Sunday, February 23, 2014

A New Addition to the Felted Friend Menagerie: Tuxedo Kitty

In about a month or so I'm running a needle felting workshop. So, to gear up and get some samples for the class, I've started some new felted projects.

This Felted Friend is modeled after my four-legged child Giuseppe. Giuseppe as you may guess is a hefty boy!

"Tuxedo Kitty" Copyright Margaurita Spear Feb. 2014 (this is one my own Giuseppe's favorite hang-outs)
"Tuxedo Kitty: (close-up) Copyright Margaurita Spear, Feb. 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New February Vacation Week Workshop -- A Union of Art & Music!

During February vacation week I am excited to be offering a workshop in drawing at the Salem School of Music in Salem, MA.

From the school website

Drawing Is Instrumental: A Workshop of Grand Proportion


Wednesday, February 19th from 10am – 1pm at the Salem School of Music

Please join us for “Drawing Is Instrumental” — an exciting large-scale drawing class led by instructor Margaurita Spear.
This one day workshop is open to everyone ages 9 and up who wants spend a day creating art in a BIG way. A gigantic still life filled with musical instruments and other objects will be arranged in the center of the room from which students will be able to choose their favorite vantage point.
Participants will:
  • Learn about cropping and composition
  • Explore shape, color, and line
  • Discover the work of famous inspirational artists
  • Receive tailored one-on-one instruction, in addition to whole group instruction
  • Create an 18 x 24” original full-color work of art
  • Participate in a group feedback session
Please bring along:
  • Bottled water
  • Snack (peanut free please)
  • Your own instrument/object to include in the still life (optional), or use one of ours.
This workshop is limited to 12 students. Register by February 14th.
Cost: $55 (includes $10 materials fee)
Please download and print the registration form here or contact us at
 Drawing Class Registration Form

Rotational Motif # 9

2014 will be a year dedicated to creativity (and a few other things). To encourage that I joined an online group of art teachers in doing an Art Journal Exchange. What is this, you ask. Well, each of us acquired a sketchbook of some sort and made a first entry (maybe with a theme) then sent it on to the next person to add to. In the end we will each have our original sketchbook back with contributions from twelve other artists. Pretty cool, right?

Well, the sketchbook I was sent had a theme for mandala-like designs. Perfect for my paper quilled series. How exciting!

Rotational Motif #9, January 2014, Copyright Margaurita Spear, private collection of Julia Schickel

I worked on the 4" square design for weeks, a little at a time. Probably for about twenty or so hours total. The color scheme was inspired by the sketchbook owner who sectioned off pages with green marker. I chose a green section.

I haven't done much quilling in months and this is just what I needed to remind me how much I enjoy it and how zen it can be.

This particular design fits into my rotational series. The colors are bright and remind me of spring even though we just had a heap of snow here in MA. The shapes and patterns, almost hint at a Celtic cross to me, but you may see something else (others have).

Hopefully, there will be a return to quilling in the months to come.