The Artist’s Journey Retreat & Workshop
At the deepest level, The Artist’s Journey is about saying YES to creativity, the adjacent possible and your dreams of creating a meaningful art and life.
It’s about crossing the threshold and and saying YES to stepping into the unknown.
I believe that creativity is intimately connected to the UNKNOWN…
These words speak across 7 centuries of stepping into the unknown and facing and finding yourself there.
This is the willingness to step out of the way and allow the mysterious to unfold.
The Adjacent Possible
The Adjacent Possible is the essence of creativity.
The creative impulse can be subtle and easily missed or dismissed.
Remember a time when you had an experience in your life where something astonishing or transformative happened that you didn’t know was possible beforehand.
It’s the moment when you follow a hunch…and this hunch may come from an entirely different experience such as observing nature or playing cello or talking with a friend or reading a book.
Something new appears in your life and initiates a sequence of events and it’s up to you to say YES to this and allow new things to enter your life and art.
Cultivating The Practice of The Adjacent Possible
Artists at The Artist’s Journey Retreat experienced a sequence of exercises designed to open creative channels. One could think of these as Creativity Calisthenics:
- saying YES to stepping into the Unknown
- facing fears and going ahead anyway
- exploring maquettes or “little studies”
- activating deep experimentation
- allowing for “ugly” works to emerge and understanding their value
- accessing different creative channels through music, dance, sculpture
- exploring the spontaneous and the considered
- bringing in structure
- saying YES to the adjacent possible
- and much more…
By the end of the workshop, the artists were so passionate and inspired by The Adjacent Possible that they decided to call themselves The Adjacents!
Below are some images from The Artist’s Journey Retreat and the artists and creatives who said YES to this experience of stepping into the Unknown.
This is where it began…
Easels and boards ready for the artists
And this is part of the magic that emerged
What happens when you bring together 18 fabulous artists…
And a particle physicist and mathematician
A retired college professor and intellectual extraordinaire
A photographer, artist and tour de force
An artist, author and existential psychiatrist
A former Oakland Ballet ballerina
50 pounds of clay for the clay maquettes
Music from the aria “Batter My Heart” from Dr. Atomic by composer John Adams
…a recording of Yo Yo Ma playing The Swan while artists expressed their own lexicon of mark making
Reams and rolls of paper for prolific art making and deep experimentation
And lots of fun
And imagining the possibilities…
And reaching into the unknown with those possibilities…through journaling
And conversation about the possibilities…
And, documenting our Journey- the inimitable Sidharta Pascual, cinematographer of feature films for PSB and National Geographic
My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful artists who now refer to themselves as The Adjacents (as in The Adjacent Possible)
Thank you to my dream team: Sidharta Pascual, Vera Tchikovani, Dr. Bruce Sawhill and Charissa Daman
With gratitude from my studio to yours,
P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts about challenges, triumphs and dreams on YOUR creative journey. Leave me a comment below.