Thursday, September 24, 2009

This American Life of mine

Wowza, wowza, what a journey I have been on.

During these last 2 weeks (when I've been mainly absent from this blog) I have traveled from my Wildwood, MO home to Wisconsin, then through IL, IN, OH, PA, NY, and VT to New Hampshire. Then from NH through MA and NY to south New Jersey/Philadelphia and then all the way across PA (that is one big friggin' state!) to WV, OH (hi Mom & Dad), IN, IL and whew, finally back home as of last night.

It was beautiful. Amazing. Transformational. I have never done anything like this before. It was interesting to have so much time alone. Time to reflect and t-h-i-n-k. Geez, seems like I don't get to do that so much anymore. I found comfort in my own company. I loved watching the landscape roll by while listening to podcasts of This American Life. Our country is so gorgeous and so very rural - for some reason I forget that - hills and valleys and cows and horses and goats, oh my, oh my.

Anyhoo, I am home now so indulge me while I step back to re-visit Valley Ridge.
Here are a couple of my photos; needless to say, I found inspiration at every turn.
I guess you were probably expecting photos of the student's work, weren't you? Ah, well..... lucky for me, sweet and generous Marge made 2 amazing slide shows of the Valley Ridge experience. Click here for the first one, which features the beauty of the site. And Click here for the second one which shows my class and the incredible art made by my students.

Lucky me, I get to go back next year, how cool is that!??!
And stay tuned, Pics from Squam will be posted soon.


  1. I so enjoyed seeing all the great work the students and you did during this workshop and enjoyed the space, too, seeing some of the building, landscape, etc. Well done! Someday I'll have to do this...someday :) Your work is so inspiring.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and appreciating my photos from Squam.

    I love your work. Your photos in this post will surely become even more wonderful when your paint box comes out.

    You surely must be an inspirational teacher to have inspired such wonderful work from your students. I look forward to seeing the Squam work

  3. Wow you covered some ground. i watched the second video and It looked like a great class and I love your work shown at the end. You are very gifted both as an artist and a teacher.

  4. What a whirlwind! I simply adored your class at Squam and already can't wait to find myself in another one of your classes!

  5. Thanks so much for referencing my Smileboxes! I have purchased more claybord and can't wait to get started playing with it. Sounds like your art adventure of the past few weeks was nourishing to your soul. Awesome.

  6. Glad to have you home, MB...

  7. Hi Mary...I DID buy the dress! See ya at the sock hop!

  8. I love that you loved your time working and playing and rediscovering you....

    and of course, dinner with you while you were in wisconsin was fabulous !!!

    I hope to see you soon !!!

    ps...saw the work that linda did in your class while I was in misty's class and the artwork at kathys.....WOW WOW WOW !!!!


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