My Self-Imposed Residency Part 1: The Road
I haven't posted here in a few weeks because I've been in a self-imposed residency. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked.
I am currently on a road trip with my husband and our pug, traveling across the United States in order to decide where we'd like to live. I've lived in North Carolina my whole life, and I really want to see what else the world has to offer.
This road trip has been LONG. We left NC on September 1st, and from there made our way to these cities:
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Chicago, Illinois
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Keystone, South Dakota (Mount Rushmore)
- West Yellowstone, Montana
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Klamath Falls, Oregon
- San Francisco, California
- Emeryville, California
- South Lake Tahoe, California
- Salt Lake City, Utah (where we are currently)
And of course we covered a lot of ground in between (like when I flew out to New Orleans for a weekend at VenturePOP). It is impossible to see this much of the country without it affecting my art. In Chicago I met two amazing artists who convinced me that watercolor had more to offer. The green pines of Wyoming during a snowstorm gave me a new appreciation for texture. The Pacific Northwest inspired a love for pthalo green, while the Bay Area reignited my love for all shades of blue. I'm currently in Utah, its beautiful mountains and changing October leaves sparking a new love for burnt sienna and yellow ocher.
Remember what Elin Lööw said? "When your creativity asks you to change, don't let your fear say no" (read that blog post here). Over the past year, my art has been developing fast. I attribute that to quitting my job and focusing on it full time, as well as going out of my way to seek opportunities for growth.
This road trip became another residency for me, a time to really look inward and let that search affect the art without judgement or filtering. I've been reading a ton of books (12 hour drives will do that for ya), and searching deeply for my purpose in this crazy world.
I'm so excited to share this transformation with you. I am finding more and more that I can do things I never dreamed of doing. I can get comfortable with uncertainty (read that blog here), makes friends in a new city, and I can open my art process up to things I never imagined I'd be painting.
One of the gems I found in the book Feminine Genius, was that the darkest places in our souls actually house the most fertile soil for growth. When we confront our fear, there is a lot of power for transformation.
That's why this new collection will be about fear.
Come with me on this journey into the dark. Remember, this is where the fertile soil is. This is where we transform.