Art retreat #2 was a smashing success. The weather was perfect, the food delicious, and our house met all our basic needs... and then some. That means comfortable beds, fireplaces inside and out, a lovely heated pool with a hot tub, nice landscaping to gaze upon, and most importantly - BIG tables to work at that could easily be moved if needed.
It is important for all of us to be able to sit at the same table so we can easily screech and howl when we see brilliance going on next to, or across from, each other. Then we can run around the table to observe from the perspective of the creator and commence to whistling and clapping.
Providing feedback to fellow art retreat participants is important if the need to do so strikes you. Sitting quietly is also acceptable, as is calling out to your pals that you have just had a breakthrough moment and they might want to stop and look RIGHT NOW.
I eagerly read each and every post on Mary Ann and Pam's blogs. I gaze upon their creative endeavors with great pleasure as my brain puzzles over the working of minds that come up with the masterpieces they create.
The extra-special thing about the art retreat experience is being with them in that space of creating. AND in the presence of that BIG TALENT I do not feel small. Instead, I feel possible, like any second I might do something that bursts out of me and makes me insanely happy. There is no better feeling in the world than that.
And in the end I always leave the art retreat skipping like a grade schooler. Happy to have had the chance to go to recess with my art buddies.
Planning for next year is already underway. But you probably guessed that.