Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I"m going to School!

I've decided that I'm dedicating the next year--at least--to making up for not going to art school. I have my classes at Peninsula College planned out through the end of 2016.

My own poster in Illustrator...I obviously have more to learn

I am lucky to have the time and financial stability to be able to audit classes at a reduced rate, take one class at a time, and do a LOT of practicing, and enjoy the advances in technology that 51 years of advances in technology have brought.

May you all have the time and the ways to realize your dreams...sometimes it takes more ingenuity than we expect.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Check out my other blog!

How many blogs can/should one have?

I see that my other blog    Hot Flash Women, is getting a lot more hits than this one. As I've returned to college for more computer classes, I see that the methods of communication are endless.

To be sure any followers on either blog see my first animation, here's a link to my YouTube Channel

I hope to do many more animations, using my own characters and concepts and am going to see Laurie Anderson's Hart of a Dog on Saturday. You may want to follow my blog: to follow my progress.

I'm working on animation of the 4-legged woman today.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Continuing Projects into 2016

Kathie, new portrait/collage style

It has been too long since I've posted evidenced by all the new things I have to show you and by my deleting by mistake two other starts. I'm celebrating the end of my 100 Hot Flash Women portrait project with a show Jan-March 2016 at the Port Angeles Library,  opening Friday January 8, 6-8 at the Library. I hope to see a lot of you there.

Wall piece with mementos Dad, then Mom, saved of his time at camp in 1939

Fabric Journal page of me helping Dad type in probably 1948 when he was still an undergrad

Grandma Bick and a friend playing dress up in the early 1900's

I have been inspired by all the saved family photos we retrieved while helping Mom to move twice in the last 2 years. I've been scanning them and printing on silk. David is going to scan a bunch more when he has time, and the VT historical societies were excited to receive some. It seems that saving the history and day-to-day experiences of ordinary people is as important to me as painting everyday women's portraits with 100 Hot Flash Women. Some friends told me about online places, and even one in town where Inherited Stories can be saved and cross-referenced.

I was going to make an ancestor quilt for my newest grand niece who is expected in March in Chicago. My local niece, Serene, suggested that I make a quilt for her with current relatives who live far enough away that she won't see them often. Here is a wonderful self-portrait that my nephew, Thayer made:

Thayer Self-portrait. The family art affinity is strong
Sun is out, time to walk. I'll try to stay in touch with you all better in 2016. Ediz Hook is still my favorite downtown beach...I ALWAYS wanted to live near salt water, and here I can afford to.

December at Ediz

New reconditioned iMac and new printer and upcoming second class at Peninsula College, starting soon. This time in Adobe Illustrator...which should motivate me to post more. I keep pushing my technology skills, stretching my brain. All Communities should be evolving for aging in place...more fun and valuable that putting all us Boomers in Nursing Homes.

More Later. Stay Tuned!

Tenacious seaweed at Ediz, Great Design Element!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

InfoGraphics and Data Visualization

I am taking a college course in Infographics and Data visualization...I'm finding my gaps in computer background very frustrating.




I used soft sculpture to illustrate my Visual Vocabulary words for the week.

I'm still trying to get one of the earlier assignments, a timeline of my creative life, to work. So far I put it on my FaceBook main page, but you have to click on the small triangle to open it.

I find that I am very stubborn about pursuing new learning until I GeT it...Stay Tuned.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Sign up NOW for Doll Making as a Transformative Process Online

Doll Making as a Transformative Process Class Online. Sign up NOW, through the end of September for a 3-month online class with lots of pictures, lots of patterns, lots of personal attention from Pamela, and the opportunity to work with other artists from all over the world...Change your Life or Just Have Fun! Sign up at:

Talk it Up, Tell Your Friends...   

ALL will want to be in on this potentially Life-Changing, or at the very least Enjoyable Experience...I'll be posting new work as the class goes on, discussing anything and Everything that comes up. 

