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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Learning to paint Jesse Reno style + 6 month blogiversary

Anyone else signed up for An Artful Journey in California in February next year?  For Jesse Reno's class?  It is going to be awesome, I just know it.  More energising days of organised creative chaos in those beautiful mountains, in the shadow of that magical redwood forest, with old friends and new.  So exciting! 

The Presentation Center, home to all sorts of creative magic at An Artful Journey
I started this blog after attending An Artful Journey last year, and it was a really important moment for me.  I began listening to my own creative whispers, and so many great things have happened as a result. 

And this is just the beginning...

In fact, today marks six months since my first ever blog post, which talked about the importance of doing what you love.  And signing up to An Artful Journey again is one of the ways I am trying to stay true to that.  With Squam coming up next month it is fast become a twice-yearly creative pilgrimage to the US, but I know it is going to be important again, for different reasons, as next year is going to be HUGE (you'll have to wait a while to hear more about that...)

For now, I just want to take a moment to thank you all for making this blogging experience so special, for leaving comments, sharing your stories, and hearing mine.  To think that I knew nothing about this whole world of lovely creative souls just six months ago. 

What a precious thing this is, really.


  1. Woohoo! AAJ here we come. Ill be there, but am taking a different class. :-) So ill have to pop in and see you lovely ladies for a cuppa over the course of the few days. Congratulations on the 6 months, you have come so far in that time and its been so great to see the journey many more stories and fabulous things to come. Xx

  2. Hi Beth~

    I'll be at AAJ again and can't wait to meet you in person :) I'm taking Nina's class with friends I met there last year. Truly is a special place and beautiful retreat!

    Like you, AAJ made my whispers louder and helped my artistic dreams come to Life. My hubby suffered a stroke right after I came home from the retreat (He had a full recovery!!) So with the delightful experience of AAJ and my hubby's health I saw the magic of my life a bit differently. It was life changing!!

    Looking forward to another magical experience with you and all the other cool AAJ chicks!!!

  3. Happy 6 wonderful months of blogging!! :) These art events you attend sound amazing! I hope to hear all about them here! :)

  4. Yes, the art events sound xtremely Kool .... I can't wait to see and here more about em!

  5. oh man... Joli and I are going to miss this year because we're saving up to go to Italy next year. I really wanted to take Jesse Reno's class. I can't wait to see what you learn.

  6. Hi Beth! Glad to be with you here for the last six months. I will be at AAJ too, taking Stephanie's class this time. It was a hard but fun job to pick from the great choices available, Jesse was so tempting. I am glad you will be in there so I can get the FULL run-down.


  7. ahh. I can but dream of going there really. maybe a lottery ticket? Can't believe you have only been blogging 6 months. what a splendid blog you have built for yourself

  8. I can't believe you have only been blogging for 6 months. You have done so much in that time - especially organising a massive swap! Congratulations and I'm looking forward to following the rest of your journey.

  9. Dearest, sweetest Beth....I AM SO HAPPY YOU WILL BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will be in YOUR class! So excited for this. Isn`t it amazing how many blessings have come our way in the last six months... Congratulations on your blog anniversary. The best is yet to come...SO happy to be part of your journey. Lots of LOVE, Danielle xo

  10. PS... CAN`T wait to see you ALL again and meet Juliette in person... :) You are my dearest Heart Sisters...

  11. AAJ sounds wonderful! Wish i could go too..perhaps one day. :) I am so excited for you!! Congratz on your six months blog anniversary!! Looking forward to sharing more of your creative journey! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  12. yay! i can't wait to actually meet you beth + all of the other lovely ladies i've been blogging person! all in one place! and on my very first art retreat!

    i can't wait for aaj + to take jesse's class! i love that you are celebrating your 6 mo blog anniversary too.

    xoxo, juliette

  13. Congratulations for your six months Beth!
    Your blog is very special.

    A hug,


  14. Congratulations on the 6 month mark Beth! I'll be seeing you at AJR in February though I'll be in class with Gwynnie and Nina Bagley =-)

    I second Judit/Pilgrim of the Moon:

    Your blog (and your photography!) are very special indeed...

  15. Wow Beth! I am signed up for the February Jesse Reno class and am so excited for the class and to meet very neat people like you! :)
    Thanks for all your inspiration. Mary

  16. I will be there too in Jesse's class. I havent been to AAJ before, but I am sure it will be fabulous!

  17. I'll see you in the refectory, Beth. Once again, I'll be in Nina Bagley's class (with a couple of other posters here, I see), but I have no doubt that whatever class we all take, we'll have a ball and benefit from all that female energy floating around the center!

  18. So excited that so many of you are going to be there. It is going to be very special!

  19. happy happy happy 6!
    wow...that flew by!
    i am so honored that we met an AN ARTFUL JOURNEY.
    the journey just continues doesn.t it.
    you have inspired me and so many others in your 6!
    do you know that?
    i love the pots of color
    the fog that so beautifully descends on the presentation center
    the heart
    YOUR heart.
    you are a special one indeed.
    loves to you sister.

  20. Congratulations on your 6 month blogaversary, Beth. That's such a great milestone to achieve, and I'm sure you feel really proud with what you've created here - it's beautiful.

    AAJ, and Squam... can you see the greenish colour of my face? Oh, honey, have a wonderful, wonderful time. I have heard these names so many times in blogging over the last 18 months and only wished that I could go. Or that we could have something equally as inspiring and creative and affirming here in the UK (please, if you know of anything, tell me). I look forward to hearing more about your experiences there when you get back.


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