SketchKon 2018

Sketchbook Skool held their first sketch convention called Sketchkon this past week in Pasadena, California, where sketchers from around the world got together to listen to demos, presentations, go on sketch crawls and more. It was a fabulous time meeting and hanging out with fellow sketchers. The teachers and students were amazing and so friendly. I was also able to hang out with two of my mentors Brenda Swenson and Roz Stendahl. I have been blessed in the past to take a few in person classes with Brenda Swenson. She is such a delight and beautiful person inside and out. With Roz, I took her online course about sketching from life. She has taught me so much about sketching live animals. After Sketchkon Roz hosted a sketch out to the zoo. One of my dreams has always been to sketch at the zoo with Roz and she did not disappoint. She was so giving with her time and knowledge.

This past week, I feel like I have had so many breakthroughs in my sketching life that I am anxious to start implementing in my day to day. I hope to keep this website, facebook page, and instagram page up to date with all my sketchy activities. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Getaway - I will never forget

An Art Retreat on Bainbridge Island with two of my favorite Artists? What could be better?

When I found out that Serena from Nurture Your Creative Seed was hosting an art retreat with Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson, I called my husband straightaway. 

Being a supportive husband he said "Book it!". I immediately messaged Serena and found there was still room! Since taking my Utah art trip, I dreamed of going on an art retreat that lasted more than a day. This was simply providential. The perfect teachers and the perfect location. We have family in Washington state and were in desperate need of another road trip.

I didn't document the retreat like I should have, because I was so involved in all the artsy fun. But I did manage to take a few photos along the way. 

Look at the treasure Junelle found! Isn't it the cutest little Lamb head?

This was the trip of a lifetime! Christy and Junelle were delightful teachers and Serena spoiled us rotten. I even met a few friends along the way. If you ever have the chance to go on one of Serena's retreats, take it! You wont be sorry. 

Look at all these beautiful and talented Ladies!

Photo with my fabulous art teacher; Junelle

Susan Branch - Book Signing

Its not very often one gets to meet their inspiration. I had the privilege of meeting mine this weekend: Susan Branch. I have admired her art for as long as I can remember. I would buy anything I could get my hands on that she created. During my dating years, I used her stickers to create love notes and gifts for my Harrison. I have always loved art, but it was Susan Branch that lit the fire for my love of watercolor. She even shares my love of vintage delights. Kindred Spirits!

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She is such a down to earth and friendly soul. I adore her. Harrison and I drove down to where she was signing for her new book: A Fine Romance at the Remnants of the Past Antique Show.  Her new book is a handwritten diary of her trip to England. Inspiration at every page!

I even made a simple little watercolor picture to give to her. Susan started watercoloring at age 30, which happens to be my age. I am just a beginner in watercoloring, but maybe one day I can be as talented as she is with watercolors. There is something so special about creating art that touches peoples souls. Susan Branch's art touches my soul and this dreamer's imagination. 

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If you find yourself in San Luis Obispo you must stay at the hotel we stayed in: Apple Farm Inn, Restaurant and Gift Shop. Don't forget to try their warm apple cider! It just doesn't seem like fall until I have a cup of their apple cider and watch "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon". Have you seen that movie? I highly recommend it! Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are delightful in it.