Exposing Children to Photography Exhibits

Azzari Jarrett | Exposing Children to Photography Exhibits

Please join me over on Viewfinders today as I share some lessons learned when bringing my daughters to our local art museum.

It is so important to expose our children to the arts, to plant those seeds of curiosity. 

More on the Viewfinders blog.

Sketchbook Explorations

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

I recently enrolled in the Sketchbook Exploration series of classes by Lisa Congdon.  There is something about creating with my hands that fulfills me so much!  Super simple supplies here - a set of artist brush pens, a Micron black pen, and a white gel pen.

I wanted to share a couple of pages of my favorite illustrations.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

I actually used this illustration as the cover page for my personal 6x8 project life album (scroll down to see the cover).

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett
Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

Definitely still learning here, my lines are shaky.... These flower illustrations are drawn over scrapes of paper from my stash that I cut and adhered with craft bond glue.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

And of course, I had to include a little watercolor as well.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

My first time actually drawing over watercolor.  I like how it adds another dimension to the circles.

6x8 Project Life Cover Page | Azzari Jarrett

At the beginning of this year, I mentioned how I wanted to get creative with my personal album and use a number of mixed media techniques and ephemera from my life. With that in mind, I ended up scanning the first illustration above and cropping to 6x8 inches to include as the title page - love how this turned out.

Don't be afraid to incorporate bits and pieces of your drawings, sketches, or anything else that you create in your journals or albums.  In twenty years, you'll look back and I'm sure you will be so glad that you did. 

the perfect package

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon this original gouache and watercolor painting of a Pentax K1000 on etsy, and I immediately fell in love.  I had recently received my own Pentax film camera, and I knew that I would love to have this small painting on display in my (future) studio. Right now, my quiet corner will have to do!

Tim & Tara, a husband and wife team, have a gorgeous etsy shop filled with Tim's paintings and Tara's photography.  I loved how the art was packaged so beautifully, the attention to detail so evident.  Most of all, I love the painting itself.

And an even bigger bonus - Tara included one of her original polaroids of summer berries.  And oh, how I love polaroids......

It was, quite simply, the perfect package.

best of 2010

My favorite images from this past year ...... January 2010

Pink tulips basking in the sweet morning light on my kitchen windowsill.

February 2010

The Old Pink House in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

March 2010

The softest pink of the spring blooms on a cloudy day.

April 2010

Finding beauty in the most unexpected places.....

May 2010

Afternoon tea with the women in my family - priceless.

June 2010

The cookie jar at my favorite brunch restaurant.

July 2010

The birth of my second daughter.

August 2010

Still adjusting to having two girls!

September 2010

Fresh concord grapes from the farmers market.

November 2010

Loved the beauty of fall in Pennsylvania.

December 2010

Reflecting in my quiet space.

I love looking back over my work this past year.  Each of these image takes me right back to that specific time and place.

Here are my best from 2009.  What are your favorite images from this past year?