Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Okay.. a bit of break from retreat photos as THIS JUST IN!! In the mail.. that is. A group of photo prints of several things my Coloradoan 'beautiful and brilliant grand daughter' Kaley accomplished her last week of school. I'm proud of all of this... because Kaley applied herself toward doing well. You go Kaley!! a) an A+ in art for this work interpreting an artists work of her choice. She chose "My Gentle Giant Ben" and did this all in pencil. I suspect she used several pencils. b) Achieved Principals Honor Roll for a 4.0 GPA and National Junior Honor Society c) Received Best in Math honor for her outstanding math scores. I will brag about anyone simultaneously developing both sides of their brain. Yeah Kaley. On top of this all, she is socially well rounded and loves sports (an accomplished Goal Keeper in soccer). Most of all, she's my dear love. Lucky me!!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Melody by trade does film restoration so you can imagine she has a well defined desire to match the original. This weekend, she threw caution to the wind and did whatever she wanted. This was thrilling to observe and be part of. Lots of fun followed.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Rachael ( the bulldog painter ) completed 2 additional paintings. She is a mother of 3, wife, teacher so this weekend is one of her few times she can do what she wants. That said... Rachael really focuses and gets things done.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Marguerite Sawyer is in progress on 2 adorable baby foxes. Having never examined a baby fox, I was surprised to see their eyes appear cat-like. Too cute!
Friday, May 25, 2012
The husband and wife team of Cindy and Larry Tinsley are such a joy to have in class. Cindy is working on three baby tiger cubs. Their eyes are gray in her reference photo.. Grayish eyes must be for brand newborns??? Love to know the answer to that question.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I'll showcase 2 students in progress work from last week/weekends retreat. First Terri Hunt from Apple Valley is creating a fairly large old Barn painting. This is going well... Terri is well on her way. Click here for info about this exhibition which I am co curating with Jukeboxquilts.com.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It's been a both a hectic and wonderful week. I spent most of it conducting an oh so incredible Painted Quilt Art Workshop in Temecula, Ca. Both returning and new students knocked out some incredible stuff! The following came with Terri Hunt from Apple Valley Ca.... Gorgeous!! These are intricate quilting patterns turned into ink painting. Terri began with a plain or colored fabric, then inked the design and filled in the dark background. WOW.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Finally.... following Main Street ( a mere 8 feet in length)... comes U.S.A. This took a while (each letter is almost 18 inches high), but it was worth it. click here to find these available at softexpessions.com. After ironing fabric to the freezer paper sheets I then trimmed to paper size. I ran these through my lazer printer using Microsoft WORD to create the printable text boxes. Remember, if you use a laser printer... fabric side goes in to the paper tray FACE UP.. directly opposite to Ink Jet printers by HP. One sheet in the tray per print request... just like you would do for an ink jet. Trying to load more than one sheet easily results in a JAM!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
"Main Street U.S.A." is to read at 10 ft width ( ie. a full panel) ... egads.... this will take forever... but I think/hope it will be important to the total 6 panel 8 state map. I drafted letters in pencil on paper... then used a permanent black marker and outlined letters on paper. Finally placed fabric over paper one letter at a time over a light box to outline each letter in preparation for this step of filling in with bottled ink. An acrylic Omnigrid ruler comes in handy to sit ink bottle and rub cloth within a work area. I NEVER sit an ink bottle directly atop fabric while working. This ink product is user friendly but nonetheless risky!
Friday, May 11, 2012
That long land expanse across northern Oklahoma and Texas is next up. First things first... a third 10 foot permanent marker drawing of the panhandle route and points of interest.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
WOW.... This is taking much longer than ever expected... ( Isn't that always the way?!) So far I have 6 days work into creating base fabric plus 2 10+ foot panels. Below you see the 2 painted panels end to end in the long hallway of my Sedona timeshare ( still in need of some city and state name identifiers... will be printed and machine appliqued). First... Spring is here and the flowers are breathtaking. Had to start with this macro.
Monday, May 7, 2012
So, here we go.... stretching what was created on the 6 foot map to now take every inch of the old version to a full foot of the new version. I've made a clear plastic grid marked vertically every inch. This plastic transparency gets placed over a 10 inch section on the old map version.