Monday, November 2, 2015

Grateful Moments ReMe October 2015

If we have been a little quiet over here at ReMe it's because we all are coming down from the retreat high of our latest ReMe adventure in Ocracoke.  As quick as it started, it seemed we were saying teary goodbyes!   As all of us immerse ourselves in the 100's of photos taken during the course of the event, here's a sneak peek at some of the beginning preparations we had going on behind the scenes before this lovely group of women joined us a little over a week ago on Ocracoke.  We will be sure to share even more as the weeks go on so you can be at the retreat in 'creative spirit' with us!

We try to make the retreat as carefree of an adventure as we can, that's why you'll see all of the organizers and instructors schlepp tons of goodies for the 'kids' to play with and or purchase if they choose while we are together.     Lucky for students, we are all hoarders    "collectors" of a bountiful  amount of goods they are able to use  for classes. That in and of itself saves tons of money and stress from having to purchase your own stash for one class!

Yes you see prescription bottles to the left of Penny's display, but there's no pharmacist needed for what's inside--a dose of artsy goodness in a variety of forms (some have labels, ink nibs, watch parts and more).

Jean has a huge collection of stamps and tools to make embossing metal a breeze! Hammers, pliers, and stamps..oh my!

Jodi may have more paint then a Michael's store just sayin :)   Plenty of colors, mediums, and other fun tools to be shared with our guests so they can get their paint on with professional results!

A little peek at our pre-guest arrival the first night. The ReMe 'elves' had a fun little project to get everyone started in the festivities.  That was after our catered opening night dinner from an island favorite eatery. I'm not sure how we created anything after that feast!!!

Can you believe Eduardo brought all this delicious authentic Mexican cuisine over to our house on these beautiful platters?     Be sure to visit Eduardo's Taco stand if you are on the island.  You won't be disappointed!!

Oh lookie...a treasure from our May girls!   A sweet surprise for us to discover as we set up for the event!

Penny brought a personal treasure to decorate and inspire our coffee station.  The island brings forth a sense of peace and grounding for sure, but we all need reminders from time to time to allow it to come into our being.   One of our lovely guests, Audrie,  was nice enough to share breathing and yoga techniques each morning to whomever wanted to participate.  Taking a few minutes each day to breathe deeply to  ground yourself is so important.  Self care is something we all say we need to do, but do we really take the time necessary to do it? It doesn't even have to be a huge amount of time Audrie shared, it can be as little as 15 minutes a day or whenever you have time to spare, and you will start to see a difference in your world.  

This year has been  quite a year for your ReMe organizers, we all have faced our own personal mountains to overcome, yet at the core of it all is our faith in doing what we love and faith that we are on the right path no matter what life twists and turns show up at our door step. Each and every one of us uses words and text in our art.  Here you see one of Jean's pieces that reminds us that One Day At A Time is all we need to focus on in those crazy days of life. Sometimes it's one minute at a time.      This year once again we were blown away by the stories our October girls shared with us. Poignant stories, of triumph, overcoming obstacles,  funny adventures, and amazing accomplishments.    

We are lucky indeed to have had the pleasure of their company for our 4th ReMe retreat.  Thank you all who joined us, you will forever be in our hearts and are now one of our ReMe Sisters for Life.

Stay tuned as we will be sharing more memories and moments from ReMe 2015.  

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Artfully and gratefully yours,

Jodi, Jean and Penny

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ReMe Retreats Returns to Ocracoke

 In just five short days, our merry band of wild wonderful creative women will descend on Ocracoke Island for our ReMe Retreat.  Words can't describe how excited we are!  This is probably a good thing, as we don't have time for many words while we're loading up all of the artsy goodness that is ReMe!

Please join us virtually on our ReMe Retreats Facebook Page beginning Monday, October 19th, for a sneak peek at our latest Retreat.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy World Play Doh Day From ReMe Retreats!

Creativity is at the heart of ReMe, and most of us can trace our love for all things artistic to our earliest childhood memories.  Finger paints?  Yes!  Crayons?  Of course!  Coloring books?  Gotta love them!  Play Doh?!?!?!?!?  Only for the luckiest amongst us!

Our love for Play Doh begins at the moment we spy its distinctive yellow exterior on the shelf at the store; it continues as its sweet scent greets us when we lift the lid; and we just can't seem to get our fingers on it fast enough!  It's easily accessible, and working with it is soothing, forgiving, and oh so magical! And don't even get us started on the vast array of accessories and colors that are available now!

Did you know...

... that Play Doh was born in 1956, a very good year?

... that Play Doh is made up primarily of water, salt, and flour?

... that enough Play Doh has been sold through the years to go to the moon and back three times? 

... ,for metal lovers, that you can fit 172 pennies in a Play Doh Can?

