Random Musings on Art and LIfe


The Ancient Art of Salvador Vasquez

April 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a day with Zahava Sherez and Joan Bowers, two of the artists here in Chapala for the Residency Program. Zahava arranged for a driver to take us to Tonola and Tlaquepaque, both on the outskirts of Guadalajara.   Our first stop in Tonola was to meet Salvador Vasquez,…

The Magical World of Aztec Studio

April 9, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Victoria Schmidt suggested that we visit her friends Janice Kimball and Francisco Urzua in the neighboring town of Ajijic. Janice is an artist, writer and designer of tapestries and Francisco is a master weaver in the old tradition, working on a loom that has come down through generations…

Choose Colors With Confidence!

January 29, 2015

by Shelly Stokes, Founder and Creative Mentor One of the students in the Totally Textured online course asked for advice on choosing Paintstik colors for a piece of fabric. Now, I have to admit that I usually “go with my gut” — choosing colors by instinct rather than some set plan. And that’s not terribly…

Color Confidence: Test, Do Not Guess

January 23, 2013

I was visiting with one of my friends last week and our conversation turned to the Shape Shifter Community Challenge. She is planning to make a handbag and she wanted my opinion on which Paintstik colors would look best on her fabric. I remembered a fantastic idea for testing colors from Nancy Kazlauckas, as well…

Quilt, Then Paint

November 8, 2012

While I was teaching my Build A Better Background Class in Houston, someone asked about adding Paintstik color to a quilt after it has been quilted. Can it be done? Oh yes – and here are some beautiful samples to inspire you. Sue Kelly joined me for the trek to Cleveland to film some segments…