Pre-COVID I held the most wonderful art retreat here on the Big Island of Hawaii. A fantastic group of women traveled from across the United States to join in a week of creativity, nature and bonding. We met daily for pleinair painting sessions along the coast on the famous Red Road, just minutes from my home. We ventured out on excursions to local hotspots, ate healthy catered meals together, and shared in critiques. The final evening we drove into Hilo to attend an opening of a juried show of pleinair painting at the Wailoa Art Center, where I had five of my paintings on display. Indeed, the retreat was a success for all who attended.
I had already scheduled more art retreats in Hawaii for the summer and fall, but then Covid happened and everything changed.
For now, like many events, in-person art retreats and classes are on hold until things feel safe again to gather in person.
These photos are from this past winter’s Tropical Painting Retreat and Winter Getaway, 2020.