|Day Nine: Escape to the woods.|
The building that houses my living space and studio is a constant hive of activity. This activity is not what I had in mind when I was rocketing on a plane towards the rural community of Pickens, SC but I honestly believe if I can find a way to make work here, it will be a new way of working which will inevitably produce a new kind of work which is one of the main reasons for doing residencies in the first place. I most definitely do not want to give the impression that all moments are a struggle, there are many wonderful nuggets throughout the day.
|Day Nine: We celebrated Lindsay's bday with dinner and cupcakes by the fire.|
|Day Ten: I made the acquaintance of this rat snake in the pasture.|
The distractions and disappointments have me hellbent on coming home with a solid series and that energy is conjuring up studio progress that I am excited about. That means this journey has so far been a success - success that has taken a very unexpected route…one I could have never anticipated. Below are some progress shots.
|Sandpaper is now my friend.|
I know, I know…the most challenging experiences provide the biggest lessons and rewards. Besides the direction of my work (very excited!) a huge reward is realizing just how wonderful my life is back home. In the midst of today's chaos, I received a respite in the form of a beautiful letter. I am so grateful for this experience and look forward to cultivating the seeds of inspiration it provides.