Monday, June 25, 2007

Reading to goats, and the summer of love..

A friend sent me a photo of her, reading to goats. I painted the goats. Watercolor in my watercolor moleskine.
On another topic, Husb and I had a wonderful evening out on Saturday night in Little Italy. First we went to Sogno Di Vino, a lovely sidewalk cafe for wine and appetizers. Then, to the brand new dinner/jazz club named Anthology. Fabulous place!! Three floors, perfect acoustics, great service, waaaaay gorgeous and trendy. We sat on the 3rd level and had wine (!) and dessert while listening to a really good concert by Jesse Colin Young. Don't remember who he is? Well, he pointed out to the crowd that the 'summer of love' was FORTY years ago...Hmm, how come Jessie has aged so much and Husb and I haven't...Anyway GREAT evening and you gotta go check out Anthology. It's my new fave. Humphrey's is my other fave.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I changed my icon.

Okay, so this pic is from 1998, but it's really more me than the other pic was. (After all many people use their childhood pics as their icons!) This was taken in Tuscany and brings back such fond memories....

technique extravaganza...completed more or less

This is the finished piece. I'm not sure how I present it, maybe it will become part of a larger artwork. It's about 6x9"

Flowers from our yard

This page is a tad too sweet for me, so maybe I'll do an angst-filled page tomorrow.
Flowers from our yard. HSG gave me a cutting for the pink-blossom succulent and it's growing and blooming like mad! (Maybe she'll tell us the name of it, if she reads this.)
note: HSG says it's a "Calendrinia spectabilis"

fern series

I mounted those little quilts I made on rice paper covered canvases. They're ready to hang on the wall! Each one 6x8" You know can click on the pic to enlarge it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

utility box design

In San Diego, different neighborhoods will often contract artists to paint the utility boxes. Here's my design. The boxes can be as big as 65" tall. I'll find out in July if I'm chosen.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

mixed media doodle.

This started with some photo transfers of my doodles, then my hand-carved stamp, then Ruth taught me embossing (with that heat-sensitive powder), then color pencil, and why not, a couple of fruit stickers! (Apple stickers with disney/pixar copyrighted images! that just seems wrong, somehow.)

Bernardo Winery

Husb and I hung out for the regular sunday free jazz concert, sketched and watched people. Nice afternoon.

Friday, June 15, 2007

rose in the kitchen

A rose from Husb's rose bush on our kitchen table.

hand carved stamp

More from the Joggles online class I'm taking. A hand-carved stamp, in my sketchbook, based on my own designs, then repeatedly stamped on fabric.

more surface design on fabric

Same stamp, on different hand done setacolor fabric.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

orangepapers and....

fruitstickers and nature doodles combined. color pencil in my moleskine sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


The working title of this small fabric piece is "Technique Extravaganza" because I used so many techniques! I'm working this up for the Art Quilt class I teach, to suggest uses of transfer techniques. Let's see if I can remember all I did to this piece! First, I dyed the fabric with SetaColor and did a sun print. Then using an inkjet transparency, I made a photo transfer of one of my recent sketchbook pages. I machine stitched the grid. Then I pumped up the color on the transfer, by using color pencil on the fabric. Then I appliqu├ęd some felt pieces. The multicolor felt flower is made with water soluble Solvy stuff. And I'm not done yet! I've started stitching, as you can see. I'm liking the upper left hand corner, where I've begun outlining the fern in black thread.
My first love, when it comes to working with fabric, is the simple act of stitching. Yet, I've been teaching my classes a few transfer techniques, and I've never successfully integrated a photo transfer into my own work...We'll see if that statement continues to hold true when I'm done with this piece! (It's about 6x9")

Monday, June 11, 2007

fern jungle

More from that 'personal symbols' online joggles class. You can see the inspiration from my earlier sketches. This is wool felt, and tulle, and a small transparency, on lutradur.

Pomegranate Doodles

prismacolor pencils in my moleskine sketchbook

Thursday, June 07, 2007

fern 2

More from the 'personal symbols' online Joggles class.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Well, technically, yesterday. Lunch and a trip to the Mingei Museum to see some incredible origami.

I have a new idol. Paul Madonna thanks to Martha. His new book, All Over Coffee, seen here is gorgeous and fascinating. I'm originally from the San Francisco bay area, so his work really speaks to me. I'd go so far as to say that he's our west coast version of Danny Gregory and Tommy Kane!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

New logo!

Next week I start teaching my art-based, grant funded program for low income kids at Escondido Children's Museum. The name of my program is "Mundo Lindo ~ Beautiful World" and I just created this logo for it!! You may recognize this a part of one of my earlier drawings. - ooh, can't ya just see it on t-shirts!

Monday, June 04, 2007

watercolor version

I used the design from the Fern fabric piece, and recreated it in watercolor (as Helen suggested!) It was a struggle. I think these designs work better using color pencil.


Another small (4x6") piece of stitching on painted Lutradur for the Joggles class. I quite like this fern design, and want to develop it further. Paintings, or larger fabric pieces or...

Sunday, June 03, 2007


I combined the doodles from the "Personal Symbols"class exercise into a page. I wasn't thinking of Rousseau when I did it, but it remined me of his work when it was finished. Color pencil in my moleskine sketchbook.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Buddy's feelin' great!

Buddy is all recovered from his surgery. Here he is, in motion, with BeBop. They're standing in our entry way, on the slate mosaic floor I created.

hibiscus 2

The second of four small pieces for the "Personal Symbols" online class I'm taking. (That 'grey' square is a tiny mirror.)

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