I am back from Montana.I still can't believe what an amazing experience it was!
Sara Mast and I came up with the concept "Fuse" for our workshop last year. Our vision of how it would unfold came true.
It is not until you are in big sky country that you get it. There is an openness and connectedness to the earth and the cosmos that I never felt before.
Sara opened her house and studio for 4 days to myself and 3 students. It was a small workshop that created huge energy...so much that the rains and rainbows came almost every night.
|We spent the first day going over materials, health and safety practices with both encaustic and oil along with basic technical information. The second day things heated up. Sara and I "riffed" on the 30 drawings in 60 seconds. Everytime I do this excercise myself it changes, so adding Sara's input to the mix was great. We watched as the participant's uptightness left and freedom seeped in. There was collaboration and dialog.|
|Hanging the work up is the time to look, see, analyze, reflect and discuss ways to move forward. This is not about product, finished works of art or creating a "style". This exercise along with others are about discovery and reconnecting.|
|We demonstrated our own unfolding process of collaborating together. It is something we have been discussing for a while, collaborating not only by teaching together, but by painting together.|
|It was fun but we need to work on knowing when to stop...maybe we need to do a timed session.|
|We also worked on a monoprint together.|
|And we had the students try it out. It was very interesting to watch the egos coming and going.|
|Another group activity|
|Here we are on the last day..very happy but very sad for it to be over.|