Saturday, April 25, 2015

"To Grandmother's House #1" to Gallery 16

 "To Grandmother's House" is part of a series of small pieces done with my grandma's handwritten recipes that have been converted to Thermofax screens.  Additionally, the cottonwood trees evoke memories of the Montana ranch I grew up on, with my Grandma living nearby.  The tree print is also a Thermofax screen converted from my photos of a cottonwood grove.
 This piece measures 14 x 16", and has been consigned to Gallery 16 in Great Falls, Montana.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gallery 16 Consignment - Swallowtail #6

Swallowtail #6 measures 12 x 17"
Hand painted cotton, block printed, screen printed, hand painted, machine quilted

Monday, April 20, 2015

Petrified Wood from the Yellowstone River Banks

This is one of the nicer specimens of petrified wood that I picked up on the river bank.
We had a lot of fun being out that day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yellowstone River Agates

 The shores of the Yellowstone River from Pompey's Pillar east to where the Yellowstone joins up with the Missouri are rich in agate deposits.  These deposits are reportedly 20' deep in places and extend for many miles.  The time to look for them is late fall, winter or early spring before the water rises. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Yellowstone River Time

 The Yellowstone River is a great place for an outing on a warm early spring day.  We headed east about 30 miles from Billings to the Captain Clark Fishing Access, where we explored the river banks for agates and petrified wood.

Friday, April 17, 2015


 I am so glad I planted all these daffodils last fall!  What a wonderful sight to see in early spring!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Old Montana Farmstead

 We recently visited the Captain Clark fishing access on the Yellowstone River.  The access is large and includes an abandoned farmstead.  We were curious, so we took a self guided tour.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Marsh Marigold in my Fish Pond

I started this plant in my pond a few years ago.  It has never bloomed this early or this long!  Such a bright spot outside my kitchen window!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reticulata Iris in Bloom

 I saw these little Reticulata iris bulbs in Costco last fall and thought I would give them a try.  I am so delighted with them! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who Has Seen the Wind?

 Jumping ahead, here.  I failed to take any intermediate shots of this quilt as it was a work in progress.  I have only a few detail images to share, as this piece will be entered in an invitational exhibition and I need to keep the full image under wraps until then.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Block Printing Mountains and Foreground

Two different blocks are used next to create the illusion of mountains and foreground.  Pebeo Setacolor paints on hand carved rubber blocks.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Block Printing the Sky

The next step is to define the sky area of this landscape piece by block printing the top 2/3 of the fused collage.  I use Pebeo Setacolor opaque white fabric paint with a group of swirly hand carved rubber blocks.  This unifies the space quite nicely.