Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful Essence

 'Demure'

 'Intuitive'
Last night a group of guys came by the Kirkland Art Walk and asked me to tell them about my women with the colorful hair. I froze, I bumbled, I rambled - I told them everything except about what the women were about. After they left a guy who works at LizzyKate Tea (hosting me for the Art Walk) told me I desperately needed to work on my 20 second Elevator Pitch!

So in the pre-dawn hours this morning I reached into my soul to pull out the story of what these women mean. Yes, telling the real bits leaves me a bit raw and vulnerable, but I also feel calmer, lighter, more centered.

This is what I should have told them:
Years ago I was mourning my aging body, my fading looks, my growing invisibility when a friend told me to look in the mirror every day and tell myself "I have a Beautiful Essence". Now I see not just myself, but other women, with new eyes - I look deeper and see so many stories and colorful life experiences. In my paintings I'm drawing out the beautiful essence, the colorful complexity, inside women.

So excited that 'Intuitive' and 'Demure' will be going to lovely new homes! I now have prints and cards of these (and the other girls) available in my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/people/beverlyashgilbert

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Holey Moley

 

 
A Nuno Felt collarwith the color inspiration hanging behind it

Friday, March 31, 2017

On the Menu Tonight

Hate grocery shopping, but love having been...
On the menu tonight: 
  • Wet smoked salmon (marinated first in white wine and lemon juice) 
  • Mom's special tartar sauce (mayo of course, loads of lemon juice, a sprinkle of worcestershire sauce, finely chopped zesty pickles and onions, whole mustard seeds, dill weed) 
  • Grilled asparagus (just olive oil, salt and a sprinkle of lemon), 
  • 5 bean salad (another of my Mom's amazing recipes - perhaps I'll share one of these days), 
  • Roasted multicolored beets
Best part? Enough for left overs tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Latest Project

 
 
Sneak peek at a page in my upcoming Nuno Felt book: Reversible cross front jacket

Monday, March 27, 2017

His latest project

A 1909 Kimball - this poor piano was thrashed. My hubby rescued it about 30 years ago from a nursery school junk pile, cleaned up the outside, but it has taken this long to open it up and do some major repair. Numerous keys broken, a couple missing, no pedals, and that is just the obvious work.

Cleaning it out we found sparkle glitter, poker chips, crayons and a cigarette butt stowed away in the innards. Lots of work ahead - when he finishes the inside, I'll get out the tung oil and finish up the outside.

Nuno Felt Shrug





From color inspiration to Nuno Felt Project - a reversible front tie shrug

Art Show at HiLife



Honored, excited, humbled to have 3 pieces of artwork juried into the Chow Food Hi-Life Spring Show! Will be hung from tomorrow through June in this very fun Ballard Restaurant!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Celebrating All People


For the record... this girl celebrates the bonds of friendship and commerce that weave through all countries around the world, the sharing of talents, creativity, good will, kindness and goods that transcends borders. In fact, this morning I am eating an avocado from Mexico, and drinking a mug (hand painted in Italy) of coffee whose beans were harvested in Sumatra. I buy hand dyed silk from a woman in Australia and dyed wool from a woman in Czechoslovakia. In turn my books, fiber art and paintings travel the world - my painted girls advertise a spa in Germany and adorn a garden wall (as a mosaic) in South Australia. I have a dear friend from the Netherlands, another from South Africa, and yet another whose husband is from China... oh did I mention Mom is Canadian. I celebrate all people, all countries, all belief systems, all backgrounds.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Making a Purse

 

 
A reversible Nuno Felt Purse - perfect fit for my ipad

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nuno Felt Retreat on Whidbey Island

 
Get bitten by the Nuno Bug!
Nuno Felt Retreat on Whidbey Island April 21-24

Spend 3-4 days in Creative Heaven
Imagine yourself...
- Walking the beach in early morning with a steaming cup of coffee
- Grabbing a muffin warm out of the oven
- Settling into a sun room spilling over with natural light
- Diving into color in a fun, hands-on way
- Creating stunning wearable art glowing with color
- Eating healthful, gourmet food
- Drinking wine on the deck
- Making new friendships with creative people

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Artwork Licensed for Meditation Workshop


Thrilled to have Breathe Meditation Studio in Fort Lauderdale FL license my artwork to promote their upcoming workshop! Live in the area? Check out the workshop

A Page in the Book


Another sneak peek from my upcoming book: Artful Color in Nuno Felt!
Loving the whole process from color inspiration to project design, to photographing the step outs and final piece, to book layout and design! t

Snow Day


Winter Wonderland in less than an hour!
Beautiful... But a very treacherous drive to before school Jazz Band

Eye For Color


Humbled by the flurry of Eye For Color sales in the last few weeks! I'm continually amazed at how this book/color wheel tool has traveled around the world via word of mouth. Thank you
Now, I'm nearly out of stock - and need to assemble some more!!

Writing my Next Book



Having SO much fun working on my newest book: Artful Color in Nuno Felt. Here is a sneak peek at Project 1!

Color Inspiration

 

Drawing color inspiration from some of last summer's photos.
(yes this will be going in my book!)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Improve your Photography with a 3 hour Workshop




Improve your photography skills in just 3 hours!
Join me for a Photo Workshop at the Kirkland Arts Center:
"Have a nice camera but stuck on auto? With clear instructions and lots of photo prompts, you will learn how to take control of your DSLR camera settings and enhance your photography skills while we walk around town. Designed for adults and teens and beginning through intermediate camera buffs."
Read more HERE 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nuno Felt Workshop

 
Getting ready to teach a full Nuno Felt class at the Kirkland Arts Center tomorrow - can't wait to see all of the creative variations the students will come up with!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Paintings

 Cherry Blossoms (24"x24")

 Fog on the Pond (36"x18")

 Spring Sunrise (36"x18")

 Sunrise in the Lavender Field (36"x48")

Wildflower Meadow (36"x18")

Originals and Prints in my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Nuno Felt Dress - Garden Nymph


I'm honored to be an invited instructor for the 2018 Felter's Rendezvous in Estes Park Colorado! Looking ahead and planning out which workshops to teach this highly talented group of artisans.

Of course it will be all about color... perhaps pulled together into a shrug, a dress, a vest?
I'll keep you posted!

Here is a close up of the back of the dress:




Tuesday, January 31, 2017



Join me for a creative weekend!
Take 2 Nuno Felt Classes at the Kirkland Arts Center: Nuno Felt Scarf and Nuno Felt Still Life
 
Read more and to sign up:
https://kirklandartscenter.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=3529