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Vines in Prague

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Posted 7/9/09


Having a little time to sketch, I have been retrieving some images from my trip to Prague last year that I wanted to explore as art ideas. I recorded lots of imagery of vines, and this photo in particular was interesting to me.


I drew several explorations and this image above was an “early in the process” sketch. I do like the fun patterning on the drawing. It’s just not a sophisticated composition.


The image above is the last sketch I drew, and it is my favorite of the lot. Hopefully it will morph into an art quilt this fall and I can show the whole progression! I drew these sketches with sharpies and Inktense/watercolor pencils.

Adam Bateman: books

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Posted 3/30/09



I can’t stop looking at it. I hope to catch Adam Bateman’s work in person, as it looks phenomenal. The linear quality and textures are just so graphic!

You can peruse his website here: There is also a bit about him and an exhibit of his work at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center that you can read about here. Thanks for sharing your work, Adam. 

On location art

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Posted 3/13/09


My life has been to the far side of crazy lately, and it has resulted in not a lot of studio time. Our house is now on the market so we can move for my master’s degree, which is the main cause of crazy. However, I was delighted to put the last layer of paint on my current big quilt piece last night. I thought I’d share some sketches I made while at a conference this week. They are certainly not mind blowing in any way, but they help me think about shadows and lines, and the practice is great. I created them with my watercolor pencils, water brush, and sharpie in my hand bound watercolor sketchbook.


New small work and a quick book/movie departure

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Posted 1/30/09


This a little new work, titled” Tin can, rusted”, 5″ x 7″, mounted on stretched canvas. It is for sale for $30 in my etsy shop.

Now for the quick departure. :) Both of my sisters, prague and provo, blogged about the following questions, and I found their answers surprising and interesting.

1. What book have you read the most times in your life?
2. What movie/tv episode/whatever as long as it’s a video of some sort have you seen the most times?
3. What person do you talk to the most?

My answers:

1. I really love reading non-fiction and arty things, so fiction and reading a book cover to cover takes a back seat. Currently on my bedside table is a gift from my sis-in-law, Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. I think most read book hails from younger years. I’m pretty sure it’s Cheaper by the Dozen, by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and Frank B. Gilbreth. A very funny book. If it was which “author” have you read the most times, it would definitely be Dick Francis.

2. As my linguist sister noted, The Philadelphia Story is a movie I saw so many times as a kid that I have the words memorized. However, as an adult, I often keep the tv/movies on while quilting and making art. I don’t “see” a lot of the movie, but I hear the words and music over and over. I get stupid every time The Italian Job is on tv, and can’t turn it off, so I’d have to say it’s a huge contender. As my husband says, “You love a good caper.”  However, for the lifetime win, I’m going to give my full vote though to Grease, for most watched. It’s classic.  I do have a feeling Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog will top the charts one of these days though.

3. If talking on the phone counts, then my other half, who is only half here. :)

Art as food

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Posted 1/9/08


Check out my side trip from fiber arts to food arts. “Fiber arts”, by the way, is confusing to people not working with textiles or fabric.  Recently, I had a conversation with a friend where I noted that I had a “fiber meeting” to go to that evening. She thought I was speaking of the Metamucil type and was quite confused that I needed to attend a meeting about fiber. I digress. Check out these lovely rice treats made into sushi art from Zoe’s Cookie Traditions.  They are super!

It is inspiring to see someone having fun in the kitchen, especially to me.  For a number of years I made a new year’s resolution not to cook, but to spend my time in the studio instead, as I often have a supreme lack of precious studio time.  I’ve relaxed a bit now, but I still feel guilty being in the kitchen and not in the studio.  Maybe I can put those hands together this year!

Prague…beauty in the details

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Posted 1/5/09

Here are a few pics of some of the amazing details that inspired me in the beautiful Czech Republic last month.


Phenomenal vines and growth taking over this residence


I took a lot of photos of the ground! The patterning and linear quality of the cobblestones is awesome.


A lovely wood wreath at the cemetery at Vysehrad


Mosaic at a chapel at Vysehrod


A lovely mix of organic and linear textures

Thanks for looking. I really enjoyed the details of the city.  I got some creative work done this weekend, so more photos soon!

ATC Trade in Houston

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Posted 11/20/08


I took a stack of ATC’s or ACEO’s to trade at Make It University! in Houston at the Houston International Quilt Festival last month. I wanted to show what I brought home in exchange. Thank you to all the artist’s who traded cards.  It was really fun to see the work and take home little pieces of your work! I’m thinking a lot about leaves right now, and there were lots of beautiful leafy pieces to enjoy.

Halloween Art and Houston International Quilt Festival

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Posted 10/27/08


It’s Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year!  This is a photo of our Halloween tree, in all it’s fabulousness.  It makes me giggle. I mean come on, there are stretchy skeletons hanging from ribbon nooses. What’s not to love?

If you’re going to be visiting the Houston International Quilt Festival, don’t miss my quilts!  One Tree Quilt and Dragon are in the judged show Quilts: A World of Beauty.  Also, Little Red Spot is in the Special Exhibit, The Sky’s the Limit. 

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will be having a booth where you can purchase Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts, a handful of which are mine this year. All proceeds go to Alzheimer’s research.  Stop in and say hello to Ami and Debbie and take home a quilt! Ami is taking 1000 donated quilts, so there’s surely one to please you.  Please check out Ami’s blogpost here for all the details.

I am also bringing ACEO’s to trade at the Quilting Arts booth.  The theme this year was holidays, so of course skulls came to visit my work! I had a lot of fun working with both paint and paintstiks in these pieces. You can see some of them in the photo below.


20×200 and Vines

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Posted 10/9/08


Vines I


Vines II

Where are my weekly journal quilts? I’ve been busy and I’m a bit backlogged on journal quilts, which I will fix up this weekend. For some visuals for now, both of these pieces were created while making a custom order. I (thank you!) was asked to create a custom 5×7 piece with the imagery of vines. I created one that I loved, and then second guessed myself and created one more that I thought was a bit more vinous and true to theme so my customer would have another option. Vines II is available for $30 here in my Etsy shop.

What I REALLY wanted to post about today is the 20×200 blog and shop by Jen Bekman.  It’s worse than in obsessiveness for me. Instead of just a techy hot deal item selling out, it’s affordable ART! I often feel like art is a luxury to purchase when our house is FILLED and I mean FILLED with my art, so a $20 print is something I feel I can justify to myself. Anyway, I’m on their mailing list so I got notified of today’s small edition and was able to snatch one up of More Books by Mickey Smith before they sold out. Thanks for sharing your art with 20×200, Mickey. Go and get on the mailing list!

I heart my niece

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Posted 2/29/08


I received this adorable valentine heart in the mail this week and immediately put it up in my studio. This valentine came to my husband and myself from my oldest niece, age 5. She exudes creativity out of every inch of her little person and is quite inspiring to me. You can see one of her latest works on my sister’s blog. Notice the adorable face made with embroidery thread. I’ve also attached a picture of my bulletin board so she can see where it lives now. I love to see what is in other people’s studios, so here’s a glimpse at mine.