Teaching At – risk Children

Hi everyone I am asking for your vote. Etsy is having a contest for their shop owners. They are offering awards for the two shop owners who receive the most votes. Please vote for my on line shop. The award would help me to teach at – risk children art. I taught in the past because of grant money. I would really like to use this money to be able to teach again. This is the link to the voting page. Please vote and share the page. Thanks for your support.


This is my Etsy shop.  https://www.artisttoostudio.etsy.com



5 Things I Learned From Painting Electrical Boxes

I was recently asked to paint images on the electrical boxes in my home town. It is part of an effort to turn some of these plain boxes into works of art. Although this public art project is one that has been done in larger cities, it is new for my small town. It has been a wonderful experience but it has not been without its challenges. So what have I learned?

1. I needed to be prepared, in my case, to work in sweltering heat.

2. I needed to remind myself that everyone is not going to like my art. Hey some people actually preferred the dull painted electrical boxes the way that they were. Who knew?

3. I needed to prepare my self for a host of insects that were on the boxes. Actually I think that I discovered new ones that had never been seen.

4. I discovered that I can actually forget to eat a meal. I would become so engrossed in the

project that I would forget to eat a meal. I found that I lost weight without really trying.        Yea!

5. It has taught me to get over my dread of painting in public. It’s wonderful talking with        people and introducing my art to some who ordinarily would not see it. It has been               interesting hearing the stories that they have shared with me, and the interest that            children have shown really made the project well worth the effort.


A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

A Conversation With Artist and Art History Professor Heea Crownfield

By Sandra Cherry Jones on 3/7/2014 10:47:42 AM Comment on this

Heea Crownfield
This is the first in a series of interviews with artists. Today our artist conversation is with Heea Crownfield who I am happy to have had as my Art Appreciation professor recently.


I know that you are not originally from Washington, North Carolina, so how did your teaching at Beaufort County Community College come about?


Prior to moving to Washington, I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for 20 years while raising my daughter as a single parent. In 2010 my position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Guilford College ended and I found myself unemployed. I love being near the water so I applied to teach at Beaufort County Community College in 2012 and got the job.


What are the courses that you teach?


I am currently teaching Art Appreciation and Art History. I am planning on teaching Two-Dimensional Design in the fall.


What do you like the most about teaching?


I love being able to help students view their world and their place in it in a different way. Art can do that. If you have not been exposed to a lot of art, your view is very limited about what it is. It is the same with life. I like to think that I can pull back the curtain a bit and show there is so much more out there, so many ways to think not only  about art but about our own lives and potential.


I know that you are also an artist. What is your favorite medium to work in?


My favorite medium is working with non-traditional sculpture materials, including handmade paper pulp and beeswax.

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How would you describe your style?


My art is non-traditional and conceptual. I like to think of art making as a way to create my own world and reality.


Who is your favorite artist and why?


I don’t think that I can pick just one favorite artist. Some of my favorites are Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Anselm Kiefer, and Eva Hesse. All four artists are known for using a range of materials and processes. I think this is one of the reasons I am drawn to their work. Another reason is that I find their work to be earthy and spiritual, qualities I seek to evoke in my own work of art.


If you could own one work of art, what would it be and why?


It is really difficult to choose one work of art I would want to own. Most of the work I am drawn to is rather large and impractical for the home. If I had the space I would love to have either Anselm Kiefer’s Sol Invictus(Unconquered Sun) or Sternenfall (Falling Stars). Both paintings portray a fiqure lying in a field. One has a large sunflower towering above, head bowed down toward the fiqure. The other has a similar fiqure but with the night time stars and cosmos above. In both, the space is dominated by the space above the fiqure. Something about both paintings inspires a sense of awe in me and relates to our interconnection to the universe.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


I enjoy gardening and walking along the waterfront in Washington. I also love to cook and find cooking to be a great stress reliever.

My Eye- Opening Art Appreciation Class

When I took an art appreciation class at my local college, I had no doubt that I would enjoy it because I have always wanted to learn about artists and the process of creating art as well as what inspired artists to create what they did. I just didn’t realize how much I would learn from the class and how much of an effect it would have on my own art. Yes, it has truly been an eye- opening experience.

