Monday, February 28, 2011
The pitcher on the right was my grandmothers. I have so few things of her's. I guess that's what starting me collecting tiny pitchers.
Online class: Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style March 3-April 7
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Just posted this (framed original mixed media) in my online JaneVille Etsy shop. Also I relisted two of my needlefelted pieces (after their TV appearance)
Did you know my blog has a individual pages for Machine Needlefelting, my teaching schedule, art products I use, info about the trip to Orvieto, Italy in 2012, a page for the classes I teach (in case you want to hire me) a page for the magazines and books that have published my artwork, and a direct link page to my JaneVille ETSY shop.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Opposites is the theme for February's Sketchbook Challenge. I can't believe February is nearly over, and I'm just getting this done! well, it is a short month. Do go over the The Sketchbook Challenge blog and read up on all the wonderful posts, fabulous prize give aways, interviews. All kinds of stuff is happening over there!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I teach kids to draw, just like I teach adults in my "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" workshops.
I want them to draw from real life objects (not photos.) I encourage them to really look and draw what they see. First to draw in pencil, then redraw and refine again in pen, then add watercolor.
It's about the experience of being in the moment and really slowing down and focusing.
And keeping a visual record of your life.
My online Sketching & Watercolor Class starts up on March 3rd! (it's for adults and kids too!) And if you're in the San Diego area, I've got a one day workshop, in a gorgeous garden in Encintas on Saturday, March 19, with registration form here.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My good friend, Helen Shafer Garcia, took me to her favorite hiking area yesterday, the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrietta. (about an hour north of where I live.)
The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is 8,000 acres of gorgeous California country. The kind I remember as a child, growing up in Northern California. (I am a native Californian.)
We spotted some wildflowers, it's just the beginning of the season.
It had been a huge ranch in the mid 1800s, and you can see the farmhouse, and image life at the time.
Just a wonderful way to spend the morning!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I'm very excited to be teaching at Art & Soul in Portland, Oregon for the first time. It's a mixed media art retreat running September 26- October 2. Just look at this, to see all the fabulous art being taught.
Join me on this blog hop, to get to know a few of my fellow instructors:
Art & Soul Mixed Media Workshops in Portland, Oregon.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
One of my new year's words was 'coffee.' I wanted to make the time to have coffee dates with my husb. Here's the little journal I carry with me, to sketch, paint and record, those dates.
A permanent ink pen, Waterbrush, pencil and a Tombow water soluble pen, & my tiny journal. (supply sources are on my 'products I use' page.)
My online Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style class starts March 3.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I spent Wednesday, Feb 16 in a TV studio in Cleveland, Ohio. That's me with Pokey Bolton, friend and host of QA TV (and she does a million other things, like Quilting Arts & Cloth Paper Scissors magazines.) I started at 8am in make up, and filmed 3 segments for Quilting Arts TV, Series 800. (You'll be able to start pre-ordering in July, and shipping starts around the 3rd week of July)
Pokey makes the segments relatively easy, as she asks great questions and is loads of fun.
That's me listening intently to the Producer. I did a needle-felting segment too. You can see Suzanne Morgan's Everthing Kit on the left, that's what I used to create my Venice pieces.
Jeannie Cook-Delpit, Bernina's director of national events was in the green room to teach me to use the Bernina machine and the needle punch attachment for my segments.
This is what the set looks like. That's Lindsey Murray on the right.
My work, spread out for one of the segments.
After filming the 3 TV segments, we started the filming of my hour long DVD around 3pm. Here I am. Ready!
Pokey was a special guest in my DVD. I taught her to draw and paint!
Here at I about 5pm, ready to start filming the final chapter of my DVD. You can tell I'm starting to tire. I don't know the title yet of the DVD, but it is based on my "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" and will also show ways to use your original artwork in mixed media. I'll keep you posted!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Work in progress. I love to cut things up and sew on them, then reassemble them. Remember the wet felting workshop I taught last weekend? You can see I'm holding the piece I felted for the demo. Pictured above is what it looks like now. ..
here's how it looked before I wet-felted it.
The felt is just lucious to sew on, so I'm enjoying this process very much.
(You can see where I'm teaching this again here.