Monday, October 8, 2012
Weekend Art Retreat - Art is.....
I had signed up for a painting class in California in June, and planned to stay at my brothers house while doing the workshop. It turned out that the class was at the same time as my nieces graduation, mom was coming out, tons of friends - it just got too complicated! ...so I cancelled attending the workshop. So, to sooth my wounded feelings - I signed up for "Art is You" in Stamford Connecticut.
The few days before the meeting I had a few minutes - or more - of regret that I had signed up and paid for the workshops. Too busy, don't have time to do what I need to do anyways, too tired etc etc. But, it wasn't cheap and was past the time for refunds so off I went on Thursday night.
I didn't know a soul there, and was quite shy for the first night - but jumped into my first session on Friday where I took a Shrine Making class with Michael deMeng - it was amazing! He is a wonderful teacher, funny, easy to work with and very creative. The working area that we had was tight, and I had two tons of stuff to play with - but basically he taught alot of his painting techniques and composition. Great session, great fun - and by now, I'm chatting up a storm with people. (are you surprised?) The piece I worked on is shown below, not finished at all, but it'll get done.
That night I took an iPAD "Sketchbook Pro" session - which was wonderful! I learned how to sketch on my ipad (all the funny art here is from that program). I traced over a picture of my parents and it actually does look like them. I drew and played with layers, and played some more. I have a new tool now - and can sketch and draw and COLOR all in the space of a few minutes. Of course, no paper unless printed, but right now I'm all for less paper drowning me.
The next day I took a class called "Soldered Muse" with Kecia Delaney - because I've always wanted to learn how to solder. I LOVED it - it was so much fun. I can now make ornaments, and attach things to other things, and make a mess. I don't know that I'll use it often but it was a goal of mine to learn...and learn I did. I even sketched out a plan for a little piece - and used my ipad for the sketch! woo hoo!! Watch out digital world, here I come.
After the class I was relaxing in my room and got a text from someone saying "we're waiting for you in the bar!" - OK!! now we're on. Delicious Cosmo for starters, good food and then there was a "vendor night" where people were selling stuff. I got stuff... lots of stuff! Mostly stuff I didn't need but the Cosmo was making me very relaxed and happy and I happily parted with money. I really didn't do too badly - and scored an industrial sized paper cutter for $15.00 and a funny little rusty cage for $5.00. I put a stray plastic rhino in the cage and I'm happy. Lots of good fun necklaces too.
I met a woman with an art gallery in western mass who'd love to show my stuff (gulp).
I met a woman who is a graphic designer and gave me tips on comic production.
People loved my comics - another test run for our Miss Em.
There were 300 women there, and perhaps 5 men. There was tutu days (I think that was the plan, that part confused me) and "breakfast in your PJ's" morning. Women talking and exchanging ideas, and learning - that part was even more wonderful.
I met the famous Mrs Pom (famous to me anyways) and she was delightful, welcoming and tiny-er than I thought! Lovely to meet her and take a morning class - thank you Loretta! (oh dear, as I was linking to her blog, I see that her mom has passed on - so sad).
I came home on Sunday morning, and spend the rest of the day unpacking, and organizing. It was delightful.
This is the first time away from home where I haven't had family with me, or work to do. Where I could do my own schedule without having to meet people for lunch of dinner. No one to watch over or take care of or worry about. I kept my own schedule, my own dates, my own time. Two full days of it - and it was good for me. I could use a week of it! Actually, it made me think how good it was to be with other like minded arty people, off on a retreat, and how inspiring it can be. I came home with tons of ideas and thoughts. Happy to be home, but happy that I went.
Posted by Mim at 3:05 PM