If you are interested in taking my workshop, "Finding Your Form Through Nature", June 28th through July 3rd, go to the above link to check my workshop description. There are still a few spots left!
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Lily and Charlie had their faces painted at the Celtic Festival in Charlotte yesterday. I am still smiling...
It's Saturday morning and time to pass through the avenue of oaks, cross the bridge to the mainland and drive past those lovely Southern pine trees as I head north...
First, I want to thank the Spring Island Trust for making this opportunity available to artists. It is a refuge where ideas can grow and creativity can flourish. In addition I want to give special thanks to my many old friends and to new friends whose hospitality, interest and moral support made my time on Spring Island a joy. All hugs, comments, great questions and smiles of encouragement were welcomed and appreciated along with snacks, visits and gifts of nature. Special thanks goes to a young woman who is a Spring Island security person who came to my rescue Friday morning when I discovered my phone was dead! At the golf house I could always count on a fabulous lunch, smiles from everyone and lots of laughter!
Accommodations were superb! The studio could not have been more perfect with its location, its lighting, sparse beauty and ambiance. The cottage was charming, comfortable and I loved seeing the moon most evenings through the oak tree outside my window festooned with Spanish moss. Of course marvelous dinner parties were scrumptious, the conversations inspiring and the warmth and kindness of the Spring Islanders who picked me up so I wouldn't get lost, just made my experience on Spring Island that much sweeter...
Now it is my turn to say - come see Roger, me, Jaz and Rosie and visit my studio and our home! Greenville is a fabulous city and It would be wonderful to see you all again.
A final wistful look at the studio and some of the smaller meditation pieces I started as demos for the two mini workshops...
This day was all about bringing the essence of the natural environment around the Barn into the studio to create an interior space that would reflect something of my experience as an artist touched by the exquisite beauty of Spring Island's natural environment. In this case it was the long needled pine, the cones, the bark, branches and long straight needles that had touched me the most.
The magnolia leaves were a thoughtful gift from a special visitor. When I added them to my still-life of branches, pines, bark, etc, they became a connection to my home in Greenville, SC where the magnificent magnolia trees have become my symbol for place.
Sometimes I love the details best of all!
The last addition to the still-life was the Palmetto leaf.
An enchanting look at Spring Island up close...
Just outside the Barn studio stand these gorgeous, straight and regal long needled pine trees. They remind me of my South Carolina roots. As a child, whenever I returned to Florence, SC to see grandparents and cousins, the sight of sandy soil and pine trees, reminded me we were getting close to my birth place and some of my earliest memories. Nostalgia had already set in on my drive down from Greenville, SC the day before.
And I have a wondrous tale to tell! It is a story about the abundant Spring Island hospitality and generosity. Add to that, Spring Island's exquisite natural environment, became an incubator that offered me an opportunity for new growth. It doesn't get any better than that!
Each day this week I will post images that will share the special and memorable journey I had into a paradise like no other! Images from day one will follow.
These collaborative wind chimes were created by the CCES 4th grade students, Marilyn Mullinax and ME, for the CCES Lower School Permanent Collection! In addition the 4th grade students will be assembling the parts and pieces for their own personal bell/chimes.
Thank you to the 4th grade students and especially to Marilyn Mullinax, their gifted art teacher, for a fantastic and memorable experience! Together we made harmony out of chaos!!!!
Now, it's back to my studio, a quieter but equally exciting place to be.
Wind chimes, a creative collaboration with the Mrs. Mullinax and her 4th grade "young artists" at CCES- A sneak peak...
Just look at these beautiful young hands and imagine the "creative potential" of our youth, especially when they can work together as a team!