Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Life gets in the way, so I haven't been posting for over two years!! I'm posting now because I have been asked by some to show my artworks so I'm creating  textile pages and will be adding to my paintings pages whenever I can. Know that most of my paintings are not completed. Some need a third and/or fourth layer, but since I was adding, I figured I could update later. I've been taking pictures as I work. These pages are on the right side of this blog. I rarely blog anymore as typing one-handed is not easy and takes lots of time. So stay tuned and check out my art. Comments and critiques are welcome!

Photos on metal.

In permanent museum collection.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Plen Aire Oils

As posted on my Home page, I've taken the plunge and have spent the last two Mondays painting with the Monday Morning Plen Aire Painters. I researched the group some time ago and wrote articles for the Artist Workshop of Sonoma County and the Artists Roundtable newsletters. I first painted at Goat Rock, on the Sonoma County coast. I have some studio work to do on that piece, and if I like the result, I'll post it another time.
My second session was at the Apple Orchards on Darby Road in Sebastopol. This is the second piece from that session. I've reworked it after the critique and like the result so much better.

This is the first piece I painted at the Darby Road site. Once again, the critique focused my attention on the blossoms and I learned it is better to blend the colors than to try to create individual blossoms, which I did on my first attempt. I have so much more to learn!!!

New Work

"Whooo Are You?"
I'm thinking about playing with watercolors. So I created this piece using watercolors, but with no instruction. I like the image but have no idea if I've done it correctly.

Painted on site, "Plen Aire" on Darby Road in Sebastopol. It's my second time out painting with Monday Morning Painters. The critique was terrific and I made changes in the studio based on the critique.

This was the first piece I painted at the Darby Road site and reworked it in the stidio based on what I learned at the critique. I find it very educational to paint plen aire and the critiques are essential to a new plen aire painter.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Go there!

Jane Dunnewold has put in print a lecture that those of us interested in how the world of Art Quilting, Fiber Art, Mixed Media, whatever you want to call it, has and is evolving. It is definitely thought-provoking. I encourage everyone to read it.
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This is my entry for my "12 Connected" group.
Changed - Cathy Ortelle

I might have taken this challenge too literally. I first heavily rusted (Change!) some Pima cotton fabric; it reminded me of a topographical map.

I then quilted some turquoise hand-dyed fabric to batting and overlaid the rusted fabric. Voila! Clear blue lakes nestled in Northern California mountains. I tried to machine quilt around the obvious places. Disaster! It looked horrid. So I ripped out the machine quilting and tried some hand work. Even worse. I don't have the dexterity to do good hand work any more. So I will be doing more machine work in the future.

I missed last month's challenge - sorry again. I have a huge Christmas party and my whole house is turned upside down and things are packed away. I still haven't found the challenge that I had almost completed before Christmas. Maybe it will turn up some day.

There's lots of fun work in this challenge. I'm looking forward to the next!

The theme was "Change".

I've also been setting up my Etsy shop and designing new patterns for my Arashi Shibori silk scarves.

I also am working on some articles about plen aire painting for a couple of newsletters.

I've found it's really difficult to try to master different types of media. I'm entered in the Sketchbook challenge and find it difficult to do one a day. But I do several in one night, so I guess it works out.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Fun Ways to Improve Your Art

3 Creative Studios Launch Party!

New website!

New Blog!

Flickr Albums!

Facebook Page!

Terri and Vicki Thank You for being a part of 3 Creative Studios. Look for the January newsletter (January 16) announcing our first Guest Artist and other new programs for 2011. Let’s celebrate with some prizes!

Here’s the first prize of our launch Party. It has 4 original prints and original fabric from Terri, a journal from Sue Bleiweiss, hand dyed and painted fabric and note cards from Vicki along with sequin waste and yarns.

The second prize package has a handmade purse from Terri, a journal from Sue Bleiweiss, hand dyed fabric and note cards from Vicki along with sequin waste, glitter, Angelina fibers and yarns.

The third prize package has Terri‘s book, Creative Paper Quilts, a journal from Sue Bleiweiss, hand dyed fabric, hand dyed scarf and note cards from Vicki along with a package of Texture Magic, buttons and yarns.

