Archive for the ‘In the Studio’ Category

Arts Insight TV

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Arts Insight TV, a Thursday night PBS series, was in my studio filming yesterday. My friend Fujio is a videographer with the show and he pitched me to the producers. They arrived at 1 and I learned that I should not have worn a Game of Thrones shirt that said Mother of Dragons. It seemed perfect given the fact that one of my latest series is called Dragonworks. But a trademark is not good for filming…guess I knew that…. but didn’t connect the dots.  After the interview the producer Laura and I spent a lot of time talking about Game of Thrones ad Fujio filmed my studio, art and art car. It should air in Sept or October and it will go on You Tube after that.



Painting an Art Car

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

I am repainting my art car and am writing this so I won’t forget what works for the next time!


This is my current paint job. The yellow and pink are One Shot, the blue is the color of the car. I used painters tape to mask off the areas. I wish I had masked off all the rubber, too. Most of the details were created using Sharpie Paint Pens. They worked great for a few months but eventually faded to white chalk. I Mod Podged them to make them more permanent but that didn’t work. The chalky residue washed off completely with Goof Off. Which is a nice feature if you want to make a new incarnation of your art car often. I used stick on labels to mask off the peace signs and the hearts before painting the car the first, so they are permanent.

Goof Off also works well for cleaning your hands and brushes and any mistakes while wet. I  mixed the One Shot 9 parts paint and one part hardener. The paint thickens slightly with the hardener and a skin will form overnight even in a small sealed container like the tiny mason jar I used. Mix the paint with hardener  in small quantities that you can use up within a few hours. Wrap your paint brush in plastic wrap if you are taking a short break.
I will post picture when I am finished!

Eldon Libby sent me this!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
My Studio by Eldon Libby

My Studio by Eldon Libby

Why aren’t I Quilting?

Monday, November 19th, 2007

This has been one of those months with a million distractions from actually quilting. It started in Oct,  hanging my solo and then another show for Mixed Media Artists of Houston. Then I decided to make an art car.Then came International Quilt Festival. AT IQF I bought a Handiquilter Simply Sixteen for my studio in Galveston
I have a home studio in Clear Lake with a big Gammil. This is for my garage studio on Galveston.
My husband and I are empty nesters and we are experimenting with downsizing <VBG> My son helped me put the frame together last week. I still haven’t gotten the leaders taped on and a quilt in the machine

I am going to have a hole cut in the garage for sliding glass doors to the garden

This will be the view I have at Studio 33



New Works

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007


Doing the Can Can is traveling with the Creative Force Exhibition


Get Pumped is currently at the International Quilt Festival


Trowel and Error is currently traveling with the In Full Bloom Exhibition

Self Censorship

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007


Ice is an earlier work and one of the pieces I DID NOT take to the art center because I thought it was a little out there for the audience.

It took me a long time to press send on the previous post. I wondered if it would hurt me to say what I think. Then I thought “What am I thinking? Didn’t I become an artist because I had something to say?

It led me into something I have been pondering. How much do I censor myself? I used to worry about what the kids or hubby would think. Hubby has often looked a little puzzled..horses, tools???? Then he snorts, shakes his head and laughs out loud. So I know he gets the jokes.

Do any of you artists self censor and why?


Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Last night was an interesting twist in my career as an artist. I told you all that I hung a show for Mixed Media Artists of Houston in Brazosport Art Center last week. The opening was Sat night. When we arrived one of the art league volunteers asked my husband if he wanted to see the work they almost banned. I knew it had to be one of mine <VBG> Sure enough “Cherry” had caused quite a stir.


Third grade students had been in the center on Friday and were asked to sketch their favorite piece. A little boy picked Cherry and got busy sketching nipples.

This led to phone calls to the center by the parents or perhaps the teacher,  and a hasty meeting of the Brazosport Art League was held. Apparently it was a little heated as some people were angry about censorship and others more worried about the children.

In the end the group voted to stand by the artist (me!) and “Cherry” is still on display without bandaids (as someone apparently suggested as a joke).

This may be the pinnacle of my career. Every artist dreams of being BANNED!

Quilts with a Sense of Humor

Thursday, September 27th, 2007


The opening is Thurs Oct 4 from 12 noon to 2 3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX  Alvin Community College Building B FINE ARTS 281 756 3605

Would love to meet you.


HeART Attack

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I almost had a heart attack to day when I saw this on the  news and  realized my QN 05 quilt was in the mail home via Fed Ex Click here
My dogs started barking, I ran to the computer to check the fed ex tracking number Dairy Barn sent me. The computer dinged in a new message from FE saying your package has been delivered. I walked back to the door where the dogs were still barking to see the truck pulling off and my package on the bench outside the door.

Whew…. just in time for my solo show at the local community college. They have new gallery and called me last month to do the solo show based on the recommendation of my local arts alliance director. I hang that show in two days

Then I felt bad when I realized I would never meet Hilary Fletcher

Art Car Fabric

Thursday, September 13th, 2007