Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This and that

This is the 11th quilt that I have made by myself or with others. It is for a retired or injured veteran. Usually I send them to an organization to anonymously give them. However, this time it was given to a veteran who is a member of the health club that I attend. His reaction was delightful and it was a nice way to end them series. Maybe, there will be another one, but I'm ready to move on to other projects.

Bud and his wife are on the left and I'm third from the left.

This flower quilt is made from my hand dyed cotton and silk along with commercial fabrics. I wove the background, fused the flower and leaves and then added accents by thread painting.
A nice learning piece.

One of the nice gestures lately is creating a free library. People place little cupboards outside and passer byes are invited to take a book and leave a book. These neighbors went way beyond and made a nice walkway, doors with glass, a welcome bench and planters. It's fun and so easy to stop for a new book. Thank you to these people who have shared some happiness.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Figure Drawing

Figure drawing sessions have started again for the 2015-16 year. This was my attempt using a Derwent sketching pencil and a water brush. The journey continues.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zentangle Play

This piece was done in my 9 x 12 sketchbook with pens and spots of inktense pencils.

By the way, I do live in California and it does seem as though the whole state is on fire. We can see smoke on the horizon, but the air is still OK for daily activity here in Sacramento. It's only August and, unfortunately, the conditions will only get dryer until the rain comes.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Decided that Celebration is the name for this wall hanging. I've used some hand dyed fabrics as well as commercial material. There is machine and hand quilting and sewn bead work. Although this is certainly not a drawing, the lessons learned by drawing and painting are applied to this medium.

It was fun watching this piece unfold. Oh yes, I added a multi colored yarn.
                                                         There was joy in the making.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

LEARNING mandala

Wow! I have so much to learn. I wanted to do a pastel piece and play with the french curves and circles templates. I did it, but there is just too much going on for my liking. To me a piece works best if there is a place to rest your eyes and it just doesn't happen here. There should be peace, unity and calm for my liking. Thus: a learning mandala.

Micron pens, Inkstense and colored pencils, patience!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm on a roll

Oh my, another mandala completed. Since I'm fighting a rash caused by a run in with poison ivy, I have to remain quiet and cool. Oh darn, an excuse to sit and draw. :)

Done with Micron pens, a Sharpie and Inkstense pencils.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cover Page

This is the first page of my new 9x12 sketchbook. Yes, it wasn't a quick sketch, but I certainly enjoyed the process. Finished it as I was watching the women win the World Cup. Congrats to them!!

Micron and intense pencils were the tools of choice.