Friday, August 26, 2011


this is my new fun app!

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Location:Up north

Oh, the silliness

this week has involved a bit of silliness. can you tell?

the face is because I keep seeing coloured leaves falling! Yikes!

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Location:Up north, on an island....

Monday, August 22, 2011

At the beach...

Okay,well, our little island doesn't really have a sandy beach, but it does have a dock! I'm off now to enjoy the sun!!!!!
But I'll leave you with this....

(above pick is Meep and I right after Meep serenaded me with her uke - it looks perfect,doesn't it???)

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Location:On vacation

Saturday, August 20, 2011

well, I realize that if you are a regular reader, you likely think that the whole last few months haVe been one big vacation.... But really, I've worked hard. School planning, learning a whole new curriculum, etc. AND last week I painted ( walls) all day, every day in the stinkin heat.

but now I'm off to girls week at the cottage.
Meep, Gaayla, Ooga and I ( code name Click Click Mwah) (ummm, our theme for the week is Cavegirls....)

So here we are, ready. For our big adventure.....

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( I'll be posting our antics and my art projects remotely this year! 3G rocks!)

Location:On Vacation

Sunday, August 14, 2011

ArtUnraveled - my friends!

A big part of AU is seeing my friends ( oh, and eating the fab omelets every morning, lol)(and eating at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant)(and happy hour)

Ruth, Maija and I - the best roomies ever!

I should ( and will) see her more often than once a year, since she lives so close)

Adena from Alabama

Lynda from Phoenix

Don and Susan Madden- who drove me to the Orange Tree, ate breakfast with me, and delivered Little Dude to me ( more on that in another post)

I didn't get a photo of some people... I'm missing Fran! I should have taken pics of Linda and Chuck who organize and host AU. Oh, well, next year :)

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 7 part 2

In the evening Ruth and I took the Party Animal class from Olivia Thomas. It was really fun! take a doll class from Olivia if you get the chance. You will not be disappointed!
I learned that I need to loosen up and stop focusing on being perfect. This is true for all of my art. I need to relax more....
I didn't quite finish my Party Cat, but I was really close!
Here she is!

I'll finish it as soon as I get home,and I'll take another pic. I REALLY like making these, I'm sure that I'll be making more.

from the left: Zombie Girl, my finished Party Animal, Bunny, and Olivia Thomas' Party Skelly!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 7

Monday was "A Day to Dye For" . The teacher was supposed to be Lorri Scott, but Lorri has a torn retina and can't travel :( We missed you Lorri!
Glennis Dolce, aka Shibori Girl, was our teacher. I was off to a slow start ( I was so tired) but I picked up a bit in the afternoon. I didn't dye all of my silk, but I'll dye it at home.
Here are my silks (the top pic shows my stitching before I pulled it up and dyed)

the finished silk sampler (the stitched one from the pic at the top) is the top left blue white and green silk

And below are my cottons and silks dyed with indigo (the bottom ones are still wet) Glennis makes moons for Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth if you're thinking that it looks familiar:)

Glennis is SO knowledgeable about her art! She was so interesting.....

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Art Unraveled Day 6

Day 6 was supposed to be a day off :) but Maija talked me into taking a class with Diane Cook. The class was called Words of Inspiration. It was a metal etching class ( which I have done before) and we made beautiful cuffs.

This was my workspace

And my finished piece

I LOVE my cuff! I am so happy that I took this class! thanks Maija!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 5

No class today. today was the shopping extravaganza! I was being frugal, but I did buy one of Jane LaFazio's fabric collages.... I can't find the photo that I took, so that will come later.

Saturday was also the Artist "Showdown" and Auction. many of the teachers participated! The instructions to the artists stipulated that they could not use their " usual" materials or work in their "usual styles" . If they were caught working IN their comfort zone, their piece would be taken away! The pieces were auctioned off at the end. The money went to a scholarship fund for one or two people who can't afford to come to ArtUnraveled. Spreading the Art Love....

Jane LaFazio

Olivia Thomas

Angie Platten and Jane Eileen

Tom Ashman

Dan Carrel (Sp?)

Ruth Rae

Michael DeMeng

Michael deMeng ( the auctioneer)and Rice Freeman Zachery ( Chief heckler and MC )

I did bid on a few pieces, and I WON the last piece of the evening. Michael's mask! He was lovely enough to sign it ;) and now I have it to blackmail him. Feathers,Lace, pink, glitter and sequins,lol. although the style is typical Michael:)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 4 Part 2

In the evening I took Ruth's class. Creativity Exposed. Collaging a few small pieces and then building on them. I brought a pretty little dress to mount mine on. It was pale purple, so I switched out my regular palette for one that was purple and green ( and a few accent bits) . I'm pretty happy with what I made. Perhaps this will lead a foray into some new colours for me?

Some collages and a cuff :)

Mounted on the dress

I stitched one collage on my tank top ( all hand sewing, so you people who say that you "can't" use a sewing machine CAN embellish your clothes)

A close up of that embellishment

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Monday, August 08, 2011

artUnraveled Day 4

Another blissful day with Jane LaFazio! today was Sketching and Watercolour - Pods and Pinecones. it was really hard! but Jane is great and gives lots of constructive criticism, so everyone had GREAT results.

This is what the class produced. Amazing.

If you'd like to buy a dvd or download one of her classes, you can get them from interweave Press. I don't know how to make a link with Blogpress, so you're going to have to google it......

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 3

Day 3 was Jane LaFazio! I just love her! I will DEFINITELY take a class from Jane again. This one was gelatin mono printing. I'll be using this in the future with the kids. I did most of mine on fabric, but I did do some on paper too.

I was too busy in the class to take any pictures of Jane :(

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Art Unraveled Day 2

Today was Karen Michel's "Gridlock Collage". I've wanted to take a class from Karen for so long. Again, another great teacher! I finished 2 small pieces! yay!

First I prepared my wood:

Then I put the backgrounds on my grid pieces:

Then I painted my backgrounds:

Then I collaged my little pieces:

Then I did a lot more, lol. Then I was finished!!! They even have hanger things on the back!

The colours of the finished pieces are a bit off.... They look great in person :) Can you guess which one I made for Lauren?

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

ArtUnraveled Day 1

Today was Bottle Cap Beads with Melissa Manley. Melissa is SO NICE. she's a great teacher - very helpful and so generous!

If this was the only class that I was going to take at ArtUnraveled I would go home happy. I finished 4 beads, but am started on many many more, and I have the tools to finish them at home. But you know what? I really really NEEEED a disk cutter. they are a bit spendy though. Maybe for Christmas, Santa? ( I'd provide links, but I don't know how to do it using blogpress)(when I come home I'll do a whole post about what I NEED and what I WANT)

Anyway... Without further ado... Here are my beads!

I have a class tonight about using a Dremel, so tune in later for the critique!

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meet my new friends!

so, in my last post I said that I wanted to take more pictures of my friends. well, here they are!
meet my friends Keen (mary janes)

my new friends Merrel 1 and 2

Flip and Flop

I'll try to take some human friends tomorrow....
(photos taken on my balcony!)
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