Different than I usually paint, no?
Feeling the urge to stretch myself... so I attended a three day workshop at Menucha, in Oregon's Columbia Gorge...which is probably close to what heaven looks like!
There were 17 of us eager to learn new techniques and become inspired...which happened quickly and easily. Three days of painting, quiet focused times, laughter, and lots of appreciation for other's creativity.
By the end of the workshop the email list was passed around so we could continue to keep in touch.
Making Art is personal and solo. I love my quiet time in the studio. My creations are born in this environment. Yet I am social and crave relationships. Blending my creative time in association with other artists infuses me with a Goodness that lifts and inspires.
Yes, I had fun learning new information and practicing techniques that will find their way into my paintings, but the gold in this experience lies in the sharing and insight of my new art friend's stories. We all have similar creative stories and it helps me to clarify my own strengths and weaknesses through them. Interacting with people in this way makes me grow...and my equally important quiet time allows me to appreciate the value.
I feel a little more interesting today than I was four days ago. :)