Written by: Cheryl Flatt
There is something about a last minute trip that appeals to me.
A trip on a whim, when all the pieces suddenly and amazingly fall into place. This is what my England Artwork trip with The Blue Walk and Jane LaFazio was like a the beginning of August 2016.
On July 24th, 2016 I sent an email to The Blue Walk to see if there was an available spot for a trip that would begin in a week. Jeannette, one of the owners of The Blue Walk, replied immediately.
You know that shocked, excited feeling you get right before you are about to jump off a cliff? Well, I felt that when the answer was, “Yes!”
|I purchased my flights to and from London with miles saved from our business travels.|
A week later I was on a plane headed to London. As I sat there in my comfy seat I was overwhelmed with gratitude. This adventure had begun over two years ago when I took an online art class where Jane LaFazio was a teacher for one week. I loved her style, her teaching and presentations and began following her website. I had often looked at her travel classes hoping that someday I could do one.
|Quote by Naeem Callaway on top of my Leamington Spa photo|
We watched, listened and then did our page. It is a great way to learn.
A highlight for me was being with a group of like-minded people from all walks of life and areas of the world. We were artists together on a journey, and our artist abilities didn’t matter. It was the journey together that mattered.
|Jeannette cheering us all on in front of Shakespeare’s house.|
And I did it!
And I liked it. That was such a surprise.
What I love about drawing and painting real things is that the time doing it becomes deeply imprinted. A memory is made and remembered in completely different way than photography.
We all did it and that created a sense of “group” as we encouraged and learned from one another on.
The road less traveled….is my type of road.
|Anne Hathaway’s cottage|
|Kathy and I explored Anne Hathaway’s cottage after seeing the Hamlet production in town.|
|Bus tours, ghost walk, street musicians and great meal times|
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock
|Details from Blenheim Palace and the village of Woodstock|
|Jane demonstrating her tree painting|
|Watch, listen, and then do it.|
Several of us went to Warwick Castle on one of our free mornings. It was a gorgeous day!
We explored, imagined and completely enjoyed our time there.
|Details inside the castle|
Our last day we put together our small books.
|I used half of a card purchased at a gift shop for my cover.|
The 5×7 watercolor paper we used for our painting made a wonderful little book!
|These people at this time made this trip unique and wonderful!|
|Quote by Jonah Lehrer|
Text by Word Swag app done on iPhone
Painting by me