This past weekend I packed up my car and drove straight west to Knoxville, MD, a town right on the border of Maryland and West Virginia. As I drove west, the hills became more rolling and the colors of the leaves were changing. I was heading there to teach an encaustic and mixed media workshop at Lesley Riley's Red Thread Retreat. I had made these plans to teach in Maryland so many months ago, even before I knew that I was going to move to Maryland. I just had to shake my head at the strangeness of it all. And yet, not so strange. Life has been finally feeling like it's all falling into place.
After I teach at one of these retreats, I feel like I have been filled. The people that I meet, the stories we share, the time we spend creating and learning is just such a gift. I feel very fortunate to get to experience this communion of creative spirits. I learn so much when I teach and I love that.
Here are some of the art that was created this past weekend. To see more please visit my flickr set called Workshops. On the first day we covered the basics of painting with encaustic, including studio safety. I also introduced using one's own photos as transfers or as embedded images
Kathleen binding sticks between the pages of her book
One of the exciting things I love about teaching is when someone takes something you've showed them and then takes it a step further. Sometimes it's intentional and sometimes it's not! But the end result is always amazing to me. Below is a book that Wen made as she attempted to problem solve. I love it.
This is the group of Red Threaders at the end of our two days and three nights together. An incredible group of women that I hope to cross paths with again.
Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~Elbert Hubbard