Sunday, October 07, 2012

Lucky Ducky


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Please forgive me for not posting at all this last week! I think once you hear about the group I had you'll understand. Let me start by saying, I already knew most of them. Why I agreed to teach them again when I KNEW they were all trouble-makers (?) ... not too smart. You can see in this picture below how they just roamed all over the place, laughing, making friends and having FUN, despite the fact that I told them no fun was allowed! Painting is serious business.


Honestly the whole week was like a summer camp gone awry. We rented a room at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, slept in nun's quarters, and were forced to eat breakfast and lunch in a large sunny room together with several photography classes. Every day there was a huge bounty of fantastic horrible food that we had to choke down ... in order to get to the dessert table before the others.


And as if this wasn't bad enough already, every night (of course) they gagged and bound and toted me to all kinds of homes and restaurants where I was forced to drink lots of wine, and eat a particularly unforgettable flourless chocolate torte (OMG!!!). And then they wanted me to perform too, like some kind of trained monkey (below are the demos from class, done under duress).


I have a vague memory of telling stories I may regret later. I think they were drugging me, which may explain how exhausted I am now that I'm home. Here they are, below, my misfits. It was the most horrible week of my life.      Not.

18 comments:

Gabriele Baber said...

Wow! sounds like a great time. I so wish I could take one of your classes, but the only one that is out near me is full. There is a school in Fallbrook (Fallbrook School of arts)..I wish you would come out there to teach a class..
If you do...I want IN!.
Blessings, Gabriele Baber

Kathy Cousart said...

Love your lucky duck! Amazing water painted with wonderful brushwork! And...lucky students to have had you for such a special re-workshop...I recognized so many faces:) Love your longer hair...looks great:) We are all lucky ducks to get to be a part of all this:)

Barbara Pask said...

It looks fantastic and no stinky men to mess things up, lol. Kidding of course. Love the duck painting and your demos are just wow. Rest and recover now.

womanoverfiftyfive said...

I love the way you paint and your funny/fun personality. No wonder all your workshops are full with wait list. Someday I hope to be one of these lucky "kids".

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

An unforgettable week! Carol, thank for your inspiration, stories, humor and support. I miss everyone already. Your demos were amazing. Had so much fun - miss our little gang! xoxo

Pam Holnback said...

I loved being one of the "misfits"!! I agree, it was a great week!

Linda Popple said...

Waaaay too much fun!! :-D

Sergio DS said...

Nice duck!

Steinunn Einarsdottir said...

Sounds like you had just unforgettable time with your girls, it is good to be appreciated. Thank you for sharing Carol, you are a wonderful artist.

Shirley Peters said...

Ha ha! Sounds terrible. I'm glad you escaped!

Deb A. Kirkeeide said...

I'm so jealous!! The student's paintings turned out fantastic even though all they did was have fun and play. Food looks so good. Did I say I was jealous?

I love your Volume II book; I received it a couple of weeks ago! Now I have a 100 of your paintings I get to look at and study every day.

Lisa Daria said...

It looks like a great time - I mean hard work - dreadful even!!! Of course, I love the duck painting, the reflection and water are perfect and the carefully chosen strokes to create the duck makes it look so fresh.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Carol! You spilled the beans! I told my family I was staying in a convent, locked in and seriously painting for 5 days!!

Honestly? Fabulous time! And for all of you who say "I want to take a class but it's full!" I have this to say to you: GET ON THE WAITING LIST. Most likely you'll get in! Do it. It's so worth it!

Thank you Carol for being your wonderful, generous, funny, talented self. I <3 you!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

a trained monkey........ROFL!!!!!
Sounds like a blast, sorry I missed it ....

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Carol, you did a fabulous job! Teacher and artist, extraordinaire!
It was a total treat to spend these 5 days with you, and all of the other great artists in our group!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Paula Prass said...

You realize how jealous the rest of us misfit wannabees are to read about and see the results of this last workshop. Those gals were the Lucky Ducks!

Virginia Floyd said...

Sounds like so much fun!

Sandra Busby said...

I seriously think I must be spending far too much time in bloggy-land, since I am sure I recognise one or two of those faces! Isn't the one top second to left, Kelly MacDonald?
And I haven't even met these people!
I only wish I didn't live in teeny-weeny England so I could have joined in the fun too!