Tuesday night I got back from a ten day trip to California with my friend Janet. Another one of those trips I wasn't going to take, but she pulled me along, and am I ever so glad she did! There has been much unpacking and working since I got home - the studios are still a mess - but I need to at least get the highlights posted here, and hope to have more time over the next few days to do a bit more blogging about the trip.
Santa Barabara! Despite growing up in So Cal, I'd never spent more than a few hours in beautiful Santa Barbara. On this trip I got to be there for four gorgeous days with Janet, a former resident, as my guide.
|Sunshine and breezes along the beach!|
|Real live pelicans!|
|Just LOVE the southern Spanish architecture!|
|The giant fig tree - the largest of it's kind in the US!|
|Mette and Sissel and little Oliver|
And of course, what could be better than traveling with a friend who likes to do the same goofy stuff that you do, like doing the art project in the kids' art room at the museum?
|Janet exploring color in the kids' gallery at the Santa Barabara Museum of Art|
We made a stopover in Los Angeles, my old home town. We got together with my longtime pals Paula and Candi, whom I've know since the fourth grade! (Would you believe from this photo that I was the tall kid in 5th grade?!)
|Lulu, Paula, and Candi in Thousand Oaks|
|Lulu and Janet in front of the mural at Wacko, in Hollywood|
|Janet records her visit to a letterboxing location somewhere above Hollywood|
|Maman et fille, lulu and emily, at the Griffith Park Observatory|
|The Observatory was a sight to see from any angle!|
|The Pacific, near the Cabrillo Monument.|
|Eons of layers of sand, silt, and clay, plus tide pools!|
|Further down the coast, a famous beach shack. Beach Blanket Bingo, anyone?|
|Janet and our letterboxing equipment|
|Filling up my book|
To be honest, I didn't know of Cas Holmes prior to the trip, but I was intrigued by her mixture of papers and textiles as I had done a bit of playing with that back in my college days. But Cas takes it to a much higher level than I ever did!
|Small detail of one of Cas's pieces.|
|Here is Cas doing a demo with our dear Diane looking on|
|Cas does another demo|
Our host for the workshop was artist Jane LaFazio. She arranged for us to take the workshop in this gorgeous venue athe the NTC, aka Liberty Station. Look at all this space and light! (Jane will be teaching at Create in Seattle this fall, as well as other venues. See more of Jane HERE. I can't wait to take a class from her, too!)
One of Cas's ongoing projects is "Tea-Flora-Tales." We were each invited to participate by making a "pouch" of mixed media tea using tea bags and other ephemera.
|A sampling of Tea-Flora-Tales pieces from another of Cas's classes|
|The back of my Tea-Flora-Tales piece|
|Janet during her critique|
|The BBGs pose for a final parting shot with Cas Holmes|