I have just returned from a 3.5 week trip to the USA. Apart from a trip to New Zealand and another into the Southern Ocean I had not been overseas before so it was a big thing for me. But what a fantastic I time I had. I had enrolled in a workshop with world renowned artist, Maggie Taylor, in Rockport, Maine. This was the main purpose of my trip. I have been a huge admirer of her work for years and held her up as a bit of an idol (my only idol really) and had never imagined in my wildest dreams I would one day get to meet her. But according to my mantra of making make-believe believable, I made this happen. It was imperative that I go when I saw the opportunity to take a workshop with her. Just meeting her was a dream come true. She is the most genuine, generous and beautiful creative soul. I am so fortunate. Its hard to know where to begin to tell you how life changing the trip and the workshop was to my creative outlook, vision and yet to be manifested, style.
Maine is a gorgeous part of the world, I would go back there in a heartbeat. So different from Australia. I couldn't stop photographing the scenery, and the many Lighthouses (you know me - can't resist a lighthouse). I took my daughter with me as she had been to the states twice before and was happy to be my driver and creative support. She was amazing, coped with the driving and suffered through interminable stops to take photographs and entertained herself with sightseeing and doing all sorts of exciting things whilst I was at the workshop. I am so pleased she was with me...Pleased is an understatement, I couldn't have done it without my gorgeous girl.
As an example, of the generosity and friendliness of Maine we had booked an airbnb in Bath, Maine; the owner, Jane, (another beautiful soul) took us out on her boat all around the extensive and convoluted waterways near Bath (so generous) and St George Island where there are so many beautiful homes, yachting marinas, islands and lighthouses. American people are so super generous and polite, very giving and happy people. Jane was a delight and I'd go back to her airbnb anytime, I loved it, on the waterfront, and in a classic New England house.
Lighthouses in Maine
The workshop was amazing. Along with 10 other participants Maggie showed us all how she works, how she creates as well as some new and interesting Photoshop techniques which I hope to incorporate into my future work. During the workshop we had dedicated time to work on our own images with Maggie's guidance, which are the ones I've shown here. These are just workshop images and not really Gallery quality but I wanted to show you what I worked on. Imagery that is quite different to my usually work which was stepping out of my comfort zone
I really don't know yet where it will take my art work but it is exciting to start the journey to find out. I took over 3,500 photographs while away and I am yet to go through them all to discover the gems I have to work with. I am really inspired and motivated to get creating...I will keep in touch with progress :)