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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Last Minute Packing


Quick post here. I'm packing, looking at a list of things I still want to do before I leave and one of them is to check in with you.

I'm joining several friends to attend Gillian Lee Smith's week long workshop in Scotland.

It's been so long since I did any real drawing that I feel completely out of practice and this will give me a good uninterrupted time to brush up. Plus I am part Scottish on my mother's side and have always wanted to eat in a pub, feel the sea breeze on my skin, and commune with my great great grandmother Margaret who's buried in the Nokomis cemetery after emigrating here.

Meanwhile in the Sculpey Doll class my daughter Shellie produced this doll:

Her doll has the shy gene so that when you try to look at her she holds the book she's reading over her eyes to hide from you. Isn't that the cutest thing ever?

If you want to make a doll with us you can join any time by clicking here. We're having fun on facebook sharing our creations and you can play too.

See you toward the end of the month with pictures of London and Scotland and hopefully some art to share.

Carry on. xo

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Dolls


Shellie and Jo came for a visit today.
Jo worked on a soft doll while Shellie and made Sculpey dolls.


This is Shellie's doll that she named Hannah. Isn't she dear?


While I made a roller derby queen named LaVerne.


What a happy day with friends. 

Sending love.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sculpey Doll Class Reminder


Just a reminder that the Sculpey Doll class starts on Monday.

I've had my head down working hard on the videos and stories of the dolls I've made hoping to inspire you to come and play with me.

Sign up here if you haven't already and I'll see you Monday April 13th.

xo

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last Post Mexico City


One of our field trips was to the Museum of Popular Art.


It reminded me of the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe; full of clever toys and objects.
















Of course we had lunch at the tiled house, otherwise known as Sanborns.


And visited the Chapultepec Castle.


Maximillian and Carlotta lived here for only 3 years but they had to have a house fitting their station.


In case they wanted to go on a buggy ride.


Or have a few friends over for snacks.


I was most interested in the large hall full of Mexican history of the Revolution and plan to return next winter to spend an entire day there. I love history.

Oh, yes, that's Santa Ana's wooden leg above. Just wow.


They like big cakes in Mexico.


If you're getting married you'll want an extra tall one.
So yes, we visited a cake bakery to oooh and aahhh.


Most impressive to me was our visit to Carlito Dalceggio's home and studio.


He's lived all over the world, sharing his art.


Specializes in murals and walls. Performance painting. Has books and videos. 


There's lots of information online about his work.










He keeps journals and paints rapidly.


He painted 16 sumi paintings while we watched. It took him only moments.


And then he gave us each a painting.


This beautiful man.


Blessed us.


Katie's 2nd class was making portable altars.








Check her blog too; I'm sure her story will round out the one I'm telling.


A few of us checked out the Metro (subway). It was clean and efficient.


Belles Artes Museum.


Katie in front of the grand Cathedral in the giant Zocalo.


That's a big church!!


A smile that could light up a city.


Mexico's humungous flag; proud country, beautiful country, thank you for your hospitality and friendship. I shall return, God willing. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mexico City Part 2


Xochimilco. The lakes in Mexico City where you can swan around in a colorful boat and eat, listen to mariachis and dream exotic dreams in the company of your friends.


Frida did it and we did it too.


The colors were extraordinary. (Hi Joely!)


The air clean, the water clean.


These ladies were in a boat that pulled up alongside ours and fed us lunch.


And mariachis. Of course there were mariachis.


Spectacular.


We visited the Dolores Olmos Museum where Diego's estate is housed.


Rumor is that he may have declined in judgment following Frida's passing as his estate ended up in the hands of a woman who was unsympathetic to the rest of his family. But in the end she gave us the museum so thank you Dolores.


There were peacocks on the grounds showing their mating feathers.


And Diego's work.


Such a brilliant artist.


A number of Frida's well-known paintings were here as well.










Can't resist putting in a couple of food pictures. OMG, the food in Mexico!!


Yeah. Cheesecake with boysenberries.


Lovely girls in native splendor.


On this night we went to the home of Nacho Urquiza, author, and Laura Cordera, food stylist for an unforgettable meal and discussion of food, mexican history and to see the art collection there.


Can I mention that the food was incomparable? Isthmus food; every dish and accompanying adult beverage over the moon.


In the middle of the week I taught a class on Sculpey dolls.


I love to see how various artists interpret the guidance I give.




















So here is my online class announcement. If you'd like to join in at home and make your own Sculpey dolls in the folk-arty, relaxed style that I teach, on April 13th I'll open the class for you online. Since it is a less involved class than the ones I have offered in the past I'm only charging $50. You can go here to read about it and sign up.


I couldn't get it all in this post so I'll be back for one more part on Mexico City. This is the mantle above the fireplace in our living room at the Branch of the Red Tree House. Big sigh. It was good. 

xo