Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shoes and Socks

Photo of my feet by He's one of my students. He likes socks. It would make a great drawing subject, but I only draw from 'real life.' Kenneth has challendged me to do something creative with this... hmm.

Laguna Beach Workshop

There are a couple of opening in my workshop "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style Sunday, March 29 in Laguna Beach, California 10-4pm $90 per person (includes all your supplies for the day) The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Register with Sue All materials are included in the fee. Bring a small camp stool or folding chair, hat, sunscreen and bag lunch.

The artwork was done at Torrey Pines State Park.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Art Quilt Exploration Class in Escondido, CA

My monthly art quilt class is open for registration. It's ton of fun, and the class fills up quickly.

Description: Create art with cloth and use fabric to tell your own special story. Each month you'll learn a new technique or be inspired by a new theme. Learn painting and transfer techniques, embroidery and embellishments, and create your own original small art quilt each month. There are no patterns, ever. Jane is building a national reputation as an art quilter; you'll see her works at galleries throughout the country and in magazines like Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors. See Jane's work and check out her blog at

Materials required: materials will be discussed at the first class

When: The 4th Sunday of each month, April 26 – October 25 (with no class in July) from noon-3pm

Where: Quilter’s Paradise, 1451 Montiel Road, Escondido (off the Nordahl Rd exit of 78)

Cost: $120 for 6 classes

Register: call Quilter’s Paradise (760) 738-9677

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Husb, theatre actor Warner Miller, and me

Husb and I saw "Since Africa" at the Old Globe on Sunday. I highly recommend it! Here we are at the reception (honoring Mo'olelo Performing Arts 5th Birthday) with the star of the play, Warner Miller.

photo by Nick Abadilla

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

tiny bird on a pear

I'm doing a show and tell at Legacy Quilt Guild (in Lakeside, CA) on Thursday night. I've been told they are more into traditional quilters, so I'll be telling my story, showing my art quilts and then....? So I'm going to give them a little project to start work on at the meeting... This is little piece is 4.5" square, and I drew a picture in marker, then machine stitched and hand stitched.. VoilĂ ! An art quilt.

tiny pom fern

Another little 4.5 'art quilt,' a drawn 'doodle' then all hand-stitched. These are waay fun. I want to do more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Isn't this fun!! I made it here I made this here at Should I make it my blogger profile photo, or is it too trendy?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth starts again in April

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth

Jane will show you how to paint, collage, draw, stencil and stamp, and sew---all to make art. We’ll create textured, layered backgrounds first, and then Jane will show you techniques and tricks to create an image or focal point for your work. You can work large or tiny, follow the directions or not—but you will come away more creative and knowledgeable about mixed-media materials, techniques, and ideas. Almost everything in the class can be done on a paper surface OR a cloth surface or a combination of the two. Class will be inspirational, positive, and fun, with lots of sharing, laughing, and learning from the others in the class. All levels of experience are welcome, and PREVIOUS STUDENTS CAN EXPECT ALL NEW LESSONS. Questions, e-mail Jane at
Mondays, 9 AM–12 NOON
Apr. 13–May 18 (6 weeks)
Athenauem San Diego/Park Blvd. Studio
$160/180 + $25 mat. fee
Materials: a $25 materials fee will be collected in class. For the first day bring a small sketchbook for your own notes and doodles, a bottle of liquid acrylic matte medium, a couple of foam brushes and a sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper. A materials list for the rest of the class will be discussed in the first class.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration for classes may be made by telephone (858) 454-5872, in person or by mailing in the registration form to the Athenaeum. Telephone registrations may be charged to American Express, Discover Card, Visa or MasterCard. Mailed registrations may be charged to a credit card or paid by check payable to the Athenaeum and sent to:
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dreaming of Orvieto, Italy

You know, I'm teaching at a retreat in Italy in May 2010...Just imagine, we'll all be sitting on the street in this picture, sketchbooks in hand, drawing, being, enjoying...Can't wait! Join me!

