Ok Experimenting with painted fabric.. it was so humid that it looked like it was raining under the glass.
Cheese cloth and white cotton, Geranium leaves. Better dry them out next time, but I sort of do things, spur of the moment.
I have something in mind for this,, but probably will not get done before Sierra Art Trails Starting Sept. 29th. at Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse. Busy with jewelry, and something else that is new..
Does not look like much here.. but these socks are so soft. They are drying after I dyed the green and yellow.. Someone asked me why most of my art is Blues, Purples, Yellow, Pinks, etc.. So I dyed some yellow and deep blue socks.. great fun.. I also have blue/pink combinations. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the art at the club house.. There will be 5 artists there. More to get done before next week.
I am dreaming of a quieter time, and some basic quilting... yes, just blocks.. and you heard that from me.
There is beauty,, one just has to look closely to find it. Our little Silk Tree has some lovely flowers on it.. taken with my macro attachment on my I phone.
Back to the studio... dyeing some silk scarves.
Quilt meeting is cancelled for Thurs. evening. The Red Cross is using the building for their rescue efforts..
Friends in Florida that we are concerned about.. they were going to go to Tenn. but the roads are jammed with cars. Like California,, there are not many choices of highways to evacuate on and gas is sparse. The roads all sort of funnel into one at some point.. They have lovely friends offer them shelter in Houston.
Guess they are on higher ground.. Hope everyone is safe, from fire/ flood/ and wind.. this is a challenging year.
Oakhurst is full of smoke. It has been a very scary several weeks for many in our area. Friends are still in danger and homes have been lost to the fires.. There are 4 burning at this time in our area. The firemen are amazing, working long hours and threatened with falling timber, flames and smoke.
Many friends have been evacuated. We are hoping that they can go home soon.
Schools have been cancelled today due to smoke.
And the Reception for Sierra Art Trails that was scheduled for Sat. has been cancelled. Watch for the new date.
The exhibit however has been hung and I hear it is beautiful, as always. If you are in the area stop in.
This is all due to smoke.
We were listening on our scanner all week-end, and yesterday as it got closer to Oakhurst the scanner quit. Those things are temperamental.
Coarsegold is still full of smoke, but in the afternoon the wind from the valley clears some of it out for us. It is still hot, over 90.
I am busy trying to get items completed for Sierra Art Trails. I will be in Yos. Lakes Club House this year. I will have some prints of my art quilts. David Hoffman took the photos for me and I am sure you will enjoy them.
Hope all of you are well and happy. We send our love and prayers to Texas.
Don't forget the Ag Show Reception in Madera at the Madera Circle Gallery, on September 14th starting at 5:30. Amazing art and a fun Reception.
Isn't it fun to have creative Friends.. Last year I spent some time with these delightful authors at a book signing event in Coarsegold. My friend Vicki, had just finished her book and was doing book tours. The Long Dark Cloak. I purchased it for our Great Gran for when he gets a bit older. I enjoyed reading about the Mysterious Forest, and I won't tell what happens.. Vicki has now finished her second in the series, and is in the editing process. She will be part of Sierra Art Trails, so be sure to look her up in the catalogue. She is a marvelous watercolor artist also.
I read The Blood Stones by Krista Lynn. I can't wait for her next book either. I enjoyed this one because I like mysteries, and the desert.. The desert keeps so many secrets and reveals so much if you listen. But am not going to tell on this book either... you need to come to the book signing and meet these delightful ladies and hear about their writing journey...
Just finished one more wood hanging piece and working on another one for Sierra Art Trails.. I am lucky to have sold one last week, so this one is now at Timberline Gallery. Stop by and take a look.
I use local wood, wrap with yarns, fabric, stamping, painting, beads and anything that moves, or calls to me to be added to the design. I have some business cards at the front desk be sure to ask for one..
Back to the studio.
