Thursday, March 12, 2009

I received a blog award!

I received two art blog awards (is it ok to combine) from the very kind and generous artist, Edward Burton and from the ever so positive and sunny, Sheila Tajima. Well, still being new to this internet blogging thing, I'm actually afraid to write stuff about myself and share, but I will try. 

You probably already know how this works, as I understand it I am to list several things about myself and then tag others to do the same. So here are some things about me:

1. I have the best job in the whole wide world. I teach 1st-8th 
grade in the inner city in Dallas, an area that is known as one of the 8 poorest areas in the U.S.  I love to go to work everyday.

2. I have 1 husband of 24 years, 1 daughter of almost 19 years,and 1 dog of 14 years. I am incredibly blessed to call them my family.

3. I'm originally from SW Louisiana and am known for visiting with an ice chest to bring back fresh seafood, cajun sausage, and lots and lots of cayenne pepper and Mello Joy coffee.

4. I collect old/interesting bottles to hang on my bottle tree that was designed and built by my 2 very talented brothers. And yes, the occasional great bottle of wine is placed on the tree, front and center.

5. I love cows of all kinds and wish I could have one, but that's not going to happen in the city, besides my husband says NO. A few weeks ago I got to climb up onto a longhorn and pose for some pictures...yes, the picture is on the refrigerator and above.

6. There are several great masters of long ago whose work I admire immensely, they are: Bougereau, Cezanne, Sargent, William S. Johnson, Augusta Savage, & the amazing quilts from the artists of Gee's Bend.

My job here is done and now I am to tag some of my favorite and incredibly talented artists:
1. Nathalie S. Davis - inspiring portraits.

2. Sally Tharp - an amazing painter of bottles and glass.

3. Helen Parkhill - wonderful artist, hasn't posted in awhile, but I hope this encourages her to post some new animal portraits!


Edward Burton said...

Wonderful list, Angela! Wow, you have my deepest respect for teaching in that part of the city and loving it so much. I would imagine it to be quite challenging at times. Also, that's a GREAT photo of you on Big Jake - looks like a big sweet fella.

Cheryl Anderson said...

Hi Angela,
I retired from teaching a few years back--taught special ed and also social studies at the high school level. Looks like you have some good projects going in Dallas, and I love your dog paintings. You've got some great expressions there!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you for the photo and for sharing a little bit about yourself! Teachers have all of my admiration and respect- you make a difference every day. Have a wonderful week! -Tom

Angela Elledge said...

Edward, Cheryl, & Tom - We're just teachers doing our jobs; I deeply appreciate all the respect and admiration I can get! Thank you so much for visiting.

Helen Parkhill said...

Your photo with Big Jake is incredible! Will we see a painting of a longhorn soon? Thanks for the tag! I responded with a new post.

L.Holm said...

Lucky students to have such a talented and dedicated teacher. Love the photo of Big Jake. Will we see one of the bottle tree, also? That's intriguing.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hi Angela - You have been busy! I love the picture of you on Big Jake, knowing how much you love cows and all. : ) Congratulations on the awards - well deserved! I am looking forward to painting outdoors with you soon.

Angela Elledge said...

Helen - I can't wait to see what you posted; I've missed seeing work from you! Yes, you will see a longhorn painting...Marshmallow, the longhorn, hopefully within the next couple of weeks. Ok, climbing up on Big Jake was one thing, but then climbing down was a completely different story. :)

Liz- Believe me, I'm the lucky one for getting to teach there; thank you! I will post a picture (not a painting -glass intimidates me) of the bottle tree, it is amazing first thing in the morning with the morning sun.

Nancy - I have several commissions I'm working on during my spring break - it's good to be busy! I am looking forward to our plein-air painting days coming up and I can't wait to see your work in person at Artscape!