I am jokingly referred to as the " White Binder Queen". Ok so, I made a binder for each class and retreat I have taken. I did not show the other book case, that would be embarrassing.. I am signed up for Susie Monday's Art with the I Pad on line class.. and that starts today... I am hyperventilating a bit over the challenge, just kidding, but am still of the "older" generation where if you hit the wrong key, you will kill the computer. So taking this one step at a time. Susie has been very patient with pre-class instructions and directions..
There is also a fun group of gals and lots to learn.. As you can see I just could not help myself, I made another binder! Will let you know how it goes.. but thrilled to be participating.. Hope I am not thrown out with all the questions I might ask!
Another amazing frozen vista from the house. We did not get snow, but a stillness this morning of frozen trees. It is about 28 degrees, and the leaves are crunching as I walk. There are some cute little fat birds hopping around looking between the crisp leaves for what ever food they can find.. I shall set out something for them later on as it warms under this endless blue sky.
Patches looks up hoping to get some early breakfast, sorry will wait till it is warmer and walk down when it is not so slippery.
This is Christmas day in the Valley. Beautiful, clear and getting greener. We lunched with friends at the Home Town Buffet. It is unusual to drive the almost deserted streets and see empty parking lots.
For many years I have wanted to get a photo of this building just off 41, going towards home.
Most times the weather, the traffic, or lack of my camera, have stopped me, but Christmas day was a perfect sky, just the right moment. Ralph turned the car around and we stopped to enjoy the blessings of the day.
I was going through my mail, which had the usual Order Catalogs, and requests for monies. I stopped to look at one sent by St. Joseph's Indian School for Lakota Children. The artist in me made me stop. Stickers and a tree shape to put them on, FUN.. I scanned it in on some of my Christmas paper. Yes, one bell is on the bottom for a cat or doggy to ring in the end of one year, the beginning of another.
We gave all our ornaments to our grand kids several years ago, and we hope they enjoy them. We have some little "fake" pine trees on our front porch and put a Christmas bulb on each that we got at the Dollar store, each time someone passes, they sing, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.. to say the cats are enjoying, might be a stretch.
Merry Christmas from Vegas. We were in Vegas to visit with Ralph's daughter, Deanna, her son, Brandon,, fiance' Ashley, and a few other very important friends. Don't mean to forget Santa. Great idea Deanna, to have photos taken with Santa. Can't remember the last time we had that done!
We forgot to check the distance, and took us 8 hrs. Amazing how that city has grown.
Before we left home, it was freezing out. This is the windshield of the Truck. Might make a nice back ground on one of the art apps.
View from the house,, you can see the river rising. It is getting close to our burn pile. The house is safe we are on high ground
Can you imagine, several weeks ago there, this was a dry river bed.
Still have not had an opportunity to work in the studio, maybe this afternoon... How are your preparations coming along,, Christmas will soon be here. And they are saying we will get snow and have a white Christmas..
Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst is sponsoring a fiber art show, exhibition, which will hang from Feb.29 - March 28. This is open to any fiber artist in Calif. Are you a basket weaver, fiber wall hangings, have something unique that would fit the contemporary fiber category, check out the information at Timberline Art Gallery web site in Oakhurst.
All information is on www.timberlineartgallery.com. Dead line is Jan 17th. 2016. Looking forward to seeing your entry.
I received this post card in the mail from Madera Circle Gallery. How exciting to see my ribbon winning fiber piece included on the cover. "Colorful Cauliflower". Sorry, I did not get this out sooner..oops and I need to pick it up next week.. so if you want it, stop in at Circle Gallery, Madera..
This time of year is so busy, even for us, retiree's.. Interesting word as we have been busier than when we worked. Hope you can stop in the see all the wonderful Holiday selections at Timberline in Oakhurst and Circle Gallery Madera
I have some new earrings that will be going into Timberline Gallery tomorrow afternoon The little red and gold balls look like Christmas, so do stop by before you go to your next party..If you like to collect Dragonflies, the other pair is perfect for you. I have a nice collection to chose from, along with others items for Christmas Gifts.. Remember shop local.
The beginning of this year my art will only be seen at Timberline Gallery.. I am working on Dec. 9th so be sure to come in, unless there is snow. Say hi and enjoy Christmas cheer.
Happy Thanksgiving, It is a frosty morning here in the mountains, but the snow did not get down to where we live, just the frost. It has all melted while I cook the turkey, and goodies for Dinner this afternoon. Even the cats have shared a bit of the cooked gizzards. Friends are stopping in later.
So many have listed all that they are grateful for this year and past years.. Health seem to be at the top of the list, with out that we can not enjoy every day comforts. So may you have a healthy, prosperous Thanksgiving day. Big hugs to share with everyone.
No, cleaning out it not fun.. I had to because I saw water coming from under a large cabinet in the "garage" / studio. It is one that I keep canned goods, and odds and ends.. thought it was the connection to the refrigerator, and panicked when I saw the water seeping under the wall board etc.
I started to take the items out of the large cupboard and found that an old bottle of water had sprung a leak. Oh, thank goodness, cancel the call to the plumber... It was this water bottle leaking. So I proceeded to clear out and see what I had in that area.
Among, many empty bottles for dyeing or grease, checking the date on some canned veggies etc. I found an old scale from Weight Watchers (toss), and this metal can with the insert above.
I have no idea what it is for.. would it work for dyeing fabric in some way? How could I re- purpose
it? Anyone know what it is supposed to be used for?.. I am not much of a cook with lots of utensil's so if anyone knows, great.
Would love to hear the real use, and ideas for art use.
