Sunday, October 31, 2010

Green Dino amongst Pink Princesses

Yes, that is me on far right, age 5. Man oh man do I miss that pink tutu. And every Halloween I think how great it would be, to be dress like a green dinosaur today.

Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Morning Sky

I wish I had my camera this morning when I was walking into school because this is exactly what the sky looked liked (thanks goodness for Google images). Stunning shades of peachy orange and crystal blue mixed together in a way that only complementary colors can. At first the glare hurt my eyes and I had to look away. But then my eyes adjusted and as middle school parents dropped their children off in large SUV's and BMW's I stood on the side walk and stared up. 

"Ms. Cox, what are you looking at?" 
"The sky."
"Because if you look at it, you'll realize it's worth staring at."
"Oh yea, wow...."

This week has been a struggle for me. The business of fall and the dark mornings make it hard to get out of bed. But a special concert this weekend, a trip to my second home in a week, and a west coast Thanksgiving linger closely on my calender. Oh, and I even have something BIG brewing in the aisles of my brain. I'm not quite ready to share it, but soon I promise. 
PS. Turns out when you Google "Morning Sky" you come up first with Google images and then this. I really can't decide which one I love more. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Here's to a hot toddy, leaf glowing, pancake making, pumpkin carving, cuddle on the couch with chai kind of weekend.

I . love. autumn. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gloriously easy apple galette

Apples. Sugar. Lemon. Cinnamon. Flour. Seriously, that is all it is. And it was amazingly good...I made two of them.

Full recipe credit goes to my FAVORITE blog...3191 visual blogging. If you haven't checked these women out yet, you must. Their photos, their lives, and their recipes are simply stunning. Not to mention that they hail from two of my favorite cities and old stomping grounds, Portland OR and Portland ME (which happen to be 3,191 miles apart- get it?). 

Genius I tell you, genius. (The pie and the blog).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Under the Sea

I went to visit my sister and her family at the Tennessee Aquarium a couple weeks ago. Watching her children play in the darkness of this underwater world was stunning.

But, as always...watching my sister thrive as a mother was even better. The love she oh man is it big.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I heart fall break

Two and half days + one weekend off of writing, teaching, learning, and enlightening the artistic minds of middle school girls. (Inhale one BIG sigh of relief). Here is my to do list...I really hope I can stick to it.

Bake this so I can eat it for breakfast every morning
Spend at least an hour and a half here buying a million veggies to make the best soup you have ever tasted.

Go running here because the leaves have finally started to turn beautiful shades of orange                                                              

Finishing reading this, not like I need more introspection in my life but...hey, why not?     

And run away with the boyfriend to this magical place, to celebrate our one year of love
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We'll see if I come back.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bawling tears of joy and celebration

One of my very dearest friends from childhood was married yesterday. No parents, no friends. Just her, her love, her sister, and his roommate who officiated- all together in City Hall in San Francisco. After it was over she called me to tell me the news (preparing me before the mass email was sent out to their world wide family of friends and relatives). First I told her she was lying, then I smiled, and then I cried...for the next three hours straight.

I guess when the girl that has shared everything with you tells you she's married, you realize that life has suddenly started to go by really really quickly.

Love to you both. I can't wait to wrap my arms around you in celebration. 

Emily and Andrew: 10/8/2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The mug of the evening (this one made by yours truly)- filled with Earthy Digest tea.

Yum and goodnight.

A sip with soul

My school brought potter and professor Regis Brodie to speak to our high school art students today. After 45 min in a lecture room with him I was aching to get on the wheel and make some work (luckily fall break is just around the corner). But, even more I was aching for more beautiful ceramics to own. I've been improving my collection over the years but I need more. Especially from artists like these...

Sarah Burns

Tim Christensen

Chris Gustin

Don Williams

Kristen Kieffer

One day I strive to own 100% handmade dish ware. It just has a soul to it that porcelain china does not. Mugs are my favorite...especially on a cool day today with some hot green tea.

What is your favorite mug to drink out of? Send pictures! I'll post my favorite tonight.

Friday, October 1, 2010

You can do it, just let go.

CM 2010
I wouldn't be a good art teacher if I didn't try to push my art agenda on everyone I know. I can't tell you how many people in my life say they are awful at art, especially drawing. Guess what? I used to say the same thing. 

CM 2010
Seriously, before I started teaching drawing was my least favorite way to express my artistic endeavors. Until I realized two things: 1.) It doesn't matter if it looks good because the act of silently drawing is the best meditation out there, and 2.) I'm certainty not getting any better by not doing it.

During a lecture with Nick Bantock years ago, he said "Art is the balance of intuitive knowledge and letting go." So here is a little motivation to jump start YOUR letting go. 

James McMullen has started a brilliant series in the Times on getting back to drawing. These little pieces are so inspiring and if they won't make you pick up a pencil while at your desk I don't know what will.

Getting Back to the Phantom Skill

CM 2010

Have fun. Your assignment is due by Christmas.

Drawings by Caitlin Matthews (Spanish teacher by trade, artist by cups of tea and vegan treats at night)