Dawn DeVries Sokol


SO Blessed

Coming back from Squam by the Sea has brought some clarity. I feel so blessed that I was able to go. I had never been to North Carolina or to a Squam event. Both fed my soul.

The first class I took was Pages & Paint with Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, a lovely complement to our location, considering Sarah’s work FEELS like the sea and the beach. We played with paint, stencils, collage, stamps, pastels, and rub-ons, and I was fortunate to meet women such as Diane, Bettie, Claire, and Veronica. We told our stories, we shared some words on grief, life, and love, and we laughed. We created while we listened to the waves crashing on the shore right outside. Blissful? Yes. Relaxing? Definitely.

We did all different kinds of techniques on a 6 x 6 in. gesso panel during a game somewhat like musical chairs. I would love to implement this somehow with doodling. Here’s what I did during that time:

During that game, we grew a bit more confident with techniques. I liked it because we didn’t think about the outcome of our piece, just the process. VERY important when learning.

Then we were let loose to do whatever we wanted. So I created a couple other panels and went with what I know:

More on Squam soon!

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