As I mentioned before, our time in Mexico is a real vacation. No Internet, no TV, no phone, and of course, the language barrier. We spent a lot of time reading. This is the stack of books I brought along and I read all the novels plus most of the non-fiction books. It is amazing to have so much time to just indulge in a series of good books!
We love shopping for colorful glass, pottery and rugs in Mexico (above). This year, I decided to bring back a variety of small plates (7" diameter) in every pattern I could find. I found nine different designs, shown here (below), but I purchased a dozen, so there are some duplicates. I think they will be fun to use for appetizers or for desserts.
I will try not to bore you with sunset photos......I took a lot of them. We walked the beach every evening at sunset in order to photograph the drama. I have hundreds of photos from those walks. The colors change so quickly at sunset on the beach!
Puerto Penasco is a small fishing village at the top curve of the Sea of Cortez. One of the main things they fish for is SHRIMP, and they catch them BIG! We went down to the port market every day to shop for the evening's meal of fresh caught fish or shrimp. This day, I did not buy the largest shrimp I could find - but these are still very nice. I sauteed them in butter, olive oil, and garlic. So yummy! (note my hand on the left side of the plate for size comparison).
As I mentioned last Friday, we are recently returned from an extended visit to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. This is the first morning view from the deck of my sister's house on the beach. The Sea of Cortez is hidden from view behind the fog, which didn't stay long - it is rare to see fog like this here. Joe and I were able to spend 10 glorious, peaceful days there! More pictures to come!
Here is the next exercise I did for analogous color. I actually monoprinted this one in the last stages. Paint was lifted from the page on a small card and pressed back onto the page in another area. I really like this process and the result....well - I guess I am really much more of a printmaker than a painter....
We have recently returned from an extended trip to Arizona and Mexico. My sister owns a beautiful vacation home on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, just 60 miles south of the Arizona border. Joe and I were fortunate to be able to spend 10 glorious winter days there, soaking up the sun, sand, sea, and sky. It is a true vacation, with no Internet, no TV, no phone service, and the natives speak Spanish, so verbal communication is limited. Here is a picture of the sky on our second day. I will post some of my favorite photos from the trip here over the next few weeks.
The artists were also required to create a journal about their subject and piece. Here is the cover for my journal. I made this wrap around cover for my journal. The top image is the front and this second image is the back of the journal cover.
I managed to complete this quilt - 72" square - from start to finish - in just two CRAZY weeks! But there was more! I had to make a smaller piece to accompany it (12 x 14") and also a journal to accompany my piece as part of the traveling exhibition.
My bindings are fused to the edge of the trimmed quilt. I usually use fabric to match the quilt and when necessary, I will print the binding after it has been fused in place. I protect the quilt with masking tape before printing the binding. After the paint dries, I will peel away the tape and machine quilt the binding to match the quilt. This makes the bindings pretty nearly invisible, firm, and helps my quilts hang straight.