Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sketching & Watercolor Journal Style

I took a class recently taught by Jane LaFazio, "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style".
Jane is a wonderful teacher and I felt it was time to step out of comfort zone, ie: into the land of sketching, drawing, painting. It has been years since I really sat down to draw anything that was in front of me.  The class was held at the Center for Creative Renewal in Encinitas, an amazingly beautiful place and with infinite wonders of natural materials to sketch and paint.  This is my first attempt: some shamrocks, a fern and a decayed eucalyptus leaf. I had not water-colored in years either.  I really enjoyed the process and the journal style ideas.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fool's Journey Art Quilt

Finishing up a once a month, 6 month art quilt class with Jane LaFazio.  This is quilt # 3, entitled 'Fool's Journey' consisting of 6 mini 'quilts' attached to a 12.75" x 19" velvet and felt backing.  Jane is a phenomenal mixed media artist working predominantly in fabric and cloth. Each class was a different type of art quilt technique, this one : 'working tiny' was my favorite.  I left most of the edges unfinished and the felt backing was a sturdy and easy to work with canvas.  The two 'faux postage' images are adaptations of the male and female fool cards from my Tarot deck, printed on silk. The stars are from a handmade stamp on hand dyed fabric.  I decided to break up the linear with a meandering path of silk embroidered stars on a piece of vintage velvet. Other details: antique buttons, a crow button, botanical cactus prints on silk, hand painted silk ribbon, a brass bell and some text from a curious little pamphlet dated 1924 and inexplicably named:
 "Are the Planets Inhabited?".

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Illustrations for the new book: Waking With Thoreau

Waking With Thoreau, Lungs of the Planet and Other Possibilities
is a new book by Canadian author, Jeffrey Riordan Hinich. 

Illustrated by Leslie Anne Cochran
Published by Dreamythology

Limited signed 1st editions available:
Please visit wakingwiththoreau

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moose under the moon

Just modified and cropped a previous digital collage  for writer Jeffrey Riordan Hinich's recent blog post at wordsoutofthewoods

His story is about crossing paths with four moose on a winter moonlit night in northern Ontario, just recently. We decided that this collage would work well enough, as there certainly was no camera involved that night to record the encounter.

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