October 1, 2015
Last week Fall started. We’ve had one of the hottest, muggiest months I ever recall, so its a challenge getting into a fall-like mood, and palette of colors. The colors I more readily use are more spring-like, the bright clean colors are appeal to my sensibilities. I paint with them, I use them in my home decor, I even dress in them. All year round. Egad! I even wear white after Labor Day!
The colors of autumn have that certain something, nevertheless. They are a harbinger of cooling off (at last!) from the hot summer months, and getting ready for the winter, with visions of Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner. Here’s some of some fall colors in Blooming Silks “Loop de Lou” scarf design line:
May 26, 2015
I’ve been doing a few art shows/artwalks recently, so my art-making life has been centered around them.
Last week I was a vendor in a boutique at a luncheon and fundraiser for the local chapter of the Alzheimers Association, I’m happy to support the Alzheimers Association, not only because of people I know whose families have been affected by Alzheimers, but also because this luncheon supports the caregivers of those affected by Alzheimers, and honors a caregiver each year. And I always provide a scarf for the auction they have during the luncheon, which I make just for the occasion in the AA signature purple color.
This event was followed 2 days later by the Balboa Island Art Walk. I really enjoy both these shows, and they both bring me to my target market clientele.
This was my 8th time in the Balboa Island Art Walk. Its held every May, on the bayfront walk of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA. The bay front walk goes around the perimeter of the island, and is at most an 8′ walkway. Artists’ displays can be at most 3′ deep. So people can easily get up close to see the artwork, and not have to make that socially awkward, unintentional commitment of walking into a 10×10 pop-up booth space to look at the work. I love that! I wish more art shows could figure this out, that the pass-by rate decreases when people don’t have to walk into a pop-up tent!
And now I’m replenishing my inventory, especially the scarves, for the upcoming Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena, CA, on June 5-7.
This is one of the best shows of work by fine art and hand craft makers, where the vendors who are showing are the people who actually hand-make their wares. There is a fee to get into this show, but if you go to CCM’s website, you can download a pass that gets 2 people in free for the whole three days, a $16.00 value! There’s only so many passes available, so don’t delay!
I’ll be primarily featuring my new line of hand-painted pillowcases, as well as my silk scarf line: Poppies and Poppies on Waves (above), Olive Branches, Flower Fields, Layers, Koi, Watermelon Wedges, Apples, and hopefully some designs I’m working out now that I might be able to sneak in!
October 31, 2012
Its starting to really feel like Fall at last! So it’s perfect to show off some Fall Fruit. I actually did this piece a few years ago, I was playing with the idea of making a pattern for textiles, maybe wrapping paper, or wallpaper. It was an experiment in using different colors than I typically would, especially the wonderful pomegranate red with the greens of the pears, the bay leaves and the tangerine leaves.
Lately I’ve been teaching an introduction to watercolor techniques at the local junior college, which has been great fun, and I’m thrilled that the workshop has been picked up again for February. But between that, preparing for and doing festivals and boutiques with my silk scarves, and my other watercolor workshops, I haven’t had the chance to complete paintings I’ve been working on to show you here. I’ve got a few really fun ones going on though, many were started as demonstrations in the workshops, which I’ve been developing at the painting table later on. So you’ll see those new pieces up here soon.
By the way! For those of you in Southern California, the next festival where I’m showing my hand-painted scarves is on November 11th in Long Beach, at the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Show. I’ll be doing a demonstration on how I paint my designs onto the silk, and also showing some scarf tying and knotting, too. Come find me, I’m in Space #6, just opposite the food trucks! AND I’ll be sharing the space with Susan Haldeman of LadyBIM, with her wonderful hand-embellished sachets, pillows, bamboo baby wear and more. And we’ll be next to our friend Lucky Zelda to boot! Hope we see you there!