I took part in the Art Is Magic online creative retreat this weekend. I thought I had missed it, but I am so happy that I didn’t. Each session was an hour-long. Nine on Saturday, and eight on Sunday. The artist instructors are amazing! They each created a nurturing, welcoming space to explore in.
I started took notes of the lessons, and will come back to them as time allows. Sharing just a few with you today.
Secret Garden came from spending time with Tiare Smith Woods. She calls it her “Garden of Tranquility”. Tranquility. That is hard to come by. She worked in acrylics, pouncing them on with a sea sponge. I used watercolor. I was working late, and knew they would dry quickly. I used a sea sponge as well, grateful for the reminder to pull it out.
I mixed several blues for the sky, and greens for the grass. For the girl, I used acrylics as a base, and then layers of watercolor. (The dress is acrylic.) Listening to Tiare speak as she worked was so relaxing. Joyful! I think she is a wonderful instructor.
Day One – Mark Making
Galia Alena started us off with a tour of her gorgeous surroundings. We took a walk through the trees, listened to the birds and visited the loch. Oh and the joyful sights and sounds of her dog exploring! Again, the elusive peace.
Next we headed into the studio to loosen up with some wise mark making. I used a Le Pen, Inktense, Neocolor, Derwent watercolor pencil, a pencil eraser, pencil, a brush (just the tip) and a palette knife. So lovely listening to Galia’s soft accent, with musical interludes while she sped up the video.
Dipped the eraser in watercolor to make dots. I used the knife at the end to smear water over the marks and let the colors flow.
I was reminded of a book I have from childhood. I have been told I was reading it at a very early age. (All parents say that right!) If true, then I have been making marks from very early on as well.
And there it is. My true self. My happiest moments. My soul. The signs have been there all along. I am an artist. The need to make a mark. The need to play with color. And can you see it? The need to make a pattern. (V’s or check marks on the bottom image.) That made me laugh. And I would make my own books. Pictures cut out of magazines. Color added, lines and patterns. Short stories.
Stick Figures and Flowers
My notes are incomplete (dang it!!), but I am pretty sure Catt Geller showed us her stick figures while working on her Cosmic Smash book journaling. I always tell myself I can’t draw figures, but Catt made it look easy! She just started with sticks, and then fleshed out each figure slowly. Catt has so much energy and her session was a blast!
Louise Gale, who many of you know from her heART Postcard exchange, showed us how to draw lovely flowers. She created a lovely clay mandala using the drawing as a start. And I found some Celluclay the day before. Cosmic forces at work there, no? She has a new book project she is working on with her Botanical mandalas. So fun!!
We had a wonderful lesson from Laly Mille as well. Remember when I ruined those 4 x 4’s trying her technique by guessing? Well, I was VERY excited to spend some time with her creative genius!
Such a terrific weekend! I was familiar with several of the artists, but most were new “discoveries” for me. And THAT is always JoYfuL!
Learning is powerful. And being surrounded with like-minded creatives, who value the things I do. Who cherish creative energy and the life of the soul. Who know that desire and intent are treasures. Well even this brief encounter, feeds my soul. And gives me courage to continue.
A few of the projects were meant specifically as visual reminders for ourselves. You know, “You are worthy, you are loved, you are enough”. Valuable truths that we so often forget.
My water wells were dry! It had been so long since I had painted. Trying to take care of business, so I can continue. But I injured myself by not creating, and not posting. Because when I do not hear from my followers (and dear friends), then most days I do not hear anything positive at all. I think perhaps that is why I am so effervescent when I comment on other blogs. Because I know the power that kindness holds for me.
The simple acknowledgement, and acceptance. Priceless.
So blessed to have you in my life!
Thunder is starting, rain maybe.