Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time out for a little adventure

There has been much pirate and doll making lately, fulfilling orders for shops and galleries like the Phoenix Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon.  The last batch of Little Lulus was rather pretty, with the spring-time flowers in their hair.

As soon as one order is done, the next begins, and so I am back to work on MORE pirates, Frida dolls, and Catrinas as I prepare for the ACRE show in Las Vegas.  This is a big wholesale show for artists and artisans to show their work to gallery and shop owners who will place orders... I'm rather nervous at the prospect, but excited at the same time!

But still, these little artistic cravings come along, urging me to take a break from production (or to do a little art before heading off to school!)  From yesterday morning, before work:

A thread doodle portrait of my kitty Kiara was very much needed.  She hasn't been feeling well.  She was curled up just like this on my lap as I stitched this.

From tonight: I was watching a video for the course Studying Under the Masters III (presented by Jeanne Oliver) as I stitched pirates.  This lesson was by Jenny Doh, about the Spanish artist Joan Miró.  Very fun!  After seeing Jenny's lesson I had to grab my journal and do a Miró inspired page.  So much fun!

I think I will call it Creamsicle Cats.  Now can't you just see a Miró-inspired thread doodle in my future?  I can!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Birthday to you, atchoo!

My b-day gift?  It's after 9 p.m., and I'm starting to feel better.  Plus, tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day!  Hooray!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

am i blue?

working on taxes.
am I blue?
no, i'm not!  but i had an irresistible urge to paint with blue yesterday!  (i mean sunday - see the egg-y shapes!)


Saturday, April 4, 2015

A crown for Kellye

At long last I was able to make a birthday crown for my fellow LOLA Kellye - in time for her birthday this year!

Kellye loves hearts, and purple and green, so that set the theme.

She's also a proud Irish girl, and she has four children - the heart-leafed shamrock perfectly represents both of those!

Lots of hand stitching to make it fun!

Kellye loved it so much she almost began to cry.

Queen Kellye - my favorite pics of all!


We had a wonderful time meeting at Kellye's house, getting to know her cutie-pie kids and to see all of her beautiful quilts!  (I'm so impressed and jealous that she gets so many done!)

Tessa joined us at the work table.

Vibrant colors
Is this just not the sweetest ever?!
Just gotta love these Kaffe fabrics!

Kellye's quilts get a lot of love!
As you can see, Kellye LOVES patchwork!  She loves it so much that she has an adorable patchwork puppy, too!

Thanks for letting us come visit, Kellye!  I LOVED being in your cozy and COLORFUL home!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Art and Soul, Part 2

My second class at Art and Soul was Fabric Collage Storybook Dolls. 

I had a small but dedicated group of wonderful students: Annie, Debbie, and Janet.  Oo la la - what great fabrics they brought to work with and put together in such fun combinations!  We were all so busy sewing that I forgot to take pictures!  (So I hope my dear students will send me some pics!)

Saturday night at Art & Soul was vendor night.  Janet helped me move my gear over to the lobby and then she and Ann W. quickly help me set up and they did an awesome job of merchandising!

My storybook doll Dorothy Gale found a new home that night.  I will miss her dearly, but I am happy for her and her new mom!

Elinor Peace Bailey came to Vendor Night!  What a thrill it was to meet her - I was so starstruck!  (For those who might not know - Elinor is one of the biggest names in the world of doll making.)  I have always been in love with Elinor's sense of color and whimsy, and now I got to meet her in person!  She is just as colorful and delightful as her creations, as well as warm and joyful.  I'm still giddy!

What fun it was to meet the other teachers at Art and Soul, too - all such wonderful teachers!

Jean Van Brederode and I have a little something in common when it comes to picking our outfits, don't you think?  I may get the opportunity to teach out east with her later this year!

Fellow artists and teachers Jean Van Brederode and Erin Keck 
pose with the dolls they chose to go home with them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Glenny Moir, for giving me the opportunity to teach at Art and Soul this year!  I had a wonderful time and I look forward to doing it again!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Art and Soul! (Part 1)

It has been one of my dreams/goals to teach at an art retreat.  This year, Art and Soul brought that dream to life: I taught two classes at Art & Soul!!!

I was so impressed by my students!  We had so much fun and they did such a great job.  Take a look at the works in progress from The Kid Inside You class: 

Students at work, stitching, stuffing and having a Charlie Chaplin moment with tiny legs!

Dolls with the first layer of paper clay go into the dehydrator, reminding one student of
 Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di's terra cotta soldiers. 

Look how they magically came out of the dehydrator!
As you can see, everyone LOVED playing with the Creative Paperclay!

A lovely sculpt, ready to paint!
Painting and costuming - these dolls are really coming to life!
 I love how the small details can really change the look of a doll.
 By the end of the class most of the dolls were nearly completed, and aren't they wonderful!

Lining up for the photo shoot.


Tere's doll completed!
Tere, Anne, Mary, Stephanie, Carri, Karen, Wendy, Melinda, Sally, and Janet - it was such a pleasure working and playing with all of you!!!  

xoxo  lulu

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For Jill

Jill K Berry is an amazing artist, author, and teacher.  Under normal circumstances she would be teaching at Art and Soul this week, but due to a very unexpected health issue she is in the hospital recovering from major surgery.  She wrote about her situation with such grace and clarity on her blog.  I cannot imagine being so articulate under these circumstances - Jill is truly and inspiration.  In her post she wrote, "Rejoice in your good working happy bodies. Leap around and yell today, for me."  At the gathering of the LOLAS both Jan and I had the same thought - LET'S DO IT!  So Jill, these leaps are for YOU!!!

Jan and Sonya (photo by Janet)

Wendy and Sally

Wendy and Diane

Janet and Lulu