Isabella Laleman was looking forward to being part of a public art show in Marshall.
Laleman, an E.C.H.O. Charter School student, is having work featured in Chad Kerr's exhibit at the Daily Grind in Marshall. Art by Mara Morrill will also be part of the show.
A reception will be from 1-3 p.m. today at the Daily Grind. Proceeds from the show will go toward the House of Hope.
Laleman said she's always had an interest in art, even when she was a young kid.
"Drawing little doodles in the margins of my notebook," she said. Laleman said the doodles would mainly be "weird little animals" and scenery.
Then for Christmas 2007, she got an instructional book on art.
"I needed practice on painting," Laleman said.
For the exhibit at the Daily Grind, Laleman contributed four artworks. One was of two animals under a starry night sky which she did as a project for art class at E.C.H.O. Charter. As for the other three, she's created paintings from photographs taken by Kerr - a rabbit, a ballerina and a group of squirrels. As of last week, Laleman just had one squirrel to go in the painting, she said.
"There are eight squirrels in it," Laleman said. She said she usually creates art that involves animals and trees.
Kerr said he wanted Laleman to do her own thing with the paintings of his photographs.
"She did a remix really," Kerr said. "She put her own personality into it, which I told her to do."
Laleman said she uses acrylics in her art as she likes how easy it is to work with them.
"I have a set of watercolor paints but I haven't started experimenting with them," Laleman said.
During the last school year, Laleman said she finally took the time to take her first art class in three years.
And as she looks back on some of her earlier artwork, Laleman said it's "good to find out that with lots and lots of practice, things can get better" and to "just let things flow" when working on a drawing or a painting.
"It's a great stress-reliever, you get a fun image in your head and you want to get it down," Laleman said about producing art.
But a couple of things she said she needs work on is drawing hands and using correct anatomy.
"I (also) need more practice with backgrounds," she said.
Although her artwork has been on display at her school, Laleman said she she's excited to be in her first "official" art show.
"If one of my paintings sells, I'm officially a professional," she said.