Friday, July 19, 2019

Just Deserts

I'd show you the baggage tags with one traveling from Denver to Chicago then Rochester, the other Denver to Atlanta then Rochester, but suffice to say today was a split of a day. I'm home, happy to be home, but missing the experience of the west coast. A marionberry pie, natch.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

What You Need to Work

Lots of light, large table, water, hot hot water, good people to bounce ideas off, and time to do it all -- that's all you need to print. This from the last day of "On Your Mark -- Print!" at the Eugene Textile Center.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Printy Happy

It takes a few days to get into the groove, and so this third day print was just right. Still at the Eugene Textile Center printing "On Your Mark -- Print!" with some very fun people.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Moon, Full Moon

I've captured my little orb to stand in for tonight's full moon. I know where I'll be -- somewhere at dinner in Eugene, Oregon, and not able to get a moonshot up on this blog. So, this will have to stand in for my monthly post at full moon time.

Monday, July 15, 2019

On Your Mark

The Eugene Textile Center has me with "On Your Mark -- Print!" and we're off. Beside scraping and mixing color, we've tried our own relief prints. This is just day one. Tomorrow we will take in monoprints and more rubbings. But with our own marks.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

You Know It's Everywhere

I've landed in Eugene, Oregon for this week's class. A bit of shopping to do and searching for just this kind of metal grid -- fencing perhaps. Something for mark making. This was on the shore near Penn Cove near Coupeville, Washington.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Checking tthte Flight Plan

Before the plane was the ferry, then a meeting of Contemporary Quilt Art Association in Seattle (a pleasant surprise item on the agenda) then lunch across from Seattle's "running of the bulls" and check in to drop luggage. Then the plane. What a day!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Time for Field Trip Again

Yesterday part of the class drove over to La Conner, Washington see the Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Three floors showcased works in fiber, with one dedicaed to art quilts. It was full of diverse ways to address the topic at hand -- shifting tides.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Make it Big

The rains were decisive this morning, but the afternoon brought calm and sun and clouds. Back on the line were graphic, bold prints, some waiting to be printed further. The ideas keep flowing, the dye rolling, and we're given one more glorious print day Friday.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Visit to Marcia Derse

We ended our class today to visit Marcia Derse's studio on Whidbey Island, Washington to have an impromptu tour and lecture about how she designs her splendid art made fabric. It was such a very special look at her take on collage, mark making, and decisions on color pallet. A most gracious host. Thank you, Marcia!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

There is a Door

I expect space, I expect great lighting, I always have a class of wonderful people. But I never expected an open wall -- a garage door that lifts to give access. It's the closest to being outside without being open too the elements. I'm in heaven.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Off and Hanging

And we're off! The start of a workshop in Coupeville at the Pacific Northwest Coast Art School with clear day ahead, and fabric that is pleasing. This is just the start, it only gets better.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Edge of the Island

Coupeville today where I checked in to the Pacific Northwest Coast Art School. My lovely inn is steps away from this town and the dock. I've five days to make some Glorious Prints. And my guess is that there are 15 people who are equally happy too.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

John Grade's "Middle Fork" fills the entrance lobby of the Seattle Museum of Art. This was one of my stops today before heading of to Coupeville tomorrow. So wish I had more time. This is a splendid place to visit.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Other Side of the Continent

A backward glance here from my hammock perch. But I write from the other side of the states -- the Northwest Coast. It's a Seattle landing and a day to see what I can fit in. More later, for now it's best to sleep.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

It Came Home to Me

Part of the QSDS challenge was Marla Hattabaugh's little work. I took a shine to this one, bought it, an it finally made its way to my doorstep. When I'm back from my Northwest trip I'll find a handing rod and a place to put it. Thanks, Marla!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

I'm Not Alone

I'll not be the only one who is packing yards of labeled, soda soaked fabric in their suitcase. I'm gathering what I need for the Pacific Northwest Art School in Washington for next week's Glorious Prints, then on to Eugene, Oregon for On Your Mark -- Print! Start with white fabric.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It's in the Mail

