Art & Soul is, in a word, wonderful.
That’s saying a lot, seeing as how I arrived sometime around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after a three day business meeting and very little sleep.
A couple of hours later, I was up and ready for Terry Berg’s Poloroid Transfer class and sort of wondering what the heck I was doing there and if I wouldn’t be better off sleeping.
A few hours later the answer to that question was a resounding "No!" Terry was a really cool, laid back teacher, and the Poloroid process, using a daylab machine, was infinitely fascinating. We did both dry transfers and wet emulsion transfers and I liked both processes, although I wish in retrospect that I had brought more architectural photos. Here are the transfers that I did.
Throughout the day, I kept seeing more and more of my friends. I was so happy to see everyone! My roommate, Karen O, stayed up to see me in the wee hours of Saturday morning. At breakfast, I finally met Carla Naron in person, after "knowing" her for years, and thought she was as sweet and beautiful in person as she is online! Lou McCulloch was there at breakfast too. Andi and Shirley were both in Poloroid Transfers with me — they were both lots of fun like always and it was great being in class with them! After dinner (and Vendors Night!) all of the Altered Art Divas and extended family got together and had show and tell. The art was just incredible! I can’t do it right now, but I’m going to try to link to everyone’s blogs so you can see it all when I get a little time.
The Diva’s trading was as wonderful as the classroom art. Simply beautiful!
And, I had a wee moment of indiscretion at Vendor Night, when I saw Misty Mawn and had to splurge on one of her beautiful paintings, which I am going to treasure! As trite as it sounds to say that someone’s artwork speaks to me, Misty’s really does and I have always been drawn to the soft, but sort of raw emotional feminine voice in her work. Seeing a table full of her collage paintings in person was wonderful and she is as sweet in person as you would guess from her blog.
Fortunately, Karen decided we needed to go back to our room at a decent hour, so I have had a bit of sleep and am ready for Leslie Riley’s class this morning.
I have a bit of art inspiration to share with everyone today. For my trip, Miss Ellie made me a wonderful picture to take along. I wish I could become half the artist that she already is.