Friday, July 4, 2008

Full Circle Retreat

I am getting really psyched for my first actual En Plein Air oil painting workshop starting July 22 at Full Circle Retreat in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Image- left- Full Circle Retreat farm house painted by Ken DeWaard.

I have never met the instructor, Kathie Wheeler, but I am in love with her work. Her sense of light and color is amazing.

Image - right - Just look at this sample of her work on what could have been a simple scene, but taken to another level. Gorgeous work!

Even more importantly, I am so ready to do nothing more than live and breathe art for 3 whole days in the middle of nowhere on a peaceful farm. Wisconsin does have picture-perfect-calendar art barns, silos, and wildlife. This is where life gets a little slower.
Image-top-Here is Kathie's vision of this area- a painting called "Heading In". For a quick fix, take a Wisconsin, cyber-vacation and breathe in other area scenes on her website.

Since I grew up on the family farm in Texas, this place feels close to home. I live so far away from all my Texas family, there comes frequent needs for connection to the deepest of my roots. I have come full circle. Coincidence that the retreat is so-named?