Monday, August 17, 2009

An Unexpected Pleasure

I found out late last week that Jean Bernard was scheduled to teach her Tree Woman class at a quilt shop in Auburn, WA this past weekend. I asked the shop owner if there were any spaces left and lo and behold there were 2! So on Friday afternoon, Lydia and I packed up for a weekend of creativity.

About 3 seconds after we got into the classroom, Lydia had already been nicknamed "Junior", LOL.

Over the next 2 days, we twisted wire, mixed up apoxie, sculpted, dipped, draped, painted, embellished, and bejeweled. No bills, no laundry, no INTERRUPTIONS - just fun. I could get used to this...

This is my tree. She is brown Aves Apoxie over a wire armature. Her face was provided by Jean. Please click on the photos to get a truer feel for how detailed she really is.

She is embellished with everything I could lay my hands on.

I know trees don't have butts usually, but she wanted one. As soon as I sculpted it, she came alive for me.

Can you spot the 4 other little faces embedded in her trunk?

I wish I could show you the incredible tree Lydia came up with, but she took it to a friend's house this morning to show it off. I can't say as how I blame her - I would be proud of it too! - but I wanted to photograph it first, doggone it! That's OK... I'll just put it up in a day or so. You won't want to miss this one.


MaryO said...

Heehee! Only our Judi would insist on a derriere for a tree woman! I'll bet Jean loved it!
Great job, Judi, and I'm sure it was a delightful weekend.

Sue said...

Fabulous! (I think that's all I ever say about your work, isn't it?) She really is wonderful, Judi, and I can't wait to see what your daughter did. What a fun weekend that must have been!

Michelle Eaton said...

WOW! It's wonderful. She has such a lovely flowing feeling.

Jennifer Rose said...

that looks really cool! :D I can only spot 2 faces *looks harder*

HElen said...

Looks wonderful! I spot only 2 faces so far :)
Beautiful work!
I am glad that you have a great time!

Karen Becker said...

Judi, thats amazing! I love her little butt cheeks too! Great job!
Karen Becker

Shashi Nayagam said...

Judi she is beautiful!! You did a wonderful job. Now I can't wait to see what Lydia did with her tree lady.

Linda Fleming said...

Marvelous Judi! I can't believe you got her done in two days. Hope you get a pic of Lydia's so we can see what she created.

Bear said...

oh Judi your tree woman is gorjus my darling - and why cant a tree woman have a butt?? To my mind it makes her! Your tree woman is sooo beautiful I love her oh my and the good fortune being able to have Jean for a class weekend ooooooh my better then anything.
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox