I attended Art Unraveled in Phoenix a few weeks ago and had the extreme pleasure of finally meeting some of my favorite artists that I've been following for a long time. In the picture which was taken at dinner one night in Scottsdale, is left to right, Diana Frey, JoAnna Pierotti, Pat (sorry, no last name), me, Serena Barton, Pam Carriker and Diane Cook. Oh my God...I'm such a groupie! I loved being around the "big guys"! It was a memorable evening for me.
So, here's how it happened....
Over the AU Yahoo group, a gal listed classes for sale at a discount because she could no longer attend. There were 2 classes that, if I had decided to attend in the first place, would have chosen so I gave it some thought. It was going to be a last minute decision and only a few days so why not, right?
The next day, out of the blue, I got a call from my online friend, JoAnna Pierotti. Jo wanted to know if I was taking any classes at AU and I told her my thoughts. She graciously invited me to stay with her which would save me the cost of the hotel...hummmmm! Okay, then she said she was taking Susan Lenart Kazmer class, one of the classes I wanted to take, and that was the deciding factor for me. I quickly purchased the 2 classes, made my plans and off I went in only about 10 days. Fast and furious, whoopie!
I had such a good time getting to know Jo and her husband, Ron. Seeing Jo's studio was a major high light for me. I love her art and will be taking her class at ARTisYou in Petaluma next month.
I couldn't stop looking at her wonderful collection of "stuff" and her creations, OMG! Just being around the energy in there was amazing for me. I'm also a voyeur of art studios, lol.
The classes were fabulous. I took Diana Frey's "Briar Rose" class where I learned to have a deep appreciation for what she does and her soldering skills. Please visit her blog because her work is amazing and she dresses fabulously as well. I did not finish my piece as I just found the soldering such a challenge that it took up most of the day, oy vey!
This was the second class I took from Susan Lenart Kazmer. I love her work, her art and the way she teaches. I learned so much from her and am taking my jewelry to the next level because of her.
I haven't had much time to download my photos and get organized since I've returned from Phoenix. I left and returned to non stop calligraphy work and everything else that is going on in my life that I will have to post another time to show photos and tell all about the new gallery I'm in called Very Venice on Abbot Kinney in Venice and what is going on with Ten Women Gallery. All for next time...
Have a beautiful weekend!
I'm so overwhelmed right now that I can't even take in all that I have to do to be up and running again. I'm leaving for Phoenix tomorrow morning for Art Unraveled and I'm excited about that but I did a stupid, stupid thing because of money. I let my domain name expire because of laziness, thinking lack and being irresponsible that it would be okay to over take my better judgement. I want to believe that everything happens for a good reason and this too shall pass....
BUT...I just can't seem to wrap my brain around what I need to do to start over. It took me 3 years to develop a following and now I have none.
Okay folks, when i return to my already stressful agenda, I will take responsibility and start everything from scratch.
I'm so grateful to be able to share my art with others. I'm mixed media and love doing lots of different mediums. My main stay is calligraphy of course and most of my art has words in them, hence "The Word is ART". Hope you like what you see and come back often.
Have a blessed day. Renee
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I've been a professional calligrapher and designer for over 35 years and have had extraordinary experiences. I am proud to say that my clients are from all walks of life and a handful of celebrities that are faithful to my work. I've been blessed to be able to earn my living by doing what I truly love to do. I will always remain grateful and proud.
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