hello cute peeps! we are here in PS and enjoying each other and the surroundings immensely.
carol is first up. she slips out of the house for an early morning stroll while pam and i are still flopped on our beds sawing logs.
later, sister returns and climbs back into her bed. i get up and go into her room. get under the covers. sister shenanigans ensue. some poking, squealing, snorting. like that. i took that photo above from her room at dawn. the light, so pretty on the water.
we wake up pam.
all of us go into the dining room and the long table filled with our paints, pens, and sketchbooks. someone makes coffee.
let’s get in the pool!
that’s how it goes.
this is the house across the street. a gleaming white mid-century. set like a jewel in a crown of desert landscaping.
another house in our cul-de-sac. pretty swimming-pool-colored walls.
pam’s section of the table.
it’s dark. 60 desert degrees. luminous pool and a skyful of stars are glowing out back. time for the jacuzzi!
girl reporter in palm springs signing off. blowing kisses into the black sky. catch one if you can! xo
Oh I would love to do an art retreat in a completely different biome! One of the last few things I actually enjoy is watching bugs and plants. Look at all of those “new” plants I would have loved to paint <3
Victoria Gelberg says
I kinda feel like I had a vacation with my art supplies.
But not really.
Big fun girls!
Ooooo, what fun! Hubby and I are WAY over due for a trip to PS. You’re renting a house? How did you find it? We usually stay at The Coyote Inn, a cute little cozy place. Happy retreat and Happy New Year to you.
Jane S in PA says
Such joy to see these sunny, art-filled photos! We are freezing in the snow-covered northeast. I do especially love looking at the art on the table. Thank you for sharing. Hope all of you keep up this lovely getaway tradition.
jacki long says
Wonderful, so happy for you three.
Thanks again for sharing with us!
Stephanie Beckham says
Ahhhhh, the bliss of making art and traveling vicariously through MAM. Nothing better on a snippy winter afternoon. Lovely sunny pictures.
Kristi Darwick says
I noticed the Montecito magazine on the table. That town is on a lot of minds, right now. We have friends there and some of those have lost loved ones. Our favorite art retreat location, La Casa de Maria, was evacuated and has been devastated. Residents aren’t allowed to go home, even when their house is intact. Many roads impassible–how horrible for the residents.
I remember reading about your stay there–so glad you went before this disaster.
You’re not real, finally I see it, right? You must be living inside a 1950 Hollywood movie, right? Those top photos are surreal to me, we’ve just got gray sky and rainy winter days in Sweden… 😉
Love vicariously going there with you. Such a great way to relax and recharge. I bought a fold-out Mark Hearld card of owls in Port Townsend, Puget Sound, Washington, too. AND I have the same Rifle Paper phone case as Pam! 😉
Karen Goetz says
The light. So much LIGHT! I love how it bounces off of everything. Light therapy, water therapy, art therapy, star therapy and female comradely therapy. And food. And drink. It’s all there. I am sure you will all be fairly glowing after this.
Also, I find it entertaining that the neighbor’s lawn is raked instead of mown. Thank you for including us in your soirée!
big. long. sigh.
teri f says
How lucky you are to have a beloved sister!
Janet Ghio says
I want to know about that paper bird on Pam’s table! And also that tree with the beautiful yellow orange flowers!! Do tell!
Mary Ann Moss says
that is a mark hearld bird card fold-out from a puget sound island bookstore! i got 2 different kinds. they are fabulous!
Love it all. Every bit, every color, every art table, the portraits, the decor, the supplies, the tables. All.of.it. I took my very first Art Journaling class from Pam at Art Fest 2007. I was in awe. Still am. I have mags and posts & pics and print outs of Pam’s work that I pore over all of the time. Sometimes I show some of them to special people only, if I think they will “get it,” or get excited and want to travel on this Art Journaling journey. If they show promise (being excited, no talent necessary), I sometimes will send them a book I’ve read (or accidentally bought more than one), or a few supplies, a wee journal, etc. But, if they aren’t charmed by all things Art Journaling, they get x’d off my list! If they don’t send a thank you text, email, voicemail, thank you letter, they’re “x’d too! (I won’t cast my pearls… well, you know). I’ve even been known to throw an “Art Journaling Soirée” with food and sangria, snacks of all sorts, Little supply gifties and favors. Such fun! (But if they’re on their cell phone incessantly or look bored… you know what happens)! X’d! I’m really nice & they don’t know they’re x’d. Anyhoo, there ya go! Xoxo Mary Ann, Hi Pam & hi MAM’s sister! Rock on with your AJs! 😄❤️
Faith McLellan says
SHEILA!!!!! Where do you live??!!! I want to get on your list! 😉 Just loved this enthusiastic post. I feel exactly the same way. I don’t reckon you happen to live in southeastern France???!!!
Bon dimanche to the art journalers!
Bonjour Faith! We’re kindred, I’m sure. Mais non, j’habite a Denver. I’ve been to Paris & the Louvre a few times though, if that helps at all! 😄 Where do you live?
Le vôtre dans l’art,
Faith McLellan says
All those years I prayed to live in France, I meant PARIS, not the PAYS DE GEX! I live in a small village outside Geneva, Switzerland, where I work at the World Health Organization. If you want to determine whether we really are kindred and to plan YOUR NEXT TRIP TO PARIS, email me! email@example.com.