2016 Planning & Percolating

TrioPhotoingIn the midst of winter’s gray chill, Jean and I get to fly off to memories of previous Lake Alpine retreats, and in our mind’s eye, begin to concoct the makings of the upcoming 2016 “Alpine Art Retreat: Celebrating Women’s Painting & Journaling”. Or it may have the subtitle “Women Celebrating Painting & Journaling” … you see, it’s still in the planning!

This year we nudged the gathering to mid-August, 14th – 19th to be exact (or you could stay through Sunday, the 21st if you sign up early)! Besides adding the flair PinkWildFlowersof more energy, with campgrounds still open and summer music sometimes permeating the weekend air, there will bemore wildflowers” (to quote one of our potential participants)!!! We also hope this date change will open the retreat to those who can only attend during the summer – like you teachers or campus career women or all you students on vacation (don’t miss our “Emerging Artist” Scholarship possibility)!!!

ExpPtgDarleneCRP1Shaking up the makings of the agenda will subtract some processes and add lots more potential. We want creatives to feel they may come focusing on water media painting skills only – or – come loving only to journal. And the other option is: COME DO THEM BOTH!!! Jean will lean more towards exploring abstraction and feeling nature’s design while Elaine will encourage experimentation and dive deeper into intuition. But we are not set in stone . . . and imaginings still swirl.

So stay tuned for more exact visions of the “sugar plums dancing at our retreat” in the coming updated menu items, “Itinerary” and “Objectives”. All we are certain of, is that it’s going to be fun, expanding and refreshing! Won’t you join us?

 

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Our Retreat “Emerging Artist” Scholarship Awarded!!

KiriCorrectedTah-Dah … it was way back in 2009 that I first met this charming young lady. She came to me asking if I would mentor her in watercolor for her 8th Grade Project. Together we met for weeks, months. I grew to admire her and her family deeply. I was so touched and impressed when she did her school presentation – her work looked so strong up there on stage. And – oh my – when she presented me with roses!!! Over the years I’ve been invited to her birthdays, her family’s Daffodil Days and finally, her High School Graduation!! Mature, talented, brilliant, humble and with a heart as beautiful as her presence, she headed off to university last year.

We’ve kept in touch on FaceBook and when she showed an interest in my Alpine Retreat we found it conflicted with her schooling. But when she asked about this Wallowa Retreat – I was quick to offer her this ongoing “Emerging Artist” Scholarship available on all my retreats. And now she is on board, coming along to inspire us and drink in what we can offer. I’m so excited … here is a brief bio from dear Kiri herself:

“Kiri Bolles has been making art for as long as she can remember. Since she started Waldorf school in third grade she has never had a year in which she was not taking an art class. President of the National Art Honor Society in high school, with art having been shown in multiple galleries and won many awards, she is now at university studying to become a high school art teacher. She is constantly working to improve her skill in any way she can, and hopes to one day be able to make a positive impact on people’s lives through art.”

I couldn’t be more pleased!!!

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Dreaming of the Upcoming “Women’s Art Discoveries” Retreat

Jean and I have dug deeper into our life and creative experiences to re-fashion this year’s retreat. Last year we used the time up in the Sierras for recharging, doing a local presentation for Journaling and re-shaping a retreat that will delve more into who we are as individual artists and why we create – using journaling, painting, mixed media and words. We hope you will consider joining us September 13 – 18, 2015. To …

Drink in the Alpine Beauty ...

Drink in the Alpine Beauty …

 

Experience the Mystical Solitude of Deep Creating ...

Experience the Mystical Solitude of Deep Creating …

and ... Savor the Richness of Creative Women!!

and … Savor the Richness of Creative Women!!

 

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Saying Farewell ~ Day 8

Remembering the Beauty

Remembering the Beauty

Cabin's Rustic Bunk Beds

Cabin’s Rustic Bunk Beds

Saying Farewell to the Cozy Quiet of the Week

Saying Farewell to the Cozy Quiet of the Week

 

 

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Day 7

Hike Over Ridge to Duck Lake

Hike Over Ridge to Duck Lake

Investigating Old Mountain Cabin

Investigating Old Mountain Cabin

Quick Sketch of Mature, Elegant Aspen Grove

Quick Sketch of Mature, Elegant Aspen Grove

 

Silly-ness at the End of the Day

Silly-ness at the End of the Day

 

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Day 6

Cabin Studio Full Sheet Experimentation

Cabin Studio Full Sheet Experimentation

Afternoon East End Lake Hike

Afternoon East End Lake Hike

 

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Day 5

Sunlit Watercolor Painting Sanctuary

Sunlit Watercolor Painting Sanctuary

Nature's Fascinating Sculputres

Nature’s Fascinating Sculputres

Creation in Process

Creation in Process

 

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Day 4

Journal Presentation Set-up

Journal Presentation Set-up

Artists Group Journal Presentation

Artists Group Journal Presentation

Plein Air Play for All

Plein Air Play for All

Chipmunks Trail Across Easel

Chipmunks Trail Across Easel

 

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Day 3

Artist in Silhouetted Studio

Artist in Silhouetted Studio

Plein Air View at Mosquito Lake

Plein Air View at Mosquito Lake

 

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Day 2

Plein Air Site

Plein Air Site

Plein Air Results - Still in Process

Plein Air Results – Still in Process

Another Plein Air - In Process

Another Plein Air – In Process

 

 

 

 

 

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