Some stuff from last year’s retreat.
Elaine crafted an atmosphere that was welcoming, relaxing … and conducive to learning and growth. – J. Gardner
A truly memorable time filled with support and friendship. – J. Gardner
Now I’m journaling regularly and enjoying it … because, Elaine made me realize that regularity was way more important than following the “purist” rules (like only paint from real life, or use real light). – M. Harris
From the end of retreat survey form:
What did you love about the retreat?
- Expanded my confidence to take risks with watercolors and sketching.
- Interaction of sharing why we paint.
- Learning about getting thoughts into words and writing to see where it goes
- Meditation, and I loved the morning yoga.
- Especially enjoyed the “word” exercises and would like to have done more.
- The exercises on “getting in touch with intuition”.
- That there was not the distraction of sightseeing made the lake setting perfect.
- Can’t believe the amount of material both instructors brought … so well prepared.
- The back to basics of sketch/draw that focused on intuition.
- That this was about growth and our own discoveries, instead of “paint like me”.
- Blend of time spend on being creatively inspired and also technical information.
- The blending of info and experiencial activity, like the color wheel adventure.
- These instructors really make you feel good about yourself.
- The variety created by two complementary, but compatible teachers.
- The approach of connecting the spiritual to the process of making art.
- Pristine setting of Lake Alpine.
- Making new friends.
- The instructors – as people and artists – are great role models.
- Wealth of valuable and interesting resources.
- Atmosphere was welcoming, relaxing and conducive to learning and growth.
- Truly memorable time that felt joyful and full of friendship.
- Wonderfully freeing week.
- The way it was organized caused everyone to have a unique connection to everyone else.
- The shaking meditation.
- Overflowing with insights and ideas.
- Expanded my quiver of ideas for journaling.
- Wonderfully relaxing environment that made it comfortable being “overwhelmed” by creative ideas.
- How going back to basics parts broadened my options and gave me a much wider spectrum of techniques and materials.
What would you like to change?
- Absolutely nothing!
- The trip to town sounded like it would be a nice break, however it turned out being at the lake was perfect and I would have rather stayed at the lake the and hike.
- That it was over too soon.
- Time went by too quickly.
- Wished for more days.
- Wanted more time back at the beach for painting.
- Wasn’t ready to go home.
- Wanted more time to work with all the wonderful things learned.