John and Lynn Whipple are both extremely gifted artists, (painting/photography/sculpture /mixed media), and Lynn recently opened up her studio space to share some of her mixed media techniques with some enthusiastic amateurs and talented individuals wanting to learn some new tips. If my profession was selling artwork, I'm not sure I'd be as willing to reveal my secrets as Lynn, but she is a natural teacher and seems to find great joy in sharing what she's learned. Both Whipples make use of found materials, and they give new life to old objects. I scoured my attic for weeks to find the right stuff to bring and spent the majority of Saturday creating three art pieces from my old ephemera, supplemented with stuff from the Whipples' stash. There was great energy in the room as we dove into creativity headfirst, emerging only for lunch and a show-and-tell session at the end of the day.
I've always admired both John and Lynn's talent and they are both, kind and generous people. These days when "Going Green" is all the rage, I give you the ultimate recyclers, these two creative individuals who've made a living creating treasures from old ephemera and now turn ordinary people into artists, if even for just one day.
Check out this blog from someone else who participated in the workshop.