Exciting… fun.. loud.. singing….quiet….happy.. friendly.. exhausting, but in a good way and all well worth it.
That is how I describe my long weekend at Art is You in Stamford. My second year attending.
Day 1 for me was a workshop with Albie Smith called Totally Amazing Papers. Wow.. messy fun and gorgeous results making our own paints with pastes and marking the papers with our own designs. Thank you, Albie. Check her out .
Here are some of the papers I made. I hope you get the idea of what you can create. Not to mention how much cheaper making your own paints are compared to using straight out of the bottle. Mucho cheaper.
Days 2 and 3.. we worked so hard. Our teacher was Andrea Matus DeMeng. She told us she was going to work us and that she did. She also promised us that we would walk away with beautiful art.. and that, my friends, we did.
It took me about a week to find images that were copyright free to use in our collages. Whew.. what a task, but now I have enough to last me. Many of my images came from old country family photos. See, what I wanted to do on the first day was to create a story of my parents. Read on.
The first day with Andrea was Mixed Media Mythologies. I used a cradle board to create a story of my parent’s life. How my father went back to Syria to find a wife (yup, it’s true). Chose her going door to door.. (yup, true again). Anyway.. long and great story. My focal point was my mom’s photo in her twenties. I love this picture of her. Here is a picture of gathering materials for the collage; then how it evolved.
Day 2 with Andrea was Marquis de Scroll. Are you kidding me? Work on a 5 foot piece of canvas? I’m there. I love these kind of substrates to work on. The idea of the flexibility of it. My heart just skips a beat for this kind of art.
My table mate was Marjie Kemper.. we laughed so hard and by the end of the day… well, lets just say frustration arose and a few swears were flying around. She made me do it… No, Marjie, I kid I kid… and I love ya.
I have one picture of my scroll at the end of the day. Our roomful of artists gathered around while we took pictures of our work. Mine is on the left and a shot of some of the others… look at all of the incredible art.
Now, you may look at my two art pieces and think they are complete, but they are not. There is much more shading I want to do here and possibly add more texture.. Who me? More texture? Ahhh.. ya.
Andrea made it a point to tell us that to create these kind of pieces like this in a day, or in our cases… only 6 hours, is incredible. So, it’s almost impossible to finish it the way you want.
I am so proud of the art that I did and I learned so much from two amazing teachers. Truly.
I hope you consider going to an art retreat. I have never been to any other, but I hear this one is the best. There is so much to write about with Art is You. We are all there for the same reason. To learn, to laugh, to play, to gather with our tribes and enjoy each other’s company…it’s a community. Not a place to judge or be judged. Sallianne and Ellen have managed to create a place like this that exists at Art is You.
Stay tuned for a couple of giveaways and an upcoming blog hop. I guess I should unpack my art bag now… ugh.
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