Anyone who signs up for this class will receive Free, Absolutely Free, a .pdf of my next eBook...100 Hot Flash Women, which will include the 100 portraits I've painted of ordinary/extraordinary women just like YOU! This class will be as In Person as I can get, since I won't be teaching any more actual In Person classes, and Chapter 7 deals with a topic that I'd rather not mention, but am forced to learn to face with JOY, rather than resignation: Aging.

Time, Time, Time

Bring a friend, or several, and JOIN TODAY! As the days get Shorter, there is More Time to Play inside.

Come Play with Me!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

My first eBook is READY

                                                                                                                      My first eBook:

Please purchase on

Doll Making as a Transformative Process eBook
2015 Revised eBook version of the classic, first published in 2004 and now used over the world. Pamela has revised the entire book, based on her studies and teaching in the last decade, translating the original images into color and adding many more dolls and patterns from her more recent work. Now 148 pages, with color images of Pamela’s and others’ work on every page.

Work on transforming your self, your health, your relationships, your doll making, your world…or use the inspiring stories and examples to broaden your designs and try new approaches. There are now added paper dolls and wall pieces as an expansion of the doll making process.

I am going to redo my site and am scaling down my work to eBooks and Making Art, so please order through Barb’s site. Stay Tuned to what I’m doing through my blog:    Pamela

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

IS 70 the new 40???

I'm discovering the advantage to working in series  AND having a small artist support group that keeps me producing

I’m 68 years old, part of the Boomer Generation from which industries geared toward the denial of reality and the effects of gravity on flesh over time bring in billions from those determined to make 70 the new forty. As usual, I use reading to figure out what to expect from the next 20 or so years I might have left, the most daunting thought being that everything will just get more painful and annoying from here.

Sophie, #98 in my 100 Hot Flash Women Series
I realized while reading that I’ve just dumbly accepted the popular equation of age and decrepitude/no-reason-for-living, possibly because of too many years working in nursing homes. I don’t have to commit suicide after all…I can just keep riding along and see what happens next…a little more cumbersome and painful movement, a little less visual acuity, but I can keep going and maybe I’ll do something interesting, as long as I keep my brain exercised. I do have to restrict my joyous consumption of butter more and more, and spend at least an hour a day on serious exercise…walk up more hills. Can I release my natural delight in crabbiness and practice compassion? Or maybe just know that group activities are not usually my thing and keep working toward kindness, including toward my own flawed self.

Journal Page I did while suffering from a cold in April...Journal pages for mindless fun 

Let go of my boundary issues with my mother, my fantasies about hot sex…at least I have it to remember and I’m reading a book about late life romance. I can’t extinguish corporate greed, but maybe send an email to add a feather’s weight to the side of Good. I can make whatever I feel like making: quilts and clothes for myself for a change, wall pieces with tiny beading, paintings and collages…make space in the garage to store them, give them away, work small so they don’t take up too much space. Such unaccustomed freedom, no longer to have to obsess about money and how to get it is a gift. I can take my time cooking dinner, washing clothes, following threads online, watching the birds on my fence…experience the time I have with appreciation.

Two Women on a Beach2, inspired by a Thirties photo, a Notan Class and my Art Women Group
 I'm going to post the second half of this blog and more of my current art work on my other blog: Hot Flash Women   Since yesterday, my 4 brothers and I have made a plan to converge in Iowa in two weeks and help Mom move into a part of her facility where she'll receive more care.

I am not my mother, but I'm only 22 years younger than her almost 91. I'm working on making my nice one-story place with a small yard in town even easier for me to manage so I can continue to do All Art, All the Time. I'm working on a series on my family history and aging, so see more in my Hot Flash Women blog. Barb Kobe and her Computer-whiz son are helping me to whip the eBook version of Doll Making as a Transformative Process into shape, and we hope it will soon be available on Healing and Transformative Dolls, where many of my online classes are already available as eBooks.