As the week goes by, each of these packages will have some additional surprise items added to fill the mailing box! We want to get the word out about our new presence on the web so we are offering you several opportunities to enter to win one of these great prize packages.

  • One entry for just posting a comment on this post
  • One entry for subscribing to the newsletter (or already being a subscriber) – leave a separate comment about your newsletter subscription
  • One entry for “Liking” our Facebook Page – leave a separate comment about our FB “like”
  • One entry for posting about this giveaway on your blog – leave a separate comment here with a link to your blog post

The drawing will occur Saturday, January 8 at midnight EST. Winners will be announced on the blog Sunday.

Good Luck!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Arashi Shibori Silk Scarves

What I've been doing lately. I've been currently pretty busy with fiber work. I've been using the Arashi Shibori process to create one-of-a-kind silk scarves. Some I leave with the result of the discharge process.
They can be used in diverse ways: as neck scarves of course, but also as belts and headbands. I also plan to use some in future fiber art work.

Others I hand paint. This is a close up of part of a hand-painted scarf.

And another.

This is what the scarf looks like before painting and
I leave some like this as I love this look. It can be worn with anything.

These scarves are 52 inches long and 11 inches wide. They are perfect year round as the silk is so comfortable, adjusts to body temperature and it keeps drafts off the neck and down the back. They are also light enough for spring and summer use.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing these one-of-a kind pieces of wearable art.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day of the Dead

Puppet from 2010 El Dia de los Muertos parade in Petaluma

I've been totally remiss about reporting on my experiences with the "Day of the Dead" or "El Dia de Los Muertos" events in which I participated. I am a member of the Petaluma Art Center. I have participated from the sidelines for several years now. A couple of years ago, Nancy McDermott invited me to a DOD event at the Art Center. I became intrigued with the idea and started my research.

Local couple dressed for parade

I volunteered on several occasions, selling decorated T-Shirts to the guests. I have attended the events for the last few years, so I knew what to expect when viewing the ornate altars, decorated by loved ones. That didn't stop me from getting lumps in my throat and tears in my eyes as I viewed the messages to their loved ones. I think these tributes are amazing to honor those we love who have gone before us.

Ornately decorated gentleman who participated in the parade.

I first volunteered at a poetry reading at the Petaluma Art Center. As we set up chairs, no one was sure how many would attend. Who wants to go to a Poetry reading on a Friday night? Well, the event was very well attended, and because my job was to sell T-shirts, I was seated away from the poets. But I could get an idea of their thoughts. Some used comedy in their poems, some were straight forward. Some were heart-wrenching, the poet barely being able to speak their work. I was enthralled, not only by the poems, but by the audience response. They urged the poets on and were generous in their appreciation. A pot luck followed the readings and I was introduced to Pozole and a Mexican chicken stew with some of the most flavorful chilis (from Santa Fe). They were so good I searched the internet to replicate them. Yummy!

Artwork by a local painter.

I also volunteered for the main celebration, which included a procession from downtown Petaluma to the Art Center. Over 1,000 people participated. Mariachi bands, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec Indian dancers and just regular folks, some carrying large puppets, some gloriously costumed carrying lighted candles made their way up the Boulevard and down Washington Street to the center where they enjoyed dance demonstrations by the Aztec dancers and several
Mexican dance groups. I enjoyed seeing so many Petaluma families with children who joined in the festivities. Food vendors cooked up enchiladas, tamales, churros, corn on the cob and many other delicasies. Some artists also staffed booths showing their wares.

A food vendor who made up for the night.

I also participated in the take-down of the exhibit at the Center. Families with little children attended, removing the offerings on their alters. Organizers also provided food, including homemade enchiladas, Albondiga (meatball) soup (yummy), shrimp, fabulous rice and even brownies. Sangria was lusciously laden with lots of fruit. and I had my first mojita(sp?) Amazing. And it will be my special drink for the summer get-togethers as it is so refreshing.

So I encourage you to learn about the celebrations surrounding the event. I believe Petaluma has the largest but I noticed Sonoma and Santa Rosa were also commemorating the event.

This may not seem art-related, but I was so inspired by the images, who knows what may be represented in my future work.

Comments are always appreciated. Thanks.