Thursday, December 31, 2015

Winter workshops

The following are workshops I will be teaching in the next couple of months:
Registration and info are in the attached links.

1. At the Palo Alto Art Center: The Book that Has it All:

2. Palo Alto Art Center:  Build a Bird House:

3. Palo Alto Adult Education: Gelli plate Printmaking:

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Yellow is....

I am playing along with Jennifer Qoyne Qudeen who is searching for the rainbow colors all over the blog sphere..
My color of choice is the happiest color, the one that brings light to our lives, the color I have learned in first grade that will make my artwork come to life: Yellow!
Here are some of my yellow sightings in my neighborhood, at home, and during my travel to Venice Italy:

Aren't you happy now?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Compendium + four months in one post

It has been four months since my last post… I have been very busy with family events, travel to many beautiful spots and lastly – art events..

First - the Uppercase Compendium (of craft and creativity) is here!!! 

              four different dust jackets by Rachelle Chuang (top left), Shelley Davies (top right)
                                  myself (bottom left) and Stephanie Lemay (bottom right).

                          cover of the compendium (under the dust jacket) by Siobhan Rogers


  Last week I have received the fabulous Compendium book (images above) published by Uppercase magazine’s Janine Vangool. I have mentioned this magazine and its talented editor/publisher before. I had a few mentions in the magazine previously, but this time my artwork was chosen to be on the dust jacket of the book, together with 3 other artists’ designs. Whoever buys the book can choose what design they want on the dust jacket and flip it to change the look any time. A very cool idea!  The book has photos and articles about 66 artists from around the world, and I am honored to be one of them! This book is very inspirational and as always beautifully designed! It would be a wonderful gift for yourself or anyone interested in design, art, craft and just beautiful books.

I also have a few of my sketches included in another publication – Cloth Paper Scissors’ Coloring book -Sketchbook . This magazine includes hand drawn sketches of several themes (like travel, nature, people, etc)  created by several mixed media artists such as Jenn Mason, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Seth Apter, Jodi Ohl, Melanie Testa and myself to name a few. There are also some informative articles about coloring techniques.
And lastly - In the beginning of next year I am planning to offer a large new set of thermofax screens to be used on paper and fabrics. They are a wonderful tool for any textile, paper or mixed media artist. Stay tuned for that.


I have recently participated in 3 annual holiday art sales here in Northern California. I enjoy these very much because it is a great opportunity to chat with like minded folks as well as work on some new pieces for the occasion. 

I have also taught a couple of workshops and I have visited some wonderful artists’ studios during a trip to New Mexico:  One was Gail and Zachariah Rieke’s and the other was Melinda Tidwell’s. I LOVE their art and since I was visiting the area  I just had to see them in their element. All three are very nice people as well. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Eco dyeing - step two: making books!

               The pictures below show the pages at different stages of making the book.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

eco dyeing time again

The lovely weather was a perfect opportunity to play outside.
I will let the pictures do the talking this time: