Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Viva la Vida

San Miguel de Allende is a magical place for artists. Fiestas, fireworks, musica, cafes, cafe con leche, processions with angels and songs, hiking in the Jardin Botanico, sharing laughs with friends and best of all- Color! I spent a week there with my friend Barb-each day was an adventure- great finds like metal angel wings and mini metal nichos for assemblage. We walked everywhere and stopped in cafes for drinks and yummy foods. Life is good.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Warren Ranch Paintout

I was invited to be the Demonstrator for the San Diego Watercolor Society May Paintout at the Warren Ranch near Escondido, CA.
The area is a canvas of golden rolling hills , mustard flowers, oak trees as well as wild turkeys and other creatures seen as we drove to the ranch. The ranch is located at the border of Rancho Guejito, the last remaining intact Mexican land grants. A holdover from the days of the Mexican dons and missions, the Guejito, at more than 21,000 acres contains an intact Mexican Land Grant much as it was when it was created in 1845. I hope that this beautiful land will continue to be preserved for the future.
About 30 artists gathered for a quiet morning taking in all of the beauty. Our hosts and artists provided tons of yummy foods and coffee! Thanks to all for a great adventure!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Maude's illy

Kathy created this fun creature in my Book Arts class at Oceanside Museum of Art We printed small images on a Gocco printer- it took us 3 hours to figure it out and after burning up 4 blubs we got it to work!
My friend Jane gave me (Thanks Jane!!) the printer and I finally had a chance to test it out. Its a great little printer with waterproof inks. So.. its perfect for watercolor washes as you can see here.