I'm lucky to have a sister for many reasons, but I'm doubly fortunate that she is an artist. Since she was my first art teacher, she set me on this creative path that I travail today. Not only did Lisa teach me art skills like crocheting and drawing but perhaps more importantly she taught me how to notice things, to observe, to collect and to compare. Lisa combs beaches for fossils, sea glass, shells, and stones. She wades through forests looking for moss and lichen. She crowds her kitchen with baby spider plants and her studio with succulents. Her love of nature has found its way into her own work--finding inspiration in fossils, moon cycles, indigo, and animals.
I'm happy to be collaborating with my talented sister in leading a nature-art creative retreat at Spring Bird on May 21st. This retreat, titled Stick, Paper, and Mud, will focus on the playful processes of paper making, sun and leaf printing, drawing with ink and mud, printing in clay, and bookmaking. We intend for the day-long retreat to be a relaxing, playful, and renewing experience fueled by encountering nature through the processes of artmaking.
This retreat is open to women who want to get a little messy. No previous experience is required. You can find out more here, and sign-up will be available here.
For more information about my sister, Lisa Manning, visit her website www. nidoartstudio.com
Anna Lentz blogs about life at Spring Bird, her art making and other nature/art happenings.