|Pat Howard and Linda Laing|
|At check-in, each participant received a tote bag, filled with sketchbook, pencil, pen, glue stick, agenda for the weekend, a map of the estate, and a bottle of water!|
People started arriving around 3 pm . . .
|Susan, Diane, Gina, & Cristy|
Didn't take long for people to start gathering and mingling on the covered deck, with its breathtaking view of Longs Peak and the Rocky Mountains.
|Susan and Pat|
|Some samples of Pat's, Cheri's, and Zach's work.|
|Cheri, helping with the deviled eggs|
After the meal, we got the retreat off to a fast start, with a "Musical Chairs" Painting Game, in the Art Studio --
|Can you see the skepticism on their faces?|
Everyone got a small palette of watercolor pigments, one brush, one reference, one small square of Aquabord, and a container of water.
|Pat, explaining the game.|
We took a break after a few 10-minute painting intervals. So, at this point, everyone had painted on about 4 paintings.
Everyone was having so much fun, that they forgot to be skeptical.
|Thanks to my son, Zach, for being the photographer for our retreat -- and for all the other things he helped with!|