Monday, February 28, 2011

everyday objects

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

Online Shopping at JaneVille Etsy

3 Leaves
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)
arrival of spring

Red Rocks

Did you know my blog has a individual pages for Machine Needlefelting, my teaching scheduleart 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

Sketchbook Challenge: Opposites

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

A visit to Wild Animal Park

wild animal park

Husb and I went to Wild Animal Park. It was really fun to sketch and paint quickly some of my favorite animals. We'll definitely go back soon, sketchbooks in hand!

drawing gorillas 

I got a new paint set. It was a gift, and I'm liking it! I had to try out the new colors.
new paints

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style.

Tuesday feb 22
I teach kids to draw, just like I teach adults in my "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" workshops.
plein air painting

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.
plein air roses
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

I love California

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

Art & Soul ~ Portland ~ Blog Hop!

recycled circles
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 2Just 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:
I'm teaching Recycled Circles on September 29 and Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style on September 28.
recycled circles

recycled circles

Sunday, February 20, 2011

coffee shop journal

coffee shop journal
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.

coffee shop journal
A permanent ink pen, Waterbrush, pencil and a Tombow water soluble pen, & my tiny journal. (supply sources are on my 'products I use' page.)

coffee shop journal

coffee shop journal

coffee shop journal
My online Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style class starts March 3.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Filming QA TV and a DVD for Interweave.

 sitching your drawing segment QA TV series 800
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)
 sitching your drawing segment QA TV series 800
Pokey makes the segments relatively easy, as she asks great questions and is loads of fun.
 listening to the producer QA TV series 800 Machine Felting QA TV Series 800
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 & me  sitching your drawing segment QA TV series 800
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.
epidsode 2 sitching your drawing the set
This is what the set looks like. That's Lindsey Murray on the right.
 image transfer QATV series 800
My work, spread out for one of the segments.
Machine Felting QA TV Series 800

Filming my own workshop DVD with Interweave
After filming the 3 TV segments, we started the filming of my hour long DVD around 3pm. Here I am. Ready!
Filming my own workshop DVD with Interweave
Pokey was a special guest in my DVD. I taught her to draw and paint!
Filming my own workshop DVD with Interweave
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

See you on Friday!

Buddy wants to go too
I'm off to Cleveland to film Quilting Arts TV and a Workshop DVD... See you on Friday! (I'll post on Facebook while I'm traveling)
I was on QA TV Season 300, a few years ago  and here's the Organza Hawk Feather project and the Paper on Cloth segments I did then.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Have I mentioned I love birds?

bird and daisy detail 1

bird and daisy detail 2

bird and a daisy
A little quilt with cotton, organza and image transfers of my original watercolors.

Friday, February 11, 2011

work in progress

flower fields in progress
Mixed media piece in progress..... collage, acrylic paint, moudling paste, color pencil...

flower fields in progress 3
Before the color pencil was added
flower fields in progress 2

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wet Felted piece in progress

wet felted piece in progress
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. ..
before it was wet felted
here's how it looked before I wet-felted it.
wet felted piece in progress

wet felted piece in progress

wet felted piece in progress

wet felted piece in progress

wet felted piece in progress
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.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

at the winery

at the winery
I sketched and watercolored at the Winery yesterday. It was cold!

CREATE registration is open! I'm teaching 3 classes at the Costa Mesa/Orange County Mixed Media art retreat. See you there!
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