i can already feel it: the fever. it's building, and my stomach has begun to get those frantic little butterflies that flutter about to let me know that something wonderful is afoot. tomorrow, teesha moore will be posting the artfest 2008 workshops online, and i've been taking a little memory trip this morning, looking at photos from this past year's adventures. the one of me here, in my tights and green skirt, was taken by miss misty on the first afternoon of our arrival, when we were bleary eyed from being up before dawn and travelling across the country, but ecstatic to be at the front door of our journey. when we arrived at our cottage, spaced out from a drive through rain and five o'clock ferry traffic, we ran out to this barn to snap photos and were amazed when some glorious, last moment orange rays of sunlight shot through the low lying trees and washed everything with a golden orange glow that promised us a perfect time. we went a little nuts, then, running around and snapping photos of everything - of the trees, the sky, of each other bathed in that magnificent early evening pacific northwest light. something about the crisp huge air, the seagulls calling, the slant of the pine trees in that last final light made us feel that the moment was frozen, perfect, magical. it happens every year, this magic, this highly pitched fever, and i am more excited this time around than i've ever been before. i've taught at every single artfest - every single one that has been at fort worden, anyway, and will this year be the sole remaining teacher from the first year there. i miss the old gang, and welcome the new. which reminds me: i am tickled, so very tickled, to announce that my sweet friend annie lockhart has been invited to teach all three days this next year!!! i first met and became close with miss annie last summer, when she came to valley ridge to take my sticks and stones workshop, and was amazed by her talent, and touched by the depth of her very deep heart. after my urging her to come to artfest, annie gave it a try, and is now going to step up to the teacher role for her very first time. her mixed media work is amazing, and has already been beautifully featured in somerset studio magazine.
i'll be showing you some photo- graphs tomorrow, after teesha has the site up and running, of the three classes i'll be teaching. for now, here's a cropped sneak peek, just to get you interested. i can't wait to see you all next april!