Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year Mandala

After the activity of the Christmas season, I felt that I needed to center myself and chose to do a mandala. This time, I wanted to learn more about colored pencils. Thus, I spent a fair amount of time creating this piece. I only work in segments no longer than 45 minutes as I've learned that physically and mentally this keeps me in balance. Somehow this has become my "garden" piece.

May we each find happiness in the coming year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Below is my Christmas card.

How did I do it? It was not a one step process.
First, I created this quilt.

The quilt was my hand dyed fabric that I quilted and then painted with black acrylic.
A friend steered me to a Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 program. This computer layout provided many templates (a section that was repeated) that you put place over any photo. That was a fun part of the process. I chose the design and then added the background color (in this case the dark purple). Next I cut the image and the two background papers which I glued to the card. There it is.

To all: may the joy of the season be with you throughout the year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

An honor

The Friends of Calligraphy in the San Francisco Bay Area is celebrating it's 40 Anniversary. Four times a year they publish a journal that is now 28 pages thick. In the latest issue they reviewed a sub group called the Robins. A group that has been in existence since 1997. We make books for each of us that include the work of each member. Although I have rotated out, the group gathers and continues to inspire. For some reason, one of my pieces was featured on the cover! This is was done in 1999 and I am so humbled to have me piece so prominently displayed. The Alphabet has featured the work of some really famous and talented calligraphers.

Here is my 15 minutes of fame:

The back features a piece by my dear friend, Barbara Parke-Wolff who also was in the group.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hanging in there

Oh, has it really been a month since I posted! The computer part of my life has been slow, but drawing and traveling have kept me busy. Feeling grounded I was able to attend figure drawing. Trust me, we had a tall lanky model. Sri is about 6 feet tall and loves to wear 6" heels.

I decided that the lowly pencil was enough of a tool for me to use. Also, I placed myself between two very talented artists and took time to observe their techniques. One guideline was taking the time to observe. Even on the short poses, it is wise to stop and look before you place the first stroke.

On a day when I was so unsure about my ability to draw, it was delightful to be encouraged by the results.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Learning to Draw

Sketch Skool, a creation from the mind of Danny Gregory, has offered a series of classes that are very informative and inspiring. There is a get moving, no excuses attitude from each of the talented instructors. The realization is that there are many styles of drawing and all are correct. One just needs to do it!

This mandala is done with micron pens in a moleskin journal.

Figures are another challenge. So much that they even stand on the heads of others!

Step by step I am getting a better image of people I know. 
This is one of my 4 year old granddaughters.

Yes, the drawing bug has bitten me. One goal is to go out and draw, but I am pretty content learning in my own space in the comfort of my home. I know that practice and more practice will bring a better understanding and the pieces will improve!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin sketches

Yesterday I went to a fruit/vegetable stand with two friends and we had a delightful time sketching. Here are my two pieces from our outing. It's nice to really get out instead of just thinking about it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hidden Views

Hidden Views was the latest quilt challenge for my quilt group. Other than the title, the only guide line was that the size was to be in multiples of 6". Examples: 6x6, 12x 24 or 6x30 up to a maximum of 36". I chose to think of view as a mental thought. So, I bush lettered a quote on white fabric, cut it into squares and then added color using a Gelli plate.

The first design had all the squares without the black spacing and I found that people were spending too much time trying to play a game and figure out the wording. So, I ripped it apart (as ye sew, so shall ye rip), cut the squares smaller and added the black.

I also discovered that there are two sides to the fabric! By flipping nine squares over, the piece was not so "in your face". I hope that people will reflect on a hidden view that they might have. 

You can see work by other members on our blog, Pins and Needles Art Quilters.  

There has been time for sketching, something that has been encouraged by the teachers and talented students in Sketch Skool.

This is a model from a magazine.

 This is after Mary Engelbreit's wonderful people.