Abraham Ferraro's work is made of mail-able boxes that are posted and sent to the exhibition site. Hard to explain, but so fun to see and admire. Today was wonderful as a misdirected package of my quilts showed up three weeks after it was sent. Normally, three days is all. So happy.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Starting to Sort for West Coast

I've printed during the last two weeks, and now there are too any fabrics, and I have to sort what will travel with me to the Pacific Northwest Art School. I'll take those that show what you can do to make Glorious Prints. I'll be at the coast, then on to Textile Center in Eugene, Oregon after that.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Big Leaf (Only Bigger)

A few years back Noel Keith took my New Big Leaf class in Syracuse. Yesterday the Finger Lakes Fiber Artists saw her nearly finished piece. She broke the design with multiples of leaf shapes. And met her goal of using her precious African printed fabric. Well done!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Today's Reclamation

This simple, powerful statement by Sherri Lynn Wood is composed from safety vests discarded at the San Francisco dump. She made this quilt ''s and others that are on view while an artist in residence at the Recology San Francisco. You can see them at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Sort of a Sort

I'll boil these washed out prints three to a batch on the stove. So much process, so little time.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Washing Up and Out

Setting up a print studio is fairly simple. I don't measure, weigh, or fuss. But having a sprayer (pullout variety!) is essential to get the soy wax out of the screens. Seconds and I'm washed out. Mind you, I've cranked up the heat in the water, but it's the sprayer that does the trick.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hoya There

This is my Hoya plant on vacation. Again with the blooms! Only fine outside, as inside they scent in the evening, hoping to be more attractive. Here they've got ant visitors. Might gift this. Anytime is good.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Roar Shock

These printed shapes remind me of animals in a way. Love the screen I'm using, so making this in a myriad of colors. Just in case I want one for myself. The rest will travel to the Pacific Northwest Coast Art School and then the Eugene Textile Center to show off. And sell, if someone wants them.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Night Out

I spent the day at work (slogging dye left and right) and was due a treat. The Rochester International Jazz Festival is this week and I took in a concert that was out of this world. Street food, Abbott's custard, and a lovely night. Now I'm ready to go back to work tomorrow.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

6 x 6 Up Close

Small but mighty, this measures 6"x6" and is a John Kastner work. It took some hours to make this, and yes, it sold. I believe that he uses found objects from his dog walk trips in these collages. The script says "Madam and Steve in the Garden of Bleedin". Clear about his feelings on the environment.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

6 x 6 Times Thousands

Each year the Rochester Contemporary Art Center holds the 6x6 show of donated artwork. At only $20 per work, it is the gallery's largest fundraiser. And a small spectacle for those who can check out (and purchase) a work. I've got mine. You can too, and via the web as well.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Solstice Light

It was an evening to spend counting down daylight from a tall roof, and best I could think of was the top of the Genesee Brewery. With a beer in one hand and camera in the other, I waited for a train to cross the bridge over the Genesee Falls. Now for summer.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

In the Mix

I buy white plastic film, to cover the print table. The entire table is added with old cotton batting. For mixing colors it's the perfect surface. I can see what I've got,  can "thin" it with thickeners, and use the plastic scraper like a palette knife. And, yes, I'm that wild.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

More Scarves to Travel

Crepe di chine is the base fabric for screening and printing these scarves. I'll pack them to take along to Pacific Northwest Art School in July, then if they're any left, on to Eugene Textile Center. Can't wait to see the west coast again.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What Would I Want?

I like to choose a piece that I would take, if I could, from any exhibit that I see. It's an exercise that makes me clarify, as well as verbalize, why it merits my attention. A game best played with another, certainly. The Finger Lakes show has Colleen Buzzard's piece "Hard Merge from Left" and is my pick. Most appealing is the ordinariness of the materials.

