I go way back with the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. I adopted my cat Sophie from there when she was only 5 months old, that was 12 years ago. I think she would still be there if I had not chosen her, since she is such a shy little thing. I love to give back to the shelter and when they opened a new cat section a few years ago I created a mural for one of the new rooms. Recently I was back at the shelter to donate towels and a cat bed when I was asked if I could do a second mural in the kitten room. I was so excited to get the chance to paint a whole new mural. I chose the underwater theme to represent Seal Beach and thought up funny cat characters, like the Mercat, to live in the pretend world. I did the mural in two days with the help of some volunteers. I listened to jazz and just got into the flow of painting, it was very relaxing. I also was in the room with a few kittens. They slept in the corner, just happy someone was in the room with them. If you would like to see the mural in person please visit sbacc.org to get directions and hours. You may walk away with a new kitten friend as well.
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I made a video on my favorite illustrated books from my childhood. As a child I would look at the same books over and over and even when I look at them as an adult they give me a special feeling of comfort. I have saved most of these from my actual collection as a child but I did have to go and purchase some of these again because I lost them along the way. What are your favorite children's books from your childhood?
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I created a new You Tube channel to share my art projects and other videos about art supplies and tutorials. Like I have said in previous posts, I really enjoy watching other artist's videos about what they do, the supplies they use and any tips and tricks they have.
I have been creating video tutorials for my art students and I have really enjoyed filming them and editing them so I thought I would give it a try for my personal artwork as well. My first video is about the new service called SketchBox. It is a box that comes once a month in the mail with art supplies to try out. I received the SketchBox for my birthday and I have a few more months to try it. So far I really like the idea of it. Check out my video to get full details and my review.
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Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.