Monday, 28 October 2013

Solo Retreat

[ harmony, winter, surfacing — solo retreat 2013 ]

I've been doubting who I am lately. Feeling stuck in fear, and holding back. After a challenging stretch I decided to embark on a 3 day intensive solo retreat (thank you generous husband for making the space for me to do this). I didn't find all the answers, but I (re) learned that everything I need is within me. I journaled, read, and spent most of my time in the studio. I practiced following my art curiosities to see where they would take me, and worked on letting go of the rules and dialogues that keep me working only in the safe zone.

Here is some of the creativity that tumbled and bumped and poured out of me. I'm fragile, but my heart is open.

[ birds & harmony — solo retreat 2013 ] 

[ pair of birds — solo retreat 2013 ] 

[ winter – solo retreat 2013 ] 

[ surfacing - solo retreat 2013 ]

[ treasure boxes, crackle paint experiment — solo retreat 2013 ]

[ typpography paper experiment, using words from my bio ]

[ geli print-making experiment, using only found materials from around the house and my own hand-carved stamps to create textures ]

[ considering sketches from throughout the year, and pairing with backgrounds already in progress or making new backgrounds ]

[ using up my in-progress backgrounds – making room for fresh starts! ]

[ this is the card I drew on the first eve of my solo retreat. the universe answered my call ]

Fixated on the need to have something to show for our labors, we often deny our curiosities. Every time we do this, we are blocked.
—Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

with love,

p.s. New series Evolving Art starting soon – I'll share pictures of the evolution of paintings from beginning to end. These new pieces will be the first ones shown. I hope you'll come back to see.


  1. It is such a privilege to share your journey Ginger. Thank-you. Your work is so creative, interesting, and beautiful.

    1. Thank you Frances. It's a beautiful journey and I'm so grateful to share it with other creative souls out there. Sending my love. xo

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  3. Wonderful work. I just discovered your blog via the Mixed Media Art Community on FB. I've never considered the idea of a solo retreat. It's interesting. You were certainly productive on those days. I wish you the best of luck and much success on your journey.

    1. Hi Yadira, I'm so glad to meet you. Thanks for leaving me a note. It truly is wonderful to retreat all by yourself sometimes. I find these are the times I am most grounded and the creativity just flows out of me. Try it sometime :). I'll pop over and check out your blog. xox

  4. What a beautiful work Ginger! I love your art!