February 2013 

Dear Friend,

It's 2013 and I'm very excited about this year because my children's book will be published!  I only have a few more months of work (play) to go and then it will be going to the printer sometime this summer.  If you'd like a postcard sent to you in the mail when the book is ready, send me an email here to be added to my mailing list.  

Since my last newsletter I've been busy finishing a commission of dog portraits.  Three were included in my last newsletter and here are the other two.  They are both 5x7" and made with stained glass.  They were particularly challenging since the dogs had both passed away and I was limited to the photos at hand which were of the animals far away, but despite that, I am happy with how I captured their personalities.


Madeline                              Bubba

While I was finishing these two up, I was contacted by a friend I had made a mosaic for in 2007 of her daughters.  She had seen my dogs on my Facebook page and asked if I'd do a mosaic of their adorable miniature schnauzer, Quincy. This mosaic ended up being an 8x10" which made it much easier to get the detail in.  From the photos, Quincy looked so energetic and happy, I added a little bit of millefiori  (my favorite material in the world!) to the background so it would be a more playful portrait.  Here is the mosaic I did of her girls, called Sisters (24x36") that was installed in her garden, and the portrait of Quincy.

Sisters                                                                  Quincy                                                

My Children's Book
Yes!  Printing this year!  I finished mosaic #13 (pages 25 and 26 of the book) and have gotten a great start on #14.  Once I finish #14 (which is 15x24"), I will make one or two smaller mosaics, about half that size, and then I'll be done!  Well, then I have some changes I want to make on most of the mosaics, and then grout them all, but THEN I will be done!  The kitty feet is a detail from #13.  Raymi in the window is a detail from #14.  Email me your street address to be added to my book mailing list.  I can't wait to share it with you!



SAMA Conference, Tacoma 2013!
I'm so excited for the next SAMA conference in Tacoma, WA this year. When I led the mosaic marathon at the last conference, I didn't get to participate in much else, so I'm looking forward to having the time and freedom to go to the lectures and other events, and take a class, too!  I have signed up for Laurel True's workshop, Facilitating Community-Based Mosaic Projects, which I'm really looking forward to.  I'd love to do some community projects here in Santa Barbara and hope to explore that direction after my book is done.  Particularly, I'd love to work with kids and teens, so if anyone in the area knows of an organization who might be interested in working with me, I'd love to hear from you!  

I of course will be participating in the mosaic marathon led by Mark Brody and Lynn Adamo.  They have designed a triptych that will be created by members at the conference, and then donated to the non-profit Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.  If you're attending the conference, please come help.  There are only a few days to finish it, so the more the merrier!  
The conference is in April, so I will have many photos to share in my next newsletter.  This is Mark and Lynn's design called Sowing Seeds of Success:

Other Artists I Enjoy
This time I'm going outside of my town to Minneapolis, MN where one of my favorite artists, Jennifer Davis, lives and paints. I love her unusual color combinations, use of space in her compositions, and her characterization of animals, people, and made up creatures.  She also does wonderful custom pet portraits!  Visit her web site and blog to see more.


That's all for now!  Thank you for reading my newsletter and if you think others would be interested in reading it, feel free to pass it on.

Warm regards, until next time,

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