Tuesday, December 21, 2010


i spent the morning working on a drawing for a painting called warmth, wrestling with the angles, and then decided i needed to go out if only to buy a pencil and get some perspective (no pun intended.)


SO i went down to see jackie and pam, both of whom want things for their shops.  i need to make some small pictures for carolina crafting, and bring my two cashmere shawls to silva gallery.  they both want to show them:) the painting i was working on this morning will not work for jackie as she wants something much smaller/less.

then i went by the folk school to check out the gift shop.  got another pair of the earrings i got, but never got home, last year, only these have a lapis bead on the end, instead of a pearl.  i love lapis.  also got another bell-bottomed blue campbell mug—and my two pencils.  and then i got a little cup to drink wine from, since i so much liked holding the one i used at julie’s last night.  i am an odd woman.  then i couldn’t pick up the wifi at keith house, so i took myself into peachtree and had fish and chips for lunch, and did my internet stuff there.  stopped by yarn cirlce again on the way back and there were steve and karen (i love this place:) visiting with martha.  i’d seen steve briefly last night at the party, but i hadn’t seen karen since i left her house in summer.  steve said people were playing dreidel last night until nearly 11 at least. i saw the party pictures on fb.

it’s truly drizzly / rainy this afternoon, and around 40.  the sun never came out at all, and it’s been dreary, but lovely.  we canceled the caroling that we’d tried to reschedule for tomorrow as there’s just too many things going on to fit it in, and i really want to stay in, anyway.  i know, i can do that, i do do that at home, but that’s what i do.  pam silva was saying she’s the same way about parties. i think it’s artists: we watch.

i want to make pictures of individual things for carolina crafting.  i have some ceramic things i can make portraits of here, and the resin ornament michael and randy gave me, i can do that.  i can make little pictures of things and not put so much into them, so i can afford to sell them for next to nothing.  it’s going to take some relearning.  jackie said business was slooow; pam said it was good.  i wonder if it was the traffic or the type of stuff they sell?  i was the only person around today.  pam prices her things much higher than jackie does.  she also says she needs six more knitters to keep the store full.  she sells scarves for $90 and the like; jackie is in the $25 range.

the inside of my lower lip is raw from cold blisters, or allergy blisters or whatever it is i’ve got.  i still haven’t figured it out. i just realized i have had this cold now just a week: a week ago i was teaching at school2.  amazing.  seems more like a month ago. i stayed in and rested last thursday and friday, i guess it’s about time i do it again, albeit in much nicer surroundings.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How To Make A Quick Knitting Nancy

this is absolutely perfect for little middle!

Friday, November 12, 2010


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

zentangle one

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a shaky attempt, since i was drawing in my lap, but i can do it.


i have managed not to post the year’s art endeavors:


my studio in brigadoon, which i will rent for several weeks a year henceforth! this was around the 4th of july:



deckling cheap sketchbook paper


experimenting with offeecolor:



watercolor class at the folk school:


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finally, three finished pieces, and a new direction:


tin roof

farm house road

plan to produce more  to put in carolina crafting, if she will have me (which she has suggested she might).  plan also to start zentangles as a completely unrelated endeavor.  watercolor, zentangles, knitting, some thinking about dolls, and 6 weeks a year in brigadoon: major progress made, actually, although it never feels like it, does it…and i spend too much time knitting, which is safe…

Friday, December 25, 2009

not liking the brightkite/fb interchange much anymore...

and i'm not wild about posting via email either, but let's see if this works better.

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Friday, December 11, 2009


so i want to test from this machine and i can't find anything to upload!  for me, this is the equivalent of being speechless!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Mexican Marketplace Mural

Mexican Marketplace Mural, originally uploaded by paintedpaper.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

look at this!

Enchanted Doll from Chad Isley on Vimeo.
this is entirely handmade, the work of Marina Bychkova, a young vancouver woman just three years out of art school (apparently this video was made while still in school.) she was born and a child in siberia, which so obviously informs her aesthetic. and my god, what will her work be like in 30 years! incredible.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

on deck

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my first art project

concrete stool (seat) mosaic, vista mar school, daly city CA, circa 1959. photo by thomwatson, whom i do not know, september 2007.

eta: feb '09--i'm going home in april and have already contacted the school in hopes they'll give me access to take somepictures, since the photographer of this one so kindly completely ignored me when i messaged him on flickr.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

gazing at my panel before the crit

when i'd finished i asked him what would he change, how did he think it looked?

