Wakeful dreamers, I pass them on the sunlit streets
In our rooms filled with laughter
We make hope from every small disaster”
it’s been a week away from blogger, from the computer, from practical real life. i’ve been tucked away in a world of art retreat bliss, of artmaking, of personal growth, of community so real and true, it warms my heart thinking about it.
i am home now, though coming back to oakland from the northwest reminds me again that this still isn’t home. it may never be, and i’m ok with that. still, it was wonderful smelling the air, seeing highway signs that read “portland” and taking in the culture of slower drivers, relaxed people, springtime tulips, and the lush greenery.
i returned home from this experience feeling both heavy and light all at once. heavy with inspiration, with ideas, with a greater sense of myself as a maker of things. but it has also left me feeling light with the feeling of freedom and starbursts of joy inside my heart & soul. i am full to the brim with a beautiful sense of community and inspiration.
i will take you along a photo journey:
liz and i pretty much spent an entire week together, either at her house, or at artfest, in the car, in our dorm room, every meal together, walks here and there, and guess what? it was fantastic! i think she may be the only person on the planet i can spent that much time with and not feel suffocated. we are so completely chatty with one another, sharing everything. she is a treasure in my life. before heading over to the official artfest check-in, we went to the ocean to center our frazzled selves. felt sooo good.
now this is lovely and perfect: this is what i found when i opened one of the drawers in our dorm room. not the socks or hat (those are mine), but the writing is what i found. “Treasure every moment.” how cool is that? i love these simple moments. they are collectable.
i took anahata’s “Funky Wallpaper People” on the first day. i was surprised at how much i loved this class. i’ve been wanting to work faster, messier, more impulsively and this class was a perfect exercise. she is darling, insightful, and i loved how she would remind us to move on to another part of the painting if we weren’t thoroughly enjoying ourselves. i met Diane Haven Smith in this class. she’s an artist and a social worker just like me! we had several conversations throughout the week and i just really, really liked her. check out what she’s doing over here.
i had nina’s class the second day, but i can’t show you what i made as it’s a gift for someone special. i met nina (and misty) last fall over thai food. just as she did when i met her, she leaves me feeling flowy and at ease in a way that only southerners can do. i bought a pair of her gorgeous earrings that i will likely wear everyday for awhile (similar to my yellow shoes, i’m totally in love). both of these lovelies were my neighbors at vendor nite which made the evening even more joyous (more on that later). nina is a wonderful teacher with a sassiness about her that charms me.
this photo was taken on our way to have dinner with Tonia (who by the way is a total talented delight). peaceful, isn’t it?
meeting judy and spending some time with her was a huge highlight for me. she is such a spirited and talented soul. and she just gets it, you know what i mean? i hope i’m just like her when i’m her age: still inspired, youthful, joyful, spirited, funny, talented, a journaler, smiling, and gracious. she is all of those things and i loved our little chats so, so much. she is pure delight. notice our earrings in this photo? we both bought nina earrings.
a total disaster. i thought i’d share a peak into our dorm room. i was on the left, liz on the right. we indulged in wine, cheetos, cheese, and chocolate all week long. heaven. our window looked out into a spacious grassy park with gorgeous trees and the ocean to the left. loved it, even if the showers were sort of cold.
i could go on & on. i met so many lovely, lovely people who inspire and make me chuckle. and it was great to reconnect with familiar faces, too. the sense of community is what i’m walking away with. i feel wrapped in it. it’s a feeling i never want to lose.
(more artfest photos here)