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Donna Downey Studio – Happy Paintbrush Wall

There’s not much in the wide world that I love better than a good adventure.  I adore going to new cities, exploring new spaces, getting acquainted with new faces, and learning new things.

I have to admit that I had not run across Danielle Donaldson until fairly recently, but when I saw her work, I was completely smitten.  Her little paintings are precious in every way!  And I’ve been wanting to play a little more with watercolor, so this workshop was tailor made.

Danielle Demo Painting

Danielle Demo Painting

We arrived in Huntersville, North Carolina on Thursday night.  This city is home to Donna Downey Studios, where the workshop was hosted.  Let me tell you, Donna and her hubby, Bill, are generous and oh-so-considerate hosts – chauffeuring you around, feeding you, making sure your every need is met (if not surpassed!).  The studio itself is just lovely – well-lit, nice and big, and well-stocked with goodies to purchase and take home with you (and, yes, I did my part to help keep the store afloat :D).

Ready, set, GO!!

Ready, set, GO!!

The first day was all about learning to lay down washes.  Danielle’s way of doing that was a revelation!  So much depth and interest and FUN!

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On day 2, we got started with painting a girl Danielle had drawn for us – translated: she drew something like 20 girls in the hotel room Friday night (wow)!  I am completely in love with mine (shown below)!!

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On day 3, we cut up our used paper-towels to make fancy hats for our girls.  The idea was a swim cap, but many of us took that and ran with it… Britta made a tutu, Tricia made curly hair, someone else made wings, and I made a sun-hat with a flowery band.

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One of the things I love best about a good workshop is the other students.  So much excitement, like-minded hearts and AMAZING artwork (look for #creativegirlclass on Instagram for a peek).

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And then there were the friendships – always such a treat to visit old friends and embrace new ones; beautiful souls, inside and out, who care deeply for creating and sharing and inspiring others to make and share.

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Special thanks to Danielle for sharing your talent, enthusiasm and humor and to Laura for inviting me to this awesome event and for being a perfectly wonderful roomie!  And thanks to each and every one of the sassy girls in the photo above – I learned so much from each of you in such a few short days! My heart grew ten-fold and I truly hope our paths cross again soon!!