Winter Art Girl Getaway

I spent this past weekend at this chalet at Burdette Park in Evansville, Indiana with six other artsy friends. What fun!

Burdette Park ChaletWhat better way to spend a cold, snowy weekend than with six other creative types with a fire in the fireplace, lots of good food, and art!


Talking about food, oh my, did we eat well! Here is just one of the treats we enjoyed this weekend. These are Ronda’s Pavlova. I definitely want to try making this.


Friday afternoon after we all arrived Carla pulled out this cute suitcase with house slippers she had knitted for us. So sweet! They really helped to keep our feet warm and they looked so cute!

Carla's houseslippers

In addition to eating, we did a lot of art making. I decided to leave my fabric at home and concentrate on playing on paper. On Saturday morning I brought out my liquid watercolors and poured them in spray bottles. I also brought some of my stencils for us to play with. Here is one of Carla’s pages.

Carla and one of her pages

Connie and Ronda joined us at the table.

Connie and Ronda

Ronda caught me playing.

me and Carla Jan shows off her masterpiece.


Connie was working on her chunky book pages. She drew those dresses by hand. I’m so impressed!

Connie working on her chunky book pages

Sherry worked on her Zentangles and also taught a mini lesson. Unfortunately, I had another project that I HAD to get completed before leaving and didn’t have a chance to pay attention to what she was doing.

Sherry working on her zentangle bookmark
Sherry working on her Zentangle bookmark

Teresa worked on a couple projects including these yo-yos she plans to make into a tablecloth.

Teresa's yo-yosI really had fun playing with those watercolors and especially one of my stencils.

my stenciled pages

Later in the day, four of us took a break and went for walk to see the Upside Down House.

Carla, Connie and I in front of the Upside Down House
Carla, Connie and me in front of the Upside Down House

Here is a group picture I took from the loft looking down into the living room. What a cozy place.

group photo at chalet

I mentioned earlier in this post that I had a project I had to get done by the weekend. Well, a couple weeks ago at Scarlet’s Crown class (Scarlet, we missed you this weekend!), Teresa was talking about the deadline for the Chunky Book Project. I told her that next time they do one of those again I’d love to be included. At that point she looked at me and said I was already part of the group. Yikes! And I had only a couple weeks to get them done. Anyway, here they are – my 15 pages for the Chunky Book 2014.

Chunky Book 2014 pagesI’ve not shown you my crown yet, have I? Well, I’ll leave that for next time.

Since returning from vacation I’ve been working on an upcoming exhibit. Evi Slaby, local silk painting artist and I will be exhibiting our fabric art at Krannert Gallery on the campus of the University of Evansville. “Colorful Friendship: A Study in Fabric Surface Design” which opens February 24 and runs through April 1, will include our work on silk and cotton. Here are just two of our pieces: Mayo’s Garden and Evi’s beautiful silk painted scarf.

Colorful Friendship Exhibit piecesMore on the exhibit later and some other projects in the pipeline. I don’t know about you, but I’m really ready for spring.