Thursday, October 30, 2014

Art adventure in Oaxaca

Here's our wonderful group of adventurers. Back row, Colleen, Sandy, Bonnie & Joely.
Front row, me, Sue, Syd, Petti, & Karen.

Our first exercise led by Syd got us all loosened up. We made 6 timed collages using paper that we chose and then passed on the next person. It was fun to see how our collages changed as we had less time and paper to work with. These pages then could be used in our art journals as backgrounds.

Each Journal was prepared with a "Pocket" that we could use to put our fellow travelers' paper dolls in. We had the most fun making 10 dolls of ourselves to share with each other and also put in our art piece for Casa Colonial.

Petti's colorful dolls:  paint, paper, fabric...some even had moveable arms and legs!

We had a beautiful day for our first field trip out into the countryside. The Toledo art center was once a textile factory, now a wonderful art museum and workspace with a great gift shop.

There was an interesting show with lots of old fishing boats on the main floor.

A few of the old looms were still saved in a small room.

Outside an interesting staircase that was designed by Toledo.

Nearby was the paper making studio. We were given a nice demonstration of the process and then treated to a visit to their wonderful shop.

Love the colors of the handmade paper. I think most everyone had to buy some!

Necklaces made from rolled beads of the handmade paper.

More paper jewelry.

Here are the girls at the checkout counter of the paper shop. 
Loved the tile floor and beautiful high ceiling!

Wonderful textures and vistas at every turn....

Succulents on the patio with a wonderful view of the Etla Valley.
More to come!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Off to Oaxaca for our Art Journal workshop

Colleen, Syd, and I will be heading off to Oaxaca again for our art workshop- "Colors of Oaxaca"with a great group of creative women.
We will have fun making some paper and fabric art journals and visit some new museums and art studios with plenty of time for shopping for textiles, wood carvings and all manner of other goodies.
Back around Oct.24 just in time to get busy making things for the Holiday season.

We will be playing with stamps, paints, colored pencils, and collage.

Got in a quick visit to the Art Hus in Solvang to take a few things over before we leave. Here's my little spot- managed to get a few new hooked things in there.

Our home in Oaxaca, Casa Colonial...just a quick walk to the city center.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and have time for some creative fun!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hooked Crow

Just got this hooked crow finished up. I have two more in the works. I think they look best in a group. Hope to put them into our shop in Solvang next week. 
Heat wave here again...may have to go cool off in the Pacific Ocean today!