Juicy Soul Retreat

A couple of weeks ago I went back to A Work of Heart for a Juicy Soul Retreat. I really had no idea what a juicy soul was or how it could be retreated. I went because I needed a bit of a creative change and Andrea and her good energy were just what I needed.

Andrea
Andrea

It was the right thing to do. I really enjoyed the day, got a lot done and got my head a bit straighter than it was.

Finished Cover + Marker
Finished Cover + Marker

I thought about the journal I wanted to make and wasn’t sure so I bought a new journal and brought my Purpose journal as well. I was thinking I might be able to add to that one.

One of the things that was different about this class than the other journaling classes I have attended at AWOH was that we all introduced ourselves and shared a little bit about ourselves. Some people shared why they were there-what they hoped to achieve- and others shared something about their art. My friend, though quite young, is staring retirement in the face and she was there to work on figuring out what’s next.

That struck a chord with me and I started working on the new journal. Some of the techniques for making backgrounds were similar to those I had used in other AWOH classes, but there was plenty of new stuff as well. Also, I don’t take notes in Andrea’s classes; I try to absorb the techniques, so I don’t remember some of the nuances from previous classes.

Darcy's Background
Darcy’s Background

I tried to get the backgrounds for the new journal done, but there just wasn’t enough time. It was probably a good thing. I have to remember that it isn’t about the finished product, but about the process.

The Process
The Process
AWOH Hearts
AWOH Hearts

Andrea is revamping half of her studio space and she has some of her work displayed on the new shelves there. I love the hearts. The pink background is such a wonderful pink. It isn’t too sickly sweet or light.

She has a project of her own in which she is creating 1000 houses-images of houses. I love the idea of choosing a shape and creating a series using that shape. The house shape is simple, but has a lot of possibilities. Hearts would also work. A 1000 is an amazing number of pieces of art. It is large enough to be a challenge, but also obtainable. She eventually wants to raffle the collection off to raise money for a charity.

AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses
AWOH Houses

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

2 thoughts on “Juicy Soul Retreat”

  1. I love those houses! I want to make a liberated house quilt one of these days.

    Speaking of art journaling … it was through this blog that I was introduced to Danny Gregory’s blog, and now I’m having a Danny Gregory sort of fall, taking my sketch book around with me and drawing lots. Fun! So thanks for that connection!

    xofrances

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