Tag Archives: arts

An Alley in Port-au-Prince

22 Jun

Little watercolor painting of an alley in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Artist: Rebecca Taylor

No, I was not hanging out in allies while I was in Haiti.

Having never been to the country, I entered the range rover that drove me two and a half hours to Hinche and just began immediately snapping photos. (That’s what I do.) “I may never be here again,” I thought to myself, and proceeded to collect as much photographic evidence of my existence in Haiti that I could.

The range rover sped through the pot-holed streets of Port-au-Prince, crept through throngs of at-risk pedestrians, and wound its way through mountainous volcanic cinder cliffs towards the central plateau where I dwelled for seven days. And I just snapped away unable to get those beautiful, crystal clear, highly professional photographs. I could have cared less. These little blurry, hastily captured, snippets of off-the-cuff images of random Haitian life form a collection of vignettes that feeds me inspiration for future art pieces.

The little paintings that this experience has led me to create are very small and playful. I was unable to obtain any firm grasp on Haiti while I was there so these little watercolors reflect, in their swiftness of creation, my fleeting visit.

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Social Painting in Haiti!!! February 2018

13 Mar

What an fabulous experience! In my backpack I hauled watercolor paper, pencils, impromptu “easels”, brushes, and cups all the way from Richmond, VA to Hinche, Haiti to volunteer with Midwives For Haiti.

 

Cylinder Drawing Practice with my Students

12 Dec

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soft pastel on paper

Go to “My Students’ Work” to see the kids’ drawings.

Autumn Oak Leaves

3 Oct

autumn oak collage with signature

Happy Autumn!

12 Jun

 

Pocahontas autumn 2014

Nature Journaling at Rockwood Nature Center

Nature Journaling gives us opportunities to deepen our relationship with the earth through writing and art. It is a means to record thoughts, feelings, and observations of the natural world around us. Join our staff art instructor and master naturalist for an introduction to this exercise in becoming more in tune with your own connection to our environment. This four week series of courses will meet at the Rockwood Nature Center. Please bring a sketch pad or blank journal to use in class. Participants must register two weeks in advance. The minimum age for this course is 18. $30/person for this series of 4 courses.

Fridays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 6pm – 8pm

course # 29973

Beginning Portrait Drawing at Crossroads Art Center

30 Apr

Lillie best portrait

 

Can’t even draw a stick figure? You can do that and more! This class will take absolute beginners to art through steps toward drawing portraits accurately. Drawing from photos, students will be taught technical skills and make numerous studies focusing on a different part of the face. At the end it will all be brought together for a final portrait. Materials will be limited to graphite pencil on paper and will be supplied by the teacher. All you have to do is show up!

 

Wednesday, May 6–June 10, 2015 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $170. Ages 14 through adult.
Contact: Rebecca Taylor,  rebecca.taylor.art@gmail.com

Beginning Portrait Drawing at Crossroads Art Center

14 Apr

mary best portrait

“Mary”, graphite

Beginning Portrait Drawing with Rebecca Taylor

Wednesday, May 6–June 10, 2015  |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Can’t even draw a stick figure? You can do that and more! This class will take absolute beginners to art through steps toward drawing portraits accurately. Drawing from photos, students will be taught technical skills and make numerous studies focusing on a different part of the face. At the end it will all be brought together for a final portrait. Materials will be limited to graphite pencil on paper and will be supplied by the teacher. All you have to do is show up!

Fee: $170. Ages 14 through adult.

Contact: Rebecca Taylor, 804.622.5816 or rebecca.taylor.art@gmail.com

Baby Lillie’s First Halloween

25 Mar

baby lillie one line drawing halloween

Journal Page, Mixed media, One line drawing

 

I have listed new art classes at the nature center. Check out my welcome page!

New Nature Journal

20 Mar

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I am transitioning an art book from the 1930’s into my own nature journal.  My first entry had to be about all the gorgeous cherry blossoms popping up.

Check on my “welcome” page to find a listing of upcoming Nature Journaling classes at Rockwood Nature Center.

Pine Needle Basket Weaving

22 Nov

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This little thing fought me tooth and nail! She’s not perfect, but hey, who cares?!  It has a 12″ circumference and a 3 1/2″ diameter. Approximately 7 hours of work, not including all the gathering and prep.