For the past 10 days I have been traveling in the state of Washington and the last portion was without internet service. Hence once again I am behind in blogging and visiting blogs. My eyes have not feasted on so much moisture in ages !!! Moss grows in all shades of greens against backdrops of rust and browns . Mist floats in the spring air!! My first stop took me to Terri Brush's tranquil country home in Cehalis Washington . 3 days filled with soft rain ,bits of blue sky, sunshine and evenings sounds of crickets and spring peepers ( tiny spring frogs). From the moment I walked into Terri's home I was greeted by old friends I had just meet . Terri had invited them all over for a surprise birthday party for me!!! Candlelight, wine , and a house of treasures surrounded me and an awesome feast was set before us . Warm conversation filled the evening with harmony ! Terri's home and heart where a pure joy for the soul . Touches of lovingly created and artful vignettes filled every room from wonderful artist and artwork I adore . I slept in big cozy bed like a queen . The nights magical dining room was transformed into a light filled studio during the next 2 days of the workshops I was lucky to teach. My students embraced their fears and jumped past them to learn new techniques and in doing so created work that gave me goose pumps as I was so proud of them and their creations . The time flew by so fast and I was having so much fun that I forgot to take a lot of pictures ( Plus I was busy running my mouth). You must pop over to Terri's site and her blog for a visit and to see what she has planned and is up too. If you ever are in her area please consider taking a workshop as this is not just about taking a class but about a day of stimulating your senses with art , food , friendship and beauty .Trust me this can become habit forming. Oh when you pop over to Terri's link from there to the Art Camps on the beach. I get to go back in the fall and teach at the fall Art Camp . After the weekend at Terri's it was on to teaching at Art Fest in Port Townsend !!! I think am ready for a tv show "Julie's artful Journey"... Sound fun???
Terri ,our Hostest
Day light and art
A few of the "enchanted" pieces created. See what I said , they are simply wonderful!!!
The last year for me has been one of major challenges ,with that always comes the doubts the questions and the soul searching. Hopefully with all of this, one comes out a wiser stronger and better person. For me that would be the hope that I would learn to take things a little more as they come and just know and trust my God given intuition . The last few days have been ones of peace for me as I feel a little stronger in knowing that what ever the answers have been, I trust they are the right ones for me and have come from a higher source . My sister leads her day with the thought that when she lays her head down on the pillow at night, she rest in the assurance that her actions of the day have been motivated by what will bring her peace that night. I have been trying to follower her lead and it seems to be working. Let go let god !! Thanks Lorrie for your wise example. You are a gift from God too!!
The house is filling up again with kits for classes . In less then 2 weeks I head to Chehalis March 20 21 to teach. Normally my skin would be craving some moisture but we have had tons of rain here this winter. Well, any way we still have a few open spaces in the class "Rusted Whimsy" on March 21 You will have enough in your kit to to make 2 fun images with frames .You will learn some dry brush painting and collaging .The use of aging and adding detail with a stabilo pencil and how to make whim-some faces and the oh so wonderful real rusting technique too!!!Chehalis is about 1 1/2 hours from Portland and Seattle. Terri our host has wonderful studio and serves us lunch as we create. She is available to answer any questions you may have too. Terris Studio and contact info
Some of you know I am venturing out and teaching in the bigger venues! I just got back from Art and Soul in Las Vegas and I must say I was blown away at the students .They taught me. Well, Glenny added me to the Art and Soul line for Portland and Virginia. Virginia is a long shot as I am late to get on the teaching list so we thought we would give it a try. It is a chance for any of you who live on the eastern side of our country to take a class form me .We are offering 2= Walking Rusty and Steam punk Lily .These are the images. If you have never done one of these art retreats you are missing out on the best of times!! They are life changing at least they have been for me when I took my fisrt years ago at Art Fest
Today I am writing about hope and goals . Hope is an essential for living and for me so are goals . I think I have made hope the same as goals . But am not sure . When my goals are not meet I tend to momentarily loose all hope . It is dawning on me that goals are more an earthly thing and hope needs to be more spiritual. Up till now it seems that when I loss one the other gets lost too . This then becomes deeply discouraging and immobilizing . Somehow I need to figure out how to keep the 2 separate. I guess this means that I have a new "goal" and that is to "hope" to keep the 2 separate.
Last week as I was teaching, the subject of " thinking outside the box " came up . Funny as what we where learning was " thinking about the box" and learning to make one. But anyway as we talked everyone began to add their own twist to the phrase like .... "I need a ladder to get out of the box" ... "What is a box?? " ..... etc. I thought it would be fun for everyone who stops by to try and leave a comment as to what their personal version is to this phrase ..... or what it means to them. Go for it !!!!