Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The Holidays are here...bring in the cheer! Wishing peace and joy for all.......

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Santa Ysabel Hike with friends

My art friends and I hiked at the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve on absolutely beautiful day. The day just beckoned us to sit under the Engelmann Oaks on this dry, windy late morning and paint the surroundings. And to finish a perfect outing...lunch in town, Julian pies, and shopping at Santa Ysabel Gallery and Weaver's shop.....
an absolutely magnificent oak at the top of the ridge

The trail head starts near the Santa Ysabel Mission off the 78 in Santa Ysabel, CA. You need to open the gates to pass through the cow can see the mission behind the curious cows........

Friday, December 2, 2011

Candy Wrapper Book...part 2

While recuperating from my bout with Bronchitis I managed to finish my Candy Wrapper book.
 I used embroidery thread to embellish the covers with some stitches that I kinda remembered how to do back in my hippie days.... I  added a hand milagro....good thoughts for stitching....and some flying bird charms. The wrap tie is a fabric scrap  from old sari cloth.
 This detail shows the binding. I taught this binding in my Fall  Book Arts Class at Fallbrook School of the Arts. The 2012 classes will be posted very soon! My next Book Arts class starts January 26 -1 to 4pm.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

sorry I missed you......

Today was the Talmadge show. I stayed home...too sick to participate. I'll be back in next year.  Sorry I missed you! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Candy Wrapper paper

 A question came up.....what do with all of those leftover candy wrappers from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos? Instead of tossing them, I had my Fallbrook School of the Arts Book Arts class save them for a book construction! We adhered them to freezer wrap paper, forming a great colorful collage, sprayed them with spray gesso with stencil patterns.
 I've embellished the paper with colored pencils, bringing out the patterns of the stencils. More embellishments next...think of the possibilities......stitching some beads perhaps?
These will be the covers of the book we'll make on Thursday........I'll post the book construction next!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Monotype workshop at SDWS

Great workshop coming up in December for all San Diegans and points beyond....
2 days of exploration with watercolor monotypes and collage on paper. This is your chance to experiment with watercolor printmaking and collage with rice papers, stamping, and altered surface textures.
December 4 and 5
San Diego Watercolor Society

Discover innovative techniques to create botanical grid compositions with hand transferred watercolor monotype. Monotype is an expressive additive or subtractive printing method which creates intriguing textured color fusion shapes. Spend each day printing and painting in watercolor exploring wet into wet approaches. We’ll add additional mixed media layers with dry mediums to exaggerate color intensity. Discover innovative techniques to create botanical grid compositions with hand transferred watercolor monotype.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Best of Show!

Extreme thrill on Friday night when I walked into the Fallbrook Art Center and saw that my pastel
 "Passion Flower Birds" won "Best of Show"....!!

I was very proud that this pastel painting was worthy of such a grand prize.  I enjoy composing an odd assortment of shapes in my still life paintings. The clay bird on the left is from Acoma, New Mexico. I bought it from one of the artists on top of the mesa in the village built on solid rock. I found the ceramic corn bowl in a thrift shop. Corn shapes are intriguing to me, as a metaphor and symbol. I grow passion fruit vines in my garden. The fruits are quite bright towards the end of summer.
My painting has a prominent spot right as you walk in to the center. Come see the exhibit ...for the next two weeks only......
.here are the details ......
Fallbrook Art Center
Open Daily

Oct 28 - Nov 13

103 South Main Street
Fallbrook,California    92028

Saturday, October 15, 2011

a workshop with Jesse

 I took a workshop up at Art and Soul in Portland with Jesse Reno. His work is mind blowing, raw and honest. I played with finger paint all morning. It's such a release to feel the paint in your hands, applying pure color on the paper and mixing with your fingers. Touching the paper surface with paint is the extreme tactile sensation. Highly recomended workshop!

 Here  is my painting before the last paint layers.....
Here is the finished work......
and a work in progress......
and Jesse with my "Crow Cow" painting......very cool

Friday, October 7, 2011

Art and Soul Portland revisited


 Art and Soul

I taught two wonderful workshops....met great gals, shared many charming stories, had lots of laughs and giggles............thanks to all of my students!Batik Flora and Fauna........

 and Casa de Milagros!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Art and I come...

Well, its been a while.....
I'm finally able to catch my breath and relax before teaching up in Portland at Art and Soul. I'm super jazzed to teach up there...2 workshops....Casa de Milagros...Batik Flora and Fauna.
Sounds like fun...doesn't it? There is still time to sign up..!

Just finished this painting of a of my favorite things to paint.
It will be for sale at Vendor night at Art and Soul!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Guest artist Luminarte paints

I'm a guest artist for Luminarte Paints this month. Stop by and take a look. The first post is an introduction about my artistic life and then some.......
I've been playing with Twinkling  H2O's ....very cool luminous sparkly watercolors...very fun and they come in cute little pots.
Here's a sample of my paper boats project for the first tutorial coming soon!
Cheryl Tall made the Mermaid in the her works!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Create Monotypes!

Huge exciting news! My first article has been published for the premier eMag Cloth Paper Scissors available now!! The articles are interactive and fun! Plus, I have a tutorial can even hear all of my bracelets clanking away while I work!

Plus.......Here are some examples of student works  from my Monotypes workshop held in Chicago for Create

Thanks to all!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Create Batik

Here are some photos from my Batik watermedia bits  Workshop at Create held in Chicago.....had a blast teaching and I was amazed at all of the energy and joy that poured out throughout the workshop time....and a  time for me to give great thanks  to all of my wonderful, creative students!!

 Yummy colors.....

 Happy Creative Student!!

Here's  Kelli  creating wonderous batik bits!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Create! Chicago!

Mena's tree of life
Father tree of lifeMena's smileJanet's tree of lifeQueen for the daypod tree of life
Orange Bird tree of lifecollage time

Create! Chicago!, a set on Flickr.
Bits from my Create Workshop in Chicago...Batik Watermedia Bits....oh what fun it was!
Thank you dear students!