Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kauai Wrap-up

I have a need to make an explanation since you all are asking for photos of finished projects from the retreat. Well it seems that DJ and I were over zealous in what we presented to the group. It was a lot, maybe too much! Joanne and Kate came the closest (I think) to getting the book finished.

The first day of dyeing I realized somewhere around 5:00 pm that I had put way too much fabric in the packets. I left around 6:30 and there were still some who were busily working. I went and took a hot bath and relaxed a bit and then walked back after dark and there were STILL some frantically dyeing in the dark, not even seeing what colors they had chosen! I have labeled those people "dyemongers"!

The second day we were (I participated too) a bit nervous thinking DJ could actually teach us to paint. It was intense but we all were amazed at what we could do. WOW, did I paint that?? But most of us got a couple of paintings done for the book. We didn't get further since we were so immersed in the paint.

The third day was the booking making day. I was busy getting lunch and cleaning up a bit I didn't work on making a book. It seems most people got the structure put together and began choosing what they wanted to go together for their books and cover.

The last day was a half day and we had intended to go on a field trip but those who showed up wanted to continue working on the book.

I too am anxious to see the results when they get finished or even the pages as they get done! If and when I accomplish putting one together is yet to be seen. I have some "wayward threads" orders to fill and then make inventory for a May show coming up and restocking the galleries.

Here's one of the paintings I created

This is the picture I painted that I'm holding above up close.

This is my other picture I painted of an Island Girl. I think I need to work on the face a bit but not having painted before with this medium I'm afraid to add more paint in case I mess it up.


Connie said...

great wrap up and pics, Lorri....but how about a close up of the painting you made? it was renarkable and everyone should see the detail!

Connie said...

yeah! you posted your paintings! you can do what i did (and dj wrote me she does it all the time!)
cheat! copy the painting on good matte photopaper or epson photo canvas, and then paint on that! if you wreck it, then you just copy another one and start over!

Anonymous said...

Lorri, I'm glad you posted your paintings. They're wonderful. I'm still trying to finish up my pages.

Aileen said...

Lorri, what a awesome job you did and the workshop sounded like a great success and so much fun!! Thanks for sharing!