I don't know about you but I seem to never finish my retreat art while on the retreat.
For me it's not about coming home with finished art pieces.
I enjoy myself and take in as much as I can.
I fully enjoyed making this charcoal sketch for the inside of my triptych while in San Miguel.
And I'm happy I didn't rush the process because I am truly learning to love the charcoal sketching process.
When I got home, I finished it with paint.
I have a personal challenge when traveling to retreats.
For one thing, I travel very light knowing I have to be able to manage my own luggage.
So, one thing I do is take only the supplies that are called for, with one exception.
It is very tempting to take all my go-to supplies and tools.
You know, things you think you can't create without.
I know you know what I mean.
So, I allow myself to choose one thing that wasn't on the list.
I purposely choose something that I don't use everyday.
My tube of Golden Iridescent Gold (Fine) is what I took on this trip.
What you need to know is there was not one single tube of paint on the supply list.
Of course I was sure that was an oversight and quickly shot an email to Rebecca to confirm.
Nope, bring none!
A special colorlicious Mexican paint would be provided.
Katie provided us with the above image.
And I'm sorry to say, I don't know who the artist is.
I glued the image and then did a paint over. This I did finish in Mexico using liberal amounts of the Iridescent Gold mixed with every color.
I also finished my pouch that all the new art pieces fit in.
We each brought a piece of canvas that we used as a work surface while painting.
We cleaned our brushes and used up left-over paint on the canvas.
Then on the last day we each created a pouch.
We all shared many of the little scraps and they became a symbolic bond that connected each of us and the memories we made together.
Many doors and portals await one in San Miguel.
This was one of my favorites.
|couldn't pass up the selfie|
I love these pictures.
My happiness shows.