Monday, 21 April 2014

Word on the Bird Arizona

I am waiting at Sky Harbour on my way to San Diego.  I can only say there is so much to say about my time in Arizona that I cannot do it justice.  Thankyou to my friends and workshop participants (one and the same)  for sharing so much with me.
First of all Edger  the Raven who was introduced to me by Lynn our jeep driver at a wonderful day at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon at sunset
Red Rocks In Sedona. View from the house
Red Rocks The Sail and Crown
Botanical Garden in Phoenix with a lovely showing of the state tree Palo Verde and Cactus
Cactus in flower
What was really amazing was seeing this wonderful work by Chihuly. He also has the amazing piece at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I just love the way the work echoes the landscape. 
This piece is called the Reeds. There is also a Chihuly piece in Harrods
The Gardens also had a wonderful wildflower section. It was really hot but great to see such a wonderful variety typical of the Sonoran desert,
Loved this little lizard
Also had to be very aware of fire ants. This detail is of a piece is now in the hands of  a collector..of my work, not fire ants! It uses an old handkerchief and tea towel.
Finally some images of work in progress from my lovely students in Pheonix. Mixed media drawing and mark-making exploring text and image and some sample pieces of work in progress.

These were fantastic and individual explorations of work in progress so many thanks to all for allowing me to show examples. Finally, but not least. I had this wonderful article in my local on line magazine. Inside Maidstone. so home is never far away. My last two weeks are in San Diego..more to come.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Devil Came Down to Georgia

Hello all.  Well I have been  away for 10 days and have had a warm welcome in Georgia.  Below are  few snippets  from my workshop and the sights seen. Editing on a tablet is impossible so this blog is courtesy of my host's pc. I have had a devil of a good time. Enjoyed the tastes and hospitality and getting up to mischief.
My window view in Roswell

Student work in progress at South East Fiber Arts Association, Atlanta. 
A fantastic group of creatives who shared a diverse and experimental approach to the workshop.
Left to right, Karen Tunnel, Sandy Teepen, Rene  and Judy C on Table
Karen Tunnel
Judy Carpenter
Martha Myers

Downtown Atlanta

Strippy Quilt and Crazy Quilt details at the Atlanta History Center.
I also saw the wonderful Kinsey Collection of Black American Art.

And some wonderful Cherokee Baskets.Loved the details in the patterns.

Big Blue on Lake Knickerbocker in Gainesville


Wonderful stain glass at Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville. Loved the dove. A welcome sight after all the rian we had in the UK.

I also had time to explore and play during my down time with my friend Judy 
Page from my sketchbook

and finally a top made for me using inserts made during the workshop my Martha Myers.

I fly to Phoenix Saturday..see you all later.