is in full swing! It's been great seeing so many old friends, meeting some on-line friends for the first time, and meeting others brand new. It's great to put faces to names that I've known via the internet for years. There is just something powerful about being able to gather with others who are like you and understand you even when you don't really know each other well. There is a soul connection that happens. If it weren't for Art Unraveled, Fran and I would have never met. I would still be wishing for a really close friend that "gets me". And my relationship with Fran had time to solidify before my sweet friend, Stephanie, moved away to Colorado. God takes such good care of me providing just what I need in the right time.
Anyway, I went to the opening night to hear my new, sweet friend, Reva Solomon, speak to us. I just love her! I met her last year at lunch for like, oh, 30 seconds, yet she made a lasting impression on me in that 30 seconds and I have followed her blog since. This year we have made a point to spend some time together and I feel like I have always known her. She has such a genuine, honest soul.
I took my first all day class on Monday along with Fran and my friend, Joanne, who came from Michigan. I also got to hang out with some others from previous classes in years past like Marilyn and Lynn. Hey girls! Our class was a quilt class with Jane LaFazio. I opted not to do that landscape quilt but did two cats instead. These kitties are 2 of the feral cats that live here... they were born underneath my storage shed. There were a total of 11 feral cats that my neighbor and I managed to get spayed/neutered and now care for them. A couple of them disappeared but there are still several here. These two have allowed me to pet them now. These pieces are works in progress... I've not done any stitching on them yet. The purple piece is Ariel and the orange piece is Sassy.
My second class was yesterday evening. A watercolor journaling class by Jane. It was nice to paint in watercolors again and see how Jane does it. There were several locals in the class so that was fun.
Today, I'll be doing a bit of shopping for my dear friend Katie (my teacher on Sunday) and Judy, whom I've only met briefly but have followed her work closely for a long time. Judy is teaching my class tomorrow evening "So you want to sell your art". I've already picked up some things from their supply lists but need to finish up and deliver things later today.
So, that's the latest update!