I’ve not been spending much time making art these days. I miss it, but I’m no good at multi-tasking so I accept my limitations and instead I’ve thrown myself into a period of deep work, creating The Thing.
The Concertina Retreat from Lockdown 1 was hastily thrown together. It was the best it could be given the short space of time and the limited resources, both in terms of making do with what I had available during confinement and my limited techie skills. But hey, it was free so it was good enough.
After then, I percolated an idea of how to deepen and improve the basic retreat into something expansive, nurturing and genuinely helpful. And here we now find ourselves in France’s Lockdown 2, and I feel pretty sad for many reasons. One is that my Big Dream of having retreats here in the crooked house, lots of books, vegan cakes and a squashy green sofa seems to slip further and further away from me …
… So I’m just going to have to bring the books, cakes and squashy sofa into the virtual realm.
Thus The Thing I’ve been working on is almost ready to fly off into the world. For ages I’ve been referring to it as the accordion retreat but I always knew that was a working title. Eventually, if I was patient, something would pass by my way and I would be ready to catch hold of it.
I love Rebecca Solnit and her book The Faraway Nearby passed by my way and I caught it. It seems to capture perfectly the spirit of this new retreat-cum-workshop.
It feels like I’ve been working on this for ever, it’s deep work but I love doing it – drawing on conversations and questions I’ve had, valuable feedback from the Concertina Retreat and my own personal, nurturing process.
This is so exciting and inspiring, while also calm and thoughtful. Going inward, outward, up and beneath; uncovering all the hidden bits. You will discover that you can actually feel ok with imperfection and if you can draw ‘properly’. Instead, we use observation as a doorway into the realms of what is possible, by providing the tools you need to cultivate your imagination, intuition and playfulness…
UPDATE: FARAWAY NEARBY IS NOW AVAILABLE. DETAILS ARE HERE