I posted several photos (on Facebook)of various art pieces in Timberline today.. But then thought why not write a short blog also.. Timberline is now on Winter Hours, which means we are open from 10-4.
The Gallery has been rehung and is looking fantastic. As I mentioned I posted some photos on Facebook, with written comments, but when I checked it, they had put all the photos together, and I had to click on them to see what I wrote... I will have to check when I get home if it looks that way on Ralph's computer. If so, just click on the photo and the dialogue comes up. They keep changing things with out telling and I never know what is going to happen next.
The above photo is of the Angel Garden Stakes I painted. All the Halloween Stakes were sold during Art Trails. I love to see the little Angels covering up some old yard stakes, and have some in pots with the flowers growing around them.
Guess I need to make a few for the Thanksgiving celebration. Angels are year round, not just for the holidays.
I might have shown this before, but it was probably a year ago. I love making these little mixed media fiber wall hangings. Pieced, applique, fused, quilted, beading, small buttons and little skulls along the base.
It is 10" in wide x 24" long. Hand dyed fabric and commercial fabrics. It is for sale for $350.00.
Hope you all have a wonderful celebration.
It has been years since I made a baby quilt. I made a pillow first and then had time to complete this Modern Quilt for Gavin, our great gran. His mom Jade, has chosen the room theme to be little duckies. I lucked out and found some Ducky fabric. I completed it at PB camp.
Gavin is enjoying looking at all the colors and can find his toys on the open white sections.
I forgot to take a photo of the pillow. Lots of fun, no pattern just simple ideas, and quilted with variegated thread.
On top of everything the Reception for the Ag Art Show at Madera Circle Gallery was the day before Judy Andes and I had to install our art work for Sierra Art Trails.
I put 2 pieces in the Show, one gourd, and this piece called "Colorful Cauliflower."
Several months ago Ralph and I were at Kaiser Hosp. for a Dr. appoint. It was the same day they have their weekly Veggie Market. I was so impressed with the many colors of cauliflower that I took several photos. Then I printed the photo on fabric after changing it in a Waterlogue App. Used my hand dyes for the border, and painted a Gallery Canvas with a purplish acrylic paint. I always enclose the back with black felt.
Ralph had a Dr. appoint. that day for a recheck on the surgery on his shoulder. We were tired but really wanted to attend the Reception. Some days end with a wonderful award.
When entering an art show with mixed media art, one never knows what will happen. So I am delighted to be included and have a fiber piece given an Honorable Mention. We were all given beautiful looking certificates printed by the Calif. State Legislature, and signed by Frank Bigelow our District 5 Assembly-member.
We were very happy that we went. It was a lovely reception with music, munchies and an excellent attendance. I did not take any photos because I was more concerned about keeping Ralph's arm from getting bumped in the crowd.
All the Ag entries are still at Circle Gallery in Madera, Ca. and most are for sale. There is some amazing art and well worth stopping in to see all the different styles. I think every entry is a winner. Madera Circle Gallery is not open every day, so check out the hours on Facebook or their web site.
My plan is to get back to writing my blogs, with all that was going on I really missed sharing with friends and hearing from you.
I did something crazy, but will tell about that later on,, maybe next week.. now, to clean out the studio!
Usually I am very organized and everything for Trails is in order by this date.
But with Ralph's Shoulder surgery this last Fri.. Everything has turned into a scramble.
PT for his arm, Dr. appoint., meals etc... that I could just pass off before and leave for him to handle, and somethings I still want to make special for Trails are still on my to do list. But there will be lots to see. Judy has some marvelous Pastels she is excited to show, and I have several new pieces to share with you also.
Be sure to come by, we are easy to find, just below the Casino on Hwy 41. Watch for our signs. I will be having a sale of some items also.. Special for the Christmas Holidays..
At this time of the year we have a chance to see friends that have been elusive during the year, and we love the surprise visits..
Judy and I are trying to think of projects we can be working on at the time of your visit. Lots to get ready.
Docents will be available to show you the Historic Adobe that has been refurbished and answer any questions.
Bring your lunch and enjoy a break sitting at the picnic tables under the oaks..
We look forward to seeing you and meeting new friends.
Our Neighbor Al making a special treat for me. This all started with my husband, Ralph. He is addicted to Banana Splits.
Al used to work at the local Indian Casino, and he would make the Banana Split for him. Did not matter if it was breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Casino has been closed for some time, and will open soon. But since Ralph is having some surgery on his right arm, he wanted to have a party with lots of ice cream at our house.
We had all the necessary ingredients. Al was a wonderful sport and he was the surprise of the evening, even answered the door for our guests. We had a table full of guests and loads of Ice Cream and all the goodies that go with them.. We made a list of all the ingredients that our friends wanted, even to the Marshmallow Fluff. I won't bore you with all the photos.
Hats off to a very fun evening. Thank you to all our friends for a fun, silly evening.
Ralph is doing well after shoulder Surgery, but I am tired!
If you are looking for great shaped bowls for Banana Splits, we bought ours at the Dollar Store in Oakhurst.
I am a mixed media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds,and jewelry. I am easily distracted with the next project, and have many going at one time. I have been teaching Fabric Dyeing and Beginning gourd art for many years. I am blessed with my own home studio. We live in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park, in central Calif. U.S.A. This is a place of Inspiration, Blue Skies and Great Friends. I volunteer with several organizations,and have memberships in P.E.O., Coarsegold Historical So., Sierra Art Trails, Madera Circle Gallery, Yosemite Western Artist, Timberline Gallery and Sierra Mountain Quilters. I teach at my home studio and at local quilt gatherings.
My web site is: www.vivianhelena.com,