|Doors - Kathy Harris Szerdy|
Most of these women had never worked in an art journal before. I even had one student, Nancy, who stayed for the entire June session despite thinking she had joined a colored pencil class! (A little mis-communication in the center's newsletter. Whoops!) Quiet Nancy, with a twinkle in her eye, never missed a beat and although she insisted that, "I don't know what I'm doing", her pages were thoughtful, creative and beautiful. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera last week, so I don't have any of her images to share with you. Nancy had to take July off (as did several other of our members), but assured us that she will return in August when I'll be able to share some of her images with you! (Your presence is missed ladies!)
|Synchronicity - Kathy Harris Szerdy|
We spent the first two weeks exploring imagery and color emotion, using prompts that would encourage the creative muse to "come out and play". Kathy's synchronicity pages really hit home with me. We attended high school together, and we just found each other on Facebook a year or so ago. That we have come together again in this time and place is no accident. She is a talented, creative woman who is an English teacher, and drives an hour to get to this class every week. I'm so grateful to have her back in my life as a joyful and encouraging "blast from the past"!
|Joy - Patti Belt|
|Emotions - Patti Belt|
|Flower child - Kathy Szerdy Harris|
|Yesterday's Lesson - Painting Without Brushes! - Tina Bishop|
Yesterday, Kathy said, "You tell us something terrifying every week!" She was referring to "self portraits" (with hands) and "painting without brushes" (we used credit/store cards and fingers). She made me laugh and it made me happy because I know I'm doing my job - getting that creative muse to come out and play!
One of the most difficult challenges for all of us was using our hands as self portraits, but I think it was one of the most rewarding of the prompts we've explored.
|"Human Being & Human Doing" - Kathy Harris Szerdy|
Kathy's exploration of her hands was poignant and thoughtful. The left side explores the negative aspects of time, the binding chain loosely fitting around the fingers and hand because we can make a choice to free ourselves from the bond. She has also drawn her hand as fading- as with time.
|Past, Present & Future - Tina Bishop|
Tina (whom I have adopted as my own mom), is wonderfully spirited and has become a great mentor to me. Her hands probably amazed me the most. It took her over a week to be able to begin her exploration. She persevered through her "block" to be able to complete this exercise, and triumphantly explored a painful past, delighted in her present with gratitude, and looked enthusiastically into her future. She even included a "bucket list" hand!