Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California
karenpayton4@gmail.com

July 7, 2018

Hello baby I'm gone goodbye....

A few weeks ago I had an amazing evening seeing Dark Star Orchestra in the beautiful city of Ojai.  

During the second half of the show, they played one of my favorite songs - Mississippi Half Step.  I have no idea why I love this song. I've never been to Mississippi and I can't relate to the lyrics.  But, I feel it in every bone of my body.  During the show, as the wind was lightly blowing and my bare feet were dancing on the earth the melody of the song just seemed to pour into my soul.  I love this music.  It fills my being in a way nothing else does.  And when all the elements are there...its just nirvana.  This is what connects us as sisters.

I just want to take a tiny bit of the...

June 3, 2018

I love creating portraits with fabric but I've always been a bit jealous of painters who finish a piece on canvas, put a wire hanger on the back and call it done!

With fiber art there is always a dilemma on how to finish a piece.  Frame, no frame, glass, no glass, etc. For over a decade, I stretched each piece, then had it framed with spacers and uv glass.  This process was time consuming, expensive, and puts a distance between the work itself and the viewer.  I was at an art show and saw resin for the first time.  I immediately started to do research.  Unfortunately, I could find little to no information on using it with textiles.  So, I hope to share as many details as possible here.

I settled on ArtResin because it's non t...

December 23, 2017

Tips and tricks of applique from a fiber artist.

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