Saturday, February 06, 2010

Art, Laughter and the Company of Friends

It's not often, in this hectic world we live in , that we are gifted with the opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of good friends gather together for laughter, stories and the pursuit of art, but last weekend I was blessed with such an opportunity. Four of us, Tory, Suzanne, Debi and I, came together for a mini-retreat in Suzanne's studio for three days filled with creativity, laughter, friendship and support. Just the thing to beat back the winter blues brought on by endless rainy gray skies.

We arrived, one by one, bringing armsloads of supplies, excited to get some uninterrupted time to work on our various projects. We set up shop, each at our own table, after first oohing and aahing over our hosts fabulous studio space and wonderful selection of art books. Of course, we reached that moment when the supplies we brought were just not enough and we took an obigatory run to the local craft store to buy more supplies we could not do without. And we are rewarded in our avarice with the rich wealth of ideas for even more projects that only the sight of an endless arena of art materials can bring you.

We woke up early on Saturday morning and dove into a project I had been wanting to try for quite awhile - the making of "dolls for big girls". Following the directions of talented artist, Judy Wise, we set out to make a few alter egos.

Here I have created the body of my doll with polymer clay. I have decided to make a bathing beauty to transport myself out of the rainy winter with warm, sunny memories of the beach.

Suzanne is finishing with her arms and legs. It's all ready to go into the oven for hardening.

A bit of collage and paint...and we have attitude and personality....and voila!!, our finished girls.
Ready for some sun
Sweety demure

High class, complete with tiny gloves.
The rest of the weekend filled with fat book pages and journals, collage techniques and advice and most of all, laughter and support. It just goes to show that you never get too old for sleepovers, dolls and the company of best friends. Photography by Tory Brokenshire.


Suzanne Reynolds said...

Brings back all the fun of the weekend! Thanks, Jan. Making the dolls was just great, really enjoyed that project.

Robin Olsen said...

I love your bathing beauty--she has such a great expression. Congratulations on your publication!