You can learn all about this and more on Play Doh's very own Facebook Page here.

At ReMe, we love reminiscing about our childhood memories of creating.  Please join the fun by sharing your favorites in the comments section below. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

ReMe Recipes - Jean's Peach Upside Down Cake

Both in the studio and in the kitchen, at ReMe we adore creating.  We also love to share our personal culinary traditions with our ReMe Sisters.  

With that in mind, last week your ReMe Hosts took one for the team.  In the name of "quality control", they sampled Jean's Peach Upside Down Cake, and happily declared it fit to serve to our ReMe Guests!

Jean never learned of Pineapple Upside Down Cake until she was an adult.
In her family, the peaches for this cake came from her Grandpap's trees in his urban garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..

If you'd like to try it for yourself at home, her recipe follows:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Melt a stick and a half of butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan, and spread it around.  (This recipe will also work with two round pans.  Just divide all of the ingredients between them, and take about ten minutes off of the bake time.)

2.  Sprinkle  the melted butter with a 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar.

3.  Cover the brown sugar and butter with fresh peaches that you've peeled and cut.  Jean doesn't measure these; she just eyeballs them.  Maraschino cherries can be added too.  (Jodi's son, Josh, assures us that this cake is better with cherries!)  

4.  Next cover the peach layer with your favorite cake batter... boxed or homemade...yellow and spice are both delicious.

5.  Bake on the center rack for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool in the pan, and invert onto a serving platter. 

7.  Ice cream makes everything better!

Please Note: This cake will work equally well with canned peaches.  Just be sure that they're well drained.

Please comment below, and tell us if you think that Peach Upside Down Cake should be added to the menu at ReMe.  

We'd love to hear about your favorites too!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Congratulations to our "Favorite Things - Art Supplies" Giveaway Winners

First off, we would like to thank EVERYone who participated in our latest Blog Series:  "Our Favorite Things - Art Supplies!"  We had great fun sharing our Favorite Things, and enjoyed learning about some of yours.  We loved all of your comments, and appreciate your taking part.  Stay tuned, we have more creative sharing coming your way!

AND *drumroll, please...* we are tickled to offer our congratulations to our latest Winners!  We drew one name from among the entries from current and past ReMe Regisitered Attendees, and one from all other comments/shares.  The Winners are:  Audrie Prince (ReMe Guest, October '15), and Victoria Burgess (whom we hope to have with us at a future event)! Please contact us at: with your mailing info., and we'll have your sampling of some our favorite things on its way to you!

Audrie shares:  "I enjoy a good art store; not just a craft store. The art supplies challenge me because we all know about paper and pens but I like to look around, inspect closely, and find something that I know nothing about. A new challenge or toy helps me to expand my knowledge. It's loads of fun."

Victoria notes:  "Haven't tried the Catalyst tools yet but I have used silicon kitchen utensils for mark making. :)  It is very simple, but one of my go-to tools is bubble wrap. You can make marks in wet paint, molding paste or mediums as well as stencil with it. Plus, you can relieve stress by popping it too! LoL"

We're only SIX weeks away from our return to Ocracoke in October!  Make sure that you are subscribed to our Newsletter (link on left side of BLog home page) and have liked our Facebook page ( for all the latest news and fun updates from the land of ReMe.

We'll be seeing you here again, soon!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Day 10 - ReMe Retreats' Favorite Things - We Love It All!

Today we'll finish the "ReMe Retreats' Favorite Things - Art Supplies!" Series.  If you've been following these posts for the last ten days, it's apparent that Penny, Jodi, and Jean each has her own list of art supply favorites that are longer than their arms!  In the previous nine posts, they just began to scratch the surface, and they'll return to this topic again with a future list of favorites.
Having said that, each of them has expressed that one of the biggest benefits of creating with others is that magically, each participating artist seems to receive more than they give.  This is true among them as the founders of ReMe.  

Penny educates Jodi and Jean regarding the characteristics and possible uses that make each type of paper unique.  

Jodi shares the ways that she uses paints and mediums in her own work, and helps Penny and Jean to see the possibilities of them in theirs.  

And Jean waxes poetically about her love of all things metal and found object.  

Each of them also finds the same to be true of their treasured ReMe Guests, aka ReMe Sisters.  These talented women teach them so much from them as they're creating together!

It's interesting.  Although each of the favorite art supplies featured in these posts appear diametrically different at a glance, many of the words that Penny, Jodi, and Jean use to describe them are exactly the same.  Fluid, flexible, soft, hard, luscious, versatile, brilliant, subtle, and inspiring; are words that could be used to describe almost any of their favorites.


