Monday, November 01, 2010

Home Again

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.


Carol Blackburn said...

Great shot, Karen....these little ones are so hard to get as they dart away so quickly.

Barbara Chappelle said...

Three days to work non-stop! You certainly must be thrilled. I agree that there is so much beauty around us in the woods, no matter what the season. Thank goodness for digital cameras - I could never afford enough film! Look forward to seeing how your new work progresses.