Wow, where do I start!? I knew it would be good, even great. But, I wasn’t prepared for it to totally sweep me off my feet!
Taking place at one of my favorite spots, Studio Crescendoh. The weather was perfect, nice breeze, great company and an amazing teacher! This was Jennifer’s first two-day teaching retreat, but you would never know. She was knowledgeable, open, honest and very accessible. I felt like she really wanted to know about each of us personally and what we hoped to take away from the class. She spent quality time with each of us, ensuring that she could help us with our needs.
This was the start on Saturday morning…
There were lots of community paints and supplies on hand.
Below is my canvas with the beginning doodles.
Going through lots of changes; doodling, painting and writing, which was terribly hard for me. We had writing exercises all throughout, which is a big part of Jennifer’s process. Since I’m not a journal-er, I found this to be the most challenging. So, after my breakdown during one of our exercises, something kinda clicked. The words flowed and I no longer felt controlled by my blocked thoughts about writing…does this make any sense? I should point out that it took the better part of the weekend for this to happen. Anyhow, I’m going to start a journal and get writing.
For this exercise, we were instructed to cover 90% of our paintings to this point. I really wasn’t liking mine anyway, so it didn’t bother me. I chose ochre. This was the last time that I worked on this piece though. Jennifer works on multiple pieces at once including birch panels, paper and canvas. So that’s what we did.
This was a blindfold exercise:
One of our surprises was to finish a painting. We could pick any one we wanted, but we had to finish…..oh and she only gave us about an hour…ugh. This was what I came up with. I did a blind sketch of a little table in the studio. I kind of like it, but it might change.
This was another blind contour sketch that I did from a photograph of a duck. I had to keep my pen on the board at all times while never taking my eyes off the photo. I love him! He is not finished though.
This is the gorgeous Jennifer Mercede, doing her thing & doing it well! Totally easy to develop a crush on this beautiful soul as I have done!
This cute little seed packet was gifted to us by Jennifer. Her art looks so perfect on it. I can’t wait to plant my seeds.
If you ever have an opportunity to take on of her classes, run and sign up!
To visit Jennifer, you can find her at www.jennifermercede.com.