Sunday, Nov 7: I haven't taught at Art Quilt Tahoe since 2008, so I missed their first year here at Zephyr Point, on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, about 4 miles into Nevada, if you're coming from the southwest. I came yesterday, vis Las Vegas and Reno airports, on a very nice, mild day, and it was still sunny and nice when Judy and Velda picked me up, when I got off the South Tahoe Express shuttle at Lakeside, one of the resort hotels. Above is my first photo here, of the view off the back deck of Judy and Walter's cabin, where I spent my first night here.
Judy's writing a blog about this week on the AQT site right now, too.
Zephyr Point center has some big buildings, where our classes and bedrooms will be, plus a lot of cabins set all around this wooded and hilly point. It's a Presbyterian conference center.
I've been able to start this blog, because we've had to wait to get into our classrooms and bedrooms today, but we get to go in soon, in about a half hour! Meanwhile, many of us have been pouncing on people, as they arrive with their supplies and suitcases, to help them unload cars into our waiting area. We've just worked hard to help each other, and are so glad so many people are getting through the snowy passes safely and getting here!
Monday morning, Nov 8: We got a little snow and ice overnight again, but the sky's clearing now! The last group of students and teachers arrived yesterday at suppertime, and we were all in, with the bedrooms and studios' nesting happening happily in the afternoon and evening.
Art Quilt Tahoe is off to a great start! Last night we had a shopping bazaar of participants' work, and then a movie: Pride and Prejudice. Some of my students went back and worked in the classroom, and Katie Fowler and I filled and prepared three airpens! Ready to go again! Off now for a morning walk! Bye. More later!
Wednesday, Nov 10, early AM:
I spent about 15 to 20 minutes alone with each student, showing them how to hold and operate the airpen, a tool that combines writing with using paint, instead of ink, so that the lines are archival pigment marks. A small compressor pushes the paint out, so you don't have to squeeze the tool, so you save your hands.
The tricks to learn are how to control the paint thickness, fill and clean the airpen, and regulate the paint flow. I've developed my methods since 2002, and work hard to get my students feeling easy and competent with the airpen.
I came back and worked in my classroom studio with most of the students, into the late evening.
Above: Wednesday, after I demonstrated choosing a backing fabric at the onsite fabric store, to go with my painting, cutting out the batting and placing the painting on it and then on the backing fabric, and folding the backing up and around the painting to create the border, Janice, Katie, and Erin helped put safety pins into my demo piece, before I showed my students how I quilt my work in my "crazy grid" way.
Also Wednesday afternoon, we visited all the other classrooms of Art Quilt Tahoe, so we could see each of the other students working on their projects. It was great to take that time out and enjoy the fresh air, walking all over the campus together.
Sunday, Nov 14: I've been home now long enough to get these pix up from the last day of AQT (Thursday):
Late on Thursday afternoon, we had our final show and tell, tho we'd had at least one every day in class, so we could all know what each other was thinking, planning, and doing, all week.
Janice bought it for $20, and the money went to the AQT scholarship program. I wish we would have all signed it and dated it. I hope Janice will use her own airpen to put in all of our names and note the time of this piece's making. It's about 12" square, a rare example of wild American funk art of the early 21st century, in the High Sierras!
In the sky I drew some buddhas, which soon turned into me, Libby, Jimmy, Eva, Gretchen, and Mike (my family) and all of our cats, all floating in the sky over Lake Tahoe.
This was my favorite Art Quilt Tahoe of the four I've taught at, and I think a lot of it was due to being at the wonderful Zephyr Point Conference Center on the shores of Lake Tahoe, instead of up at a ski resort in Squaw Valley, which was also beautiful, but this trumps that by far! Oh, and I had some especially sweet students, tho I missed some of my other favorites, and they know who they are!!!!
Thank you, Judy and Walter and everyone! Love, Lucky