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I am currently enrolled in a painting course, Get Your Paint On!, hosted by Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough. I have not picked up a paintbrush in about nine years, and it is an interesting process to discover how paint interacts with itself and with canvas or paper.

Our first assignment’s directive was to paint, while being inspired by quilting designs. A strong emphasis was placed on using rectangles, squares, and other traditional quilting patterns. I am still not finished with this assignment, which was technically due a week ago. I have been in the midst of a move and some tedious work deadlines. I am so ready for a day off tomorrow!

This process is such a lesson in non-attachment, acceptance in “what is,” and grace. It is also an exciting and exhilarating experience that I will continue to embrace.

Jayme Henderson

I am a sommelier-turned-farmer, who recently moved to Colorado's Western Slope to become a full-time grower of grapes and maker of wine. My husband, Steve, and I own and live on a vineyard, where we craft high-elevation white wine and rosé under our label, The Storm Cellar. I enjoy freelance writing and photography, and I am currently the cocktail columnist for Colorado's Spoke+Blossom magazine. I love playing with our two cats, gardening, mixing drinks, finding (and sipping!) great sparkling wine, cooking, playing the piano, and hiking.

March 30, 2012

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