Sunday, August 31, 2014

Asheville on my mind

Asheville, North Carolina.......
spent a wonderful August week with my cousin Steve and his partner Chris. I taught watermedia and color pencil workshops at Random Arts over that weekend too...had a marvelous time with Jane Powell and friends! 
Fall Classes and Workshops are starting very soon! Take a look at my offerings and sign up! 








a Steve Parker Design 

Pickers (Steve and Chris) at Cline's Antiques in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Objective....find neat rusty metal stuff...
Essential gear- buckets, big canvas bags, socks, bug spray, sun screen lotion, gloves, big hats, ice chest with snacks, ice water, and wet rags for your neck...this was hard work, not for the weak or neat freak type person.... but.....oh...so ....fun! 
acres of neat stuff.....

my stash....5 dollars! 
then we had to fit our treasures in the trunk....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Create Chicago workshops

Oh what fun we had at Create Chicago....
My workshops were filled with happy campers....we let the creativity flow....
thanks to everyone for a great week!

 a beautiful 3 mile hike before my workshops started.......

 Color pencil journaling









 Animal Cracker Portraits.....







 Planed and Folded Wooden Book




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Create Chicago in 2 weeks!

It's almost time for Create Chicago! I'll be teaching 3 workshops and have some delightful offerings   at the vender show on Friday night.....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Owl Prince" 
Helen Shafer Garcia

Planed and Folded Wooden Book
 Off to Random Arts next week to teach some fab workshops  on August 8,9,10 in Saluda, North Carolina! "Owl Prince" is a sample work for Color Pencil Surfaces. He is a youngster so I thought he should be a Prince with his grand crown. Come join us at Random Arts for these great workshops!
Mr. Organic Crow



Saturday, July 5, 2014

Juneau in June

Alaska has always been on my bucket list so when my friends Mary and Margie invited me to teach up in Juneau I jumped on it! The gals were beyond gracious and excellent hosts. They took my friend Beth and I everywhere ...the best trails...the best coffee joints...the best tram...well ...the only tram in town! I captured some of our adventures in my journal...and some photos as well.......enjoy...

 Journaling at Jenson-Olson Arboretum 
Mary, one of my hosts, is hidden by the pink lilac bush....the island in the background is the Shrine of St. Therese...we held the workshop in one of the cabins on the shoreline. 

here's our workshop students...happy campers! 

the City Museum held an exhibit called "The Empty Chair" about the forced resettlement of the Japanese community in Juneau. The artist invited people to make paper cranes as part of the assemblage. My friend Beth and I failed origami......but we tried! ...we blamed the instructions.....
finding the best coffee cups to collage.....
Mary took us to the Gold mining museum and Maggie took us to dinner after a hike. 
This is a combo of the two places...
and here are two guys that really were not sitting together in the restaurant. 
Waiting for our whale watching tour...
our hike at the timberline on Mt. Roberts
Harv and Marv's whale watching tour was the best! Small fast boat...there were only 5 of us including our wonderful and kind Captain Steve.  Highly recommended! Yes...that is a pod of Orcas! 

11:30 at night....summer solstice 
Thanks again Margie and Mary for a fantastic week in Juneau!