February 27 - March 3, 2014
An Artful Journey is a fabulous, all-inclusive, 3-day retreat held in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. I'll be teaching a journal workshop with painted photos, a book bag, and loads of fun, mixed media technique. Come join the fun!
April 4 - 6, 2014 Come visit beautiful Florida in the spring! I'll be teaching a 3 day journal workshop at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. We'll have fun painting photos and creating a journal.
Workshop in Bruges, Belgium. Stay Tuned for details! ***********This 2014 workshop has been postponed. Don't give up though... the coordinator is working hard to make it happen in 2015! ***********
I'm SO excited about teaching in Belgium! It will include photo walks in Bruges (Belgium's Little Venice of the North) where we'll explore, photograph and soak up the ambience of this beautiful city. We'll then paint and create with our photos and make an art journal filled with wonderful Belgium memories.
October 23-26, 2014 Come take a workshop with me at Donna Downey Studios in Huntersville, North Carolina! We'll go on a photo walk, print some of the photos that we take, then paint on them, and create something fabulous. I'm not sure of the details yet, but as soon as I know, I'll let you know!
I've been sick for a few months (ongoing adrenal problems), but getting better now, so it's time to catch up on my blog! I just finished a journal that I started last June, and am really happy with it. I hadn't created in so long that I was nervous my creativity wouldn't come back. Happily, it's back and I'm so thankful to be creating again.
I'll be teaching variations of these techniques next year in California, Florida, and North Carolina. Details are listed on the side bar. I hope to see you there!
--A special thanks to my students for sharing photos... I didn't have time to take many!
WOW. What a fabulous time I had in North Carolina teaching at Donna Downey Studios! So much fun and laughter, mixed with tons of creativity, learning, and finished books! I highly recommend taking a workshop at Donna's gorgeous studio/store! You will love it!From the moment you arrive, you're completely taken care of. Not one detail is missed, with each student's comfort always top priority (and the instructor too). The food is fabulous, and is catered by Donna's mom, “Grandma Cookie”. She's a fabulous cook, and addresses any food issue you might have.
And if you have a sweet tooth... that's taken care of too! The "candy-bar" is open all day long...
Special care is taken to make sure each guest has everything they might need or want. Amazing. Everything is provided, and the tables are well stocked with supplies when you arrive.
And she has EIGHT machines for students to borrow!
Even the bathroom is decorated with fun, embellished paint brushes hanging on the walls. I have a new brush that Donna sent home with me that I'll get creative with and send back.
And I can't forget to mention the store mascot...Karma. Donna's 10 week old puppy was always in her puppy pocket. Isn't she the cutest thing?
Class time was wonderful, and I was thrilled that almost all of my 24 students finished their journal! And Olga even finished TWO! So fun.
Following are random shots of class projects at different stages of completion. I'm sorry I don't have names to go with everyone's fabulous work. I wish I had had time to go through each journal without rushing, but class is always like that- never enough time. These girls were amazing with all the work they produced! One night, instead of dinner at the store, we were treated to a stretch limo ride out to dinner. So fun to jam most of us into the limo and enjoy a fun evening out. Disco lights and a live band playing oldies but goodies topped off the fun.
And great news! I've been invited to return and teach again next year! Can't wait. It will be October 23-26, 2014! Save the date! We will go on a photo walk, laugh, create with our photos, eat good food, and learn lots!
This shows the signature wraps in the front of the journal:Painted photo and pages:Ready to journal on:sweetly feast on life:
Unfinished front cover. Still needs to be bound and words added:
breaking rules, being brave:
Last page and signature wraps: Back cover:
I still have some embellishment and the binding to do, but I've started another book and will work on both. Here's the cover for the new book:
Wow, life happened...for about a year! An update is long over due. So much has happened, and I'm thrilled to be back and creating again. Thanks to everyone who emailed and asked about me.
We've moved to eastern Washington where Quail rule, and we love it here (there are tons of Quail everywhere!). I just finished having an art room installed in our new home, and absolutely love it. I'm thankful and thrilled to be able to create in such an inspirational and dreamy space.
Let's see...what else... Since we last talked, I've taught in Italy and spent a week in Venice after teaching.
It was one of the most amazing places I've ever been.
I must go back one day. The romantic decay and grunge,
wandering with camera in hand without any destination in mind,
the constant lapping of the water on the edges of crumbling buildings,
and the dreamy textures and color were all intoxicating and so inspiring.
I loved wandering, getting lost, and soaking it all in.
