Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pure Magic...

(photo courtesy of DJ Pettitt)

An Artful Journey retreat ended a week ago, but there's still a soft buzz in the air around here. I'm still floating along, not nearly ready to move on from the incredible aura that was created up there on that mountain. A community of artists, most of them strangers on that first day, came together and created pure magic.

(photo courtesy of Chrissy Gardner)

It was a combination of the peaceful venue, the talented and giving instructors, the Presentation Center staff, and every single attendee, each of whom arrived with an open, willing spirit. Just look at these beautiful faces.

Even the weather cooperated. The forecasts were for rain every day, but we had just a day and a bit of drizzly soft sprinkles. Amazing.

(photo courtesy of Chrissy Gardner)

There was a collective consciousness in that sacred place among the redwoods, and I'm so grateful to have witnessed it. I know that the effects of that time together will ripple out and touch others, as it touched us when we were there. What a gift.

Words don't do it justice. All I know for sure is that we were meant to be there together—no doubt about it.

(photo courtesy of Chrissy Gardner)

I'm excited about where this Journey is heading—I hope you'll join up with me somewhere along the way.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Giveaway winner...

Oops, I'm really late in following up on the challenge I posted last time. Sorry about that--been crazy busy with getting ready for the retreat next week (fun busy though)!

I was pretty certain that nobody would guess the details of the picture I posted--well, I was wrong about that! Beth got it right--It's a packing tape transfer of a magazine image floating in a sink of water (on the 15th floor of a Seattle hotel when I was there in November, to be specific). Now you know how I spend my spare time when flying and staying at hotels. I always take packing tape and small scissors on the airplane, and then go through all the magazines. I've even asked for a cup of water and done the transfers right there on the plane--someone invariable asks me what the heck I'm doing. I've met some really nice people that way--Try it!

(I love this open window I came across at the retreat center--lots of great photo ops there!)

Beth, I'll be in touch and will send a little packet of goodies when the retreat is over--congrats for figuring it out!!