One of Diane's friends, Sandy, was unable to go to her Monday and Tuesday classes, so she gifted them to me. Wow. I am amazed by the generosity of somebody I don't even know. And Sandy, when you are able, I would be more than happy to show and teach you what you missed. Monday's class was with Suzanne McNeill, "Intuitive Journals." This included the very fun technique I have used for many years of free painting a large piece of watercolor paper and then tearing it into smaller pages. You'll always get fun compositions with this random technique. The part that was new for me was tossing on a variety of tactile elements and objects that would absorb some of the wet paint and leave texture marks when the paper was dry. Very cool! Suzanne has written many fun and inspiring arts and crafts books. Get a peek of all that she does here.
|One side of my paper in progress. Juicy color and texture!|
|I LOVED the jute grid seen in the center here -it left tiny hairy texture marks!|
On Tuesday I got to take a class with the talented book artist Ingrid Dijkers, "Into the Crypt." These are photos of Ingrid's book. Mine is still very much in progress.
|Into the Crypt journal by Ingrid Dijkers|
|Inside Ingrid's journal|
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have taken these classes, and for the willingness of the teachers to allow me to take Sandy's place.
On Wednesday I was class free, but I'd been having too much fun at Art & Soul, and luckily I live close by, so after my ukulele lesson I swung by the Red Lion and peeked in on Janet's class with Andrew Dyrdahl. Via Janet, who took three days of classes with Andrew, I got to know him a little better and got to see his very cool work. Andrew is a multi-talented fashion designer-textile artist-metal artist-book artist - you get the idea. VERY cool stuff which you can sample on his website here. (Check out Andrew's Facebook page, too!) Seeing Janet's metal and leather cover journal she made in Andrew's class, I know that a Maestro Dyrdahl class is in my future!
|Artist Andrew Dyrdahl (photo by Janet Wilson)|
|Janet, Sally, and Moi|
LOVE Tory Brokenshire! Very fun teacher! (Highly recommended! Check out more of her work HERE.) I also adore this kind of class where each student's personality and creativity can come out. We all started with the same basic materials, but each Santo comes out so unique! Beginning with a porcelain doll head, we cover it in Sculpey and the baby doll morphs into a santo. Here are pics of my head in progress.
|Apply nose, chin, and cheek bones|
|Form the eyes|
|Beginning to paint first coat|
(Side note: It was a gorgeous day outside and we had a room with a view! Check out the huge paddlewheeler, Queen of the West, getting ready to take folks on a cruise up the Columbia River, docked right outside our classroom!)
Back to class! So much fun to see everyone else's work. I wandered around the class, camera in hand.
|LOVE the expression on Janet's santo!|
|The skull cap on this santo is a gorgoue bronze-gold color|
|Wonderful lace for the costume, in progress|
|Expressive eyes, and so much texture in the costume!|
|Tory's class sample - don't you love the sacred heart pendant she made for this santo?!|
|Pye honored her family's heritage in her santo, using symbols to represent the different people in her family. I love this!|
|Amazing headdress for this santo, and wonderful textile pieces!|
|Just love the crown of pearls!|
|Such a beautiful, serene expression.|
|Whimsical and wonderful!|
|Here's Tory with all our santos lined up.|
|Up closer, half of the class' santos|
|And the other half. (Sheesh, who's the rebel adding all that color?|
|Janet's santo with last year's head|
|Artist at work, after class (photo by Janet)|