Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What I am Feeling ...

It is Mid March and I always get the winter blues around now.
Funny how life is cyclical!
I am tired of the cold and the unusual snow we have had
here in Virginia Beach!
Bronchitis has kicked my butt for weeks.
I want the softness and renewal of springtime.

I guess feeling restless comes along with it.
I know I am embarking on 
new phases in my life
and I am still trying to sort it all out.
I am letting go of things, seeking stillness,
creating like crazy,
writing more and more,
teaching classes
yet still feeling restlessness.

Writing always heals the heart,
my artwork soothes the restlessness.
Perhaps this is what 56 year olds walk through,
a time of transition.

As I step toward spring,
I look forward to freshness of life,
nature renewing itself,
flowers budding,
trees awakening
and the birds singing happily,
Lessons I can learn for myself.

I am heading to New York City next week,
just for a short trip,
but so look forward to connecting with friends,
walking the busy streets,
heading to the museums,
with my precious friend
visiting Dick Blick Art Store,
and I can't wait to sees 

NEW YORK always welcomes me,
and I love the hustle bustle of the city!
Perfect timing and a perfect place to get away!
I am looking at New York with creative eyes,
there is so much inspiration there.
I am sure I will have lots to write about when I return.

Feelings can get in one's way,
confuse the heart, but also open doors
at the same time.
Funny how that works,
 so until my next post . . .

Love with all your heart,
Live life passionately,
Seek out moments to grow just a little more

Monday, March 17, 2014

An Artful Spirit

Donna and I are hosting...

An Artful Spirit
A time to BE: 
Joyful. Playful. Lighthearted. Creative.

Saturday, April 5, 2014  from 9am to 4pm

Our theme this time is
Books, Books, Books!
Mini Books
Accordion Books
Writing a Chapter in the Book of Your Life

Won't you join us?

Register here:

We'll be in Virginia Beach.

This is a terrific opportunity to explore your creativity 
in a gentle & supportive workshop.

Join us! 

Just $109 for the whole day!!!
Includes materials (what a BARGAIN!!!)

Donna Wynn & Suzan Thompson

Artful Spirit
Needing a transfusion of play and creativity to rejuvenate your life?

Want to connect with others and feed YOUR artful spirit?

We've planned a one-day retreat with 
mini-workshops for you:
  • Books (How to make accordion books)
  • Books (Create a mini book or two for yourself or to give as a gift)
  • Books (Writing a new chapter in the book of your life)

Only $109 for 
an art-filled, spirit-infused, lighthearted, playful day!

Bring a friend for just $49 more!!!

Register soon: 
(Spaces limited)

Who We Are

Donna Z. Wynn
Donna works full time as an Optical Manager for a successful Eye Practice in Hampton Roads.  She considers being a Mixed Media Artist, Poet and Photographer her creative life's calling!   She totally enjoys watercolors, journaling, knitting socks, mixed media collage, photography and anything creative!  She has written her own blog "Gentle Threads" for three years and it is where she shares her creative stories and poetry writings. Donna has taught art classes for MOCA in Virginia Beach (Museum of Contemporary Art), private art retreats, individual art instruction and was once a part owner in Blue Skies Gallery, in Hampton, Virginia. Sharing her art knowledge with others is a joy and she considers it to be an honor to enlighten others to the world of personal discovery through their art experiences. 

Suzan K. Thompson
Suzan works full time as a faculty member at Old Dominion University, teaching in the graduate counseling program. Even though she has taught clay jewelry-making, water color, and "Finding Your Creative Self" classes at places like MOCA and the former Ghent Studio of Fine Arts, Suzan never really saw herself as an artist.  She considered herself a creative person for a very long time, but only when she found out about the philosophy of Wabi Sabi  in early 2011 was she able to truly claim this truth: I AM an artist! The three basic principles of Wabi Sabi are: Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect. Suzan loves to create sacred space for others to find their own wabi sabi artful spirit.

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