Thursday, December 30, 2010
Happy New Year! I am finally finished painting my quilt squares. I have changed from my original plan of the quilt in that I was going to have a large square in the middle with an eagle painted on it. Instead, I have painted an eagle on each of the 4 corners. All of the squares are 10 x 10 plus the black frame and the fabric sashing. I can hardly wait to have it all put together. I did, however, run into a snag recently. I was a bit concerned about running out of fabric, and rightfully so. When I was putting the squares together, I found that I was short for the long side of 13 squares. I am not the one who figured out the fabric--no, no, no, I am not so good at math and figuring how much fabric I need. I really don't sew an awful lot either. The quilt shop told me how much fabric I needed, I did waste just a little through mistakes, but not that much, and I don't think my change of the original plan altered the results that much- well, I don't think so. Anyway, of course, the quilt shop did not have any more of the fabric--what to do??? My hubby said that I could get all new fabric and start from scratch- I Don't Thinks SO!! Anyway, the lady at the quilt shop was good enough to tell me that the fabric was from, Floagraphix II In the beginning by Jason Yenter. So, thank God for the internet. I found the fabric on line and was able to order more. I am posting some pictures- now, keep in mind, I need more fabric, so it should look much better when completed. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I will update with the completed quilt top and then again when it is completed, and then again, if I enter into a quilt show.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Well, tomorrow is July 1st- hard to believe--how time flies when you'r having fun--and with the artwokr-or play, I feel like I am almost living the dream. Anyway, here are a few pictures from the Watauga Valley Art League show going on for the month of July at Sycamore Shoals Park in Elizabethton. My photos aren't the greatest, but I hope it will make you want to go see for yourself. There is so much eye candy there! The first picture will be my display- reason being, I am not in the photo and mixed in with the others, you wouldn't know which was mine. I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I'm back home from visiting my brother in Michigan. He has cancer-in the last stages. It has spread to every organ in his body- I know he won't be with us much longer. It is very sad--enough about that. I need to update with my art classes. I have 1 more week of my bird painting classes on Tuesdays at 1:00 at the Jonesborough Senior Center. The last class will be a Carolina wren. The cost is $5.00. I will post a picture of the quilt square of this bird- ours will have a little background painting and be on a 5x7 canvas paper. We do have slider frames that one of my student's husband has made that you may purchase for $6.00.
I am teaching "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoons at Jonesborough Senior Center. Tomorrow will be the second class- you can still get into this 8 week class. The cost is $40.00-We could catch you up on what you missed last week. This class helps you to see things the way artist sees-you will then draw better and paint better.
New Classes are as follows: May 6th (Thursday) I will be teaching the pictured seascape. This is an oil painting done in the Robert Warren method. The canvas is underpainted in orange and has black acrylic paint over the dark areas before we paint with oil. The class will be a 1 day class beginning at 9:30 and lasting until approximately 2:30-3:00. We will break for lunch at noon. The supplies are: a 12x16 canvas, orderless turp, brushes, a pallette and paper towles. I will supply the paint. The cost of the class is $25.00. We will finish this painting in one day.
Beginning May 20th (Thursday) We will pick up our decorative painting course. The cost is $5.00 per class, (unless otherwise specified for special events). We have been painting birds and may continue painting a few more. I will update with pictures soon.
I will be starting evening classes at my studio very soon and will update the blog.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here are the students from my Waterfall & Mountain Class. They just finished today. I think they did a great job. Each painting is the same, but has differences, which is the way it should be. Each student puts their own personality into their painting as the develope their skills. It was a fun class and I look forward to teaching a new project in the very near future. We will be starting "Drawing on the right side of the brain at the senior center beginning Wednesday, April 7th at 1:30, please join us.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Here are a few more bird quilt squares. I haven't been able to paint any in more than a week-must do at least two tomorrow. My goal is 4 per week- this week was busy with the new classes starting and getting ready to open 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol! Very exciting! I will take some pictures and share them later of the gallery. It is beautiful & lots of talented artist. I feel honored to have my work displayed with theirs. Anyway, here are a couple more birds. I will have to post a picture of our bedroom before & after the bird transformation!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I started teaching new classes this week at the Jonesborough Senior Center. Tuesday afternoons we paint birds, this week was a cardinal-the one pictured in my blog. Today we began painting a mountain scene with a waterfall. We will complete that next week and I'll post pictures of the students and their paintings. There were six in the class today. We got about half way finished which was the plan. Pictured is the painting we are doing. Also here are a couple more quilt squares. I didn't do any new ones so am posting some I have already completed. I hope to have 4 more by the end of the week. I also decided to start teaching another class in drawing-on the right side of the brain. This is a great drawing class. I have taught it 3 times before and the students love it. It not only teaches you to draw better than you can imagine, but, it teaches you to see things the way an artist sees. You will be pleasantly supprised at your improvement & the things you notice after this class. Also, if you like painting, your paintings will improve. I also completed my Blue Jays winter painting today in oil. I will publish that soon. I hope to hang it in the gallery soon.