One of my favorite parts of the course was analyzing and interpreting works of art. One of the paintings that I selected to analyze was The Night Cafe by Vincent van Gogh. I had always been interested in his life and art and from the course; I learned that the colors and the lines that he used for the painting really set a mood for how he must have been feeling at the time.Night Cafe in Arles, watercolor, 1888, by Van Gogh

We know of some of the stories of how van Gogh suffered from periods of deep depression and he was deeply affected by color. The colors that he used for this painting was to get an emotional response from the viewers. When I first saw this painting I did’nt think of it in a menacing way because I tend to like bright colors in my work as well as in others but in the course of the study I began to see this painting as well as others in a different light. Red in the painting can arouse feelings of anxiety and maybe even anger and aggression. The café itself is not a fun, cheerful place and is rather  a not so pleasant place to be. So perhaps the painting also reflected how he was feeling. There were other significant things going on in the painting that you might be observing about this painting.

We learned as a class to better analyze many works of art as well as our own. Toward the end of the course we were asked to create a self-portrait in the style of one of the art periods that we had studied and analyzed. There were many art periods that I enjoyed learning about such as neoclassical, and impressionism but I chose to do a self-portrait in the Byzantine style from the Middle Age period. My choice was based on the use of the rich gold that was used in the art of that period. Although some of the characteristics of the period was the use of icons and religious subjects, I wanted to give my painting a more modern look but still using some of the features of the period.

This is my self-portrait.The class was indeed an eye-opening experience. It taught me to appreciate the works of artists more and to think about the process and decisions that went into the creation of their work. It helped me to approach my work with new “eyes” and it helped me to see that many of them had the same struggles and feelings that I have in my process of creating art. This was indeed an eye-opening experience.102_0409

Topics: Art Appreciation

Fear Is A Choice

Sandra Cherry Jones`I have seen the previews for the new Will Smith movie that he’s starring in with his son. What caught my attention even more than all the action is the statement that he makes to his son, “Fear is a choice”. Those four words are powerful. Whether we realize it or not we decide if we will be fearful or courageous. No matter what we face it’s up to us to decide what kind of altitude we will have. This does not mean that we should go through life never fearful of anything. That’s just not the way most of us are, but to a large extent we can control our altitude.
There are three things that I am particular afraid. They are public speaking, mice and snakes. Did I mention public speaking? When I began to show my art I was asked to be in a group show. The other three artists in the show had exhibited their work for years. During the opening reception we were each given a few minutes to talk about ourselves and our art to an audience of about two hundred people. To say that I was fearful would be an understatement, but as afraid as I was, I was more afraid of not trying to share my thoughts. I had created work that I was proud of. I had made a decision to show my work publicly and as afraid as I was of public speaking I knew that this was something that I would occasionally have to do.I knew that if I wanted to continue to create my art and share it I would have to muster up courage and face my fears. My experience for the most part has been that when I changed my altitude things worked out well. Fear is a choice.

My Hero (Excerpt From My Grandaughter’s Essay


“My hero”  is the title that my grandaughter gave to an essay assignment she was given in school. Not only was I surprised that I was chosen as the subject but I was more surprised by what she wrote. This is an excerpt from her essay.

 “My grandma is my hero because I don’t know many people that can find a hobby and turn it into a career and still be a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. (Amazing!) To you this might not seem like a big deal but to me it’s special and cool because it tells me that no dream is too big or too small to come true and for that this paper is dedicated to her. I love you grandma and if you ask me you are living life the way it should be…starting with a dream.”

I have this essay hanging in my studio. I am so inspired by my granddaughter and so many others. It was a shock to everyone  that knew me when I started entering art shows ans selling my work. They did’nt see that coming neither did I. I never thought about maybe I was too old to start my “art thing” or that maybe my work was not good enough. I just knew that it was what I wanted to do.

 I know this statement is used over and over, but here it is again