I have been working on a fun Quilting card series. I am friends with many quilters and I have been known to sew a quilt or two in my day. The idea of having just fun designs for a specific group has made me energized. It might not sell but I want to do it because....well I want to do it. Taking these 2 designs out of the 9 I have, I thought I would show you my process. These were done with scraps of paper, ink , glue and a little paint. I want to find something creative to write on the front. So I googled " quilting terms". Do you know that quilters have the best terms? Meeting with my friend Rebecca at the local coffee shop we went over the terms and laughed and laughed at the made up stories we could tell from these terms.. take " jelly roll" and "fat quarters" sounds like someone hasn't been working out. " Long Arm". "Stacked", " Prairie points" and that isn't even counting the names quilters have used to identify some of the designs on quilts " Flying Geese " "Drunkards Path" " Log Cabin". I can tell right now I am in for a lot of fun coming up with something great to put on the fronts of these. But.... I might have to keep the smutty ones to myself.
In the depth of winter, the dark endless days of rain when I live can, get me feeling down and about now I am really struggling for a light at the end of the tunnel. I find the small bulbs poking their heads out of ground and Valentines day around the corner start taking me away from the dark and make me think about others and if they really know how much I love them and cherish their love and friendship,because I do.
Its good to pause and think that I am loved as well and do I appreciate the love they give to me. humm....
Having to spend so much time with my foot up. I took up binge watching TED talks. This is a playlist creativity. There is also a great one on doodling and why it is so great for the mind ( no one will ever make fun of you with your decorative borders)
I was asked to get a professional picture taken and they sent out a John Lill from Seattle.
I enjoy finding out about people so I started asking him about how he got his start in Photography. Senior Class Picture Intern when he was in high school. Enlisted in the Navy, became a photographer in the Navy and became friends with the admiral and the admiral recommended him for his next tour of duty... The white house ! He served 1 1/2 years with Bush and 1 1/2 years with Obama. He was the guy that just hung out with the president day in and out taking around 5,000 pictures a day............. and he is taking my picture!
John has great eye ( you should see the pictures he does of rock stars!) If you ever have a need for some photography... he not only does head shots, but weddings etc. He takes great pictures but has a rich history to talk about. I had a really fun photo session considering i was really dreading it.
I just had ankle surgery this past week....one week down. I wasn't looking forward to this , but I have decided to make lemonade out of my misery. I know the first few weeks i will be down for the count but I will gradually be getting around more in my knee scooter ( they are fun- try them in empty malls)
- Watching all those how -to videos on Youtube.
- Edit my photography files
- Plan a party
- Catch up with all my business partners and maybe make a few new ones.
- Do some PR for myself
- Learn jewelry making
- Plan a menu for a week
- Sleep longer
- Read a book or 2 or 3
- Phone calls to all my family
- Plan a vacation for this summer or just some weekend trips
- Look again at my on-line art classes
- Send me some suggestions, .......... PLEASE
Yep, that is my resolution for 2015. I use to think that if I could just write it down, it would magically happen. Great thought, Wish it were true, Hopefully thinking.. as my mom would say " Dream on..." it makes me laugh just thinking about that statement. She could always keep our feet on the ground.
This year my goal is to: MOVE MORE!! That is it, move my hands and jump in with both feet, with my art and my life. I have heard that the worst habit that we can have is to SIT! who knew ? but it makes sense. If we don't move it we lose it. So lets not lose it this year, lets keep going. At least stand when you are watching TV, get your self a ball for your desk, you can't help but bounce a little or a lot! Puddle jumping is am amazing activity. Most of all, enjoy your year, it is a gift so make the most of it!
Did you ever participate in any of those youth groups? Campfire Girls ? Boy scouts ? 4-H?
Well now 4- H is supporting all us old alumni by letting us participate in their small business products. They are not only supporting the 4-H branded items but helping us get our products out to the public.
