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Archive for June, 2012

A Visual Vacation: Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

Sorry for the lapse in new posts of late.  Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with some family matters…an ailing mom in a different city…difficult times.  This post is for those out there who, like me, may be in need of a little something to lift the spirits.  I happened upon this post by another art therapist and am repblogging it here because, although it features creations by an adult artist, the marriage between art and nature fits nicely with our ART IN HAND ways, and the images are so lovely and soothing…just what the doctor ordered.  I think I’ll print them and send them to my mom as well!






The most powerful tactic…to awaken the curiosity of a child…is simply to head for the hands.
– Frank Wilson (1998)

It’s All Good…

Toddlers and their grown-ups were movin’ and groovin’ to Ms. Jessica’s rockin’ rendition of “Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin (author) and James Dean (illustrator) this week.  Rave reviews ensure that this CATchy tale (tail?) will become an ART IN HAND classic, making regular appearances throughout the year!  What great inspiration for splashin’ around and exploring the world of color in the playful, free-spirited way that we love at ART IN HAND!

And for you cat/art lovers out there, I stumbled upon the website featuring illustrator James Dean’s original and AWESOME Pete the cat inspired artwork…irresistable even to this bona-fide dog lover.  Here’s just a sampling of  his work:

While you are at it, you have to check out the work CATegorized as “Classic Pete”, “Travelling Pete”, and “Stray Pete”.  And I dare you not to smile.

Nothing better than a children’s book that also has adult appeal.  Makes it a lot easier when your toddler wants to hear the same story over and over and over again…but no worries, cause with Pete the Cat “It’s all good!”