Penland last year that it might be the last visit for a little while. Certainly money was a factor (though I think the cost of the sessions are very reasonable), but I also had a strong sense that when it was time to travel again that another location would beckon.
Circumstances are such that there is not going to be any traveling this summer but I have decided to splurge on a class at MCBA, a class which starts this evening. I haven't yet met the instructor, Julie Baugnet, but I was drawn to the class by the beauty of her work. There is some similarity in the painterly qualities of her books and those of my Penland instructor in 2007, Laura Wait and it's a form I'm anxious to explore again. The class is formally titled "Mixed Media and the Artist's Book" and plans to "explore the realm of possibilities for creating content and working with materials such as watercolors, acrylic, pastel, collage and cut paper."
It will be wonderful to get back to these kinds of materials again...to feel them in my hands.