June 10, 2014

Home Again

After spending an incredible 3 1/2 weeks in Italy, I am home again and trying to catch-up.  I don’t know why I even attempt catching up!  There are always too many things to do, some out of necessity and some simply because I want to.  In the latter category are all the art classes I take either on-line or in person.  The last two Sketchbook Skool classes were held while I was away.  I was hoping to keep up but with either very poor wifi or no wifi, that was impossible.  Upon arriving home, I was able to watch the last two lessons.  I was particularly captivated by Tommy Kane’s lessons on drawing slowly and with great detail.  I sketched my dresser with all the stuff on it.  That was so much fun.  Currently I am on “summer vacation” in Sketchbook Skool and enjoying practicing sketching portraits which I find very challenging.  Soon I will be starting a watercolor bird class and a live watercolor class doing some plein air work and learning to paint trees.  In the mean time I am attempting to make a dent in my fabric “collection.”  The quilt (top) above was inspired by a quilt in Country Garden Quilts made entirely of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  The original layout in the book was a bit too much for me so I have simplified the design. Soon I will be posting some new images on the Watercolor page.  I sent my granddaughter a lot of hand painted postcards from Italy.  That is another story.