Wow, wow, wow.
I am still in travel mode, flitting back and forth across the USA (and Vancouver).
I wanted to thank everyone who had commented on the twelve tribes.
I have not been able to access a computer much - more by choice as this is the time to enjoy travel. Suffice to say that all your comments have been amazing and so well received. Thank you all so much, each and every comment means so much and I will try and respond as soon as possible.
I started in LA where Kristen and Ruth met me, picked me up and we started on our venture around the shops of LA. More on that in another post, suffice to say that both Kristen and Ruth were such amazing hosts to me, Ruth making me an awesome necklace.
So forgive me but this will be more photos, less talk for now - too much to see, people to meet, enjoying everything but especially the art, new found friends and meeting up with some wonderful old friends.
I met up with Michael in Portland and we travelled around in his new, very grateful to have so much room in the back - car. We have been junking alot and just kept filling the car up along the way.
I had an absolutely marvellous time in Portland and Michael was sure to take me to some of his favourite haunts.
Actually I have fallen head over heels in love with Portland.
Off to Port Townsend for Artfest.
A lovely town where I was very spoilt by Michael and opened the window to this view every morning.
Not that there was much time to absorb the view.
Yep the first of my blog mates that I bumped into was none another than the dynamic duo... Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick. Gorgeous ladies, down to earth and so friendly and giving.
I wish I had had more time with everyone but it was all such a fast paced affair. But Judy and I got in some chatting time - I adore her so much - I knew I would. A kindred spirit and wonderful soul.
I recognized them straight away. I was invited to attend a dinner with many other lovely artists and had an absolute ball catching up with them and ever so charming Diane Haven- Smith who I spent time with on a previous Cortona trip.
So then it was off to class for me. My first class I had the pleasure of sitting next to Doris Arndt -what a riot we had together. She is one talented and generous lady - I promise we spent most of the day concentrating really hard on the journal we were supposed to be making - despite the rumours about us sneaking Hershey Kisses that happened to be left on our table. We really didn't eat the entire packet.
One thing I hate is wearing name labels but it was such a boon to do so at Artfest as you recognised names of blog friends.
So when I saw Lani in Nina's class I was so happy to meet her.
Speaking of which i got to meet up with the ever-so-lovely Nina again.
And then managed to bump straight into Annie Lockhart whilst walking up the stairs to Nina's class.
Annie was wonderful and very hospitable so at lunch one day I joined her table and met up with another Aussie... and the very talented one... Emily Falconbridge.
Happy Birthday for yesterday Em.
I have no idea who this was but ran out of lunch one day to snap her amazing hat.
I spent lots of time getting to know Linda and Susan Lenart Kazmer (go get her book now - its awesome). We had some great laughs - Linda is so so so lovely and even drives like a Sydney- sider too!!!
As for Susan what more can I say but a brilliant artist, person and teacher.
In that class I got to meet up with Jen Osborn who was very talented and so nice. We shared some great laughs and I got some very nice tips from her too.
That was the amazing thing about Artfest.
Artists taking classes from other artists - it was astounding, well organised, brillaint to say the least.
I was so so lucky on vendor night to have had my gorgeous buddy Kristen helping me out - I couldn't have done it without her. I was unusually nervous about vendor night - everyone had built it up to be a frenzied event. Thanks so much Kristen.
Keith Lobue and Michael were happy to pose for this shot with their new vintage goggles - gifted to them on the evening by 2 different people - amazing that they received the same goggles from another era - the chances of that happening being so slim.
I have been in Montana, meeting up with Michael's family and friends.
Rust in everywhere here in Missoula and it and art is everywhere to be found in abundance.
But it is time to fly out tomorrow so I will have to update more later. Need to spend time with Michael before I head to Philli to meet up with Karen, Gerri and Leslie.
Then its off to New York to join up with more of my Italian Workshop friend Joy and Kathryn. Can't wait - its Girls week and is sure to be another whirlwind of art and artful shopping!!
Doesn't get much better than this.