A Mary Oliver poem, illustrated. (I used  The Macmilian Visual Dictionary as the image resource.)
color pencil in moleskine sketchbook
Monday, July 31, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Flowers from the crepe myrtle tree, in my back yard. It's too hot to go out there and paint, so I brought some flowers in. The little pink petticoat blossoms, burst out of the berries like a group of innocent can-can dancers.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I swam laps today, for 30 minutes. Afterwards, I tried to channel David Hockney, and painted the colors of the swimming pool. It felt good, to sit by the pool, in my wet bathing suit and actually feel cool. It was 94 today.
The potted plant , on the right, has grown 4 feet in a month! It spent its first two years in the sun, and now is thriving in the shade. I know how it feels.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Another pine tree from my morning walk.
Judy Collins, from her book Singing Lessons "I learned, again and again, the lesson of creativity: the painting I make today, the drawing I do today, the poem I do today, is meant to save my life today."
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
I was tired when I did this at the end of the day (our bookcase doesn't tilt that that in real life.) Tired because I painted a wall in our living room a lovely shade of 'sunwashed clay.'
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
BeBop, 1-1/2 years old, (on the right) was easier to draw, cuz he slept longer. Cool Baby, 10 years old, (on the left) changed positions part way through. And she's harder to paint, cuz she's black and white.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Just realized that Amazon.com is selling the books that feature my art quilts. I'm a featured artist in "Material Visions: A Gallery of Miniature Art Quilts" (published in 2004). I also have my work in "Fabric Art Gallery" (published 2005) and the latest "Beginners Guide to Art Quilts" (just published) will be soon!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I created this little quilt in Lesley Riley's class, using her FAMOUS transfer methods. The palm trees are images from my watercolor sketchbook.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I pass this lovely flowering vine every day on my walk. The colors are brilliant. Didn't have my sketchbook at the parade (3 year old baton twirlers, real estate agents, and war veterans) or at the fireworks (a lovely man dressed as a civil war soldier), so this is my 4th of July painting.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
San Diego SketchCrawlers first official sketch crawl. Spent a lovely Sunday in Balboa Park, with fellow artists. I drew the scene, below, like Irina encouraged me in class this week. ("Why go on a trip, and sketch the flowers," she said, "you can do that at home." Why sketch a tree at the Parthenon?) Still challenged by perspective...
Saturday, July 01, 2006
I'm playing with the layout of the letters, on my dining room table. I think I'll sew them on to a larger backing of organza, that I patterned by laying it on a rusty old screen. I've been working on these dozen or so letters (and envelopes) for nearly 3 months. It's been an amazing process. And it's been so cool to reconnect with Ralph, through email.