Sunday, October 23, 2016

So This Is 70!

Reaching 70 years of age was unimaginable when I helped my mother celebrate her 70th birthday but now that I am here it is a totally rewarding time to be alive.  I began to see the subtle changes  4-8 years ago when my hair became thinner and whiter.  Do I dare mention my double chin and sagging neck. What about the wrinkles in my finger tips.  I noticed that change when I went to get finger printed and the technician couldn't get a good print because of the puckers.  She said that often happens with older people.  Who was she calling "old".  What about the news reports that describe some woman as elderly when she was 65.  I like getting my social security check but wait a minute on the elderly woman name calling.

This image was taken last week when I went to mail my ballot.  We had better party while we can as life is full of uncertainty.

But I digress, yesterday I began moving toward a new decade with more memories and art.  I watched a video of Great Performances on PBS about "Hamilton".  I look forward to seeing it in spring when it comes to San Francisco.  I will have to be diligent to get a ticket I am sure.  I thoroughly enjoyed being lazy and eating carrot cupcakes.  Yum.  I forgot to drink the Proseco that I bought but I will make up for it today.  I planted flowers in pots on our patio.  I am returning to gardening this year as meditation.

But mainly I am enjoying the idea of staying true to myself and the art projects that I really want to create.  It is a beautiful life as  I look back and I look forward.

As for art, hope you enjoy these works that were on display at Firehouse Art Center, Pleasanton, CA from mid September until mid-October.  The exhibit was inconjunction with Cheza Nami Foundation Africa Festival.

                                          Homeland 2 and To Market

                                          Bourbon Street Blues

African Abstract

                                         Holes in the African Rain Forest

                                         Mask Parade 2 and 3

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Longing for Africa

In the midst of this presidential campaign I am diverting and energizing myself with memory.  Two years ago I achieved a lifetime goal of going to Africa.  There was something wonderful and warming when I set foot on African soil.  Even the very long flight could not diminish the excitement of this coming and emotional returning to an unknown place.  There was so much to see and take in.  I could only have wished for more involvement with the people.  My roommate and I were very aware that we were the "rich" Americans.  One worker in the convention hall where quilts were exhibited said to  her, "take me home with you".  She asked why and he said "because you are rich in America."  We were the rich Americans.  Of course, we are rich because we had the money to travel to this far away place, stay in a good hotel, eat various foods, and see how others live.  It made us think and I still think about the opportunities available to me as an American.

But the wonderfulness of the trip remains with me today 2 years later and here are some of the scenes from the past.

Big Tree in Zimbabwe

Bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Rainbow near the falls

                                          Victoria Falls

                                          Plants in Victoria Falls Park

Lushness everywhere and monkeys too.  

It was like being in a rain shower

I spent my last 3 days of my trip in Zimbabwe

What a ride

Early morning tea.

Approaching elephants

Dinner on the Zambezi River, what a wonderful sunset.

Hopefully I will begin making art about this adventure. Stay tuned as I get my groove back.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

On the Road

Well all of you know how negligent I have been about keeping up to date.  But with the fast approach of a new decade of life I vowed to get busy.  So here's what has been happening.

This year I curated Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland.  The exhibit had over 60 quilts that were presented in several venues including Oakland City Hall, Laney College Library, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Alameda County Administration Building,  Women's Cancer Resource Center, Highland Hospital and California Humanities Gallery. Along with the exhibitions, guild members and I taught workshops around the city to community members of all ages.  You can see the quilts at the guild website,

African American Quilt Guild of Oakland

See the Oakland Quilt Project tab.

This NY Times article also tells about the project.  Patti Brown really brought attention to the project with this article.  Thanks Patti.

New York Times Article

See you next time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

I am  honored and excited to be an invited artist for "The 100" to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The goal for this fiber fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.
How? All the details are here:
I'm sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists.
Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.

This is my donation.  Be sure to put February 4th on your calendar today!
Dance and Shout, 13" x 10
Mixed media collage, paper, postage stamps, fabric & thread

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


The past months have been spent teaching book arts at various locations as part of Art Is Education a joint project of the Alameda County Library System and Alameda County Arts Commission.  There are many beautiful altered book projects and the challenge is to make it understandable and doable within 2a  hour period.  I enjoyed making book samples and was impressed by the efforts of students of all ages.

 Dance ballerinas dance!  This is a combination of an older book with magazine photo imagery that has been stabilized enough to stand.

 This brings be back to my old high school football days.  College bands are still big stuff.
 Nyls made these and I am still trying to learn to do this one.
 This altered book is included as  we are only a week away from the annual sugar rush.

 For all the young modern dancers this one is a lot of fun.  Teen girls like these.
 Young boys like these  Bots!
 Step into outer space with this one.
 Riding the waves.
Dancing warriors.

Tomorrow I will present student work.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Views from Above

Yesterday I focused on utility covers.  I have more of them from Texas but I'll include them at another time.  Today I am focusing on images taken from airplanes. I always try to get a window seat so I can look at the clouds and terrain below.  It is so interesting to think I am soaring along like a bird but at this tender age being out in the air might be kind of scary.  Anyway, let's head for the clouds.




 All of these were taken enroute to Austin, Texas.  The southwest flight can yield lots of beautiful sky views.  These were taken in May 2013.  When I was returning I had a change to get a few clear shots of the desert and mountains probably over Arizona/Nevada.

 I might try making a quilt from this image.


 This is getting closer to central Texas.

I am enjoying looking at these after several months.  What a beautiful world.

Monday, October 21, 2013

At Your Feet

In 2008 I began my documentation of utility covers and other street art.  This is a continuation of that project and includes images from Cincinnati, Ohio.  There are always similarities  and variations.

 I really like this one.

 Wouldn't this be great for rusting fabric.

 I like these twins.
Tomorrow we'll look at sky views.