When I die I hope that there is a shaft of light that takes me right into the center of a cherry tree as full bloom as this one! I'm cheating here since this was taken last year. But it still takes my breath away. (you must click for a better sniff) The trees are blooming here and spring is in full effect. The feeling of positivity is prevailing around the warehouse and it does indeed feel like a fresh start. There's even hope in the news these days. With the election year upon us I'm feeling like John (Lennon that is) might actually be smiling down on us from his cherry tree in the sky. Who knows... maybe this century will surprise us all.
There has been a lot of locals asking for art retreats here in Ashland. But the ART IN ASHLAND workshop is already officially half full (20 and counting!) and the flyer hasn't even left blogland let alone made it to the Co-op bulletin board yet (I fear the local wrath of late discovery)! I feel so much gratitude to all of you. Where else could three ladies be more well received. It's really miraculous. This community continues to be such a wonderful balance of giving and receiving. Sharing and experimenting. I am touched by the interest and support and we are so ready to BRING IT gals! Artsy Mama emailed about an inquiry to the PaPaYa! warehouse, which is of course here in town as well. So I will indeed be arranging a field trip to our newly expanded warehouse row and studios outside of class times. Participants can also shop at the PaPaYa! warehouse at wholesale costs if you choose to bring home some goodies. And speaking of goodies check out Amy's picture above showing her new pieces. Pam just posted this on her site. Looks like her Etsy store is full of new beauties. Go take a look and get inspired for ART IN ASHLAND!
Also just a quick note that there are still a few spaces left for the MANDALA PAINTING RETREAT that PaPaYa! is also hosting here in town in June. It will be at the historic Old Siskiyou Barn on private acreage outside of town.
That's all for the big updates. I am thrilled to bits and I have been doing my dork dance all day!
(UPDATE: In just 24 hours this retreat is 1/3rd sold out! Thank you to everyone who jumped in with us!)
Recently Pam Garrison, Amy Hanna and I had the pleasure of teaching together at Art Nest in Utah as many of you know. It was one of many stays together and anchored our joy of co teaching and down right fun of being on retreat together. I had such a fantastic time taking each of their classes myself that it simply wasn't enough. (Pics of that retreat here) No...Not for me and not for the many folks who were unable to get in to the sold out retreat. So we've decided to team up again. This time we will be in my little town, Ashland, Oregon. It's home of the famed Shakespeare Festival and a hoppin' little place in the summer. Pam will be doing her "What Lies Inside" workshop and giving her secrets to her layered style and ultra vintage appeal. Making journals and pages from old ledgers and making personal heirloom books. Amy Hanna will be weaving her wondrous jewels and infusing us with her vixen skills and jewelry magic. Her class is called "Rejuvenated Jewels". ( I took this class with absolutely no idea how to even wire wrap and ended up making three kick bootie pieces that day!) And I will be promoting my usual approach to the creative process. Using focal faces and pushing the time limits to create personal icon's and letting go of creative resistance. And one of the things I am most excited about is that we will be in the ballroom (and the rose garden...and the garden room!) at the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel in the center of town. That means you will all get to see my favorite store of all time, PRIZE (Previously in SF) and also be close to the theatre restaurants, bead, fabric and antique stores, nightlife and cafe's. It's also two blocks from Lithia park with a creek, swimming, hiking, manicured grounds and duck ponds. Everything is walking distance. So it's eeeeeasy. YES! I'm super pumped up! This retreat will fill up quickly so we hope you will jump in with both feet and join us! You can see all the details here. And register right here.
Another great find at the local antique mall. This cabinet card album was full of pics! Just makes me happy. It weighs a ton though. Wishing everyone a great weekend. The blossoms are coming out on the trees here so I am looking forward to getting out and taking some pictures of the cherry blooms! See you next week...
A little more tweaking in the studio today. Getting us all to fit together in our new space has been a process. Luckily we laugh a lot and drink rediculus amounts of tea! Kathleen's going to kill me for posting this since I know how we both Looove to have pictures of ourselves around. But I couldn't resist her and Brennan working away looking so cute in their zones.
Also we have some big news from the warehouse! The Papers are finally In and they are on the website now. We even have a new one designed by Pamela Garrison herself! I am so excited to be sharing papers with designs by myself, kathleen and Pam! Here's Pam's gorgeous, "Vintage Tangerine" design.
And one from Kathleen...
And some I think I showed you before from me...
Also the long awaited Envelope Sets have finally arrived as well. So there's lots of new stuff to check out right here.
I have just added an ArtfestFAQ page to my website. I hope this will help to clarify some of the confusion about materials to bring and the buzz questions on the Yahoo Artfest group and emails I have been recieving. If there are any other questions please feel free to write them in response here and I will reply. or email me directly at email@example.com. We are just around the corner now so have a great time loading up on all your class materials! I am gearing up with over 100 packets and support materials for this years retreat! I'm getting excited and inspired to be there again. Kiss Kiss Artfesters...
Doug Wilson's Poster has been crowning in the studio this week. (Isn't it super! He prints directly onto map paper. I got this one at Prize) A great affirmation don't ya think? The burning desire to force myself into a new style is springing up again. There's no way to truly start fresh but the interest always comes around for me regardless. Wouldn't it be nice to just see with new eyes once in a while. I guess I feel ready to roll up my sleeves again and get away from the computer. That always breathes a fresh perspective back into things.
Also I have been considering more workshops this year and I want to ring some new stuff to the table. I'll let you know how both of those things unfold.
In the meantime I am busy adding new stuff to the PaPaYa! website and will give you the heads up for the new goodies asap.
If you've been here a while you will know I have been struggling with PaPaYa!'s logo for some time now. But I think I have finally settled on a new one I can stick with. That's it in the upper left corner. My kick ass co-pilot, Kathleen created this fantastic new catalogue cover for spring. There's so much new stuff in the parking lot that there is heavy machinery needed to move it all.
Who's buying all this stuff! It blows my mind. I feel so grateful for the people who have helped us get the PaPaYa! momentum flowing and to everyone who continues to purchase our quirky goods. I sure am happy to make them. The other day I was surprised to find someone asking me the classic , "what would you do if...." I was stunned because I couldn't imagine doing anything thing other than making crazy people out of family cabinet cards and off beat scenes. YES! What more could a lady ask for. A big kiss to everyone and the Universe at large for such a blessing.
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...