Hope I don't get in trouble for posting the Solar Eclipse Postage Stamps.. These are really cool. If it is cool enough they stay as round dark circles, but when you put your finger on them they change.
Hope you can see the difference. I like to buy the smaller packs of stamps. I am almost out of the Banana Split/ Ice Cream. Hubby loves Banana Splits. I also bought some stamps honoring Mississippi Music . Because I was born there. They have a variety of sports balls on stamps, and they have a texture. So if you like a variety of stamps, be sure to ask to see the smaller packets.
I have no idea what it costs per stamp now since they don't put that on them.. Costs a chunk to send something anyway. So might as well have fun with them... They don't carry very many of the special stamps and they are the same price as the rolls. So if you see one that you like, better buy them.
Just want to give you plenty of time to put this on your calendar.. I will be at Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse in Coarsegold, with several other artists... more about that as it gets closer to the time.
But for those who plan ahead, these are the dates.. The catalogue can be purchased on line or at Timberline and many other locations around Fresno, Oakhurst etc. and certainly from the artists. More later, off to the studio today.!
Just a small section of "Where are the Hens". Detail work almost completed. Entry and accepted into the Madera Ag Show.. This one was fun. Lots of hand dyed fabrics, and commercial fabrics, buttons, and beads Hope he makes you smile... Reception at the Madera Circle Gallery is September 14th Starting at 5:30. There are some amazing art pieces, from Jewelry to oils and everything in between. Music and lots of artists to meet. Come join in the fun. For those that are further out... this is Central California, near Yosemite.
Finally had a chance to get into the studio... We have been watching the fire North & West of us, with an area that was burning South towards us.. It was about 19 miles West, the smoke was blowing our way.. So scary as many friends in the Mariposa area were evacuated, and some families lost their homes, but Mariposa and several small cities were saved.. The fire is still burning, but not in our direction.
We visited a friends home for dinner, and the surprise at the end was this beautiful cake for Ralph. Not even his birthday. Needless to say it was chocolate inside also.. I can't remember the last time I baked a cake, but this lady loves to bake, and cook. Everything she makes is delicious.. Perfect evening with friends.
I know everyone has wonderful tomatoes at this time of year.(For some reason my type changed.. Ok, I'll go with this.. Today my computer has been doing funny things anyway..) Back to the tomatoes.We have 3 plants, beautiful plants from Costco at the beginning of the summer.. 3 for about $8.00. Healthy looking.. So I placed large tubs in 3 places around the yard. Because, maybe my previous tomatoes did not like the heat. We are pretty Dry here, and this year very hot! 104 expected today. I know for most, this is a small take, but we are excited and they taste so good.. Make it a great day, and stay cool... enjoy what ever you are doing. Off to the studio.. need to finish this piece.
Home again!, "My Personal App" has been traveling with a group of quilts for the last 2 years. Last place it was exhibited was France. But now it is home again.
I will be speaking on "From the Traditional to the Art Quilt" on July 15th. at 10:30 -1200 at the Oakhurst Library in the Community Room. I will have many of my Traditional quilts as well as the Art Quilts.. I look forward to questions and chatting about quilts. I also do lots of fabric dyeing, and enjoy the fun of Ice Dyeing. Look forward to sharing ideas. You don't have to be a quilter, this is another form of art.
Yes, I was at my sewing machine today, what fun, too hot outside. I made a red, white & blue journal cover. I will have a variety for sale at the Farmers Market in Oakhurst on this Thursday evening. Jacqueline Kurtt Fiber Artist and I will be there to tell about Timberline Gallery, and show a few art items that we make.
