in about a week, our annual winter art retreat usually held in palm springs (last year joshua tree) will begin. sister will be flying into LA, arriving at moss cottage and we’ll be jetting off into the desert. we’ve been texting each other like crazy. “can’t wait” “dying for this” “almost there!” “how many more days?”
i’ve been in an art making drought so am especially looking forward to being inspired by the other 2 attendees, carol & pam. a drought is a difficult thing to weather. you vaguely remember being a creative firestorm, but lately everything has dried up. nothing, and i mean nothing is kindling. here’s where i insert a warning. do not. under any circumstances try to cheer me up or administer any platitudes. i will find it annoying in the extreme.
when i’m in a dry spell it’s an inner process that i have to work myself through. i share it with you only to let you know that if you too go through these perfect storms of creative dryness, well so do i. we’re in this together. i can tell you i feel so much better now that i’ve confessed the drought i’ve been in. it’s sort of felt like a secret i’ve been keeping. well cat’s outta da bag! i’m taking off this lead diving suit i’ve been wearing. ahhhhh. so much better!
i’ve been sharing visual journal & sketchbook pages here for over a decade, but for the last months my shares have dwindled down to almost nothing. i haven’t felt any sort of pressure to share, and i still don’t. BUT I WANT TO. i look back at years of sketchbook shares and think, did i make those pages? where is that person? and when is she coming back?
oh boy! this is not the post i intended to write. i was going to share some photos from past art retreats and just give you a head’s up about what to find on DFLA in the coming days. but lookie here. look what i went and did.
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here’s the photos!