Weather Report: Its freezing here. I am definitely not used to cold weather. No more snow or rain though for the rest of the week.
We are using two programs, Spoonflower and Pic Monkey to alter photographs and scans of anything; nature, collages or artwork we have made with watercolors, pens, pencils, etc. For instance, I have used various images such as a plate of tomatoes, a marble mosaic, a picture of the fabric from the pants I was wearing, and photo of roses in the snow. Then we put the work from the desktop into one of those programs to alter the photos. This is similar to Photoshop but not as complicated. I hope tomorrow I will be able to show you a before and after of what the process looks like. I am still working on at least 15 different images. Then after you get an image you like you can order the fabric yardage through Spoonflower that you have designed. There is also a company in San Francisco that digitally prints fabric for artists.
The two pictures are “Sunset after the Storm” and Samples of the Teachers Work
It’s been snowing and raining all day. Very cold too.
There are six people in my class for learning digital designing of fabric. I was working my brain so hard (improves the memory I hear) that I forgot to take any photos. So much for that idea.
I am up at Tahoe for the week at the “Art Quilt Tahoe” Workshop. I will be learning the designing and printing of textiles. I will keep you posted on how this progresses. There are lots of famous (to me) textile artists who will be teaching and lots of quilt artists taking classes.
I drove up yesterday in the rain. And it’s still raining. They were predicting snow but that has not happened. This conference center is a beautiful spot right on the lake.
It’s great to get away and just work on art with no distractions. Everybody is friendly. So far, so good.
This semester our theme is “houses.” Here are some student work and a few from last semester.
On our last day, we packed everything and said goodbye to the Kona Tiki. What a find that was. We loved it, small, intimate and right on the ocean. No phones or TV. Who needs it?
We set off for the quilt shop in Kona and a drive up the coast. Going out of town I looked at our tickets only to find out that we did not have the day but our plane was leaving in an hour. We made it in time. Phew! The week was perfect. My son, Andre and I had a fabulous, fabulous time.
Andre Loved the snorkeling spots we saw today. The hotel provided for us masks, fins, beach towels and chairs, and we took off for Kealakakua Bay hoping to swim with the dolphins. This particular bay is a spot known by locals and tourists because of these sightings. No dolphins today though, and not many fish were on the reef. The beach was very steep, and consisted of bowling-ball size and lava rocks we had to climb over to get in. It The surf was quite rough and we both got dashed on the shore trying to get back in. (a little scary!). Most people bring kayaks to look for the dolphins here instead. Our next stop was The Place of Refuge, a beautiful peninsula where only the Hawaiian royalty lived. We learned a lot about early Hawaiian culture and navigation. The east end of Molokai, where I stayed for 3 months, is where the first Hawaiians settled. We then drove to Two-Step beach, where Andre snorkeled with turtles and much bigger fish. That was a much better experience. A stop for lunch for smoothies at the ‘Southern Kona Roadside Stand’ and another stop at Greenwell’s Coffee Plantation for Kona Coffee made the day. North. We watched another beautiful sunset from our hotel patio with the other Tiki hotel guests. The owners have the kids light the tiki torches and blow the conch shell as part of the evening ritual. Our dinner at a local Thai place was the last dinner as we leave tomorrow for home.
Titles of pics: “Anatomically Correct Tiki”, “Exotic Fruits” “Coffee Bean Flowers” “Morning At the Kona Tiki.”