enamored with red & green at squam . . .

i love training my RAZ to see one color & then capture that color with my camera. I was drawn to the greens & reds everywhere i walked. words cannot do justice to the inspiration I felt while walking the trails at Squam. enjoy & let the color soak in.

love this skirt

the edge of richness - I love edges!

art in the woods - created by a beautiful soul

ondawa - place of joy-filled crocheting in circle of women with roaring fire

the inspiration i bathed in . . .

I went to Squam Art Workshops not knowing a lot about what was going to happen. It was my first time & I didn’t know anyone. I went with an open heart just to see what this would be & eager to learn all that I could. My creativity is still in a development stage & I’m just trying everything on to see how it fits, flows & brings joy. I keep reminding myself that I’m just playing, nothing serious is going on here.

I was lucky enough to be in the airport shuttle to the camp with five amazing women who so funny & kind – we laughed the whole way there & I knew the weekend was going to wonderful. I can’t even begin to list all the things I learned & all the ways I was changed, but I am NOT the same woman who arrived that day.

If anyone is interested in expanding their world of creativity, no matter where you are today, I HIGHLy recommend you getting your butt up to New Hampshire (bring your winter clothes) and dive into this lake of beauty, community, creativity, laughter & color called the Squam Art Workshops. Join me next year!

Misty Mawn taught my first class on Painted Icons. I have been a fan of Misty’s work for some time now so I was a little star struck when I first met her. I was giddy to be able to play with paint with her & the amazing women in that class. The paintings that we created that day were all so gorgeous, emotive & unique in everyone’s own expression.

Here is what it looked like:

Misty Mawn

Misty Mawn

icon sketches

start of icon - I used Iraqi girl photo to left, Our Lady & the Santa Fe sculpture for inspiration

my icon

Icon painted by Jenica McKenzie - I LOVE this !!!!!

Then I learned how to crochet a necklace in a cold, dark room by the colorful Alix Bluh. Alix is an amazing jewelry artist (think blacksmith or smithy) in San Fransisco. The class ended up in front of a roaring fire crocheting, telling stories & feeling great. It was so old world (perhaps not the right term) but I loved it. I wish I had more of that.

my talisman creation - I stamped BIG LOVE on it!

On Saturday, I spent the morning mixing paint to create color pallets with Mary Beth Shaw. This class fit right into my desire to understand color better. Mary Beth cleared a lot of my confusion around color palettes. I still have some, but I think the more I play with it, I will gain an intuitive sense of works for me.

painted palettes

one of my palettes

It’s hard being back & trying to get into the oh-so-different pace of this world with baby, teenager & husband all wanting my attention but it is also so nice – it’s always good to be home when home feels like home, & this home does.

Big Love, Katariina

Emerging from Squam . . .

On Sunday, I returned from four fabulous days in the wild creativity of New Hampshire. I was in Holderness on the edge of Lake Squam attending the Squam Art Workshops. I had an amazing time, learned so many things (mostly about color, Yay!!!) & was inspired beyond expectation.  I love to lose myself in creating & playing with art but when it is done in a group of people it is magical. I can’t wait to go back again & again. I would love to have you all join me next time!

I want to share with you some of the amazing people I met but first I think I will just show you some of the poetry I was inspired to create in photo images while walking on the pine needle covered paths that connect all the cabins.

my cabin - sunny bank

my room

I was the only one with my own cabin, everyone else shared. This was the perfect experience I needed to be alone with my thoughts, but it did get lonely at times & who knows what could have bloomed had I had some housemates. Next year I’d like to have a more community oriented experience perhaps I will bring Larry too. He would be in heaven surrounded by all those beauties.

two loons swam by

squam lake

waters edge

the ice house

a real ice box filled everyday with lake ice from last winter

color-full people

Jennifer Lee - author of the book The Right Brained Business

self-portrait with new retro app