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Monday, November 12, 2012

Taking an Artist Workshop in Sedona, Arizona

At the Sedona Arts Center - MMSikes
We just returned from an awesome and intense 10 days in Sedona, Arizona. I traveled there because I have long admired the work of artist Jan Sitts, and I wanted to take one of her workshops.

After her class at Cheap Joe's in Boone, NC was cancelled last summer, I found that Jan teaches workshops at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, the beguiling destination that is the setting for my novel, Eagle Rising. After much consideration, I decided to sign up for the workshop. Since we needed to fly, I would be unable to carry all the supplies I normally take in our car. Therefore, I ordered a limited amount of materials from Utrecht and got them shipped to the Art Center.

The full class of 16 students watched Jan demonstrate her method of working with experimental water media. Using multiple materials, intense color, and lots of layers, she inspired an amazing number of outstanding art pieces created during four days of passionate, concentrated work.

Jan Sitts introduction the first day - MMSikes
Jan winding down the final day - MMSikes

It's always sad to reach the end of a workshop, but, along with everyone else, I headed home inspired and grateful for the opportunity to learn and expand my painting horizons. Although I missed having all the acrylic colors, watercolors, and inks I enjoy using, I survived with my limited palette!

Thank you, Jan!

--Mary Montague Sikes


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like the trip was worth it. All the way to Arizona - you were determined!

Chuck said...

You are one talented and diverse lady. Sounds like a good time. Will we get to see some of your work??

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, it was an outstanding workshop. I really missed having all the stuff I'm used to using though. Cheap Joe's is the best place for me, and Boone is a five-hour drive, not an all-day journey from 7 a.m. until after midnight!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Chuck, thank you! The side trips to the Red Rocks and the Grand Canyon were wonderful. Please visit my web site: to see my work. I don't have anything posted from Sedona yet, but I will.
Thanks for stopping by.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Monti,

How exciting! I would love to do a workshop like that someday.

I am so glad you keep up with your art. You are such a talented person.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, thank you for stopping by and for the compliment. I enjoy workshops because they inspire me. They also make me stop and concentrate only on my art for a few days. I love that!