Monday, January 10, 2011

Palm Springs Art Adventure!

Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
Three of my artist friends and I went on our second annual Palm Springs weekend. And we really packed in the fun! Above is our hike (700 fee practically straight up!), l to r: Helen Shafer Garcia, Jeannie Palmer Moore, me, and Susan Avery Clark.

Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011 Here's the view of Palm Springs from that hike.
Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
Jeannie was our gracious host, in her beautiful home. (above Helen, Jeannie & Me). Over the 4  days, we took turns teaching the others an art project. Above are Notans, led by Susie.

Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
Jeannie taught us how to create a 6x6" encaustic. (mine is the upper right hand corner.)

Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
Helen taught a 'tree of life' collage/painting project. (Mine is on the upper right)

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Then it was my turn! I used Carla Sondheim's book "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists." Page 36.The above masterpieces were drawn with our non-dominant hand. We took turns modeling and drawing eachother. You can only imagine how hard we laughed when we saw the results! and to think, we are professionals! ha!

Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
Another very cool lesson from Carla's book (page 58) using Picasso as our influence. (mine is on the upper right)
Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011
And the page from Carla's book that provided the most laughs and entertainment was this--paper dolls (page 82.) I decided we should do self portrait dolls and I guess I didn't stipulate the era of the 'self.'  LtoR: Jeannie, Susie, Carlos (don't ask, Susie created him), Helen and me. If you care to see the adventures of the Dizzy Desert Dolls, go to my Facebook profile...Susie was our director/camera person/writer and voice for some hilarious 'films' starring the dolls. Oh how we giggled!!!

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Since it was Elvis' birthday, we were able to tour his honeymoon house (on the left), and get our photo take on his actual bed.
We also went biking around the neighborhood, I could barely ride the bike, let alone take photos!
Palm Springs Art Adventure 2011 I did manage to draw one journal page over the weekend. Clearly we had a simply wonderful time, and we're planning our retreat for next year.

10 comments:

  1. How fortunate are you, Jane! Sounds like the best of times to laugh and have fun while being creative with good friends, and have all that product at the end to remember it by.

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  2. Oh how fun!! ...that must have been "Carlos the pool boy!"

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  3. Looks like you girls had a fun time in my home town...I was born there a long time ago. I love the art work!

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  4. What fun! Oh, I miss the desert and wish I was there now. Love the bright colors in everyone's art.

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  5. Quelle journée d'enfer avez-vous eu et quel beau partage d'amitié.
    Magnifique... Bisous à vous tous.

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  6. what fun! I just got the same book, Drawing Lab and am enjoying the exercises a lot. I can see though that it would be even more fun when shared with good friends in a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Awesome group of women along with some great art, savor the memories and moments together!

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  8. What fun projects! That's a great way to spend time with friends.

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  9. Jane,
    What a fabulous time you must have had! Trips like that are so wonderful for our creative souls. Love the art work and hearing about all of your action-packed adventures. Thanks for keeping us posted. Kay

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  10. What beautiful work you all did! What a wonderful time you must have had.

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