I came to New Orleans for a week long Golden Paints workshop. 20 artists, 3 assistants, and one dynamic teacher. I’d been using their paints for years, because the color is unbeatable, and I wanted to learn more. I applied and was accepted to the Art Educator program –Lucky me!
Queen Bee Patti Brady pulled off purple hair and a pillbox hat like nobody’s business. Complimented by a polka dot dress and a magnetic personality, Patti’s lifetime spent as an artist included 20 years in San Francisco and a degree in print making. All this with an immense knowledge of acrylic paints, gels, pastes and mediums. We were in great hands.
As the Director of GOLDEN Certified Working Artist Program for 21 years, Patti spent the week teaching us everything we could hope to learn about how to use these magnificent products, through project after fun project.
The organization of the flow of projects was a marvel and all due to Patti’s planning and her three lovely assistants, Kevin, Kevin, and Samantha Queen of cool shoes. All of this was a thousand times more than I expected. But wait, there’s more…
Pat Pirrone, Golden Paint’s Mastermind Fun Planner (which should be her title), orchestrated our hotel, meals, lunches and entertainment – all within walking distance of the French Quarter’s stunning Hotel Mazarin. I have never had a more beautifully planned trip.
Each of our grand rooms were styled with marble floors and chandeliers. And each room opened onto the courtyard – a true sanctuary, with a large, bubbling fountain as its centerpiece.
At night, Pat arranged for us to have one classic New Orleans meal after another in some of the finest establishments. (Take THAT hips!) Antionne’s, Cafe Adelaide, Cochon Restaurant, and even a cruise on the Nachez with a bootie shakin’ band! Did I mention the 4 o’clock wine and cheese hour?
The sax, the trumpet, the piano, the company. The 20 amazing women who rocked my world. Their talent was so diverse and creativity so outa sight –this was the greatest treasure, just to meet them all. I wanted to spend a week with each one, to see their techniques, to hear their stories, and what moves their souls.
I came away feeling that despite the fact that we artists love to spend countless hours alone, lost in creating, I wasn’t alone. These women also understood and strived for the same expression and creative freedom I did. They were driven to live a life of artistic exploration, and all of us had no choice but to pour our souls into the world for all to see.
Thank you Golden Paints!