Saturday, January 25, 2014

The first adult art class in the new studio.

 So, this is how it started... Just keepin it real!

But, it ain't how it starts, now is it?!  ha
 I was pretty darn excited.  My Aunt Bonnie, in the denim shirt, leaning on the table, asked me to do a one day art retreat.  She'd always wanted to attend a three day, but didnt' know if her body could stand it.  So, I wanted to pack a WHOLE lotta goodness into this one day for her!  I planned on doing two mixed media canvases, with lots of techniques taught, and two pieces of jewelry.
 We started with this little house.  You've seen this one before, more than likely.  It is one of my favorites.  We decoupage paper, add washi tape, get inspired by quotes, add stencils and sprays if so desired...
 ANd I had all these fine ladies here who wanted an artistic adventure!
 In fact, let's introduce... Far left, apparently meditating is my Aunt BonBon.  She is JinJin's older sister.  Her daughter, Cherry, is in the purple hoodie.  She messed with me my entire childhood (ha, who am I kidding, and teenhood and adulthood) about Staci being her favorite.  Oh yeah, Cherry?!  Is STACI putting on an art day just for family?!  huh?  Ok... well, then, Aunt Bonnie brought her friend, Peggy, in the grey sweatshirt.  Far left in the red is Pam.  She was also at my Color Finder 1.0 retreat, (which by the way, I am tentatively scheduling again for March 21-23).  Far left right is my friend, Lila.  And of course, you know JinJin.  Brooklyn, standing in the center has also been at a 3 day retreat.  She also worked for me prior to finishing her degree in speech therapy and moving away.  Well, she's back!  So, now I get to hang with her!  yay.  In the plaid is my cousin, Steve's, wife, Tracey.  Steve is my Aunt Betty Lou's son.  My mom had 5 sisters and 2 brothers.  And they'll all tell you that she's the only one who didn't have to pick cotton.  "She would lie around on the porch and wave her bottle when it was empty", like a baby diva, to hear Aunt Betty Lou talk about it!  ha.
 In the far rear are Katie and Avery.  They were only 15 and 16 years old.  Katie is the daughter of my daughter's principal at school.  They were young, but you would've never known it.  They acted quite maturely!  Ok, so now that we are done with the introductions... let's move on.
 Pam went on ahead and got ambitious with her art project!  She just found something on Pinterest and decided that would be her subject.  Go ahead, girl!  She did pause for a nanny nanny boo boo photo to be sent to her cohorts from the last 3 day.  We created a private FB group and we all still stay in touch.  I love that!
 Oh, wow.  How could I have left Jenn out?!  Jenn, in the blue tee, married my other cousin, Drew.  Drew is Cherry's son and Bonnie's grandson.  Feel like family yet?!
Above, the girls are learning to construct a necklace with jumprings.
 And here ya go... in the matter of only a few hours, this is what they created.  I was downright proud!!  And check out that studio in the back.  It has quite a bit of work to go, but I decided (the night before!) to have this art day in the studio, as it needed an "inaugural class", and this needed to be it!!
 The two young ones found pics on their phones to work on on their larger canvases.  I mostly wanted the group to use a brayer to apply the background, just to know that is an option.
 And I loved how everyone's house turned out so differently.  I even painted one.  I cannot believe that I failed to take a photo of it.  And I missed all the jewelry.  Pam has hers doubled around her neck in the photo below.
 One request was that we do something "springy" or Easter-y.  I think I rocked my BonBon and Miss Peggy's worlds by not telling them what to paint.  I just gave them a few potential subject ideas and let them rock it out.  Same with these... Cherry handcut the eggs from scrapbook paper, and learned to use ghost letters and sprays for the words.  Tracey (sorry, T, I am unsure of the spelling and too lazy to go to FB to look!), knew exactly what words she wanted, and kinda knew she wanted a bird.  I had a sample bird from a pack of Christmas stickers, and she said, "That's the one!".
 Bon and Peggy went with Easter baskets.  And JinJin did the "I love you to the moon and back".
 I absolutely adore what Pam did.  She claimed she'd never free painted like this before.  hmmph!  Looks pretty darn awesome to me!!
 And so when it was all said and done, the girls walked away with a handful and neckful of greatness.
 I have on my immediate agenda to come up with a public calendar of art days (Saturdays), make a set schedule of my retreat dates, and determine a weekly night art class.  Emery, who now works primarily for MoJoy (how bout that?!!), is working on getting kits together, so when one comes into the studio, they can determine which kit they'd like to work on, when it's a "Free" art night.  Other nights, the project will be chosen and the class will work together.
 Oh... to prove I'm SERIOUS about this art gig.... I bought a kiln this week!!  AND.... I bought a whole bunch of ceramic blanks to paint on.  Does anyone remember the crosses that Staci and I painted and sent out from St. Jude?  We also did little polka dotted blank pendants with "believe" on them.  Well, I've ordered both of those, along with lots of other fun stuff.
 So, look at your calendars.  Start thinking of the month that would work best for you.  I'll tell you that June will be my "slightest" month, as I will be on vacay.  And I have someone potentially renting my space for a writing camp for kids and teens.  However, I am considering about 4-5 coming with me for a few days at The Beach Club to make art there. (It was fun, wasn't it, Suzy?!)


