May 1, 2020

Fabric portrait created while chanting and listening to Krishna Das and his magic music.

January 9, 2019

Make your space sacred, let art be your guru!

October 20, 2017

What happens when your favorite activity hurts?  I love to stitch.  I love the feeling of threading a needle.  I love shopping for embroidery floss.  I love listening to YouTube or music while stitching.  I feel in my bones that stitching is just "my thing".  

The Universe does not agree.

Over the years, my hands have had aches and pains and I have been forced to take small breaks from creating art.  It is now to the point where I need to take a big, long break.  

I have been diagnosed with a muscle sprain (between the thumb and forefinger) and Carpal Tunnel.  Luckily, when I am not doing art, I work part time as a Marketing Manager for a wellness clinic.  The fabulous therapists at my clinic have been using various thera...

January 28, 2017

Like so many deadheads know, seeing the Grateful Dead just one time changed my world.  I always loved fabric, drawing, sewing and music.    But the band altered my artistic vision to include the people, the parking lot scene, the Guatemalan textiles, beads, friendships bracelets and tie-dye shirts.

This heavily influenced my decision to minor in fiber art in college where I learned how to dye fabric, how to embroider and how to express myself with these elements.  I also minored in traveling to dead shows....gathering colorful friends, selling t-shirts, ankle bracelets with bells and veggie stir fry.  

As any dead head knows, there is nothing like the parking lot scene.  "Tune-In" was influenced by the fun we had sitting in t...

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Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California