©8.15.2010 Leah Virsik, Patchwork. Paper, muslin, acrylic, thread, 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches.

I’m in a place of discovery… some exciting things are happening. I’m in a critique group with Lisa Kokin with seven other fabulous artists and two of my books are in a show at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley curated by Donna Seager.

I’ve signed up to study with Nina Bagley at An Artful Journey next February. I’m so curious about going again. I feel like my experience last year with DJ Pettit really changed me in my ways of making and teaching.

This past couple of weeks I’ve been using the technique I learned from DJ. I’m using matte medium to adhere painted tissue paper, clothing patterns and scrap papers on top of muslin and then painting the backside on top of molding paste. Above, is an example of a small piece of that… cut up, rearranged and sewn together. I think it’s way more interesting than the original piece.

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