Spring is all around us here with trees blossoming everywhere you look, I can’t help but feel inspired and after teaching in Visalia and before preparing for my next teaching gig in Amador county with a group of Northern California art quilters, I had a strong desire to paint.
I knew I wanted my work to feature flowers, bees and a graphic representation of a hive, so I began by painting flowers with a big brush on cotton fabric with acrylic ink.
The next thing I did was adhere images of flowers and bees printed on abaca paper to the painting and pull out wood and hand carved rubber stamps.
Then I painted some more flowers and added color to some of the black and white images.
Abby had to let me know, I was spending way too much time on this painting stuff.
I removed the freezer paper and colored individual hexagons with different colored washes of acrylic ink to give more variation to the background.
Then I painted 2 large graphic bees and silhouettes of smaller bees.
After 3 full days of painting I think it’s done.
I have plans to crop the piece into a longer narrow shape for a better final design, but before I could do that, I had to start preparing for my 3 day class with the group I mentioned earlier.
My friend Jenny Lyon and I have talked several times about the idea of doing a class where I discuss all the different media I use when I paint; the pros and cons, the different ways the paints look and behave and why I would choose either textile paint, acrylic inks or Tsukineko ink to work with for a project. This seemed like a really interesting idea and would be a very informative way to start the classes I would be teaching in Amador county on acrylic inks and Tsukineko inks, that she was also participating in.
Last Monday, our first day of the 3 classes, began in my studio, (which took me days ahead of time to find the surface of my table and floor!) there I laid out samples of different painted fabrics that could be picked up, and studied closely to see the different finishes and feel of the painted surfaces.
We also talked about the quilts piled on the dining room table and artwork around my house.
Abby refused to be left out of the discussion, and grumbled grunted, until I picked her up so she could have a good view of everything that was going on.
Tuesday afternoon, I drove up to Pine Grove in the Sierra foothills of Amador county, where the other 2 classes would be held at Schatzi Brimer’s house. Do you know the meaning of Amador is lovable or loving? That would perfectly describe this gorgeous part of California.
This is the spectacular hill top view from Schatzi’s studio, looking east towards the snow capped mountains of Tahoe, unfortunately the snowy peaks in the distance, visible to the eye, were invisible to my camera.
Wednesday, we focused on Acrylic inks and painted our little hearts out.
Thursday was another gorgeous day
There was so much wonderful work produced over the two days.
Thursday afternoon each student chose two pieces they really liked to put up on the wall, along with a 5″ x 7″ prayer flag cut from one of their other samples.
What a warm and wonderful group of talented women, it was such a joy getting to know them and creating with them.
On Wednesday this week I’m off to Boston, where I’ll be teaching 2 workshops and giving a lecture to the Quilters Connection Quilt guild in Watertown, Massachusetts. I’m really looking forward to this not only because it will be my first time teaching on the east coast, but it will also be an opportunity to visit my younger sister who lives in Massachusetts, and my step mom and brother, who I haven’t seen in 7 years in Maine.
Then I’ll be taking a train to New York city to meet up with my boyfriend Phil for a week. He’s flying out to perform original music to accompany a modern dance company performance that he does every year. After that we will spend 2 days in Stonington,Connecticut to visit Phil’s brother before flying home.