Have a wonderful safe 4th. of July.. Being Patriotic has been a memory for all of my life. Long story, but I was brought up having Parents whose roots came from Holland. Not just their roots, but born there, and my "mother" immigrated here in her 20's. My Dutch father was a teen in the Dutch military in WWI and defended Holland, then continued until he retired after WWII from the Dutch Air Force. During the war the Dutch with Americans defended Australia and other countries. To speed this up, I was adopted, in 1942 when the Dutch were stationed in Mississippi. So I was born American. Much later in my life I found my biological family, and that is a blessing to have brothers and family in that State. But recently a friend that belongs to the DAR researched and found that many of my relatives fought for the Independence of America.. So my Patriotism goes way back.
I tear up every time I see a Parade, our flag held high, and feel so blessed to live in this country. Yes, we traveled to many countries and thankfully, always came back to the U.S.A. So I celebrate with much love for this country. Happy 4th. Blessings for All..
This has been a big project that has gone on for a long time from the planning to completion.
There was so much to do.
Last minuet preparations now.
Many of the trees in the mountains have been dying. It has been very sad to see this happening because of the beetles. But the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121, Marine Corps League, have made good use of the chips.. This is all in preparation for the Dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Ahwahnee Hills regional Park on June 14th. This area started out with just the one 40 ft. pole with the POW and American Flag.. the area will now have the 5 Service Flags on separate poles, 5 benches, and wheel chair access. This project has been a hands on for many in the community, thru donations, and sweat labor, and the generosity of Companies, Service Groups, Boy Scouts, just too many to make note here... However, be sure to come by for the Dedication, or stop by if you are in town. It is just 5 miles out of Oakhurst on the way to Mariposa on Highway 49.
Yes, I will add a photo when it is completed, and if I remember during the Dedication.
Yesterday we were working again at the Memorial at Ahwahnee Park, Calif. Hubby had given me a set of lenses that could be clipped on to an I pad or I phone. This is with the I phone. I don't know how I would get the whole circle.. But it is interesting.
Hope everyone is celebrating and remembering all those that gave their all, so we can enjoy our Freedom. We have an amazing country, and we are blessed to live here.
The Dedication of this Veterans Memorial will be Flag Day, Wed. June 14th. Everyone is invited, and suggest bringing your own chair and head cover. It will probably be hot. We will have some pop up tents available. Starting time is 10 AM. please come early so that you can be seated at the time it starts.
We still have items that need doing. The Tiger grass for the center should start next week, Electrical should be finished, although the Service Flags have their own solar light. Some tractor work is needed. Wood chips are being donated, and those need to be spread after grading is completed..
Grass cutting so people can park their vehicles. Since my hubby is the point person. I go to bed worrying about the due dates and completions. Many of men from the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121,Marine Corps League, Oakhurst have spent a lot of time working at the location, spraying weeds, clearing rocks, laying and staining cement with the Clampers and putting the benches together. The Boy Scouts have donated 4 benches to the projects. They also learned to lay cement and build the benches. So many people, Service Clubs, and Company's have donated time and work for this project. This is a lovely spot to just sit and relax, remember or just enjoy the nature of the area.
When we were there yesterday, several people drove into the park, because they saw the flags flying.
They are delighted to see the new Veterans Memorial in the park.
Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.
My friend Diane Ward, was busy yesterday helping set up her display at Sierra Mountain Quilt Guild Show in Oakhurst at the Community Center. Be sure to stop in and say hi, and see all the gorgeous quilts. Of course, we have Venders, and lots of places to shop... and food, naturally. So much more.
SMQA has a Quilt Show every 2 years, and this is the first time in a long time we have been in town to attend... oh, yes I do have a few small pieces in the show also.. I work all day (10-4) tomorrow Sunday, so hope to see you! Be sure to take a look at the Opportunity Quilt, a ticket will be picked Sunday .. I gave out all my postcards to I don't even have a photo... but believe me, I am going to buy more tickets tomorrow. All goes to a good cause, we make many people happy with the quilts that are given away during the year.. and too much more to add. Moneys also is used to bring teaching speakers to the meetings, for us to learn new techniques. We welcome new and experienced ladies and gentleman to our first of the month Thurs. evening guild meetings.
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,