Monday, August 3, 2015

Art Retreat Weekend - The Best Ever!!!!!

Hi Everyone.
I'm so excited to tell you about my art retreat weekend. 
It was so much fun.

I met +JackieP Neal , +Sherie Eddy  and +Becky Wentworth online. We have been working on a collaborative art journal for over five or six months now. I met Sherie for the first time with her sister, +Pam Wildeboer , in Chicago in June. It was like we were all friends forever.

You never know what will happen when you meet online friends in person for the first time. I'm driving six hours away, all by myself (a first), and it could have gone all wrong but it didn't. It was perfect. For me it felt like we have always known each other.

When I finally arrived the first thing I saw was this sign.

Jackie and Riley had everything set up for us. Here was our sleeping quarters. They had our beds set up with towels, wash cloths and toiletries on our pillows. 

Jackie and Riley spoiled us rotten with fresh veggies from their huge garden and fresh eggs from their chickens. You couldn't ask for anything more. 

We started right away in the Jackie's art barn. 

I would love to have a space like this!!!!

Jackie taught us how to alter vintage bottles. Here is Jackie's serious teacher picture.

This bottle is Sherie's. Gorgeous!

This one is Becky's. Stunning!

This is one is Jackie's, our teacher extraordinaire! Beautiful!

I created this one.  

Becky taught us beading. I've never attempt it before but it was a lot of fun. Very relaxing. Here are a few more pictures of our time creating.





Sherie and I loved the chickens. Sherie was able to hand feed them.

This one didn't like the camera but I got it.

There was one who loved the camera. I'm sure she's a diva in the chicken coup.
Can you tell?

Here is another one.

We also used some Pinterest inspiration to create abstract paintings.

We laughed, ate, laughed some more and I created more art.


I fell in love with Chum. Isn't he cute.

We even took a selfie!

I was very excited to go. I didn't have any expectations. I only wanted to make it there without getting lost. When I go to any art event, I just go with the flow. I usually talk more than create art. This was my first art retreat weekend and it was more than I could have imagined. We had times where we were laughing so hard we couldn't breathe and conversations about art, our blogs, and teaching. I don't have anyone in my area who creates art like I do so this was a fantastic weekend.

I would like to thank Jackie and Riley for all their hard work.
It was a fantastic weekend.
I am truly blessed to meet these fantastic Artsista's!
I will have some landscape/flower pictures to show you on Friday!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Karenliz, what an AWESOME time it looked like you guys had! I LOVE all the photos and really loved putting faces with the names that we have all come to know and love online!! Awesome creativity came out of your lovely time together! I think the best was the pic of you and Chum!!! LOVED IT! :)

  2. Love it all, Karenliz!! I'm so happy you all had fun and had lots of time to create and learn from each other :) What a wonderful weekend xo

  3. I am the lucky one who finally was able to meet and create with you in person Karenliz!! Thank you so much for sharing such special times with me!! I love you as my sister and sista! xoxo

  4. I just cannot stop looking at this post, Karenliz. SO much fun, so many wonderful photos, and such fabulous works of art arising from an online friendship. Wonderful, wonderful, Wonder-Full!

  5. I love this post! Looks like you had lots of fun! And there's pictures of you!!! How exciting! I love the canvas with Igor and the weird face. It makes me laugh.

  6. Next time Jackie needs two campers one for the men. LOL


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