Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cook books and craft books for sale.

I'm selling some great books. Get them now so you'll be ready for the holidays.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Art and Soul Portland - Post 7

Today was my last day of classes.   I had two classes.    Tin Babies in the morning and Collage a Bird in the afternoon.   

Both were great.  I've taken a class from Erin Keck before so I knew it was going to be fun.   Tin babies are made from old tins with antique heads from  old broken dolls.    Great fun, fairly easy and lots of enthusiasm from all participants.

A really fun way to make a cute little doll.   This one is designed to hang.   I have a tin from Pink Hot Chocolate featuring Raggedy Ann & Andy.   I brought it with me with a head to learn to to attach.   Stay tuned for the final outcome of that.

I have quite a few tins that will probably evolve into tin babies.   

So sorry I can't post a picture of  my afternoon class project.   Stay tuned, it is to come.   When I returned to my room I got obsessed with packing and it's in the suitcase.   

It has been a fun week and I hope you have enjoyed it too.  

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Art and Soul Portland - Post 6

Today was day 2 of Jenny Doh class.   It was wonderful.   We were to come with ideas of what we would do with our paintings to make them mature.   I was sure I wanted a dress on a hanger on one of mine.   I was going to hand it veritically and was sure that was where I would head with it.   Well, that was not to be.   When  I posted pictures in the last post, I was sure my painting was nearly done until I studied the painting.   IT wasn't fully covered with paint.   So that is where I started and then it needed to be displayed horizontally.

I put a LOT more paint on the canvas.   I decided to do some strangely colored sunflowers towards the bottom of the painting.   I absolutely love them!!!

This is the class at the end of the session with sampling so far their works.   It was so much fun.

Okay - I did a dress.   It's not done yet.   It is on canvas paper not a mounted canvas.

Still needs a lot of work - but at least I started my dress.  

Then it was back to the bird.   

It was such a fun day.

Tomorrow I have two classes - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.   The morning is tin babies.   Basically that is about tuning old Tins. (Spice, tobacco, etc ) into a doll.

In the afternoon, I do Collage a Bird.   I'm doing a Rooster -  Roosters are big in Key West.    

Stay Tuned.  

Art and Soul Portland - Post 4 - A maturing canvas and Give Them the Bird

Wow, today was fun.   I took the Painting by Heart taught by Jennie Doh.    She is really talented, high energy and quite committed to making you enjoy yourself and create something you like.    We went through an exercise where she gave prompts on how to get the canvas covered.   I am adding three photos that encompass 13 clips of my canvas as it progressed.    We did two canvases in this style and today they will even mature further.   

At this phase lots of paints.   Today we will keep going on both canvases to see where it leads.

My second canvas.   I bought an orange paint and more white during lunch to change the color palette.

I absolutely love, repeat love the flower in the upper center.   It will be fun to see how it transforms today.

Took a break and made about 7 tiles for a fairy cottage.   Cute.

Then on to Doris Arndt's class to do the sculpted bird.   She is the one that I took a class from last year and created these.  

The top two pictures are examples of Doris' work, and the bottom little guys are mine.   When I got home I painted about 10 more.   They were so much fun.

Today, we finish the canvases and then finish the birds.   Really cute little birds.  

Stay tuned.   

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Portland Art and Soul - Post 3

Still on Key West time but had an exciting day.   This morning's class was the Day of the Dead.   Really a fun class taught by Laurie Mika.   This is the second class I've taken with her.   Last year I did a Tin Shrine.   She is a very great Polymer Clay artist and every year I am so delighted with her projects.  

  Laurie doing demonstrations.   She always has great ideas on how to make it really fun and really production.   She worked on a very bright background.

This was my plaque  at various points in the process.    

This was the final projects.   After I came back to my room, I added some gold paint and outlined some areas in black again.    

After really exciting day, I went to the room and actually took a nap.   I loved it.   After a light dinner and a little wine, I went to the next class.   Once I was a Shuttle by Debbie Rjins. There class included the shuttle and we added our own embellishment.  

I was really pleased with the final product.   Need something on the very end, but couldn't decide on what.   So I'll wait until I get home and see if something jumps out at me as the ideal choice.

Such a fun day.   Tomorrow I do day 1 of a two day class called Painting by Heart.    Stay tuned for the details.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

Portland Art & Soul - Post 2 - Delectable Paper and Cloth

Well, Day 2 started over very early.    I am still on Key West Time and called Ron early.   He said, it's 2:30  in the morning there.  Yes it was.  Fortunately I went back to sleep.

Today's class was Liz Kettle's Delectable Paper and cloth.   You print fabrics on a gelatin plate.   You can buy gelatin plates, but these were made from Knox Gelatin and she is giving us the recipe to make them.   Now there is no stopping me.   

The above pictures are samples of what was done in the class.   Lots and lots of examples.   I printed on paper, coffee filters, flannel, painter's drop cloth and mostly unable ached muslin.   All were great.   I never knew you could print on gelatin plates.     This was an all day class and such fun.   Seemed like the more I did, the more I liked it.   

Took a break and had a small dinner and visited with other participants.   So much fun.   In the evening I took Eva Sherman's class on vine making with copper wire.   I made a cuff style bracelet and learned to weld in the process and also made two pendants.   I was supposed to be making a ring on the smaller one and didn't like it one bit.   Flattened it and made a small pendants.   Kept two projects as dark patinaed copper and one as just copper.  Really love this project.  

Originally posted without a picture.   Thought I should correct that!

The smaller pendant was originally to be a ring.   I will try that again at home.  

I left it copper with the others in a dark patina.   I really like it, even if it was an artistic mistake.

Tomorrow I'm attending a class - the Day of the Dead.   Should be fun.  

See you tomorrow.   

Portland for a week. Attending art and soul retreat.

Finished two legs of a three legged trip.   Waiting in San Diego for about two hours to get flight to Portland.  

Other than a little confusion about getting a new boarding pass, getting to the flight operated by Alaskan Airlines was great.   Service was good.   Flight arrived in Portland right on time and the shuttle was waiting at the curb.  My reservations at the hotel were a little confusing but all was confirmed.   Got my load of stuff to the room and made it to registration and then to the meet and greet on opening night.   This is where you can see what the various instructors are teaching.   I think I made some very good choices.   

Erin Keck was teaching a little class hi-lighting some new (at least new to me) paints and glazes.   This was an embelishments to our name tags.   I was almost too tired to do it after being on flights all day; but I did it and had fun.   

Had a few snacks and a glass of wine and then back to the room.   

Got all my stuff unpacked and put away and organized my stuff for the first day.   Now to get some sleep.

Oh by the way, from MIA to San Diego, I watched a movies I never was going to watch - The Intern.   It was very funny.   Loved it.   

Stay tuned for more pictures and things.