Thursday, January 18, 2018

Watercolor Landscapes

Yesterday, after the kids had left for school, I heard a strange noise....
Looking around, I discovered that it was my watercolor paints, clamoring to be let out of their tubes to play with each other. 
My paper piped in, pleading to feel the caress of soft brush bristles on its surface. 
My paint brushes begged for water to quench their thirsts.
And so we all spent the day together, until the wee hours of the morning, to create these:

These are the first 12 of 100 paintings that I am doing for my Kickstarter campaign.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Make 100: Small Watercolor Paintings on Kickstarter

You might remember these little (2.5 x 4 inch) watercolor landscapes that I have been doing. Well, I decided to challenge myself to paint 100 of these little guys in the next month, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help me achieve my goal!  You can purchase notecards of my paintings or get an ORIGINAL work of art for only $10!

If you are interested, please take a few minutes to look it over, and let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Growing Up!

The kiddos are growing up fast!  Evelyn is in 9th grade, Spencer in 6th, and Fletcher in 2nd. Gone are the days of naps and changing diapers. The kids are more self efficient, and self entertaining, and Mama is sewing again!

I have rediscovered my love for putting together different fabric colors and prints, and have gone on a roll making baby quilts. Feels good!  I will be listing these on my Etsy site soon.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sun Inspiration Doodle Designs

I have noticed this Sun theme popping up over and over again in my art over the past couple of years. I love to doodle with a brush and india ink on large(r) sheets of paper, like 18 x 24 inches, to get my creative juices flowing. I try not to overthink as I am putting brush to paper, but just focus on filling the page with brush strokes.  I work as fast as I can, intuitively, and that helps me from getting stuck on what to do next...Just Do It!

One of these sun doodles translated to the sewing machine. I used the same concept of filling the wholecloth muslin and doodling using black thread on my sewing machine to emulate the black brush strokes of the india ink.  Later, I colored this piece in with crayons and acrylic paint. This quilted piece measures about 18 x 18 inches.

And then look: in one of my recent ceramic pieces, here is that sun ray motif again, or perhaps it is a sunflower?  I made a clay slab bowl, and then incised the design into the clay. I highlighted it with black glaze to make the line work pop.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ceramic Bowls and Vases

I am continuing to play with ceramics, making bowls and vases. I love doing the surface design on the bowls with either dimensional glazes and/or painting designs onto the pieces. 

The vases were made using texture stamps in the clay to create the design--I am using the green one to hold my paint brushes--much more decorative than the tin can I used to use!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Last semester, we did a project with ceramics, making a food dish/ platter that had meaning to our family traditions. I chose to make this tortilla holder in honor of my Mexican heritage, that we had tortillas with our holiday meals and I remember my Grandma Josephine making the BEST hand made tortillas!

This summer, since I am not able to take classes, I decided to do some "home schooling".  I have been playing around with clay, the textures that I can make in the clay, and the beautiful glaze colors.  Of course, I love jewelry, so I have been making some focal pendants as well as buttons. Small bowls are also a favorite--coming up soon in a blog post.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Escher Style Tessellation

We have been learning about tiling and tessellations in my Geometry for Design class--right up my alley with my quilting background. But specifically, I have been fascinated with M.C. Escher's tessellations. I made about 10 different prototypes out of regular colored paper, and then selected one that I wanted to turn into a painting for my final project.

This shape started with a 90-degree triangle. I traced the shape out repeatedly onto a piece of 15 x 20 illustration board, and painted in the shapes with turquoise, teal, orange and red.

I then developed the design further by drawing the lizard figure and leaves with black charcoal.  Put a final coating of spray clear acrylic, and voila--my first tessellation!!!