Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A new cheering child for this week! Yeehaw! I think I spelled it wrong on his shirt! Oh well!

Here is my grandaughter Phaedra's new submission to Illustration Friday. The theme this week is "Surveilliance"! We talked about how surveilliance has several different meanings and looked at some samples on the website for a bit and then she drew this in about five minutes! My submission took a lot longer to figure out!

Last weekend I had so much fun doing Caricatures and Portraits of children at my friend's neighborhood yard sale in Portsmouth, and am excited about doing Silhouettes and more at Strawberry Festival in South Berwick this coming Saturday, June 29th!

I love it when people come back for a silhouette year after year!! And this year I will be offering Caricatures and Pencil Portraits along with Silhouettes for the first time at Strawberry Festival!

I have a new website please check it out! www.leonahosack.com

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My new cheering child of the week!
The Theme at Illustration Friday this week is "Worn". My  7 year old granddaughter and I talked about the different meanings of the word worn, and here's what we came up with!

On Sunday I did Caricaturing at a graduation party for five hours at a lake in New Hampshire! It rained a little but luckily I was under a tent and it didn't rain much. They had some great mats and we were able to mat each Caricature right away!

 The dog is not in the photo obviously!

 The graduate for which the party was thrown is in these pictures three different times! Can you spot her?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Be Happy,be Happy, be full of Joy!..."- 'Abdu'l-Baha

A new Cheering Child to cheer us on this week! Even though the week is almost over! Thumbs up!
"Be Happy, be Happy, be full of Joy!..." "The afflictions which come to humanity sometimes tend to centre the consciousness upon the limitaions, and this is a veritable prison. Release comes by making of the will a Door through which the confirmations of the Spirit come.".... 'Abdu'l-Baha
The theme this week is Children! I did this  a few years ago and submitted it to Down East Books in Maine along with a picture book idea for a story based on a song I wrote called "Livin' On The Coast of Maine".
Alas, they weren't interested in it at the time, but they sent me a very encouraging rejection letter.
My 7 year old grandaughter Phaedra found out I was submitting art work to Illustration Friday and she wanted to do it too.This is her submission for last week when the theme was Sweet!

This is her submission this week for the theme "Children"
Looks like a cheering child to me!
Interesting since she hasn't seen any of my "Cheering Children" yet. I think it's because school is now out and she's excited for the arrival of Summer!

Have a happy day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Salt River performs at Market Square Day June 8th!

So excited that I'm performing tomorrow, Saturday 
June 8th, from 1-2pm with Salt River again at Market Square Day!
Salt River - traditional and original Folk-Blues! 
I've lost track of how many years we've been playing there!
 The Festival which is in Portsmouth,NH, and sponsored by Pro Portsmouth,  goes on rain or shine! www.proportsmouth.com 

You can learn more about us here!
You can listen to and order our music here!

A little background and a few pictures:
Salt River, "folk singers in the purest sense" (Face Magazine), consists of Lee Hosack, and Mike and Beverly Rogers and Cathy King.  They are based in the seacoast area of Maine and perform traditional and original music reflecting the lifestyle and people of New England. 
 Their folk/blues style is accented by their vocal harmonies and Mike's signature harmonica.  The group's close friendship and love of music are reflected in their performances and on their CDs "...Evenin' Tide",  "Lookin' Back", "Reflection", and the latest release "Comin' Home".
The newest member of the band, Cathy King has played upright bass with Salt River for the past three years, first as a guest with the Trio, then becoming an official member in 2005.

Salt River represented the State of Maine at the 2000 New England Artists Congress in Woodstock, VT.  More recent venues include: Prescott Park Arts Festival (last five summers), Market Square Day, (last seven years) First Night (last six years) and Summer Street Concert Series (all Portsmouth, NH).  Other concerts includes Hot Summer Nights (So Berwick), Kittery and Eliot Summer Concert Series, Hamilton House Series (So Berwick), Chautauqua (Keene and Portsmouth, NH), Kennebunk, Sunapee, Saco and Auburn Coffeehouses and 2001 NH Governor's Arts Awards Night, VSA Arts NH Concerts in several locations.


Here's a photo of Salt River Trio before we added our wonderful bass player Cathy King!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Time for a new Cheering Child for the week! "Keep on keeping on!" I keep telling myself!

And here are some silhouettes that I cut last year at different festivals in the Maine/New Hampshire seacoast area.

 Beards are really fun and challenging to do! Glasses are fun too!

The two silhouettes below are ones I cut yesterday. These two are twins, believe it or not! They wore their hair differently. I always have fun with hair, especially long hair!
The top three were cut on the spot from live subjects, the twins were cut from photos.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

My new illustration for Illustration Friday, 
an illustration challenge at www.illustrationfriday.com. This week's theme is Sweet!
This kid looks so happy! He loves this super-sized ice cream cone!
Loving something like an ice cream, a new toy, a fun experience, or family and friends is easy for a child and it's easy of course for a child to express, but how do you help a child through other emotions? Every emotion is part of who we are. But it's so easy to get stuck in an emotion and feel like it's never going to end! I pulled these character sketches showing different emotions, out of one of my old portfolios.

Here's a different girl with some of the same emotions.

After working with young children for well over twenty years, raising my own three children and now, spending a lot of time with my two wonderful grand girls, I've learned that one of the best ways that works for me in helping a child move through a negative emotion is to support them right where they're at. 

 I try to let them know that it's ok to feel sad, scared, mad or what ever it is, and when they're ready I try to encourage them to focus on chosing something they could to do next to help them feel better. 

Of course it's not always easy or that simple but it's worked for me, especially when I take care of my own needs and emotions too.

The following quotes from the Baha'i writings have always been helpful to me in my life with or without kids.

"When the heart is filled with love everything seems beautiful & delightful to us."- Abdu'-Baha.

"It is good to laugh. Laughter is spiritual relaxation." -Abdu'l-Baha

"We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient, but also with our own poor selves." -Shoghi Effendi

"When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this world, let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of God’s compassion."-Abdu’l-Baha

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