Monday, 16 May 2011

Where to start?

I'm home but still floating on air from the Do What You Love retreat. I did what I loved! As promised I will attempt to tell you more... but it's going to be hard.... so here goes:

I made a whole heap of new friends.
  • I talked creativity non-stop
  • I painted
  • I learned and absorbed
  • I was inspired!
For once it appears I am stumped for words. It is almost impossible to encapsulate into one blog post the emotion and excitement. I was like a little girl on her first trip the seaside - I filled my bucket with shells of inspiration, turned over rocks and grabbed at ideas that scuttled out. I captured passion in my fishing net and brought it all home to sort and sift through at my leisure.

I'm full of metaphors tonight!

Sharing one of my final paintings. I love this! I created with total freedom, inspired by Flora Bowley's incredible lessons. Last layer was painted with hands and I still have the paint down my nails to prove it - yep, we've progressed way beyond finger painting.

It spoke to me, well truth be told it actually roared.... FOREST FIRE!! I think I might well be exploring a lot of abstract art in the coming weeks.


I wonder if anyone else that attended is having trouble articulating?

Using my painting as texture on a shot of tadpoles outside my lodge


  1. Having looked at their web site no wonder you are lost for words. What a wonderful place.

  2. Wow it sounds like you had a great time! It looks like your painting is made up of lots of layers, the detail is really beautiful.
    Stay inspired and create lots more!!! x

  3. Amazing!!! good for you! This is just a stunning painting and I'm so glad you had such an incredible time!!!

    Smiles and hugs!!!

  4. You obviously had the bestest time ever and with the amazing results, so loving this style. Annette x

  5. How I love metaphors! And how I love this painting! It is so full of energy and don't need words, that painting is screaming! Sounds like you need some time to process all the emotions that have been stirred to the surface - love it!

  6. You sound so happy - like everybody I know who went there does. Your painting is gorgeous, I actually really like that you painted with your hands, something I love!!! The feeling of paint on your skin and under your fingernails is just WONDERFUL !!!

  7. Welcome back and could feel your excitement all the way down here in Aussieland.

    Eagerly waiting to see your new art direction.

    Bravo! ;)

  8. thanks for beginning to share your experiences - sometimes we have to sit for awhile with what we have experienced before we are fully able to express it in words or art.

  9. Love these details shots! I still haven't fully absorbed all the juicy goodness that was the retreat - let alone be able to put it into words!

    Thanks for sharing your experience - Your posts are so inspiring and I find helping to prompt me to find my own words!

  10. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your painting sooooo beautiful! The colors!!! OHHHHH!!! IT is soooo awesome!!!

  11. awesome!!!! I wish everyone has a chance to experience a retreat like yours and mine from 08! I cried tears of joy everytime I posted about it!!!
    cheers, great stuff!

  12. I love your analogies! I had the same problem, putting it into words. And I LOVE what you did with your detail shot - using it as a texture on the photograph. Brilliant! (If I may co-opt that British word here.) You've inspired me with the possibilities...

  13. Love the layers and vivid colors!
    What an inspiring retreat!!

    So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser

  14. I really think there must be nothing that compares to a hands-on art experience with the instructor present and fellow participants right next to you. Kind of like school, which we didn't appreciate at the time ;)

    I would love to do this sometime! Your painting is gorgeous, and I can tell you are trying new things, since this is different from what you have done in the past. Tell us more about it when you find the words! I do think you won't be at a loss for words for very long *winking*

    Welcome back...we missed you, but are happy you got this wonderful experience!!

  15. Glad you had a fabulous time. Gorgeous, passionate paintings you've come back with. The chance to explore your creative talent and passion with other people is invaluable and inspirational. I can feel your excitement and enthusiasm through your words & I'm very happy for you.
    I'm sure the words will come to you in stages and your experience will be shared in portions through your next few posts and through the art you create.
    Kat Xx

  16. oh my!! what is this?! A masterpiece!! it's AMAZING my fren! i've never seen you do something like that! and it's really really GOOD!

  17. I can hear AND feel your excitement---So exciting--I'm jealous!! :)

  18. So glad you had the best time! I think the painting has a very tropical a parrot or a salt water fish. Colors make me happy☺

  19. can you imagine if school was like that? love your post. keep in touch roomie. xx

  20. Your creativity is just soaring! I'm always like that when I come back from a retreat too. It will stay with you for years. Can't wait to see all the new work.

  21. Super gorgeous Lisa..such color and energy!!...I can feel your bliss and excitment and i am thrilled for you and your creative adventures!!
    HUgs shine on


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