Last week I went camping. While away I didn’t check the news. I had no phone calls. And no mirror. For a week it was just me and my family. On the way home we decided to drop in on a relative for a visit. It was then that I suddenly saw what we were wearing and realized my daughter had not combed her hair in days. Then I realized I hadn’t combed my hair in days either. It’s not that we didn’t have time! It just wasn’t important.
While I was camping I started to sketch ideas. I made lists of things I want to make and how to make them. I was inspired by patterns in rocks and colours in sunrises. Cooking camp meals with the bare essentials was a fun challenge, almost like I was on a cooking contest show and had to make a meal from four or five unrelated ingredients. As a family we talked more and played more. The kids did not have their “playroom” of toys, but were content drawing on lined paper and riding their bicycles. It was refreshing.
After a bit of digging I found that there are lots of articles online about a “Home Retreat”.
Click image to enjoy some Canadian humour about “staycations”. (A clip from the t.v. show Corner Gas.) This is probably how successful an art retreat would be for me at my home studio with my young children…