This time, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the workshop itself. Orly is a remarkable art journaling teacher whose workshops have a way of leading you on an introspective journey.
This workshop was no exception. The theme was “Standing In The Ruins: Arms Outstretched”. As inspiration for this theme, we spent our first full day in Mexico at the abandoned Hacienda Jaral de Berrio.
This hacienda which belonged to one of the biggest landowners in Mexico in colonial times, has been left in ruins for the last 80 years or so. I’m a little fuzzy on all the details of the hacienda and why it was left to ruins but that wasn’t the important part of the visit.
We were there to soak up its energy. To let the place inspire us. To feel the solitude, the despair, whatever feelings arose from being in a place so beautiful and yet so achingly desolate.
When we approached our journals, Orly led us to examine the ruins of our own life. By the end of the week, we could see the beauty in these ruins. The faded bits of life that weave the tapestry of who we are and what we’d like to express.
I snapped so many photos, really trying to capture the emotions we encountered in this grand space. Faded beauty, crumbled elegance, and yet, so very powerful in its tattered majesty. The experience will stay with me for a lifetime.