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    Hi, my name is Amy. I am a wife to my hard working husband, mommy to three beautiful kids, and I am an artist. I am a pretty simple person, and I am working hard to share God's beauty through photography and art. Thanks for visiting my blog. Here you will find lots of images, and my own daily musings about life. :)

Final Fridays… Holton Kansas August 31.

Ever since I have had my studio space I have dreamed that maybe someday I could share it with some local artists and have an art show in Holton. With First Fridays in Topeka going on, as well as in Lawrence and Kansas City, we decided to do a “Final Friday” art walk in Holton Kansas. What is an “art walk” you ask? It is just that… you can walk around and enjoy the Arts! My studio, The Alley Way Studio and Art Gallery, and other local businesses will be showcasing some local artists and musicians. The art will be there for you to appreciate, and even purchase from some artists.

We are still looking for more artists and businesses to host artists so if you are interested please let me know!  I will try to update my blog with information on who will be showing as well as businesses that have agreed to host artists.

I keep saying “we” so who are “we”… well when I fist had the idea I knew I needed to talk to someone about it that would help me get it done!  She is a do-er and a wonderful artist.  I also really wanted to feature her in my Art Gallery.

Meet Katie Morris,  local artist, Topeka art teacher, blogger, nature lover, wife and mommy. She is pretty cool i guess:)  …

I asked Katie a few questions for this blog post so you can get to know her too and here is what she said:

Q: Describe yourself in 3 sentences.

I feel very blessed to have a husband who supports me, a sweet little boy, and lots of family close by.
I love to read and learn- fiction is my favorite when I’m not in the middle of a graduate course.
I never met a potato I didn’t like.

Q: When did you first discover your love for art?

I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. I remember making books of illustrations on old copy paper when I was in preschool and drawing a lot. I was always painting on or making something. My brother and I even painted sticks and tried to sell them to the mailman.

Q: What would you say your favorite medium to work in is?

My favorite medium is tough to answer since I have so many interests. I like to make things I can hold but also love drawing, painting, and photography. I’ve been adding to a series of flower photos made at night since my son was born. Sometimes working at night after he’s gone to bed is the only chance I get. I really like photographing at night because it’s always a surprise how the picture turns out

Q: What is is like to teach such a wide range of kids everyday?

I teach Kindergarten through 6th grade students and try to introduce as many different kinds of art and media as I can. It can be challenging to switch quickly between different ages and ability levels but I love seeing growth in ideas, skills, and hopefully confidence from year to year.

Q: I love looking at your blog, what inspired you to write a blog about being an art teacher and sharing your ideas and plans?

Thanks! I started my blog at the very beginning of my first year of teaching. Originally my blog was just to give me a visual way to record and reflect on what I was teaching and learning. I honestly never thought about other people reading it. Then, I started reading a lot of other Art Education blogs and they started reading mine. I found out there is a whole community of Art Ed bloggers. Most of us like to network, share ideas, help each other find solutions and answers to questions, and sometimes just share with people who are in the same boat as you.

Q: Who is your favorite artist (living or dead)?

This is tough- I could give you a whole list! I’ll limit myself to two, though. I love Edgar Degas’ artwork and I’m drawn to the color, texture, and use of line. I also have a real soft spot for Joseph Cornell’s boxes and how his found objects create a story.

Q: What type of work will you show at Final Fridays Art Walk? 

This month at the Final Friday Art Walk, I will show some of my night time photos, and more nature-inspired artwork including printmaking and painting.

Q: What inspires you most these days?

Nature! I think God created a pretty cool place for us to live. The heat has been hard on even the native plants this year but I’m still inspired by nature.

Q: What do you do to replenish your creativity?

I play! I think that playing is a very important part of the creative process. You have to be ok with just trying something new and not knowing for sure if it will work how you expected. Sometimes I revisit old supplies or try a totally new art form. I just designed and pieces my first quilt and I’m excited to work with more fabric.

(Just for Fun)

Favorite color? I think this would be hard for most Art teachers to answer, but probably turquoise.
Favorite music to create to? Classic Rock!
Hobbies? If there’s any time left after spending time with family and making Art, reading, knitting, sewing, or gardening when it’s not 100+ degrees outside.
Favorite chick flick? I’m probably more of a quirky comedy girl, but let’s go with Love Actually.
If you could do anything on a friday night what would you do? My husband works evenings during the week but is off on the weekends so family time is my ideal Friday night. Cooking supper together, talking and playing, and relaxing after bedtime.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? If I could travel anywhere, I would probably go to Germany where most of my ancestors lived.

There you have it!  I took some photos of Katie, and her artwork (including Turner, I think you will agree he is a work of art too…. :))

Come see more on Final Fridays!  Hopefully I can blog about a few other artist as well before then,  Holton Kansas is full of amazing artists!

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August 1, 2012 - 3:40 PM

Cynthia Teter - What a wonderful idea!!! This is the first I have heard of this…I am so excited! And I loved the books that she created, I saw them at the library.

Question: My daughter has designed some shirts and has drawings of clothes she would one day like to make, Fashion Design is her hopes. Is there somewhere to showcase these at the Final Friday Art Walk?

Thanks for getting this started. I am praying it will go over well so that we can continue and grow this adventure in the future.

August 1, 2012 - 3:48 PM

cyphers2 - That sounds awesome! I just talked to Abby at Lee’s and asked about hosting “junior artists” and students. I think it would be great to have her!

August 8, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Cindy Stavropoulos - Great Idea! Love it!

