Saturday, January 26, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Art Unraveled

I'm teaching two workshops at Art Unraveled in August in Phoenix. You can read about Sketching and Watercolor in your Illustrated Journal and Two Art Quilts Two on the Art Unraveled website. As you'll read, all registrations must be postmarked Feb 15. Hope to see you there!
Wondering about this block print? I'm working on something for a project runway type event, using recycled materials, here in town. I'm making a shawl out of organza, and matchbook covers. I'll be using this stamp too. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, January 18, 2008

tiny pear

Elin got me going on this. This one is tiny. I can use them on paper and cloth, I'm thinking.

swirl pear

This one is larger, like 5 x 7"

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pomegranate Obession: online auction

As a fundraiser for a local organizatin A.R.T.S. (Arts. A Reason to Survive) I collaged this huge heart. You can bid here it all goes to helping kids at risk discover the healing power of art.
It's 2'4"x1'6" by 6" and comes on the metal stand. And they'll ship it to you in time for Valentines Day!!

Pomegranate Obession: online auction

A close up view. It's painted and collage on all sides.
Bid here:

And you can see this in person at Wine Steals, 2970 Truxtan Rd, San Diego. Wine Steals is in NTC Liberty Station, and a great place for a glass of wine or beer and a light meal. Very cool place.

Pomegranate Obession: online auction

The other side.

Monday, January 14, 2008

registration begins in March

here's the description of the new class I'll be offering....

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth
Mondays 9am-noon
April 14-May 19, 2008 (6 weeks)
Location: Athenaeum School of the Art Studio in University Heights,4441 Park Blvd., San Diego
Description: What’s mixed media? Everything and anything! We’ll paint, collage, draw, print with our own hand carved stamps, sew, and glue, even burn---all to make art. This class encourages your own creativity with lots of techniques and ideas. Most everything in the class can be done on a paper surface OR a cloth surface or combining the two. Emphasis will be on finding a theme or motif to develop into a series. Each week we’ll explore a new technique to help you express that theme. Class will be inspirational, positive and fun, with lots of sharing, laughing, and learning from the others in the class. All levels of experience welcome.
Registration will start sometime in March........

I'm eating persimmons every day!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Paper Quilt

So, here's that paper on cloth project I was working on. I'm quite pleased with this. And you recognize the drawings from my sketchbook. It's 12x12"

Buddy likes it.

Can you tell that's a recently cleaned studio in the background!
NOTE: Janey did a drawing of Bud from this photo.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Red is my favorite color

These sketches are one of the preliminary steps for that Cloth Paper Scissors challenge, I mention in the previous post. Water soluble crayons in my Moleskine Sketchbook.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth 6 week class.

The close up view is a project I'm working on to teach to my 2nd Sunday Art Quilt class. It's paper on cloth and we're creating the project for the Cloth Paper Scissors True Color challenge.
Which ties in to the news that I'll be teaching a 6-week class at the Athenaeum in San Diego (Park Blvd location) called "Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth" starting April 14-May 19, Mondays, 9am-noon. I'll let you know when registration begins.

Monday, January 07, 2008

leafy sea dragon and pot-bellied sea horse

Here's my other sketch from yesterday's visit to the Birch Aquarium in LaJolla. The leafy sea dragon is the absolute coolest, most fascinating animal I've ever seen!! I drew both of these while they swam around the water at the aqaurium, so I really had to watch them carefully. I tell ya, that sea dragon is unbelievable! I can't wait to go back and show my husb. Have any of you ever seen one?

Other news, I was accepted and will be teaching this year at Art Unraveled in August in Phoenix, Arizona. The schedule isn't up yet on the website, but will be soon. I'll be teaching an all day class called "TWO art quilts TWO" on August 4 and an evening session, August 5, called "Sketching and Watercolor in your Illustrated Journal."

Since I'm in the newsy mode, here are two movies I recommend. The Namesake is one everyone will love and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly will take your breath away by showing you the epitome of one man's perseverance and inner strength.

Lastly, my paper and organza quilt entitled "Ralph's Letters" will be on display at The Front Porch Gallery, 2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA January 19-March 16, with a reception on Sat. January 19, noon-3.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


A perf rainy day to spend the day drawing at the Birch Aquarium with the San Diego Sketchcrawl group.


Six of us today at Birch Aquarium. This is Susie and Helen outside, overlooking the Pacific.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

happy new year

Cleaned my studio today (and yesterday) and now I feel uncluttered and organized and ready for whatever creative challenges 2008 brings!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

warner springs ranch

Spent a couple of days and new years eve with friends at Warner Springs Ranch.

warner springs ranch

I took the self-guided nature walk and came upon this gorgeous manzanita. It was really that red! And, I read in my guide book, the largest 'specimen' in San Diego County.

warner springs ranch

Fun time!

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