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June Theme: Painting our Ancestors

Well, really we will be combining a few things this coming month of June. Using all our newly acquired and well-practiced color mixing, with our beautiful array of NEUTRALS we will be painting vintage folks, pets, even houses. Something for everyone. This dear woman is an ancestor of mine but I haven't a clue who she is. My aunt had this photo and a few others in her photo box. Forever a mystery - but I love her! And that happened AFTER I painted her. I was seriously going to toss the photo when I couldn't identify her. There is truly something magical about painting ones own ancestors. If you have pics of ancestors, perfect! If not, old family homes or even your lineage of furry friends, perhaps, will inspire you. And there are always old family pics easy to pick up at consignment and antique shops for a song. Or ask a friend for permission to paint some of their ancestors. My examples here were not painted in neutrals....as I was just playing around and didn't know yet th

A Quilt called "Enchantment"

Introducing "Enchantment".....isn't she purdy? It all began with Yellow, Pink and Aqua scraps of fabric. I have been collecting all sorts of scraps.....and don't really plan on, often anyway, buying new beautiful quilting fabric in already curated collections. I am more interested in taking up the challenge of saving old fabrics from the landfill and giving them new life, new color, new design, new BEAUTY!  And this one really worked that way.  I have been requesting from friends and other sewers their leftover fabric scraps, shopped a bit for designer offcuts on Ebay, and fortunately for me there is a thrift store, Legacy, locally dedicated to fabric and sewing notions as well as other artsy supplies. So that's my Nirvana. Sometimes I thrift for fabric, even to cutting up old clothes made with wonderful fabrics. I really thought this obsession was just going to be me having a few fabric scraps in my lap each evening that I hand stitched together in artsy ways. Bu

Red Russian quick update: Meet Rita

If you saw my last post of just a few days ago I introduced my first machine and hand stitched quilt I named the Red Russian, and which I dedicated to the wonderful woman who sent me her big box of Russian fabrics.  I have gotten permission to share these lovely photos of Rita, taken by her talented friend Marina, and she told me to pick one but you know what ? They're all so gorgeous I just had to share the 3 of them with you. Rita B is from Russia but now lives in the States. She is my beautiful friend of many years through my blog posting. This is one of the sweetest rewards of posting some of my creative endeavors - the feedback loop from the Hearts of my readers.  She refers to my quilt as a Hug . When I shipped it off to her and of course she had no idea I was sending it, I told her that a Hug and an Angel were on the way. The angel was a little piece of art. "It would be an honor to be a model demonstrating your fantastic ART of the SOUL...  I have an idea to write a

Quilting rabbit hole.....and the Red Russian

When I first started handstitching a year or so ago, never ever ever did I foresee that I would not only tiptoe into be making quilts but become completely besotted with the entire process. From cutting to hand quilting. Big shocker to me!  And then, after giving it some thought, it really is just more Painting, albeit with textiles and threads. Oh Bliss! I can't get enough Color!!! So I thought I would share a few of my quilts with you.....and there are more to show, but I will try to present them in the order in which I made them. A dear reader of this blog, and fellow artist, Dear Rita B, so kindly sent me fabric that she has had with her since she and her husband left Russia many moon ago. The majority of it was red, and those dolls?  Look closely at the adorable doll faces that appear in one of the fabrics. I swooned. And named this quilt after my dear friend:  Introducing my first quilt "The Red Russian." This layout is called Split Rail Fence. Each square goes in o

Student Greens & Don't Miss ORANGE & VIOLET and Big Brush!

Omgosh, here i am boasting about my students talents again! Quick note: For those of you interested in joining my Zoom Art Classes this month of May, we start up this coming Monday/Wednesday.  We will be doing some Big Brush painting and experimenting with mixing and painting our last two secondary colors ORANGE and VIOLET .  Come join us  Mon or Wed 10am to noon. California time. Get in touch quickly though so I can save you a seat. Another Note: In-person classes have a wait list and priority for moving into the in-person class will be given to those who are already participating in our Zoom classes.  ------------------------------- Entryway by Christi C. Contemplating Coconuts by Carol P. Afternoon by the Munstersche Canal by Deborah J. No Me Toques by Barbara R. Tree of Light by Julie J. Springtime in Dingle by Marsha W. Blues in Green Garden by Jill O. Almost Springtime by Jean E. I didn't give my students much time to send me their submissions. There were so many other

How Many Greens Can YOU Mix?

Hello dear Artists and Creatives, We, my Zoom and In-Person Artists, are enjoying our Around the Color Wheel annual theme, and especially learning the ins and outs and all arounds of Mixing Greens. I think this is the most challenging color mix of all, and we are doing it ... without any green tubes of paint - Seriously! Greens aren't just for the plein air artist, either. It appears everywhere....and I love creating a portrait where I use green in the skin tones. And how about a cat's eyes? Flowers and plants of all kinds, vegetables, fruit.....you name it. Green is NOT just for Landscapes. Here are some swatches I made during my classes......no one's swatches will be exactly the same as the next as we are not all using the same pigments, but a variety is what each artist achieved. As you will notice from the swatches above....not all are dead-on Green, some were mixes that were more neutrals with barely a green bias to them. Other yellowish greens, blue-ish greens, viole

My Students Blues - and April theme beginning week of April 8th

Hello creative folks! As you know, I don't blog too regularly these days....I'm always hoping to change that but so far this monthly post seems to be my "thing."   I am so excited to reveal my talented and kindhearted artists' work for you but give me a quick moment to announce the color theme for our upcoming month. We have completed our primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue, so we are moving into the secondary triad by starting with GREEN. I really believe that GREEN is the most important color to get the mixing just right. Look at the bright emerald and kelly greens that come out of a tube, then try to paint a nature scene with those paints, and yep. You just can't get it right. One month of GREENS in our Zoom class and you will be starting to mix, ANY Green, like a Master. So come join us if you love painting nature, plants, etc.  and your color mixing has resulted in mud or just "wrong" mixes. I love to make these processes exciting and doable.
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