A New Series Is Born

A few years back I attended a workshop on the Cape with Elizabeth Barton.  Besides being an accomplished textile artist, she’s an excellent teacher. In the weeks following the class I worked on one of the main sketches I had been working on in class but only finished it in recent months.  But I also worked on some new ideas that were inspired by her class and this week I suddenly went to work on them.  It’s amazing how long I can hold onto an idea before it materializes. Because I’m working in a ten inch format these days for a collaborative exchange with some other artists, I worked these old sketches into some new ten inch studies to play with my ideas. They’re basic architectural shapes and I’m calling this new series: “Attributes of Form.” The first one is playful and colorful.  I called it Magical Mystery Tour:


And this one expresses an entirely different aspect of my experiences, that of an interior design student at UC Berkely, SF where I so enjoyed, much to my surprise, the art of drafting.  This was just before digital drafting became the norm, and it’s where my love of line and architecture developed.  If you look closely, you can see the quilting stitching throughout the series imitates the drafting lines of a plan.rising

Now, I’m going over to see what’s up over at Nina Marie’s today!  Join me!  Ha- we’re writing about a very similar experience!

Painting and Designing Textiles

Sometimes I like to get outside myself and change things up just to get another perspective.  Changing mediums does that most times. So I’ve been doing some painting on paper. I  used acrylic paints mixed with various mediums, mostly with a transparent glazing medium, a holdover from my days as a furniture and wall painter. I learned to paint with layers upon layers on tables and such. And that’s still how I use paints on pretty much every surface.

Then, I made a digital collage using sections of these paintings.

Now, I’m struggling to climb over all the barriers that Spoonflower erects for its customers to upload and organize their info and art. It really irritates me that they want to sell you the directions to their website instead of providing a decent tutorial! OK, I’ll stop griping and move forward on a more positive note:

I just learned that I was accepted into the Melrose Arts Festival again this coming April!

Linking again with Nina Marie!