Artist's Retreat

During the summer of 2015, my dear friend Lorraine talked me into going on a week long artist retreat at the Maurice River School in Millville New Jersey. I was so excited about this because one of the instructors was a former teacher and old friend of mine. . . Bill Ternay.

#viewsfromthemini

I belong to a fabulous women's group at my church. We were discussing one night the idea of going through life in a rote fashion. We specifically discussed the drive to and from work. I love my car. . . my mini cooper. I love driving stick shift. I often drive and see beautiful views and thought what beautiful pictures they would make. After this particular evening with my ladies, I decided to start a project. . . #viewsfromthemini. I leave a little earlier to drive to work and I keep my eyes completely open to all things possible, all things beautiful. I pull the mini cooper over, roll down the window, and take a picture with my phone. I notice the sun coming up through a grove of trees. I notice the sun lasting a little longer on a January evening at five o'clock on my way home. I notice the fog rolling over the hills. It makes my travel more deliberate. It gives me a sense of gratitude. I want to take these pictures for an entire year and create a book. Sometimes I get out of the car, and the mini cooper is part of the composition.