I saw this bird out my window today. A rare sight, so I ran to my bird book. He was so bright and beautiful!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
I'm taking my very first online class. It's called "Personal Symbols" and it's presented by Joggles. This is part of the homework, to do upteen thumbnail doodles of things based on nature or outside. I'm spending way to much time on it, but I am enjoying the process and discovering all kinds of new ways to add personal symbols to my own work.
A friend's gallery is moving, and Helen suggested we all do a small postcard painting of something we bought in her shop. Then Helen is going to compile all of them (9 images) into a book as a gift for Melissa. Such a thoughtful gift!
This is a 20" tall metal sculpture, made in Haiti from recycled oil tins, one of the many things I bought at Shiva Gallery.
Friday, May 25, 2007
My husb sketches too. This was our campsite at San Elijo. That would be the pacific ocean behind him.
(be sure and view this in the larger size. click on the pic, and then click again for size)
I created this assemblage/mixed media piece for a juried exhibition at California Center for the Arts Escondido...and it was rejected (!). The theme of the exhibition was 'cultural fusion' and I think this piece was perfect --but of course I'm not the juror...It's made of items sew into vinyl ,and found items, and they are all attached to a rusty metal screen. I can't wait to see what the juror selected. It's about 24" x 18"
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The weather was overcast, but we still enjoyed our time walking the beach, hanging out at our campsite, reading and drawing.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Here's my example of the first week's project in the Art Quilt class I teach at Oceanside Museum of Art. Birds were the theme.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
"Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage."
In my life, I've been an international flight attendant (in the 70s), a guest on a game show "Hollywood Squares" in 1988 and jumped from an airplane tandem skydiving from 12,000 feet in 1992.---Courageous, in my world. But now, my courageous acts are smaller, but equally meaningful to me. I teach a workshop I've never taught before, I speak in front of a large crowd, star in a DVD teaching my art quilt techniques, submit my art to magazines, and most of all, I try to say 'YES' to challenges and opportunities that interest me.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I taught a delightful 1st Grade class at a small private school in Solana Beach yesterday. They were a talented group of kids, and we did Klimt's 'tree of life' and here's one of the girl's work.
Janey, my wonderful friend who I only know through the internet and she lives in florida, drew this of Buddy. Don't ya love it? Good news, Buddy is cone-free as of last night! I think his little paw is healing well, and he is sooo much happier without the collar and the bandage!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Okay, I'm not happy with this, and I've kept on stitching to try and save it. I used the blue striped mattress ticking (when was the last time you saw a mattress covered in this fabric?100 years?) because I wanted to 'match' the bushtit...It's not working. I'm going to put this away, and start another quail.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
So, I'm clearly into birds this week! Here's my bushtit drawing on cloth. I used Melanie Testa's technique of drawing onto tracing paper, pinning the paper to fabric (and batting and backing) and, with my sewing machine, stitching on the lines. (I don't know how to free motion quilt, so this is with my feed dogs up and regular sewing foot.) Then I filled in some of the shapes with layers of tulle, also a Melly technique. It's not finished, I'll keep you posted.