I’m back! Six weeks ago, the day before President Biden was inaugurated, I slipped on my front porch and fell and broke my ankle. The calendar says March and I see spring has blown in on a fresh breeze when I wasn’t looking. I’m excited to tell you about the Zoom courses I’m offering that begin later this month. The College of Marin six-week session starts Tuesday afternoon, March 30, and Santa Rosa Junior College four-week Saturday morning session begins April 3. Each week we will focus on a different aspect of appearance, including color, makeup, silhouette, personal style, and wardrobe development. Demonstrations, slides, hands-on activities, and group discussion will help you to develop a creative focus for daily self-expression.
The past year has given us the opportunity to let go of preconceived ideas about how we want to care for our appearance. What part of the ease and comfort you’ve experienced do you want to carry with you? “Normal” life is still off on the horizon, but our spirits are awakening to the hope of a brighter (not-too-distant) future. Even with mask-wearing and social distancing, your imagination is alive with the possibilities.
This is an ideal time to invigorate yourself with a fresh approach to beauty care.
Here’s a note I received from a recent class participant:
After the class every time I closed my eyes I saw colors and it is still happening today. I looked at a eucalyptus tree on my walk and designed a whole outfit for myself from the colors I saw. The class really helped me take all you have taught me so far to another level. You have a way of communicating your message that is unique and tangible.
The classes will also offer an opportunity to try out some simple painting and collage exercises in your beauty journal or “lookbook.” I have a renewed appreciation for the healing benefits of engaging directly with color. In the past weeks as I have been recovering and unable to get down the stairs to my art studio, I set up a little table in my living room so I could paint. I left most of my materials downstairs and had only a sketchbook and a small set of watercolors. I spent time in the afternoon painting without thinking, just letting my eyes communicate to my hands to make a mark and move the brush. COVID has brought many changes to our lives, and this feeling of having a broken body took my experience to another level of surrendering to the moment.
Wherever you find yourself, burned out, in sweats, or cautiously ready for something new, I hope we’ll connect soon.
Scenes from my window…