Sloop usually holds his workshop on Monday and Friday. His Studio is out at the end of coral bay, actually past coral bay......way out at the end. We were scheduled for a Friday class. I plotted a stop at Skinny Leg's for lunch after, perhaps a pit stop on the way out on the way, painting is thirsty work!
Friday we got in the jeep and drove out to Sloop's place. I couldn't weasel my wife into stopping at Skinny's on the way out, no matter how many times I sang it is five o'clock somewhere. She mentioned something about wanting to remember the class and those drinks kick her a@@....We got to Sloop's and were early....almost an hour early. Apparently someone wanted extra time to shop at Sloop's store.....
Sloop took pity on me and pointed out all the bamboo and Orchids he has growing around his place. I love Orchids and can't seem to grow them in Pennsylvania, but Villa Tesori should be a great place to try. So I wandered around and saw dozens of beautiful plants. Some of his specimens are just stunning. We wandered around talking about what would best work at Villa Tesori until the class started.
Having seen the finished products, which are beautiful...starting this on your own is a bit daunting. The girls were taking to this like ducks to water, me not so much. Eventually I was able to get some colors and an idea to try and create....thank god this stuff is supposed to look free form!
After working through a roll or two of paper towels (not really, it just seemed that way), you start on your first shirt. The 7 of us kept looking at each others work, seeing how others were working out, what colors and designs.
Then it happened, someone mentioned stencils.....and they broke them out.....really??? I have a half a@@ed palm tree painted on my shirt and now I can have a stencil? Im proud of my palm tree, even if it appears that Dali might have had a hand in creating it.
I did use stencils for my second shirt. All of my creativity was used on the first shirt and the second was less thought out, but I did grab the large turtle stencil. Sloop asked us to send him a picture of me in my shirt, which we did. Like many men, I am in suits the majority of the time. A suit is a second skin, we just don't think about it. When I get home, inevitably I put on a shirt from St. John or the BVI's. The Sloop shirt is so vibrant and colorful, I actually can't help but think of St. John. It distracts me and sends me thinking of warm blue water and soft sand.
Last week we had someone at our home doing work in our basement. I met the workman got him started then changed into my Sloop shirt and jeans. He came upstairs to ask a question, then asked where the other guy was? He didn't recognize me in my Sloop shirt. I think we will have to take another class or two!
So what did we think? It was a GREAT time. Lisa and I loved it. This class would make an event that you will not forget. You get to take home a personalized item from a beautiful place, which you created with the help of a man with amazing talent. Sorry if you don't get the idea, if you have time, try a Sloop workshop!
Us in our Sloop shirts.
Link to Jen's article about the Sloop Jones workshop.