I told you I would post about the art next!
But first, here I am on the very windy ferry to Port Townsend:
|Note to self: feather earrings not the best plan ;)|
My first workshop day was with artist Juliette Crane. I loved Juliette's energy. She is so vibrant and full of joy! Juliette's work is extremely layered, and very loose and free and playful. It is something I have been wanting to try to incorporate in my work, and it really pushed me outside my comfort zone in a good way. At the end of the day, I had this crazy 3-earred bunny creature, with the quote "Trust in dreams, for in them lies the hidden gate to eternity."
Day 2 I had Danielle Daniel. Oh my goodness she is an amazing spirit. She has such a gift for healing through art. This day really broke me wide open in a not very comfortable, but liberating way. Bat Girl came out on that day.
Day 3 I had Mindy Lacefield as my instructor. Mindy is just incredibly sweet, and so open. She had us do a journalling exercise at the beginning of the day that really helped me break out of my tightly controlled process and allowed me to break out into the freer style I want to express. Mindy taught me the beauty in embracing your own unique style and running with it.
What I got out of this art retreat was so much more than just learning a few new techniques. I really feel like I grew leaps and bounds in my confidence and in my approach to art in this short time. I also felt deeply healed by the experience of being surrounded by an amazing group of women, who were all so incredibly creative and heart-centered.
I wish I could capture in words what it meant to me to attend Sugar & Spice. All I know is that I will look back and see this as a turning point for me, and that more art retreats are definitely in my future!