For your chance to win our Fabulous ReMe Favorites Prize Package, please post your answer to one or both of the questions below in the comments section.  You'll also earn an extra entry for each time you share this post on social media.  Just be sure to post a link to your share here for us to count your extra entries.  (All entries must be received by 12:00 Noon, EST, on September 4, 2015.)

What descriptive words would you use to describe your favorite art supplies?  

Why do you love to create with others?

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In less than two months, ReMe Retreats will return to Ocracoke,
and there’s still time to join us!

Please use the link on the left side of this page to register.

When the link disappears, we’re full to capacity.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Day 9 - "Our Favorite Things- Art Supplies" Series: Mark Making Tools


"Our  Favorite Things - Art Supplies!" Series.  
In no particular order; JodiPenny, and Jean will take turns sharing a few of
their creative must-haves.

Hello Friends,  it's Jodi here today.   Welcome Back to Day 9 in our series of "Our Favorite Things"!  We are having a blast doing this, and hope you are enjoying it as well!

 In my first post, I shared with you the paint I love to use most before moving on to some of the mediums that can make your paintings full of texture and interest.  Today I'm going to share with you, some of my favorite tools that are also key components  for me in developing  a wide range of marks in my work. Some may be very familiar to you and others may be a wowza..I need to try that 'Thang' introduction!  

 Let me start by saying that I love texture.  I do not love flat looking paintings.  Let me rephrase that, I don't love for myself to create flat looking paintings.  I want my viewer to dive right into the painting and wonder how I achieved a certain look or to be mesmerized by the layers of depth created.  The bonus is that I get a huge thrill out of making this all happen!

Part of my own artistic process that gets my creative juices flowing, involves devising ways to create juicy touchable texture.  I encourage my students to try new things, too.  You can do this too!  Try combinations of things and not to be afraid to experiment.

Sometimes you stumble on some really cool processes that create looks that make you glow in a basic of discovery.

 You may never be able to replicate these marks again, but that's okay.  You will discover new things and keep yourself fresh.  Life would get boring if every piece you did looked the same anyway (or looked like someone else's), right?

Okay so without further adieu, here are some of the tools I love to use in addition or with the gel mediums and acrylic paints mentioned in my first two posts.

As you can see, all of these are well loved :)   

Palette knives-come in all shapes and styles, plastic, textured, big, small, flat, skinny.  One tip, if you buy a metal one be sure it's stainless steel as others that are less expensive will rust like no tomorrow if left in a water container.  Not that you would ever do that.   I use these to mix paints, to add paint to my canvas,  scrape into areas, and to draw or write sgraffito style into my work.

Foam backed Rubber stamp--this one featured has cool bubble wrap type circles by my friend Nathalie Kalbach. (I love your stamps Nat so much, I'm afraid I've abused them!!!.  I like the foam backed stamps because working on a soft flexible surface such as a canvas, you need a flexible stamp tool to get a nice mark.  

Catalyst Wedges--if you like to play with Gelli plates, you probably are familiar with these tools. They come in several different shapes or cuts as well as range in how flexible the plastic is to work with.   These make great lines and scratches along with patterns within your work.  

Can you see all the delicious marks and layers??  Yum yum and fun fun!!!

Another view  with some additional catalyst wedges and blade to the right.  I use the flat wedge all the time to paint with or scrape off paint with.  

Going back to my love for line work in paintings, the Fine Line applicators are the perfect solution for quick lines and for larger paintings. I normally use sketching dip pens and acrylic or india ink, but these are even easier to use.   Watercolor artists use bottles like these for masking fluids, so it's a similar concept except instead of leaving a white area from the masking fluid, you are adding line work in whatever colors you chose to work in.

**The replacement tips can also fit right on top of your small 1 or 2 oz jars of paint!

While there are always commercial products you can buy to make memorable marks and textures (such as stencils and tools mentioned above), take a moment to look around your home, kitchen, heck even look down as you are walking--you never know what interesting tools you may come across that can be used in your work to give it that unique flavor only you could give with your one of a kind bad 'arse' artsy self!

Let us not forget, the tool that generally is always available and can probably make some of the most interesting marks??  Your hands and fingers! :)

For your chance to win our Fabulous ReMe Favorites Prize Package, please post your answer to the question below, in the comments section.  You'll also earn an extra entry for each time you share this post on social media.  Just be sure to post a link to your share here for us to count your extra entries.  (All entries must be received by 12:00 Noon, EST, on September 4, 2015.)

Tell us of a favorite mark making tool you've  'collected' in your stash of go to goodies.   What kind of marks do you like to make while painting?


In less than two months, ReMe Retreats will return to Ocracoke,
and there’s still time to join us!

Please use the link on the left side of this page to register.

When the link disappears, we’re full to capacity.

In the words of many of our pasts guests,  "ReMe Retreats, puts the 'treat' back into Retreats!