Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wonderful Watercolor Workshop

In the Kansas City area we have a wonderful place called Powell Gardens. They have beautiful gardens of all kinds, wonderful buildings, even a beautiful chapel for weddings, and best of all have professionals come in and teach classes on all kinds of things from water gardens to watercolor. I took a class there and this is the result.If you live anywhere near Kansas City, Mo. google Powell Gardens and give them a visit.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I love taking Pictures of Nature.

I love composing all different kinds of pictures from simple things in nature . When I was on retreat for a week last summer, I was able to take some really fun pictures. Here are just a few. They also make great inspiration for drawings and designs.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Girl time together is the best . . . . . .

Lots of good girl friend time last Thurs. through Sun. Went on a Quilt Retreat at a place north of Lawrence, Kansas. Quilt designer and fabric designer Jo Morton from Nebraska was there to teach. Lots of fun, eating, laughing, drinking good things, sewing, sewing and sewing some more. Some very talented ladies made some very awesome quilts in the last year

This quilt is one I puchased in 2oo2. Each square was designed by a known quilt teacher/designer for the "Liberty Gathering" in Liberty,MO. I love it because each square is signed by the designer who made it.
The proceeds from the auction the quilt was part of went to the
Liberty Hospital Foundation "Project Treehouse". This is a seperate beautiful house adjoining Liberty Hospital, and is for people who have loved ones as patients in Liberty Hospital.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Grunewald Guild. . . Art and Spirituality

I spent my 60th birthday week last summer in the Cascade Mts. of Washington State. There is a wonderful place called Grunewald Guild. Everyone should experience this fantastic place. You can take art classes from professional artist, take great hikes, eat wonderful homegrown food and share wonderful love and friendship. I took a class in Madalas from Carla McConnell, one of the founders of the American Colored Pencil Society. She is amazing. This is a pic of my finished project and a pic of the one Carla did that week. If you are interested in looking into Grunewald go to

This is the one I did. Notice the Acorns !! just had to have them in there.

Carla McConnell my teacher did this one. She is fantastic. Her web site is

I highly recommend this experience to everyone. They have different classes every week for over 8 weeks in the summer. Everything from Fiber Arts, Ceramics, Stained Glass to painting, drawing and more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunshine Please . . . . . .

I am joining Margaret at Water Blossoms in wishing for some reprieve from all of these gray days. Hope all out in blogland have some sunshine in their life today.

"May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have..... Unknown.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Acorn piece......

Happy Monday to everyone. I love doing my art work in several different mediums, but, I love pencil . I like to be able to make all the different shades and contrasts. Continuing my acorn theme for one more day, here is a picture I did with a sort of Zentangle effect.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Great Oaks from . . . . . .

One of my favorite things is acorns. I collect them, cross stitch them, draw them and love them.
For me they symbolize growth and how it can come out of just tiny thought or idea.
Some of my best artwork has evolved this way.
Here are just a couple of my acorn creations.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well here I go, wish me luck.

This is the first entry of my blog. I am a new member of the world of "blogs". I love art, music, needlework and want to share that love with others who wish to follow along with me. There is a great deal of fear inside of me from taking this leap to find out who I really am, and where this journey will take me. Wish me luck, and bear with me as I get this going.