Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day 26 - Full Circle

When Janette Ponciroli walked into the Quinn McDonald journaling class at Studio Crescendoh I immediately recognized her - but from where? We ended up sitting next to one another. I asked the usual litany of questions - do you take a lot of classes here? Have you been to Glitterfest?   The responses were all negative- couldn't figure it out. Then she pulled out her journal. I gasped "Oh my gosh, I made that!" Then Janette said what every journal maker wants to hear, "I've been saving it for something special".

Almost a year ago I spoke at an event which Janette attended. I created coptic journals for the guests.  I wanted the women to have a beautiful journal where they could write about their art, dreams, progress, life - a safe place. I made the journals and off they went. Janette's journal came full circle! What a delight to see her using it! She is pursuing her creative dreams in 2012 --what a privilege to be a small part of her journey.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 25 - April 14 Class at Whimzy

I teaching at the fabulous Whimzy in Tustin, CA on
Saturday, April 14
12:00 - 4:00p.m
Mixed Media Journal Techniques
Will Sheryl be making her fabulous cupcakes? We hope so!!

Everyone will receive a blank coptic journal and we'll be using all kinds of mixed media techniques to embellish the cover - burning paint, fabric image transfer, alcohol inks, creating a tulle flower and lots more. All supplies included.

Classes at:
Banana Rose  Westlake, CA/May
The Howling Owl  Fullerton, CA/June       
 details coming soon

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 24 Meeting at the McCharles House

Went to a meeting at the beautiful McCharles House yesterday with Meryl Schoenbaum, Pierre Pasa and O.J. Baclig. It was the perfect setting for a planning session. We were nestled by the fire in the Lodge - lunched on Black Bean soup with a hint of chocolate, Chicken Magdelena (imagine chicken, apricots and all kinds of good things simmering for delectable!!), wild rice and homemade breads.

Vivian and Audrey, proprietors of the McCharles House have decorated with vintage Valentine fans, cupids and hearts - its lovely.

As we explored the garden, Vivian pointed out a hummingbird's nest - so tiny!

Refreshing water in gorgeous pitcher

Meryl's Birthday is in February. We surprised her with a special dessert and short birthday serenade. Vivian made the most incredible chocolate cake (good thing I'm going to Pierre's kickboxing class tonight!!)
Everywhere you looked there was beauty. In such a setting, creativity abounded. The meeting was definitely a success.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 23 - The 24 Hour Rule

Have I introduced to my inner critic? Yep, Coach Sue Sylvester from Glee. Most of the time I manage to hide that bullhorn of hers, but recently she had a field day.

It all started when I was inspired by the beautiful paintings of Flora Bowley (above- Temple Lilies by Flora Bowley).  I decided to try Flora's intuitive painting process. I was at the magical Studio Crescendoh -  there was wonderful music, great camaraderie, the perfect place to create. I loved the process of creating, but started questioning if mine was a good intuitive painting. My inner critic saw my guard down and leapt in. Coach Sylvester gleefully grabbed her bullhorn and barked, 

"That is the most offensive thing I've seen in 20 years of teaching, I can't help, but picture birds laying sulfurous eggs in there and I find it disgusting. 

  I laughed (it is a funny line!) then decided my painting was terrible. The worst painting in class. When I hang out with my inner critic I get pretty dramatic. Coach Sylvester just smirked.

 And I know better! I teach painting. When my students question the quality of their work, I always remind them about the magical

 "24 Hour Rule"
Go home. Set your artwork aside. Look at it tomorrow and see what you think. Withhold harsh judgements for the time being. Then the magic happens and the next day you realize what a beautiful job you've done.

My hubby loved the painting and hung it on our bedroom wall. The next morning I noticed the bright colors, the vintage collage papers poking through the layers- it looked like a tree growing in the sea. I thought, "its not terrible - I did a nice job. Hey, I like this painting!"
Then I hid Coach Sylvester's bullhorn.

The lessons learned:
Don't hang out with my inner critic - she lives a bad neighborhood.
Give any artwork I create a chance - apply the 24 Hour Rule.

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