I had so much fun on this last trip. I flew into Boston and met up with my younger sister Beth who lives in Massachusetts.
These paintings of my dads were hanging in Beth’s house. My dad was a Naval engineer, who designed steering mechanisms for nuclear subs, but he liked to draw historic houses with pen and ink and paint with oils in his free time. The funny thing is he was colorblind, which could explain the olive green ground and overly bright yellow houses in the painting above. I really love the way that bright red barn grabs your eye since it’s the only red in the whole painting.
Thursday Beth and I drove up to Kittery, Maine to see my step mom who now lives in my dads old house, where I lived until I was 5, when my parents divorced. I had not set foot in the house since. It felt almost like a dream to walk through the house again, with memories flooding back. Intellectually, I knew it would feel small, but it was amazing how small it really was.
How I wished I had time to walk up to the end of the street and walk through the woods to the cemetery on the other side.
then we took a drive out to Kittery point and then down the coast to Rye, NH. I don’t think I’ve been back to New England in the winter since I was in college and it was so beautiful to see it again with snow.
I think the water is a much darker blue in winter than the gray blue I think of in the summer.
Friday I checked in to my hotel in Waltham, MA and met up with textile artist Sue Polansky who I met when I was teaching at Arrowmont and lives in the next town. Sue took me over to Harvard to the Natural History museum to see the glass flowers made by a father and son in the late 1800’s through early 1900’s. The incredibly life like plant specimens were made to scale except for the cross sections.
It was completely mind boggling how they achieved so much detail with glass tendrils as thin as a hair.
On Saturday I taught the first of two one day classes using acrylic ink for the Quilters Conncetion guild in Watertown, MA. As a one day class it’s an absolute whirlwind and the only photo I managed to take was this one dripping ink on one of my demo pieces.
Sunday I made a point to try and take a couple more photos,
This is one of my favorite classes to teach, because there are so many techniques to explore, but I keep thinking of more things to do with the inks than there is time for teaching in one day. I want everyone to try them all, so I always feel a bit disappointed when we run out of time, I much prefer two or more days and students always say they wished they had more time too, but I know many venues are hesitant to book a two day class because they’re harder to fill.
Before my evening lecture on Monday, I got together with my friend Sue Bleiweiss and went to the Boston Museum of Fine Art to take in the exhibits and had lunch in the fantastic cafe there. I love how art museum’s always have great restaurants.
Tuesday morning I woke at 5 am to catch the train to New York city and since it was so early I wasn’t sure of the best way to get to the station, so after hearing that Sue Polansky had good experiences with Uber I tried it and I have to say it worked out great! I had a $20 first time coupon, saw who my driver was going to be, an estimate of the fare, how long it would take for him to get to me, paid by the app so no fumbling for cash or waiting on a credit card and no tip. The 20 mile trip with the coupon cost me $7. 69 in a clean and comfortable car with a very nice driver.
Phil took the red eye out of Sacramento, got to New York, dropped off his things at his friends place where we were staying and came to meet me at the train station to help me with my two 50 pound suitcases and backpack.
After we rested up a bit, Phil realized he was missing a cable that he needed for rehearsal, so we headed out to an electronics store that happened to be about 5 blocks from City Quilter. How could I not stop and check that out and also look for bolts of my dear friend Melanie Testa‘s fabric 🙂
Since Phil and I had our days free, with rehearsals and performances for him in the evenings, I made plans to meet up with friends each day.
On Wednesday, Phil and I to met up with Melly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the amazing exhibits and have lunch.
I love this picture of Phil and Melly looking at the map.
On Friday, Phil and I met up with my old art school buddy, Tony Limuaco for a fantastic lunch at a Korean restaurant called Wanjo. Tony and I hadn’t seen each other in 30 years! How is that possible? I think the most startling difference about me and Tony since 1985 is our hair!
Tony is an illustrator/graphic designer who took up knitting after 9-11 and is now an amazing knitwear designer with patterns published in Vogue and Interweave. Tony’s expanding on his culinary talents now, launching a kimchi business called Kimcheelicious, you have to check out all the amazing Asian cuisine inspired recipes he has on his website, Yum!
After our very fun catching up lunch, it started to snow as we tried to make our way around to see a few landmarks. This is only my second time to NYC and I want to see everything! It was very wet snow, melting as it hit the streets, but it was coming down pretty steady.
After our train back suddenly switched to an express, we had to get off to find another one, but finally gave up and decided to walk the 12 blocks back. When we went up to the street at Columbus circle we were greeted with a winter wonderland, and it was a cold walk back into the wind the whole way! Never thought I would want an umbrella for snow before, but it would have been a very good thing to have!
On Saturday we met up with Mistyfuse Iris for brunch down in Chelsea, oh my gosh, it’s a good thing you do a LOT of walking in NYC.
After our decadent brunch we walked a good long ways to 30 Rock on our way to find a funny little ancient model train store about 5 blocks from there.
After the final performance Saturday night, all the dance company and musicians had a delightful and lively Chinese banquet with lots of laughter and singing at a restaurant near the theater. I feel so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to accompany Phil on his annual trip now, and see such interesting, conceptual modern dance, listen to extraordinary musicians for four straight nights and get to know such wonderful creative people who express their art in a different way than I do.
We got to sleep very late and woke up a few hours later,
Stonington is such a picturesque little town on the coast
with lots of historic houses painted lovely colors
but it sure was cold!
I love the color of the water from the shallow golden yellow, root beer brown to aubergine, ultramarine, and cobalt. What a palette!
Those are big chunks of ice floating on the waves at the shore. When salt water is frozen you knows its cold!
Which makes me ever so thankful to be back home in California where the sun is shining and I can put on a pair of shorts and feel warm… for now 🙂
Tuesday I fly back to New York, this time to Albany, where I’ll be teaching a 3 day (YAY!) workshop using acrylic inks for Hudson River Valley Fiber Workshops at the beautiful Greenville Arms Inn.
This week I have been busy putting together the kits, which includes 2 1/2 yards of fabric and all these goodies! We’re going to have so much fun, you should join us, there’s a few more spaces. Happy hour starts Thursday at 6, with class on friday 🙂