I am home from the art retreat --- rejuvenated, inspired, and thankful for the opportunity provided to me. I stitched layers of canvas onto smaller pieces of canvas, as the first layer of texture on those pieces. Plus I used gel medium to add cheesecloth and crumpled tissue paper to squares of masonite board and canvases. All totaled, I have 40 new backgrounds ready for paint, and I am thrilled.
The setting for the retreat center is beautiful --- acres along the East Nishnabotna River, and the weather was gorgeous! The leaves were mostly gone in the woods, but there was fungi everywhere, and I took a couple hundred photographs. Because of the wooded setting, there were also numerous varieties of birds. The nuthatch above was perched near our deck one morning.