Sunday, November 6, 2016

Poetic Landscape Workshop with Laurie Doctor

 In October, I took a three-day workshop with Laurie Doctor in Basalt CO entitled Poetic Landscape.

The journal/sketchbook of ideas that we painted and lettered is a real treasure. It's fun to continue to work with the techniques we learned and explore new ways to incorporate them in my artwork. The binding weaves three signatures together.

We painted sheets of text wove and then tore them into thirds for the book folios.

Here's the Golden acrylic color palette that we used.

One of my landscapes influenced by the beautiful Basalt country.

Writing with a shell...
William Stafford's poem, The Way It Is, inspired these two pages.

 Here's a grid where I will continue to add the last two sections.
Bits and pieces to add here and there.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lively Lettering

A couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop with Julie Wildman. We played with lively letters- ways to add energy to lettering. We experimented with a variety of tools, media and ways to add color. It's all a quest for me to become more expressive in my lettering. The challenge is how to assimilate the lettering with my artwork.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weather Grams to Celebrate Fall Equinox

Each season brings it own changes and blessings. Today to celebrate the Fall Equinox I hung the weather grams made by calligraphy friends. It's a seasonal ritual that makes me think of Mother Nature and all she gives to us - a time to be grateful.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Quilt Block for New Baby Blanket

The Portland Art Collective started a new project to stimulate member creativity. Each person gives participants supplies and directions for her individual project. Cynthia is having us make blocks for a quilt for her new grand baby. She gave us each a packet of fabric. I enjoyed working with these light, colorful scraps to make this block. We're all helping her to get the whole quilt made by October.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Painted Birdhouse for Portland Art Collective Exchange

For a couple of weeks, I've been painting this birdhouse. It started out as a Joann's find on sale. The leaves and bird on the front are painted, stamped metal 3-D pieces. I hope some bird will find it to be a lovely home.

"I want to paint the way a bird sings".  Monet

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrating Summer Solstice with Weather Grams

Yesterday, I hung my weather grams in the lilac tree in the front yard. It's a wonderful ritual to share with my calligraphy friends. We've done this for five years now, four seasons a year. Each one is special and makes me think of the scribe who wrote it.

Thank you dear friends.