I’m back. Back to real life from the heaven that is Nimrod Hall, an artists retreat in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. In spite of some very chilly, rainy weather for a few days, it was wonderful. The way it works is, each summer there are several sessions, some with and some without an instructor. Though in past years I’ve chosen to work with an instructor, this year I went for an open session. No instructors, no structure to the day (except meals) – just paint. Or draw. Or make prints. Just work on your own stuff.
It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s exhausting. But if you don’t make art, then it’s your choice. Meals are provided and they call you when they’re ready. No need to even wear a watch. It’s challenging because you’re setting your own art problems and working your way through them to a solution, even if you’re working with an instructor. With or without an instructor, I feel I make a significant jump in improving my art.
I created four small paintings, which I’ll be posting as I finish them. (You can judge whether or not they’re an improvement.) I also came back with fresh perspectives on other work I’d created before I left, and am making changes that I think improve the paintings. You’ll be seeing them soon as well. Here are a couple of shots on location. In the meantime, check out other work on the home page.