Saturday, November 20, 2010

Retreat Complete!

This year is a bumper crop for mushrooms. After the book writing retreat these last four days, I feel a little like a mushroom myself!

Kitty has so much to say about art and art making, I am excited to help get her book written so that you can also benefit from her wisdom. On the table you can see a portfolio filled with portraits that date back to 1958, when she was a sweet young art student painting portraits on the streets of New York. We made great progress on the book and plan to have a few more retreats to finish the job. Whew!

After we wrapped up our writing retreat and Kitty drove back to her place, I decided that I needed to do something relaxing to help me transition back to the reality of my own life. Where else would I go but my favorite National Wildlife Refuge?

It was a cool 43 degrees, but since it wasn't raining, I put the top down on the car and listened and watched for the birds. The Tundra Swans are back! Unlike Canada Geese, who squawk and gossip and interrupt each other as they fly by, the swans are silent except for an occasional "Ooh!" They sound exactly like a woman being pinched!

The geese were startled by the passing Amtrack train and complained as they lifted off the grub-rich ground. They looked like origami shapes against the evening sky.

Ahh. A good night's sleep and I will back to painting tomorrow. What a great week it's been!!


Celeste Bergin said...

whoa! what beautiful photos of the refuge! I am happy that you got so much done...I know the book will be a great success. It makes me think of the many good books I have read that would never have gotten finished without "the push". Can't wait to hear more about it and see your new work.

SamArtDog said...

I enjoyed hearing about how you restore. Sitting in the car with the top down listening to the silence. Now, that's what convertibles are for! The pictures illustrate the moment beautifully.

P.S. Thanks for working hard on this book. Looking forward to it.