Roberta, art teacher & artist


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As a participant in Orkney Art Adventure, I look over my photos and prints, reflecting on rich memories. Our facilitator, Jeanne, taught us an exciting, facile watercolor printmaking technique, while she and the local artists and historians we met, opened the door to experience of the spirit of Orkney. Orkney, still fresh, I recall a gale, the wind at once soothing and fierce, decending gleaming silver swords of light piercing the sea, the earth suddenly turning freakish, wild. As the wind settled and the eastern sky turned a springtime steely blue, double rainbows appeared. We took our feelings of praise to the stone circles at midnight under the full moon, leaning into each cool lichened surface to listen to 5000 year old secrets. The experiences continue to inform my painting, and my spiritual perspective.