Sunday, March 18, 2012

Painting in Paradise: Naples, Florida

I just got back from three days in Naples, Florida, with the Naples Quilters Guild. They were such a kind, friendly, talented group! Yesterday, I taught my Wholecloth Painting class in the beautiful courtyard outside guild president Judy Bauckham’s house. It was like paradise!

It is always interesting to see how each student’s work reflects her own style… even if she didn’t know she had one!

I have a passion for blue-and-white ceramics, and was swooning over this large vase. And look at the amazing etching on Judy’s doors.

This shot is of the courtyard before the students arrived:

I don’t know the name of this tree with the amazing yellow blooms, but I love them! This shot was taken outside of a community center where I taught my threadsketching class on Friday:

Nancy Polzien, who is a member of my home guild, Lake Norman Quilters, is a snowbird who lives in Naples in the winter. She picked me up at the airport on Thursday and drove me all over Naples so I could see some of the area before I spoke that night. She took me to the Naples Pier so I could glimpse the beautiful white sand beach!

What a great experience! Many thanks to Judy, Linda and Nancy – and the entire Naples Quilters Guild – for making it so much fun.