At around this time last year, I had decided that I was going to take 10 days off of everything else just to focus more intensively on my art, and on the next direction for my art. A good portion of the work created in the “Abstracted Rainy Moments” series of paintings took place during that in-studio artist residency.
I decided that I needed to do it again, and that I wanted to make this an annual practice.
So my in-studio artist residency started on Saturday, June 24. My original plans had included starting the residency with going up to a few art museums in Boston for inspiration…but I woke up with a sharp headache, and I was exhausted from the night before, which had been the closing reception for my Abstracted Rainy Moments exhibition at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery. Instead, I decided this would be a day to rest, get organized, and Mark out my work plan for the residency.
After a nice breakfast with my parents-in-law (they came into town for the closing reception), I headed to a coffee shop with my laptop, notebook and planner. I brainstormed a list of all I wanted to accomplish, what action steps needed to happen for those, and then blocked out time in my planner as to when I would work on them. Much of my “schedule” was painting in the morning, a lunch break, painting in the afternoon, a dinner break, then painting more later in the evening. I also had a bunch of correspondences to galleries, potential clients, blog posts to catch up on, and website updates to make.
So, the first and second day of my residency was clearing out and deleting files on my computer, organizing them and backing them up — which sounds tedious but is also very important to do. I had also planned to go to New York City on the third day of my residency, so I took some time to plan what I wanted to see and what order of places I would go. I plan to spend some time at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney. I’ll be taking a bus down to NYC bright and early at 6:30am and stay until my bus leaves at 7pm, getting back into Rhode Island around 10:30/11pm.
Fortunately, the bus line I’m on has free wifi and electrical outlets.