"Mama" by my daughter age 3

Friday, March 4, 2016

Jenny Murphy Holiday Trees

Students looked at commercial artist Jenny Murphy's website and artwork online. Murphy isn't a trained artist, she worked in finance for over 20 years. Painting was a hobby she loved, and ended up turning it into a career by opening her store and selling her work. We discussed in class how hobbies we love can often times end up being a career without any formal training, it just takes determination. Murphy uses bright acrylic colors with bold, black outlines. Her work is simple and very stylized. Students first drew out their stylized tree shape, divided it with a zig zag line, and added simple patterns.

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