Here I am one month later...so much for my intention to post some updates as the weeks went by. If I had to sum up my residency in one word, it would be 'fabulous'!
Here is a breakdown of the activities I pursued during my fabulous month:
- My main goal was to spend time on my art and I did. I logged in many hours at the drafting table and it was most delicious.
- I dusted off and read books on the art and careers of some of my favourite artists.
- I purchased art magazines and read them.
- I got out old art magazines and reread them as well.
- I attended a presentation given by a very accomplished artist which was most inspiring.
- I took lots of reference photos. I edited some of the photos into images that I will be working on in future.
- I sorted through stuff in my studio.
- I revisited my business plan and made decisions with regards to future activities.
My greatest success in February was in focusing on my art. They say that it takes a month or so to develop new habits, well I wanted new habits. I hoped to to strengthen my ability to put my art time first and I wanted to let go of habits and tasks that were not really serving me. I went cold turkey on computer time. I didn't read any blogs in February (okay, I read two posts that popped up in my google alerts in my email). I checked my email as little as possible and I only responded to the absolutely necessary messages. I was completely unprepared for the amount of time this unleashed in my life. I was shocked. I became intoxicated, drunk on the possibilities. I could have spent more time on art but I decided to be decadent across the board. I actually played the piano instead of just dusting it! I read books!! Lots of them. I can't remember the last time I had been to the library.
I am very grateful for this unexpected revelation. Lesson learned. Now the challenge will be to maintain my new habits! :-)
Oh and I did get skating on the Rideau Canal. Ottawa has the world's larges skating rink which winds through the city for 7.8 km (4.8 miles) . This year marks the 40th anniversary of this maintained ice surface. Part of the experience is to take a break and have a snack. The photo below shows me ready to tie into a BeaverTail (a delicious whole wheat pastry stretched into the shape of a beaver's tail, served warm and topped with goodies like cinnamon, butter and lemon, yum). I shared it and a hot chocolate with my husband.