Here are the links to our 2009 workshops.
Vintage Gentleman at Art & Soul in Hampton, Virginia
Mechanical Bird at Art & Soul in Hampton, Virginia
Ravenwing at Raevn’s Nest in Cedarsburg, Wisconsin
Vintage Gentleman at Raevn’s Nest in Cedarsburg, Wisconsin
COMING SOON . . . Links for three workshops at Art & Soul in Portland, Oregon
The very first art retreat I went to was ArtFest oh so many years ago and it literally changed my life. It was so amazing, exciting, fun and wonderful to be around all those kindred spirits. I knew I wanted to experience that as much as possible and on some level I knew I wanted to participate both as a student and as a teacher.
We are so happy to have been accepted to teach at some art retreats this year. There are so many established artists that are incredibly gifted teaching at these retreats not to mention who knows how many “newbies” like us that want to be a part of a significant event. That we were received so well is yet another affirmation that we did the right thing by leaving the “security” of our jobs (in the middle of a recession no less) to listen to that inner voice however irrational it may seem.
Since that first ArtFest, I spent so much time *not* doing what I really felt I should be doing for many reasons including being afraid. So perhaps you’ve noticed I often talk about this in the hopes that others won’t waste as much time as I did. If you feel that you aren’t living your life the way you want to and wonder if you could follow your dreams, perhaps you’ll want to read the story of how we ended up moving to another state and completely changing our lives around. All I can add to what I wrote back then is every moment is precious so it’s OK to be unsure or a little scared. If you don’ have everything figured out it’s OK to fly by the seat of your pants. Give yourself the permission to get out there and experience IT whatever it is for you.
I will be honest and say that it has been a challenge at times. And perhaps I should have absolute faith that everything will work out but the truth is I don’t. But maybe that’s good I waiver a bit– it might help someone else to decide it’s OK to be a bit unsure but to go ahead anyway. Most of the time I do feel very positive and full of gratitude because I’m happy, healthy and loved AND I am a full time artist! It feels so good to say that. But as great as things are going, I just didn’t want to paint a picture that every thing has been perfect since we moved here. And these days with the economy and all I guess most of us are feeling a bit uneasy. But it is at those times when it’s even more important to stay positive– not just for ourselves but for each other. I really don’t think that’s a Pollyanna thing either. It’s just that being negative doesn’t gain anything except putting even more bad energy out there in the world and there’s way too much of that already.
Anyway, I’m thrilled to be teaching *two* mechanical birds. It is so magical to be able to make an “art machine” and I definitely plan to do other mechanical-based workshops in the future. I can’t wait to see what our students come up with once they learn how to make these birds fly! The first one, “Learning to Fly”, looks like a songbird and is sweet and colorful. “Ravenwing” is of course more dark and mystical especially with the crown made of quartz crystal arrowheads and the heavy black lace.
You can see more of Learning to Fly here including video and more of Ravenwing here.
Another workshop is called “Vintage Gentleman”. That is going to be a really fun class– I knew right away when I came up with these techniques that I wanted to share them because they look so cool and so much can be done with them.
We also are doing yet another mechanical workshop which is modeled after a ceramic piece I made recently called 3 Bird House (the original one is made of fired ceramic clay so not very practical for a 6 hour workshop!). So the version we’re teaching is much faster to make and once learned it can easily be made of found objects, sculpted of clay and fired (like I did on the original one) or any number of ways!