Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I'm home. CREATE was a great mixed media retreat with soooo many exceptional teachers and open, sharing students. Unfortunately, I got food poisoning the second day I was there. I was able to teach all my classes, but it was difficult, as you can imagine. My students were wonderful. I'm still recovering. Luckily, I got this photo of Jenn Mason and I before I got sick---cuz it's the only one I got!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This is the my third year as 'artist of the week' at Montecito Sequoia Family Summer Camp. It's really a fabulous place! I taught 'sketching and watercolor: journal style' every morning for two classes, then husb and I participated in any of the activities. This year, I tried archery for the first time. We canoed, hiked, attended cooking classes, danced, sang along. I also did some arts & crafts, including tie dye and painted boxes. All in the beautiful setting of Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park.
These are the 5x7" pages I did in my morning classes. Plein aire, of course!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Dear readers, you've been so complimentary about my watercolor journal pages, and those of you who have taken my workshop Sketching & Watercolor:Journal Style have seemed to really enjoy the process. Well, I'm going to teach a 6 week version ONLINE! Yup. Sketching & Watercolor:Journal Style starts on October 14, through joggles.com and you can sign up now. It should be lots of fun!
The incomparable citizen Jamie Fingal is coordinating another project. She asked a few artists to create and donate quilts for some new homes being built by Habitat for Humanity in Orange County. The new resident specified the mood and colors and then we create a 12x16" quilt for their new house. My residents wanted "hot chili peppers and a fiesta" feeling to their new home. This isn't quite finished. You can see details here and here.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
If you've been to the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, you know the interior is filled with gold mosaic tiles. It's certainly one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, and that's saying something! I've changed the name of this work in progress to Basilica di San Marco since it depicts the horses, some of the architecture and now the golden tiles.
I'm proud to announce that I'll be part of the opening weekend events at Quilt Visions: No Boundaries 2010 at the Oceanside Museum of Art. (My quilt, Zen Eucalyptus was juried into the exhibition!) The opening reception is Saturday, October 23. On Sunday, October 24, at 2pm, Judith Content will moderate a panel discussion “Balancing Act: the Art of Being an Artist” featuring Deidre Adams, Gloria Hansen, Katie Pasquini Masopust and ME!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Did you know I'm teaching a two day "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" on December 2 & 3 in lovely San Diego, California? Check it out.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Home from Art Unraveled! This is the third year I've taught there, and it's really a wonderful retreat with great people. So good to see so many returning students! This is me, at my booth on Saturday, at the Shopping Extravaganza. Look here to see photos of the fabulous artwork my students created in my "Recycled Circles" workshop. Keep in mind, these are pieces at the end of the 6 hour workshop and they will be adding and embellishment. GREAT work!!
I've never done a digitally printed quilt. But Gloria Hansen, the queen of digital, has inspired me to give it a try. Using photoshop, and the feathered edges command (I've never used feathered edges before, it's pretty fun and easy!) I literally threw together this montage of images from another, larger quilt "Venice" that I'm working on. It's only 81/2 x 11" and I printed it on fabric prepared for inkjet printing. I'm going to back it with batting and machine and hand stitch it. I can't wait to get started! I'll keep you posted.
I feel that I am medium tall. (I'm 5'9") By the looks of this photo of my good friend Melanie Testa and I at Art Unraveled, I look giant! Or she's more of a shorty than I remember. OR, my husband (6'3") took the photo... anyway, we were happy to see each other ~ though briefly. I know I'll see her again when we both teach at CREATE, in Chicago, later this month.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
I am excited!! I'll be one of three artists teaching a fabulous workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico April 13-20th. Tesoro del Corazon will take place during San Miguel's wonderful Night of the Altars, and Palm Sunday. Not to mention you'll get 4 days of wonderful workshops and make ALL the items in this photo! The website has all the info you need to sign up!
Monday, August 02, 2010
I love indigo and I love hand stitching. About 5 years ago, I first heard the word the Japanese art of sashiko, patching with white thread on blue cloth and I made this piece, that I attached to my levi jacket. I'm inspired again, after I bought a selection of indigo dyed fabrics and threads from Glennis Dolce at the Long Beach Quilt Festival.
Shown is day two of my current project with a detail here. I'm working intuitively, just placing the fabric as I go, layering and stitching. It's got a long way to go, and I'll keep you posted!