Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gathering Knowledge at the Art & Soul

I just returned from a long trip to Virginia and North Carolina. Here's a tip: Don't take a late flight on the night of the time change. It's really messed with my sleep rhythms!

The purpose of the trip was to attend the 2012 Art & Soul Retreat in Virginia Beach. I went with my friend and fellow artist, Phoebe Ford Reid. We took different classes, meeting for lunch and taking peeks in on each other to see what each was learning. Since I am so far behind on my blog, I'm just posting a snippet of what I learned from two of my favorite classes.

I had so much fun in Wabi-Sabi Wax taught by Serena Barton. She was a great teacher and the class was full of really fun personalities. We learned how to paint with Encaustic medium...beeswax mixed with oil paint:

 Memoirs of Japan
Mixed media on wood

Preservation of Nature
Mixed media with natural elements on wood

Another class I enjoyed and totally fell in love with was Cathy Taylor's class "Finding Your Creative Spirits" where we learned to make our own background papers using the pages of old National Geographic magazines. Once dry, we could then paint on top of them with FW Acrylic Inks (love these inks!) or collage them onto mixed media pieces. Here are some of my results, taken into Photoshop and enhanced with additional elements:

 Forest Tree in Winter

 Left Afloat

And a mixed media piece I did after I returned home using one of my big-eyed dolly drawings:

Mixed media on paper

Of course, there was plenty of time for Phoebe and I to enjoy photography as well! We went to Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I've posted all my pictures on Storie which you can see here:
I've come back completely exhausted but excited about having the whole Spring and Summer ahead to indulge in all my crafty and artsy pursuits! I'm ready to tackle it all: Digital Painting, Photography, Mixed Media, Watercolors, Sewing, Gardening and even getting back to working on my miniatures.  The whole world of art awaits and I've got my wings on ready to fly!


Nichole Renee said...

Spread those wings, lady!

I cannot wait to see the positive flow of creativity and be inspired myself!

The pieces you did with the pages from NatGeo are amazing! Can't wait to see more!!

Alex said...

It looks like you had an amazing adventure. I have been looking for some "art retreat" I can escape to.

My favorite shots were "Beckoning Boughs","Forever Lost", Stone Colors & Textures" & "On Art". Who am I kidding... I liked them all!

I can't wait to see the inspiration that lies ahead.

Laura said...

Thanks! I've been having fun this week making all kinds of stuff! Stay tuned...

Luke A. Bunker said...

I'm so glad you had a great - albeit non-relaxing and exhausting! - trip. I loved traveling through your pictures on Storie... I love how you notice all the details but also get the big picture. :)

phoebe said...

I had so much fun! We've definitely got to do Art & Soul again next year. And btw...your wax paintings totally inspired me to sign up for the encaustic workshop that I'm taking this summer :)