Friday, January 23, 2009

"The Altered View" with DJ Pettitt

I'm thrilled to announce the first Day Journey class! It's titled "The Altered View" and it will take place on May 4 & 5 2009, at a local church in Los Gatos, CA. DJ will be teaching a number of exciting techniques, including her innovative method of altering photographs. For more class info, click on the link on the right and it will take you to the class description and other info. I'll be taking sign-ups beginning on Sun. Feb 1--you'll find a link to the sign-up form on this blog on Sunday, and on the website once it's up (...soon, soon). I hope to see some of you in May!
This is a simple journal construction that she'll be demoing...

here's a closer look...

This is the 'before' photo (note tree on right)

And this is 'after' DJ did her magic!

A close-up of some of the texture and embellishing you'll learn

and this is an altered pic of a simple photo of a bird...

She says "anyone can do this--the techniques are so easy, and so fun!!"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Changes in the lineups...

I'm thrilled to announce that I've added a couple of instructors to the 2010 Retreats. First, the Feb. 2010 retreat: unfortunately Misty will be unable to join us...but the good news is that Kelly Rae Roberts and Mati Rose McDonough will be team-teaching a 3-day class! They bring such enthusiasm and creativity to all that they do, and their class will be fantastic. They'll be offering a "fat, chunky coffee-table style art journal" filled with paintings that you'll create under their expert guidance. How fun is that?!
And for the July 2010 event, I'm so excited to welcome Richard Salley to the group. He's an extremely talented jewelry artist with over 30 years of teaching experience as well. I know that many of you are fans of his work, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a 3-day intensive cold-connection workshop.
So, mark your calendars and treat yourself--two great events to choose from!
Feb. 18-22, 2010: DJ Pettitt, Albie Smith, Lesley Riley, Nina Bagley, Kelly Rae Roberts and Mati Rose McDonough.

July 18-22, 2010: Stephanie Lee, Judy Wise, DJ Pettitt, Katie Kendrick and Richard Salley.

And if you need an 'art fix' before then, I hope you'll consider joining us for a Day Journey: a day or two of workshops, held in Los Gatos, with guest instructors:
May 4 & 5, 2009: DJ Pettitt (registration opens 2/1--details here soon...)
July 10 & 11, 2009: Katie Kendrick and Judy Wise
August/September: To be announced

Details on both the Retreats and the Day Journeys will be on the website--coming soon!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Greetings~a quick note to clear up any confusion about the upcoming classes. The all-inclusive retreats held at the Presentation Center, and consisting of 3 days of instruction, lodging, etc. are scheduled for 2010--the first one in Feb. and the 2nd one in July.

The Day Journeys are workshops only, to be held at a nearby church here in Los Gatos, and may be one day or more, with a guest instructor. The first Day Journey class will be with DJ on May 4&5, 2009, and it's a 2-day class. The others that are confirmed at this time are in July of this year with Katie and Judy. I'll be scheduling other Day Journeys as we go along. I know there are lots of folks in this area who are just drooling to take a class with some of these wonderful teachers, so here's the chance!

Hope this makes sense! I'll be posting DJ's workshop here on the blog as soon as I get the description finalized. I'm also working on the website, and everything will be much clearer once it's all there! Thanks for your interest, and for hanging in there with me! I hope to see some of you in a few months.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Day Journeys--2009!

DJ Pettitt will be here on May 4 & 5, of this year, offering a 2-day class where she'll teach us how to include photos in our work, using new altering techniques. We'll start by making a fabulous 'cover' piece, and we'll then bind it into an art journal if you like, or use it as a springboard for the project of your choosing. We're also offering an optional meet-up on Sun. afternoon at Lake Vasona park--we'll bring a sack lunch, and then wander through the park and take photos that may then be used in the workshop. (And I'll be the one taking photos of all of YOU taking photos--I can see it now!) We thought it would be a fun and informative supplement to the class, and a great way to get to know one another. More details will follow when we post the class description soon, so hang in there! The cost for the workshop is $290 for both days, including lunches and snacks. The classes will take place at a nearby church here in Los Gatos. I'll be taking signups on Feb. 1 via email only, and payment through Paypal. Specifics to follow...

And then on July 10 & 11, Katie Kendrick and Judy Wise will come to town, bringing all of their creative energies with them! Each will teach one day, with workshops to be announced. Whatever they teach, you'll fall in love with them, and their work. They're both experienced instructors who put their heart and soul into everything they do. Just being around them for a day will leave you energized, enriched, and inspired to create!

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details! This year is going to be great--I've felt it ever since the clock turned 12:01 on Jan 1. A New Year, a new Journey--it's going to be what we make it. And I have faith that it's going to be fabulous!