Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back from Boone

Here's a little piece I created when left to my own devices in the later days of the workshop with Jerry Brommer.

If you've never been to Boone, NC, you've missed one lovely spot. And if you've never taken a workshop at
Cheap Joe's, you've missed the most fun, and what must be the best week-long workshop deal in the country.

My friend Lynette and I left town last Sunday excited about working in watercolor and collage with Gerald Brommer. We'd seen his gorgeous paintings of the California coast and picturesque hill towns, many featuring rocky cliffs and and a vital compositional element. I had first heard of Jerry's work with paper making and had bought his book on collage. Since I have been using collage in my work for my new show, this seemed like a good fit.

From the first contact back in February with Edwina, who is in charge of registration and the smooth running of the workshops at Cheap Joe's, we knew we were in good hands. When we arrived for work on Monday morning, we were greeted at our cars by two friendly fellows who were instructed to help us unload our supplies and get us settled at our work stations. "Now, you have to let us help you," one of them said when we protested that we could get it ourselves, "You'll make us look bad!"

Before we got started, we were given a bucket of Cheap Joe's goodies, including a water bucket with two chambers and a handle that could hold our brushes, a water bottle, notepad and pencil, name tag, and a complimentary copy of Pastel Magazine. (Each day we got a gift on our tables: sponge, a tube of paint, a brush pouch, sample of papers and a photo of the workshop participants and $25 gift certificate for another workshop at Cheap Joe's.) Four staff members greeted us, including Joseph Miller, Joe Miller's son, to welcome and explain the week's activities. Joe himself, was on the golf course that morning, but when he got back he came in and greeted each of us with a hug or handshake. He knows how to run a business!

I'll talk more about what we learned in upcoming posts.


Jeane Myers said...

ok,with a name like 'Cheap Joe's", you know it's going to fun - will be anxious to hear about the week - I really really like this painting Elizabeth!

Kerri Settle said...

I went to Boone for college and I still miss it! I loved having the Cheap Joe's outlet nearby when I needed to pick up supplies. It sounds like you had a great time!

Anna M. Branner said...

Yay! Welcome back! Love the painting. Its still you-but different! :)

Gwen Bell said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful time and at great Workshop.

This little piece is really nice. I like all of the white and the series of circles around the bird.

Crazy RAvens Studio said...

I hope they give you a kickback, Elizabeth because now I want to go to Cheap Joe's classes in NC.It look like a lot of fun. I like collage especially the "happy accidents". These abstracts are pretty cool.