Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebrating Life

We have fallen into the place where everything is music.
~ Rumi

My friend Trudy Forney recently passed away.  Iin remembrance, I wanted to share a bit about Trudy and her artwork.  She was a remarkable lady, teacher, and a fine artist with accomplished skill, especially in watercolor.  Trudy was modest with regards to her art.  I am not sure what she would have thought of this post, but I felt her work deserves to be seen.

Trudy appreciated beauty, whether it was in nature, art, music, film, or food.  That appreciation was reflected outward through her art and clarity of vision. I am grateful for her friendship.   She will be missed.

Trudy Forney watercolor
Trudy Forney, watercolor

Trudy Forney watercolor
Trudy Forney, watercolor

Trudy Forney watercolor pencil
Trudy Forney, watercolor pencil

Trudy Forney watercolor
Trudy Forney, print from a watercolor

Trudy, 1998

Trudy was influenced by artist and teacher, Dorothy Cannon. For more visit


Friday, December 22, 2017

From Solstice Onward

You, darkness, that I come from
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything-
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! -
powers and people-

and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.

I have faith in nights.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

I surrendered to house projects and other things over these past months.  Sometimes writing about process takes energy away from actually being in process!

That said, as this challenging year closes, I will leave you with the beginning of a small piece on kindness and the above quote from Rilke in honor of the winter solstice.

work in process

I wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday season!

Monday, October 16, 2017


Introducing my new completed quilt, "Gravitation".  This piece began with one of my hand dyes, which I then pieced, appliqued and hand embroidered.

Here is a detail which shows some of the hand work.  (It was a bit of a challenge to get the stitching to show up.)

And what are you working on?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's Been a While

Yes, I realize it has been a while since my last post.  I have been absorbed with ongoing extensive hand stitching on this current piece..

work in progress

During hours of the handwork I have interspersed quiet time with some listening to the excellent audio book (Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz- an enthralling mystery within a mystery) and watching the powerful Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War PBS series, which was heartbreaking and enlightening.  Do not miss it!

Quilt exhibits of note:  Extreme Quilters of Southern California seventh annual show runs 10/3 - 10/15. with the reception this Sunday, 10/8, from 3 - 5pm at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, 91320.  This talented group of 27 fiber artists always bring out their best.  I can highly recommend it!

Monday, September 11, 2017

SAQA Auction 2017

The SAQA Auction 2017 begins September 15th and runs through October 8th.  This is a great opportunity to add to your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach programs.

Here is my collection of "Blues"...

SAQA Auction

SAQA Auction

SAQA Auction

SAQA Auction

SAQA Auction

And enjoy this video sneak peek of more available quilts: 

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Everybody gets so much information all day long 
that they lose their common sense.

~Gertrude Stein

Work in progress

Here is a detail of the latest work in progress.  More lines appliqued.  Now the hand stitching begins...

It has been an interesting few weeks.  As you may remember,  I stepped back from social media, taking some personal retreat time at home.  I  also limited the time spent with email and on the computer in general.  (I admit there were occasions where I found myself getting hooked back into the computer.  So easy to go down the rabbit hole!)  Whatever activity I engaged in I aimed to focus on doing one thing at a time.  At the midpoint of this retreat time, I went to a community meditation day at the Shambhala center I attend.  

What did I discover from this time away?  I feel clearer, less distracted and more settled.  This approach may not be for everyone, but it suited me well.  As I look to my priorities now, I  am considering spending less time with social media on an ongoing basis. There is so much else that can be done in life when not glued to the screen.

I leave you with this quote by Sara Genn (from The Painter's Keys newsletters):

A studio is an artist’s default fantasy, but a short-term residency, road trip, walk in the woods or desk under the stairs are each also a committed, created place for silence. Allow yourself to be undisturbed, then breathe deeply and focus on 
your own imagination — be delighted.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Work in Process

I am beginning to play around with some of the newly dyed fabrics.  Stay tuned for more...

From my garden- I have been able to pick ripe figs for the first time in years!  Here is how I saved figs from the wildlife...
covered figs

... by covering the branches with cloth bags.  The tree does not produce a very large crop, so this idea has worked successfully to allow me to enjoy some sweet figs, while leaving a few for the critters.


In fact, I had some overripe ones, so I made a jar of lemon fig honey jam.  Yummy!


Something new- I have picked and processed some of my grape leaves by blanching in briefly in hot water, then storing in the freezer to make dolmas in the future.

grape leaves

For the next 2 weeks I will be taking some personal retreat time... I will be off social media and this blog until September 2nd.  I have been spending more time online (especially Facebook), feeling increasingly distracted, getting less done and often distressed.  It is time for some renewal with quiet away from social media.  It will be interesting to see what discoveries arise. I will let you know how it goes.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, dear readers!

Leaving you with this:
... each one of us counts to do this peacemaking work with our own hearts and minds, because if one person does, it influences the people around them ... Peacemaking is as contagious as violence.
~ Pema Chodron 


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