Sunday, February 14, 2010

CLASSES for 2010

I just updated my classes for 2010...Look at my website under Workshops. I'll be teaching three classes at Quilted Strait's new location in historic Port Gambol:
Tiny Wall Hangings
Fabric pins

ART-IS-You an exciting gathering of art enthusiasts in October in CT, where I will be teaching 3 classes:
Dancing on the Edge: Making Dolls with Found Objects 10/8/10
Star of My Own Show: Self Portraits in Fabric 10/9/10
Angels and Icons: Tiny Art Dolls 10/10/10

The first weekend in November, I'll be teaching 2 classes at a retreat center in Friday Harbor, WA. Stay tuned for more details...or check under Workshops.


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Five New Portraits Since Tuesday

I've always liked doing portraits, some of which
you've seen posted here.

I tend to agonize over painting, maybe because
I love it so much.

After finishing 3 paintings on Tuesday, I
thought I had a chance of meeting my goal
of eight new paintings to submit to Strait Art.

I made the project easier by limiting the paintings to portraits, all on 18" x 24" watercolor.

They may not be perfect likenesses, but I have
really enjoyed the process, and can see the benefit
both my artistic brothers derive from limiting the
scope of their work.

I have already printed up more pictures from my
archives to do more portraits, but I'd better take
a break from painting and get back to HOT FLASH!

If anyone's interested, I would not at all mind doing
a Portrait Show.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

What I Did On My Day Off

Do I procrastinate?...probably, sometimes, although I don't know when else I would have done what I did today. I do work well with deadlines, and am prone to piling on the assignments, just to see what will happen.

Here's Kathy Charlton's Love Yourself doll, almost done. she needs a heart to hold, red ultrasuede breasts, and perhaps some of the heart sequins I bought such thing as Too Much embellishment!

I got up early so I'd have plenty of time to post the next lesson for my online class: Doll Making as a Transformative Process. The students are very articulate and have jumped into working on themselves and their dolls with huge enthusiasm and support for each other. The ones who've introduced themselves are from all over the US and Australia. It's only week 2, so not to late to join up, on

I DO procrastinate about painting. Maybe because it is so close to my heart. I keep telling my students to Just Do It! and that the more work I turn out, the more ideas I I gave myself the same challenge, to finish at least 8 portraits by 2/8/10. Not to get too hung up on perfection, or even reality...just do it. So here are the ones I finished (almost) today.

I'm Totally Exhausted, but happy with my day's work...Do I appreciate my time more, because there seems to be so little of it?