Thursday, October 30

The party is over...

The party is over but not forgotten. Robbin and have been busy getting her home back in order after our weekend hosting Cindy's workshops. It was quite the whirlwind, and passed quickly as we knew it would. As we work, we find ourselves laughing and sharing experiences as we recall our time spent with you all.
We want to thank Cindy again for coming to California to teach these workshops with us. What a talented, accomplished artist she is, and we are so glad you all had the chance to learn from and work with her. Her hard work and dedication in helping each of the students showed itself through the amazing art being made. Thanks Cindy for helping us make the weekend the success it was.
Thanks also to Nancy for supplying her fabulous findings in the workshop, and for opening Gilding the Lily for us to land in on Saturday evening. I long knew her eye for vintage would be well paired with Cindy's vintage, artistic style. Wasn't the food she brought in great?!
We're getting the nicest feedback from you all, and were told more than once it was the best workshop some have ever taken! We are so glad that you all experienced the workshops as we hoped you would, by spending time with friends, in beautiful surroundings, learning great new techniques, and being able to create wonderful art. We are starting to see lots of beautiful photos online from those of you who were with us, and we hope you'll continue to share your photos through our Yahoo Group site.
Robbin and I want to thank all of you for joining us in our first workshop. Without your support and smiling, happy faces this weekend would not have been the same. We hope you'll join us again and will shortly announce our 2009 schedule. If there's someone you'd like us to consider as a teacher, please let us know by e-mailing us at
Thanks again for a great weekend!
Robbin & Dede

Thursday, October 16

happy hands

Like others, I sometimes find that my hands are still from the art and crafts I love. But this week a surge of creativity has come over me. Maybe it was a boost from Art & Soul, perhaps it is the looking forward to our workshops with Cindy next weekend. Whatever the reason, I am glad to have busy, happy hands once again. 
I spent Monday and Tuesday making a new throw from the bright, romantic fabrics Jennifer sent me last fall. I free handed my design, and though simple, I am quite pleased. It will be some time before I can use it as we are experiencing the never-ending summer this year.

On Wednesday Robbin and I took a break at Gilding the Lily and experienced our first murder with Debbie Thyr. If you're wondering like I was what a murder is, it is literally a group of crows or like birds. You know... a herd of elephants, a murder of crows. Hence Debbie Thyr calls her gathering women who create with her, the murders. Her classes projects are great, and everything is included which is a great bonus! Here is funny pic I had to take as Robbin turned her Jack into a bit of a Casonova...
and here's my finished Jack...
My creativity hasn't stopped and today I finished a few treats for our workshops that will be upon us next weekend. I hope you too have happy hands, busy with the passions of your heart!

Saturday, October 11

Art & Soul...

I arrived home on Monday from a fun filled week in Portland at Art & Soul with my peeps Leslie, and Keli. They are sassy, fun, unpretentious, easy going women and I feel lucky, and thankful to have been lead to them. Leslie and I met last year, and we met Keli in Hampton in the spring and became fast friends. I'm so glad to have been able to spend time with these two taking fabulous classes once again.
Our first day was spent together in Nina's class. What a wonderful, free spirited, generous soul she is. I have long admired her art, and was thrilled to finally learned at her side, and be in her company. Love, love, loved her... happy birthday sassy girl!
The next two days I spent with the very sweet Misty Mawn learning (or trying very hard) to paint faces. Misty has amazing techniques which not to my surprise I was unable to master. Misty had us do some laugh out loud fun experiments in drawing, and so all was not lost on me. I was fortuanate enough to sit near Bonnie (my Taurus twin) who ThaNkFuLLy saved me and my project by gifting me one of her painted faces to use. Check out Bonnie's site, it is amazing! I have looked at it several times, yet somehow didn't make the connection until now. What a dork I am!! Below is my finished piece next to Misty's original.
My final two days were spent with the wildly talented, witty, Aussie Judy Wilkenfeld. I was able to get into her class at the last minute, which meant throwing over her partner Michael and his class. His was the class that got me to book the trip last spring, but I figure it'll also be what gets me to my next Art & Soul. Judy's class is such an involved, heavy technique filled book that I didn't come home with a finished project. I had misread the supply list, and so was a bit unprepared. Judy made sure I knew the steps before leaving, so I will finish my project at home.
This is Judy's class sample...
I'm home now and have hit the ground running in preparation for Cindy's workshops. Two weeks from today will kick of our first workshop and we are happily, busy with last minute details.

Here's hoping in time some of these talented wonders grace our studio as well, and come teach In The Artist's Studio with us. How much fun would that be?!
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