wabi sabi

a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
a beauty of things unconventional.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Squam Classes

I started my journey at Squam with the amazing Flora Bowley. I love her work and the opportunity to take a class with her is what brought me to Squam. She paints in a very free and intuitive way. Layering paint on canvas in no particular way and refining as she goes, the painting reveals itself. This made my heart sing! It is my most favorite way to paint. What I did get from Flora was to trust my intuition and stay out of my head. She is an awesome artist and generous spirit. I was also privileged to have her as a cabin mate!

I may work on this a little more but it is close to done.

Painting in progress. I am not sure where this is going.

My second day was Journal Making with Judy Wise. I loved this class! I love all the possibilities! Judy is a wonderful gentle spirit that reminds you there is beauty and good in the world. Her journals are amazing. I love the idea of making a book and then filling with stories of my life. Some important and others not so much, but all part of my story.

My journal covered with color copies of my artwork.

Pages I am working on.

My final class was a half day sketchbook keeping class on Saturday morning with Sarah Ahearn. She shared some of her sketchbooks with us and how she used them. I often start sketchbooks and journals with great intention of keeping all my ideas and thoughts. It does not take long for the self doubt voice to start singing and they get put aside. I am not sure why I think they should have value to anyone but me. They really are just for me and to be shared as I choose.

We spent the rest of the morning on the docks in the sunshine working in our sketchbooks, each in our own way. It was a lovely morning and the perfect way to end three days of amazing classes.

I am still processing my Squam journey and trying with all my might to hang on to all I felt there. The feeling of possibility and inspiration and belonging. It is an amazing group that gather at this most magical lake. Wonderful creative women that come with open hearts and open arms to embrace this tribe that we have all come to be part of. What an amazing gift!


  1. Linda,

    I love the colors of your paintings. They make me happy. Keep up the good work.


  2. i loooooove your paintings!
    they are so soft & bright & warm & beautiful!
    as are your journal pages.
    what an amazing experience at squam!!xo

  3. Ahhhhhhhhhh. That is what your painting invokes in me. I love it. It has that quality of making you want to keep looking.

    Hope you are adjusting well. I am feeling pretty good still, but instead of absorbing myself in art, it is in work. After all those talks of teaching I am reminded that I love it, and that it such a good thing.

    I miss you and our long night talks.


  4. Lovely post. I still think it is funny we had all 3 classes together. Trying to hold onto it too. Happy creating!

  5. I love what you have created. Especially the colors they are my favorite. All of your classes looked wonderful and it looks like you learned alot. I just returned from ART and Soul in Portland-it was great also, but no wonderful out of doors like you get to experience at Squam.

  6. oh yes!!!!
    love it
    love you my dear.

  7. Hey sweetie, popping by to say a big hello and see how you are doing. So lovely seeing your pieces from Squam, the colors are so calming. :-)