Sunday, April 13, 2008


I often wonder to myself why is ArtFest so special, and one of the consistent feelings is connection. Connecting with people on different an artist, a friend, a mom, a person. People who can all see the beauty in an old thingamajig. No judging...just a few days immersed in art and fun.

Pictures from the journaling party at the beach cabin. Just a peak outside this window shows the beauty we are surrounded by during the event. Lots of fun and laughter and a new friend Heather who was drawing the most amazing picture in her journal.

A day spent with my friend Renee in Nina's class Gatherings. Oh...she can be so productive even when we are chatting and laughing. Hopefully she will post some pictures of her fabulous project. Nina's class sample was an amazing visual feast for the eyes. The texture and poetry of her work is breathtaking. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Nina, you won't be disappointed.

Candice, Keecia, Nina, and Julie
Do you see our big smiles? Yes, a class that was full to the brim with inspiration. I met these wonderful women at "ArtNest". Such talented women who are kind and open.

I can't wait to finish this journal I created in Nina's class. I opted to make a journal instead of a portfolio and need to find some vintage chocolate brown velevet ribbon to finish this up.

This sweet doll is from the always lovely Katie Kendrick. I just love how Katie's faces have such feeling. She is sitting on my writing desk.

And this lovely strawberry was a gift from my talented friend Renee. Not only is she a great traveling companion, but she makes wonderful patterns and is a very talented artist.

How I wish I could squeeze more hours in the day at ArtFest. So many people who I only got to briefly say hello as we rush about...ah but there is next year and blogland to keep in touch!

The view from the ferry as I head home. It looks a little gray, but the sun was shinning and my mind just full of memories I will cherish.


edina said...

Looks like you had a great time! Love your journal - I still have some of that vintage brown velvet ribbon I got in Paris if you need more. Let me know. :)

m i c h e l l e said...

So nice to see you at ArtFest. LOVE your pictures and love that you did a journal! See you in October!! :-)

Julie Collings said...

dear lisa,
what wonderful pictures you took of artfest.
it was so fun to have nina's class with you. i love how your book turned out, it will be a fabulous art journal.
such a sweet strawberry, i want to make one!
xo julie

Renee said...

Your friendship is a blessing - this year ArtFest i.e. NinaFest (for me) was magical. You are a very talented girl and just as pretty inside as what we get to take in with our eyes!
xoxx, Renée

Sarah said...

Looks like a great weekend of inspiration. I've enjoyed looking at everyone's Art Fest photos. Your journal turned out great!

kecia said...

hello sweet Lisa! unfortunately when i got home, my son, Tucker, was quite ill - so it was a stressful 2 weeks. he's doing better now, so i am now able to unpack my Artfest things, trades, goodies, etc. and i just now got to open the special goodie bag that you gave to me. i have to tell you how lovely the items are and the how touching it was that you gave me my initials in the anagram letters - it really made me feel special. what a treat and i want to thank you so much. big hugs,

Cindy Dean said...

Looks like you had a great time! Just dropping by to say hi! What other art events are you going to this year? Hope to see you at some!

Maija said...

Well, you know I also adore Renee!
Your book is wonderful- you can probably find brown velvet ribbon here
or at

Jill Holmes said...

Hi Lisa!
I am finally getting around to visiting your blog. It's great. Your projects are beautiful, of course, and I love the way that you write and the photos that you choose to include on your blog. I love the journal party photo--thanks for including me as a friend! Hopefully we'll see each other more in the future.