Oh, but it's a good thing!
I've always admired art that included paint but have always been afraid to try it. In my mind I thought, "I'm not a painter." Oh sure, I can paint a basic frame or wooden box, but painting on canvas and having fun with it? Never before.
And now, never again will I shy away from it. I loved it!!! By the end of the 6-hour class my hands were covered in paint, gesso, gel medium, and ink. It was glorious!!!
And I finally got to use watercolor paints and they were SOOOOO much fun. I want to practice (play with them) for hours!!!
The next couple of photos are of Donna's inspiration journal. She graciously allowed us to photograph it, and I did take a bunch of pictures, but I'll just post my favorites here because you can see them for yourself on her blog.
I have to admit that until I signed up for this class at PaperVineyard I had never heard of Donna Downey before - I just signed up because I loved the photos of the project we'd be creating. I have probably seen her work in the past, but never put a name to it. After reading the comments left on my last blog post I was surprised that so many of you knew who she was, so I thought I'd do a little research before I headed to my class that day. By the time I was done and headed over to the class, I was totally star-struck and nervous about being in her presence. :o) Silly, huh?
I will tell you this, Donna is a doll. Very down-to-earth, genuine, funny, talented, great teacher...I could go on and on. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have met her and learned from her. Thanks to her I have new skills and I plan to use them! A lot.
Thanks, Donna, for the over-the-top-inspiration and the gentle push to try something new! I had a fabulous time at your class!!!