So, how can I say this... except... you are worth it!!  I posted a quote I saw on Pinterest this morning.  I LOVE it... it says, "For those determined to fly, having no wings is just a little detail".  I believe that.  If you want it, make a way!
 Alrighty, speak up, y'all.  Let me know specific classes you'd like to see offered, dates/ months, that are best for your travel.  Media that you'd like to see used.  And even specific projects can be emailed to me at mojoy@att.net.  I LOVE new ideas.  I mean, the more the merrier, right?!
And to all of you who told me how you wanted to "Feel" this year... thank you.  I will be addressing Bingo cards today.  Hope to get them out by Monday.  And my word is "Excited".  I want to feel "Excited".  ("Enthusiastic" is a close second.)  So far, so good.

 The Law of Attraction says you can manifest anything you want.  I can honestly tell you that this year, I have TOTALLY been excited and felt a welling up of gratitude that I've never felt before.  I might just be busier than ever before as well.  So, I know I can't blame, "cause I just have so much to do".  Nope.  I'm grateful for that, in fact.  I get to be a PT, help many, many women who need me desperately (pelvic floor issues), touch the lives of children and their awesome families who need hope and physical and emotional healing, work with people to help them discover their greatness and potential through art, teach children the importance of being thankful with art projects on a weekly basis, raise two of God's most awesome creations, live with a super supportive man WHO COOKS, travel to fulfill my "excitement" bliss, life coach women who help me as much as I help them, teach leadership to a super awesome bunch of people who love my company as much as I do, and.... ready for me to stop!?  Ok, Ok, I will.  But, all that time consuming "stuff" can be seen as a burden or a blessing.  I choose to be inspired by it.

And one more thing... I LIVE IN HIGH FAVOR.  I am claiming it.
Blessed!
Mo

30 comments:

Christy Garrett said...

I want in on the weekly art class! And we will be at the beach the first week of June so….maybe mom and I can get in on some art there, too!

melanie, aka Mo said...

Cool!! What do you most want to do in an art class? You were first to reply, so you get dibs on project. Or you can just leave it up to me. Your call.

colette said...

I would love to attend one of your art retreats, but can't do so until after May. Can you please add me to you email list? Not much experience, but I love everything that you are doing in your classes!

Mbeaty19 said...

I love to see so much happiness and 'excitement' in your blog. I saw the quote on FB this morning and immediately wrote it down. It truly is a great quote and one that I hope to add to my inspiration wall soon. I'm one of those people that is constantly being told I do 'too much'. I love what I do though and love helping others. Loving what I do is what makes each day a little better and life a little sweeter. Love that you are following your dreams and helping to bring the inner-artist out in so many. Still hoping to make it to one of your retreats but until then following along through the blogs and creating my own 'excitement' even my boys are creating some projects. Truly inspiring and absolutely motivating to so many. You are changing lives and bringing Mo Joy to this world.

melanie, aka Mo said...

Colette, did you send me your email address yesterday? If not, email me to add you to my list... Mojoy@att.net

melanie, aka Mo said...

Thanks for your nice words! I get "you do too much" or " do you ever sleep", at least 5 times a week! Seriously!

Cherry said...

Had a great time...and I guess I could say you might be my favorite now...lol

melanie, aka Mo said...

