It seems like forever since I’ve had a chance to chat with you all.
As you know the great Art Journaling In Paradise Retreat happened September 14 -19, and it turned out so much better than we ever even dreamed it could be. No foolin.
I had no time to blog, but Sandy Bartholomew did daily posts of her experiences at the retreat, which you will enjoy:
The whole idea of this happening was to spend some fabulous fun time here in Santa Fe, and to learn enough about drawing and painting to capture it all in our journals.
We had a few cancellations dues to health issues, but still had 25 wonderful ladies in attendance. It was an amazing group with so much talent!
We started out with some Mindfulness exercises and then learned to paint a realistic Tortilla Chip (very important food here!) using wet-in-wet watercolor techniques. We also learned tricks to capture the usually blue skies of Santa Fe, which is why my tortilla chip is high flying in the picture above.
However, at first it was hard to tell we have such beautiful blue skies in Santa Fe . . .
I have never seen it rain for four days in a row here, but that’s what it did for four days before the retreat started. Very good for our land, but pretty soggy going for early arrivals.
Saturday, our first day was still a bit rainy, but we were mostly in the studio that day so it was okay. From Sunday through the rest of the week, we had beautiful weather.
For lunch on Saturday, we had nachos, and everyone had to draw anything they put on top – along with a page of tortilla chips.
We started by sketching our chips – adding some of their curls and twists, and then painted them with the techniques we had learned.
On the other side of the spread, we drew and painted all our add-ons . . .
In the process, we learned how to draw all the basic shapes.
This spread turned out to be the favorite for many of the students.
I will be sharing more of my journal pages from the retreat as soon as I can finish them.
AND, I will soon be posting the information for the 2014 art journal retreat in Santa Fe.
I am also planning an art journal retreat in early April, 2014 which will be held in Tubac, Arizona – using an 1885 Schoolhouse as our classroom. How cool is that?
And all my readers know how much I love Tubac!
Hopefully, I will be back to blogging more often now that the retreat is successfully behind me. I usually feel that my life is a wild thing, but somehow, it seems so quiet right now . . .