Tuesday, June 30, 2009

artist prayer flags

I did a glue resist/setacolor demo for my art quilt class on Sunday, and then just had to sew them up into artist prayer flags. You can see closeups here on my flickr.

carnelian flowers

I may have posted this in some form before---it's been in the studio for a while! Here it completely finished! about 9x12"

sunset flower field

I think I started this in a class demo...Anyway, all done! I'm finishing up pieces for the big sales extravaganza at Art Unraveled in August. ~9x12"

Saturday, June 27, 2009

summers past farms

Our San Diego SketchCrawl group met today at Summers Past Farms out east on highway 8. We had a group of 14 or so, including my husb. I did these flowers on a Moleskine page that I prepared yesterday. (Adhered a page from a book with matte medium, then lightly coated the page with absorbent ground.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009


So here's a relatively quick drawing of a molinillo. Note the hand carved stamp is based on the top of the molinillo. I'm obessessed with this stamp and I'm using it everywhere! I've got like 3 or 4 quilts and 4 or 5 collages on canvas, all with this stamp.


Playing with doing a wash on the Moleskine before I do a drawing. It's limiting and more of a challenge.

beach walk 6 09

From our recent camping in San Clemente. I had to paint the feathers at home. I did finish the sea weed while were there. Too stinky to bring home.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

molinillo inspiration

I'm working in my studio this week, and looking around my house for inspiration. I've recently been working with this molinillo as inspiration. (This is my collection)

new zealand inspiration

I bought these felt balls online from a store in New Zealand a few years ago. HAD to have them.

Friday, June 19, 2009

san clemente beach

Husb and I camped just up the cliff from here, San Clemente Beach. We just camp overnite, with our tent, sleeping bags, marshmallows and store bought food. We walked on the beach a lot, and even had guests to our campsite for cocktails. Waay fun. And it's only an hour's drive.

clemente rocks

Husb and I collected these rocks on our beach walk.

clemente eucalyptus

View from our picnic table at campsite #73, San Clemente State Beach.

anne's lace weed

Another quiltlet!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ancient bricks

here's some fabric I created in the workshop this weekend. I don't know yet, how I'll use it. I've got it hanging in my studio waiting for inspiration.

ladybug fabric

this fabric is my favorite of the ones I made. I love the unexpectedness of the colors and patterns.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monoprint & Soywax Workshop

Melly Testa's workshop was a great success! I organized the workshop and rented the beautiful SDWS workshop area. Twenty wonderful artists/students for two days. Melly taught us so much, and we created some fabulous fabrics. I'll post my fabric tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can see some photos from the workshop here. Note what a beautiful place San Diego is for a workshop!

thanks to Mike Rome for some of the photos!


I got a little drawing in.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

workshop assistant

This weekend I'm hosting a 2 day workshop for Melanie Testa in San Diego. Since I'm the 'workshop assistant' too, I had to actually hang laundry! Actually, it's soda-soaked fabric that we're monoprinting and using soy wax resist. I'll post some pics of the results soon.

Monday, June 08, 2009

molinillo dos

This is about quiltlet #20, so I'm starting to think about how to put them all together. Though I'm really enjoying the process, and find my skills improving and the images and stitching are becoming more complex and interesting. So, I guess I'll just make some more!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Fran Skiles and me

I spent last week in a Fran Skiles workshop at the Alegre Retreat held at Gateway Canyon Resort. I had a really great time. Learned a lot in the workshop, met lots a really nice people and the resort was fabulous.

alegre retreat

Didn't have much time to sketch, with the all day workshops, with hikes in the morning and dinner and events in the eve. There were lots of great subjects at the resort, including beautiful flowers, mountains and horses... so I'll just have to go back


This was quite the challenge! I could have spent days painting it, or done a bunch of differenct sketches to get it right.


I'm just home from here. A gorgeous place about an hour and a half from Grand Junction, Colorado.

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