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Monday, March 31, 2008

Birds on Fabric


Early in March I took a class from Tracie Lyn and Mary Lin Huskamp. I could not resist this class. I love all things about birds and this class was all about painting birds on fabric. And what a great class it turned out to be! Tracie and Mary Lin are the most gracious and patient of teachers. You feel at home with them immediately and they impart their knowledge with humor and diligence to their subject. They demonstrated the use of several mediums on fabric and were very generous with their materials. Everything they brought was decorated and wrapped like a present and it was clear their students were important to them. Everyone left their class with a great piece of art. They showed us how to cut out the piece and use it in a collage, as well, but I just couldn't bear to cut mine up. I hope to use it in a quilt or piece of altered clothing to wear. I have posted two of the pieces I completed. Be sure to check their blogs (linked above). Take a peek at Tracie's ongoing journal project. It is inspiring.
I leave for Asilomar soon and can hardly wait. I'll be taking classes from Albie Smith and Dan Essig while I am there and hope to wander the beaches and come back with photos and sketches. But best of all , I will be able to meet up with my sister afterwards, who I haven't seen in six years and spend some time catching up on our lives.
May you all have sunny spring days to warm your bones and the scent of flowers and first cut grass to inpire your continued journey in art in the month ahead.





6 comments:

linda said...

Jan, those birds are beautiful. I couldn't cut them, either! You are so talented. Enjoy your trip!

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Well...we were lucky to have the BEST STUDENTS... Talented and Wonderful!!!

I got to see your first bird in person and now to see the second one... they are both so BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jan, have a SUPER trip. I know it will be fun to take some classes and then to see your sister.. well that is the icing on the cake.

XO!

Paula McNamee said...

Jan, Your birds are fabulous, full of rich color. Have a great time on your vacation and with your sister. Your workshops sound like fun,too. I'll want to see what you create. Paula

Mary lin Huskamp said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments! I must say...We LOVED the class. All of you were the BEST students!

Your birds are BEYOND beautiful!!!

hugs

Marylin

Carol said...

Absolutely wonderful fabric paintings Jan! Have a great time at Asilomar. If you can take a drive along the water to Monterey it's really beautiful.

christygrant said...

These are absolutely beautiful!