I did get chatting to them later and apologised for ruining their romantic vision, but they decided I had actually built on it because if someone from Australia could be in Paris doing an art retreat and drawing in a cafe then they could always believe they could do it! How cool is that!
The art retreat has been inspirational to say the least. Day one we started the day under the tuition of Renee Richetts and made travel journals out of an envelope, some paper and some embroidery thread! That's it other than the needle to put it together and some trinkets for embellishment if you want, but it is very, very cool. The journal has an inbuilt pocket and the potential to easily make other pockets for stashing treasures! I will make them for some of our future travels. I haven't used the one I made yet, because Sam bought me another journal for Christmas especially for this trip and I really want to use it for that. I have been scribbling all sorts of things in it, but think I will probably use it as an art journal to record the processes of things I try artisically. Not sure yet, those are just my thoughts at the moment.
Next was a similar technique but all done on paper. Here she is:
Finally on day one again with Renee, we did some lino printing. We made one print block with this stuff called 'Speedy Cut'. It is very, very cool. I remember doing lino printing at school and trying to carve the lino and being at great risk of carving me! This stuff is like firm butter and carves beautifully, but the blocks apparently only last for 50 or so prints. Not sure of the price of it, but you can carve into both sides of the block so I guess it is not to bad! Here is my first print.
At the end of an exhausting Day 1 I took this on the way home. It is the stairs in the Rue de al Fontaine in Montmartre:
Day two, today, was again brilliant. We started the day with Pam Carricker learning to draw portraits. Pam's work is stunning. I have loved it when I have seen it on her blog, but believe me the photos do not do it justice. She taught us a technique using conte crayons and a pliable rubber. You lay on the crayon, blend it and then erase it using the rubber. This process is repeated again and again to but the layers of light and dark and the form of the face. Here is my first attempt, completed at the workshop today:
Sorry he looks a bit dark, but it was very hard to photograph in my hotel room tonight!
After the portraits we made metal books. Here is some of the stuff I used, but I don't have a photo of it yet, because it is still a work in progress and is at the studio.
...and here is the one I drew tonight, she is not perfect, but oh how I love her as one of my new 'children' on paper!
So yes, I am enjoying myself!!! What a way to see 2010 out and what a year it has been for us! Happy New Year and much love to you all! XXXXX