Shawnee Mission Faces: Paula Hauser Leffel, still life painter and Mission Hills resident

first_imgA still life painter by trade, Paula Hauser Leffel pushes herself to paint more and often. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, Hauser Leffel continues her arts education by participating in a weekly life drawing group. She once took a studio class with Philomene Bennett, a founding member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Some of Hauser Leffel’s work is on display at the KU student union and at Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park. She lives in Mission Hills with her husband, Rusty Leffel.I went to a program once where a woman was talking about — I think it was at the Kansas City Artists Coalition — she talked about how to sell your work. You make all this work, you just can’t keep it all. My attic may fall in soon; I have a lot of paintings upstairs. Some of them I should probably just give away, but the one thing she said, you say, oh, I can’t sell that painting, I love it so much. She said, you’re the factory: make more.Of course I love the paintings or drawings that I’ve done of family, so I won’t get rid of those. Hopefully they won’t either when I’m gone. But, there’s some favorites that I’ve held back because I liked them. I want to refer to them from time to time, to look at them artistically. Where was I then, how, you know, there were certain things that I like. I think you kind of go through phases where you might paint a little more structured than what my original feeling was. It’s always good too, to see where you’ve improved.I’ve always really, really liked color, but I’m trying now to look at difference in them as far as warm, cool, pay more attention to values. I mean, there’s so many things that you can think about while you’re painting. You can’t really get caught up on just one thing. It has to be the whole picture. When you stop painting, OK what does this need? Where is it going? And I try to plan ahead a little bit more. Like, what am I trying to do this time? Where am I trying to improve?There was a while — I guess maybe it started last year — that I just thought it wasn’t going anywhere, so I got kind of down on it. And really, I mean, it’s always going somewhere. But what I’m worried about and what I’m trying to do now — and I talked to another artist about it — is I need to get a longer pose. Our class that I take — it’s not a class, it’s a group — the longest pose is 10 minutes.When my daughter comes to visit, I can twist her arm into posing for longer than that — especially if she’s reading, she’s fine — and compose them more and get a design to it. So I was off painting a little bit, but then, you know, you go to an exhibit somewhere or see something and you just get all jazzed up to do it again, go back at it, keep at it.If you do what you really want to do, it makes you happier. When I’m painting, I really feel happy, even though it’s problematic at times, but this is what I want to do. And so you get more disciplined in that. Let’s figure it out. That’s one of the things that my mother always said. She always said, if we have problems, well just figure it out.No painting ever comes out exactly like you see it in your head when you start, I don’t think. I always thought that was a strange thing when I started painting even larger paintings. You have an idea in your head and it’s never quite like that. That’s not exactly how it works out. Sometimes I think it’s good. If you tried to get it just exactly like something, then it’s like copying a photograph or something. But that’s just how you do it. Your own personal imprint.last_img read more

Daily Postcard: View Of Worm Moon From White Rock

first_imgDaily Postcard: The worm moon viewed Saturday from White Rock. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, March’s full moon, called the full Worm Moon, reached peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EDT Monday, March 9. It is called the Worm Moon because earthworms and grubs tend to emerge from their winter dormancy at this time of year, marking a sure sign of spring. This full moon also is the first of three supermoons in 2020—the other two occurring April 7 and May 7. Thanks to its supermoon status, this year’s Worm Moon has been named the Super Worm Moon. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img

Azkals fends off Laos in Taipei tourney

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Sunday, December 3, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Philippine Azkals opened its campaign in the Chinese Taipei Football Association International Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Laos at the Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taiwan.Phil Younghusband, Angel Guirado and Kintaro Miyagi fired a goal each for the 118th ranked Philippine team to gain the early lead with 3 points in the four-nation football tournament on Dec. 1.Laos got a decent attempt early in the match but this was quickly deflected by the defense of Azkals. The Philippines gained the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute on a long shot by Younghusband.The already undermanned Laos squad was further decimated before the second half with Chanthasili Sengvilay sustaining an injury. Azkals took advantage of this to raise the lead to 2-0 with a Guirado hit.Azkals then surged to a 3-0 lead on a Miyagi conversion in the 89th minute.Not wanting to go home empty-handed, Laos managed to score via a long-range shot from Kongmathilath Phitack.Azkals will try to clinch its second victory when it battles host Taiwan at 7 p.m. today.The Philippines will face East Timor for its final assignment on Dec. 5.East Timor was supposed to open its campaign on Friday evening against Taiwan but their match was moved to Saturday evening due to the former’s delayed arrival from Bali, Indonesia./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=”][/av_textblock][av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ Azkals fends off Laos in Taipei tourney ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading] Philippine Azkals’ Jarvey Gayoso (left) keeps the ball away from Laos during their CTFA International Tournament game on Dec. 1 at the Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taiwan. CTFAlast_img read more

