Penelope Dullaghan is also another Squam pioneer as she was there five years ago when we had our very first gathering and taught a beautiful class on the ins and outs of illustration. The fact is, Penny is a pioneer in every way.
Her blog was one of my early favorites--and we're going back to 2004 now, (eeep am old!) . . . I remember following along as she planned her wedding and made the big leap out of her successful role as Art Director to launch her own independent career.
Illustration Friday, her beautiful vision of a place for illustrators to gather and share could just as easily be called Inspiration Friday. Today, it is stronger than ever and still serving its same purpose of fostering nurturance and support in what can be a highly competitive field.
But like any true creative, Penny is not one to hunker down in a comfortable career for long. She is always pushing herself to new frontiers most recently with motherhood, becoming a yoga instructor and now offering Thai yoga classes.
She is always a shining example of inspiration to me personally because I know her in so many circumstances and she is one of the most authentic, kind and generous spirits I have ever met. And let's not forget about how hella talented the girl is! Ahem.
So-- lucky for us, she is coming back in September to offer another session of her uber sensory, nature goddess class: Earth Art. For those of you who won't get to meet her then, here's a glimpse of her loveliness--
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Did you have a nickname as a kid? Did you like it?
My grandpa used to call me "bonzel", which he thought was a Dutch word meaning rascal or trouble-maker. However, I've never been able to confirm this. So I think he was just pulling my leg.
Best things to do at a carnival?
Leave. I'm really not a crowds kind of gal.
What are the key items to have in the car on a road trip?
Snacks galore for my kiddo. Podcasts.
Smells and tastes that make you think of summer?
Sunscreen, sweat and salt. Grilled veggies and giant salads.
If you were an Olympic athlete, what would be your sport?
Definitely the High Jump. If by "high" you mean "stationary," and by "jump" you mean "nap".
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Thank you, Penny! See you in a few weeks---
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