March 13th & 14th
I headed out early March 12th from my lovely Motel 6 in Grand Junction, which I have to mention was an excellent deal at $22.13 a night! (What a Deal!) It was clean, quiet and comfy and there is plenty of parking for my trailer! Woohoo~
The drive was good and I ended up taking the I-70 to Boulder because they had cleared the huge Rock that had fell in the road and they reopened one lane for us all to pass through.
The drive is so beautiful and the landscape changes so much I find myself stopping to take tons of pictures though these dont do it justice, I had to post them anyways.
And You know you're in a small town when the lights are hanging!
Traffic was light and I even slowed down to see the crater the boulder had created in the road...and I couldnt see a thing! How disappointing after all that build up on the news! I finally stopped around 2pm in Frisco for lunch at this cute cafe called The Log Cabin Cafe.
Across from that was their towns Historical Museum and Park
Where of course I was out again in my flips in the snow!
Oh well, I got to boulder in good time and Met up with Michelle from the Classical Art Academy. She has a great thing going there and a really fun space to work in. We unloaded the trailer and I checked in to my Super Cute Motel called the Foot of the Mountain Motel. Small but perfect for me and right at the creek with the mountains as a backdrop! Sooo Beautiful and perfect for my morning walks. There's great trails and pathways for walking and hiking all over Boulder!
Saturday morning the workshop began with 5 very energetic and fun Sculptors who dove in head first as only one of them had any real experience in sculpting the portrait. Beginners are wonderful because they have NO bad habbits!
Our Awesome Model Dave is an Alaskan American Indian and was and excellent model for our portraits.
We stopped at Murphys Cafe for lunch and check out the Menu! Bison Burgers! Woohoo~
Murphy's Cafe had a Classic Car Couch to crash on too!
After the workshop, I headed out to see the town and ended up at The Pearl Street Mall. What a fun Main Street that is full of shops, Galleries, Restaurants, live entertainment and Sculptures!
The kids play ground here is a bunch of rocks! they were having a blast climbing all over them~
Living Sculptures too!
Sunday was a blast sculpting because I could tell they had come under the spell of Clay! They were addicted! They had established the structure and proportions the day before and today the dove into the features and details. I demo'd a bit more on some modeling techinques and how to structure a eye, nose mouth etc.. and of couse I preached standing back and Drawing!!!!
THe Academy had great space for us to stand back and plenty of elbow room! this studio is shared by many talented artists
They are really getting the hand of it and had a blast. They're standing back to get the big impression, using silhouettes and Drawing Drawing Drawing on clay and with clay! That night I got to meet Michelle Philip's family as we went out to the best pizza place in town called Protos Pizza. What an excellent end to a great weekend.
My Noble Sculptors and Me! Henry, Karen, Michelle, Dave, Maggie, and Mel. (Unfortunately Amanda went home sick for the 2nd day)
Thank YOU Boulder, Colorado!