Seriously… yesterday I got the biggest TREAT!! Emily and I drove about 2 hours north to Prescott, AZ and spent the day with Tim Holtz… we have been trying to get together for like 2 years now… I am always complaining to him that I need some instructions since I never can stand and watch him demo… or take any classes from him… so, he let us come up and get the ULTRA demo and one on one instruction! It was SO awesome… so inspiring and so exiting… he lives up this little road up in the mountains of AZ. He gets seasons there… when we got out of the car, it was a chiliy 40 degrees and even smells like forest! It was awesome… his house is amazing… he collects old stuff… antiques of every kind… I am sure it was a special treat to see his home decorated for Christmas… he has this collection of vintage glass Christmas ornaments… it was so cool.. I could have spent hours looking around, but I didn’t want to be too geeky!
Then we went into his studio, and holy cow… it is the most amazing thing I have every seen… I mean, it’s not like I do studio tours or anything… but this is the ultimate in organization and inspiration and function and well.. basically… I was just awe struck…
It’s the total and complete opposite of my studio… I would love to be a fundamentally organized person. Tim told us that in High School, he wanted to be an accountant… I guess that is where the organized side of his brain maybe comes from….. when we got there, I totally drilled him with a million questions.. I mean, this guy is so creative, and dynamic and down to earth… and he just amazes me! so I loved hearing about where he started out and how he got to be where he is. I loved it, because, like me… he has absolutely NO art training or background. He came into the industry totally backdoor and has just excelled. He instructed us completely on Distress inks, Alcohol Inks and the new Dabber paints… all of which I LOVE.. and I swear, they were just made to go with my products! That is all there is to it! I think that we spent about 4 hours learning all these techniques- trying them ourselves… totally hands on… my head was spinning and my wheels totally turning! It was exciting and energizing… sooooo inspiring. I think he has even made me want to stamp more! His stamp designs are so beautiful and so versatile. Just the way I like them.
What an absolute awesome opportunity !!! THANK YOU TIM!!!
So I came home last night and got the kids in bed and thought that I would just stay up all night creating… and at 10pm I couldn’t even keep my eyes open… I pooped out…
So, I will have to show you when I get some PLAY happening!
sorry to make you all jealous… but that was just the best!! Am I a lucky duck or what?