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Blessings from Thailand

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Blessings from Thailand

Last month I received feedback from my website. A comment titled “How I am using your book” This was the last sentence of the email: “Just thought you might like to know how you have impacted people halfway around the world!” Kindest Regards, Kit I wrote to Kit and thanked her, and asked her if it was okay to share her story that she shared with me. Here is what she wrote. The New Life Center Foundation is a faith-based non-governmental organization in northern Thailand. We work with teenaged girls and young women from the hilltribe minority groups who have come from...

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Collage with Skins

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Collage with Skins

Earlier this week I took a class with Chris Cozen, a working artist for Golden Paints. The class was on making “skins” with the various mediums that Golden makes, and running them through an inkjet printer, adding photos and textures to create collage materials. Chris made many, many of these skins on foil, digital grounds, fiber paste and likely most of the other mediums that Golden makes. She gave us each three blanks to print at home, and three more to use in our collages. Some of the skins were clear with bits of paint in them, some were gorgeous seascapes printed on foil,...

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Velvet Elvis

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Velvet Elvis

Playing in the studio today with Arches Black cover and PanPastel, along with my friend Kass Hall, who is an Aussie with a great book out on Zentangle. My affinity for working with cha cha colors on black comes from childhood forays to Tijuana, our neighbor to the south, and seeing a rich array of art, including black velvet paintings, or what we locals like to call “Velvet Elvis”. Black Velvet paintings are so special because not only are they rich surfaces, the genre covers all our heroes: Celebrity Cowboys (John Wayne, etc), Velvet Elvii (dozens of renditions of our heart...

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One Stencil on the Gelli

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli

I have happily spent the day printing papers and fabrics on my Gelli Plate using the Cell Theory Stencil (mostly). Working with these papers has been so big and fun for me in the last few months. Many of you know I am a paste paper addict, nothing thrills me more than to paint papers all day. This is a variation on that theme, and a way to meditatively make art and not think too much. My cerebrum needed a break. Today I tried to make as many organic papers as I could using mostly the one stencil, and varying the way the paint was applied to the plate and the stencil before hand. My paints...

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Pears

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Pears

It is summer, and pears are a winter fruit, but lucky us they hang around in grocery stores all year in Colorado. I am crazy for pears, how they look, taste and the lovely feminine shape of them. When it came to volunteering to make a fiber arts piece with the subject of food, I picked the pear. I found these illustrations of 19th Century pears. Here are some of my sketches. I used a Gelli plate, paints, pencils and dyes. Then I cut a mask and used that on the Gelli Plate. For the final I printed on fabric, using dyes and paints with airbrush medium. The pear is many layers. the background...

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Down Under, continued.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Uncategorized, Workshops and Classes | 1 comment

Down Under, continued.

I am so late telling you all about Australia, the wonder of it, this is week two. For two days I stayed in a small cottage near the sea in a town called Stockton, and walked and swam twice a day. I traveled from where I was in Stockton to Newcastle by ferry and foot, passing flocks of emerald lorikeets and cockatoos.  After two glorious and healing days by the sea, I moved to Newcastle, to the zen and beautiful home of Anne Kempton. She is the owner of Timeless Textiles, a small and beautiful textile art gallery and shop two hours north of Sydney on the coast. She is a energetic and creative...

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