Meeting Frank Shu Tang Dong

John and I travelled to California this week to look at the shops and art and make contacts in the art world in Southern California.  We had a great time.  I loved talking to the shop owners and other artists and eating at great food places with John.

Here is a wonderful artist I met today while he was painting in his little booth at the Ferry Building Marketplace.  His name is Frank Shu Tang Dong, and he has been painting for 50 years.  Some of his work is in museums now.

His website is frankshutangdong.com

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What a sweet man and there is such a good feeling about him.  His art is quite varied and at least 6 or 7 paintings really caught my eye, but I only bought two!

It seems the more scarves I make, the more ideas I have for making scarves!

Here is another many – way reversible wrap I finished on Saturday. It is at the Corvallis art center for $140.  The following photos are all of the same scarf! It is so versatile!
Fine merino and silk in teal, brown, and gold with touches of tencel, baby camel and yak down.

This is a new pattern I worked out for an art scarf on the dress form with batting.  Funny thing is when I unwrapped the batting pattern, it was almost the same shape as the shawl Cheryl made at my workshop!  Ha ha!

I had a second long scarf sell at the art center yesterday for $150. It was the yak and silk 50/50 blend. The woman bought that particular scarf for it’s ultra softness.  It is so exciting to be selling my work at the Art Center in Corvallis.

Finally . . . My First Felting Workshop in Oregon!

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016, I will be holding a scarf felting workshop in my home in Salem Oregon. The time will be from 9am to 3pm, and will include a half hour break, in which a light lunch will be served.

Pictured are some examples of the types of scarves that can be made in this workshop. The maximum size for layout will be 9 feet long and 12″ wide, which results in a scarf that is approximately 8 feet long by 10″ wide. They can be made smaller, however, based on your preference.
My very large assortment of merino, and merino silk fiber blend, colors will be available for each of you, up to 5 ounces for each scarf (most that I make weigh 4 ounces), and in any color combination and as many colors as you like.
The cost of the workshop is $75 and these scarves are more beautiful, in my opinion, than similar fiber scarves found in the nicer stores for upwards of $200.00, because they are handmade and works of art rather than machine manufactured. These scarves reflect your tastes and color preferences, besides being a lot of fun (and a bit of work) to make.
The more the merrier (up to six attendees) as we visit and work together. The time will fly!
Please call or text me to reserve your place in the workshop.
407-766-2588
Or, if you prefer, you can email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com

Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood is a great resource for artists and entrepreneurs.

On this trip across the US, Melissa is playing the Savvy Painter Podcasts, with Antrese Wood, in the car.  There are so many wonderful interviews with artists, painters, business people, and anyone who has learned to make money with their art or with business related to art or painting.  You might want to check it out.cover170x170-1