28 June 2008

Silk Painting Class

You can book studio time on Planet Joy for $25 per hour, minimum of 4, maximum 6 adults, and childrens classes are available as well.
Call for details 541-482-9665. All materials included!

The Light-Hearted Crafters of Grants Pass visited my studio last week to experience painting on silk.

It's a fun time in the studio when I have visitors and these women were confident and curious and they created some gorgeous scarves for themselves.

08 June 2008

Noisy Pandas Compete for Sex

Giant panda sex secrets revealed

Wild China is the BBC's first ever co-production with Chinese state television. Wild China: Land of the Panda is broadcast on Sunday 8 June at 2100 BST

The giant panda's courtship and mating sequence - from boisterous beginning to noisy ending - has been filmed in the wild for what may be a TV first. A BBC Natural History team recorded the magic moments deep in the bamboo forest that lines China's Qinling mountains.

Just getting in position to film the pandas took months of research, location reconnaissance and negotiations with the Chinese authorities. Obtaining the filmed sequence itself required an awful lot of patience and skill, and quite a bit of luck. The Qinling mountains are carved with steep ravines and gullies. The growth of bamboo is so thick it can be extremely hard to get near the pandas, let alone get a clear shot of their behaviour. If you make too much noise, the creatures will be long gone by the time you find their location. "They're like mini-quad bikes and once they go, they're off and they're very hard to keep up with," recalled Mr Maxwell.

Eventually, the team found an excellent spot looking across a ravine at a female high up in the branches. She was swaying back and forth as her would-be suitors patrolled below. The biggest male is seen chasing the opposition off into the thicket. Finally, he gets his girl when she decides to descend from her tree. This is not the first time panda sex has been filmed in the wild, but it is thought to be one of the most complete courtship sequences ever caught on camera.

Mr Maxwell described the venture as an eye-opener - to see pandas in a context that is far removed from the shy, placid reputation we traditionally associate with the animals. "Occasionally, you will be sitting there quietly trying to keep in the background and the males will suddenly come charging out of the bamboo towards you," he explained. "They're really fired up, they're breathing hard and panting, and you can see the steam coming out of their mouths. They seem like different creatures altogether."

06 June 2008

Encinitas Sunshine

I had a terrific time in Encinitas last week.
It was warm and sunny, not to mention that my best friend and my sister are there.
We had a fantastic time poolside and enjoyed some fine Italian food and wines at Il Fornaio in Del Mar, this restaurant boasts a gorgeous dining room reminiscent of a cruise ship plus a fantastic patio bar as well as outdoor seating all enhanced with an ocean view.

My friend is participating at Salon รก Magnolia at 1057 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, (760) 944-7033.
If you are in Southern California this Saturday, June 7th, make sure to stop by there between 11-4 to meet some interesting women in business and tasty food. The charity for this event is Greyhound Connection of San Diego.