Friday, October 10, 2014

Dearly Departed Drawings ~ Neil {day 283}

Here, there, additions, subtractions.  Adding layers, darkening and lightening.

Yesterday I was reminded of where I started my artist journey.  As a 7 or 8 year old I attended a summer camp every year.  Camp Innabah.  I have oodles and oodles of memories, canoeing, hiking, playing, discovering nature and making art.  Camp Innabah offered many different camping programs, lasting a week and nearly all involved some type of crafting.  I distinctly remember making my very first tie dye shirt there in Eggleston Hall.

Eggleston Hall was the building at Camp Innabah that held all the crafting and art projects.  It also held the end of the week camp celebration - singing, laughing, merry making and fun.  I spent and enjoyed many hours of crafting here.  After I turned 16 I returned to Camp Innabah as the Art Directors assistant, the best summer of my life.  The Art Director happened to be a Dead Head, wore lots of tie dyes and had a lady bug tattoo on her big toe.  Having wonderful taste in clothing, music and hobbies - you can say she was my first inspiration.

Recently I have been told that Camp Innabah had deemed the building no longer structurally sound.  Very saddened upon hearing this news I was contacted by an old friend whom managed to obtain me some wood from my beloved building that contributed to my talent and beginning of my love for art.  I cannot wait to receive this precious gift and give it a prominent place in my home.

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