bend, oregon

I went to Bend last week to visit a dear friend of mine. It was over the July 4th weekend. For those of you who haven’t been to Bend on the 4th of July, you are missing out on life. They have this wonderful pet parade in the morning, a Freedom ride with hundreds of dressed up cyclists in the afternoon and then in the evening, they have wonderful fireworks over the Butte.

Check out some the pets from the parade. People have goats, dogs, birds, iguanas, roosters, and even flying dogs. It’s fun!

IMG_4877 IMG_4885IMG_4875IMG_4902

As far as art goes, I’ve been obsessed with sun flowers. Check out the fields we passed on the way to Bend off of highway 505.

IMG_4856

I’ve been growing some in my back yard too. Here’s a new blossom.

IMG_4790

I’ve been working on some sun flower art. I’ve got to turn this into a pattern.

Sun flower

What have you been up to this week?

k

creating patterns

Several folks have asked how I go about making my patterns. I’ll show you below. It’s quite fun.

First I take a sketch from my sketchbook like this line drawing of a feather.

Image

Then I make an electronic file by scanning it and uploading to PhotoShop. I create what is called a motif like the image below on the left. Then I begin to embellish the motif. Like the image below in the middle. Lastly I create a pattern that will repeat so that it can be printed on fabric in a seamless manner. The image on the right is what is called a brick repeat.

Feather8Colored Feather8Colored Feather Pattern8

Lastly, I duplicate the brick repeat and begin to create a pattern.

Colored Feather Strip Pattern8

Fun, what are you up to this week?

k

sewing campy bookmarks

I’ve been learning to sew this afternoon. So excited that I’ve been able to thread the bobbin. Here is the sewing machine my friend Tami let me borrow.

Image

I’ve made some campy bookmarks. I took some of my paint chips…

 Image

…got out some scraps of fabric and added some cardboard for stiffness.

Image

Here they are, CAMPY bookmarks!

Image

Image

I love the pattern.

If you would like one, check out my etsy store, Pippin Lane, and come back here to my blog.  Leave a comment on what you liked in the store; and I’ll mail you a CAMPY bookmark. Oh, leave your email so, I can contact you for your address.

k

telluride, crested butte and boulder

We’re home from a wonderful two weeks in Colorado. It’s was really beautiful.

Check out some pics from our last week. We mountain biked along the river in Telluride. It went in and out of the woods and there were tons of daisies in the fields.

Image

We hiked to a waterfall called Bear Creek falls. It was a huge waterfall.

Image

On Monday afternoon we left Telluride and drove to Crested Butte. Here is our first hike on Tuesday. We wanted to hike the Oh Be Joyful trail, but there was a raging river we couldn’t cross. So, we ended up on this beautiful fire road with lots of daisies and purple flowers that I thought were lupin. I MUST come back next year in July to see more variety. I hear that the fields get to be filled with different alpine flowers. I want to hike the trail over to Aspen. It’s on my list.

Image

On Wednesday I rested and Piet went out on a bike ride. Below is a picture he captured of the wonderful aspen trees.

IMG_4651

On Thursday we headed to Boulder. Below is a picture of a lake beside the highway. It was so beautiful in the stretch from Crested Butte to Boulder. I want to investigate next year.

IMG_4709

Next week I’ll get back to art and pattern making. What have you been up to this week?

k

fun and wonder of telluride

We’ve been in Telluride this week. We planned to be here three nights. It was so beautiful, we extended our stay. Here are some pictures of our adventures.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

The balloon festival has been really fun. They took off at 6:15 this morning and filled the sky with their glorious colors. Glow is tonight. At dusk they will fill the main street and it will be quite magical.

Have a good one.

k

santa fe, new mexico

We’re visiting Santa Fe this weekend. It’s been down right hot. Here are some pictures.  The one below is from the Temple Beth Shalom. I loved the star of David against the white and blue.

Image

This is the house we stayed at for three days. It was within walking distance to Artist Way and the downtown.

Image

Love the color and pattern of the Masonic building which is for lease. Can you imagine art studios?

Image

There was fabulous art. Loved this sculpture!

Image

Below is what a typical home looks like. Love the curves and softness.

Image

Here is a shot from Fort Marcy, above town.

Image

Have a great week. We’re off to Colorado today. Will post more.

k

memorial day weekend happenings

It’s going to be a fabulous, four day weekend. With friends visiting, sidewalk sales including the semi annual Patagonia sale, lovely weather and family.  Santa Cruz has had a FABULOUS spring. I think it’s the best time of year to be here.

Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last week…

I’ve been perfecting my pancake recipe.  I think it’s gotten pretty good.

Image

I’ve also put my designs on three small, pocket notebooks. I had them printed through Zazzle. I liked the quality, but they weren’t inexpensive, which means I can’t resell. I also have been looking at putting some of my art on Society 6. I’ve heard that folks don’t really make that much money and that they’ve actually had their designs stolen. What do you think of the notebooks?

Image

We’re heading on vacation in the next week, so I’ll post pictures of of adventures. Have a great week!

k

print sheets, hot off the press

It’s been really hot in Santa Cruz this week. It was 103 on Tuesday and 105 on Wednesday. That is super unusual for bay side, central California! The garden and all the flowers are suffering and we are in a water shortage. I however, love it. The nights are amazing all warm and soft.

I’ve Been having fun over here creating print sheets. Here are some samples of what I’ve been working on this week.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Is anyone out there going to Surtex? Send me some pics. Have a great week!

k