Creative Retreat

 

 

Secret Garden. 5.25 x 6 in. mixed media. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Secret Garden. 5.25 x 6 in. mixed media. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I took part in the Art Is Magic online creative retreat this weekend. I thought I had missed it, but I am so happy that I didn’t. Each session was an hour-long. Nine on Saturday, and eight on Sunday. The artist instructors are amazing! They each created a nurturing, welcoming space to explore in.

I started took notes of the lessons, and will come back to them as time allows. Sharing just a few with you today.

Secret Garden came from spending time with Tiare Smith Woods. She calls it her “Garden of Tranquility”. Tranquility. That is hard to come by. She worked in acrylics, pouncing them on with a sea sponge. I used watercolor. I was working late, and knew they would dry quickly. I used a sea sponge as well, grateful for the reminder to pull it out.

I mixed several blues for the sky, and greens for the grass. For the girl, I used acrylics as a base, and then layers of watercolor. (The dress is acrylic.) Listening to Tiare speak as she worked was so relaxing. Joyful! I think she is a wonderful instructor.

 

Day One – Mark Making

Mark Making. 9 x 12 mixed media. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Mark Making. 9 x 12 mixed media. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Galia Alena started us off with a tour of her gorgeous surroundings. We took a walk through the trees, listened to the birds and visited the loch. Oh and the joyful sights and sounds of her dog exploring! Again, the elusive peace.

Mark making tools.

Mark making tools.

Next we headed into the studio to loosen up with some wise mark making. I used a Le Pen, Inktense, Neocolor, Derwent watercolor pencil, a pencil eraser, pencil, a brush (just the tip) and a palette knife. So lovely listening to Galia’s soft accent, with musical interludes while she sped up the video.

Dipped the eraser in watercolor to make dots. I used the knife at the end to smear water over the marks and let the colors flow.

I was reminded of  a book I have from childhood. I have been told I was reading it at a very early age. (All parents say that right!) If true, then I have been making marks from very early on as well.

 

Early marks.

Early marks.

And there it is. My true self. My happiest moments. My soul. The signs have been there all along.  I am an artist. The need to make a mark. The need to play with color. And can you see it? The need to make a pattern. (V’s or check marks on the bottom image.) That made me laugh. And I would make my own books. Pictures cut out of magazines. Color added, lines and patterns. Short stories.

 

Stick Figures and Flowers

Stick figures and flowers.

Stick figures and flowers.

 

My notes are incomplete (dang it!!), but I am pretty sure Catt Geller showed us her stick figures while working on her Cosmic Smash book journaling. I always tell myself I can’t draw figures, but Catt made it look easy! She just started with sticks, and then fleshed out each figure slowly. Catt has so much energy and her session was a blast!

Louise Gale, who many of you know from her heART Postcard exchange, showed us how to draw lovely flowers. She created a lovely clay mandala using the drawing as a start. And I found some Celluclay the day before. Cosmic forces at work there, no? She has a new book project she is working on with her Botanical mandalas. So fun!!

We had a wonderful lesson from Laly Mille as well. Remember when I ruined those 4 x 4’s trying her technique by guessing? Well, I was VERY excited to spend some time with her creative genius!

Such a terrific weekend! I was familiar with several of the artists, but most were new “discoveries” for me. And THAT is always JoYfuL!

Learning is powerful. And being surrounded with like-minded creatives, who value the things I do. Who cherish creative energy and the life of the soul. Who know that desire and intent are treasures. Well even this brief encounter, feeds my soul. And gives me courage to continue.

A few of the projects were meant specifically as visual reminders for ourselves. You know, “You are worthy, you are loved, you are enough”. Valuable truths that we so often forget.

My water wells were dry! It had been so long since I had painted. Trying to take care of business, so I can continue. But I injured myself by not creating, and not posting. Because when I do not hear from my followers (and dear friends), then most days I do not hear anything positive at all. I think perhaps that is why I am so effervescent when I comment on other blogs. Because I know the power that kindness holds for me.
The simple acknowledgement, and acceptance. Priceless.
So blessed to have you in my life!

