I wanted to finish Greene Ink Press in late April because Gavin and I had plans the first week of May to go out to Iowa to see Kendra “graduate” from her program. In reality, it wasn’t a graduation (just a series of readings read by her classmates) and Kendra will continue for one more year doing special projects. Whatever the case, we were going out to celebrate the conclusion of her program and three years of hard work!
A couple of years ago I saw a watercolor painting in Martha Stewart Living that I was so impressed by, that I found out who painted it and have been following him since. His name is Stan Fellows, and he happens to live in Iowa City — the very place Gavin and I were visiting! I wrote a few months ago about contacting him for a workshop and, since he had no workshops scheduled for the time I was visiting, we decided to do an individual session.
And I am here to say that it was one of the highlights of my trip to Iowa City! Stan picked me up from my bed & breakfast the morning after I had arrived and took me back to his home, where we talked about painting and then he demonstrated a painting for me. It was great to connect with him and to hear his thoughts about painting, and really very helpful to see him paint and to be able to ask questions about his method. The painting to the right is the painting he did and — to my surprise and delight — he gave me the painting at the end of the session. Very cool!
So not only did I make it home (my B&B hosts were a little anxious that I was meeting up with a stranger from the internet), but I made it home with two paintings — one from the demo and one that I was taken by that he had hanging from a recent sale at his place. I better get going to the framer to get those pieces framed!