It took me a while to figure out what to do with the fabulous papers from my eco-dyeing session. I decided to turn them into Fairy Dresses for the woodland nymphs living in the forest. Beautiful papers and fabrics, a little paint and a few stitches. Here are a few to start. I'm sure there will be more to come...
Friday, September 2, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
|Colored papers waiting to become a masterpiece...|
We are squarely in the dog days of summer where it just seems too hot to do anything that doesn't involve air conditioning or water. My mind is on vacations and new adventures and it isn't translating into much studio time. There are plenty of ideas, I just can't seem to get them out into something tangible. In the meantime, I have been making colored pages that will (hopefully) show up in a future project.
I did have the opportunity to do some fabric and paper dyeing this past weekend to try out my new skills. They turned out as wonderfully as they did in Colorado! I was thrilled with the results and now I want to make a shirt. Like I need another thing to learn how to do...
Monday, June 27, 2016
Sometimes you just get to get away to take a break from the everyday. I did that this past weekend in Redstone, Colorado. I attended a workshop hosted by Laura Roberts (aka Hasty Pearl) at her home on the Crystal River. Books and dyeing are not things that I had done before, so it was completely new to me. But, great instructors and a weekend in Colorado - I was in!
The instructors were the fabulous and talented Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh. They collaborated to create a fabulous mixed media book made from eco-dyed fabrics and papers as well as nature collages. Nature was the big star of the workshop as it featured prominently in everything that we did - even lunch was by the river. Both ladies are amazing artists and they shared so many new techniques. I also made a bunch of new friends who also made the trek for this great adventure!
I stayed at a B&B in Redstone called Crystal Dreams. It was a dream as advertised. Lisa has a beautiful home, great location and her breakfasts are to die for. I spent some part of every day soaking up the sound of the river. You can see the back yard by the river in the photo. Just heavenly!
Friday, June 17, 2016
I am honored to be included in the July issue of Somerset Studio magazine. I have been an avid reader of the magazine for years and have always enjoyed the amazing artwork of the artists they feature. It has been one of those bucket list items for me to see my work on their pages.
And, now it is happening! I was holding my breath until I actually saw a copy of the magazine with my images and article. They did a fantastic job of photographing and portraying my work! I am doing a happy dance now!
The magazine can be purchased from the web site here or from your local Barnes and Noble.
|Those Mysterious Miasmas|
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I must confess that I haven't been in the studio for a while. This spring was very busy with the King William Fair and several gallery openings and projects. I cleaned up the studio and then decided that I needed a bit of a break to avoid burning out.
The studio is where I find peace because I can lose myself in the moment. Once there are too many projects in the works and it begins to feel like work, then the magic disappears and it becomes one more thing on the to do list. To combat this, I basically forbade myself from going into the studio for a few weeks. I read. I spent time with Mr. Tabby. I spent time with my family. I hung out with friends. I took a class at my favorite studio. I worked in the garden. I took pictures. I canned peppers. And, I chilled on the patio with my favorite furry companions.
Now, I find myself itching to get back into the studio. The ideas are flowing and I am ready to make things just because I want to. It is a good place to be. I am getting better at managing my time and not letting (even the fun) things take over to make me feel unbalanced.
In the meantime, I'll let you chill and look at some of the eye candy that is my garden these days thanks to an unusually large amount of rain in Texas this year.
Monday, May 23, 2016
|You've come to save me!|
|Making a harness for Bart|
|Getting Ruben ready to go down the cliff|
So, it started with a coyote in the yard. He couldn't get back across the waterlogged creek. So, I let the dogs out to shoo him away. They did a good job of that but were having fun splashing in the puddles.
I was in the wildflower meadow collecting bluebonnet seeds and heard this awful cry and then pathetic barking. I dropped my seeds and headed to the wailing. It became clear the Lulu was below the ledge of the cliff in the neighbor's yard. I couldn't see under the cliff, when I looked over, all I saw was rushing water from the flooded Cibolo Creek. Uh oh.
I went to get my neighbor. He led me to an outcrop where I could see Lulu on a ledge. Bart was frantically running around and shied back when he saw the neighbor. I left him there and decided to call the fire department for help. I also texted a friend who works for the fire department. I wasn't sure who could help with high water rescues for dogs. After talking with a few people including Animal Control, they sent out fire station #3.
A fire truck and an ambulance showed up. Then some pickup trucks showed up. Then a helicopter came. I showed them where Lulu was and noticed that now Bart was on the ledge too! He apparently decided to comfort Lulu by jumping off a ten foot cliff into the water and then swimming upstream to her ledge. He was soaked and looked terrified. Maybe not smart, but he is loyal to Lulu.
The firemen surveyed the situation and decided that they could either get a boat, or rappel down. The current was too strong for a boat, so one guy was volunteered to rappel. But, they didn't have enough equipment. So an even bigger fire truck and more pickup trucks came from Bexar county.
With 11 men there (and a photographer (not me)), they lowered the fireman down. He put Lulu in a life vest and wrapped her like a pig in a blanket. Up she went. She was so happy to be up, she licked all of their faces. Bart was not very fond of the life vest and wanted none of it. The fireman had to rig up the webbing to make him a custom harness. Up Bart went, swirling around. He was happy to be up with Lulu, but was not so sure about all of those men. Then up came Ruben the fireman. Whew!
What a day! I am so glad that they didn't end up in the rushing water, and, that our wonderful firemen were able to rescue them. They were fantastic and didn't blink an eye that our stranded family members had four legs and lots of fur!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
After a flurry of activity getting ready for the King William Fair, I needed to take some time to get the studio in order. I even re-configured my painting "nest" because that seems to be where I am spending a lot of time lately. It is now in a U shape with everything within reach. I made the flag in the new and improved space.
This week, I will be working on getting the glass studio spiffed up. The glass guild will be coming on Sunday for our annual meeting and we will be pulling some vitrograph. I need to make room for quite a few people to get around. It will be a fun afternoon!