Friday, August 19, 2011

Wallsburg Workshop

The show at the Terra Nova Gallery was a lot of work but, I'm so glad I did it. Many people showed up for the opening and it was fun. My photos of the paintings are still at the photographers. I'll post them when I can.

The first week of August Marie and I took a painting workshop from Linda Curly Christensen in Wallsburg. Each day we went to a different location to paint. The workshop was five days, about twelve hours a day.

The first day we painted on Linda's farm. Our lunches were brought to us and dinners were back at the studio and were very yummy and healthy.

The second day we painted in town at the Ford's fence with the beautiful hollyhocks.

This is Russell Rick's painting. He had quite a few nice paintings that week and kept us entertained.

Day three took us up into the high country to paint wildflowers. As part of the retreat, we took a trail ride on horseback. This was a highlight.

This was my horse. He really liked me and kept wanting to show me how well he could trot.

As you can imagine we saw some beautiful places.

I had to drive my Toyota through this river three times on the way up and down. The first crossing was rough with big rocks. One of the cars got high centered. The drive up was one of my favorite parts.

Day 4 was a great painting day. I loved painting the valley and gentle mountains. We were out in the sun painting for six hours. By this time we were use to painting out in the elements and it was not a problem, except when the wind was blowing. We just loaded things down with rocks.

The horse handlers all had matching t-shirts that read:

If You Are Good,
If You Are Really, Really Good,
If You Obey The Golden Rule,
If You Pray Daily.......
When You Die, You Will Go To.......

After spending twelve hours a day, for five days, painting, listening to art lectures and critiques, eating good food and meeting new friends, Marie and I thought we WERE in heaven!


Jean said...

After reading about your experience, I felt a need for a Bit of Heaven today. I enjoyed the scenic tour of Wallsburg's main road plus all the side roads.
A cute white house surrounded by a white fence was for sale. I picked up a paper and it read, "30 ACRES Of PARADISE". $1,790,000
Guess I'll wait for my "Bit of Heaven".