One of my favorite moments of the art retreats is when I gather all of the canvases we have completed over the course of the time together and put them strategically all together for a mini art show. The 7 participants this weekend made all of these. And this was only a "mini" retreat. They showed up on Friday night at 6:00 and left about the same time on Saturday. You may recognize this one... this is Kimie. I had to hire a sitter the whole time, because as soon as Gabs lays eyes on her, she wants to just hang all over her or have her to herself to play dress up. And this is Kaye. Kaye's granddaughter, Lexi, came to both of my little girl art classes. And now, my little accountant friend is taking her turn!Jessica is a PTA at my office. She was invited, as I have been trying to work out a time for she and three others to reap their reward of winning the prize of an art lesson with me since our retreat in December. Two down, two to go. I am not forgetting, Beth and Summer!And these are the R girls!! Miss Ruthmary, third from left, is the mama. And Randa, Rueann, and Rori are her girls. They drove all the way from Texas. Rueann is the baby girl. She told us a little story about eating calf fries. Anyone? anyone?! Miss Ruthmary reminds me of my own mama. Trying to keep her girls in check. She told me she hadn't painted in years, but loved to do so, and seemed to get back in the saddle really easily! Rori and I have met before, in Canton. It was there that we started talking about her coming to a retreat. I didn't know then that she meant her, her sisters and her mama. But I am really glad that's how it fell in place!Randa is the oldest sister, and I think she's the quietest. Would you R girls agree?! It was fun to let the girls look through my "inspiration books" to find a few new designs to make for themselves. For instance, that snowman. And I love the stenciled snowflakes on the hat. I can't seem to stop making houses. I just LOVE them!! Many say they are their favorite one at the end of the retreat. (Except Rueann.) We'll keep what you said about yours a secret, Rue. And Kimie included her word of the year with a scripture, Abide.I love the polka dotted stencil over Joy to the World, and although there's a major glare, jess did a "O taste and see that the Lord is good" for her mama's kitchen. I did a big one similar when Karl completed his new kitchen makeover. I think these little houses have such a personality.Do you have a favorite? Just curious. My guess is everyone will like a different one. I have a booth to fill this weekend at teh local ballet, so I was working on some dance canvases. And then, I love to do owls because, again, they all have such different personalities. Rori's Sadie, and my, "Never let others dull your sparkle" are covered in glitter, which isn't showing up well in photos. Can you see it? It's neon colored.Randa chose a different shaped owl, adn that purpl and gold one will be in my booth this weekend for sale too. Annie is Rueann's daughter. And Kaye chose more muted colors, well, "muted" compared to some anyway. This is Miss Ruthmary's. At first she worried about her background concentrically getting lighter, but when she added the owl, it looked like it framed "her'! It was perfect. So, here's the conglomeration of Christmas canvases... all done while learning to use the modeling paste medium.Again, can you spot a fave?! And right off the bat, we used hymnals to decoupage on canvas, and the girls had overnight to figure out what they wanted on the foreground. I really like the verses in the shape of the cross. This is Kaye's. She had a "little" help, but I really do LOVE the outcome!So, there you have it. Just for curiosity's sake, tell me which ones you like the most. For instance, the owls, or the religious motif, or the houses, or the holiday canvases. I doubt this will be my last one, so I like to know how to plan in the future. WOW. That's a lot of output for a relatively short amount of time!
The best thing is that Todd the Bod cooked for us and we had a whole bunch of girl talk!
Hope to see you at the next one.