The theme was Far Away Places, and we spent many hours in the weeks preceding the workshop deciding on our places, doing research, and gathering images and supplies.
Of course I brought my camera; I even brought extra batteries. Did I take any photos? Not a one. With my table full of materials and my hands full of paint and gesso, pulling out the camera was the last thing on my mind. Luckily, Michelle posted a few nice snaps on her blog. Check it out. It also has pictures of both Lynne's and Michelle's sample pieces, a beautiful photo of Lynne and Michelle, and a group shot, which I have swiped here:
The workshop was held, as usual, at the lovely Interlaken Resort and Conference Center in Lakeville, where they treat us very well, providing breakfast, lunch, day-long beverages and afternoon snacks. Here are a few photos of the grounds taken at past workshops:
Actually, the grounds were even more beautiful and full of flowers this year.
I decided on Russia as my far away place. My grandparents came from there, and though their experiences both pre and post revolution were not exactly a day at the beach, it is where they came from, and I wanted to include that in my work.
On day one we did a project with Michelle. She showed us how to make cuts in folded paper to create windows and shapes that either pop out or recede. I loved it! Here is that piece (all photos taken at home):
When folded, it looks like a book, and this would be the cover:
The cover with the windows opened:
The back cover:
The piece opened and standing:
Opened and lying flat:
On the second day, we did a long banner with Lynne. While Michelle largely uses paint as her color source, Lynne is all about the Portfolio water soluble oil pastels. I love them too.
Day three was a project with Lynne and Michelle. First they each demonstrated the way they approach making a grid design, and then we set out to do our own version. My grid was made up of two inch squares of various papers, many left over from the previous days. Although much of the grid wound up being covered by the focal image and stenciling, enough of it is evident and makes an interesting base for what came afterwards.
We were told that Lynne and Michelle are already talking about what they want to do next year. Sign me up!