Wednesday, February 28, 2007

yoga shoes

These 'Crocs' are really comfy and perf for going to and from yoga. Red, of course.
watercolor moleskine.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

ya gotta do the work

"Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working."
Henri Matisse. I read that in my march/april issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Oh yea, that's the issue with a page from MY sketchbook on the cover!!
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Saturday, February 24, 2007

orange petroglyphs

One more fabric postcard (with hand-carved stamp made into stencil). This one has burned lutradur too, and felt.
I plan to get back to my sketchbook tomorrow...still got another robe and slippers to do!

Friday, February 23, 2007

fabric postcards

Mardi Gras!


These fabric postcards (4x6") were made with my hand-carved stamps,then I made a stencil from the stamp image, then used paintstiks to color. They are way fun and easy to spend hours on.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

landscape quilts

I just wanted to see all four of my landscape quilts together--I like this image. (I'm not sewing the quilts together, just wanted to see them grouped together.)

"troublesome lemon moon"

Another landscape quilt. This one "Troublesome Lemon Moon" is made from dupioni silk and is about 9x12." The next session of Art Quilt Exploration that I'm teaching starts on March 16, through Oceanside Museum of Art.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Paper Quilt

This is called "Following the Sun" based on this poem by my fave Mary Oliver. I made it out of old library book check out cards sewn together and painted with acrylic paint. (It's not really as tourquoise blue as this scan looks, and it's 12"x12" so I couldn't fit the whole thing in my scanner.)

The Sunflowers by Mary Oliver

Come with me
into the field of sunflowers.
Their faces are burnished disks,
their dry spines

creak like ship masts,
their green leaves,
so heavy and many,
fill all day with the sticky

sugars of the sun.
Come with me
to visit the sunflowers,
they are shy

but want to be friends;
they have wonderful stories
of when they were young -
the important weather,

the wandering crows.
Don't be afraid
to ask them questions!
Their bright faces,

which follow the sun,
will listen, and all
those rows of seeds -
each one a new life!

hope for a deeper acquaintance;
each of them, though it stands
in a crowd of many,
like a separate universe,

is lonely, the long work
of turning their lives
into a celebration
is not easy. Come

and let us talk with those modest faces,
the simple garments of leaves,
the coarse roots in the earth
so uprightly burning.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sketchcrawl at the Mission

The San Diego Sketchcrawl group spent most of the day sketching at Mission Alcala--the first mission in California. The weather was perfect--like 80 degrees! We watched a wedding, and did commentary on all the dresses. Very nice day, and the grounds of the mission are so beautiful. That's a large fountain on the right, incase you couldn't tell. I tried to get creative with the placement and cropping, ala my current fave artist mrana but I've got a ways to go..
watercolor moleskine

Thursday, February 15, 2007

#3 in the series.

My summer robe. I got this cotton kimono-style robe in Japan in 1989. I have such fond memories of that gorgeous country. I sort of mucked up this painting when I tried to add some more shading without wearing my glasses. oops.
watercolor moleskine.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lavendar Robe

Another Jim Dine inspired image, this time of my lavendar fleece bathrobe. I always say I'm going to do a series, and then poop out after just two. My plan is two more robes to complete this 'series.' East coast Janey wonders, does everyone have a robe or collection of robes? I have 3, two winter and one summer. Just one pair of slippers though.
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Monday, February 12, 2007

No, not J. Peterman.

It's Jim Dine influenceI was researching Jim Dine for my 2nd grade class art lesson and found a new appreciation for his work. I'll be painting all my bathrobes now. (I had the kids do hearts, not the bathrobes.)
watercolor moleskine.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Two new members of my collection

I sketched at a reception last night, with my good pal Helen, at our 10 North gallery. Chatting, drawing, drinking champagne. Yup, it works for me! Had to two draw these two newcomers to my collection of metal birds. 7 birds, 2 rabbits so far.
watercolor moleskine

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Filming in my studio

Andrea and David from Wonder Channel came over today to do the final filming for the DVD. We shot the introduction and a couple of scenes in my studio, and the rest we shot in September in a local video studio. The finished product of yours truly teaching three art quilt projects, will be out in a couple of months. Martha and Pokey, you know you'll get copies to review!!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Acacia branch

Acacia branch and hand made stamps.
Hey, I've got another 6 week art quilt class starting Friday March 16 at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Register now.
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007


I just found out that MY sketchbook page is on the cover of the upcoming March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!!! I knew the article I wrote, and images from my sketchbook were going to be in this issue....but being on the cover! WOW! Can you tell I'm excited.?!!
You can buy the magazine in stores after March 1.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Wedding Anniversary

Today is our 30th wedding anniversary. Husb gave me a beautiful romantic card, and surprised me with a very thoughtful present. Ahhh. Then lunch (you can read what we ate. Delicious!!) at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. After lunch, we two sat in the garden and sketched for 30 minutes or so. It was probably 75 degrees and a gorgeous and memorable day. I am very lucky.
watercolor moleskine.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Burts Bees

Everyday matters.... I love Karen's blog and how she selects simple everyday stuff to draw. I could have worked a little harder on lettering, but oh well.
watercolor moleskine


Here it is, with color. I used my water-soluable crayons and it's interesting how they influence the color choices vs. what this would look like with color pencil. Not my usual color palette, but fun to do.
sketchbook moleskine.

Friday, February 02, 2007

could be a....

This could be crop circles, or a 1950's dress print or the los angeles freeway system...It's just giant doodle in my sketchbook moleskine. I'll probably add color today.
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