June 1, 2011

Five Days at Empty Spools Seminars with Velda Newman

Every morning started with a 6:15 walk along the beautiful coast of Asilomar State Park where Brown Pelicans and seals abound.  At that hour we could still see all kinds of fishing boats off the coast as well as many surfers riding the waves, which were pretty large.  By 9 AM we were in class where  we painted, we bleached, we stitched and tucked. We worked with water soluble oil pastels and watercolor pencils. We worked with water soluble resist and scrunched and stitched cheesecloth.   We enlarged our images and started creating.  All this was going in the comfort of beautiful Merrill Hall at Asilomar while the ferocious wind was whipping up outside.  Velda Newman patiently and creatively guided each of us along on our individual creative journeys.

Now I’m headed for a few very busy days with Italian classes, judging  quilts at the San Mateo County Fair, then heading down to spend the night with my youngest and his family.  Saturday I’ll pick up my sister-in-law visiting from Colorado and take her over to meet my cute little granddaughter. After that I’ll head home in preparation to teach a class over in Berkeley.  On Monday, I might have time to unpack my suitcase.