In late June I was on a two-week working retreat on Prince Edward Island. Something I had been planning to do for a few years and finally managed.  It was profoundly peaceful and I was able to clear my mind a bit and enjoy periods of intense focus on my work. It would be so wonderful to be able to extend a retreat like this to at least 2 months. In the couple of days since I’ve been back to my home studio, I particularly notice all the daily tasks which take up precious time and leave less of it for work.

Working while listening only to the surrounding natural sounds, and adjusting your days to time and tide begins to instill a workflow tied to different natural rhythms.

Hopefully the influence of this intensely focused working period will continue to filter through my painting for the weeks and months to come.