Ahhhhh....we just returned from a week at the beach. It was blissful! Three elements of the vacation came together in the most amazing way: first, our family was together for a few days, second: the weather was phenomenal, third: the place was gorgeous! I had packed a few of my go- to art journal supplies and had such a great time exploring different ways to work with watercolor in this wet environment. I even had time to play around with the iPhone apps I had learned about in the iPhoneography class with Holly Higbee Jansen (on Craftsy! I have an affiliate link on my site for a discount). I particularly loved playing with the exposure and focus settings as the sunset on the beach was a huge event each day (check out the picture with the shells in the foreground). It was wonderful to pause from the everyday and re-charge the energy, and continue to walk in gratitude towards the end of 2017.
How can I resist a black and white challenge? Carol Ann and I are creating endless examples for our upcoming Mixed Media Adventures art retreat ("Luscious Layers in 3-D", Feb. 16-18) and I was challenged to work with this limited palette. I love the drama in this simple combination! This fiber vessel stands about 8" tall; students will create a few of these during the retreat and will have the opportunity to explore all kinds of surface treatments. We will also be working on textured canvas paintings plus a crazy way to elevate simple card stock into lovely, textured work.
The process of preparing for a retreat is different than preparing for a one or two day class. We are constantly talking about ways to build the community and create the fun, supportive environment along with the mixed media offering. We still have a few spots left for the Feb retreat; it is guaranteed to be a blast! Please let me know if you have any questions or might be interested in joining the fun.
And yes; it is that time of year when the days are getting so short and the darkness challenges us to find the light from within. I am sending festive and rest-ive thoughts to all. Wishing for peace and health....