Had a wonderful time at the Retreat! I learned so much from each class - all my instructors were talented, sharing and fun! My experience was consistent with last year - Create always gets the best instructors!!
My first class was Ink a licious (doncha just love that name?!) with Cathy Taylor. Our world of knowledge and ideas was expanded on how to use alcohol inks!! I love it when I learn new ways to use supplies I already have - although I do need to add a few colors. :o) In addition to all the creativity, I sat with four lovely women - Brenda [Encaustic Artist], Diane, Skyler and Mary. To show it's such a small world we live in, Mary and I are from the same home town, and went to the same middle and high schools. We had such a lovely time chatting about places we both know.
Next I attended Magic-Markers with Joanne Sharpe. We were in marker Utopia - so many markers in one place! :o) We created (started, as we could not finish the whole thing in class) a journal of the various markers, highlighting the marker brand/type qualities. Joanne made a journal for us with different types of paper and some of her own artwork for us to color. Joanne and I talked about Spectrum Noir Markers and the ways you can use them. So many markers, so many possibilities!! I got to sit with Skyler again, as well as Debbie (Brenda's bud), Aimee (also from Naperville) and her sister Megan who was visiting from California. Way at the end of the table was a mother and daughter, creating art together - how wonderful.
My third class was called Paintings on the Go with Jacqueline Newbold. We had a great time with water, brushes and paint! I was excited to finally squeeze out the new tubes of paint and new pallet I bought months ago that were just waiting for me to get my confidence up. :o) I sat next to Becky, who helped me know when to stop. :o) The piece at the top of this post is from this class. I also completed the ones below.
What a wonderful two days of art therapy, learning, and meeting lovely people with the same passion as me!
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!