Saturday, April 25, 2015

San Diego Book Arts Workshop

Last month's San Diego Book Arts 3 day workshop was so wonderful...a great group of students and everyone was so excited to get that paint out and create content for their book structures. I think these photos show the depth of talent and creativity we had....thanks again for all of the volunteers who helped each day and to my very creative students!
and by the way...my Dad planed the wood for our book covers...thanks Dad!




















Sunday, March 29, 2015

Places to go and see

things to do and see......

Sold! 
Artfest at San Diego Botanic Garden....2 days to explore the arts in the Garden...
I'll have many new stuffs for sale......
April 11 and 12


come and play at Art and Soul Mixed Media Retreat at the Elms Hotel near Kansas City at the end of April....I'm teaching there! 



 A transparent watercolor I painted in my friend's home...so nice to see it again.... 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pleased to announce......

I'm a happy camper this month...Two of my paintings have been selected for juried exhibitions....

And a  extra little tidbit of excitement....
the Signature American Watermedia Exhibition is a juried show in which only Signature members of Watercolor Societies can enter. You can only gain signature status by having 3 paintings accepted into national or international exhibitions held by the society.
On top of that info I found out that the juror (Steven Quiller ) needed to select a few more works for the gallery space after he made his initial selection. My second painting entered was chosen! But...rules state that only one painting per artist can be displayed....

Patting myself on the back....smile....





"Las Chupa Rosas y el Agave”  
transparent watercolor

selected for the
"San Diego Dreaming" exhibition 
in conjunction with  California Dreaming exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art and the Riverside Art Museum  L Street Fine Art Gallery  will display  30 juried works. 
March 30 – June 30, 2015.
 L Street Fine Art is located at 628 L Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter. 
Opening reception will be held Saturday, April 11 from 6-9 pm.   


"Memories of Kansas"
watermedia
selected for

Fallbrook Art Center

Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb 7 | 5-7pm
Admission: $10
Free to Premier & Friends Level Members

Open Daily
Feb 8 - Mar 22, 2015
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 12-3pm
Admission: $6

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Huntington Gardens

It was a beautiful day at Huntington Gardens in Pasadena,CA 
My nephew and I strolled through Art, Gardens, and Library collections

Enjoy the sites and maybe someday you'll be able to visit......and Happy New Year! 


A close up of a Robert Rauschenburg collage

Walks through the Gardens.........



"Campo Santo"  Maynard Dixon   oil 
Henrietta Shore...a pioneer of Modernism .. ... I love her work for obvious reasons...she studied with Robert Henri and was close friends with Edward Weston. She lived in Los Angeles  CA for a while,,,Weston was quoted as saying "Every time I see that cactus, I have renewed emotion, its a great painting"
"Still Life with Green Chair" Roger Medearis    1950    Egg Tempera on Board


so many rare delights for the book artist 

a color guide for White paint....one of the color formulas reads
 Purplish White: Animal- junction of the neck and back of a Kitliwake Gull; Vegetable- white Geranium or Stork's Bill; Mineral- Arragonite .....I'm so glad I have tubes of paint ready made!

Book binding masterpieces

Color etching of Grand Canyon
Interesting perspective guide

Ice Crystal Illustration

Oddities in the Animal Kingdom


a "pop up" guide to the human body

and...I just liked the expression on this guy's face....not sure what he's describing but its cool....


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Parts of a book

During December I had a chance to play in a printmaking studio...
I've been experimenting with encaustic and mediums on  printing plates for  book content. 
I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop using these techniques at Fallbrook School of the Arts in 
August 2015
Details are not posted yet but send a message to me if you are interested! 
Happy Holidays to you all...


encaustic plates with water based intaglio inks



The press


Collagraph print 





Two versions of prints that I was considering for the cover of the book
The stamp at the right was hand carved and used in some of the pages of the book. 



and here it is ....my Pods and leaves book...the binding will be a very unique woven approach....



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things I am grateful for....

I am grateful .....


that I can paint and create 
that my husband and I love each other and he's the hardest worker I know....

that my son builds and creates  and just bought a mountain!!
that I have great friends who treat me with wonderful gifts

and she can cook much better than I can....and that's saying a lot! 

that I still have my Mom and Dad

and my hiking buddy who just finished chemo and is free of cancer! 



my good friends....

and my oldest best friend...high school...not old....saw our first glacier together in Alaska

I'm grateful that I could hike in the Alaskan mountains this summer
and that I got my sister to go canoeing with me....

and that I've reconnected with my dear cousin Steve and his partner Chris...and that they live in one of the best artful places in the USA! 

and that Steve and Chris create wondrous assemblage works 
and that these great guys love to hunt for rusty, old treasures just like me



and last but not least.....
Happy Thanksgiving one and all