Summer 2013 Stencils: Three Quarter & Profile
Art Journal Every Day: My Paper Stash

I'm in Utah!

I think it's really important to keep learning your whole life.  I also think that taking classes is an enormously nourishing experience.  Towards that end, I'm in Utah to be a student at an art retreat.  It's the Roots & Wings Creative Retreat, led by Judy Wise, Katie Kendrick, Misty Mawn, and Stephanie Lee.

I have been a huge fan of Judy's journaling style for many years.  She's the reason I signed up for the retreat.  Here's an example of her work:


She also does beautiful work with wax and plaster.

Katie is a well known painter.  Here is an example of her work:

I own Misty's book Unfurling.  Here is an example of her beautiful work:


And Stephanie is a jewelry artist and a painter.  Here's an example of her work:

Last night all four teachers welcomed us with a dinner and lovely gift boxes filled with art and supplies and food.  They talked about so many lovely things, but the thing that I'm still mulling over is something Judy said.  Essentially, she said that some people say art retreats are 50% about the art and 50% about the people.  She thinks they're actually 100% about the art and 100% about the people.  I couldn't agree more.  It's the combination of learning and experimenting and failing and succeeding and talking to like minded people that makes these events so very very special.

I'm super excited to get my art on with these talented ladies at the helm!  I'll be sure to report back on the adventure next week!

When was the last time you were a student?  Did it nourish your creative soul?

Thanks for stopping by!