Monday, June 17, 2019


I'm stacking up prints to travel with me to Washington and Oregon where I'll be teaching in early July. But this one won't go with. It speaks to me in a demanding way.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wash Day is Every Day

...or so it seems. I'm learning that to wait to wash (quantity is energy savings!) is not the better way to go. So, I'm plowing through my dozens of yards, and will note to wash out in smaller batches. 'Nuff said.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Finger Lakes Exhibit Opens

Tonight's opening meant lots of people. Don't be fooled. These people were talking to each other, just turned in a way to seem like they were interested in my work (the one in the center of the pic). Mainly it was time to see friends and catch up. Art looking will be another time.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Birthday to You

Last night was a lovely dinner with fellow artists and a time to celebrate a guest's birthday. I made a pennants flag flurry (what do they call these anyway?) to gift. The best food, good humor, and too many desserts.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ordinary, Not

It took me years to get these Siberian Iris to take and flower. This is my mid-day stroll, a break from washing out dozens of prints. Yes, there's also a milkweed just in case a Monarch needs it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Not a Ride-By

QSDS is a stone's throw from the Columbus Art Museum, and a terrific collection of works that engage. A week ago I caught myself  staring at this work "Ride by Terror" by James Baare Turnbull, painted in 1941, when he was 32. Yes, hooded men with guns. And in 1941.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hide and Seek

This is a print (before washing out) where I used a large wallpaper paste brush to add the texture with thickened dyes to the fabric. The circles are made from rolling over a bumpy circle thingie. I think it looks like hide, or maybe hairy hide. More tricks!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Stack 'Em Up

Back at work, being a Monday and all. I've got dyes mixed, thickener too. And a rainy day without interruption. Can't be any better.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


I tackled the garden today. After being away for more than two weeks the garden just kept on being its growing spectacle. But it needed weeding and planting. And I needed to get outside and tend to home. And plant my feet back in home turf.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Up in Flames

The spectacle of a fiery red sunset isn't justly captured here. At QSDS, my base camp for two weeks, the workshops ended with a true midwestern red sky that was reflected in the glass of buildings surrounding the CCAD campus.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Parting Shot

Before our room returns to its clean state, I took a backward glance at the riot of color and pattern we had on the tables and the walls. We meant to make only sketches this week, but couldn't resist making finished pieces. Ok, can do.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sometimes There's Quiet

Given space, time, and motive one can do wonderful things. This was the view from my class today at QSDS. One more day to spend with creative minds.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Gone to a New Home

This piece, which gained the nickname "Spring Cleanup" went to its forever home. It was for sale in conjunction with the QSDS faculty sale. Those little red sold dots always make me happy, but always a bit nostalgic as well.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Today Was Red Day

Our group photo was in shades of red. My QSDS class is held on the campus of the Columbus College of Art and Design and my room is a fabulous amount of space for each person to spread out to work, complete with a large design wall. I couldn't ask for more.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Too Distracted to Remember the Details

Around the corner from my design class at QSDS I fell upon an artist and her large felted paper creation. It may be about 10 feet or more long, and is a response to the prairie landscape. I'll go back to remember her name. Guess I was just so intrigued with the work I couldn't.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Roll out the Yards

In Columbus, my two day Take Two class got underway with selecting two one yard pieces to compose a piece. It was fun, trying, and satisfying all at the same time.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Sell Art, Buy Art

Since I sold a piece at QSDS, I felt emboldened to buy this QSDS auction piece by Ginny Smith. The idea behind the "advice" is from stories told earlier this week about mothering. My piece sold at auction as well with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

Friday, May 31, 2019

20 Glorious People

20 students for a Glorious Prints class. Each printing at least a dozen. For 5 days, in 3 print rooms, 1 drying room, 1 dye room, and 1 happy teacher. QSDS 2109. I'll be back in 2018. Now on to Take 2.