Preparing iron oxide pigment pots in the Connecticut studio prior to trip.
Richard Piacentini (Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh) speaking about The Center for Sustainable Landscapes Project and meeting the Living Building Challenge.
Sonja Bochart (Biophilic by Design, Phoenix) leading participants in guided meditation. Sonja presented her Phipps CSL Beta Project showcasing the work of 20 selected artists addressing the core themes of biophilic design.
Judith Kruger (Judith Kruger Studio, Connecticut) leading educators in a mini natural pigment-making-painting workshop.
El Anatsui at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Mark Bradford at the Hammer Museum, LA
Shadows at the Getty on the last day........thinking about my paintings waiting at home in the studio
The best part of a sabbatical away from the studio is actually the act of re-entering with fresh eyes, abundant inspiration and calm energy. It's always so easy for me to advise others about the directions of their artwork, but often difficult to unfamiliarize myself from my own work enough to make easy decisions. Not only does the work look fresh and really great, it also tells me exactly what needs to be done to finish. This is such a clue that being away from the studio is often more important and productive than the time in the studio. Additionally, like the photo of the Shadows at the Getty here, it's what is not present, the white void, which often elicits the deepest response.