Monthly Archives: January 2016

Snow in the City. Mixed Media.

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Growing up in Siberia I think I can easily get a PHD in a snomanship if someone ever decides to establish an academic degree for the craft. Here, in New Jersey, the winters are unpredictable and once in a while we get a snowless one. Like the one we are having now.

When the hill won’t come to Mahomet, Mahomet will come to the hill. I’ve already described one snow project that my kids enjoy and you can find it here . This week we created a snowfall in the city.

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Keep your child occupied. Winter activity.

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This is going to be a short post on how to keep your kids busy without TV or an IPad. If you have shaving cream already then you do not even need to go to the store to buy it for the project. I went a few weeks ago and bought 4 bottles. Boy, do they smell!

However, I loved how the project turned out. Besides there is an enormous amount of fun before the final stage.

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Oh! Yes, almost forgot to explain why we call it a “Winter Project”. My daughter asks me to play in the “snow” and she does very often in the comfort of our own studio.

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I give her toothpicks for mixing but anything will do, even the other end of a pen.

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Just put a piece of paper on the “snow pile” and you will receive something looking like that.


We do not always press paper because every silly little thing does not have to end in an artistic accomplishment.

I promise at least a half an hour of silence or more. 😉

Golden Autumn. Isaak Levitan.

The post was written back in October right after our workshop but the class was so successful that I felt like publishing it anyway in case someone has a desire to use it for ideas.


It is beautiful outside! Golden leaves, clear blue skies. Seems like a perfect time to listen to Vivaldi’s Autumn and pick up the brushes.

The inspirational painting for this class masterfully executed by Isaak Levitan was The Golden Autumn. I’ve  remembered it since I was a child but every time I think of a perfect autumn time I have this scene in mind:


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