A World Away
Last week I flew direct to Seattle from Orlando, grabbed a Lyft from the airport and then hopped on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. It’s just a short ride across the Sound, but Bainbridge Island feels like it’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets of Seattle. On the Island, fall was in full swing; the leaves were red, orange, yellow, and there were still flowers on some branches because the weather has been so mild. While I was on Bainbridge, I took a walk every morning in order to take in the natural beauty around me and as a way of reminding myself how grateful I am for my job and how fortunate I am to be able to travel to such unique and amazing places.
Home and Hospitality
I stayed with Deborah and Roger who graciously hosted me in their beautiful Bainbridge Island home, where they also provided me with home-cooked meals, good wine, and great company. I had stayed with Deborah and Roger while teaching at Winslow Art Center a couple of years ago; it was very nice to be back. My hosts are art lovers and collectors, I always enjoy looking at their latest acquisitions.
The Island Art Walk
Friday was the first day of class and the evening of the Bainbridge Island Art Walk. Martha had asked me to send some of my work to hang in her gallery, and to present a demo for the event. I’m always happy to have the chance to work in front of potential patrons and fellow artists in order to answer questions about my process.
Lots of folks stopped by the easel with inquiries about glue, hand-painted paper, and the process of collage. A former student, Patsy, stopped by to say hello and to share what she had been up since I saw her last. It was a wonderful evening full of smiling faces, and we sold a painting!
It doesn’t get any better than that.
Three Day Collage Workshop
I had an amazing group of 12 ladies who made some beautiful bird collages by applying their own hand-painted papers over top of an acrylic underpainting in which they worked to establish color, composition, and a full range of values. In my workshop people are often afraid that they cannot draw well enough to create a successful underpainting; I have a trick that takes all the stress and worry right out of that!
Far and Wide and Back Again
More often than not, I have repeat students in my workshops–this weekend was no exception. Jan had joined me in Sequim last year at the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast, she decided she needed a collage refresher course and that she was lucky to be local. Jane is fortunate enough to live in both Bainbridge Island and Sedona, AZ. She is a repeat offender (as I call them) who had preiously joined me at the Sedona Arts Center. Most folks were actually local, or at least local enough to be able to drive to the Winslow Art Center–this meant LOTS of supplies packed into the car. Erin won the prize for having come the furthest, traveling all the way across the border from Vancouver!
The Paper Paintings Gold Star.
The Winslow Art Center is perfectly situated in the heart of the Island’s shopping district, students were able to walk to lunch, art galleries, shops, and to the decadent bakery cart downstairs. We even had an art supply store below us!
Everyone’s favorite lunch spot seemed to be the T&C market across the street, offering a hot bar, sushi, and salad to go. The market is just across the street from the Bainbridge Island Post Office, where I was able to mail my son Connor’s birthday card just in time for a November 9th arrival to his dorm room in Virginia. This will be the first year I didn’t get to celebrate my son’s birthday with him, I guess he’s growing up.
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Delilah in The House
We had the sincere pleasure of having a famous radio personality join my workshop! Delilah sat in the back with her friends Kimmy and Donna. Despite sitting in the back of the class, it didn’t take Delilah long to light up the room with her personality and positive words of encouragement for her classmates and table mate Kimmy who was working on a Chickadee. Kimmy was totally relieved and had a very big smile on her face when I demonstrated how to successfully transfer your reference image to your substrate; she was worried that she couldn’t draw.
I told you!
I have to thank Delilah for bringing her friends Donna and Kimmy (and croissants for the entire class from that decadent bakery cart) to the workshop, and for making time for her art and herself, smack in the middle of her book tour. Delilah told me that she was not going to miss my workshop for anything, she had signed up over a year ago!
Kudos to Delilah for heeding her own on-air words of wisdom, “Slow down and love someone.”
I’m feeling the love Delilah, Im feelin’ it!
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Taking a Moment and a Day
Back when my kids were waiting at home, I’d always scoot back to Florida just as soon as class was over. These days it’s just the dogs that are home waiting for me to cook and care for them… but they are at Nana’s house where they are happy to be chasing lizards in the yard, barking at the neighbor dog, and hardly even thinking about me at all. I’m sure.
My empty nest gave way to a full life (a long-time blog reader told me I shouldn’t call it an empty nest anymore) where I no longer have to rush home, I can take some time to smell the lilies, enjoy the art, and even to be a tourist.
