when we are retired our art retreats are going to lengthen and widen. we’ll bring a sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, embroidery stuff, for stitching various things. for example, sewing up a trio of party pants.
nathalie lete was our patron saint for this art retreat. i brought her book and all of us painted mushrooms, birds, and various other whimsical things that she inspired. i also brought a couple of paper post calendar pages from last year’s calendar. it’s nice to gather a rich source of material from which to draw. balanced with sketches of ordinary things.
here’s pam laying everything out this morning.
at the end of each retreat we lay all of our books out and open for photos.
i brought a pitiful sum of 2 sketchbooks, while carol & pam brought about 6 each. i told you i’ve been in a creative drought. i wasn’t kidding.
carol and pam inspired me tremendously this past weekend.
don’t you just love these faces and petals pam made out of blobs of paint? utterly fabulous.
and her watercolor of the house is just wonderful.
carol painted some brilliant portraits.
but really, the art retreat is not about making great art. it’s about play. making marks on paper that sometimes end up looking like something. and sometimes don’t. whatever!
today as we were packing up, i felt like i was just getting warmed up. but that’s always the way it is. thus our future plans for longer retreats.
the house we rented this year was quite special. the combination of glass and light made our days radiant.
sinking into the pool each morning, was like a baptism.
and the jacuzzi. oy. nighttime with a spray of hot bubbles and a star quilt overhead. oh the deep pleasures of living!
we discussed our future art retreats when we are in our 80’s. it’s not that far off. i have 25 years to go. i have the good fortune to know a few arty women who are closing in on 80, and another handful that are staring 70 in the eye.
my little old lady in training routine continues. i study from the best so i can be my best when the time comes.
we always go to elmer’s at least once when we’re in palm springs.
we stayed in the sunmor neighborhood. it was close to the airport, but the plane noise was minimal.
i’m wondering now why we didn’t paint a neighborhood map of palm springs. next year.
after breakfast on sunday we stopped by an open house- a little casita that would fit the bill for my future retirement home. the house was darling, but it’s not in northern california, thus won’t work. but it was great fun to look!
okay i’m wrapping this up. time to get my lunch ready for tomorrow, finish laundry, and get some journal writing done. hope you’re well. happy. doing something marvelous, or getting ready to…
see you soon. xo