The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Friday, February 5, 2010

Best Birthday Present Ever

Who said that aging is all bad? At the end of 2010, I will be turning a big number with a zero at the end. My husband has obviously been racking his brain already trying to find a good gift. He knows a surprise party is not a good idea.  He then suggested a long weekend at Biltmore in Ashville at Christmas and when he saw my reaction (rather lukewarm, at best), he went back to the drawing board. Bingo!  An art workshop, any art workshop I want. Wow! That got my attention.

So now the fun begins – what workshop? What artist? What location? What time of year? Desert? Mountain? Coastal? Winter? Summer? Oh the choices! This will be too much fun. 

Anyone have any suggestions? I first thought of Weekend with the Masters, the second annual extravaganza sponsored by American Artist magazine. ( Last year’s event sounds like a weekend of painting workshop heaven. However, I’m afraid I would overload at that one. Not sure I’m quite ready for that much art instruction crammed into a few days. I need to start a bit smaller, I think. Maybe I can talk my husband into making this a birthday tradition every year, and I can do Weekend with the Masters in 2011.  Well, a girl can dream! Stay tuned as I work through all the possibilities.


  1. Let see, for a birthday plein air workshop it would have to be a romantic trip to Paris. Welcome to blogging!

  2. Ooo, what a great idea, M.A.! Thanks.