August Update

Happy School Year to all of you parents and grandparents! School started this week and we’re off to a running start with all of the little artists at Ford! After about five minutes of reminders of classroom expectations combined with the “stinky cheese” look (that’s my stern teacher face) each grade level dove into their first project. The little artists are on a deadline, too. We have our Square One Art fundraiser project and our Cobb EMC Card contest both due in October and we’re starting off fabulously! The start of school means that Ms. Dunaway (soon to be Mrs. Cyr) no longer gets to enjoy her few weeks of summer as a full time artist…
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A Ring with a little Broken Dream

The title is a little sad, I know. I promise to have a happy ending; we artists that like to create happy endings tend to find a way.

Let me also say that before I started writing this post I did some research on doing a negative post about a person or business. After all, the only post I have written that points out a potential negative was the detective challenge for Clifford Bailey versus Todd White (I still get curious emails and comments on that one!). I found out that libel is only when someone puts out untruths with the intention to harm. Being that I am writing our factual experience with this jeweler and have the email exchanges and broken rings/pictures to prove these truths I will put our experience out there for others to read. So, here goes…

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Who is the Original? Copy Cat part 2…
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Who is the Original? Copy Cat part 2…

Inspiration versus copying has come up a bit lately. We have been having some great discussions in 3rd grade about the difference between copying something and being inspired by something. We are doing Romare Bearden collages (I stay doubled over in laughter watching the 3rd grade musician collages come to fruition). Also, I was commissioned to copy one of my own paintings (it was by the same organization that commissioned the first painting so no harm done to “one of a kind” even though the new one is double the size of the first one). See previous post. I tell you this: copying even your own artwork (while it is flattering to be asked to do so) takes so much of the raw expression out. Often in a copy not only is the visual work not truly “original” but the emotions are not original going into it. That’s not to say that I didn’t put any emotion into my copy of my painting… it was there but I did have to find it. Could one that is copying a painting that is not their own put that raw emotion and expression in it? This is a good one to ponder as I am inclined to say “no” yet can think of exceptions…

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