My trip to Road2CA last month was a blast.
I really like this quilt show.
It’s not as big and overwhelming as IQF in Houston, but still shows a very high quality of quilts.
Besides, coming from Seattle, spending some sweet time down in California in the dead of Winter feels so good. In the meantime, my husband finds this rather warm and sunny interruption in January appealing, too.
For the last few years, he joined me at the weeks’ end. After the show closes, I pick up my quilts and we usually set out for a road trip . . . more of this year’s trip later.
But now back to the quilt show.
First of all, I’m thrilled about the classes and faculty they put together every year.
And I tell you, I do take advantage of this fact!
This year, I had lined up classes with Cynthia England, Frieda Anderson and I spent two delicious days with Katie Pasquini Masopust.
In case of the latter, I admit to be a repeat-offender. This was actually my third workshop with Katie. I’m not getting tired of her, as a matter of fact, she’s such a power house, she surprises me every time.
I love her contagious artistic energy!
She got all of us 22 students truly excited about experimenting with watercolor paint, many types of resists, and a variety of imprint making devices.
After the first half, she asked us to use the “cropper” and pick small segments of 4 favorite paintings. This is the hardest fun part.
The longer you look at your painting, the more parts you find which could make a fantastic base design for a quilt. The actual challenge is to make a decision!
Keep in mind, these are only the small cut-outs selected off the much bigger painting. I call the design on top “Mellow”, the design below “Blue”.
But none of my first 5 picks made it to become the big 30″x 26″ B&W copy at Kinko’s.
It needed a 6th design: The circles are just too delicate to pass on. I’m fascinated by the interlacing partial round lines, running on and off the page, and I love how the watercolor merges, but still leaves lots of “negative space” in white.
Next comes the line drawing on matte acetate, of which will be a first enlargement made, followed by the big copy.
Excited how it developes even further? Me too. Unfortunately, there is one quilt top under my needle which MUST be quilted within the next week.
I’ll follow up on this design. Promise.
Now, our road trip this year got us to Joshua Tree National Park.
Inspiration piling up everywhere. This for us Northerners almost absurd desert landscape is so stunning beautiful, – just mind-boggling!
I desperately wished I had more time to pull out my watercolor paint and paper. Two days is not bad, but surely not enough for an artist.
As we pulled out from the parking lot after a hike at Hidden Valley, we passed a big extra-tall van (the type plumbers have), where an elderly lady just set up a painting easel.
Her car was stuffed full, but well organized up the roof with equipment and canvasses.
I totally envied this clearly serious artist.
However, I found out, this very NP has a “Artist-In-Residency” program (AIR). I will be back.