Friday, May 6, 2016

7th Annual Artist Retreat, part 3

The morning light as it begins to sneak into Pam's studio is glorious.

For a few seconds yesterday morning, before the sunlight drifted to the side, it made the recycled Macy's shopping bag handles of my newly created paper bag journal glow. 

Thursday was dedicated to finishing the black, white and red scroll. After all, it was home and it wanted to be completed move on to its next life. 

So I listened and obliged.


and cropping, 


 and joining.

We had both machines fairly humming most of the day. I always enjoy a bit of a chuckle when Pam and I sit at opposite ends of her worktable and begin stitching - Pam at her George and me at the full metal Elna that was once her mother's. Can't help but think of dueling sewing machines...

Pam's creation is exquisite. I need her permission to share photos though.

At some point around mid-day, Pam looked out the window and spied this little fellow searching for his lunch. He's so tiny - would fit in the palm of your hand. 

Back at work, the black, white and red scroll has become a double-sided accordion book. 



a different view

The last day of the retreat has arrived far too soon. I feel like I wasted half the time trying to do regular work. On one hand, I did. On the other...well, my folly proved once and for all that this time at Pam's truly is sacred play time. And we are serious about play. All bets are off, there are no mistakes, no bad ideas. And that is a very good place to be. 


  1. I am so inspired by watching you go through the process. Just beautiful work! Where's is Pam's studio? :)

    1. Thank you Anita! It's been a wonderful in Kansas.

  2. I love your work and your philosophy, both!

  3. Replies
    1. You're most welcome Mia! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

  4. These posts have been amazing and inspiring. Your play-time has produced stunning results.

    1. Thank you Stephanie! Good things always come from a week with Pam. Enjoy!

  5. There are no limits Jennifer. Keep going with your quest.


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