5 position battles to monitor during Browns training camp

first_imgBrowns buzz is at an all-time high heading into the 2019 season. That’s because general manager John Dorsey used the offseason to assemble what figured to be a juggernaut of a roster. Odell Beckham Jr. was the grand prize, of course, but additions along the defensive line, in the backfield and the secondary have the Browns looking poised for a historic season.It all starts next Thursday when the first training camp under new head coach Freddie Kitchens commences out in Berea. As training camp gets going, some starting roles on the depth chart are already a given. It’s not like anyone is challenging Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Conversely there are a handful of other roles that have yet to be determined.The three weeks of training camp will help determine what the final depth chart looks like by Week One. Here are five position battles you’ll want to follow.1) No. 3 Wide ReceiverOdell Beckham is the obvious top dog at wide receiver. Jarvis Landry will fall in behind him as the No. 2 wideout, but has made a career out of being an elite slot receiver, leaving one other receiver spot open opposite of OBJ. The primary candidates for the job are Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway. Higgins developed quite the connection with Mayfield in 2018, putting together his best season to date. the 24-year-old hauled in 29 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns – all of those numbers were career highs. Callaway had the upper hand over Callaway last year in terms of snaps, which resulted in slightly better numbers of 43 receptions, 586 yards and five scores. While Callaway proved he could be a serious deep threat in spurts, particularly late in the season, he had the dropsies throughout his rookie campaign as well. That’s something he surely wants to improve on this year and his ability to show more consistent hands in training camp could go a long way in determining who slides into that wide receiver three role. End of the day, both Higgins and Callaway will see plenty of playing time this year but those two will duke it out all training camp and you’ll want to watch.2) Right CornerbackAside from concern over sustaining multiple concussions in his rookie season, Denzel Ward did more than enough to prove he’s a budding lockdown corner. With Ward holding down the left side of the defensive secondary, it’s open competition for the right side cornerback. The pre-camp assumption is that ball-hawking second-round pick Greedy Williams will ultimately get the job but it’s not just going to be handed to him either. Williams comes to camp looking to prove that his draft-slide into the second round was a fluke and earn the job outright over Terrance Mitchell and even Eric Murray, who was traded to Cleveland from Kansas City this offseason. How that battle shakes out could go a long way in determining just how dominant the Browns defense will be this year.3) Middle LinebackerOften times when a new general manager takes over a franchise he’ll purge the roster of players from the previous regime. John Dorsey has slowly but surely been doing that himself, to the point where only six players drafted by former VP of football operations Sashi Brown remain on the roster. One of those is Joe Schobert, who was the subject of bevy of trade rumors this offseason. Dorsey was unable to move the 25-year-old to this point, so he enters training camp slated as the starter at middle linebacker. He could have some competition though, in the form of fifth-round pick Mack Wilson. Wilson went later than expected in the draft and his ceiling could easily be starting middle linebacker in the NFL. Expect the rookie to come to training camp looking to prove himself, which, combined with Dorsey’s reported willingness to move on from Schobert, could push them into a must-watch position battle.4) Left TackleThe Browns re-committed to Greg Robinson at left tackle this offseason and rightfully so. After holding his own protecting Mayfield’s blindside late in the season, Robinson earned the one-year $9 million contract he signed back in February. But it’s hard to say if Robinson –labeled a bust after being the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 – is a bonafied long-term solution at the position. The one thing working for him is that there isn’t much competition behind him on the roster. If he struggles during training camp though, don’t be surprised if Kitchens gives some other players a shot at the left tackle spot, much like Hue Jackson did last training camp.5) KickerBrowns fans certainly didn’t snatch up all those training camp tickets to be the first in line to ooh and aah at kickers every practice. But just because kicker isn’t the most luxurious of position battles to watch doesn’t mean it’s not important. Greg Joseph was fine last season, hitting 17 of his 20 field goal attempts – his three misses all came beyond 40 yards. What is a bit concerning is that he missed four PATs in 2018. By no means is it a given that Joseph will be the starting place kicker come Week One and his challenger is fifth-round pick Austin Seibert out of Oklahoma. Some fans were critical of the Browns decision to draft a kicker in the fifth round back in April but if Seibert can show the consistency he did in college – he hit a school record 162 extra points in a row and is the leading scorer in FBS history with 499 career points – then the pick could end up being well worth it as he could definitely overtake Joseph. Spencer German Related Topics2019 Cleveland BrownsAntonio CallawayfeaturedGreedy WilliamsGreg RobinsonJoe SchobertMack WilsonRashard Higginslast_img read more