There are many important elements to a good art retreat. Climate. Accommodations. Scenery. Atmosphere. Food. Music. Wine. Decent tables. Lighting. But none of those mean anything if you don't have THE number one most important part of an art retreat.
People. People. People.
When I finally arrived 6 hours later than planned, saying over and over to myself "the hardships of travel are the salt that give the trip flavor", we commenced to laughing, opening presents, drinking good wine, telling stories, sketching, and eating fabulous chips and salsa. In other words, having fun. Because THAT is what a retreat is about.
Some of you may have heard that the president was in town for some kind of valentine getaway with Michelle. The truth of the matter is he wanted to get in on the art retreat. We felt bad about it, but had to tell him that the slots were all filled. To his credit he said he understood and wanted to know if he could come next year. We are considering his application.