Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lettering on Wood

Using the techniques I learned recently in Julie Haymaker Thompson's class, I created this piece to give Cody for her 14th birthday. Not being very experienced at using a wood burning tool, I realized
after I sketched out her name and transferred it to the wood that I had designed letters that were all curves - uh oh! It was a bit of a challenge, but I got the hang of it. The only thing I wish I had done was make the letters thicker so there would have been more room for color and pattern. But, Cody thought it was cool so that made me happy!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sharing the Renee Award

Time to share this special award with some of the people that continually inspire me and make me smile through their art and their heart...

Pen McKinley-Rodgers

Manon Doyle
Jane Farr
Erica McPhee
Xandra Zamora
Gina Lee Kim
Renee Troy
Silke Powers
Julie Haymaker Thomas

You can learn about the origins of this award here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Renee Award

Today my friend Ces gave me the Renee award which is such an honor. The award was created by two women with abundant talent and huge hearts, Ces and Bella ,for their very special friend Renee. It's particularly meaningful since Renee touched so many people and gave so much of herself. Happy Birthday Renee. Thank you Ces!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Enchanting Class

I just got back from Seattle and have to show you what I did in Julie Haymaker Thompson's class called Enchanting. Julie is an incredible mixed media artist who uses her whimsical style for a wide variety of art pieces that she creates. She's only been teaching for a year and a half and she is so good at it! I don't take many art classes and tend to be artistically reserved (okay,maybe tied up would be more accurate!), but with Julie's warmth, kindness, and her positive, encouraging style, I had a blast! Everyone in the class used Julie's image as our starting point so we could dive right into all the techniques she taught without having to also work out our own illustration. The class was in Chehalis, Washington, about an hour and a half from Seattle, at Terri Brush's beautiful home. She couldn't have been nicer and made the day perfect with the delicious treat bags, snacks and lunch that she served. Oh, the limoncello cheesecake! And, Terri too, is a wonderful artist.

Another part of my trip was to see my brother Jeff, who lives in Seattle. I stayed with him and his friend Jill. The weather was cool but sunny and beautiful so we had the opportunity to take their adorable chihuahua Jimmy for a couple of walks around Green Lake.

We also went to a life drawing session at the University of Washington
on Sunday. Jeff is a brilliant illustrator! For me, not having done life drawing for 30 years...well, that's another story.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Brass Hinged Book

Joan Hawks, a sweet friend, calligrapher and bookmaker was teaching a class on making this 5x5 brass hinged book. I had never really learned any book construction before going to her class last year. Thread is used to tie around the brass rods which leaves, in this case 12 dangling pieces which Joan taught us to bead. Some of the beads were handmade with paper. I
finally finished it!

I love this quote. I'm
such a romantic!

And finally, here's the back of my little book. The end!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sunshine Award

Pam Johnson Brickell just gave me this award for creativity and positivity in blogging! Pam does absolutely amazing paintings and wonderful lettering in her nature journaling. Thanks so much Pam for the award and for always being so supportive!

Now I get to pass the award on to twelve people. Very tough to choose, but here we go.
The people below always inspire me.

Jane Farr
Julie Haymaker Thompson
Gina Lee Kim
Tammie Lee
Martha Lever
Angela Negro
Silke Powers
Paulette Racanelli
Renee Troy
Lori Vliegen
and finally, brand new to blogging, a great writer with a quirky perspective,
Mark Anderson