Im embarking on a whole new phase of life; a full life.
You Can Never Have Enough Inspiration
Deborah and Roger were generous enough to take me on a tour around the island on the day after class ended. We walked around downtown, peeked into some wonderful art galleries, and visited the Art Museum where they were just taking down a wonderful Dia de los Muertos exhibit. The main exhibit at the gallery was a retrospective of artworks by Alfredo Arreguín – spanning fifty years of painting; Life Patterns.
Arreguín’s work is incredibly detailed, colorful, full of pattern, and inspiration, what you see from afar is totally different than what you see when you are close up. You can see the influence of Alfredo’s Mexican childhood in his work, during his adolescence, he spent time in the jungles of Guerrero, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, where his respect for nature grew.
I think he paints with a three hair brush, seriously!
A Trip to the BARN
Deborah and Roger wanted to show me the Bainbridge BARN and so off we went exploring the outskirts of town. We took a lovely scenic drive, passed by Roger’s old house, had a view of the water, and eventually pulled up to a non-profit community center for artisans and makers. Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network is a unique place where well-equipped studios invite exploration and innovation through classes and open studio time.
About now I was REALLY wishing I lived on this island! Cooking classes, woodworking workshops, letterpress, printing, painting, sculpting, writing, pottery….. the list of things you can explore at BARN goes on and on.
After our exploration of the island, Deborah and Roger treated me to lunch before delivering me to the ferry. We enjoyed brick oven pizza, salad, and some pretty fancy drinks that Deborah and I just had to get photos of! Say cheese, and cheers!
I had decided to stay one night in Seattle before catching my flight the next morning; I’ve taught for Martha twice but I’ve never taken a minute to check out the city.
Tourist for a day.
We Ship Anywhere!
I’ve never been to Pike’s Place Market, so off I went via Lyft from the ferry to my Air BnB in the International district! I settled into my apartment and lightened my camera bag before heading out to the Market. There were flower sellers, fish throwers, vegetable merchants, shops, restaurants, bars, and across the street sits the original Starbucks.
I made it just in time to watch the sun go down over the Sound behind the Market, I was glad I brought my big camera to take some photos while I walked around.
Every merchant assured that they could ship their wares anywhere, I wished there was some way I could get one of the big bunches of blooms to my next stop. Tomorrow I head for New York City to see my daughter. From Seattle to New York.
I love my job.
Across from the Market sits the original Starbucks, which is rather small and unassuming. If you didn’t know it was the one that started it all, you might just pass it by. I pondered as to whether or not the folks who started this small coffee shop in Seattle had any idea of what a cultural icon it would eventually become.
The Golden Hour
As the sun is going down, it casts some amazing light and draws out some incredible long shadows. This golden hour is my absolute favorite time of day. I never tire of the way the warm light illuminates and highlights the beauty of my surroundings, whether it be in a small New England town, the big city, or my own backyard.
Don’t overlook the little things.
After dark I settled in for a fish dinner with a view of the Sound. I enjoyed a glass of wine and the fresh catch as I watched the ferry shuttle back toward Bainbridge Island, it’s lights reflecting on the water. It was then, looking down at the Pier, that I noticed the Seattle Great Wheel, illuminated and slowly rotating down on Pier 57.
The London Eye was built on the South bank of the River Thames after I moved back home to the US, and despite living in the greater Orlando area, I’ve never taken a whirl on ICON Orlando either. As I looked out the window into the twinkling lights of the Pier, I decided that I needed to take a twirl.
How grateful I was to be in this place I have never been before, with the opportunity to try something new. My mother was always afraid of heights and would never go on the Ferris wheel at the summer carnival, let alone something like THIS! I thought of her as I climbed into my capsule on the wheel.
Next Stop New York
After exiting through the gift shop, I grabbed a ride via Lyft back to my apartment for the night. In the morning I have an early flight to New York City where I will get to see my Dancing Daughter’s own choreography performed by a group of dancers that she auditioned, trained, coached, encouraged, and put on stage. I’ve seen many videos of her experimental work with kids from her early years at the dance studio, but this was going to be different. My little girl is all grown up and now working toward her BFA in dance at Marymount Manhattan College.
Life comes at you fast. When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, to enjoy a new phase of life, to slow down and love someone…
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