If your summer is anything like mine, with kids home from college, family reunions, programs and festivals, you might love to find a niche for yourself with a little artistic retreat, or “artist residency” for yourself. My artist friends regularly take residencies in exotic places, but I haven’t always been able to get away. Well, rather than wait for that day to come, I am taking the residency bull by the horns and cornering him, and myself, in my home studio, where I will appear each day for 10 days, until the summer hubbub is likely to begin again.
The point is to turn off the mom light that’s always hanging right in the kitchen. Turn the sign over…from “Open” to “Gone Fishin’” and make your escape while you can. Set parameters for yourself. Myself, I am torn between diving into my Santos work, which has been on hold for a while, and tackling the large cradle boards I bought for a series of encaustic paintings. My journal, luckily, is chocked full of notes, so I know just where to begin, regardless of my choice of project.
I am going to photograph and blog on my process. I hope you can join me- My friend Nanette is joining me. She’ll be doing screen printing, and she’s asked me to take part in her process for a few days. I don’t know if our dates coincide exactly, but I’ll post on that experience too, wherever it falls.
Alright, let’s get planning, clearing a space, and hitting our journals. Talk to you soon!