Monday, August 4, 2014

Another sketch from my Oregon trip in June.  Loved, loved the whole trip.  Ashland for sewing and design with Diane Ericson, then up the Oregon coast for my ocean fix, and finally to Portland to fly home.  Perfect weather, great trip.
 Santa Kilim, Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM
 Hollyhocks, Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM
 Painting on my back Patio
 Back Patio pots
 Playing with new paints
 Seashells and seaweed
New Paints, mostly Schminke with some Daniel Smith

Since I haven't posted for awhile I thought I'd just include some Summer sketches from my sketchbook.  Most of these are drawings with some watercolor added, others are just plain pen and ink, usually Pitt pens in black or brunt sienna.
The paint box is my new fav.  Great metal palette with 12 half pans of paint from Schminke and twelve empty pans to add some of your other favorite colors.  On sale from Wet Paint.  Nice, small palette to add to your travel kit.

Friday, May 30, 2014



My new jacket, all ready for my trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Design Outside the Lines Retreat.
The main fabric is African vintage indigo dyed cotton, handwoven in strips on a backstrap loom and hand stitched together.   I then added some running stitches after cutting the fabric for the jacket.  The pocket decorations are old (vintage - 30 - 50 years old?? or more??) from Thailand, cut from old, damaged fabrics, and the trim fabric is printed cotton (new) from my local quilting store.

This was fun to make, but I did quite a bit of various hand stitching on it and it ended up being a lot more work than I originally thought it would.  Oh well!  I'm happy with it and will enjoy wearing it this next week at the retreat.

I'll report on the retreat when I return.  New creative ideas, friends, scenery.  What could be better?

Sunday, May 4, 2014


A couple of new watercolor sketches from my sketchbook.  They both had a bit of candle wax rubbed on the preliminary drawing to create resist highlights.  Just experiments, don't think I'd actually do that in a 'real' painting -  too harsh.  I like the highlight on the bowl (no candle wax) best.
This is an older drawing, as you can see by the date, but I hadn't included it in any other blogs so thought I'd do it now.  This was painted with Durwent Durer watercolor pencils.  Lots of fun and I love the way they blend and intensify when you wet them, but you can also use them like colored pencils for lines and shading.  They'd be great for traveling.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

collinsstudio: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I star...

collinsstudio: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I star...: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I started at the retreat in Santa Barbara.  This is it below. Now on to the next project. ...
I've finally finished the hand painted vest I started at the retreat in Santa Barbara.  This is it below.
Now on to the next project.