Thunder is starting, rain maybe.

Blessings-shiraz

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Creative Retreat

  1. Juana

    Sheila, glad you didn’t miss that online art retreat. It sounds like just what you needed to center yourself. The pieces you created will be a wonderful reminder for you of the retreat and lessons learned when you look at them later. wishing you a creative day!

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  2. laurelle

    Of course you are an artist, Sheila, and how wonderful that you can feel and know that artistry throughout your life’s path. I only know you through your art, through your words, but what you have that makes you a true artist of life is your boundless enthusiasm and joy for this world we find ourselves in. I so appreciate your offerings, your generosity with your process. I was not going to comment like this. I wanted to say, what I will say: your “Secret Garden” painting is absolutely beautiful, touching, poignant, perfect.
    Kudos, my friend!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      How wonderful to see it through your eyes Laurelle :) Thank you! I just realized, that part of why I was drawn to the garden lesson, and Tiare the instructor… is that she reminded me of a dear friend from long ago. Somehow your words brought that memory back. :) An unexpected gift! It is always so good to hear from you, and I very much appreciate kind thoughts today. Blessings to you :)

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks so much Lana :) I hope you are finding time to feed your creativity and enjoying the summer :) So good to hear from you :)

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  3. dotty seiter

    Sheila, thanks as ever for sharing your creative adventures. What fun to meet artists new to me through your introduction and enthusiastic write ups. And, oh my gosh, loved seeing your early artistic marks on the world in THE FOOT BOOK!

    In your Secret Garden piece I am pulled into and embraced by the sky—by its textural caress, its color-filled nourishment, its invitation to step into vastness and stillness.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Dotty, ever so grateful for your lovely thoughts. We were meant to write an inspirational message over the piece, or part of it. But I just could not bring myself to cover up the sky. So happy you enjoyed it too :) I so love your flower series – pure JOY, each one :)
      I was moving things around, and I saw the book, I cracked up, and thought it would be good for a laugh :)

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  4. Margareth

    Oui, un bien beau week avec Creative Retreate. Je suis comme vous, j’ai beaucoup aimé le processus de Catt Geller pour dessiner des petits personnages. En Juin je me suis inscrite à la classe Laly Mille est c’est un régal. Bonne créativité pour vous. Cordialement.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Merci beaucoup de vous arrêter pour dire bonjour Margareth. C’est très sympa d’avoir de vos nouvelles! Je suis si heureux que vous ayez apprécié la retraite. Je me suis inscrit pour suivre Catt, et beaucoup d’autres artistes qui étaient nouveaux pour moi. Vous souhaitant JoYfuL a continué à créer!
      Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, Margareth. So nice to hear from you! I am so glad you enjoyed the retreat. I signed up to follow Catt, and many of the other artists that were new to me. Wishing you JoYfuL continued creating!

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  5. carol edan

    I did some notices about the retreat but didn’t quite click with me. Thanks for sharing looks like you had a great experience. You are so correct that the power of words is so strong.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Right Carol. :) That is why it is so important to measure our words carefully. I signed up so long ago, and I thought it was the coming weekend, and then I didn’t receive a notice, and a week or two passed, and it slipped my mind. So glad for the opportunities to learn though. Blessings to you :)

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  6. Val van der Poel

    WOW! what a busy girl you are. I so felt the last paragraph – not creating and sharing can be harmful – we need both – to create and to get the positive reinforcement from our friends and followers. I like your Secret Garden piece – very nice and your person looks just fine BTW. Have a nice evening and find that peaceful place for yourself. Take care, Sheila.

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    1. Sheila Post author

      You still have me beat on the “busy” Val :) LOL Such a treasure to have creative time with a “friend”. That is what it felt like. Joy filled week to you, and better luck this weekend!!

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