Sunday, March 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: Cultivate

Cultivate, acrylic & graphite on bristol, 7 x 14", 2011.
As soon as I saw the theme for this week's Illustration Friday I couldn't stop thinking about second grade.  I had a teacher, Miss Drew, who would take my class outside to work in a garden.  It was fantastic!  I always wanted to use the cultivator;  I'm not sure why... We planted daffodil bulbs in front of the school.  Miss Drew was one of the best teachers I ever had.

I've been thinking a lot about teachers lately; especially since they've seem to be verbally attacked by politicians and news anchors.  My sister's a teacher, and so are some of my cousins and friends.  They work harder than most people I know.

I was never the best student, but I am very thankful for all of the work my teachers did for me every day.
Teachers are important.
Public schools are important.
Education funding is important.

This drawing ended up looking far more retro than I intended...


  1. aww, that sounds awesome! I remember in 2nd grade I had Mrs. Hagan, who had us raise butterflies - coolest class project ever!!

  2. As a part-time teacher (and another "Sarah who draws things", your post really struck a chord with me. Maybe Miss Drew is reading your post somewhere out there. And I love the retro-look; the image would make a lovely card or poster in addition to being lovely on its own!

  3. I love the muted palette and nostalgia feel of it!

  4. At first glance, the Kasia thought she was drawing in the sand with a skeleton arm. As awesome as an evil version of this would be, I really like your color choices and how truly adamant you are about important issues.

  5. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for your post! I enjoyed looking through your blog and felt inspired to move away from the comp tonight and play with canvas and paper. I like cookies and tea instead of ice cream, nice and warming in our chilly Canadian weather.

  6. Very lovely drawing, and completely agreed on your post!!

  7. This reminds me of a vintage travel poster. I love the seperation of colour between subjects and the lines are really clear and confident.

  8. This is lovely. Dandelions make me happy. :)


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