I'm back from teaching art journaling at Donna Downey Studios. What a great studio, and yet another great group of creatives along for the three days of fun. Always appreciate being welcomed with open arms and a roomful of people with a passion for making.
North Carolina is on the other side of the country for me, and with all the weird weather that's been going on, I didn't want to risk missing a connection somewhere, so flew out of LAX vs. Santa Ana (which is so much closer to home and so much nicer. man, LAX is a hot mess right now with all the construction going on!) I do love that sign above though...and also the sight of this iconic LAX building that I've been seeing on trips to the airport since childhood:
I snapped this photo with my phone when I hopped out of the car- look how empty it looks- just a little red light timing luck with the traffic, it was actually as busy as usual last Thursday.
The first view of the studio from the outside...how fun is this? :
It's just as pretty from the inside:
Seeing the brushes above and the Pantone bathroom (below) instantly got this color junkie's juices flowing!
So so good. AmIright?!? Oh yes!
Donna, being an artist herself, has the very best supplies and lots of them that we all used all weekend. Very fun as a student and as a teacher to have so many delicious goods at our fingertips with no restrictions!
The studio also has a shop on one side. So, so tempting. I was pretty good...I only spent $100. at the end of the day...and with the free shipping they offer, it seemed crazy to resist some things ;)
Not sure why I didn't restock some of my Neo Color II crayons...this is just one third of their stock.
Most of the three days looked like this. There's Jennifer, who came along and TA'd for us. It was a fun surprise for those that are familiar with her artwork. Uppercase magazine also generously provided an issue for each student (love that magazine) and because I mentioned JM was TAing when I asked for sponsorship, they sent issue 22, which has a feature on Jennifer and her paintings. Love it when a plan comes together like that ;).
One of Jennifer's pages in progress...she loves color the way I do.
Some of my demo pages in progress.
At one point I ran outside to capture all the fun going on from a different angle. Pretty sure every inch of every table was put to good use.
Can you feel the enthusiasm?
On the last day, we went out front to take a group photo. I snapped the classroom when we were all out:
Doesn't that look like the happiest, most colorfully fun art space?
Photos of the group gathering above and below.
Such a great group. Truly. I wasn't smart enough to have my phone used, so I don't have the actual group photo (yet).
More from my table ...and Donna made the most delicious rum drink - the color of the drink, with the color of the straw amongst all my colors= happy making for sure!
Photos at the end of class. ;)
Perfectly sums it all up I think.
And just like that, three long days of making were gone in a flash and I was back on a plane...
I am always exhausted after traveling, and teaching too. Yesterday, my first day home was spent mostly on the couch. I did get out some of the papers from class (made during Gelli plate demos) and a favorite pen and doodled...that was pretty much it:
But today, I'm coming around again...
I'm about to hit publish on a blog post...so I did something today ;).