Last weekend I had such a great creative adventure! I took part in Alisa Burke's "Petals and Paint Retreat" at her studio in Seaside, OR. From beginning to end, it was a beautifully crafted experience. Alisa was truly a gracious hostess and filled the event with her own special touches.
As I stepped into her adorable cottage workshop, the scent of flowers was a delicious hello. There was a lush bouquet of flowers in the back of the room and mason jars with smaller nosegays at each person's station.
Also at each station was a basket filled with supplies, plus an abundance of extra goodies including one of Alisa's original watercolors, an art journal with a hand-painted cover, and postcards and a pencil pouch featuring her designs. Even the lunch bags each day were decorated with clothes pins adorned with one of her flowers.
I was particularly impressed with the way Alisa taught the class. The demonstrations and exercises flowed breezily from one into the other, leaving no one feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. We started with watercolors, progressing from simple color exercises to painting floral bouquets.
The second day, we moved into acrylics and got even more adventurous with our techniques. We worked the paint with our fingertips, then finished them with brushstrokes and ink highlights. One of the most amazing things was seeing how everyone's personal styles emerged on our final canvas paintings.