August 21, 2012 - 2:13 PM

Joyce Shupe - It makes me happy to see you make your wonderful photos. It is a fleeting moment in time turned into an object to cherish and remember. You are a wonderful artist.

“Old-School” Storybook Sessions – August 18

This year I wanted to try something fun… Old School Sessions (think Little Rascals).  Kids love dressing up and are so animated when they get into character making great images as we have a blast together.  Since it is a busy time of year (school starting… and like a million other things) and I want to keep this simple.  I am offering digital packages this time. (Whoa, hold the phone!)  I may do something like this once or twice a year, and I will have prints and products for you to look at and purchase if you wish at the session.  These sessions are 15 minutes per child or sibling group and are $150 for 8 fully edited digital images with a signed print release form so you can print to your hearts delight.  The editing on these will be a more vintage style then my normal editing, and will be sent to you via You Send It, or CD (your choice).  You can purchase more images then the 8 if you like after the session in digital or print form.  These are going to be soooo much cooler then the typical “sit on a stool and smile with a grey backdrop” pictures.  We are creating memories together, not just taking photos.

This session is perfect for preschool-6th grade.  Clothing should be simple and timeless, lots of stores have plaid skirts and dresses for girls, and plaid shirts for boys with holy jeans or slacks. Uniform type outfits are in style right now as well.  I know it’s hot but cardigans, and Letterman jackets are great for a more preppie school boy or girl look.   I did purchase several bow ties, 2 newsboys hats, glasses, suspenders, and a couple pairs of fake glasses, just to have on hand for the sessions and you are welcome to any of them. I noticed The Children’s Place had several outfits that would work as well.

The sessions will be from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (for the best light in that spot) and the location is at my barn at 704 Iowa in Holton. (outdoors and yep, I have a barn in town… it’s really neat and historic!) There will be a vintage desk set up as well as an old map backdrop set up and I will do the photos in both spots for each session. There are just a few spots open, BUT I will add another date if I need to, and I am anticipating adding this extra date already.

Session spots are reserved after your payment, first come first serve.  I am so excited to offer these! We are going to have a blast!!

If you decide to purchase the session, please click the pay pal button below and then comment in the comment section of this blog on the time that you bought.  I will update this post as well to show the time slots that have been purchased already.

The following images are of my own “big kids”, as well as Charlotte’s friend Tuley who was spending the night and agreed to model for me.  After we dressed up and took the images Tuley said to me, “That was so much fun!”. The goal was to get these images as an example’s for you and to show you what you can expect, and I was so happy to hear she had fun too, that is always my goal.  E-mail me with any questions, and I will do my best to get back to you right away.

Session Times

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July 30, 2012 - 6:21 PM

Erin - I just paid – I didn’t totally see whether it was really letting me pick a time – I signed up at 6:20 — I would like the 7:15pm session please!

July 30, 2012 - 6:27 PM

cyphers2 - Thanks Erin! I have you down for 7:15.

July 31, 2012 - 5:08 PM

Amanda farmer - Can jag do it with riah too

August 1, 2012 - 8:00 AM

cyphers2 - Yes!


I love Instagram… in fact I may be a little bit of a iPhone addict.  (Admitting it is the first step right??)  Can you believe that in my whole life I haven’t used a point and shoot digital camera?  We have one… somewhere… but I never have really taken pictures with it.  My DSLR is what I used for everything because I couldn’t stand the horrible quality of the point and shoot we owned.  Instagram on my iPhone has changed me.  I shoot all the time!  I drive my kids crazy, but it is just who I am, or the monster I have become, if you want to look at it that way.

Anyway, I love capturing the everyday and not hauling my DSLR everywhere.  I still do haul it many times, but I also am really enjoying photographing with my phone this summer and capturing moments that I wouldn’t have been prepared for if I didn’t have my phone on me. Charlotte asked me yesterday; “Mom, why do you like to take so many pictures of us?”  I told her that I can’t keep her the size that she is so I have to take lots and lots of pictures so I can always remember her and her brothers the way they are right now.  Then I went to my bedroom and cried because they really are growing up way to fast.

If you want to follow me on Instagram I am abe2882 … just be warned… I shoot a lot.:)

Here is our summer so far… It has been so busy!! (and this is just a fraction!)

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It’s a GIRL!

Mercy Praise is a beautiful baby… and her eye-lashes are amazing.  Usually it’s the boys that luck out with the pretty lashes, but Mercy has dark, curly lashes. Brian and Sarah live in Minnesota so I am flattered they drove all the way to Holton for baby pictures… ok maybe they were actually visiting his parents that live in this area, but it is still an honor to do pictures of their 6th baby, and 1st girl!  That’s right, she is the baby sister of 5 handsome, protective big brothers.  Brian and Sarah are amazing parents, and I admire their family every time they visit.  Sarah has a blog I really love visiting too.  Her words are always inspiring to me. (  Check it out!

Sarah and Brian, have fun buying dresses and bows!!!!  Girls are fun. She has got to be the most blessed baby girl I know.

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3 beautiful girls

I am so excited to meet with Katie tomorrow to show her the rest of these images.  Katie had baby Ella earlier this year very prematurely and compared her size to a “water bottle” at birth when she was telling me her size.  She is doing amazingly well, and although she should be a couple months younger then she is I would hardly even know it.  Ava (her big girl) was a preemie too! She is as bright and beautiful as they come, and the camera loves her… She is seriously going to break some hearts.

Thanks Katie, for letting me share an evening taking photos of you and your girls.  It’s so fun to catch up with old classmates by photographing them!

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