This past weekend, during Spring into Art at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds, we had two days of pure play. Fifteen of us piled into the one large room, introduced ourselves, and just started to play. We had a motley crew. Sarah brought her grandmother, Judy, who said she had not done art for 50 years. They walked, shopped and dined Laguna after class before staying in a local hotel. Sisters-in-law Lorraine and Laura made a weekend of it for a second time — coming from Upland and El Monte to stay overnight.
Fred and Veronica also stayed over for a play-filled weekend, as did Wendy, a long-time student-playmate of ours. Others drove in each of the two days to partake of the fun. We met Dena who had recently moved to the area and Ana from Ladera Ranch. Chris hopped over from Corona del Mar, while Cindy and Eileen — devoted to this play time — drove farther to join us each day. Emily was only able to join us for one day, but seemed to have caught the bug for sure.
I may be biased, but I can think of no better place to play than the cathedral-like grove of trees that is the setting for these Sawdust classes. With all of the booths removed, one is able to feel the full impact of this natural setting and appreciate it. Gentle breezes play through the trees and birdsong provides a soft musical background to a buzz of activity on the ground below. There is a feeling of "removal" from daily life that enhances the ability to dive into play.
And dive in we did! There is nothing neat and tidy about our process and, while Suzette and I try to follow an outline, a plan, it is lost in the experience and we simply follow where process and flow take us. What fun!