Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Drive In Theatre

Photo essay of a lovely, lonely drive-in wasteland somewhere in Oklahoma.....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Progression - Fall and Helicopter Seed pods

The leaves are falling from the trees and my sidewalk is littered with what we used to call "helicopters". I've been fascinated by the shapes and today I painted some.

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Season, new beginnings

It's beginning to feel a little like fall here, though the days have been gloriously sunny. We had a beautiful blue moon over the weekend and I am accepting that summer is over. There are some other changes happening in my life...letting some things go, to allow space for new things to come in.

Wet Stones 

I got out the watercolor crayons I took with me to Penland and spent half an hour in the morning at my kitchen table drawing. I'm pleased with the results. I wet the paper first with a watercolor brush, then started drawing how the color feathers out on the wet paper. The paper is Rives BFK which deliciously takes color and ink. I plan to do more of this.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Inspiration: Leonore Tawney

I have just come across this artist who lived to be 100 years old, Leonore Tawney. She was quite a revolutionary artist, working as a weaver and collage artist.

"She manipulated her weavings into sculptural forms such as The King Iand The Queen, 1962, a revolutionary concept at the time.

Many of her works incorporate handwritten and printed manuscripts in a variety of languages from the early Discours Historiques,1966, and EpĂ®tres, 1967, to That Other Sea, 1967, and Distilla, 1967. More often than not she employed strips of paper in a weaverly fashion."

Google her to find out more about this inspiring woman and artist.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cheesecake with Handpicked Blackberries

 Today I made a cheesecake. I had a dinner party to go to tonight with a group of fellow Virgos and Libras and wanted to bring something special. It is blackberry season now in Washington and they are everywhere. I got the raspberries at the store. The cheesecake was delish and the party was delightful.

Virgo-Libra Dinner Party

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Exploring cloth

embroidery sample squares
Butterfly embroidery

Lately I've felt drawn to sewing and have had the desire to dye fabric. I was a little intimidated but finally took the plunge and dyed some linen fabric from my stash with a navy Procion dye. I've also been embroidering small squares of fabric and here are some of the results. The inspiration for these is the Spirit Cloth Diaries class I am taking online with Jude Hill.

Butterfly Shibori

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Home from Penland

Penland View
I'm back from two weeks at the beautiful and wonderful Penland School of Crafts. The school teaches all kinds of crafts and arts from glass, metals, printmaking, textiles to bookarts. I took a book/lettering/painting class with Laura Wait. It was fabulous. We started with large pieces of paper and then started writing words with sticks, shingles, rocks and whatever primitive materials we could find. Next we graduated to brushes and calligraphy pens, creating layers of text which bagan to take on the look of abstract forms. The next step in the process was learning to sew exposed bindings such as the herringbone. Paint was added to pages before and after the sewing process. Here are some pictures from the workshop.

Writing tools

Sample text
exposed bindings
Sewing a book on linen cords
Laura Wait demonstrating writing and painting with sumi ink
Palette and books in progress

Exposed binding book

My books on display

Some of my books

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Back from Vacation

I'm just back from a great tip to London and Spain. It was a combination of city and country adventures. In Spain, I was near the village of Sayalonga just northeast of Malaga in the South. Look for Torre Del Mar on the map and go north from there to find it. There are lots of small whitewashed villages with narrow, windy streets. In Sayalonga, there are only two cafes where the center of all social activity happens. The area is full of olive trees and grape vines.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I've been reflecting on the violence of the last week. Five people in Seattle were killed by a mentally ill man as they went about their business on an ordinary day. I thought of Mary Oliver's poem, The Summer Day. It is my favorite of her poems. The last few lines seem pertinent now.

Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

Flowers left in memory of the victims killed at Cafe Racer on May 31, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring and catching up

Super Moon on May 5

Toolshed on Bainbridge Island

Washboard band at the Greenwood Art Walk
Cemetary in the Hill Country outside of Austin, TX

Old Yellow Truck

Barbershop on South Congress in Austin

Blooming Cactus

Bridesmaids before Claire's wedding

Old tombstone

Was Murdered by the Indians....

Tin shack Fredericksburg

Before the wedding with Ge Crozier 

Austin Hot Sauce
I haven't posted in months. I've been on the go: to Austin for a Wedding, to Bainbridge Island for an Collage workshop, and around town in Seattle for various events. Here are pictures from a the last few months....