Archive for February, 2012

Ponies!

So my newest old obsession is My Little Pony. I’ve been collecting these plastic pieces of magic since 2006 – but is wasn’t until sometime last year that they were redone by one of my most respected animators, Lauren Faust. The new design of MLP, which I’m sure you’ve all heard of thanks to it’s internet meme sensation (yes, I’m marrying a Brony), is pretty much the best thing to happen to cartoons since television was invented. Upon seeing the new designs over a year ago, I felt like Hasbro itself was say “Hey Dani… we’re sorry for screwing up for so long. Here, we made you this.”

Anyway, here are some of my My Little Pony fan arts for you to enjoy.

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February 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

Its been too long.

Its true, I’ve been out of the world for quite some time. I still make art, and I still illustrate, but something keeps me from updating this website. My portfolio is still intact. But a lot of my work is craft based right now, as I am teaching afternoon Pre School and Kindergarten art. Children give me such a purpose when it comes to art that I just didn’t have while I was an undergrad. I spent the last school year interning at various Maine public schools through MECA’s Art Education program – and although it was admitably one of the hardest years of my life, it was certainly one of the most worthwhile. My career is on track – I know now that I can have a stable job while still making my artwork – and that job doesn’t have to be jockeying a register for minimum wage.

My passion right now is introducing my kids to real art – things they wouldn’t see in your average kidnergarten. I have the awesome advantage of working at a private school, built loosely around the Reggio Emelia approach to teaching. Here is a great example of some of my student’s work with Picasso portraits:

Keep in mind this talented bunch are only 4 and 5 years old! This project was done around Thanksgiving. I will have to come back with some more recent pictures of their little masterpieces.

Teaching art is very special to me, and working with this age group keeps me always thinking about what the best art road to take them on will be. I have also learned to be patient patient patient! And I often find myself channeling my father, who taught me how to draw when I was this age. I wish he could see the work I’m doing with these guys.

As for my own art, it hasn’t completely disappeared. Are you wondering where the Bubble Factory might be? Well, its still in my head. Its still here. I’m working on something very special, at this very moment. Its too special to share with anyone quite yet. But it will be fabulous.

Outside of the Bubble Factory, I have a lot of other crafty things to be up to – my world is consumed with wedding planning! Our invitations are completely handmade, and are taking a lot of my free time. I’m also crafting the centerpieces, the programs, coordinating color, decoration, and all the little detail. If I didn’t love the job I have, I would consider going into wedding planning as a profession!

I wont promise to be updating this blog more often. I probably wont, really. But its nice to give a little update, right?

February 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment


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