As many of you know, I teach for the Sedona Arts Centertwice per year, in the spring and fall–2019 marks my ninth year making the magical journey to Sedona AZ. I am always grateful to the folks at the Arts Center for their kindness, their open arms, and their friendship. Over the years I’ve gotten to know the town and the people of Sedona pretty well. I have my favorite restaurants, my favorite hikes, my special places, and my special friends there.
Visiting Sedona is like visiting family.
Friends of the Family
This trip I stayed at the home of friends of the Arts Center who volunteered to host me at their beautiful house and casita in The Village of Oak Creek, just outside Sedona. Jennette and David have generously sponsored instructors as well as Plein Air painters for the Arts Center over the years. As a result of their personal relationships with both local and visiting artists, Jennette and David’s art and artifacts collection was diverse and beautifully curated.
Jennette and David welcomed me to town with rainbows, home-made dinner, a walk around the neighborhood, and a personal tour of the paintings, sculptures, and pottery in their collection.
Now that’s what I call a warm welcome!
Springtime in the Desert
Speaking of warm, by this time of year it’s already hot and dry in the desert (cool at night and in the morning). This trip especially, I felt as if I just couldn’t get enough water or Chapstick. I can’t complain, however; as the desert wildflowers were in full springtime splendor. My morning walks (with water and said Chapstick) bestowed me with flora andfauna… I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of four deer dashing before me, as well as a covey of quail darting across the pathway.
These things make my heart happy.
Iconic Red Rocks
Jennette, David, and I hiked in to Red Rock Crossing, at my request, in order to capture some images of the iconic Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek at sunset. We got there just in time to capture the glory of the golden hour. The sun kissed red rock views of Sedona never grow old for me. Neither their color nor their magic ever fades, no matter how many times I witness the breathtaking view. This is truly My Happy Place and I am so grateful to the friends, family, and folks who make it possibly for me to return here year after year.
For Friends Not Present
Speaking of friends, every time I come to Sedona, I reserve some personal time to climb up to the Boynton Canyon Vortexand/or to sit in the pew at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.I have made many trips to sit high atop the rock formation at the vortex, occasionally running across a local there named Robert. This gentle soul visits the vortex daily, sometimes twice a day, in order to share the unconditional love of Mother Earth. Robert plays his hand-made flute and offers heart-shaped rocks to passers by, (Robert’s Rocks of Love) explaining that unconditional love in your heart is all that you need in order to receive love from our mother universe.
I have a pile of Robert’s heart-shaped rocks in a locally-made pottery bowl at home in my studio… I’ve even had a couple of Robert’s gifts of unconditional love custom created into wearable pendants by Patt Kovach of CowpattiesArtLove.
In addition to running across Robert through the years, I’ve also spread some very special ashes at the Vortex, and have had some unique and interesting experiences there. Check out some of my previous Sedona Art Blogs to learn more.
The Chapel of the Holy Crossis a very small and unassuming place, built right into the red rocks, that I visit in order to light candles of remembrance for four lost souls. Three for my London college roommates, victims of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and one for a mom who lost her son too soon; Nancy wears the second of my two heart shaped pendants…
My Most Amazing Students!
This year I had a wonderful group of 13 students at the Sedona Arts Center for my Pet and Animal Portraitshand painted paper collage workshop. Everyone was so excited to learn the secrets of creating painterly collages, they arrived early and stayed late, and had a lot of FUN!
A big thank you to all my students who traveled from far and wide in order to experience my workshop and to support a working artist! We had women from Canada, Minnesota, Idaho, and Florida, just to name a few.
As I always say, I couldn’t do it without you…. and thank you for making sure I don’t have to work part time at Target.
I just couldn’t embrace the khaki.
Sedona–I’ll Meet You There
I’ll return to Sedona this October in order to participate in the Sedona Plein Air Festivalas well as to teach my Birds and Blooms Workshop. In addition to October, I’ll be teaching Fabulous Florals!for the Arts Center in April of 2020, and Pet and Animal Portraitsin October of 2020. If you’ve never been to Sedona, put it on your bucket list. Better yet, you should plan to meet me there, I promise you won’t regret it!
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Put it on your vision board, add it to your calendar, write it on your bucket list… This amazingly beautiful place is noted for its’ mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with art galleries and New Age shops. On the outskirts of town, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers fantastic bird-watching and hiking, in addition to stunning photographic opportunities.
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