Monday, October 11, 2010

Art and Soul! Art Journal Making with Judy Wise!

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My first day of my first ever Art Retreat at Art and Soul Portland happened at the Sheraton Hotel at the Portland Airport~ My first of two classes I would take in two days was Judy Wise's Art of Journal Making! The room full of artistically talented women (humm, just realized there were no men in either of these classes)... A place to learn from not only our wonderful instructor, but also our table mates...Linda from Washington sat next to me and taught me many things...we were quite the team, me with my hearing loss and she with a vision challenge...we helped each other out when we could...
OHMIGOD, here Judy had scooped up MY JOURNAL to show the others how I followed her assignment of adhering an envelope window to my page and stuffed a letter to my inner artist into it!
Then Judy showed us how to draw upside down and create faces without being inhibited by our own inner critics... First hers...
Then mine...
This very full day that started at 9 a.m. and went till 4:30 p.m. left me drained in the most glorious of ways. I had not slept much the night(s) before...way too excited...and so by days end I was ready to collaspe.
but before I could I had to first wash my hands and then go out to dinner with my son, DIL, and grand daughter for more delightful time together.
I will have to make a thousand collages to share all the photos I took, to capture all the inspiration I came away with...and tomorrow I will share the second day in Judy's Encaustics class!
I'm home now, but still feel a glow of this fun retreat! I can't wait to do it all again next year.


  1. Shes baaaaaaack.. in more ways then one. I can see the creative wheels burning already. Looks like so much fun. Were you drawing upside down or did you turn the drawing around upside down?? Just checking.. lol Look forward to more. I can see the bug has bit you to return. Theres nothing like creating with others. You do help & learn from each other.

  2. I'm glad you had such an inspiring time Lynn. Lucky You!! Love the face you painted!

  3. I have heard that Judy's classes are wonderful. It looks like you had a great time.....

  4. I'm so in awe of everything you get to do. I really enjoyed the looks of that class. I am sure I would have fun at one of these retreats, because it sounds like you did. And it sounds like you had a place to stay while you were there, which helps, too.

  5. You are always ready to learn new things. How cool Lynn!
    Nice pictures great workshop it seems!
    Glad you had fun!!!

  6. What a wonderful wonderful post--thank you!!

  7. What fun to see the photos!!

    I really need a retreat.
    Looking forward to the encaustics!

  8. el fabuloso. what fun all this sounds like and i must say i am envious. you have so many wonderful opportunities on the west coast. really like that paint stained hand. and how cool your son and family were nearby to visit.

  9. I was lucky enough to spend two days with Judy last Fall at the Squam Art Workshops in NH - it was amazing ! You obviously had a similar inspiring experience!!!
    Enjoy the flow ! Can't wait to see more.
    Happy Tuesday !

  10. I can't wait to see more. It is the best of times when creating with others.

  11. Looks awesome Lynn, you're a talented lady. So cute about your and your new friend with the vision problem working together. I definitely want to go back next year!

  12. What a wonderful journey you are on! Oh my goodness I wish I could come and play with you! I can't wait to see all you create and share from this fun!!!

  13. Oh my goodness - that workshop looked like so much fun. This will probably change your direction quite considerably!

  14. Hi there. Looks like sooooooo much fun. Very nourishing for your inner artist.

  15. Great pics - you must have had such fun!


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