Notes From My Residency Journal
I'll be posting several times about this residency as it was too wonderful to limit to one post. First, Fair Oaks is like no other place. It is a state of mind as well as a physical place. The moment I turn into the driveway, my worries and responsibilities fade. I'm greeted by Shane, my favorite pup, who is full of whimsy and energy. Buddy is more dignified, accepting his pets with quiet gratitude. Shane loves to be part of the action, so he goes with me for my painting sessions around the fields and deep into the prairie. We enjoy each other's company. When my pup Henry goes along it gets a bit crowded but we always have a good time. This time I felt the need to spend time with Shane and Buddy without my Henry. They have lost their beloved Joy and needed some extra attention.
I admit to being somewhat a bedding snob and when I sink into bed at Fair Oaks at night I am in the lap of luxury with fine Indian Cotton Sheets and down pillows and comforter. The room is furnished with antiques, so I live large for my stay there. The old house is soon to be remodeled and I confess I will miss staying there. She will be a grand dame soon, much too fine for the likes of this country girl.
I managed to do nine paintings on location during the week and one 18x24 upstairs in the studio of the old house, which still needs some adjustment, which I will do in my loft studio.
More about my week to come.....