Like many artists before me (and some of you, readers, I suspect) I'm something of a hermit.
I'm in my element when I'm in my studio working. I like quiet. I like drawing. I like not being in an airplane.
I'm a reluctant traveler, yes, but I don't mind being somewhere. It's that whole messy business of getting to that somewhere that keeps me in my studio more often than not. None of this "it's the journey" for me. Unless you're literally driving around Iceland (more on that in moment) the journey is mostly tedious.
|Above: Oh fine, maybe not that reluctant of a traveler.|
When I am compelled to leave my lair, best case scenario is for exploring and/or talking about art reasons.
Back at the end of July, I had the opportunity to go to Iceland with Light Grey Art Lab
as a part of their 2015 Artist in Residence program. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. No exaggeration.
The directors, Lindsay, Chris, and Jenny, have managed to tap into the very best feelings of summer camp, art school, and (yes, even!) traveling
with their residency program. I absolutely loved my time.
(And you know what, the Iceland 2016 Residency applications
are now open!)
The days consisted of hiking to massive glaciers, exploring (sometimes hidden) waterfalls, plein air painting, and (for some of us!) climbing up every winding sheep path we could find. The evenings were filled with conversations about art and process through different workshops led by each team member.