Man I hope Staci reads my blog!

JenJen said...

Ok Mel, This has got to be the MOST INSPIRING blog I've ever seen!!! What an amazing day of memories you created for your family :-) Looking at the finished projects (and Pam's paintings...)I so wished I had been there. I am definitely going to do my best to attend several of the weekend events. And the project or media doesn't matter to me. I am so excited to see you claiming to "live in high favor" and reaping the results of that!!! You are such an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with and I look forward to spending "MO time" with you!!

Kathryn said...

Fun! I wish I could be there.

connie said...

I so wish I could afford one of your art retreats but with me living in ga I cant afford to fly out there and also pay for the retreat. ii love everything you have done I love love crafts. it kinda makes me sad that I cant afford one of your retreats but being disabled on a limited income I just cant do it. unless my little jewelry business picks up. im hoping it will start picking up... ohh I still want you to get me some beads ans stuff when you go to that big show in feb. I will email you later today on it... have a great saturday

Zhohn said...

Awesome! Love that you're living out your dream. You're always inspiring but this blog is INSPIRING! This year I WILL make an art retreat!

I kept up with the family pretty well (haha) I just can't believe (age wise) that Cherry has a son that is married? Did i follow that correctly lol?

The spring/Easter canvases are adorable, by the way.

Holly said...

WOW!! I wanna be you when I grow up!!!!! You are not only blessed, but you bless everyone you can possibly reach! Thanks for blessing me!

I remember the crosses from St. Jude. That made such an impression on me as a Chemo Angel, you and Staci send ME stuff! I still have JakeDog's St Patrick's date outfit you guys sent! I have the file on my computer that I used to make the tee shirt of Jake and JakeDog, makes me smile everytime I look at it!

Love ya,
Holly & JakeDog

kimybeee said...

You go girl!!

Nena said...

I hope to make a weekend class or two also! I still think we need a retreat reunion/Choctaw County art retreat at the Lodge. Just saying! Speaking as an accountant, it would allow you to deduct the cost of that Airstream :)

Pam Mosley said...

Good idea Nena

Pam Mosley said...

Good idea Nena

Stephanie Jenkins said...

Love, love, love your energy! I don't know how you fit everything you do into your day! You are such an inspiration to me!

Riley said...

A retreat reunion would be awesome! Color Finder 2.0 plus airstream color bar.....can you see it happening MO?!

Shannon said...

Darn I wish I lived closer!

Brooklyn said...

Such a fun weekend! Thank you, Melanie!

Jennifer Perkins said...

Hey Brooklyn!!! Glad you were able to participate :-) awesome canvases!!!
I'm ready for that retreat at Nena's lodge!!!

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Jerelyne Nemanich said...

I still have my cross in my family room:). I still think a retreat in Minnesota would be great! (Please ignore the record breaking temps this week in considering it)

Amy K said...

A kiln? That's awesome! I would love to do some ceramics.
Since I am a planner, and have a good ways to travel, the sooner I can search flights, and have something on my calendar, the better. October/November would work really well, but the beach sounds wonderful too! I'm all for a Reunion! Possibly the Mother/Daughter retreat.
Successful inaugural class! So excited to see MoJoy grow!

Lisa said...

I'd love to come to a three day retreat. My schedule is best in late feb and most of March. Not sure after that. Should I email you my email address so i can get the final dates you choose? Lisa K

Sharidrew said...

Awesome!! I still have my little "Believe" ceramic necklace that you and Stacey made! Your studio is so great! Love that you are spreading your talents to the masses! So inspiring! Hope you got some rest and are ready for a new week. Thanks for sharing, wish I lived closer too! Looks like a blast!

Hugs from Missouri,
Shari

EMILY GAYLOR said...

Ok, where is the new art studio? Did I miss a post tell about it? If not, we need one! Is it open regular hours or only when there are classes scheduled? Let me know where it is, I want to at least be able to look through the window at it when we are back in La!

melanie, aka Mo said...

Email me your wishes re retreat so I can have a way to contact you with definitive dates! Cool. Mo.
Mojoy@att.net

melanie, aka Mo said...

It is directly across the street from the WM MMPT bldg! Can you say Godsend? And on the opposite side, obviously, of the horse arena.