Many of my art friends and collectors know how I’m fascinated with and inspired by different places. I sometimes yearn to be someplace else when I’m painting in my studio – usually someplace on the coast or someplace where it is autumn all of the time or someplace where it rains for days and days.
It’s not that I don’t love Colorado and my studio in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver, because I certainly do. I’ve just always been a dreamer about idyllic places. And as an artist, I always dream about me creating art in these different places. My nearly annual retreats to the Oregon coast to paint in winter is something I truely cherish. But, it is an expensive retreat (although, another big thank-you to everyone that helped out with my trip this past January/February with the purchase of one of my Oregon Coast 12×12’s!).
So, I’ve been researching more artist residency programs, especially those that provide some or all of the space (studio, room and board) for free. In May, I submitted my first application to the Colorado Art Ranch, which has a really great program here in Colorado. Twice a year, they select a town in Colorado to set up their “nomadic” residency program – the location for this fall’s program is in Durango, Colorado.
I put together a package with my best art images, great answers to their application questions, including a great idea for my one day of “giving back to the community” (I proposed holding a workshop where people created a large community painting that we cut into fragements and did different things with the individual fragment paintings). I even had three really great industry references.
I was really disappointed to find out recently that I had not been selected for the Durango residency (but did get a nice personal email from the Executive Director, Grant Pound). You can be sure I’ll keep trying, fueled by my yearning for different places to create!