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Monday, October 31, 2011


I just finished this portrait. I started drawing along with my students on my next project. Look for a work in progress soon!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Norwegian Artist Atle Berner Andersen
Most artists and crafters can relate to being inspired by everyday items.  If you find art in everything you lay eyes on, you will enjoy this artist interview with Norwegian Artist Atle Berner Andersen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Free Flower Pattern

I can’t take credit for the hat. It’s a pattern from Bev’s Country Cottage.


What I love about this hat is that it is made flat and then the side seams are stitched up and the top is pulled together. Those for those of you who find crocheting in the round challenging, this is the hat pattern for you. While I made my first one for an infant, I was recently asked to do one for a toddler. So, I went to Bev’s Size Chart:

I passed on the pom-pom and went for a flower with a sweet little pearl button for the center. I love that the mom who requested this asked for black rather than your traditional children's colors.

Jazz up any hat with this flower pattern:

Make a slip ring.

Row 1: ch 2, 7 sc into ring, pull end to close the ring, ss in the top ch of 2 ch. (8 sts.)

Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, (1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc) 3 times, ss in 1 ch (21 sts.)

Row 3: ch 5, ss in the front strand of the next sc. 12 times, end with ss in ss of previous round. You should have mini loops.

Row 4: Place hook in the back strand of first sc in 2nd round. Ch 12, 1 sc in back of strand of next st 12 times, end with ss in first ch. You should have 12 large loops.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet Watercolourist Beverly Morgan

Meet amazing watercolour artist Bev Morgan. Lean about her inspirations and her tips on becoming a professional artist.
Do you know an artist or crafter who would like to be featured in one of our “Get to Know the Artist” series? Contact Leslie Panfil at:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Portrait Drawing

Here is my latest work in progress.  I’ll be wrapping this one up and begin on the demonstration piece that I’m doing in conjunction with my Learn to Draw Portraits class. I’m also working on an ebook to teach those of you who can’t make it to my class. I’ve received lots of questions about pencils. So, look for an introduction piece soon at Hubpages. Look for a link in an upcoming blog.  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Portrait Drawing Class - You Can Do It!

It's not too late! If you are in the Cleveland area, I'm teaching a learn to draw portraits class. This 6 week class begins this Thursday, October 13th from 6-8.
Call Pat Catan's for details: 440-238-7318

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall's Melting Colors Quilt

My goal with this quilt was to capture the way the colors of fall melt into one beautiful bouquet. I chose new green as the base color to signify the promise of spring that lies beneath the decaying remnants of autumn.  The vibrant sun still blazes but is diminished by nip of oncoming winter. The leaves that litter the ground are made through a technique I call scrubbing where fabric and yarns are sandwiched between two pieces of dissolvable webbing, sewn and then washed. The murky grey sky was produced with fabric dye that was applied with a Chinese watercolor brush.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pumpkin Dangle Pencil Topper

Here is a quick Halloween Craft sure to make your child the envy of their classroom.

You will need:
2” Orange Pom Pom
White Glue
6” of Elastic Cording

Tapestry Needle
Brown or Black Felt
Pencil Eraser

Thread your needle with the elastic thread pull through the center of the pom pom and back again leaving a 4” loop. Knot the end. Tie the loop to the end of the pencil and hide with the eraser. To make sure the elastic does not come free, you can add some white glue to the inside of the eraser before securing it to the pencil. Decorate the pumpkin with pieces of felt attached with white glue and allow to dry.