Wednesday, October 29, 2008

feather fossils

The most recent of my organza shroud series, "Feather Fossils." I hope to get these into a local museum shop. Cross your fingers, I'll know soon. This is 10-1/2 x 13 inches.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I have a zillion things I should be doing, like preparing for my online mixed media class I'm teaching at starting THIS thursday and the monthly art quilt class I teach starts up again tomorrow and...and...but I just had to sit and draw this pomegranate.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I got my copy of Mixed Media self-portraits and it's really a fabulous book with not only lots of great images, but food for thought. The author is doing a blog tour, and she'll be here on my blog (well you know, virtually) on November 3 for a give-away of the book. Stay tuned.

published (and husb too!)

As you can see, the self portrait I created for the book was based on photo booth strips...Check it out, Husb is featured in the photos...

Friday, October 17, 2008

mirror for silent auction

For the past couple of years, I've asked my artist friends to create (decorate) an Ikea mirror for San Diego Brain Injury Foundation fundrasier. We usually get about 20 mirrors, all fabulous and original and totally different. Here's my mirror. The event is going to held October 26, 1-4:30 in LaJolla.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Witch Creek Fire anniversary

One year ago this month, the San Diego's 2008 fires burned soo many homes in San Diego. Over 350 homes in my community of Rancho Bernardo alone. My friend Pamela wrote this article for Vision magazine. Check it out.
It's warm here now, with some Santa Ana devil winds...and it makes everyone on edge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dec 6 workshop in Encinitas

I just found out there's still room in my Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style workshop on Saturday, December 6 in Encinitas.
In the gorgeous garden of the
California Center for Creative Renewal in Encinitas, California
Be inspired to record your life, your trip, or your daily adventures in an illustrated journal as you spend a meditative day drawing and sketching in the healing gardens. Jane will guide you through basic drawing, inking and watercolor painting. You’ll choose simple objects, vignettes or vistas to draw and paint, and then journal your thoughts right onto the drawings.
At the end of the day you will create a small portfolio for your artwork. The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Sixteen dollar materials fee includes everything you’ll need: watercolor paper, ink pen and watercolor set with special Niji Waterbrush
Register through Ellen at or phone 760-436-3310. Cost: $95 plus $16 materials fee.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm teaching a workshop in Italy in 2010!

Here is the two page description of my week long workshop Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook in Orvieto, Italy in 2010. Kristi & Bill, the wonderful owners of Adventures in Italy tell me one person has signed up already! (welcome Ursala!)
If you click on these images, they'll enlarge so you can read it.

Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook 2010

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quilting Arts Magazine

I'm in this issue of Quilting Arts magazine! (October/November 2008) Check out my article and photos of my organza pieces pages 14-18. Oh yea, and look at page 4 too, Pokey was kind enough to include a photo of me and her from the QA TV filming in August.

artichoke in organza

I've doing quite a few pieces using silk organza combined with other sheers, but haven't posted them because they are difficult to photograph.

Hey, THANKS everyone who posted birthday wishes on my blog! I really appreciate your kind wishes!

upstate new york

The view of Lake Bonaparte from inside Jan's Muse Lodge.

upstate new york

Here are my pages from the workshop at Lake Bonaparte, in upstate New York. This was at the Oswegatchi River. (Those are mushrooms by the way.)

upstate new york

upstate new york

upstate new york

We had a centerpiece of pumpkins and squash from the region to draw from.

upstate new york

Thursday, October 09, 2008

on location oswegatchi river

Just returned from upstate New York where I taught a sketching and watercolor workshop. Here we are on location. It was cold! (48 degrees in New York, and 100 degrees in San Diego!)
Sandy came in from Conneticut and Donna from Denver, for my weekend workshop. Be sure and look at Sandy's blog to see beautiful journal pages she created!!

New York Autumn

The leaves were in glorious technicolor.

Upstate New York


on location in upstate New York

We spent a morning sketching and painting at this wonderful antique and handmade basic shop. It's the Natural Basket, in Natural Bridge New York.

upstate New York

new york autumn

I love this shot. It seems like it would be great inspiration for a quilt...

Lake Bonaparte, upstate New York

We stayed with our dear friend, Jan Phillips, and she has a 100 year old cabin on this lake, Lake Bonaparte. It's about 90 minutes Northeast of Syracuse.

Adirondacks, New York,

Husb and I drove to Lake Placid. This was taken on Mirror Lake and the sun was out!

mirror lake, lake placid

Husb and I at lunch at the Cottage restaurant on Mirror Lake, in Lake Placid.

Jan Phillips

Jan was host, our cook, our tour guide and our boat captain while we were in New York. Thank you Jan!!!

don working by candlelight

Husb participated in some of the workshop, and joined us all at the dining room table for late night sketching and painting.

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