It felt like I had been looking forward to and planning for the Paonia workshop for months, and suddenly the weekend is over! How can time fly by so quickly? It must have been the wonderful, creative energy that filled the space by the 11 wonderful participants! I ended up learning so much and absolutely loving the day we spent together. Many thanks to all! A special shout out to Susie Coombe who hosted and catered (and let us celebrate her birthday with her!); the picnic lunch was delightful and the workshop space was terrific. Also, big thanks to the Stone Cottage Winery who shared their shade and lots of wine to taste. Here just a few of the highlights from our great weekend:
Finally, I had a moment to really look at those travel pictures that are more "art shots" than memory triggers. Although these lilacs are an incredible memory (we missed the first bus so had to wait another hour for the next one so I wandered around the village following my nose; these were incredibly fragrant!). I have been using my Photo Cube to print off these pictures then I cut them and work with them in my art journals. Great fun: using a large hole punch to take out a circular section...it is just a bit abstract and a gives a great shape to write around with the journal text. I'll have examples on my gallery page soon! Below are some shots of the poppies that were all around an artist's studio in Provence. Doris Salomon is a painter living in Miramas, Provence (a teeny tiny village with the worlds best ice cream parlor!!). We were fortunate to be in France at the height of the poppy season; they really did look like all the impressionist paintings that use red to make the colors pop.
I had the honor of introducing my Layers and Layers class to 12 creative and wonderful ladies at the Art Student League of Denver yesterday. What fun! Look at these great examples of work on waxed paper and coffee filters! I love these colors and the addition of the metallic acrylic inks. The final image is the collage cover completed by Jan French (I hope I have this correct!). It is lovely to work in the cleaned up studios of the League, complete with new blinds and fresh paint.
Saturday was a lovely day to spend in Golden. I taught an Adventure Journal workshop at "Make It In Golden!" (formerly the Golden Fiber Arts Center). The day was filled with lots of experimentation, mixed media mosaics and the Miner's Alley party atmosphere. Thanks Tamara for providing such a great space & thanks to all the ladies for traveling to our workshop (from Salida, Boulder, Longmont and Denver!). It was a delightful day! (this mosaic includes painter napkins, by Sybil J. )