Even though I have been at Lily Lane for several days along with the first crew and my manager (Zoe) our Painting in Paradise Retreat officially began today at 4pm. We started with an lovely welcome from Jill. Most of the ‘retreaters’ knew each other or had a connection to each other in some way. So immediately there is a lovely feeling in the air.
The crew above. Minus two, who are flying in tomorrow.
We all chatted about what art is and how each person has their own appreciation and understanding of what art means to them. I explained how I feel about art and what it means to me. How; basically I cannot live without it. And the wonderful thing is that it speaks all languages and how it can create strong emotions for the viewer if there is a connection. I love to dispel the myth that art is only for those that are born with talent. And that there lives an artist in us all and through understanding the key principles by which I create art, we can all achieve something of beauty. (What is beauty really needs another blog to its self, more of that later).
We then had some fun with bamboo sticks, which were created especially in the lane for us. This activity was designed to help us loosen up ready for the week ahead. Students were asked to use their non-dominant hand to create marks on a large piece of paper taped to the floor. After all art is simply marks! Marks put together to create a piece of art. The trick is to learn how to put all of those marks together to create an image that we are satisfied with.
Following our first art session we were served welcome drinks in the Lily Pad. We were also treated to some gorgeous traditional dancing by the children of the Lily Lane family. Very entertaining and lovely to see the end result of many hours of practice and preparation.