T’was just like yesterday when I close my eyes. I can see the brilliant sun warming to alpine lake beaches and granite, the giggles as we attempted to sketch standing under fragrant evergreens or devouring the crazy decadent and luscious peach cobbler. Did I mention we had a new chef, Bear, that was devoted to the energy of the food? Gave thanks when it was delivered, allowed no cussing while working and knew healing qualities of foods! It was so remarkable – the whole magical and unplanned serendipity of it!
Sparkling blue skies visited us each day with the exception of a thunderous errupting of a storm
welcoming us our very first evening.
And the creative dance – oh YES! We traveled from realism to self-abstraction and experimental processes. Words were discussed and portrayed in poetry AND, in images. Could you guess what my sketch is suggesting? We invented our very own stamp images and carved them. Time intensive process but you can see the happy results!
And most magical always for me, is the weaving together of the women in shared ideas, varying points of view, artistic suggestions and assistance, garnering insight and understanding, diving into the joy and pain of being human … and eventually … growing new friendships. All these subtle gifts that can never be planned nor controlled.
This “Women’s Alpine Celebration” really was just that – a celebration of nature’s reverence, creative explosions, daily surprises and our shared humanity as women.
Many thanks to all of you who took part. You gave me the beautiful recharge for continuing these retreats at Lake Alpine (as I was feeling doubtful after health challenges and feeling no inspiration at times). So, with new vigor Jean Warren and I have already planned the 2018 retreat and encourage you to consider joining us next year between August 5-16. Honest, you won’t want to miss it if the elements I’ve mentioned interest you!
In 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 of more energy, with campgrounds still open and summer music sometimes permeating the weekend air, there will be “more 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)!!!
Shaking 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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Tah-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!!!
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 …
Experience the Mystical Solitude of Deep Creating …
and … Savor the Richness of Creative Women!!