|A sampling of my Painted Pages (Not sure which is my favorite)|
|My book class|
|More from the book class|
|Trying image transfer (I can use this for so many things)|
Day Two was another wonderful class . . . I took "Sewn in & Tied Too" . . . and made a small book from start to finish. This is the class my friend Toni and I signed up to take together. I was slightly intimidated because I was totally out of my creative zone on this one! We took it step by step, process by process and by the end of the class, I had completed an amazing little book filled with stamping, unusual pages and I was so happy with the results. Our teacher Gaye Medbury was very talented and she showed us all of her secrets and techniques to complete our books. I enjoyed reaching my creative brain a little and grew in my confidence just a little bit more. My friend Toni was loving just letting loose and we both had a wonderful time together. It is wonderful when you can look next to somebody in a class and see that it is your girlfriend; it enhances the class experience all the more! We were both in the zone and it was such a fun day together.
My brain is already thinking about the next little book I want to create and I want to incorporate some of my painted papers from my first class, into my little books. I came home with so much excitement and enthusiasm; I couldn't wait to show my husband all of my work, and he patiently and lovingly looked at every little thing, including all my bought treasures from the market! I bought inks, antique papers from France, unusual and very old envelopes and stamps, art stuff and more art stuff! I can use all of these wonderful things in my collage pieces. The market and store was a wonderful treat to see and browse in between workshops.
Now I have saved the best part for last, reconnection with friends and meeting new friends. This artistic community is amazing. I saw people that I didn't think would be there, ran into longtime old friends, spent quality time with special people, ran into my artistic friend from high school, saw patients of mine who were there (wearing my amazing eyeglasses). I was in connection heaven! I even shared a lunch table with my friend Shelly, who was a co-owner of mine in Blue Skies Gallery, over eight years ago. She had moved to Colorado and came back to see her father and attend Art and Soul. We happened to share a table with two other ladies we didn't know, trying to save time, we were getting to know someone new and get back to class on time. We knew we knew each other and finally made the connection . . . catching up over lunch was amazing! Again another serendipity moment.
I was able to spend beautiful time with my Squam girlfriend Mindy Lacefield of Tim's Sally and I met a new friend that was attending with her Danielle Fraser of Her Painted Word. I have loved these ladies work for quiet some time and even have their badges on my blog to share their amazing work with others. Danielle and I participated in Misty Mawn's e-course together, but had never met in person. When meeting her for the first time Friday night, I didn't realize who she was until she gave me her card and I recognized it was the same photo as the badge on my blog. She was traveling to Art and Soul with my sweet friend Mindy. I get goose bumps just talking about it with you!!! Yet again, another serendipity moment. I was also able to meet Jesse Reno, who was sitting there relaxing with Mindy and Danielle. He was teaching a class the next day. I had heard Juliette Crane speak of her experience in his painting class. Wow . . . connections! Can you hear my excitement through my written words?
So here we are . . . loving each other and enjoying each other's company! I am so blessed to have met so many amazing creative friends who are beautiful inside and out!
I know I have only touched on the highlights of my weekend, it is something I just can't put into words. Art and Soul comes yearly and I know I can't wait to attend next year! Being able to paint, to create, to be with myself and I, to spend time with creative friends discussing our art work, where we create, what we like to create, sharing techniques with each other is priceless. Learning from the best of the best and getting to spend a full day with them goes beyond being able to measure its worth. I also recognize that this weekend was a gift.
Art revives . . Art restores . . Art rebuilds the broken spirit . . Art connects . . Art touches deep within (if you allow it to) . . Art is beautiful . . Art is meditative . . Art is love . . Art is friendship . . Art is growth . . Art is fun . . Art is letting go and just playing . . Art is pushing ourselves way past what is comfortable . . Art is feeling