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Several years ago I decided to take a Body Writing Class with Pamela Underwood.  I had wanted to take this class for several years, and because of my overly abundant body, I never had the nerve.  Finally, the thought hit me…(get over yourself..nobody cares),  if I didn’t take it soon, something else will happen and I’d never get to take it.


Before I could think about it too much, I signed up and paid my deposit.  Yahoo I did it!


The workshop was a four-day event at Pamela’s home in Poway.  It took me forever to get there, but once I did,  it was spectacular.  Private with no one around,  the few women in the class were exceptionally nice, and I never felt uncomfortable the entire four days.


My body print turned out to be strange, but on top of my body stamp, I painted the head of a crow….  What does this mean?  Why did I pick the colors I did?  The size, the configuration?  The class was supposed to give us direction, purpose, a clearer sense of who we are as people, as artists.  I have never been sorry I participated,  I met wonderful women, and most of them were vegetarians, so that suit me just fine.  I didn’t have to eat any of my friends to keep my strength up.  During this four days, in September, in Poway, was hotter than hot!  The inspiration was flowing, and as long as we stayed inside it was fine, but the minute you went outside…you’d  better be going out to jump in the pool or spa.

This project was a lot of work, and when it’s tacked to the wall, it takes up a great deal of the wall space…top to bottom.   I’ve been thinking of dragging it out of its hidie hole, tack it up in my studio, and work on it.


A Week in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Colorful planters in Santa Fe

Colorful planters in Santa Fe

Wow,  I can hardly believe that I was once again in this magical place! Sure I was here for an art workshop, and I got to show my husband Les all the wonderful things I had previously  found. I also got to explore with him new things, and places.
Since my day included 8 hours of art, I really didn’t have much energy, or time left to explore the galleries. I was exhausted by the end of the day, and Les wanted to explore. So we explored restaurants, music, a few galleries, and even a few retail shops!  Isn’t it funny how you have to check out places like Costco, Wal-Mart, or even TJMax when going to a new place…..just to see if the stuff is the same?  Well, we did check out TJMax, and Ross.  Actually I didn’t think they were as good as here, but you know how you have to hit them at the right time, I guess we didn’t!

The first painting.

The first painting.

The workshop was given by Cathy Carey, and was the best workshop I think I’ve ever taken. I say this because Cathy is a master of color, and this was the beginning of her classes. Now, I  know  color, I love color, but not like Cathy, and my feeling is it never hurts to hear color theory, or any other theory even one more time. I learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and met some incredible women in the workshop.

Since I haven’t painted in a very long time, my first painting was stiff, and unsatisfying.  By the time the second painting rolled around, it started out stiff, and soon I was able to loosen up and have fun with color.

Magic Trees

Magic Trees

After finishing my second painting of trees, it was time to try something really new, so impasto here I come! Inspired by a clay rabbit sitting on the hearth in the living room, I created this very interesting “Magic Rabbit.”  I have to make some adjustments since I thought his nose looked more like a rat than a rabbit, but here is the abstract, rather colorful, impastoed rabbit.

Strange and Unusual

Strange and Unusual

While the impasto on the rabbit dried enough to work on it, I decided to try something really different….

I was inspired by an artist by the name of Egon Schiele, who impressed me with his strange and quirky style, so I shamelessly made an attempt at copying one of his paintings.


By Friday when the workshop was over, I was on overload.  There is so much to think about, maybe that’s my problem, I over think so much!  I loved the workshop, the magical place I was fortunate enough to be able to paint in, and the music and wonderful restaurants.

What could be better?

Until next time, have a great week!



Thursdays Time out for Art


First painting at workshop

This is the first painting I completed at the workshop in Santa Fe.  I admit it is stiff and at that time I wasn’t feeling it.

Thursdays Time out For Art is inspired by Zebra Designs and Destinations, check them out.