Before Squam Art Workshops I flew into Vermont to visit with Squam friends I made the previous year. I had never been to Vermont before and Lake Champlain was a name I could only wonder about. That was to change.
Many of you know EB from her blog which is how I first became aware of her. She has a distinct and personal journaling style that I've always admired and she has been an art teacher for many years.
Under her tutelage the girlfriends and I made keepsake books of our visit.
We make nature prints in a way that was new to me.
We played EB's crystal singing bowls, did energy dancing, listened to inspiring music, ate wonderfully and spent many hours creating and dock sitting and wine drinking. It was like a dream of everything good in life. It always comes down to friends. Laughing, talking, listening to each others' stories.
Ho ho. You didn't think I'd exhausted my photographs of Squam yet did you?
These are the pieces I created in Sarah Ahearn's class. My intention for Squam was healing and health; that's what the pieces were about. Regaining my balance and counting my blessings.
And some journal pages for you. I can't keep up with myself. I've been a twirling dervish this week and I can't seem to settle.
Write, paint and begin again. Forget the unpacking, the laundry.
The beautiful journal above was created by Hillary. It's her photograph too (good one!) and is one of the journals I told you about that I failed to photograph in class.
Sarah taught us a new way to make transfers so I've been going crazy with that.
I made more dill pickles when I got home.
And then truthfully, yesterday with the skies gray and Portland rain coming down I hit the wall and felt depressed. Only while watching "Project Runway" did I feel somewhat uplifted when Mondo won with all those crazy stripes.
Now it's time to get ready for Art & Soul in only two weeks. I'm excited. This is the life. xo