Here's the second part of my Art-Is-You recap from the amazing retreat last week in Stamford. I'm sorry but you may need a cuppa as this is really long one. Today I'm focusing on my last two days of classes. Art-Is-You is an all inclusive retreat, and you can attend any number of days from one (okay, for starters… but not enough!) to all five.
This year my crafty sister Fern flew in and we attended together. We each took 4 days of classes, with only one class in common. We shared Jodi Ohl's class… an in-depth technique class on building texture into projects.
Jodi's a wonderful teacher, super organized and in tune with her roomful of students. Her class was full and everyone seemed to soak up a lot. You'll be inspired on Jodi's blog. I started building up the background of this painting in class:
Monday, the final day, was with Andrea Matus deMeng. We collaged and painted a 5′ long scroll!
I loved Andrea's teaching style, her art, her pace, everything. Andrea started class by acknowledging it was Day 5 and many of us might be on overload from all the classes before now… and that's okay. “Be kind to yourself” was one of the first things she said, and something I've not ever heard before in a class. What a wonderful way to set the tone for the day.
There is so much of that at Art-Is-You. Do what you want. Some like dressing for themes, some don't, and it's all fine. So here's my scroll, in class last week:
And today, at home, after I'd finished the edges and added a wood dowel painted black with finials. I'll hang it with ribbon or fishing line, not sure which. That's hubby's strong arm… lest you not think I have ‘man hands'!
Everyone's projects were so different… we all loved them. Check out Andrea's website for serious inspiration. I got to share a table with my pal Judy Shea, and she was a delightful partner in crime. We met each other at last year's Art-Is-You Retreat and have kept in close touch throughout the year. It was great to see Judy again and to spend the day together. Somehow we never got a shot of us together, but here's my pal:
And here are the incredible hosts of the AIY experience: Sallianne and Ellen (center and right), along with the rocking Sue Pelletier (left). I googled to be sure I spelled Sal's name right, as I have an Aunt Sally Anne who spells it differently.
And as sometimes Google does… it leads you to a wonderful site. I landed on a beautiful page on Pam Carriker's site, where all these Art-Is-You gals were working together, however they could, to donate to Hurricane Sandy.
And that is really what Art-Is-You is about.
Community, uplifting, and sharing.
It is my total pleasure to teach there next year.
Thank you for visiting today. Come again!