Thursday, December 20, 2012

Color Inspiration - Purple Ornament

I hope your Holidays are colorful!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Color Inspiration - Field of Weeds in Sunset

An excerpt from my upcoming Color Inspirations book. Hope the color palette inspires you!

p.s. I just hung a huge metallic print of 'Field of Weeds in Sunset' on my wall - the colors make me happy.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

More Photos...

Because you asked... I've added photos to my Holiday Photo Sale
New photos include: Seaglass, Wooden Boat Show, Cool Blue Evening Light and more

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Photo Sale and New Bag of Color

Holiday Photo Sale
My photography is now packaged and priced for Holiday giving!
Take 20% off all photos ordered this weekend: December 7-9

See more photos HERE. Photography prints available in 8x10 or 5x7 Matted prints
Or save money and matte your own collection of 3 5x7 prints.

Bag of Color #19
Flow from Denim to Caramel to Copper in this  BAG OF COLOR inspired by Maggie Grey's color palette in the Autumn 2012 ColorQueen Journal.  

Please note: Shop closed December 19 - January 2 
Last date orders will be shipped before the Holidays:
 International Orders - Tues. December 11
US Orders - Tues. December 18
May your Holidays be filled with Color! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012



Due to your lovely notes and requests, I've added even more photos and sizes to my on-line Photography page.

Orders this week are guaranteed delivery by Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Bags of Color!

Color Inspiration for the Holiday Season!
 Bag of Color 17 - Make the Encrusted Pendant shown in my latest book preview

Bag of Color 18 - Make the Encrusted Pendant inspired by 1 of our guest artists in the latest Ask the ColorQueens journal:
For more Color Inspiration add 
Ask the ColorQueens Journal to your Color Library

 May your days be filled with Color!  


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ask the ColorQueens Autumn 2012 Issue

Hot off the press!

Margie Deeb and I have published our Ask the ColorQueens Autumn 2012 Color Journal and can't wait to share 20 pages worth of color inspiration with you!

This issue features interviews with 5 Fiber Artists each with a unique and approach to color. Margie and I have included 10 color palettes to help get your creative juices flowing!


Color Inspiration - Rosa Rubrifolia

I was afraid the loss of so much of my work would shut down my desire to bead. However a dear friend came over the other day armed with her projects and told me to get the coffee brewing and just get started.

Using palettes in my upcoming Eye For Color Inspiration book, I dove in... and can't stop!

I just have to share one piece with you, and how it fits into my book.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Sun Came Out

Kissing the petals on a bouquet of color

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

When it Rains it Pours

Our basement flooded yesterday.

They say things come in sets of 3:
"omne trium perfectum"

I didn't mention my husband's car breaking down the night after our robbery, because at the time it seemed the least of our worries.

But universe - please note that we have now been presented with a set of 3 this week.

So we are done here right?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Eye For Color Inspiration

I have so much to be thankful for... not the least being that I had just taken photos of all my jewelry (before it was stolen) - for a new book that I am writing.

I've got lots of work left on my new book, and I wasn't planning to let the word out so soon. But you have all been so giving with your comments and support that I want to give you a little something back.

Here is an excerpt - I hope the depth of green in this inspiration will help nurture and calm you, as it does me.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Join Me for 1 Last Class!

As many of you know, I have taken a step back from teaching to focus on my family.
However, at the insistence of the lovely Carole Tripp of Creative Castle, I will be teaching in LA in February!

Come join me:
 February 7 (Thursday evening) Dip Into Color seminar

 February 8-9 (Friday/Saturday)  Wander with Color workshop

 Sunday (February 10) Trunk Show and individual Color Consultations!

February 10-11 (Sunday evening/Monday) A Day at the Beach workshop

Registration opens tomorrow –
Call (805) 499-1377 to reserve your spot!

I look forward to seeing you at
Creative Castle
Newbury Park, CA

A side note: based on a burglary in our home this week, and the loss of almost of my work, my personal pieces, my class samples, this will be the last venue I will teach. So even if you can’t join us for class, I hope you stop by to say hi and goodbye!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ways you can help...

So many of you have asked how you can help and I am honored that you care!


1) A common way for thieves to sell beadwork is of course through eBay, Craig's list, etc.

Let me know if you would like to help me scan through listings posted on or after Nov 14 from the Seattle area

2) Another common selling venue is craft/holiday shows.
Here is a list of craft shows in Washington

Please let me know if you might be going to one of these shows this weekend (and weekends through the Holidays) and can be on the look out for my beadwork!

Here is a link to my missing beadwork. If you see suspect pieces, please take a photo of the piece and of the seller and send it to me or to the Kirkland police: Case#12-56377

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Please help me recover my stolen jewelry!

Here is a page of photos of some of my pieces that were stolen - if you see or hear of anything, please let me know, or contact the Kirkland WA police (425) 587-3480 Case#12-56377


My Jewelry was Stolen

A Call for Help!
Our house was robbed this afternoon, drawers emptied, piles in the middle of the floor...

They were after my jewelry - about 3/4 of all my pieces are gone.

Once I have sorted through the mess, I will post photos of what I

know is missing (you can see the type of pieces on my website:

Please keep your eyes open for anyone trying to sell my pieces on-line, in jewelry shows, at pawn shops!

And please forward this message to anyone you know in the bead world

You can alert me or the Kirkland, WA police.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Color Inspiration - Red Leaf

One last leaf hanging on the branch. But with oh, so much brilliance! I too want to go out showing all my colors, no matter that my age spots are dark and plentiful, my edges a bit brittle, or that my hold is weak. When it is my time to let go, I hope I too will go with panache!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Leaves in our Fountain

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Color Inspiration - Magenta Hydrangea

The deep intense color of this hydrangea is made even more luscious by the background medley of shiny leaves reflecting the blue of the sky and the blurred bit of peach from a nearby flower.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Color Inspiration - Seaglass and Paint

I use manilla folders for my paint palettes, then when they are heavy with paint, put them back in the file cabinet - such cheerful homes for future files. This one was drying on my table next to a bowl of deep cobalt beach glass. I thought the combo was too gorgeous to pass up!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Color Inspiration - Red Rose Glow

My husband put in a rose garden last spring and I got to help him choose the varieties. How could I resist this lipstick red with it's inner glow of orange, especially encrusted with water jewels?

This Analogous color scheme glows with its gradual transition of color and is set off by a splash of complementary. I used this palette to paint a bouquet of poppies.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Color Inspiration - Skim Boards

Jack'd Skimboards hosts a skim board/music fest every summer on Whidbey Island during the lowest tide of the year. This colorful stack of boards greeted us as we headed out onto the sand.

Inspired by these colors, I mixed petunias and rusty bits to create this photoshop painting:

Petunia Rust

Monday, October 1, 2012

Color Inspiration - Old Green Truck

An old Ford pickup (given to my Mother in Law for her birthday in 1960) sits behind one of the barns turning lovely shades of teal and green and rust. Bits of dirt on top and reflections in the chrome hint at a warm purple undertone... an Expanded Tetrad on the Warm Earthtone color wheel.

Weekend on the Farm

Friday, September 28, 2012

Playing with Paint

Pushing myself into a medium I'm not comfortable with
But loving the play of color!