No, I didn't disappear off the face of the earth. There has been lots of travel and some commission work that I couldn't talk about. Then there was the daughter's wedding and all the preparations that entails. Oh, and the house fire two weeks before the wedding. There will be more on that later. There will eventually be photos but not quite yet.
There hasn't been much artwork being created in the past few months... the house has seen to that! We were struck by lightning in September and are in the process of rebuilding. Hopefully, all will be put to rights by the end of January and we can go home again. That day can't happen too soon!
Even before all of activities of the past several months, I contemplated making some changes in how, when & why I made art. There will certainly be some new art paths to be explored in the coming new year so some back then to see where this leads.
Until then, may you have a peaceful Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This was the last watercolor batik class I taught. It is such fun to get to that embellishment stage and play with heat guns, embossing tools & stamps, scissors & glue! Takes me back to grade school fun - who didn't have fun with scissors, paper & paste? (class photo courtesy of Pam Richards - thanks Pam!)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
A few posts back I alluded to different projects in process. This is part of what has been in the works! I was accepted to teach at the Artist Expo Houston this coming July!! I have two classes scheduled and can't wait to get started. Margot has taught at this excellent convention every year since its inception and she will be having a booth on the trade floor as well as teaching. Would love to see you there!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
In January, one of my painting chapter's members taught a workshop on creating your own lace patterns using found objects. This is what I did with that information and I am quite pleased with the results. Instead of using cream or white for the lace, I used the lightest color in the roses - a FolkArt color called Spring Rose. It gives a softer, more delicate look to the lace. There are also several weddings on the horizon so I painted this on a photo album cover. Wouldn't it be a great place to store all those wedding details?
So here is my Valentine to you!!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year to everyone!
I love the change in perspective a new year brings! It isn't just another day - we tend to view it as a fresh beginning and a time of reflection. Perhaps we welcome it so due to the seasonal excess that has been happening for the past weeks.
So I want to make this first week of the year my point of "reflection" for the upcoming year. And I want to make my primary focus this year center on the idea of "creativity." Most of this focus will be on painting but creativity comes in all forms and I want to document my journey for myself as well as for you.