I learned so much thru 4-H. Doing many demonstrations and participating in the many public speaking contests, has really helped me thru school and the many jobs I have had in my adult life. I learned so much about the skills it takes for daily living, money management, nutrition, cooking, sewing, photography, animals and art kept me engaged and active during my teenage years. I am a big fan of 4-H and I am so glad that it is alive and going strong. If you have had a great experience as a child please support these types of youth groups.
The season has started for those fun and festive Art shows. You know the ones, they can be held in school gymnasiums', church social halls, residential homes as well as some of the larger venues. Many of you have your own special ones where you gather some friends and make a day of it,traveling to the different shows then going out for lunch to show off what you have bought
. I have a tradition with my own group of friends where we go to the most creative of the shows and glean ideas to make our gifts. Now that we are older and have done this many years, we enjoy peoples creativity but if we see something we like we buy it., who has the time any more to be that cleaver.
Next week I will have a booth at one of my favorite venues. The Tacoma Dome Holiday Food and Gift show. It starts on Wednesday and goes thru Sunday. There is an admission charge but the amount of creative people you find there is well worth the money, especially if you don't have the time to go out each weekend to find your gifts.
If you go be sure TO BRING: your coupon ( enclosed in the blog) , good walking shoes and YOUR LIST of people you need to shop for. The great thing about this show is once you have paid the admission you are paid for the rest of the days as well.
oh.... and stop by my booth I will be in the Artist-in-Action area # 0739
Have you ever seen those amazing little cards that artist trade around? They are usually small little cards that artist put their work on and then trade them without money being exchanged but the art itself being exchanged. Usually you do this is a group that knows you or maybe one that doesn't. I signed up for an exchange through Lynn Whipples collage class. It was initiated by a student. I am bout ready to send out my cards to someone I have never met who lives in Tennessee. I am excited to see how she likes them but also what I get back... expecting something in the mail is always fun! Here's a sneak preview of what am going to send her... shh... don't tell her
It has been so hot here.... I am not complaining but that just isn't normal for the Seattle area. We love our sun, when it comes out we want to take advantage of it. So when it gets hot here ( I am talking above 80- don't laugh) and we have to find a cool shady space I have been hiding out in my studio with a great fan blowing away. So my choice of painting flowers has been a no brainer,That and I am taking this awesome class from Lynn Whipple colager extrodinaire.
Have you ever had an overwhelming desire to learn everything and all? From the time I was very young I always remember not wanting to feel left out or not learning something. I am sure that is why the TV was on even when I wasn't looking at it. " There might be that one subject that comes on that amazes me or that event that is right next door that no one knows about, and there it is.
Well for the past few weeks I have been learning different art techniques and just LOVE it ! I can't get enough, what happens with my business is that it gets put on the back burner and i ignore it for a while. These techniques will be wonderful when I get them incorporated in my business but now I am just doing things for the fun of it with no intention of selling it or even hope that someone else likes it, i forgot how fun and freeing that can be.
What would you do if you were not judged, if it only was your opinion that mattered ?
I encourage you to experiment and find that feeling.
Freedom, BBQ, Fireworks and Friends. Keep safe... One year at Seattle Children s Hospital, we were trying to find some art project that would be great for the 4th of July. I decided on a really safe and sane fireworks... Bubble-wrap! Just lay out the really large bubble wrap and have the kids jump all over it. I also found out that there is nothing better for stress than twisting the smaller bubble wrap or poking a few yourself.
Playing with colors.... Have you ever done a picture within a picture?
Looking for a title for this painting, love to hear your ideaRead More
Experimenting, lesson 2- had to do, laying out a foundation of color, adding dots, scratching the surface for intrest. Still working on this one but its off to a good startRead More
Mixed Up Mixed Media.... the beginning.
"Where do you start? " This not only is the most often asked question I receive but also one that I ask myself.
How do you take that white piece of paper that just looks at you and create something that is yummy , something that fills your senses. Something that keeps your intrest and draws your eye back to the picture, because you think that you didn't see what you thought that you have.Read More