Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Painters Palette

Start with a wonderful photograph, find yourself a talented painter and voilà--marvelous images for The Painters Palette!

"It's delicious, it's delightful, it's de-lovely!"

Cole Porter wrote those ageless and descriptive words for the show Red, Hot and Blue in 1936.

Mr. Porter just described Betty Levy's exceptional work. Not only does she paint, (we will be featuring her work all week long) but she takes wonderful pictures as well. She also paints images from special pictures other people create, such as the child you see in the last picture of this post that Earl White photographed during his recent trip to China.

Betty's paintings often start with a photograph. She took the lovely pictures you see below in a flower garden her husband put in their yard. And as Mr. Porter says...

"It's delightful, it's delicious...

It's delectible, it's delimit...

It's deluxe, it's de-lovely!"

Below is a photograph we took in the classroom of Earl and Betty. Earl is holding a great picture he took of a child at the Chongqing Zoo in China during the Three Gorges River Tour. They have rare South China Tigers and Panda Bears housed in this zoo. Betty saw the picture, loved it, and painted it!

This isn't the best picture ever taken, but we were lucky to have one at all. One of the guys in our class happened to have a small camera in his pocket and snapped this. A good example of "the best camera you have is the one you have with you!"

Having the opportunity to see firsthand the creativity and talent of my students bubble to the surface in my classroom is one of the things that keeps me going semester after semester!

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