I mentioned before that I took very limited art supplies to our little Art Retreat #3 in Palm Springs. Just some art journals and sketchbooks. It felt good to limit my supplies and spend less time sorting through them to find want I wanted, and less time going from one idea to the other vs. just relaxing and really enjoying one. Okay, I consider art journaling and sketching to be different, so make that two.
After we were finished driving around taking pictures like these:
Thanks Carol for this photo of me behind the Palm Springs sign. When I was a little girl I loved Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem that starts, "There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead." Not so much the little, but the poem springs to mind when I see this. ;)
We headed back to the house for fun, and making art was the main priority. All day long outside and all night inside.
I plucked ripe lemons from the tree and tried to paint/sketch them in a manner more similar to what I learned in the oil painting class by Leslie Duke I attended. I love to explore different methods.
Carol bought this sweet teacup and saucer at the antique store we popped into. You can see it in use at her home here. It was too beautiful to resist sketching.
Carol was also the inspiration for this sketching of a chair that was at the house, as she was the first to sketch it. All three of us had a go at it. Not only is it fun to sketch the same subject yourself a few times, it's even more fun to have three different people sketch the same thing and enjoy the results of how unique each one is, how different the styles are. (The Moss sisters have their renditions on their blogs too.)
Yep, still birds.
And then I some art journaling (the difference for me being:not based on looking at anything for inspiration, just imagination):
How gorgeous is this new Antietam ink I bought? Dipped my brush right in it to paint with it, even though I bought it for my fountain pen.
A little doodly drawing using this Pilot Parallel pen and then watercoloring fill in.
These two. Excellent Art Retreat cohorts. Even cuter sisters.
It was a good trip, I highly recommend grabbing a small group and making time to create, I'm never sorry when I do!
And with that, my Palm Springs Art Retreat #3 recap concludes.
Well, one more: