Sunday, May 19, 2013

VCCA / Virginia - days 13-22

Artist residencies are designed for contemplation and solitude.  I was at VCCA for a month to do a residency in social media, and had planned to plot my travel for the next 3 months, do a bunch of writing for grants and funding, and sort through images and video.   I didn't photograph much while I was there - instead focusing on work that had to be done on the computer. I ended up  having to leave after two weeks because the internet was not reliable and it was difficult to do the work I had set out to do.   I did manage to do a little exploring with my new friends/colleagues and some great thrifting as well.

The horses always greet us on the way to the studio

Garden at Sweet Briar College (across the street)
Garden at Sweet Briar College
Linda and Jessica picking the last of the crop 
Ed, Elisa, Linda watch as Miller feeds the horses at VCCA
horse portrait
sky out my bedroom window
road trip to Charlottesville, VA

The downtown is pedestrian only
I've never had a bolgna burger

Miller loves the mosiac bench
Elisa and Miller play chess
Until he gets bored and hangs out with Linda
And covers us all in lip band aids
On the way home someone feigns sleep
I gave Miller my camera and he had a great time taking these images
General store down the road
Apparently there is a stink bug infestation all over the South
Love this way of hanging pants at the local Goodwill
I almost bought this - if only it would of fit in the car...
Caroline giving a reading
Foggy morning at VCCA

Original dates January 7 - 16, 2013.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Great American Road Trip

I have done small trips for this project over the last 1.5 years - but this is the first time I have been on one giant road trip in my car. Come find me on the road or follow the visual journey

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VCCA / Amherst, Virginia - days 5-12

I spent my time at VCCA catching up on sleep, eating three meals a day, reading, plotting my cross country adventure and setting up my studio.  There were about twenty of us at any given time, mostly writers and mostly ladies.   The writers head salon style readings after dinner which gave everyone an opportunity to get to know each other and our respective work a little better.  I made some new friends and explored the rural countryside and town of Amherst (where I found the great murals).   
My room
My bed (with the awesome quilt my aunt made)
the pergola 
I find Royal Shiree in the pergola
studio view

setting up the studio
planning my route for the next four months
silo outside my studio
new year's eve - David brings the Maker's
 Elisa AlbertCaroline Patterson, Linda Lee Nicholas at a reading 
wild flowers
beautiful weeds outside my studio
dining room window
Murals in downtown Amherst, VA

Royal's reading / performance the gang also with  Lisa PhillipsJillian MedoffAriel Lewiton

Original dates December 30 - January 6, 2013.
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