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.
She brought some of her beautiful pieces to inspire us. You can totally see her Metis heritage bursting out of them. So lovely.
My backgrounds on watercolour paper, which I totally enjoyed doing. This is where I started warming up to the florescent colours.
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.
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.
This one is entitled “free”, free from the labels I was given or gave myself as a child.
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.
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???