Author: Marie (page 1 of 2)

Merry Christmas


Window Painting 2

This is the other shop window that I painted earlier in the fall. It’s three panels, and took three afternoons.



Snowman Window Painting

Recently, the high school Art Club, of which I am a member, (and presumably the middle school one as well) was asked by some business owners in the town center to paint store windows. The guidelines for the designs were very simple. They wanted something that was cheery and Christmas-themed. I would normally say that it was simply to be winter-holiday-themed, but this is Arizona. Let’s not kid ourselves. We’ve just about finished the project now, and I suppose we’ve done about ten designs, some of which span multiple windows. I only personally painted two designs, though there are several other designs I made that were used. The painting below was designed and executed by me, I’m happy to say. I’m pleased with the outcome, given that I was taken by surprise by the streaky and rather trying nature of the paint we used.

The top image is the initial design.

I’ll take a picture sometime of the second painting I did, which was also a three-panel deal, but took considerably more effort. Both, however, involve circles, which honestly take up most of the time; the second most laborious task is probably going over the colored parts in layers to make it less streaky. I was usually spared this, since other people would usually come to fill it all in for me. Planning it all out is important, and was my first task; uneven circles that are obviously not purposefully uneven can really ruin the aesthetic.



DSC05811snowmansketchDSC05815snowmanwindow (copy)


Happy (Belated) Birthday to Grandma



Hope you had a lovely birthday, Grandma.

-AZ Buettners

Happy Mother’s Day!


A Belated Happy Valentine’s


Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!


Amber Gymnast/Teen Zine


Another Teen Zine entry.

The picture was actually drawn last summer during the Olympics. It is based on one of the rhythmic gymnasts. Regrettably  it was drawn on lined paper, so I did quite a lot of editing to take the lines out, and to color out the white paper. On one the edges, there is still some white visible.


“Waiting for a Fairytale” / Teen Zine

My library system has a yearly publication called Teen Zine, which features submissions of art, photography, and creative writing. I decided to enter (I think it’s a contest of sorts, but I’m not entirely sure) and I know my chances of being featured are very good. Why not?

Here’s my submission (my first so far; I think multiple entries are allowed, and I shouldn’t just have one)

2013-07-12-DSC02730-waiting    (Teen Zine from 2012)

I don’t know when this year’s Teen Zine will be published, or when I will be notified in the event of my submission being accepted.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This is Marie writing…

I heard that Grandma wanted to hear about the art award I won.

My art teacher emailed me a short list of art contests around the beginning of the school year. I think I was too late to start the other contests she suggested, so the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ( ) was the only contest that was actually available. I was busy with other things during school and had no clue what to enter in the contest, so I didn’t dwell on it until my winter break. Even then, I only worked on my entry for about 3 days before it was due. I was still undecided as to what I would submit as my entry, so part of that time was just playing around with ideas.

Finally, I decide to sift through my old artwork and see if there was anything I could redo (my older work, as it was, was not an accurate representation of my ability and certainly not contest-worthy). I found this:

This drawing (September 2010) was drawn on lined paper, then edited on GIMP. It is of a still from a video trailer for the video game Halo: Reach, “Deliver Hope”. I really liked that video and the whole story surrounding the game, although the video only makes sense if you know the story. Concerning my picture, the significant part of the video was when a soldier is injured by a grenade explosion. The soldier falls to the ground, and the camera shows her eyes mirrored in her cracked visor. ( )

This drawing, I decided, had potential in the contest if I did an adequate job updating it. I started from scratch and redrew the basic picture before I began adding color. I was frantic to meet the deadline, so I worked after breakfast into the night on the day before it was due. The day it was due I finished it up. This was the first Friday of 2013.

I finished submitting and uploading my entry on the contest website. All that was left was the release form. I signed it, and my mother and teacher’s signature were needed on it.  This form had to be mailed to them in a few hours, and getting my teacher to sign this was out of the question. I assumed that my submission was invalid, because the release form was a necessary step in entering the contest.

I forgot about the contest after a while, but in late February I received an email notification that I won an award for the contest. I was confused and busy, so I ignored this. Then, my mother got an email, too. I was still a little confused, because that release form should’ve prevented me from getting in.

Winners of the contest are required to send in a photo, and a separate audio and video greeting. I recently uploaded those. An awards ceremony is being held at the end of May in Carnegie Hall. I’ve decided against going, but I’ll watch the webcast.

Marie’s Contest Poster

Dad took a photo of my art class homework / contest poster this morning…