Sunday, January 27, 2008

Journal Inside & back cover

El took this outside today; it's all overcast & rainy. The raven looked right at home.

Inside cover & title page. Poem "Second Coming" by Yeats. I like how the vellum covers the falcon and you only get the 'watermark' look behind it. I'm not happy with my calligraphy but it's my own fault for not practicing the way I should. I did have to do it 4 times as I'd get nearly finished & then mess it up: that doesn't count as practice though :) For real calligraphy see this site His work is amazing and makes mine look like a kindergarteners, LOL!

The inside back cover. No, this isn't a raven feather; but it's still cool!

Friday, January 25, 2008


She's all done! Measurements are 8"H x 6"W.

Woot! That was so much fun to bead.

Maybe it's safe to start a new Dragon!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Road to California!

Woot! Our exhibit for "Our Noble Elements" will be on display January 17- 20th at Road to California. The second largest quilt show outside of Houston. I am honored that my piece "Flights of Fancy" will be shown.

Here it is!
311/2 high x 37 W
Title: Flights of Fancy
Completed 12/2007
Materials used:

Duck cloth; commercial batik prints.
About the quilt:

When I considered this challenge, my first thought ran to birds. My favorite among them being the Raptors. I have been studying North American Raptors at length & wanted to illustrate the singular beauty and perfection that is the bird's wing. I incorporated my love for drafting; pen & ink illustration and calligraphy in this DaVinci style rendition.

Material is duck cloth partially bleached to give parchment effect. The image of the wing, graph and words were all drawn by hand with a pencil first; then inked in with permanent marker. The individual feathers were hand painted using a combination of Liquitex paint & calligraphers ink. The Irish Insular plaits were bias cut and fused on by hand.