My son lives in Seattle so we visited with him for a few days touring some of the hot spots of Seattle and eating scrumptious meals. Enjoyed going to the Fremont Street Fair on Sunday and shopping at University Village shopping center.
Then on Tuesday, we picked up our rental car and hopped the ferry over to Bainbridge Island in preparation for our drive to Port Townsend.
Great views on the crossing.
Later that day, we arrived at our little cottage on Discovery Bay.....very charming with great views.
Port Townsend and immediate surrounding area was everything I had imagined...beautiful countryside, quaint downtown area with great little boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Queen Anne, Victorian-styled homes stand majestically in the uptown area, Fort Worden was very picturesque overlooking the expanse of water and nearby islands.
The first day of Artfest, I had so much fun in Clarissa Callesen's, "Doll Transformed" class. This was an amazing class. I learned so much from Clarissa. Here is how my doll began....a porcelain headed, cloth body, thrift store doll.
With a touch of gesso, acrylic paint and fire (yes we used torches) my thrift store purchase became my "Bird Brained" creation.
My doll wears a real bird's nest on her head with hand-glued twigs covering her skull. Her attire was created with antique lace, fabric, feathers, shredded paper, of course, a touch of bling and wears a chatelaine around her waist. I used a rusty, wire, antique birdcage for her skirt.
Painting the face was my biggest challenge.
This cutey was created by my table mate, Kelly. I just LOVE her. Great job Kelly!!!!
My next class was with Shelly Massey - "License to Create". We made a box out of old license plates...isn't that an ingenious idea.
Shelley showed us how to create figures out of foil and plaster strip....new to me for sure. I was inspired by one of Anahata's Papaya creations and did something really different than the rest of class. But that is what art is all about...making it an extension of your own voice. I painted and glazed a porcelain doll head (I think I am obsessed with doll parts....as my sister would say) and that became my box topper.
I used Shelley's plaster strip technique and made strands of hot pink and glittered hair. After attaching fabric flowers and foliage to her head, she almost took on a Carmen Miranda appearance.
Of course she needed to have splashes of bling a ling. Antique glass drawer pulls were used for feet. A fun class!
The third day, I took my first polymer clay class from well-known Laurie Mika. Definitely a fun medium with lots of potential.
My sister and I had such a great time and Artfest was everything people have been telling me over the years. Teesha and Tracy Moore certainly do it up right.