My five week sabbatical from the corporate salt mines has been a fantastic creative time for me.
Especially the weeklong retreat I took at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in the Smoky Mountains where I studied under an artist whose work I've admired for so long -- Lauren DiCioccio!
The warm, inspiring and hugely talented Lauren taught a "Painting With Thread" embroidery portraiture workshop. To say I learned a lot is an understatement.
I spent nine or more hours a day in the studio, really pushing myself to see faces, color and thread in a new way.
I'm a self-taught artist, so this was exciting and exhausting. Especially thinking about color. I have always gorged myself on color... now I want hone my understanding of it in a more cohesive way.
Since coming home I've let myself turn my tiny apartment into a home studio.
This means that I'm letting myself spread out and make a mess and not worrying about keeping it neat for guests.
I'm following my days where they take me.
This glorious, creative time started with Lauren and my studio mates a Arrowmont.
What a June!