Thursday, May 8

I found my Art & Soul in Virginia . . .

e.b.'s suitcase and self-portrait

I really had no idea what to expect from my first Art & Soul when Elizabeth and I packed the car last Wednesday morning. I brought absolutely everything that I thought I might "need." I didn't use a tenth of the stuff I packed, but just having it there made me feel good.I am glad that I signed up for the Hampton "Fatbook." I was in the second book (only 28 pages), and I love the finished product. People amaze me with their ideas and interpretations! An ample motel-supplied breakfast fired me right through most lunch hours, but seven and a half hours still wasn't enough time to finish most projects -- at least for me. I think my favorite class was Michael de Meng's Morpheus Box, though mine (above) is far from finished.

I also loved my Nature Journal class with Tracie Lyn and Marilyn Huskamp, and I actually finished this project!
Karen, e.b., and Jerri

Perhaps most of all I enjoyed the sense of community I shared in Hampton with old friends and new.
Back row - Dede and Keli
Front row - me, e.b., Denise

Many folks might look at our week of "art camp" as a vacation, but it was exhausting.
And what becomes of the "broken arted" after too much beer?
Toilet paper art. That's what.

13 comments:

  1. wow - Leslie!

    - oh SO wonderful - still recovering from the total wonderment - I am envisioning sweet layered dreams tonight - thank you for this lovely sharing -

    xox - eb - I look pretty good as a towel head...

    thanks to you!

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  2. Leslie - didn't we have a wonderful time?

    we did!!!!!!!!!!!

    xox - eb.

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  3. How wonderful it is to relive the experience through your eyes, Leslie.

    I think they should use your toilet paper art photo for next years advertisement. Yes, sir!!!

    Your work looks wonderful!!

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  4. Oh Leslie, you are my hero! You are fun, friendly, talent, and beauty all rolled up into one great girl! I am so glad se caught up in Virginia and can't wait to connect again in Oregon. First beer's on me!
    xoxo, Dede
    PS Have a fabulous time in the great northwest! Can't wait to see what you make there

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  5. Leslie,

    I really enjoyed meeting you at Hampton. Your artwork is beautiful. Can't wait to catch up with you here in Portland.

    Denise

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  6. Leslie so glad you had so much fun! Wow yes I love your DeMeng style piece. Oh and love EB's self portrait and bags. Happy moms day!

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  7. Boo Hoo - I wasnt with you guys!
    But glad you had a great time and your pieces look wonderful as always.
    xo

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  8. Looks like you had such a good time!! Are you going to Art in Ashland too? I saw Dede's comment about Oregon....I am so excited to go to that..Aug can't get here fast enough!

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  9. Leslie--I really enjoyed meeting you in Hampton this year. Hopefully we'll meet up again next time around.

    It was so great to see the photos you took--I've been having a tough time readjusting to real life...and your photos brought back what a wonderful time it was.

    But you're right--it was exhausting!

    Sandra Ludwig

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  10. It's been such fun to read and see all of your posts, all you girls that attended.

    What an experience!!!

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  11. Very cool! Sounds like a wonderful experience.

    Paz

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  12. Hi Leslie,

    I am really just now feeling better since I found out about our cat during the Art & Soul Retreat...It put a major damper on my experience...wish I had been able to be more social....

    I love what you made and I'd like to see more too...did you do The Vintage Metal Treasure Deck class? I would love to see what you made...your color schemes are so wonderful.

    Have a great day!

    Elise

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