Giveaway: a sense of scale, and some winners

December 19, 2013


I ordered a mac. A big, huge, gigantic, desktop. FUN!

It got here early – great right? Um. Have you seen my studio lately? There is, quite literally, not an inch of empty space in which to settle a honking huge desktop computer.

Instead of working on the posts I meant to put up this week I’ve been furiously weeding stuff out, throwing and giving stuff away, and moving all of my inventory up into what was my older girl’s bedroom. This involves hauling stuff up two very, very long flights of stairs. Over 600 books (that’s another story for another day) and lots and lots of teaching supplies. My goal is to have only art MAKING supplies in my workspace. And…. the computer is going to be for art making. And video editing. Watch this space for fun news about online classes…. eventually.

All this rambling is really just me making excuses for not having all the giveaways up, or doing a really good review of this book. But there you have it. The book is a show catalog from an exhibit SAQA travelled around a couple of years ago. I couldn’t find anywhere that you can actually buy it anymore which maybe means… oooooh it’s RARE! (see me laughing here.) My Family Ties series is on page 39. All the rest of the art in there is really gorgeous. You’ll like it!image

 If you want a copy of A SENSE OF SCALE leave a comment here letting me know what and how you want to see me teach online. 
Do you want PDF’s delivered, videos to watch, how much interaction do you need? How comfortable are you with FaceBook (they have “secret” groups that would work as a class communication platform) or YahooGroups (no a big fan myself but if you want them I’ll make it work!)
I’ll pick a winner the day after Christmas.

And… Congratulations to the following winners!

Mini Thermofax Screens – Mr. & Mrs. Fancy Seagulls
Charlotte Keyimage

 Mini Thermofax Screens – I love you

Book – Fabric Surface Design by Cheryl Rezendes




  • Reply
    April 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I love your classes in person so I think you’d be great online, maybe with videos, pictures, audiofiles, etc. The real difficulty will be finding a venue for everyone to interact. Someplace to show our work to both you and the other students. I haven’t tried facebook, but I have heard good things about them. There’s always skyping that may work.
    good luck to you. I think you’ll pull it off!!!

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    Janice O'Brien
    December 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Videos are great, especially with PDFs, for demonstrating procedures and techniques. Photos included in PDFs provide a clearer picture, when enlarged, than stopping a video to see what the instructor is doing. I avoid Facebook.

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    Debbie M
    December 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    You got yourself a great holiday present, Lyric. Hope you get to make lots of art on it. I like video lessons with pdf downloads of certain things needed to accompany the lesson. I’ve seen you on screen in videos and shows and enjoy your delivery. I DON”T do Facebook! I’m already signed up to a lot of Yahoogroups and think that works very well for discussion of any sort. It could be made private for a particular class. I like the Craftsy platform, but certainly understand the reasons for your reluctance. Not being an online teacher, I never thought of it that way. Happy holidays!

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    Beth Hammergren
    December 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Organizing. January is always the month of starting over, starting fresh. I need help in that area. You can’t walk through my seeing room right now without having to step over multiple items. Help! Congrats on that beautiful Mac.

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    December 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I like to have both written and visual information. We are visual artists after all 🙂 Classes on screen printing would be very interesting to me. I have taken numerous course on-line and enjoyed them (almost) all. Some way to interact with other students is always good and a place to share photos of work in progress or completed is also great.

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    December 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I am so excited that you are going to have online classes. I like process classes or study classes. For example: Taking a design from creation through to completion. (I realize this is a huge topic and could be broken down into a series of classes.) Or, to organize thoughts into a series of work. I prefer PDFs augmented with videos. They seem to compliment each other. Classes that have not offered PDFs required me to take notes since I am not an oral learner, I need to read and do. As to formats, Melanie Testa’s Creative Guild was great. I don’t know what the platform is for it and we shared on a private flicker acct. I recently took a class that used Ruzuku and did not like it. It wasn’t user friendly and very cumbersome. Whatever you decide, I know it will be fabulous! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

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    Mary Ritter
    December 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I like pdfs – something I can download and try without spending a lot of time studying the topic. I like it when a particular topic is also tied to the principles and elements…. like: try this to practice adding shading, or scale, or balance. A quick video is also helpful in this regard, so I can use it on my own schedule. I am trying to spend most of my time making art instead of studying it, but I like quick references for when I am in the middle of something and begin to question my process. I have all (most) of your videos and books so far!!! They are all helpful. “Sense of Scale” sounds like something I would really enjoy…. maybe even because it is so rare!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I prefer videos with pdf’s. 🙂 have a great weekend!

