Tuesday, April 04, 2006

How the Universe Works

By total serendipity, I found myself in Lynn Perella's class on Saturday. I wasn't totally prepared art supply-wise, but my classmates were very kind and generous and shared anything I found myself needing without a second thought. Luckily, I keep my artbox stocked with basic supplies so I had paint brushes, gesso, scissors, etc and managed just fine.

I bought Lynn's book, Alphabetica in February as soon as it hit the shelves here in Canada and though I had looked through it many, many times and even gone so far as to tab the pages that especially spoke to me, I really had no idea how to achieve the beautiful layers Lynn makes. After Saturday's class, that is no longer the great mystery it once was. This is one of the sections of a huge "canvass" I painted and collaged in class. (My favourite section.)

There were a couple of supplies I was pretty sure would be hard to find at home so I made sure I stopped and picked them up on the way home-the paper and water soluable pastels. Today I have spent the enitre day painting and collaging.

These are ATCs I made for a swap with friends created from papers I layered and collaged this morning. I turned the paper over when I cut it so that I wouldn't know what I was getting until I was finished cutting. I like the randomness of the cards. Some of the stamps came from the ephemera packets I received as trades at Artfest.

I really loved Lynn's class-she is very nurturing and makes sure she comes by and encourages you while you are working, which is something I really like from a teacher. It's good to know that you are on the right track.

At the beginning of Lynn's class, she asked us all to come and sit in a circle and share where you were from and what you do. By the time we went around the circle, we were all teary eyed. It was really nice to have a chance to slow down a bit (while our gesso was drying) and really connect with one another. At the end of the class, one of the ladies, Joyce came up to me and gifted me with all her brand new Golden Paints. She said she needed the room in her suitcase for things she bought at vendor's night and wanted to give them to someone she knew would appreciate them. She said she decided she wanted me to have them based on something I did for someone else. It was quite a surprise and reminded me that when you bless other people, you open yourself up to be blessed too. It was really sweet of her and something I will never forget.

So...here is today's bit of artful joy, made with paints from Joyce and inspiration from Lynn.


Anonymous said...

Wow, girl...it sounds like you came home with fond memories of the occasion! I am so envious of your class with Lynn. She is the one person who I REALLY want to take a class with before it's said and done. Unfortunately, I had my opportunity last year at Artfest, but ended up having to cancel the trip.

Joyce knew what she was doing when she gifted you with all of those Golden's Paints. She picked the right person...after all, what goes around, comes around...and it was YOUR turn this time!

Anonymous said...

wow sweetie--these are BEAUTIFUL!! what a lovely story behind them too. joyce sure picked the right person!!--you DEFINITELY deserved this gift!
liz xx

tracy loves pink! said...

You know, I didn't even realize you were able to switch classes on Saturday. I'm so excited that you were able to get in the MOST WANTED class at artfest! Good for you. You deserved it. I love what you did...beautiful!

primdollie said...

Wow what an awesome experience you had and all the fun things you learned and the trades and all!! Just fabulous hope to make it next year!!loved Lynne when she came here to Cleveland to teach and she is awesome!!! thanks for sharing all the fun!!!
Hugs Linda

Heather Simpson-Bluhm said...

Totally fabulous all the way around. I love, love the technique and what you have done with it. I too have found myself wondering how people get those amazing layers. Maybe you can share some tips with me when we hook up at AFF.
Hugs, keep on keeping on!

Susan Tuttle said...

Lelainia these are gorgeous! I loved your accompanying post on "How the Universe Works." What a wonderful story! Do tell about all those wonderful layers!

Susan Tuttle said...

Lelainia these are wonderful!! I really enjoyed your story too!! Do tell about those wonderful layers.