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Leah Olbrich, master candidate at Cal Arts, has recently completed a terrific show called Reversal. This listing outside the gallery show, describes her process:


Leah’s blog documents the work beautifully, complete with still images and video, so click on the link to enjoy the show.


Taylor’s Pages

The best way to introduce you to Taylor (although a much younger Taylor), is to give you a peek inside Taylor’s pages from Portrait of a Girl and Her Art

It was tough to focus on just one theme  to represent Taylor’s art when I was putting the book together. I eventually decided  that Taylor’s sketchbooks had to be shared. Unfortunately, these 2-D images hardly do them justice…


Photo credit Stephanie Sara Lifshuz

Taylor is a recent graduate of Franklin and Marshall.  She graduated with degrees in both animal behavior and art.  The installation piece above, combines Taylor’s  research with birds with her creativity. Here’s a little more info about the show featuring Taylor’s piece.

Taylor is also featured in Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.  Next post will be about her wonderful sketchbooks.

Maeve’s Blue Paper Lanterns

Click on  and you will find Maeve’s beautiful blog.  A devoted and talented artist, Maeve will tell you a little about herself and her work in her own words.

“The first one  (piece) is of Sia Furler, my absolute favorite music artist of all time. I find her music very inspiring. The next is called “King Pigeon Pose”, a watercolor. The final two are sketches I did of pointe-shoes…I’m just on the verge of earning my demi-pointe, and so these sketches are pretty much me dreaming :).

A Preview of “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”

RACHEL’s Pages:

(Click on the pages to really see and read them.)

Portrait of a Girl and Her Art strives to demonstrate the value and power of creating visual art through peer experience, multiple examples and guided inspiration.   Why is the book only about girls?  This book came about because of the growing-up experiences that young female artists shared with me.  I identified with what the girls were feeling, so much so that I began to recall vivid memories of my own girlhood.  It was surprising to me, not only to realize that I felt a lot of what these girls were feeling, but also to see that in some ways, little had changed since I was a kid.  I knew however, what they could not yet know; that young female artists can develop a strong and robust identity through their work. This kind of identity is vital in maintaining personal strength, peace of mind and a creative way to see the world.  Is the book just for girls? No, everybody who enjoys making visual art can enjoy the book but, I particularly want to celebrate young female artists and their fabulous work.

I’ve so much more to say about Portrait of a Girl and Her Art, but I think I’ll wait for another post.  I hope that you have enjoyed this “sneak peek”. There’s much more to come.