An Artist's Retreat 2012
I have found my perfect artist retreat location at T'ai-Li. In 2010 I spent 3 days here with a very close friend to celebrate my birthday and vowed I would come back..... I did..... The next year I spent 4 days but found that it just was not long enough for me to unwind. My first two days were spent running around in circles and putting too much pressure on myself to paint something before my time ran out! Then I would just be settling into the solitary headspace and it would be time to pack up and go home. This year (2012) I saved my pennies and spent a whole week. An artist friend joined me for 2 days to explore, sketch and visit, and then I spent the rest of the week happily wandering the grounds and areas of the island on my own. I have perfected my "plein aire" backpack, it is light and easy to set up and take down, and most of all it is organized! Even on the rainy grey days I was able to get out painting under the many covered areas on the grounds. It was a great way to study my greys as you will see in the following images.
"Morning Retreat" 24x36" Acrylic on deep gallery canvas
The first day I arrived at the commons, I set up my easel and indoor painting area. I had not planned to paint for a few days, but knew when the mood struck, I would appreciate being able to dive right in. In the early morning and at the end of the day I noticed how the tide went out and exposed the wonderful yellow ochre sea weed that was attached to the rocks. One evening I painted a small piece on site (upcoming blog entry) to use as reference for a larger painting at home.
It was 5:00 am on the morning before my last. My large canvas still sat blank on the easel. I climbed out of bed and was heading for the coffee pot when I looked outside at the scene in front of the commons. It took my breath away! This was what I was meant to paint onto my blank staring canvas! I excitedly picked up my paintbrush, squeezed out my paint and got to work. Half of my brain complained loudly about the evident lack of caffeine but was quickly overruled by the crazy focused creative half which was intent on capturing that special something that would quickly change with a passing cloud, the incoming tide or the natural progression of the sun. I worked most of the day, then took the painting home for its final touches.
TO BE CONTINUED!
Posted by Cindy Mawle at 08:57