2017 In-Studio Artist Residency Days 4-5: Failure to Launch

I’m on day 4 of an in-studio artist residency in order to focus on exploring the next direction in my ‘rainy moments’ series.

I have a confession.

I haven’t picked up a paintbrush in those four days.

I should have picked up a paintbrush, multiple times by now. I should have about 2-3 large canvases at least started by now. During my last 10-day intensive residency, I completed 6 large 40″x30″ paintings in those 10 days… at this rate, I’m not going to even complete one 8″x10″ canvas…

What’s wrong with me?


If you’re an artist, you might have run into this before.

I had just finished a 3-month solo exhibition just 4 days ago with the last guest of the closing reception. I’m taking down the show this coming Saturday. I’ve been putting so much time and energy into the programming and promotion of the exhibition that I’ve been too busy to paint.

But now I have this great idea for the next direction in my series — why do I have artists’ block?


During a conversation with another artist that I skype with occasionally to check in about our art business, they mentioned that the hardest part is to start again. Once you start, momentum builds. Momentum can’t build while you’re standing still.

So I’m going to start with the simple act of brushing black gesso on four small 8″x10″ canvases.

Start with something. Then something else will follow.

I’ll let you know how this goes tomorrow.