Monday, March 24, 2014

Silk Painting Retreat with Sharon Shankland, Karen Sistek, and other fabulous artists!

The Lovely Ladies of the Spring 2014 Silk Painting Retreat

I just got back from a 4 day Silk Painting Retreat held at Fort Worden State Park by Sharon Shankland and Karen Sistek.  

We had a WONDERFUL time and highly recommend attending a future retreat if you get the chance!!  Fort Worden is just outside of Port Townsend which is just a short drive and a ferry-ride away from Seattle. 

Yup, that's me - painting my poppy

I spent the majority of my time working on my painting - but I also spent some time exploring and finding inspirations for future art pieces (or for sketching in my art journal).  

My poppy (unfinished)

I painted a pink poppy using Karen's MS technique.  Thanks also to Suzy for her advice and encouragement to try new techniques including using dyeset while still working on the painting. 

Puget Sound & Foothills (unfinished)

This scene was painted using traditional resist methods

Hood Canal & Bridge
My sketch of Hood Canal & Bridge

The Hood Canal Bridge - a really pretty area - and fun to sketch!

And a few other photo inspiration pictures for future sketches (right now I'm just loving the gnarled shapes of trees!).  These were all taken in and around Fort Worden - LOTS of inspiration there!  My next retreat is in Port Orchard and a lovely retreat center... I can't wait!

Oldest building in Fort Worden

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