Being the organizing junky that I am, before going on the retreat, I made a list of intentions.
1) Have FUN
2) meet new artists
3) don't expect end results
4) Have FUN ...
I painted and sketched and wandered around nature. As a self-directed retreat, all we had to do was show up for meals. Sitting in the sunny meadows being one with nature, and taking a trip to the mountain tops was absolutely glorious.
I became very aware of shapes and negative space. Something clicked in my brain, as I sketched like crazy, keeping the designs simple and loose.
In the evenings, I put some of my design ideas to canvas, keeping in mind simple design and negative spaces.
By Sunday morning, I had met all my objections and ready to return home.
Spending time with like-minded folks was inspiring. Some of the best conversations I had with the other artists was often over morning coffee.
I want to remind myself to take min-retreats, whether it's just a nice walk by the beach, or an afternoon in the garden. It's good for the creative soul.
Have you been on a retreat lately?
Till Next Time ...
From the Prairies, to the West Coast and Beyond...Susan
Great story. Seeing the sketches and then your lovely finished painting is a treat. Makes me want to pick up a paintbrush.
Enjoying your blog,
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