Danielle Daniel at Sugar & Spice

Where do I even begin?  I was so fortunate to get the instructors in the order I did at Sugar & Spice.  I couldn’t have planned the way everything unfolded any better.  I felt like I was completely stripped raw, then built back up again before being sent back out to conquer the world.

I had the gorgeous Danielle Daniel on my first day and she completely tore us down to reveal our true inner selves.  She had a series of quick & dirty questions to help get us to our core and focus inward.  This was brilliant as it had us starting our retreat and painting immediately from a place of truth.  I think it also made us all realize that our stories are important, which is something Danielle is a huge advocate of.

 I don’t have too many photos of Danielle as she isn’t a fan of having her photo taken but here she is with her vivacious personality teaching up a storm.

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She brought some of her beautiful pieces to inspire us.  You can totally see her Metis heritage bursting out of them.  So lovely.

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My backgrounds on watercolour paper, which I totally enjoyed doing.  This is where I started warming up to the florescent colours.

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Danielle completely took me out of my comfort zone.  She pushed me more that day than I have been able to do with myself.  I was totally uncomfortable with what I was doing most of the day.  I don’t paint faces, ever.  I do girls who remain faceless.  I have always had this perfectionist side of me that felt if I am going to do them, they must be perfectly proportioned, so I just stayed away.

This was my first girl and my first girl ever with a face.  Even before I added the word, Danielle came over and told me that she looked very strong.  I was quite pleased that is how it came across even though I wasn’t entirely happy with how her face turned out.

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For this one I was channeling “love” and thinking how lucky I was to have found it.  Weird thing is, when I got home, out of every single piece I did, Chris picked this one out as his favourite even before hearing her story.

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This one is entitled “free”, free from the labels I was given or gave myself as a child.

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To me, this was more than just a day of art, it was a day of healing and I can’t possibly thank Miss Danielle enough.

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So happy she is Canadian and even lives in Ontario.  I am trying to make it out to her retreat in September.  Perhaps a little birthday present to myself.  Anyone want to come join me???

Category: Mixed Media, Retreats
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2 Responses
  1. Nolwenn says:

    You tell it so well, Renée.
    I agree that we were lucky to have the classes in the order we had. Simply perfect for me too.

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