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    janice n
    December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I like both pdf and video. I am not really a visual learner, but for some things, seeing is a bonus when word explanations are confusing. I like facebook groups but am willing to accept whatever is most comfortable for others. I especially like design related classes, rather than how do I make this.

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    TX Creatrix
    December 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

    OK, I see that you made the comments in a larger font! All the old eyes out there thank you!!!
    I have taken lots of online classes and helped a friend film and edit her content {} and I prefer both the pdf and a video. Any of your content would be great, but I am a fibre lover first and foremost…
    I am settling into a new house and studio space (smaller than my former space) so I too am in extreme editing mode. But when you love ALL of your stuff it’s tough…
    I saw my name by the book (Shari) but am not sure it is me…

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    Amie Starchuk
    December 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

    P.S. I have worked with many groups in Facebook and I love it!

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    Amie Starchuk
    December 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

    That computer looks like lots of fun!
    Classes…everything you teach is so womderful. All your painting classes were fun. I like videos, but I still really love having a PDF to hold on to and to file away for quick reference! I’m watching this space to see what exciting things you come up with!!!!

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    Christina in Cleveland
    December 20, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Congratulations on your big honking Mac! 🙂 C
    Congratulations on getting SOOO much moved to the new room!
    Congratulations to Charlotte, Shari and Loretta!!!
    Congratulations to me, I ordered and received Fabric Surface Design AND it is everything you said it is… fabulous! I’ve been working a lot at my day job so I haven’t had a chance to dive too deeply into content, just browse with delight.
    Like you, I am not a fan of Yahoo groups but I loathe Facebook (it has tooooo many privacy issues). I like Martha’s idea of the typepad group though I’ve not tried it. Craftsy sounds grand as well (I have taken many classes there).
    Happiest Holidays to all…. I have the next two weeks off from my day job to experiment, listen to music, play and generally have a great time. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lyric Kinard
      December 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Just to let you know that i did look into Craftsy and they did approach me early on. They are a great place for students and their production level is very high. They film and edit the whole thing. I chose not to go with them at first out of loyalty to Quilt University. When that shut down i decided against them for financial reasons. They pay a small percentage of what you pay for your class to the teacher. If the class is on sale, which they always seem to be, the percentage is even smaller. And there is no endpoint for your commitment to the class. The teacher is asked to answer questions in perpetuity. I don’t mind answering questions, that is what teachers do. But in almost every online class there comes a point where i am ready to be done and with QU it always coincided with the actual end of the class. I want to love what i do, not resent it. And i just think it would be better worth my while to go it on my own. I know it wont be as polished as craftsy, but it will be good.

  • Reply
    December 20, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I’ve never taken an online course but I like Martha’s comments and I would agree with her!
    Congratulations to the lucky winners!

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    Ms Lottie
    December 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Will you come over and organise my studio for me once you’ve finished yours?!

    I don’t like Yahoo groups much either. Very happy with Facebook. Love videos. Have you considered something like Craftsy? I have no idea what they require in terms of a contract or anything, but I have registered for their classes and really love the interface. You can watch the lessons as many times as you like, take notes, ask questions online etc. So something like that (which is similar to what Martha has written about with Jude Hill) would be my ideal.

    PS – I have a great honking desktop Mac too and I love it!

  • Reply
    December 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Oooohhh…I love the idea of you conducting an online class.

    I have just finished a year with Jude Hill over at She has created an online community unlike any other I’ve experienced. Using typepad with password protection (since we paid for it), she posted video’s, audio recordings, and photographs of her artistic journey for 12 months. There must be 100 (+ or -) posts from her, and about that number of students (I think). I think we paid for 3 months, but then she just kept going.

    She also set up a student forum where we could introduce ourselves online and post our current work, along with our blogs. Though Jude unplugged herself a few days ago, she plans to keep the student forum open indefinitely. I have met online and now follow so many wonderful artists who were on this journey with Jude.

    This may not be what you envisioned at all, and I’m sure whatever you decide to offer online will be wonderful.

    And what wonderful books you’ve been offering!

    Thanks. Martha

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