Artist Residency: Day 1

Today I began my 10 day in-studio artist residency. The goal of these 10 days of dedication in my art studio without distraction is to produce 3-5 paintings, and to take care of some other tasks I need to dedicate time for my art business.

My first act in my artist residency, after cleaning the studio was to make a cup of tea — some of my most artistically inspired moments came after contemplating over a cup of tea. Then I got to work on finishing painting the edges of the commissioned painting that had just recently been revealed to its recipient (read more here about the story & the big reveal!) I deconstructed the special framing I had improvised for putting both panels of a diptych on the same easel and separated them for the first time since birth — since diptychs are, in many ways, like conjoined fraternal twins.

AIMG_0917fter completing the edges (which took about an hour more time than I had planned), I moved onto setting up my new guerrilla painter pochade paintbox. At an art event tomorrow I will be trying it out for the first time when painting plain air, so I wanted to give it a test run in the studio first to ensure that all the parts would fit together properly (they originally sent me two left-side panels, so the box wouldn’t close until they sent the right part). I began a multi-part painting that is going to be an interactive piece with the public tomorrow at the outdoor festival at which I’ll be hosting a booth of my art.

In preparation for starting my first 30″x40″ “abstracted rain” series painting,  took the plastic off the canvas and mounted it to my French easel in the corner of my studio — it’s a lot larger on that particular easel than other canvases I typically use. I toned the canvas using a bright and warm shade of yellow. Tomorrow I will begin placing the paint daubs of the rain colors while I’m in my art booth from 8am to 5pm.

Overall, it was a productive start to what I am hoping to be a productive artist residency.

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