Meanwhile we can see how Drue Kramer has been "filling time waiting to return to the studio (photo on the right). I made the ceramic hat bases in the studio, then decorated them at home with a bunch of craft dough flowers that I made several years ago, and hot glued them all together. These are tiny tiny (and don’t fit my model, sadly)."
No matter - they are terribly cute, aren't they?
In Barbara's words, "In the first photo (below on the left, with hand painted envelope), I did a watercolor seahorse for my granddaughter’s birthday. She graduated from UC San Marcos (about 30 miles north of SD) and has decided to make her life around that most beautiful part of our state. She’s into everything and anything that has to do with the beach and sea critters. I chose a seahorse because the males do the pregnancy thing and have the babies. I’m not sure, but it may be the only species where the females get a break from bearing the kids."
And on the right: "I made a wreath for my front door. I go walking on our 18-hole golf course every day for about 2 miles (yes, the hip has healed nicely!). I came across a huge eucalyptus limb that had crashed to the ground right next to the path. So for the next day’s walk, I took my clippers and a basket and helped myself to loads of branches. I made quite a mess of my dining room table and carpet, but I did manage to come up with a wreath for my front door. The leaves will eventually dry and curl, giving another effect."
Albert Goldreich sent us a photo of one of his beautiful vases (left photo). He's currently at work in his studio in Texas, but hopes to be able to come back to California soon, which is good because we really miss him!
[NOTE: on the right is Lucia's book - see below for more information about it]
Lucia says "The book's title is 'WE' - inside I will write down some simple stories about my husband and me. The shadows on the front cover are mine and my husband's. It will be kind of like a simple 'family tree' book." She wrote the title (in both Chinese and English) on separate clear acetate sheets that protect the front and back covers, which are mono-prints. The covers are made of printmaking paper; the 44 interior pages of drawing paper.