Saturday, August 14, 2010

Back again, from a long time gone...

Well, it's been forever since I last posted, and so much has happened...some with my art, much with my family, and many things that certainly intersect between the two. It's hard to figure out where to begin, so I think I'll just go back to where my last post left off and hopefully at some point we'll catch what's going on today... or not, we'll see I suppose :)

In my last post I mentioned I was going to the Welburn Gourd Festival in Fallbrook Ca. Well I did go, and what a tremendous experience it was!

Not only was my friend
Barbara Hallman's gourd work fantastic as always, selling like crazy, the day in general was just beautiful. It can sometimes be pretty hot and dusty there, but the weather was
mild, the energy relaxed and I found loads of beautiful gourds to work with this Fall. Is she not amazing?

She makes these huge animal masks, but this was a set of
small ones I loved. Check out their sweet eyes.
Danny loved these little fish she made!

Another wonder of the day was a chance meeting with the wonderful artist that taught me knottless netting so many years ago! Leigh Adams is as cool as I remember. I think it's easily been over 11 years ago that I took her class. Here's the little creation I proudly brought home that day. Notice those lovely uneven hitches, sagging off the bottom?( and that's actually it's 'good' side:) Eeeek!
But I sooo loved it then, and I still do today.
Today Leigh is the artist in residence at the
Los Angeles Arboretum and has done some absolutely fantastic work in sculpture, mosaic and glass. She told me a little bit about a fairly recent work I can't wait to see in person known as the serpent trail. This gigantic glass tiled"Dream snake" sculpture created for the children's garden at the LA Arboretum is actually, visible from the sky! If you get the chance you've got to check out her work.

So now after all these years of knottless netting myself, I'm back to teaching as well. My class this past July at my sweet store Gilding the Lily in Fullerton was great. (It's been such a blessing to be able to "work" there on Sundays surrounded by a constant flow of beauty and inspiration thank you Nancy!) My students were so fun and so talented!

Here's a picture of the little kits I put together.

My lovely students... and a few of their projects...

What a wonderful day it was, to share art, laughter and fun. Well, I feel like I could go on and on , but for now I think this is plenty and hopefully my next post will be sooner than a month from now.
Love and light,


Healing Woman said...

What a nice post. I loved seeing all of your students, hearing about the serpentine stained glass project. I had wondered where you were but figured it was summer and it's so hard to post in summer with so many activities.

The gourd festival looked like such fun. I took a class from someone from California who called himself "The Guru of Gourdom" but I can't remember his name. He was fantastic and that got me started on many years of gourd making.

Thanks for the post!


Ann Lawson said...

Wish I could have been there too! I enjoyed reading all about the gourd festival and creations too - just the kind of thing I needed to start feeling creative and inspired!
Love, Ann E

Barbara said...

Hey B, thanks for the kind words--glad you and the fam. made the trek out there! B p.s. Glad you didn't use the port-o-potty picture!