Sunday, September 16, 2012

a dream come true

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What an wonderful weekend we had! Twenty amazing women traveled from across the country (and Canada) to join me for the "inaugural" retreat- You, Me & the Sea- in my new studio space. We spent the weekend sketching, beach combing, exploring, painting, creating and getting to know each other and by the end, I was so inspired by each and every one of them. Having the opportunity to host a class in my own space and share my little hometown with others was truly an honor and a dream come true. I am so excited for this new chapter and the exciting possibilities for this little studio space! Here is peek into the weekend...

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41 comments:

Ni Carnahan Illustration said...

Wow...it looks like that you all had a really wonderful time together! What a wonderful retreat!!!! It is all about getting together,and create together! Love that idea!!!
So glad that you had fun with them!

Carol Gary said...

That looks like so much fun....and such a beautiful Oregon weekend it was too! I love all the pretty pictures you shared!

Herzkönigin said...

Thank you for sharing the weekend!
Thank that looks like you really rock it!

Anonymous said...

Your "dream come true" was worth the wait. You have worked so hard to get to this "special place" in your career. Your weekend with the gals looks amazing. Your first class was full of very talented people. All the work looks great.
I really enjoyed the post.
Barb
NC

Cathy Huer said...

Looks like a fabulous time... Inspiring as usual. I love your blog, it gives me hope to be more creative.

meenakshi said...
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meenakshi said...

very inspiring...what sheets are those for coloring and sketching..looks gr8 quality and so many sheets in one notebook.please let us know what brand.:)

dawn said...

What a great time it looks like, so wish to have been there. Everyone did some impressive artwork, thanks for sharing them with us. Those beach pictures are stunning, how cool is that shadow picture. So glad your dream has come true and it went so well.

I was hoping for any peeks at Lilly, how did she do this weekend?

litsje said...

This looks so inspiring. I've been to a lot of countries but never the States, maybe this will be on my bucket list / inspiration list / retreat list of things to do. You never know, might just pitch up one day.

ellen vargo said...

Your first retreat looks like it was *amazing*... congratulations on making your dream come true! I really hope I can make it out to Seaside for another retreat sometime! Such talented ladies!

KBecker said...

You have once again inspired me! My husband and I are thinking of moving back up to Maine and my dream is to give weekend workshop/getaways! Wonderful!

Preeti Tiwari said...

Ohhh... All Pretty ladies working towards a single goal, to make your dream come true!! Congratulations ! Loved every single photo ! :)

Bonita Rose said...

Beautiful.. I hope to go to one of your retreats one day... for now, we are getting ready to move to FL.. and I too hv some plans for some artful seaside gatherings of my own.. we are renting a home by the sea for a year... exciting!
So many talented ladies there this weekend... so so fun!
SO so happy for you! xo

ariadne said...

Oh how wonderful!For you for making your dream come true but for all those ladies who probably made their own too!AriadnefromGreece!

Andreja said...

O yes this is really a dream. Wish you all the best!

mycreativeheart said...

Looks like great fun...I wanna come play too!

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

Alisa,
Looks like a wonderful 1st retreat! Looks like amazing & beautiful creations were made by all!
You will definitely have to point me to the best beach combing spots next month! Cheers!

Megan said...

So so so happy to see this Alisa! What a dream come true. I really hope someday I can come out there to experience one of those retreats! Congrats!!

Valerie Brown said...

It looks like the retreat was fantastic, and of course, there is nothing like the Oregon coast!

carolynchenault said...

Congratulations on making your dream a reality! Thanks for sharing so many great photos of the retreat weekend.

carolynchenault said...

Congratulations on making your dream a reality! Thanks for sharing so many great photos of the retreat weekend.

Chrissy said...

Congratulations! This looks like so much fun! Definitely something I would love to join! xxx

Peaceful said...

so so great !!! it must have been so rich and joyful !!!

the wild magnolia said...

delightful. great creative inspiration and guidance. passionate observation of life.

Alicia said...

I am sure it has been a great experience for everyone... congrats!
I love visiting this blog, it is always a space of creativity and inspiration.

SarahJane Miller said...

This looks amazing! Sounds like you had so much fun with everyone. Kudos to you for pulling the whole thing off, awesome!

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Janet said...

My mom and I attended Alisa's retreat this weekend, and it was everything she promised and more!! We had the best time exploring the beach, taking photos, and collecting gifts from the sea - 3 different sessions. We had 3 days of making art - learning about water color, drawing and combining the two. Making some awesome sea treasures with sticks, rocks, string and paint was also a favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire time spent with all of the inspiring women, Alisa our teacher and inspiration, and my dear mother.

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to create, renew, and reconnect with the ocean and myself.

Anonymous said...

J'aurai adoré participé. Dommage, c'est trop loin pour moi !
Félicitations Alisa pour ton blog que je consulte tous les jours avec autant de plaisir !

Joanne said...

what a wonderful weekend with so many talented ladies -- congrats on your dream come true alisa -- you are such an inspiration to me -- I hope to someday attend one of your retreats -- I have never been to oregon -- have a happy day --

Sue said...

Thank you Alisa!!! I had a wonderful time sharing it all with you! I would love to spend more time there. There's so much to explore. Keep us posted on future workshops! Thanks again!!
Sue

Shelly Reinhard said...

This just gets me even more excited about next month. Can't wait to join you (and other creative souls) in October, Alisa! Congratulations on listening to your heart and paying attention to what it was saying. :)

Jo Murray said...

A beautiful setting. It obviously inspired some fabulous creations.

Sheri said...

These are awesome photos, and such a beautiful setting and studio! Maybe someday I'll travel to one of your retreats. In the meantime, I have signed up for an online class and I cannot WAIT!
: )

livethegoldenrule said...

I am so proud of you! You make so many people confident and happy. Everything is just beautiful. While I have you, I want to thank you again for introducing us to Channing and Quinn. I am hooked on them! My favorite so far is "80 more years." I just cant thank you enough. I am so happy that you (and Lucy) are surrounded by such talented people. =D)

studioGypsy said...

absolutely awesome!! sooo happy it went well and love seeing all the beautiful artwork. :) xo

Alisa said...

Looks like so much fun!

inkytoes said...

oh wow! i so miss the pacific nw. visited often during my life but not for the last 15 years. tillimook, haystack rock, weather-beaten cabins along the shore, digging clams, beachcombing... these photos brought back so many good memories. thnak you.

Anonymous said...

you and your family are such an inspiration :) love from jakarta

cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

I had SUCH a great time exploring and creating with new friends at You, Me & the Sea. Thank you, Alisa!!!

Journal Swag said...

Dear Dear Alisa,

Thank you for showing us such a wonderful time for 3 days last weekend! It truly was a retreat, you lavished your knowledge,your time, your Mama, yourself, your supplies,your yummie meals on all of us. Your love overflowed! Now mine has as well. I learned a lot (ok, maybe I -CAN- draw)! You are a talented lovely lady inside and out. What fun we had, I also made some great friends, what a weekend. I'll never forget!

Love,
Sheila

p.s. I'm so sorry I didn't get to say thank-you and goodbye... you were tied up and I had to run. :) Love and every success to you!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Congratulations Alisa on your first of many successful art retreats!! You must feel so proud! Love the new look on the blog. (I get busy for a little bit and you go and change everything!) The roadtrip was a success too and we'll have your footage ready to go out on the blog over the next few weeks. We are airing the segments in order that they were filmed and posting them on Mondays. (The first one that aired is linked to my name.) Will let you know when your feature 'airs'. It was fun meeting you and pretty cool that we got to see your studio before you officially opened. It is great to hear that you started out with a bang!

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