First some news: I had a long meeting with Atlas and looks like we will be sticking around for another year (might even be signing for two years). The rent is going up - so I am pushing pushing myself to post more workshops and produce more art to sell (see below for the first few).
Ok, now for the part about Lochlan’s magic bear. I am working on a new parenting technique - which may stupendously backfire on us.
When Luke or Lochlan misbehave, fight with each other, speak disrespectfully to us, or ignore us - Instead of taking away the iPad for “the rest of the day” -or- “two days”, I have decided on this: They lose all devices until they read a chapter in their book and/or write a paragraph. The paragraph can be about anything (the more creative the better - I even give them fun ideas). Once completed, they get the devices back. I was worried it would backfire and create animosity toward reading & writing, but it’s actually been amazing! Lochlan has been writing a recurring storyline about a magical bear that rides a big bicycle. It’s so good, that Mike (who runs our open studio & is just the best) is creating illustrations for the story. Mike is a children’s book author - check out his latest book here. If Lochlan keeps at it, we’re going to make this story into a book. Here’s a sketch of Lochlan working away on his story.
Art for Sale
It’ll take a while to get this going, but we have some Art for Sale up on the site. Just two prints and one collaborative piece - but you gotta start somewhere. Check it out and let me know what you think. More to come very soon...
One more thing, I’m talking to Atlas about turning one of the empty stores into a gallery for an art show/sale. Will likely be in mid-July and if it’s successful, again in late August. Stay tuned for more on that. Enjoy your weekend - thanks very much for reading!
Check out my daily gratitude doodle journal, started back on Nov. 30, 2021. I wake up every morning, come up with three random things to be thankful for and doodle them in my journal. Daily gratitude practice helps you approach the day with a positive outlook and it’s been working for me.
It’s more important than ever for our kids to be creating and drawing and using their hands to make stuff. This blog is my attempt to come up with ideas for them to do just that. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for scrolling all the way. If you’re in NYC area, come in for a workshop. If outside NYC, drop us a note and we’ll get back with ways to connect with your kids. Stay creative and have a great day!