Wednesday, April 4, 2012


A journal page in anticipation of Artfest.  My first time  to join 550 other for an art camp.   

Although I am don't normally gravitate toward large groups,

I just had to attend this last Artfest retreat to be given by 

Tracy and Teesha Moore in picturesque 

 Fort Worden outside of Port Townsend, Washington.  The 19th century fort sits on a bluff

overlooking Puget Sound.  The setting alone is restful and restorative.  

For three full days I worked with different instructors

learning new techniques and tricks to add to my art arsenal.  

I was lucky enough to see deer grazing near my favorite tree.

I watched them, they watched me.

My first workshop was spent with Lynne Perella.  

I love her color sense and the detailed interest she 

adds to her  art.  We were asked to bring 

photocopies  of a historic figure.  

I chose my samurai great grandfather.

He is my real life family historic hero.

Lynne guided us through layering and layering with 

stencils, stamps, masks, gesso, texturing 

. . . .you can  never have too many layers she says.   

I will definitely add more layers to future works.

I like the depth, the movement and of course, 

the fun it is to add these layers.  I layer a lot in my work

but I am going to kick it up a notch and layer even more.

I am dragging my heels in unpacking my things, wanting to stretch out as long

as possible the memories.  Each item holds a reminder of the fun  I had.

. . . .more on Artfest to come.


  1. Hi Irene,

    I am so glad you put your "Samurai" piece up on your blog. It is really great. What a wonderful class that was, too!

    John (from ArtFest)

  2. Great to hear from you, John. I hear a collaboration is in the works. I will look forward to hearing more. Do you have any other projects in the works?

  3. Wow, that picture of your grandfather is stunning!!

  4. It looks amazing! Can't wait to see it in person! Bring it to Orly's class!

  5. Irene - the Samurai piece is stunning, beautiful and amazing! You are so incredibly talented.. You are such an inspiration!

  6. gorgeous irene, just gorgeous. so much fun sitting, creating together and finally getting to meet in person. and thank goodness for you, guiding me through the coptic stitch.. lol.. priceless.

  7. Hi Irene,

    Send me a quick email using my email address on my ATC. I will elaborate more in detail in a response. Happy Easter!