Friday, January 29, 2010


Hi guys, another day of rain in "sunny" California. We luckily had sun yesterday and this morning. I needed my bright day fix. I photographed this painter at Fort Ross and made a wall hanging last year. The photo was chosen to be in the exhibition at Houston. I've really been in a painting mood, so here is "Plen Aire Painter",a 9 x 12 oil. I think it's framed to 11 x 14. It mellows me out when I look at it.

My oldest daughter was very intrested in horses until she discovered boys! She rode and jumped English and was fearless. Now she's a mother of three and still fearless.I painted this from a photo and gave it to her for Christmas. It's 18 x 24 mixed media. I think she was touched.

My friend took this picture of a southern California mission entrance while he was on vacation. I really liked it and asked if I could use it for inspiration. The result is an 11 x 14 oil painting I titled "Sanctuary."

I also made an 11 x 17 fiber art wall hanging and it will be on exhibit with "12 Connected". I painted a silkscreen with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II and screened it with textile medium onto muslin. I added it to hand-dyed cotton embellished with painted cheescloth and painted and stamped fabrics.

I have the tv on and I decided I want David Bromstad and his Color Splash crew to come and redo my house! Wouldn't that be nice? Okay, back to work. So now you know I'm staying out of trouble and hope you are too. It would be good to hear from you.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

A New Year, New Work

Happy New Year! I spent a quiet Eve with Ryan AND Dick and finally hit the hay around 2am. It was a pleasure to sleep in the next day, although I got an 8 am wakeup from a friend who was in my driveway. EEk! Luckily he stayed there. The roses were one of thr centerpieces I made for my annual Christmas Eve bash. Lots of family and Santa!

This is my glass tree in the family room. I've collected glass ornaments for years and have enough to decorate this whole tree.

My daughters did the honors and decorated the trees. Lights blew out, not once but twice but the end result is a thing of beauty. I wonder when it will come down.

It has been raining here for days. This afternoon I finally saw some blue sky. I worked off and on all season creating first Christmas cards from an old Italian card. I painted silk scarves for my Stitch an B!@#$ friends. I made a Twin-sized dinosaur quilt for my nephew.I spent most time working on 2 paintings. I hope to get pictures soon as I forgot to take pics before I wrapped them. They were both mixed media pictorials. One of my daughter riding English in a show many years ago. I think she liked it. The second was of 2 dogs that belonged to my brother and his wife. A huge yellow lab and a sweet Golden Retriever. Unfortunately the dogs are no longer with us, but were vital members of their family. I saw tears and that could mean anything.

I've been working on my piece for the 12 Connected group. I finished my "Whisper Challenge for SAQA and stitched some UFOs that I'm going to mount on paintd canvas. Pictures later when allowed. I've been reading this year's words on the QuiltArt list and haven't come up with anything new. "Create" has been my mantra for several years and I plan to continue. I'm trying to find some balance between my painting and fiber art.My number one goal is to keep getting better.Thanks to all I've learned from this year.