Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty (corrected)

Note from the Art Editor, Darlene Yeager-Torre: The art featured last week on “Art of the Week” was upside-down. I offer my sincere apologies to Deborah Anderson, and to all the blog followers, for this error and now show the quilt as it was meant to be viewed. You will also find additional, more detailed information on Anderson’s technique.

Deborah Melton Anderson
Central Ohio Branch
Musings on the Bounty
44” X 38”, Quilted by machine



Images on this quilt are transferred to cotton fabric by applying heat and pressure, a heat press, used for T-shirts. The photographs are transferred to special transfer paper using a color laser copier. The images are then collaged to complete the design in readiness for a single press, since the transfers are semi-translucent. The final step is to make the quilt “sandwich” (front, center batting and back), stitch through all layers, and bind the edges.


Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty

Deborah Melton Anderson
Central Ohio Branch
Musings on the Bounty
44” X 38”, Quilted by machine


Musings on the Bounty, obviously a play on the title of the famous book, Mutiny on the Bounty, was made with images of Deborah Anderson’s own photographs which were transferred to cotton then collaged and machine stitched.


Since the early 1970’s, Anderson’s creations have been exhibited around the USA in both group and solo exhibitions. Non-traditional quilts and liturgical textiles are those works most exhibited. Over 50 commissioned works for Christian and Jewish congregations and schools have been completed.


Anderson has been a member of NLAPW since the 1980’s.


Art of the Week: Garden Path

Abby Feinknopf
Central Ohio Branch, NLAPW
Garden Path, Acrylic



Abby Feinknopf considers herself a mixed-media artist who continues to evolve. She began her career in fabric collage and moved to watercolor, then acrylic. She is inspired by patterns: patterns in nature, fabric, and architecture. And she loves bold color! When Feinknopf began working in fabric collage, it felt good to be able to repurpose clothing, notions, vintage flour, sugar and salt bags and to try to keep waste to a minimum. She also loves to needlepoint and embroider, so, often, those touches are added to a piece!


After finishing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, she found herself craving color. It was a cold, gray and dreary winter when she began painting in acrylic. Feinknopf decided to paint for herself, and her only! It was very abstract and very bright. Her paintings often come out of a grey canvas, representing her return to creativity after being sick.


Feinknopf has been told her work is “happy”. It pleases her that it resonates with others. Currently she is pursuing work for use in children’s hospitals and medical centers, so that hopefully it can lift spirits where needed!


Art of the Week: Red Iris

Vivian Ripley
Central Ohio Branch
“Red Iris”



Vivian Ripley developed her unique “water method” using a large flat damp watercolor brush to move the pastel in a free manner to form the basis and much of the painting. Details are added to end the work. This method must be done on one of many pastel papers that will accept liquid treatment. Ripley finds continued interest in the many possibilities with pastel of which she says, “it is endless!”


“Red Iris,” created using Ripley’s “water method,” recently took best of show at an exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center In Columbus, Ohio. Her special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.


Art of the Week: Here I come ready or not

Judith (Judi) Polivka Betts
Batton Rouge – New Orleans Louisiana Chapter
“Here I Come, Ready or Not”
Transparent Watercolor


Judi Betts paintings are meant to illuminate life and stimulate discussion about subjects and scenes found every day. She wants viewers to be awakened to see something old or new in a different way.

Betts utilizes flat area shapes to weave positive and negative shapes together. These are not “thing” shapes – such as a tree, they are usually patterns of light against a mid-tone or darker value. In her paintings they’ve become known as ‘magical shapes’. They are edited and redesigned. Shape become visual arrows to help direct the eye, to add visual vibration to the painting’s surface, or to combine several small shapes to make a more interesting pattern. Often shapes are used to create intrigue, orchestrate color, and create rhythm. She uses patterning to create vibration, direction, balance and mood.

Among many other honors, Judi is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. She is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. Her paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections. When you visit her website, go to her biography to learn more about her achievements.


Art of the Week: Seasons

Anne Price Yates
Portland Oregon Branch
20 x 16 Acrylic
(also see Price Yates)

This landscape represents the seasons in a clockwise direction. Fall is upper left, then winter upper right followed by spring and summer. Initially an oil painter of figures and landscapes, Anne Price Yates now paints more frequently with acrylic. In the Portland cold, rainy winters ventilation is not as easy as opening a couple of windows so acrylic paint is a safer medium.

Be sure to visit to see more of Anne’s work.
Also see Price Yates.

Art of the Week: Sunny Sunflowers

Kay Duffy
Santa Clara Branch, CA
“Sunny Sunflowers”



The freedom, spontaneity and speed, the “wet and loose” of watercolor, suits Kay Duffy’s temperament.  She says her approach is “juicy”, incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.  Duffy finds the freedom of painting on location, en plein air, to be the most enjoyable way to paint. Inspiration for studio work comes from sketches and slides taken while walking in the community, working in her garden, hiking in the wilderness or traveling in foreign lands.


Duffy’s recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images.  Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image. To see more of her work visit her website.



Art of the Week: Bug-Eyed Beetle

Elizabeth J. Parrish
Stockton-Lodi Branch, California
“Bug-Eyed Beetle”
Digitally Enhanced Photograph


Driving down a country road, Elizabeth Parrish was initially drawn to a rusty truck on a property in Lodi. After handing a business card to the woman there to let her know that Parrish was a photographer, she graciously let Parrish wander around while she was busy on a project in the barn. The color of a VW car was Parrish’s favorite, opera pink. Intrigued by the headlight overtaken by nature, noticing the sand in its curvature, and seeing how the spider thought it a perfect place to spin its web, Parrish composed the shot. With a little help from Photoshop™, the rest became a magical experience.


Art of the Week: Myth, Magic and Metaphor

Patricia Daly-Lipe
Washington, D.C. Branch
“Myth, Magic and Metaphor,” Oil



Patricia Daly-Lipe’s paintings come from the heart. Most are unplanned and develop as the paint goes on the canvas. Such was the case with this painting. It was a result of wiping leftover paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas.  The Princess and the unicorn found their ways in the paint. Daly-Lipe then added the dragon. This painting represents good and evil with the Princess asking the unicorn (who represents creativity/good) to look in the mirror so he won’t see the dragon (who represents evil).


Art of the Week: Beauty Veiled

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
“Beauty Veiled”
Oil on Canvas


Beatrice Doone-Merena is a contemporary realist artist who has mastered Renaissance oil painting techniques to which she adds her unique contemporary perspective, lively sense of color, and bold compositions.


Doone-Merena was inspired to create a relaxed version of beauty with “Beauty Veiled” by a love of portraits. She wanted to break away and create a fun interpretation of the traditional portrait.


See more of her work at: