Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring has arrived in Western Massachusetts, Deerfield, MA Visitor's Center





Spent the afternoon in Deerfield, MA at the Deerfield Academy where an exhibit of handwoven beauties from small to very large woven art hangies. It was amazing. Today was the last day. 
In case you missed it here's some show stoppers....


Above is a 3-dimensional woman textile.


They are from artists from all over the country. You can pick up a catalog at Webs in Northampton. They are on sale for $10. 





Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum


There are many beautiful wood cut prints at the Museum. I could spend every day there with my ipad trying new apps...but the one I'm very satisfied with is Sketches. I love the fact that you can access fonts (nice ones), the ease in choosing colors (although when you linger on a color it changes to that color) which can be disconcerting. They have come out with new font package at 4.99. Well worth the price. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sketching at the Equestrian Center at Mount Holyoke College with MaryJo


The girls at the Equestrian Center were practicing for the upcoming event this weekend. Lots of medals and ribbons will be given out. MaryJo and I met at the Botanic Garden at the college but soon we drove to the center to draw the horses and tack. Most of these were horses were 18 hands maybe even bigger. I took an old book to draw in because it is easy to hold -- I knew I wouldn't be sitting while drawing. This is Joy. A beauty. She never came out of her stall. And she moved around a lot. Justt when I was on her face, she would move. No cooperation at all. The pen I used is a pentel brush pen that uses cartridges. Love the brush...nice thick bold lines when you need it. And drawing on old book pages is nice because the pen glides across the page. Very, very black ink. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sunday, April 12 - TAG SALE in Florence, MA

 It will be a fun day in Florence. I'll be bringing lots of beads for jewelry making to sell. $1.00 bags.
Also, vintage linens to use in art projects, lace, buttons and nice vintage linens to use on your tables and bed. So MARK YOUR CALENDAR...just say you read my blog and you'll receive 10% off.
See you on April 12th.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Yum Yum Two dozen scones just came out of the oven!

Wanted to make some scones. Made the first batch and I couldn't get the dough to run around the cuisinart to form a ball. Had to add a little more milk and it still wouldn't form a ball. So I had to knead it by hand. Disaster! 

Went ahead and tried another batch. This time I over compensated and the dough was runny. Geez! 

However, after both batches were baked...they tasted remarkably the same. Undercooked the first batch, over cooked the second to get them brown. 

I haven't made this recipe in several months -- why? Because I was eating all of them. But I was really wanting a scone this morning! 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9am - 2pm INDOOR TAG SALE IN FLORENCE, MA


I'll be set up with antique linens, beads, fabrics and much much more! 
Come by and say "hello". Mention my blog and you'll receive 10% off your purchase.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum




Went over to Mount Holyoke College Botanical Garden last Friday. Drew a little in the succulent room. Then went over to the Art Museum and oh my....There was a small exhibit of Yoshida Hiroshi and his family that created prints in Japan for the last 3 centuries. I never have drawn a boat. (Pencil sketch) I copied it ...The originals (4) were done at different times of the day....my iphone was totally out of juice so I couldn't take a photo of these 4 beauties but I'm definitely going back.
 
Then I opened up a little set of inexpensive gouache tube paints....and I've been having a lot of fun painting with them. I love the way you can get flat color backgrounds.  I tried a turtle swimming deep in the sea.  What I learned was that the background water had to be dark in order for it to look like he was swimming underwater rather than above it.  Then the hardest of all -- a selfie -- using the gouache.  You can remove the paint easily giving way to highlights underneath (if the color is light, that is)....