Sunday, July 14, 2013

Back in the Swing of Things

Gone Too Long

Oh, it's been a while since I've been here. I have been so busy including a one and a half week vacation recently. The highlight? A four-day photography workshop in Oregon by Karen Russell of Snapshots of a Good Life. You may know her from her online workshops that have been waiting-list only due to her popularity.  She has created a workshop for nine women that was the best photography experience I've ever had. Called the Hometown Workshop, it was a fabulous time in Jacksonville, Oregon spent in a historic house built in 1884. What a charming town it was! There is so much to say, but for now, you can see a highlight of the workshop on her blog here. So lucky and blessed to have been able to participate in it with eight wonderful classmates. 

After sleeping only four hours a night or so during the workshop, it took me the rest of my vacation to recover since we had record-breaking temperatures both in Oregon (100 degrees!) and at home during that time. I did get to the flea market before I went back to work which was fun. I only bought a few bits and bobs but I enjoy seeing everything the vendors sell.

In the meantime, I just finished up one online class and I'm starting another tomorrow through the Clickinmoms photography community. I'm always taking one class or another and I'd love to take a break but there are so many great classes out there. Are you a workshop junkie like me? Would love to know what classes you are taking or thinking of taking. So many classes, so little time!



Rustique Gal said...

Welcome back Sharon! That class sounds so fun. I love the idea of a learning retreat. And to learn something fun, especially! We're suffering from HOT and HUMID here in the Northeast too. Thankful for cooler evenings and nights. Have a great week!

Viv Halliwell said...

How fantastic to take part in such an intimate class glad you enjoyed it and I love your birdcage....

Marrianna said...

Your photos look fabulous. I don't know if it is the result of the 4-day workshop in a great historic home and town, but I see even more beauty in everyone you've posted. Your work inspires me to think about doing either an online workshop or saving up for an in-person workshop.

Yes, I like to take classes online but I seldom finish them. I get distracted easily. For now, I'm not taking any classes online or in person. I have a 3 hour workshop scheduled for the end of September in Glendale, AZ, with an art journaler, Dina Wakley. I had originally planned to take a 6 hour class with her at Art Unraveled and then canceled. I knew if I went to Scottsdale in August to take the class, I would get sucked into the vendor show and spend more money than I really wanted or needed to spend. My budgeting and saving for needed expenses is working so far.

Again, I am so glad you are back and glad you got to the flea market. I've stayed away from Sweet Salvage because that's part of how I got into so much cr card debt. The CCs are cut up and gone. It's cash and carry.

However, I got a new app from Rhonna Designs for the iPad. It only cost $1.99 and I have a feeling I'll be enjoying it a lot. I've had so much fun with the PicsArt free app and saw this one so decided I could afford the $1.99.


Carol said...

I love the colors in the images - beautiful!

Nicki said...

Glad to see you back and that you had such an enjoyable time.

Barb said...

Great pictures! You are so talented and creative!