Wednesday, February 27

about The Art Nest

There is still so much to tell about my days at The Art Nest, and I have no idea what you want to hear about... so... You've seen the cabin, and beautiful surroundings, now here is a bit about the classes and our projects. 
Our first class (all day, Thursday) was with Anahata. I thought this would be the hardest class for me, as her art is so different from anything I have ever done. While I love what she does, I wasn't sure I'd be able to incorporate her style, or techniques effectively and honestly be happy with the results. Anahata works very quickly and encouraged us to as well. She also didn't want us to think about what we were doing, but to simply keep moving forward. That was very hard to do! I have to say that sitting next to Pam and hearing her trepidation as well, was some consolation. In the end this is what I did.

 The first is of myself at 2 years old, and the second is my grandmother. I realized later that I felt so attached to the photos I used, that it held me back in many ways, I was afraid of ruining my pieces and it hindered my freedom to play.
Our 2nd class (and the reason I went to the retreat) was Amy Hanna's class. Who knew creating a simple necklace and bracelet would take me 12 hours!? I struggled more with this than with Anahata's class. I have such an appreciation for what others are able to create!! Here are the pieces I bought from Amy,

and here are the pieces I made. Don't judge me too harshly, jewelry design wasn't part of the class and I am not so good at it. These still need and are scheduled for a little nip~tuck...

I owe special thanks to Lisa Call for all her help with my necklace, if it wasn't for her I would have nothing to show for that day but my sad looking bracelet. Thanks also to Michele, Laurie, Cheryl, Amanda, and Amy for giving me the bits and pieces that they were kind enough to share with me.
The last class (Sunday) was completely enjoyable, and stress free. Finally! Pam showed us how she creates her beautiful art journals, and some of the techniques she uses when she plays in them as well. I am very comfortable making books, and it was fun to see Pam work, and the ways she creates. I walked away with a finished art journal that has many pages with some beginning art on them. This way when we want to play we have a starting point and we can elaborate from there. Here are a few photos of my book...

Although I havent' been to many retreats I can't imagine there being one better than this. I loved it and had a fabulous time in everyway. Would I go back... in a heart beat! Thanks Candice and Julie for everything! You two are the best. Thanks also to all those who attending. You were all so friendly and helpful, and so generous with your help and supplies. You all helped make this one great event and one I will cherish for years to come. 
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