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I was in one of my “what if ” mode and started thinking that I would like to embroider on a painting. So I started doing just that.

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I haven’t gotten very far on it because I did choose to work on a huge canvas and I enjoy the embroidery when it is super textural and layered.

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So I am just slowly adding detail and building it up.

I also played with a little thread drawing on my sewing machine. It was fun and I think I will incorporate it into the embroidered canvas somehow.

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I’ve been working on an intense project with my students and it is almost complete and organized but it has been the stress of my year! One of our teachers takes students to Ghana to work at an orphanage building classrooms, housing etc and so this Christmas I had him take pictures of each of the children that lives there. I then spent a week teaching my students how to shade faces and their assignment was to draw a portrait to send back to Ghana as a gift. I am almost done organizing it but it has been a challenge. 100+ students drew a portrait but there were 165 portraits that needed to be completed. Huge task! To ensure every child got a portrait I ended up having to do a bit of Photoshop and mixed media for the ones that didn’t get a drawing. Here is a quick look at those and I will take more pictures on Monday of the final project.

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Here is a drawing that I did to make sure that I could properly shade darker skin tones.

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So Monday I will be staying at school until I have a total of 165 portraits ready to go. At this point I am missing about 20 but I’m hoping that they will be found at school inside students work folders. Fingers crossed! On Thursday they we’re suppose to sign them and give them back to me but a couple are missing.

So it has been an incredibly busy two weeks for me so hopefully thing a nice and calm this week since I am coming into a well deserved 2 week spring break!

Here is a Lucy shot just for fun.

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