The studio overlooks a valley, and if the weather is just right, you can see mist rising up, and thisa day it never stopped. It's a view that I never get tired of, and to be able to look up from your work space, loook out the window & see this, well it just never gets old.
You've all heard me talk about the scenery before, so on to the class! In this class, Katie has us constructing a visual journal out of cardboard & other various papers, showing us lots of paiting tips & tricks along the way. Can't show you mine yet, because it's not quite finished-something I hope to have done in a day or so, then I'll share it. It was incredibly freeing to work on something that was destined to be recycled before we rescued it & repurposed it into a book. Not having to worry about "wrecking" something that we had spent good money on, seemed to bring out the creativeness in all of us. But I'm getting ahead of myself here, it was a smallish class size, so we each had 2 tables to work on! So besides having tons of personal time with Katie, we each had a 4'x4' surface to work on. And you quessed it, within a very short amount of time, we all had the actual work space reduced to about a foot square of empty space:) Do you do that at home? I know I do!
Here we all are, after lunch in the Community room, and all acting a bit silly, it's the only way to go:) There were 3 of us that went to class together this time, Amanda and I had planned on it all along, but my friend & neighbor, Trina decided to come with us at the last minute. This was her first class at Valley Ridge, her first real art experience, and one of the first times that she'd left the family at home to do something for herself in a very long time. And what a perfect class for her to take! And to watch her work & see what she accomplished, you'd never know that she wasn't an old pro-she's a natural! When all 3 of us get our books done, I'll see if we can get them all photographed & do a little show & tell here. Amanda just flew through, she always amazes me at how fast she can work, especially since she had a cold and felt like crud. Then there was me, poking along as usual-need to learn how to pick up the speed!
Even though Katie & I have been online friends for a very long time, this was the first time that we'd actually met in person. It was long overdue, but well worth the wait, I felt like I'd known her forever. Long before class, I was told that I'd like Katie a lot, they were right! If you have a chance to take a class from her, and there are plenty of opportunites coming up, do yourself a favor & sign up-you won't regret it! Her class was fast paced, and we got a lot done, but she was always available for advice, help, whatever you needed, and she always had that sweet smile on her face. You will like her, too!
As we drove away from the studio on Sunday, we weren't very far down the road when we spotted these 3 crows sitting in a tree. Trina quick got a picture of them, laughing that it was too wierd having the 3 of us in the car & then spotting those 3 birds in the tree. It really was kind of wierd, made a great picture, and will likely make a great transfer-or a good image for the books we just made. The plan was to have taken a picture of the 3 of us standing by the jeep before we unloaded it, I swear there wasn't any space left in there at all! For once, the husbands really were pretty safe that we wouldn't be doing a lot of shopping:) So here we are, after arriving home Monday, the jeep was already unloaded, adn teh 3 of us were so tired, we didn't know which way was up. But here we are anyway:) Tomorrow, after I finiah a necklace, I'll show you what Gary made over the weekend while we were gone-you won't believe your eyes!!