At one time I worked in the school system. I taught art and math to special ed students in the Self Contained Mentally Handicapped classroom. it was quite an experience. The first year was great because I teamed with a wonderful teacher and friend. She left and was replaced by a young lady right out of college who was completely clueless. She was not a nice person to boot. That was my last year. I was technically a teacher aide because my degree was in Fine Art , not education. I worked there because my little girls attended that school and I had spent countless hours as a volunteer.
On the up side of this experience, I sold a lot of my cartoon art to the teachers I worked with. In those days at least,elementary school teachers were obsessed with teacher arts and crafts. They probably still are. Anything with apples, rulers, desks, or blackboards was snatched up immediately.
Last night my daughter was browsing through my bin of paintings, looking for a gift for her friend who is a new teacher this year. It got me to thinking back about that subject for art,and I am goiing to do some more teacher oriented cartoons.
I don’t know about you but just about everything stimulates my imagination. The smallest thing will send me into a series of drawings, paintings or cartoons.
I remember as an artist right out of art school becoming obsessed with a song that was popular then called “Dog and Butterfly”. I don’t know who sang it. It was a woman. Anyhoo, I did a long series of drawings with dogs and butterflies because of her influence.
That is the beauty of the ADD personality. We are constantly bombarded with ideas. I can’t imagine why artists say to me, “I can’t think of what I want to paint.”
Given that, it is also important to understand that you must have a brand name for certain subjects and do a consistent body of work for that subject. I never forget for a moment that I am a landscape painter. All of the other fun things I do with my art must be second fiddle to the landscape. I market them too but my main marketing focus must be landscape. I don’t want anyone to think that you can go off willy nilly and market everything you do jumbled together. It will not work and will confuse jurists, and patrons alike. My cartooning is a separate body of work and is marketed to a different audience.
One of the reasons I decided to do this blog is that I wanted to be able to talk about all of my art, my stories of survival as a young artist and my experiences as a professional artist. I have to keep my web site profesional and focused on my landscape work. Here, I can talk about lots of things.
Chicken Perlow- That is not the correct spelling but how we pronounce it.
This is my Grandma’s recipe. I used to come home from school and smell this cooking on the stove. Heavenly. She and I watched soap operas together each day. I loved them and still do, though I don’t have time to watch them anymore. :>( Her other classic was banana pudding.
Brown one fryer, cut into pieces
Cut up 1/3 lb. of bacon and fry slowly in a big skillet.
While it fries cut 3 sweet onions in small pieces.
Remove 1/2 of bacon and set aside.
Cook onion, remainder of bacon and 1 diced tomato.
Add one finely chopped red sweet pepper
2 stalks celery diced
Add the browned chicken pieces and cook about 3 or 4 min.
Add enough water to the mixture to equal 3 1/2 cups. Put in a big cooking pot and bring to a boil. When it boils add two cups of raw good quality rice.
Lower heat to low, cover it and cook about 20 or so min.
Salt to taste.