Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Heart's Desire...workshop

Vicki Pleus and I, Heart's Desire Workshop, January 28, 2015

What a busy week I've had!  Coming off of last weekend's retreat with Elizabeth St. Hilaire and then my mid-week private workshop party for the amazing Vicki Pleus at the Funky Trunk.  I was honored and thankful to Vicki for asking me to be a part of her celebration. What a fun group of friends she has. It was really a delightful night of artsy play for all of us. We worked with inks, paint, collage, stamping, and oil pastels. For the beginning of this workshop, I had them all write out their desires along with feelings that they want to bring into their lives (Hello! Desire Map! It's in my blood now!) with oil pastels on the canvas before we painted. I think they all really liked this "secret message" to themselves.

I let Kim know that I am definitely interested in doing more private parties. It's a little different vibe in a class where everyone knows everyone. Like visiting a tribe.

I finished up the week with a big to-do list (which will have to be carried over to next week) and a little bit of a cold. Rather than pushing myself and draining whatever reserves of energy I might have, I decided to spend Friday eve with a big cuppa cinnamon tea and a phone call to a friend who always makes me laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine. And I really did feel a better after we talked!

Today, the family is gathering to go through my mother-in-law's house. The house is too big for just my father-in-law now, so he will be putting it on the market soon. And we begin the process of culling through all the pieces of one's life. The photos will be hard. I'll do what I can.

Thinking of Superbowl snacks seems to make me happy. I think that will get me through. Hey, I'll take good energy wherever I can find it. I am not a snob.

Until next time, go out and be kind. (Or stay in, and be kind to yourself).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Retreat Treat

Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora - Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's Paper Painting Collage Workshop 2015

This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of attending Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's weekend-long retreat in Mount Dora. I am grateful to Debbie from The Craft Shack for surprise gifting me with a spot. Super grateful! As you can see from the pic above, there was a great group of artists in attendance. So many fascinating personalities and awesome talent convened in one spot...lots of good energy.



I have always loved Elizabeth's art, and it really was a treat to learn all about her and her paper painting collage process. We had a full-day of paper painting with an emphasis on using the gelli plate, which I have been wanting to try out. LOVE the gelli plate! I am hooked. I want to create stamps and stencils and gelli plate prints. 


The next 2 days we learned how to rip (there is an actual way) and look for patterns and values to create our apple paintings. Oh how sweet it is to find the perfect piece of paper and place it in it's spot! Here I am with Patty, who I met at the workshop but coincidentally lives only about 5 minutes from me! She's even going to be coming to the upcoming Artist's Way meetings at The Craft Shack. I am looking forward to getting to know her better. As with any truly great workshop, you leave having learned something and having met some really cool people. Check and check!



I want to eventually be a part of my own retreat, and that is partly the reason why Debbie gifted me with this one. My mission was to check out the venue, The Lakeside Inn. But I also learned a lot from watching Elizabeth. She was a great role model for time management and also individual student instruction. I highly recommend taking one of her classes or workshops if you get the chance.



And here's my finished apple! I love how it turned out, but I also love that little pile of torn papers off to the side. There is a surprising intimacy and connection with these little pieces. After taking this class, I don't think I'll see paper the same way again! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday buzz...Winner announced!



Hi Everyone! 
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, so there were lots of festivities going on around here. That is my official excuse for not announcing the winner of the Soul Food 2015 Giveaway on the 22nd as originally planned. As soon as family arrived, and the hustle and bustle of the last few days leading up to Christmas ensued, finding a few moments to get online seemed to always get pushed further down the to-do list! Now that the presents have been opened, guests have departed, and the only busy-ness to do is plan the snacks for New Year's Eve, I'm back on the blog to announce the lucky winner! 




With the help of my lovely assistant (my daughter) we carefully placed all of the names into a hat (appropriately a Santa hat!) and she drew out the name....Priscilla Hawkins!! You are the lucky winner who will be joining us for Soul Food 2015.  You should be receiving a notice from Heather shortly at Soul Food with all the details.

A special thank you to everyone who entered. Registration begins January 1, 2015, check out the Soul Food facebook page here for more details and chances to win. Looking forward to seeing you in 2015!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Soul Food 2015 -Giveaway!!!





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I am so happy to announce that I will be a sous chef in the upcoming Soul Food 2015!  For those who don't know what Soul Food is, it is a 3-month long art class consisting of twice weekly video tutorials from a wide variety of talented artists. For more detailed info and how to sign up, please visit HERE!




As part of Soul Food 2015, we were all asked to make intro videos of ourselves where we answer a few interview questions so you can get to know us better. Check out mine above!
As a bonus, I am able to GIVE AWAY ONE FREE SPOT in Soul Food 2015!! All you have to do is leave a comment here or on my Facebook page and I will pick a winner on Sunday, December 21st by random draw. I will announce the winner on Monday, December 22nd.
Good Luck! I can't wait to see who will be joining us for this art adventure!


Until next time, go out and radiate some LoveBeams!