Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I just got back from Seattle and have to show you what I did in Julie Haymaker Thompson's class called Enchanting. Julie is an incredible mixed media artist who uses her whimsical style for a wide variety of art pieces that she creates. She's only been teaching for a year and a half and she is so good at it! I don't take many art classes and tend to be artistically reserved (okay,maybe tied up would be more accurate!), but with Julie's warmth, kindness, and her positive, encouraging style, I had a blast! Everyone in the class used Julie's image as our starting point so we could dive right into all the techniques she taught without having to also work out our own illustration. The class was in Chehalis, Washington, about an hour and a half from Seattle, at Terri Brush's beautiful home. She couldn't have been nicer and made the day perfect with the delicious treat bags, snacks and lunch that she served. Oh, the limoncello cheesecake! And, Terri too, is a wonderful artist.
Another part of my trip was to see my brother Jeff, who lives in Seattle. I stayed with him and his friend Jill. The weather was cool but sunny and beautiful so we had the opportunity to take their adorable chihuahua Jimmy for a couple of walks around Green Lake.
We also went to a life drawing session at the University of Washington on Sunday. Jeff is a brilliant illustrator! For me, not having done life drawing for 30 years...well, that's another story.