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kim, kimberly, rachel, michelle & joanna with thier finished masterpieces
last night’s workshop was truly delightful. i spent the evening with five fabulous creative women sipping pink champagne, making collaborative art, eating pink frosted treats, and laughing amidst paint, paper, and kimberly’s curious (and hungry) kitty, bonnard. thanks to all the gals who came out to share this evening with me and made the event so much fun! you all filled me up with inspiration and creative love.

each of us began our own mixed media piece which was then sent around the circle on a little creative journey. as we all got the opportunity to work on each other’s canvases, we had the opportunity to stretch outside of our own creative box by seeing art from someone else’s perspective, trying out new and fun techniques, and sharing the creative process in a fun and lighthearted way. it was a really wonderful way to spend a beautiful spring evening! special thanks to kimberly for being such a lovely hostess to our group in her adorable pink palace.

michelle and j.lo creating away
rachel getting messy with paint
kimberly and rachel
kim finding just the right inspiration
bonnard getting crafty
evidence of fabulous evening
it was a joy to create and connect with you all!


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