December News

Hi to everyone!

I have just had the most wonderful Thanksgiving week with family and friends. Used the leftovers to make a turkey Shepherds pie, it was delicious and I will be eating that for a few days to come. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and now we have some creative time before the Christmas madness starts!!! Enjoy!!
We just finished our 2021 Alegre Retreat after 2020 had to be canceled and 2021 had to be postponed to November. It was really fun and we all enjoyed the resort in November, usually it is in April! The weather stayed nice for us and the camaraderie was extraordinary. We are now taking signups for Alegre Retreat 2022!! April 3 to 8. 

Register for Alegre Retreat here!

Two Online (Email Based) Classes Starting in January

Color and Composition, begins January 10, 2022

Join me and 10 participants for 8 lessons in 16 weeks, dynamic online class focusing on color and composition. This is a personal in-depth study.

Working in a Series, begins January 20, 2022

A series is a group of works that continues an idea from one piece to the next. It is a way to create unified pieces that give an individual voice to your work and to get deeper into your work through technique, design and color. A total of 6 pieces will be made in 18 weeks.

Virtual Zoom Based Class

Jumpstarting Your Creativity

 Starting February 26, 4 PM Pacific Time

 4 Sessions: February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28
 This is my one and only Zoom class. I demonstrate four different ideas for coming up with your own original artwork: composition with line, abstracting reality in two steps, grid work, and distorting the still life. Great demos and explorations of others’ work. All classes are recorded and available for review until the end of the year. Limit of 100 participants. Class timing was chosen to make it easier for those in Australia and New Zealand and other time zones to join in.

Click here to sign up!

Here is a recent review: “YOU are a Wonder Woman! I DO love your teaching. Today’s class was content rich, quickly paced which works best for me, intriguing assignments, great use of the Zoom format and perfect opportunity for Q and A. I really am intrigued with how you combine Painting and Fabric Art. The photos from other classes at the end were GREAT. Thanks for keeping the videos up for all 4 months. EXCELLENT class in every way. I can’t wait to get started on the assignments. Thanks very much for doing this.”

I will be teaching Working in a Series at MISA, Santa Fe May 9th-May 13th, 2022

I will be teaching at the Empty Spools Seminars in Pacific Grove, California. Session 1 will be held February 27th to March 4th for Jumpstarting your Creativity, and Session 3 will be held March 20th to 25th for Watercolor to Quilt class.

Here are some of the best images from the 2021 Alegre Retreat

Dolores my otter is back in her spot in my living room. She looks beautiful with her quilt made from my first two lines of fabrics created for me by Lisa Ellis. Stunning corner if I do say so myself.

Plein Air Painting in the redwoods and my four pieces on the gallery wall at the opening

My niece got married and we were all gifted saris to wear to the wedding.

My newest quilt based on the grid work series that I am working on, inspired from a watercolor painting, Rede-Portuguese. My dog was keeping me company while I stitched up the back!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone! Neighborhood decorations are already going up and this yard is one of my favorites!

Love and Hugs,