria silk dress, Calvin Klein booties

This BCBGMaxAzria gown (above) was my outfit for my annual Friendsgiving dinner.  About twenty-five of us dined together at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse.  It had been hanging in my closet for two years and so, I was very psyched to have an opportunity to wear it.  I sewed bra cups into the lining because the bodice neckline made it difficult to find undergarments that worked.  Easy-peasy!

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Cinq a Sept silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Rachel Zoe silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Calvin Klein booties

Here I am wearing Rachel Zoe (above) at my friend Tracey’s pre-Thanksgiving house party.  I have this top in black too.

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C by Bloomingdale’s cardigan, Rachel Zoe silk dress, Via Spiga tights, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria dress and tank top, Nine West boots
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Free People cardigan, Alice + Olivia silk-velvet top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

I found this Alice + Olivia silk-velvet halter top on a final sale on saksoff5th.com.  I think it was $40?  Something like that!  It is my new favorite thing.  I paired it with those black cropped pants seen in every other pic, lol, for a trip to the movies last night.

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Trina Turk silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk-velvet pants, Marc Jacobs booties

What will I wear next?  Stay tuned….

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BCBGMaxAzria top, sweater, jacket and pants, Marc Jacobs booties

 

No Air/No Problemo in Oz

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Trina Turk dress, BCBGeneration sandals

There is no air-conditioning in school.  We take my #ootd pics early in the morning and by the end of the day I am sometimes somewhat of a hot and sticky mess.  I am grateful to have two fans mounted on the walls in my classroom and I have been drinking tons of iced coffee, water and a Gatorade every day.

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vintage necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, top and skirt, BCBGeneration booties

No complaints though, as Syracuse, New York weather feels like Florida right now and we are on the verge of summer vacation!

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Cinq a Sept dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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Rachel Zoe dress, Calvin Klein booties

Here are my most recent outfits.  My Rachel Zoe dress needs the dry-cleaner stat, as Friday was a particularly muggy day.  It is currently a silk version of what my hair looked like later that day – that frazzled ’80s rock star effect that we all discarded with the invention of flat irons.  Seriously cringe worthy, lol.  I wore boots that day because I was sure it was going to rain mid-day, but that rain did not appear until I was driving home from work.  It lasted all of fifteen minutes leaving us with perfect outdoor festivals weather for the weekend  – Ozstravaganza in Chittenango and Taste of Syracuse downtown.

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals, Bailey 44 top

 

The Beauty Within

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The year was 1996:  the bartenders at Empire Brewing Company on Walton Street in Armory Square/downtown Syracuse, New York used to slip me handfuls of coasters all the time.  I used them as collage material in my oil & collage paintings.  I’m not a beer (or any alcoholic beverage) drinker but still – I was a bit of a barfly back in the day.  I really love that place!

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Well, they opened a farm brewery on Route 13 in Cazenovia, New York a while back.  It is a magnificent venue in every way – you must make your pilgrimage if you haven’t done so already.  It is the power of Empire times infinity!  I was there this evening for Kara Daviau’s art reception.

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Delicious food and drink specials, of course, and – who knew? a spectacular basement tasting/barrel room with brick walls and the most splendid ambiance for an art exhibition.  Kara’s work is a perfect match for this space.

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Her new series is titled Keep Me Where the Light Is.  Kara is continuing her journey of discovering abandoned places and summoning them to life with music.  She captures the essences of the forgotten beauty while listening to specific tunes, adding sheet music as collage before tackling the canvases with vibrant acrylic hues.

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Her new mantra is expand.  She is voraciously seeking new places to show and sell her artwork, (which includes merchandise – magnets, notecards, T-shirts and other accessories – you can find these and more at Wildflowers Armory in Armory Square).

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As of very recently, her paintings have been accepted in juried exhibitions at galleries in New York City and in Connecticut and Maryland with the opportunity for solo exhibitions in all locations on the horizon.  I asked her if she would seek abandoned spaces in these areas to create new work that resonates with people who live there.  Not yet was her response.

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She is at a crossroads, both personally and professionally.  Her focus is on healing and with that a strong urge to self reflect via self-portraiture may be the next leg in her journey.  She’d added a mini self-portrait to the lower corner of one of these paintings then wiped it out, as if to say she wasn’t quite ready for that leap…yet.

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I trust that Kara will visualize the success she deserves with any step she takes on her path to get there.  She is a beautiful person both inside and out.  I love the trailblazing spirit that guides her choices – such an incredibly talented artist and a wonderful role model for both her own children and her students. ❤

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Kara Daviau’s art studio is located at the Delavan Center (Studio 249), 509 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York.  For more information about this work and more, contact her at KLDAV@HOTMAIL.COM.

School Fair 2017

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Last night Chittenango Central School held their annual School Fair at the high school.  Each year, my colleague Katy and I spend several hours installing the middle school art show on the walls of the hallway between the two gymnasiums.

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Then at 8:00 pm we take the whole thing down and pop the art into our cars to return it all to the middle school on Monday.  We displayed around three hundred pieces of 5th – 8th grade artwork.

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This was my twentieth year of said fair.  Here are the pictures I remembered to take!  It is pretty cool to see this visual representation of what we do all year.

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Fishing Derby

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Ashlee – winner in 1st period A day
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Owen – winner in 8th period A day (the 5th grade class)

My clay lesson this semester was the fish sculpture.  I decided to do it with every class.  My 5th grade, the 8th grade art students and the 8th grade Studio in Art students.  It is such a great lesson because everyone starts with the same amount of clay creating a slab first that rolls up then adding the hand built elements.

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Paige – winner in 9th period A day
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Nathan – winner in 6th period Studio in Art
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Lauren – winner in 5th period B day

They are all so beautifully unique!  I decided to have a fishing derby.  I weighed and measured every fish.  Each class had a winner.  The prize was a small bag of Swedish Fish, lol.  Abraham’s was the biggest fish.  He won a giant bag of Swedish Fish!  So fun!

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Abraham – winner in 5th period A day and overall winner!
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Julia – winner in 1st period B day
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Anthony – winner in 9th period B day