Sunday, August 14, 2011

What's Going On?

Everything changes. That is about the only thing I know for sure. And mostly I forget it. My plan was to take time off from teaching after An Artful Journey in February. Since that has been cancelled, my sabbatical (the length of which is unknown) will start after I teach in Petaluma, California at Art is You.

There are still spaces in all 3 of my one day workshops there.

So what have I been doing with my time anyway? Well, you know how life is, this takes some attention and that takes time and the days flow on.
In the spring, Christine Webb of The Artist's Nook in Colorado hosted me for three days of workshops. It was fun to renew friendships and make some new ones. I was so pleased to be invited back for my third time there and very honored by the gals who traveled from out of state to work with me. Marcy and Don McKenzie took fantastic care of me for the 5 days I was there. Some highlights of that part of the trip were seeing a bookcase in Marcy's studio FILLED with the many books in many styles that she has made over the years, a day trip into Rocky Mountain National Park, the visit to Estes Park and the wonderful scrapbook and art supply shop and also the independent book store there. And the fudge from the candy shop wasn't half bad. Besides all that we visited a sculpture park and the Governor's Show which was filled with art made by Colorado artists. I was very taken by some cowboy art, the paintings done in tempera and the scratchboard art, done in great detail, of wildlife. All in all we had a full schedule in Colorado.
From there I flew to Philadelphia and stayed outside the city with my dear friend Polly. She lives in Chester Springs with its green, green rolling hills and stone houses and winding roads. The arty part of that week was a coveted visit to The Barnes Foundation gallery. If you have not heard of this collection, google The Barnes Foundation and maybe see the film The Art of The Steal which you can rent if you use Netflix. We spent the afternoon immersed in masterpieces by Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, and many other artists. I thought that would be the highlight of that visit but what really moved me was spending time with Polly and her sister Janey who flew in from Wyoming towards the end of my visit. The only other time I had been with both the sisters together was about twenty years ago at their mother's funeral. So it was a treat to see them having fun, laughing and joking and just loving being together.

From Philadelphia I took the high speed train to D.C. where my dear friend Ann Georgia picked me up and whisked me off to Sperryville, Virginia and her homestead in the hollow. There we sat on the porch watching the bugs and birds and the breezes ripple through the grasses. We also got to visit friends who are also artists and look at what they had going on in their studios.

As far as creating goes, I have been working on the landscaping at the little house I moved into last summer. In fact today a bunch of trees I bought at a nursery sale the other day are getting planted. I chose birches and maples of varying colors and textures. Yummmm. I think the contrast with the native cedars will be interesting.

And I have started painting again with my teacher who is visiting from British Columbia.

Oh, and I had a fabulous time making paste paper and handmade paper after the 5 day workshop we did here at the studio in June. Those gals really inspired me and our visits to the local stamp and art supply store helped too. The photos are from those wonderful days.

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