Friday, July 30, 2010

Artful Journey

Ahhh... I have just recently returned from one of my favorite retreat experiences ever. Artful Journey is the creation of Cindy O'Leary who had a dream of creating a retreat in a very nurturing, relaxing, beautiful environment with outstanding instructors. Cindy's dream has come true as she just completed her second, successful Artful Journey in the redwoods outside the artsy town of Los Gatos, California. The detail and love that Cindy put into creating this event was very evident from the moment of arrival and being gifted with these beautiful, hand-sewn welcome kits; home-baked, pecan chocolate chip cookies for afternoon break; and a wine and appetizer reception to name just a few. Come along with me as I share a little bit about my experience.

"Creativity flourishes in a place of safety and acceptance."

"Fulfilling our creativity is a sacred trust."
"Violating someone's creativity violates a sacred trust."

"Creative feedback must build on strengths, never focus on weaknesses"

"All creative ideas are children who deserve our protection."
"Creative feedback must support the creative child, never shame it"

"Creativity grows among friends, withers among enemies."
"All creative success requires creative failure."

See the santos doll Stephanie is kissing goodbye???? Well, she (LeeLee) now resides in my living room. Yes, I just had to have her. Stephanie will be teaching at Artful Journey in February 2011 and sharing her new passion for everything plaster....including the making of her santos dolls!!!

-Richard Salley's class (I'm on the right)-
"Success occurs in clusters and is born in generosity."

I had the pleasure of being in Richard Salley's class. I had so much fun learning some of Richard's unveiled secrets and basking in his generous, relaxed teaching style. Thank you, Richard! Here are the few pieces I completed in Richard's class. Can you believe that the foundation of both pieces is a baby food jar lid?

-Hinged Locket....of course, I had to incorporate my bling!-

-and, of course, an 1800's porcelain German doll's head had to grace my cuff bracelet....along with the bling a ling. -

The line-up for the Artful Journey in Febraury 2011 is up and registration starts soon. I invite you to peruse the offerings and stand ready for registration to begin. I know the word is getting spread about Cindy's fantastic retreat experience and classes will fill quickly.
*Quotes from - Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


October 16 & 17, 2010
Class Fee: $210
Kit Fee: $40
Reservations: 805-544-3664

RIKI SCHUMACHER and I are proud to announce our next class that we will team teach. It's all about CUFFS. Riki will be teaching her fabulous Hinged Cuff and I will be teaching my Pearls of Wisdom Cuff. This 2-day workshop will take place in Riki's studio in Pismo Beach, on the sunny Central Coast of California. Click on the flyer above to get the full scoop. Feel free to email me or call if you should have any questions or would like to sign up. Space is limited.

Ta Ta