"damn good," he said.

my panel

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(originally posted to ravelry.com)

they’re here! general lecture last night; can’t wait for today’s workshop!! i had been worried as the shop that’s brought him seemed rather clueless about what he’s all about…f’instance they had us buy yards of 20 different shades of one colorway and precut 6 diamonds of each so we’d be “ready”. i bought 40 basic pallette 99 cent fat quarters at joann’s instead and turned those into 6 diamonds, or half of them i did and then asked kf/bm after the lecture. of course, they said no, don’t cut anything yet!! and i felt much better. he said he can’t wait to see how we mix ours with his fabrics and the shopowner piped up “oh, it’s going to be all your fabrics, kaffe, we love them!” to which he replied “then we’ll just pull some others down from the walls and mix things up!” (just as i was leaving bm whispered to me “if you’ve got any fabric at home bring that, too!” alas, i had to confess that i didn’t as i’m really a knitter in mufti.)

the room turned out to be a wedding tent out near the pool with a noisy generator powering the ubiquitous air conditioning; i saw kf sitting out by the pool near it, very still and mild, and somehow i just didn’t feel i could approach him, continuing to think maybe i’d made a big mistake raiding my savings for this weekend at this clueless shop and there he sits so still and seemingly biddable….WRoNG!

so i needn’t have feared, kf was wonderfully commanding and himself. in response to one of the few questions he said he doesn’t really plan what to do next but just flows creatively. whereupon bm couldn’t stand it and mentioned that actually kf’s diary is filled 8 months in advance and he has no cllue; kf admitted what one needs to flow creatively is to have a brandon:)

turns out he’s one of those performers who can (must, probably) turn it on and off like a current and i suppose he was simply in rest mode storing up (if you can imagine kf sitting alone by a pool outside a quilt venue and absolutely no one, including me, approaching him! on reflection, that in itself is pretty commanding, isn’t it.) first thing he did when on was call for the a/c to be turned off (thankfully, as far as i am concered.) but you should have seen the room still, i’m sure they all thought they were about to to die in an unmediated state. and then he just marked time until it did, indeed, go off, and only then then slides started.

so good to hear him ramble over the familiar images. although he seemed to sense part-way through that people were looking bewildered, which i hadn’t noticed, not looking at people (they always seem so to me) but very hard at slides, me. but the main thing i learned by example, i think, is that i, personally, need to be more intellectually aware of the things that are around me, to allow them into my mind as well as my eyes; i know from experience that they go into receptor storage without me knowing anyway, but i can’t really think about them that way, now can i. f’instance: i think of this place as being featureless tasteless corporate targetmart, but kf congratulated tampa on its appreciation of color. i didn’t realize tampa appreciated color; whenever i use any eveybody falls all over like they’ve never before seen such a thing. of course, he probably congratulates everywhere he goes on something, but still. if i had to recommend someplace to go to see something, or even just to dinner, to someone i respect artistically–anyone i’ve known, for instance, or say kf/bm, as an exercise– i wouldn’t be able to do it. i’d probably say the tampa theatre. or the columbia in ybor. lately i stay in my studio and make my own world as compensation/deflection. not that i want to change that part so much but i do need to become a bit more aware, i think. kf was sitting by the pool in the off mode and he was probably looking, not at dreadful social phenomena, but at the colors.

the lecture was wonderful and marred only by a near-total lack of audience participation, which ended things a full hour early. i don’t think there was one person in the audience under 50 and i have no idea what the rest thought–possibly entirely about air conditioning, i don’t know. i then bought some kf fabrics (i had planned to do so to augment the basic pallette fat quarters): six 1/2 yds for about $27, which i thought quite good, and i plan on allowing myself carte blanche (emphasis on the carte) no matter what comes up at today’s workshop. we’re doing the diamond pattern and i don’t want to make a quilt per se, but rather a 30” wide banner (+/- 10 ft?) of sorts for my “classroom” (probably giving the shopowners apoplexy) but i’m so psyched and relieved to find the actual kf i had expcted and more! got my glorious books from the 80s signed last night: 6 hours today, i want every second!!!!

one other thing? it’s so GOOD to hear my home accent again. genuine mid-20thC northern california via shakespeare –there seem to be so few of us left!

(videos of the final crits are on eezeye.)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008