(photo by Bill/Kristi Steiner)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

more feathers

Feathers........Oh, and check out Bonnie Samuel's blog. She asked me for my thoughts on artist inspiration..

Sunday, February 08, 2009

bernardo winery

San Diego Sketch Crawl today at Bernardo Winery. Eleven people, even in the cold, it was great to get together draw and share.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Remember this page from my journal. I used a Sulky transfer pen and got the bunny images on felted wool. The shiny bunny is copper foil. I'm thinking this may become a book cover. I love the transfer pens--a great way to combine my drawings with my fabric stuff.

the economy and art institutions.

everyday there seems to be worse news regarding the economy.

San Diego Museum of Art to lay off 23 employees

San Diego Union Tribune
February 6, 2009

BALBOA PARK: The San Diego Museum of Art, the city's largest and oldest art museum, will lay off 23 employees from across all departments, it announced yesterday. It was reacting to a 30 percent reduction in its endowment, from $77.5 million to $53 million, since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, 2008.
The museum in Balboa Park had instituted other cost-cutting measures in November, eliminating $900,000 in expenses, including extended runs for exhibitions and the elimination of publications for exhibitions. But in the effort to reduce the fiscal year budget for 2008-09 from $10.43 million to $9.12 million, the cuts in its 107 full-time staff were necessary, said director Derrick Cartwright.
“This is very difficult,” said Cartwright, “but it is unavoidable. I felt staff reductions were the necessary step to ensure the future of SDMA in the years and decades to come.”

and from SDMA website:

On January 16, 2009 the Museum Art School at the San Diego Museum of Art temporarily closed due to the difficult economic environment and declining enrollment. The Museum will use this opportunity to understand national best practices that will ensure the school’s future success and increase participation. Spring break camps will not be held in 2009.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Husb & Me

Today is our 32 wedding anniversary. We met on St. Patrick's Day, in 1976 at a bar in Palo Alto, California. I was an international flight attendant; he worked for Hewlett-Packard in Personnel. One year later, we married (at Lake Tahoe, wearing blue jeans) and moved (with his job) to Corvallis, Oregon. We lived there 8 years, and then moved to Seoul, South Korea (with his job) for two and a half years. Then to Los Angeles (Marina del Rey--loved it!) for a year and a half, then, in 1989 to San Diego, where Don became Personnel Manager at HP. I worked full time in graphics and marketing. We lived very well. Traveled. Wore nice clothes. Then in 1992, at the age of 46, Don had a brain aneurysm. He had brain surgery, was hospitalized for a month, and had 7 years of language therapy to try to learn to speak, read and write again. Needless to say, it turned our world upside down. We had to RE-create a life for ourselves (since Don is permanently disabled because of his aphasia). Why am I telling you all this? Well, today, our 32nd wedding anniversary marks 16 years since Don’s brain injury. For half of our 32 years, he has been brain injured. It’s amazing to me. As you know, from reading my blog, we have a wonderful life! We are so very happy, and live an exciting, productive life together. It wasn’t easy, especially those first years, but we made it. Definitely cause to celebrate!
(This photo is our most recent, taken December 2008. I promise to get a better one!)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Art Unraveled: Phoenix, Arizona

I'm happy to say I'll be teaching at Art Unraveled again this year. It's held in Phoenix, Arizona (in a lovely air-conditioned hotel) August 4-11.

My classes are Paper on Cloth Collage Wednesday, August 5, 9:30-4:30
and Sketching and Watercolor Journal Style: COLLECTIONS Thursday, August 6, 9:30-4:30 and Sketching and Watercolor Journal Style: ON LOCATION Friday, August 7, 7am-10am

You can get the additional info on the Art Unraveled website, and registration begins February 10.


Squares of felt (cut from a larger wet-felted piece) soon to be reunited into a large and hopefully fabulous quilt.
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