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opening to something new

grunewald library loftMy home for the rest of this week is at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA.  I’m taking a class in encaustics, thanks to a gift certificate from my church. I’m also getting lots of time to write and take pictures.

This morning we began our day with the founder of this guild, Richard Caemmerer, sharing his vision of how to engage the creative process and maintain it as a spiritual practice as well.  I have a lot of his words in my head right now and I need to write them down and see how they unfold.

There are two classes running at this time: Encaustics and Acrylics.  These are the morning workshops.  Then the afternoons are open for more studio practice or whatever you want to do.  There are also “secret classes.” These are offerings that aren’t advertised but are put together depending on offerings by staff or volunteers with expertise.  I’m going to be doing one on doodling – right up my alley.  That will be tomorrow.

This morning was all about learning some basics of the encaustic materials and techniques and beginning a practice piece which will also be sort of our test block for the rest of the week.  I don’t have a photo of it yet.  They had us start with collage encaustics because it is the easiest.  I found a lot of what I do with fabric transfered to this work today.  We’ll be learning harder techniques as the week progresses and I will see how my “craftiness” applies as I become involved in those.

So thanks to all who made it possible to be here!