South Korea is a beautiful, mountainous country. What a fun adventure to travel and meet up with our daughter, Reena, who had been living with host families and attending grade 11 in South Korea for 11 months. We experienced her fluency as she conversed with the people around us as we traveled, shopped and ordered food. We even spent an energy filled sports day with her school, which was a peek into the Korean culture.
We learned to say the greeting phrase and the phrase for “thank you.” We stayed in people’s homes with airbnb. We ate with chopsticks. We took the public transportation in the cities and we rented a car for the last week to go into the countryside with a Korean language GPS system that Reena got to type in the destinations in Korean.
I took 15-30 minutes here and there to sketch and do mini watercolors in my watercolor sketchbook. From these and the phots I will be able to create new artwork in my studio this year. Here are some of them...
I like Summer. It's a time to rest from the busyness of the year, a time to take a break, hike, travel, try something new, and meet a new friend.
This summer I took a break and traveled down to the San Francisco Peninsula, where I explored the natural scenery, and had time to paint, rest and visit with some family. A lot of my time was my own as my husband, Sam, was busy taking courses on Enneagram training. The weather was beautiful. We were fortunate that all the smoke from the forest fires stayed north of us, but we certainly got our fill of it coming home.
My cousin Nate and his wife, Karen, generously opened their home to us for a part of our stay. They have landscaped a beautiful garden with paths and raised garden beds. I found one flowering bush, a Red Tiger Abutilon, particularly enchanting. And one day as I sat in the garden painting the Tiger's blooms, I heard him. He made a clicking noise, and I looked around to see a humming bird flitting from flower to flower on the other side of the Tiger. He was curious, too. He even came and looked me over, fluttering just three feet away! My camera was right next to me, but he wasn't ready for that yet, and zipped away as I reached for it.
I decided to go a little slower, to get to know him first. I learned his song, and when I started to hear it I reached for my camera even as I looked for him among the trees and flowers in their garden. He wasn't as shy this time, and even posed for me, letting me catch him sitting on a branch.
The next day I came again to his garden, taking time to just be still. I sat and I read, enjoying the beauty of the garden. And I waited. I waited for him to come to me. Forty-five minutes had passed when I heard his song. He came, dancing, darting, pausing in mid-air like a breath, flitting from flower to flower in the golden sunlight of the morning. And then he was off again, and it was my turn to breathe and wonder. So beautiful.
For me, the beauty and wonder of God's creation is part of his love song to us. In big and small ways nature speaks of God's great glory and love, and I particularly enjoy first hand experiences like these.
And I also love it when I can capture nature's beauty on film so I use them later when I create with God in my paintings. I was dancing inside as I experienced each of the beautiful animals and places on our trip. Each one felt like a gift.
I saw elephant seals, California seals, egrets, hummingbirds, pelicans, deer and fawns, tide pools, the ocean, redwoods and lots of people. I took thousands of pictures, sketched and painted 'plein air".
Here are some of the paintings I started… or sketched...
I look forward to sharing some of these new paintings when they are finished. Some of them are a perfect fit for the new show I will be installing at the Glenrose in late October: Flowers and Birds. Mark your calendars for Wed October 31 for a reception 2-6pm.
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More information coming on all of these... Mark your calendar.
Saturday, Sept 30, 10 am - 4 pm Plein Air in MillCreek Ravine $60
We have a beautiful ravine close by. Let's take advantage of whatever the weather brings and paint on site. Sketching and painting outdoors is a good way to do eyetraining for painting and drawing. We will talk about composition, what to leave in and what to remove from the scene in front of you. Supply list will be attached soon or sent out after registration. Pack Light as we will need to carry everything a distance to the site.
Any medium welcome.
Saturday, Nov 4 10 am -4 pm Papermaking Workshop $60 plus $20 for supplies
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to make a variety of papers from natural and recycled fibres. We will begin by making 6-8 different paper pulps such as cattail, thistle, poplar fluff, blue jeans and more, out of seeds, cotton fabric, and recycled acid free paper: You will then have the opportunity to create papers from each of the pulp vats using the templates provided: approximately 10 -15+ unique pieces of paper for you to take home after the workshop.
There is no supply list.
Optional: Fabric, Inclusions: thread, sprakles, confetti, pressed leaves and flowers.
4 Thursday evenings Nov 9- Nov 30, 6:30-9 pm Painting on Handmade Paper with Mixed Media $140
We will take the handmade paper made in a previous Papermaking Workshop and use it as a suport for a painting.
We will work on (at least) two pieces.
One using the Handmade paper for it's own painting.
The second painting will use one or a combination of handmade papers mounted on birch panel or canvas.
We will plan out the painting, working on composition. We will work with different media to capture the painting. Bring extra handmade paper to practice on.