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The Parsley Gals

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Over the last four week i have participated in the Strathmore workshop 1, run by Traci Bautista.  It has video tutorials and a print out.   The latter is rather pathetic and minimal.  The video is packed with information but since i have now had to add videos to my "challenged" list, it has been quite an ordeal.  Being video challenged means you have to watch it many time and start and stop it to try and assimilate what is going on9 Also called OLD).  The first lesson was really fun and involved lots of paint spraying.  Eventually this technique was mastered.  The second class was beyond my grasp, not so much the techniques but it was just different materials and no discernible special outcome.  Class 3 was the background for making her glam girl, a one eyed green goddess, her graffiti style.  Class 4 was the "glam girl"  great fun.  Since they were painted in green they were sort of ethereal or other world or just plain cookie.   All i could think of was an age ol…

Huichol yarn painting.

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I am cleaning out my studio and originally thought about  donating my Huichol  yarn painting to a thrift. We had it wrapped up since we moved due to the damage. Now we have it out, we want to try to see if there is anyone who can repair it.  We bought it in Mexico in the 70s. It was made by an inmate at a prison, in Guadalajara 



The damage is in the lower left and at various spots throughout.  The wall where it was displayed at our home in Sugar Land was west facing and we think the sun melted the wax.  If you are not familiar with this kind of art it is made by the Huichol who use wax to adhere the fabric to the wood backing.  The figures are mystical images that appear in a religious ceremony when they take peyote.  

 it really is fantastic and has not lost any of the color.



here is a close up of tha damage spot and it shows a little of how it is made.




There are a few men who make them in Santa Fe.  maybe we better plan a trip there.

Ella in coat

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Here is the photo of Ella in the faux fur coat I made her from the Daisy Kingdom  pattern.




Strathmore On line Workshop

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Strathmore is again offering a  free 3, 4 week workshops.  Traci Bautista is the first instructor.  I signed up for all 3 knowing that I may just follow some of them.   First one is a kinda splash around of paint.  It is all about her technique and of course a chance to plug her new book Doodles Unleashed. it is all about layering and using different kinds of paint.
The first class was about spraying over stencils and found objects then doodling onto this background.  So I failed spraying 101.  Honestly my sprayer would not work!!! So today i will try again.   A great way to create backgrounds and us up old acrylic paint!  She used a huge piece of watercolor and all that was in my stash was 9X12.  


So here are today's masterpiece collection.  They will make fabulous covers for some books.

A Visit to Florida

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I would love to be able to post my blog on road as we travel but the WiFi connections were abysmal on this trip and I was only able to read email about 3 times. leaving on Sunday December 18 and heading to Dauphin Island Alabama rain was our companion.  The best laid plans were thwarted before we reached the island when the lady at the Welcome center told us the ferry to Ft Morgan was not running but it might be fixed by Tuesday.  It just so happens a pleasure craft sunk at the ferry landing dock and the owner refused to pay $5,000 to raise it. 
The bridge to Dauphin island a sand bar off the Alabama coast.  it was cold and wet.

the old Fort built to repel the British and used in the civil war.  





 So we headed back on Tuesday along the coast road to our favorite spot Henderson beach a FL State park, a stretch of pristine beach along the northern gulf shore know as the Emerald Sea. The sand is white here and the colors of the ocean, emerald green shading to pale blue where it meets the oc…