I’ve returned from a successful four-day artist’s retreat. I have a history with The Artist’s Way that has helped me on many occasions to overcome some kind of block. This time I planned this new embroidery way back at the end of last year. With my well-honed practice of creating portraits in French knots, I was very disappointed in my in-ability to get it started- so much so that fear had taken hold. What if my eyes could no longer concentrate on the detail? What if my hands would no longer cooperate to thread the needle and create the knots? What I my color skills had lapsed in their ability to discern value? Four-days without interruption was just the trick. I’m thrilled and now confident to continue on this project that had been previously beyond my grasp. Good use of time watching this awful political process!