Monday, February 25, 2013

Art Romp Part I

 Well..I must first say it is good to be home...I love my family and home..I missed them all very much:):) But,.... I have to say I had the time of my life:):):)  This art retreat was by far the BEST art experience I have ever had!!!!!! For those of you who do not know... I went to Seattle, Washington to visit Teesha Moore and her hubby Tracy. They opened their home for 8 students to come and get immersed in art for 7 days!!! ..and boy did we ever!!!! And we also got to see Seattle as well!!! This post is loaded with tons of pictures .....I will have to do several posts!!! So, go get a cup of coffee and enjoy the show :):)
     A new moleskin journal I took with me..and did several spreads while waiting for my pick up :):)

                                         ..... here she is the Lady of the hour.... Teesha Moore.

     ...and her wonderful teddy bear husband... Tracy Moore :):) sweetest guy you will ever meet:):)
 When you walk into Teesha's  house you are greeted by this very cool chandelier made of gifts, found and handmade treasures Teesha has collected over the years!!! Love made me smile ever time I saw it:):)
Teesha's in house studio. This is were she does most of her own work. They have a two story building in their back yard where they create also. Tracy has the bottom level as Teesha has the top.
                                                    ...more of Teesha's in house studio
 One of the things that really struck me...was that Tracy and Teesha surround themselves with art..their own and many other artists!! I really love that idea..and have wanted to do it my self for many years...but, the logical side creeps in and whispers to me..."That is way to much one is going to like your house!!" and sadly I listened.... but NO MORE!!! Watch out Hubby dear...color is about to bust out all over our house:):):) Above is their living room...where the walls are covered!!! The man is one of Teesha's journal pages blown up big!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
.....of course every time I went to the bathroom I was greeted by this funky gal :):) She made me laugh every time!!!
 Teesha and Tracy had a room were they layed out all their work..we had the privilege to read and look at every page..they held nothing back:):) Above are Teesha's journals.
one of her journal pages
Tracy makes the coolest metal and leather journals!! Above are just a few of them!!
Tracy's art work:):) 
Now I take you into the above studio were Teesha had a desk waiting for each of us:):) ..and again the color!!! I was so at home with all this color surrounding me :):)

 Yeah....I had a very hard time NOT pulling every thing out to see what I could find :):) LOL!!
 So, what were we to learn on this retreat you ask?? Well, Tracy and Teesha  left that up to us...we were to look around us..and if we saw something we liked..They would show us how to make it!!! Yeah!!! I know...really!!! Yes, ...and we all went nuts!!.....I personally got my fingers into ...collage, painting, air brushing, metal journal making, sewing, junk journaling, rubber stamp carving, Celtic knots, and self portrait water, I did a lot!!! We started every morning with getting a Coffee and Bender fix :):)
                                       Here we are outside the Issaquah Coffee shop
                                                          Bender shop greeter:):)

                   I keep going and show you more???? I have many more pictures:):) They did more than art with us.....they showed us Seattle...and for someone who has never been there..I loved every minute of the tour!!!!
                                                    Okay a few are some things I saw....
                                                                Snoqualmie Water fall
                                                      Japanese dollar store!!! so fun!!!
Boehm Chocolate factory
 Yummm it sure does smell good in here!!!!!

                                                                            one point we were driving along..and this old rusty train was just sitting there...we said stop!!! and took lots of pictures!!!
                                            Archie McPhee's novelty and crazy store

        I bought the above finger monsters ....and this bee:):) We went every where in this Van.....

         I saw my first Troll!!!! He resides under this bridge!!! Very cool...That is myself and Cynthia. He is squishing a real life size Beetle bug car.

       I wanted to find pins for my vacation pin quilt.....that said Seattle on them... so Cynthia and I went for a walk by the wharf.....and I found my pins at Ye Old Curiosity Shop by the water.
                                                    .....very cool graffiti on the walls...
                                           These were huge on the walls every where!!
 .....then we went to see Carla Sonheim studio and her art..the little piece she is holding I bought and brought home with me:):) She showed us around and then did a drawing lesson with us...very nice lady:):)
 ...and finally I will end this post with a visit to Teesha's downtown Seattle studio. After years of having it..they finally decided to let it go...we were the last people to see it!! Very cool!! The city was just outside the windows...very inspiring!!! Teesha and Tracy's art was blown up and covering all the walls!!!
  Thanks for reading about my adventure..come back in a few days to see more...also, you want to see what I was up to :):) I made some really cool things :):):)
                                                        See ya soon....Sandie



cucki said...

Wow super wonderful adventure ..thank you for sharing x

Maggie said...

OMG, Sandie!!!! I can't wait to see more. What a fantastic, inspiring retreat! I can't believe it was for 7 days! I'm sure you were in heaven, surrounded by all that COLOR and inspiration.

So glad you are sharing your adventure. Glad you got to visit our beautiful Northwest!! How awesome that they took you all sightseeing around Seattle. So fun!!

Take care,

Marianne said...

more more more please. Oh how I wish I could have been there. I have been to Seattle and love it. But to be there in the company of colorific artist souls would be over the moon orgasmic!

inki said...

How fun! tfs!!

Lesley said...

Holy moley! What a week you had! The pictures are fabulous and give us a pretty good idea of the exciting art-filled week you had. Loved seeing every little thing, and plkan to go back and re-read to see what I missed the first time! You're so photogenic and look so happy to be in the art world. I just bet the creative juices were flowing with lots of colour!

Marlynne said...

What a wonderful art retreat! Something most of us just dream about! Anxious to see more pictures of your trip and what you made! So glad you got to have this experience! Marlynne

Patty said...

Oh my goodness. This trip is amazing. I cannot imagine a better trip! So inspiring I will probably dream about it tonight.

quiltmania said...

WOW, what an amazing adventure!

Debbie said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! Great photos!

Michelle May said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I can't breathe! I'm totally green with envy! How darn cool was this entire adventure!!!!!!! I'll be back to see more for sure!

Marrianna said...

Everybody has said it already: Awesome, fantastic, fun, green with envy, great photos, and you are definitely photogenic. Love the dimples. So, I also look forward to your next post and photos. I want to know what "junk journaling" is.

Oh, to go to a real live Dick Blick Art Supply Store! and the Japanese dollar store looks to be amazing. Also love graffiti and am glad you took pictures.

Where did you get the large Moleskin Sketchbook? I'm guessing it was a sketchbook because it looks like it took your paints very well.

Oh, and to spend 7 whole days with 6 new friends plus Tracy and Teesha, had to be the best experience. My dream vacation is to take a week long retreat like you did and get totally immersed in artwork.

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Gosh! Once I read "7 days with Teesha Moore" I stopped hearing and had to go back and read it all a second time. I can't wait to see what you made. She is one of my very favotie artists ever and what an adventure!

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

It sure looks like you had an awesome trip Sandie - I´ve never seen a home like that. So many colors. Can´t wait to see what you made.

gracie said...

Sounds like a delightful trip and experience. Thanks for sharing

Natacha said...

I loved this post, so much color!
I also started following you, so I'll be back :-)).

Linda in Calif. said...

Crazy Man, Crazy! What a fun trip and yes do decorate you house any way you want. I had a friend that had parrots and jungle plants all over. It's not what I would do but it was fun to be in her house.

teesha said...

wow...just reading the comments people left you really warmed my heart. and it was great seeing the romp through your eyes (and lens). it was a crazy, fun, art-filled week but we loved every minute of it. thanks for posting it all here.

love, teesha

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