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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall reflections

Before I get into my blog post I wanted to let you know what teaching gigs I have coming up:
I will be teaching with eleven other women online starting January 2016 . It is called Love Art Happy Life e-course. Here is the link to sign up and get more information on the class. In my portion of the class I will be studying Edward Burne Jones. Hope to see you there.

I am teaching my Fabric Book class at Donna Downey Studios, Dec. 12-13 2015. It is one of my favorite classes to teach. Everyone, no matter what level, comes away with a beautiful heirloom.

My Orvieto, Italy workshop is coming up fast. I started planning this almost 2 years ago and it is not too far into the future now. If you are thinking about coming it is not too early to sign up! I have been working on this course the past year so that I have a wonderful workshop experience for the students. I have several books on the Frescos of Italy and will be incorporating some of those images for inspiration for the class. I can't wait to share this experience!! Here is the link to hear more.


My birthday is in the fall and once summer is over and I feel that ever so slight change in the seasons I can feel my roots and my beginning. I always dreaded my birthday for so many years; getting older for me wasn't graceful but for some reason that has changed. I don't mind the aging process anymore. In fact I probably feel the most content as I grow older now. I have developed some really wonderful relationships as my teaching takes me all over the country. I just came back from taking a 5 day class with Gillian Cox at Random Arts. Phyllis Peterson opened her home to me, Gillian and Pam. Did we ever have some wonderful laughs.....I mean the deep belly laughs that create wonderful memories.

 We did some wonderful art and Gillian's art and teaching style brings all her students to tears. My work I did in the workshop never is quite as good as I want it to be, but I am learning and stretching new ways of painting so there is always a learning curve. I have been teaching for a couple of years and developing my style. I made a decision to become a student again and learn from artists that I respect and know will stretch me. Remember I was trying to figure out my story after taking her class in Scotland. Well I did find my story and I will be sharing it very soon once I get a few pieces together. I was overcome with emotion as that story was revealed to me towards the end of the day.Here as some of my humble pieces I did in the workshop. I am now home and will have some time to really absorb what I have learned and take what I need to continue my art path. I have a couple of months to hunker down into my looking forward to it. I have been on the road so much and now I can do my work.


While we were up in Saluda for the workshop a couple of the students and myself were part of an art exhibit at The Studios at Flat Rock. It was so special to share it with Gillian and the students!!

I am playing with a new technique using fabric, watercolors , linseed oil and graphite. I will be teaching some of these techniques in Orvieto. I love the aged and mysterious look it achieves.

That is it for now. The next time I blog I will be 61. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.