The family all returned Sunday evening and my art retreat came to an end. It was fabulous! I really only had 4 days fully alone, but I made good use of them. Having a little time alone makes me realize how badly I need that now and then. It was especially nice to get to stay in my own home for a change, but the most important thing is getting time to focus without any distractions. No stopping to make dinner or talk to anyone. No leaving the house for errands. Doing exactly what I want when I want to do it. Perfect. I never get as much accomplished as I think I will, but I'm pleased with what I did.
I spent my mornings painting and ended up with two paintings I'm pleased with. That's pretty much a record for me! In the afternoons, I caught up with podcasts while I worked on ongoing stitching projects. In the evenings, I caught up with my favorite TV shows--Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance, and watched some great art documentaries on Netflix. I really loved "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang", a Chinese artist who uses fireworks. Gorgeous, complicated things. I also enjoyed "Jeremy Scott," the very wacky, avant-garde fashion designer, and "The 100 Years Show," about Carmen Herrera. I'm not in love with her minimalist art, but very inspired to see her still working at 96. The problem with everything I like to watch is it's very visual so hard to get much stitching done while I'm watching.
I did finish my fall trip journal. I'm happy with the way this one turned out. I used variegated threads that I dyed, and I like the spark of color change they add.
Here's my journal collection so far. They are a really good excuse for some obsessive hand stitching and button collecting.