In my 35th year of life, I have come to realize that we all need to hit the reset button every once in a while. (Hard to believe that sentence even found its way to this highly-functioning-under-stress-and-a-tight-deadline-Capricorn’s cold, staggering fingertips and onto the keyboard, but here we are.)
My reset button reared its “self-love, self-care, you deserve this” head on a 138th-ish day of March and said, “THAT’S IT, I’M GOING TO TUSCANY TO PAINT THINGS!”
I packed my suitcase, painting overalls, and brand new pink art CaboodleTM and set out on my solo journey.
How beautiful was Tuscany? Couldn’t tell ya. I decided on a much more practical first “E.P.L.” journey. I traveled to Glastonbury, Connecticut’s Connecticut River Valley Inn—a beautiful, historic home built in 1740. My instructor for the week was Kim Myers Smith, a fascinating painter who has gained a huge following on Instagram for her beautiful oil paintings and her uncanny ability to create an entire painting in one hour while Live on Instagram every Wednesday at 8 am Eastern (tune in with your morning coffee … it is so worth it).
My three expectations: to spend time with myself, find my footing traveling alone—first timer!—and start a new journey of creative growth through oil painting.
What I gained was beyond expectation. I found healing and life encouragement in the form of 5 incredible women: Carolann, Jackie, Jen, Kim, and Leigh Ann. We showed up alone—together—from all walks of life and left as lifelong friends, complete with a group chat. I even shed a few tears when they left. (Look at me being vulnerable and stuff). As far as what was discussed during our late nights at the
wine dinner table? I’ll never tell. That’s a secret only The Inn Girls know.
As soon as I got home, I dusted off my old easel and unpacked the art supplies that lived in cluttered boxes for years. Here is a little peek at what I’ve been working on, and some of the paintings that began my newfound obsession. Kim, if you are reading this, thank you for creating this new monster.
This week’s prize is a favorite reset button pastime at the Atlas Craft Table: A Potholder Loom Kit!
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Deadline for entries: Sunday, June 26, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.