Last week my mom flew into town and we headed up to Stamford for our first Art-Is-You. We had a great time together and loved meeting many new friends, and getting to connect with old ones. It was also fun to finally attach real people to names and faces I've gotten to know online. There is always something special about these artful gatherings - because we are there for art-making but the friendships forged over a shared experience end up being way more valuable than anything you could offer in the goodie bag or class kit. I'm sure you'll agree, if you've attended a similar retreat, that while you might return home wiped out from all the activity, you are filled with a refreshed verve to keep the momentum and creative energy going.
I'm bummed that my camera remained in my apron pocket for most of the three days I taught...I don't even have one photo from Parlor Tricks. I also missed getting the whole group for Linear Equations. I've got all but one for Recess. The day flies by and before you know it the supplies are being packed up, we hug goodbye, and I smack my head that the photos didn't get taken. It should be a rule that you have to take a class photo before you break for lunch. I'm writing that into my itineraries from now on.
Art-Is-You will be returning next year at four locations. My next gig is at The Ink Pad in November for a two-day workshop with the teaching team of Mary Beth Shaw, Andrew Borloz, and Pam Carriker. Then I have a break in the schedule until the two workshops I'm cohosting with Lynne Perrella in May. You can read more about Crowning Glories HERE.
Thanks to all the wonderful artists who joined me in class last weekend. It truly was a privilege to spend time with you.