Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grandma's love

Sewing for grand daughters is so fun! The twins are three and do not wear clothes that exactly match. Variations of the same dress are acceptable.

I wandered into a children's shop and discover dresses
 that were more simple than these that cost $70.
My heart went pitter patter. I didn't know that I was making something priceless.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Red, white and blue

This is the latest of quilts that I have made for veterans or wounded soldiers. I understand that the Marines insist on red, white and blue. This has light blue and they may reject it!Actually, I have no idea who will receive it and that is the way I want the gift to be given.Two friends helped to choose and purchase the fabric. The border says, Thank You American Hero.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Zentangles on Red

To settle myself, I decided to do some zentangles. In one of my drawers I found this discarded watercolor practice sheet. Perfect for zentangle play. The design just grew and grew.

The piece is 12 x 12".

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mixed bag projects

Yes, I have been doing lots of activities, but apparently I haven't posted them. 
Figure drawing continues on Friday mornings. I'm chuckling as it seems that for 
the final long poses (20 to 40 minutes), the model usually has her back to me. 

As warm-ups we do two minutes poses. Below are examples.

This fabric piece has my hand dyed fabric which is the orange and turquoise, machine stitched on a purchased silk. I then stitched the beads and hand quilted the piece.

This close up may make it easier to see the details.

I'm making adorable dresses for my 3 year twin grandchildren and have begun working on another red, white and blue quilt as a gift to a veteran. I'll post them when I'm done. Of course, there are always zentangles being created as well! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Figure drawing

Figure drawing sessions have resumed after the Christmas break. The Sacramento Fine Arts Center has space for our weekly 3 hour gathering. Many of the artists are really good and I am always learning from them. Here are a few of my pieces from two different sessions.

Oh, here is zentangle that I did in my new Stillman & Birn sketchbook. I've heard so many nice comments about the product that I had to try it. It's relatively smooth even though it says that it has a rough finish. i.e. it nicely handles both watercolor and pen.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Mixed Bag

Recently I took a painting on fabric workshop with Judy Coates Perez. Well, my world was enriched once again! She uses Tsukeniko Inks that are applied with a pencil shaped tool or with a paint brush. Her work is stunning. Here is a mushroom that I did in the afternoon part of the class. The background was hand dyed fabric. The outline and the painting were done with a brush. The mushroom is about 7" tall, so one can spend a long time perfecting each painting. So many choices!

OK, I did watch the 49er game, but one can get a lot done during the action. Here is my goat, a happy zentangle face.                                                                           Good day!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Time for Sketching

There have been moments during the last month when I did sit down to sketch. During one trip, I took a picture of this fallen tree trunk and I was determined to draw it. I finally did!
Pen and watercolor pencils were used.
During the 49ers win over the Panthers, I sketched from an instruction book and branched out to draw my own hand.

OK, I did enjoy the California weather today. Yes, we are facing a drought, but temperatures in the high 60's are to wonderful to ignore.