Friday, June 4, 2010

Art and Soul 2010


Welcome back, or welcome to those of you who are new to my blog!

I will start by saying I'm not the best blogger in the world. In fact, I'm rather laid back (and more than a little behind in my posts). I've been back from Art and Soul in Hampton, Va., for more than a week, and am just getting around to going through the many photos I took while I was there. I have three to share with you today.

First, upon arriving at the tea party on Wednesday night, May 19, I immediately spotted a red-haired woman across the room. And I do mean red! Orange red. She was heavily tattooed and bejeweled, and I whispered to my friend Erin that I thought the redhead was one of my favorite authors. Indeed, it was Rice Freeman-Zachary, author of Creative Time and Space and several other books. She's one of my Art Heroes, and she and her hubby, the Ever Gorgeous Earl, were at Hampton on assignment for a new book tentatively titled Creative Destinations. I introduced myself to her, and we had a lovely conversation about writing and my destiny. Seriously! She gave me something interesting to think about: What do I really, really want to do for a living?

I need to think about my answer...

My first class was with the wonderful LK Ludwig. We are not related, but I've been told we look alike. (I've also been told I look like Jack White, but that's another story.) The class was "Natural Beauty," and we learned how to do gelatin monoprints, to print on metal mesh, and to incorporate our photographs into our journals. LK brought her beautiful journals to share with us. My attempts at monoprinting turned out tolerably well, but the mesh printing was very difficult and I think mine turned out more like Rohrshach tests than like the ferns and leaves they were supposed to look like!

This is an example of my monoprints. They were done with an artificial zinnia (left) and a maple leaf (right). Not bad for a first try!

This is one of LK's journal pages. I love the simplicity of her designs. I just ordered her new book, Creative Wildfire, from, and I can't wait till it arrives.

Well, that's it for today's show and tell. I will return with more photos and stories as soon as I can. Until then, stay well and stay cool!


  1. Sounds like you have a good time - someday i want to take a class by
    LK Lugwig, I have one of her books that i look through all the time for inspiration.

  2. I never saw what you created in your classes. I'll look forward to more photos.

  3. Vicki: I am hoping to take one of her online photo classes, too. She's great!

    Linda: Oh, gosh, I didn't realize that! I'd better get on it!

  4. sandra, lovely photo of you & rice! She is one of my favorite authors too, I am honored to be on the cover of one of her books = new techniques for wearable art!

  5. Looks like a wonderful time and beautiful art that you created! Loved hearing that you are a "Raising Sand" AK and RP fan also! Love their music...awesome album!

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  7. =^..^= hi Sandra
    I left a message (reply) on the WWC blog post for you ...
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    BTW ... love the color on your blog. Pretty!

  8. Lenna, Thanks for stopping by! I just saw your comment today. I wish you a Happy New Year!

    Nancy and zUzU, I just left comments on your blogs. I haven't been here in ages, but one of my resolutions is to start blogging more in 2011! Thanks for visiting me!

  9. Wow, this post makes me envious - I love what I´ve seen from LK Ludwig, and I´m dreaming of being able to attend an art fest ... of course there´s nothing like that here in Germany :-(

  10. Hi, Bockel24, LK is a great teacher and very inspirational! We have a running joke that she is my sister since we have the same last name.

    I have read of some art retreats in Italy (, I think) but I didn't know nobody had organized them in Germany. Well, hopefully someone will!

    Thanks for stopping by!