It's been interesting to note that so many people I've spoken to about my residency don't really understand what I'll be doing there. For me, it's an opportunity to travel to an interesting place and work along side other artists. I won't be teaching. This is a time instead for filling the well, shutting out the world and working uninterrupted.
I wanted to choose a residency where other artists would be in attendance and doing their own work. Alone in the studio all day, then meeting over a shared meal. I loved the interviews in the film, "Who Does She Think She Is" where artists spoke of their lives and how they realized their dreams. We're dreaming all the time according to Jung, creating every moment of our lives by what we believe. How can we all dream of a better world and how can we help create it. I love talking to other artists about this concept and so many other ideas about transforming our lives. This is what's on my mind as I envision my time there.
I expect a lot of solitude at the residency too, which I love. I'm taking my big camera, my flip video and a laptop and expect that those things will keep me entertained. That along with painting and writing. I live in my colors and wordplay.
I'll be checking in with you guys too. I have my gear all packed now and spent the day quietly making last minute preparations. Tomorrow with only a few hours of sleep if I'm lucky I'll start out on my cross-country, cross-ocean 18 hour journey. My pockets will be full of all my loved ones, (that's you) right up near my heart.
I am hopeful, excited, curious. I'll see you there.