Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kindred Souls Round Robin

Kindred Souls Round Robin

I am part of a round robin project with one of my online groups - Kindred Souls.

The first book I received was from a very talented man in our group - Stephen Jew.

I dont do very much masculine art but I had fun with this last week.

Stephen had an image of Laurel and Hardy on his back page so I included the the Laurel and Hardy image on my back page thinking he will like it!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


What an amazing experience this workshop has been!  A group of 22 ladies and I actually liked them ALL!!!  That in and of itself is amazing!  LOL!!  Everyone got along great and there was not one person we wanted to kill!

So today we all worked on a 16x20 Pastelbord.  LOVE those boards!  They really are amazing with the pan pastels.

The most fabulous board was Jacquie's!  She did an amazing job!!

Mine is nowhere near as awesome as Jacquie's but I had fun doing it.  It's whimsical and it's me so i am happy with it.

I started a second board but it's nowhere near finished yet.  The more you "massage" the pan pastels, as Donna says, the more beautiful and vibrant they are.

Bill is probably one of the sweetest men I have ever met!  

In the evening we went to dinner at Cafe 100 in a stretched limo!!!  How is that for royal treatment????

Just imagine 12 "older" ladies in a stretch limo listening to rap and giving lap dances!!!  LOL!! God it was great!

Karen, myself and Cassia.  I know Cassia from Ft. Lauderale.  Had no idea she was attending but was really glad to see her. 

Karen is from Canada.  She is a riot and very very talented!  She kept us laughing the whole time!

The hostess with the mostest!!

We had a great dinner at Cafe 100:

I really love spending time with Jacquie and this weekend has been awesome!  

Friday, February 8, 2013


I have taken MANY many art classes.  I have even taken some other classes with Donna in Florida.  But I have to tell you that I have never enjoyed a class as much as I am enjoying this one!  It is amazing how Donna transforms in her own studio!!  Love it!  You learn so much and more importantly, you have so much fun!!!

Donna takes teaching very seriously so of course there were moments of TOTAL SERIOUSNESS!  (Click the link)

In the midst of all the hilarity and fun we got a lot of things done!  I am really happy with what I've learned this weekend.  Can you believe these are all done with only pan pastels!!!???

Donna's mother brought us breakfast, lunch and dinner!!  This woman is amazing and so is her food!!!  If you ever get a chance to come to North Carolina and take a class with Donna in her studio, do not hesitate.  She is amazing.

Oh yeah, I added more pan pastel to my bird!!!  

Still looks weird but it's all good!


Jacquie and I are in North Carolina since yesterday for a weekend workshop with Donna Downey at her new studio in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The studio is fabulous, the company is wonderful and Donna?  Well, she's Donna!! Her and her husband Bill have to be two of the nicest people I have ever met.  I have taken classes with Donna before but had never had a chance to meet Bill!  From the moment you land in Charlotte, they treat you like a queen. They pick you up at the airpot and from then on out its just fun.  They transport you, feed you AND you get to play with Donna all day!  Can't get any better than that.

This weekend workshop is about using Pan Pastels.  They are fantastic and I have owned all 80 for a while now but never truly knew how to get the most from them.  We did a technique last night where you didn't draw anything (thank God because I can't draw), but just put Pan Pastel colors down until something just appeared!  Seriously!  This is my pan pastel bird:

I think it's pretty good for my first time!  None of it is drawn.  It's all just the placing of color until something shows up on your canvas!!  

Jacquie rented a beautiful junior suite at the Hampton and it is fantastic!

These are some of the beautiful works hanging in Donna's studio:

It is an active group with a lot of great people.

Looking forward to today!