Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Parsley Gals

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 old superstition that if you eat too many carrots you turn orange;  in this case, too much parsley .  

So Now for your great pleasure;    I PRESENT 


"Am i pissed off"

You Said what!

Kiss me quick

"help i am being attacked by vegetation"
I cannot recall ever doing faces except for dolls and i sure have never painted a picture before.  this is perhaps the first and last!   So here you have it, stylized green goddesses.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Huichol yarn painting.

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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ella in coat

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Strathmore On line Workshop

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.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Visit to Florida

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 ocean

We managed a walk along the beach in the evening of arrival and the morning of departure as the rain raced to join us.  we were headed to another park on St Joes island a sandy peninsular that we could not see as it was hidden in the fog.  So we headed south for the west coast and Ft Myers as the forecast predicted sunshine and 80 degrees.

So to palms and warmth where patches of the everglade seek to survive human takeover.
  the beach close to Ft Myers

the sand here is not really white but very fine.
 We crossed onto an island that had obviously been inhabited for a very long time as the vegetation had grown up round the tantalizing mansions.  They always look better when you catch glimpses behind walls and gardens. The draw bridge  raised to let the yachts sail through.

this is the fishing pier at the Edison winter retreat.  he was trying to find an alternate source of rubber so the plants here were spectacular.   

Chris takes on Edison at his Ft Myers retreat!  A charming unpretentious house.

The reason we went to Fl was to visit Sandra.  We met when we were 2 years old, in Warrington, UK and remain friends.  She has lived here for many years.  She is a true sun worshipper

  Ft Lauderdale

Alana, Sandra's 8 year old  GD who taught herself to play the recorder from on-line videos and pdf file.

Daughter Dawn helps Sandra prepare Christmas eve dinner

Ft Lauderdale around 4pm.

it was lovely to visit with Sandra. 

 I left home with a scratchy throat that turned into bronchitis.  A visit to a doctor and pills have relieved it and i feel great. (There was a 2 hour wait to see the doctor, in a VERY cold clinic and Sandra had the waiting room smiling as she made comments about questions on the many forms i had to fill out)

 We arrived home Friday and spent NYE at home with a bottle of Navarro champagne,then cooked a steak dinner washed down with a D'Argenzio 2006 pinot and round off with TooGood port and pecan pie.  The latter libation and sweet delight was washed from my memory but we had fun.

Wishing for all of you, a year that brings good health, laughter and friendships that enrich your life and make everyday a new adventure.