Sharing my experience at Christy Tomlinson’s #SheMattersApril2015 art retreat

So…it’s been about two weeks since returning from Christy’s She Matters art retreat. This retreat has been on my bucket list for the last two years. I had such an great time meeting Christy and her family and taking a class with her. All of the other attendees were sweet, supportive, and so much fun! Her husband, Ben, is an amazing cook and Margie did these awesome tablescapes for every meal plus was just a riot to be around. And Jane Davenport….Jane was amazing y’all!! I spent two full days with her and learned so much. And now for pic sharing time!

This is the lovely outdoor area where we spent the first night getting to know each other:

Some scenes from inside and Margie’s gorgeous table settings:


Taking time to enjoy everyone’s work on Friday night after three full days of getting our art on:

Jane signed my copy of her book! (And this is seriously the best book I have ever bought on how to draw a face):

Me and the lovely Miss Jane:

And with the gal who started me on this whole mixed media journey, who is just as sweet in person as I knew she would be, Christy:


Having fun staying up late in the night creating with my sweet friend Lulu:

This was such a special time for me, and an experience that I will never forget: the food, the friends, the crazy kittens climbing up my legs, lunch at a local diner with fry sauce and chatting with Christy and Tia, my crazy art table buddies, Noah and his magic tricks, Santa’s Butt paint, Margie’s outspokenness, Ben and the cleaver, my awesome roommates, and did I mention the food….all moments that I will always treasure.

Next post I will share my work! Until then, hugs!! 😊


Catching up on LifeBook 2013

First of all, I have some exciting news! I will be teaching my first ever art journaling class at Seton Home. Seton Home is a nonprofit organization that supports teenage mothers and their children. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the girls.
I fell far behind with my posts (and my classes) over the past few weeks for LifeBook 2013. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for all of the things I’d like to do 🙂 I’m trying to get caught up with everything now. I think I’m only 2 weeks behind in my lessons. I wanted to share the last few projects that were done. Week 4 was a lesson in scales of light with Dion Dior. What a fun lesson, and very educational. I have a lot to learn about shading!
Points Of Light
Next up was Week 5-Game Piece & Game Board with Kelly Hoernig. This was a great exercise relating to our goals for this year. I can’t say I was very happy with my gameboard. It’s pretty ugly, but I do like the way the little cards came out. I would like to alter more playing cards to use in the future for my journal.
Game Board
Week 6 brought us a lesson from Tam herself–Celebration and Courage. I really liked this one! First of all, I learned how to draw an entire body. I’ve never done that before. Tam has a wonderful way of breaking it down and making it seem so easy. I was amazed at just how easy it really was. The second thing I loved about this lesson was she introduced us to masking fluid, which I have never used before or even heard of. You can bet that I will be using it plenty in the future. That stuff is awesome!!
Week 7 was an interesting interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She is just amazing!! Week 8 was a lesson that I haven’t completed yet. I’m not sure if I will do it or not. I think it may be one that I will come back to later on. And finally Week 9-Painting over a Printed Image with Danita. This was a really fun technique. After finished this assignment, I realized I had done something similar before in my art journal. I enjoyed this lesson, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. I couldn’t get one side of her face the way I wanted and the paper ended up bubbling and just getting messy so I gessoed that whole side and added some journaling instead.
All in all, I can say that I am enjoying the LifeBook class. I don’t feel like I’ve created anything outstanding, but I am really enjoying learning so many different techniques and meeting so many wonderful teachers. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting caught up over the weekend in time for the newest lesson on Monday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Have a great weekend!