This past weekend I made a difficult key decision: I won’t be taking my winter retreat to the Oregon coast in January/February.
My last winter retreat was to one of my favorite inspiration spots in the world – Oceanside, Oregon. I’ve been traveling to Oceanside for over 12 years now and spent nearly 5 weeks painting there in January/February, 2007.
How can I be passing up a winter retreat this year? Economics, I’m afraid. This year, I purchased and opened my own studio space in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. My sales have been slow the last quarter of 2008 and I must stay focused on ensuring I can pay my studio mortgage and expenses.
So, since I’m very inspired by different places and must try to fulfill my need some other way, I’m setting a goal to apply to at least ten artist residency programs for 2009. Granted, these are not usually all-expenses paid opportunities, but they typically help alot with the costs.
One resource that I’ve found helpful for researching residency opportunities is Res Artis – check it out if you’re looking for opps, too. And, feel free to leave comments with any resources or leads you think I and my readers would be interested in!