Back from Artfest

Oh I had the best time ever at Artfest. I had some fabulous roommates, Alysse and Heather. I met Dianne on the plane,  ( yes we were one of the 6 ladies that missed the shuttle) which was delayed.  I also met some people who’s blogs I have been following . So exciting. Kind of like meeting a mini celebrity. I met amazing people, and I loved my classes and my teachers, but more about that in a later post.

I am a little tired however, well, maybe more exhausted, and I didn’t even really have any late nights. But there was lots of ladies in pajamas hanging out going cool art things at night. I was blown away by people’s art journals.

I feel like  I have a tribe, and Artfest family now. Everyone was trading cool stuff they had made. You’ll see that in the video.

I videoed all 5 days, and I plan to make a video and post it here. So anyone who was there  can be reminded of the fun and anyone who didn’t go may be tempted to go next year. I’m going for sure.

In the meantime here are a few pictures I took with my phone


I got very excited every time i saw deer, and they were quite tame.




Daisies... I love them. I used to make daisy chains when I was a kid. But where I live they say they're weeds and there are none.

The deer were everywhere. I loved seeing them. This was a little family of 3.


There were also Daisy’s everywhere. They were closed in the morning and opened up as the day got warmer and sunnier. We had wonderful weather.

Here is a painting I did from Sunny Carvalho’s class: painting pretty girls. I didn’t finish it yet. But Sunny was really good at keeping us moving, and I will finish it. I had so much fun and used paints that were a little tricky.


Done with genesis oils.


I have to find the time to edit the video. I have  loads of footage,  but to be honest my eyesight is not what it used to be and it may be tons of blurry stuff.  I have a pair of purple leopard reading glasses that I need for close work now (Pah!) i tried to go back and forth with them but as I kept trying to focus it  I couldn’t really tell if it was or not. I’m getting old.


Lastly, one of my favourite thing about Seattle and I was fascinated with them were  the tiny little drive through coffee shacks. I think this is how Starbucks started. I could see them all over on the drive up to Port Townsend. One looked like it was in someone’s garden, like a lemonade stand.

A tiny little coffee shack.





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6 Responses to “Back from Artfest”

  1. Sylvia Drown Says:

    So glad you had so much fun! Can’t wait to see the video!!!!

  2. Sunny Says:

    I so LOVED having you in my class! You were tenacious, talented and above all, positive. Even when we had a little fiasco involving thick paint and the heat gun…and the oven!! LOL…You started over (even when I thought you should just keep going) and ended up with a gorgeous painting. I hope you had a wonderful time…it just gets better each year. I didn’t relax until the 3rd year. Now I feel like I’m home! Thank you for coming and for the beautiful post. I love my Flying Pig!! He’s watching right now!

  3. Sunny Says:

    Oh…and Starbucks started in a small store across from Pike Place Market in Seattle. It’s not quite a freestanding little building like the ones we see on the island but almost like the current Starbucks. They are VERY friendly…I’m sure that is marketing!

  4. Nelly Eisenhower Says:

    I am just catching up from Artfest. It was wonderful to meet you. I love meeting people that I have connected with online. So fun! I was so shocked by your lovely accent. I could listen to you all day!

  5. Sunny Says:

    Thanks, Nelly…I didn’t think ANYONE could listen to me all day!! LOL

  6. geonrose Says:

    Collette! I LOVE my piggie! I think of your happy face whenever I see it in my studio. I had a really great time at ArtFest this year, and so enjoyed meeting everyone and trading with everyone. What a crazy time! THanks again for making your fun flying pigs! All the best to you in your life and artwork this year- Rose

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