Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Research Material

Just an update on the book I'm working on..."The Quiet Bear".
Here is a sketch from the book.  It is showing a moving day.
My son Todd was nice enough to let me take pictures of him for my research.  He is posing as the moving man.  I'm not sure if people know that artists' use models when they work on projects.  But, we do.
Should have made him wear pants and boots.  Oh,well.

Vacation Pictures

Here are some photos of my trip to South Carolina.
These are all taken at Botany Bay.
This first one is the long, long path to Botany Bay.  It is a mile walk.  But, I did it...and it was worth it.
We were there in May 2014.
Then we got to the beach!  Very interesting.
Here I am with a huge shell I found.  They are all over the place.  But, you aren't allowed to take them home.  Darn.  I really wanted this one.  But, I'm afraid of going to jail.  So, I didn't take it.
I found lots and lots of other shells at another beach.  Got to keep those.  So, don't feel too bad for me.
But, I sure wanted this one.  For those of you who don't know me well.  I love sea shells.  Crazy for them.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Still Painting...

Yet, another small painting finished.  Well, I have about 10 finished little paintings and also some larger pieces too.  For this upcoming show I have 5 new cut paper designs all finished and framed and ready to sell.  I hope they sell.
Here is one I just completed today.  Two more paintings to finish and then I'm going throw in the towel.
Have to get back to working on the book illustrations.  That's what I really want to be doing.  Note to self.  Don't say you'll do any more shows for a while.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Watercolors

Today, I have been working on some new watercolor paintings for my August 15th Art Show at Gallery Calapooia in Albany Oregon.
Here is a small piece I just finished.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First Illustration

Here is the very first illustration for "The Quiet Bear by Gretchen Leary.  Isn't she sweet.
Can't show you everything, if you want to see all the artwork, you'll have to buy the book.  Well, when it's finished, that is.
But, for now, a little peek.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Fun Trip

I'm home from my quilting trip to Sisters Oregon.  What fun.
We took our bikes with us this year and tooled around Sisters like we knew what we where doing.
Didn't take a class this year, because we didn't get into the one we really wanted.  So, we worked on our own projects this year.
 Here we are posing in front of The Stichin Post, on our bikes.  From left to right are: Julie Jackson, Hannah Jackson (middle) and me.  I know, I don't have a cute basket on the front like my girls.  Maybe next year.
I was surprised to find a quilt made with my Linden fabric (P&B Textiles) hanging our in front of The Stichin Post.  Nice.  My hair looks blue in this picture, but trust me, it's grey.

A good time was had by all.  The only low point was, my daughter Meg normally comes along and she couldn't come this year.  We carried on as best we could without her.

I'm already looking forward to next year!
Julie and Hannah being silly.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Off on a Sewing Trip

Well, I'm off to my yearly retreat with my friend Julie and her daughter Hannah.  We go every year to Sisters Oregon for the Quilt Show.  Normally, my daughter Meg goes too.  But, this year she had to choose between our sewing trip and a family trip with her husband.  She chose the family trip.  Can't say that I blame her.  She's a good girl.
Anyway, there are classes all week long and then on Saturday the towns people hang the most fabulous quilts all over town.  On buildings, in windows, if there is a place to hang a quilt, they do it.

I sincerely hope this is not me at the sewing machine.  But, maybe.

Main street in Sisters Oregon.

And here are the Three Sisters Mountains that the town gets its name from.

If I create anything wonderful, I'll show it here.  If I create something not so wonderful...well, I'm not showing that.