Friday, June 29, 2007

Pretty Little Things

Day Two Sally Jeans Class.............what fun we had as we collaged, great techniques to take you to a different level of collaging. While pasting and cutting I had in the back of my mind that I would never want to use this ugly peice of nothingness for my pendant but it actually ended up being amazingly cool.
Many of us did not finish our pendants but, those who did turned out wonderful. We all did however smoke out the cabin breathing in the air of artists gone mad trying to get the flux in the right spot. Sally makes it look so easy and make no mistake this gal has talent....... it doesn't happen in one class unless you are Cindy, Jen....... or... Cathy.......I think Julie and Deb burned the 3a.m. oil finishing theirs. Diana had hers done for the big party at Dear Lizzies......she however is a genius with the sodering iron.i love the sparkle of this photo that Diana took at Dear Lizzies, thank you for sharing. I miss each of you dearly and am still trying to digest it all peice by peice.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

i miss you. . .

i am back after such an amazing weekend at the Artnest retreat. today is the first day i have been able to sit down at the computer. i am still unpacking and have so much on my mind. trying to work through all the feelings that came after spending months with candice planning the retreat and then four days spent so close together with each of the artists that attended.
monday i lurked around on the computer reading a few emails and checking misty's site. i wanted her to post something that would put into words and pictures the experience we all shared. i wanted to see the faces of the women who have opened my heart and cry over the emptiness i feel now that they are all home and going on with their lives.
i miss you. . .

misty taught our first class on thursday. it was such an amazing class! i loved watching how free she is with her art materials. at one point she blew out some white ink from a gel pen onto her painting and it splotched out a big blob. i thought oh know, its ruined. she swiped it around with a rag here and there and it was lovely. here she is with rebecca and diana showing us how to create a background. notice her table still looks quite clean. after she really got working there was paint everywhere.

this face is the beginning of her class piece that she used to demonstrate working with transfers and paint to begin your figure. after sketching and adding some paint you can see how the layers build.

at the end of the day we set out our paintings under the deck and talked about each one. i actually really liked the backdrop of the concrete behind the gorgeous colors.

angel, laurie and diana

lisa on the left, elise the two on the right

rebecca and sherri

my two pieces. i love how the plain background turned out. i made three more small pieces after class and realized how much i like working small. the large size was difficult for me to organize. i wanted to see how if i could do a 'man piece' just for fun and i love how it turned out. i was just playing with the light and dark on the face.

deb and her two pieces.

i think this is jessica and cathy


sherri and rena

this was sue's piece. it looks just like you!

candice's pieces.

i am not sure about these paintings as i didn't get your photo with them.

candice and misty

dinner that evening was out on the deck just at dusk. it takes you by surprise how quickly it cools off. i had to run in for a blanket before dinner was over. several deer came out to graze together and we watched them after dinner.
strawberry cheesecake was served in by the fire so we could warm up.

our group photos were taken with a timer and tripod so it was a bit tricky, but i am so happy i have some pictures of us all.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fly Fly Fly

I am having a hard time even posting these pics from The art Nest retreat 2007. I am back into my life but feeling a new kind of openness and sadness. My heart has been opened by each of you sweet souls who came to our little nest. I see things with a new light with joy and excitement willing to open myself to whatever comes my way.

Misty's class was wonderful. She has such a great gift to teach others what she has learned, she is a very giving spirit with much soul that streams out of her.I will try and post some of each day as for now I just can't believe how talented each of the artist were that came to the nest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Fabulous!!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Goodies for the Nest

Trims, baskets, sunlight and loads of stuff for all the nesters. What fun we had making all of these little delights for the Art Nest.

Our adorable girls are getting in on the fun. Here they are doing a collage experiment with all the leftovers. Even the teenagers helped for a bit. The boys helped with the deck and made traps for animals. It was a magical day thinking about this week and enjoying this place with each of you. A little sneak peak of some goodies...................... See you soon!!!!!!!!

timberlakes at dusk

as i was leaving the cabin at dusk this was the view driving out of the canyon. there are so many small lakes dotted around the mountain. candice passed a mother moose and her two calves down at the lake. the lane winds around down the mountain and is quite steep. you will pass this funny owl on your way.

i tried to sneak up on this deer and take her picture, but she was a little too nervous for me to get very close.

i still have to pack my supplies for my classes, finish my trades, and drive up one more load of supplies and groceries before wednesday. how is your list of things to do?
frozen junior mints, i can't forget frozen junior mints!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

two week countdown

can't believe we are on the two week countdown to the Artnest! every day a few more details work themselves out. candice and i met up in sugarhouse to put together the artist packets that we mailed out yesterday. honestly the man's face when we dumped all those fat envelopes on his counter. i think the park city post office doesn't see that much action. . .
(i am actually on a first name basis with my post office, i go there to mail unusual looking packages so often)
if you are coming to the nest look for your packet in the mail this weekend.
so, those amazing cookies, the ones with the macadamia nuts, i wish i had one right now so fabulous. when candice said she stopped and picked up cookies i went oh, pass. i hate that bulk shortning taste. i was completely unprepared for these babies! i went on so much about them i felt like i should offer one to the very kind older man who was reading so quietlyl next to us. he was so shy he said no.

here are all the folios drying on the library tables. wherever we go we raise eyebrows. what are you doing?
and candice's new ring she got at a boutique next door. really gorgeous on her. love the vintage buttons.

bits of all kinds of ribbons and trims were covering the table after we dumped out our whole stash and got ready to work.
a couple wish tickets are tucked inside with the invitation to sally Jean's trunk show at dear lizzies in highland.
oh it is going to be such an amazing weekend ladies, can't wait for you to get here. Julie

Friday, June 1, 2007

Aspen Heaven

If you like tall aspens that wave in the wind, then this retreat is for you. Just a few pics of the beauty of Timber Lakes. Hence all the trees and the lakes that suround this mountian. our family walked to this lake, listening to the sound of the babbling brook, and resting from the worries of the day. Trees and water do that for me, they calm me and center me. The entire mountain should be bloomed out by the time you all get here.