Sunday, February 27, 2011

More Creations from Artful Journey

Thought I would share photos of some exciting art work that was created in Nina Bagley, Stephanie Lee, Albie Smith and Orly's classes, DJ Pettit's demo and the prayer flags we donated to be displayed at Artful Journey
If it were possible and I had the time, I'd probably have taken each class that's how much they all inspired me in one way or another.

Above are photos of student work in Albie Smith's paste paper class where beautiful books were the finished product. 

Orly Avineri has a different approach to creating papers for one of a kind books.  Using earthy and natural techniques to give a feeling of old, worn and textural.  Just beautiful how each page displays.

Nina Bagley's students created these wonderful little heart necklaces that resonated with me.  All the techniques in making these beautiful pieces left me wondering "how does she come up with these incredible designs?" The students were so engrossed they stayed up well into the evening finishing each days lesson.  I would have done the same after being so inspired.

So in love with this approach to create my art

The projects in Stephanie Lee's class was so inspiring to me that when I came home I purchased Stephanie and Judy Wise's new book, "Plaster Studio"(not due out until May) and I will be taking their online class.  I'm so excited to also be taking Stephanie's workshop at Art Is You in September.  See either blogs for information on the class.

DJ Pettitt did a demo in the evenings of techniques when she creates backgrounds for her wonderful paintings.  So easy and I just love her sense of color...very natural and appealing.  It was a hands on demo and the students were 3 deep waiting to try this direction with great results.  Too much fun!

The green, peach and ecru in the middle is my donation

So many artists donated prayer flags to the event that added a special touch to our dining experience.  Prayer flags are created to blow in the wind to send the Universe their messages.  However, the weather prevented outside display as it rained 3/4 of the time we were there.  Besides, it was wonderful to have art hanging all around the dining room for conversational appeal.

I think for me, there is no better time spent then in the rooms of these wonderful art retreats with amazing  teachers.  Each time I come home, I am filled to the brim with inspiration and new techniques to enhance my art.  So far, I've only experienced the generosity of artist/teacher and their willingness to share their secrets of how they create.  I don't think my work would be where it is today if not for the workshops I've taken and find that the money and time I've spent is worth every penny and minute.  I am in such gratitude for the opportunities that these retreats provide to learn from such a wide range of artist and subject.  I just can't seem to get enough. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Artful Journey Retreat

I took a class with Jesse Reno at Artful Journey in Los Gatos, CA. last weekend.

Jesse Reno original painting 1

Jesse Reno's original painting 2      
It was 3 full days of instruction, stories of his life and sharing of ideas and techniques which I had been wanting to do for a long time.  It was definitely worth waiting for...
Jesse is a brilliant artist whom I respect and admire, not only for his talent but for the person he is.  He is a free soul that truly listens to his inner guidance and follows his bliss into the success that prevails today.

Here's 2 pieces that he inspired in me...
This is on Ros sen paper that I will be mounting on wood and is my favorite painting to date.  I love that it is so different from what I normally paint and is so inspiring to me.

This is Oscar, following true to Jesse's style of bizarre characters.  I am planning on giving this painting to my grandson, James for his 9th birthday.  There is a story about who Oscar is that I will add to the back of the painting...Oscar captures little children when they do naughty things, turns back the clock and gives them the opportunity to do the right thing and experience the results of that to teach them how important their actions are.  James is going through growing pains and acting out a bit so Oscar will be an appropriate gift for him this year.  I'm thrilled that it is a gift of art.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Custom Handmade Card

An original, one of a kind card created for a friend's client.  This card will be given as part of a gift keepsake along with a personal letter of love.