Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Creative Painting ~ Vegas Convention 2012

Wow! What an awesome time we had in Vegas - so much so I forgot to get my camera out most days. (urgh!)  Had some awesome classes though and learned some really cool techniques!

I arrived on Monday and did some shopping for snacks, drinks, etc. and waited for Eileen and Deb to arrive. Once they did we went to the Hard Rock Cafe and had a wonderful dinner.

Tuesday, I taped my two segments for Interactive Artist Magazine - make sure to click on the button on the right hand side of my blog to check them out - you have to join to be able to see all the ART but it's worth every penny! Always have a fabulous time with Dawn & Christy!

Donna, Lori and Julie arrived on Tuesday and Donna and Lori had some taping to do so I just hung out until my first class with Trudy Beard - let me just say - it was as amazing as I thought it would be! We used wOils - which I'm really lovin' and it was awesome to finally meet her in person.

We painted this adorable piece with two birds and nest on a 4x12 canvas and then she drew names to see who would take hers home - LUCK ME ~ my name was drawn. YES, for those who know me - I did scream a loud "YES" when she said my name!

Wednesday, I took a Rosemaling class and I loved every minute of it. I could paint scrollwork all day long and loved all the little tricks and techniques in this class. Laura Hickman was awesome teacher.

I only signed up for two classes since this was my first year taking classes - I didn't want to overdue it! Wanted to enjoy the show and walk around Vegas a bit. A few of the classes that I would have loved to have taken were full so I know better now to sign up early if I want to get in on them.

Thursday, Lori and I did a make n take with Bobbie Campbell and I loved her techniques ~ especially her floating technique.  Was a fun little hour make n take and then walked the show again to see what I missed the first day.

We stayed at the Tropicana which has been renovated and was so much nicer than last year. It helped too that they had a Starbucks!!

Here are some other pics from around town!

 I think it was Wednesday we went and ate at the Bellagio Buffet!AMAZING to say the least ~ expensive but worth going!

They had amazing glass sculptures and this glitzy horse in the lobby which made for a fab photo op!

Me, Eileen, Donna, Lori & Deb

Deb, Donna, Julie, Lori, & Eileen

Tuesday taping ~ with Christy 

& Dawn ~ wearing our "wearable art" which you can learn how to create this year so make sure you sign up for Interactive Artist Magazine!

The last day of the show Donna's brother Jerry & his wife came to the show and he did this amazing sculpture with a saw ~ it's going to also be on Interactive Artist Magazine!  Loved watching it go from a stump to a bear in like no time.

Sadly, that is all the pictures I took.
I can't believe I didn't take one picture of us making bracelets. Donna and Julie went bead shopping and brought back some amazing beads for us to make these really cool bracelets.  I had to come home and make one right away so I wouldn't forget how to make them! Very cool and can't wait to share with my family and friends!

My house has been occupied all day with workers putting in new fittings in all of our pipes. They put in copper fittings when the house was built and well - after another leak in the water heater and seeing the corrosion on the fittings it was time to bite the bullet and get it done. Fun Fun - NOT!

Now back to painting and getting ready for my classes this month and next! Will share pictures soon!

Hope you have a great week!

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