I'm getting ready to teach in North Carolina next month at Donna Downey Studios (class has filled). Here's the cover of the journal that I'll be demoing:
It's going to be such a fun workshop. When I get back, I'm finally going to be able to start on an online workshop. All of that life that's been going on here has prevented me from doing it, but I think it's finally going to happen. I'll be sending out a newsletter as soon as I have details. It will be a journal of some sort.
I'm also excited about teaching at An Artful Journey again next February. I taught there earlier this year and had such a wonderful time. Love Love Love working with Cindy, and I'm so excited to begin preparing for next year. I'm going to teach a journal and a bag. Not sure about the journal details yet, but here's a sample of the bag:
That's the short version ... I'm determined not to let so much time go by before I check in again! Hope you're all having a creative and wonderful day.
Just finished this journal and will be listing it in my etsy site in the next couple days. Email for details if you're interested in purchasing before I list it. It's 6"X6" and a little over 3" thick at the spine. Each signature is wrapped with a hinged, painted page. Pages within each of the 6 signatures are blank. Enjoy!
EDIT... journal is sold. Thank you!
Spine with vintage lace and shoe buttons
Signature wrap and inside front cover
Signature wrap lining and first painted page
Above and below show 2 of the hinged pages wrapped around the signatures
I used techniques in this book that I'll be teaching in Italy this September. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out! I've shown most of these pages before, but they look a bit different bound in the book, plus sometimes I change them around after finishing them, so here they are again: book spine signature wrap- this wraps around all three signatures (groups of pages) friendship is a rose without thorns loving words sunprinted feather created by Elizabeth Woodford a true friendship loves not for what it may receive, but for what it may give. most delightful fullness of the heart friendship will throw out the life line of hope when storms are nearbits of gorgeous hand dyed fabric used throughout the book created by Arlee Barr friendship on me smilea sweet word multipyeth friends fill their lives with sweetness
Beautiful, ancient, Orvieto is on my mind as I create journal pages using techniques that I'll teach in my September Painted Photo workshop in Italy. I'm feeling so blessed that on the heals of my incredible Australian adventure, I get to travel to Italy and teach there again in September. I fell head over heals in love with Italy last year, and have such sweet memories of my time teaching, and shooting a bazillion photos as I hiked, and explored every corner of Orvieto. I'm beyond excited that I get to stay an extra week and explore Venice with my friend Nellie and our cameras this year! So excited about all the fun and new memories we'll make! Bill and Kristi's adventures in Italy are unique in that each of the 5 bliss filled days include time in the studio creating, as well as time exploring Orvieto's history and the joys of Italian culture, including a cooking lesson with an Italian chef (and then we get to eat what we cook!), wine and olive oil tasting, and an Etruscan cave tour. For my workshop, we'll also be shooting photos at one of the most gorgeous cemeteries I've ever explored, and collecting treasures at the market to add to the journal we'll be making in the studio. And this time, I'll get to see Italy in the fall. Spring was gorgeous last year, but wow, I can't wait to see and taste the richness of fall. And, there are still some spots open in the workshop if you would like to experience an incredible adventure in Italy with me this September! burnout velvet created by Lorri Scott
I'm so excited that I'll be teaching another painted photo and journal workshop in Orvieto, Italy in just a few months! I'm still sighing and thinking about my trip to Australia (I still have more to share about my amazing time there!) but with September approaching, my thoughts and my heart turn toward beautiful Orvieto, and memories of last year's dreamy adventure fill my mind. I fell head over heals in love with the beautiful Italian people;
rolling terraced vineyards, and narrow, one-way cobblestone streets winding through ancient villages clinging to cliff walls; the golden afternoon light; the many family run boutiques, markets, and restaurants blending food, art, and community; and the ancient history, breathtaking architecture, and heart-stirring sculpture. I also fell in love with Giovanni, the head nun running San Lodovico, the 400 year old convent/B&B where we stay and create art. Honestly, I wanted to adopt her and bring her home. She reminded me so much of my sweet grandmother. I can't wait to give Giovanni another great big hug!
Below are a few shots of last year's students and the fun we had together. There are spots left in the September workshop, so if you're interested, or have questions, email Kristi,Bill or myself, and any of us will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Bill and Kristi, our amazing host and hostess!
painted photo of an angel from the cemetery near Orvieto
Dearest Orvieto, I look forward to meeting again soon, so I can once again wrap my heart around you while closing my eyes and breathing deep of your magnificent beauty and charm.